LA Open Golf Features A Good Singles Scene
To get in the swing of things at the Genesis Invitational (formerly Northern Trust and for you long-timers, ever before that the Nissan Open) in Los Angeles, it’s important to know the lay of the land, the feel of the fairways, the guide to the greens.
And the location of the beer tents! PubClub.com provides all that vital information for fans in this LA Open Fan, Party & Social Guide.
Golf tournaments are, without a doubt, superb places to beet single people.They are outdoors, involve a sporting event (and a sophisticated one at that) and, of course, fans can can drink beer on the course.
(But not cocktails! It is is now PGA policy to allow only beer and wine. Those who get a cocktails in a tent have to finish it in the tent.)
Beer & Golf
The 2020 Genesis Invitational – Feb. 13-16 at Riviera Country Club in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles – certainly attracts its share of social seekers, providing as big of an early-year party test for Angelinos as the 10th hole does for the golfers.
The Phoenix Open it’s not. There’s no Bird’s Nest, no wild 16th hole. But with the Michelob Ultra 19th Hole in a place once called The Grove and a free Saturday night concert by The English Beat it is, in the language of the sport, a good test of one’s skills.
Located just off the 14th tee and just a short walk from the 18th fairway and the clubhouse, The Grove is the course’s equivalent of a golfer’s big driver, the dominant club in the bag, so to speak, when the players are on the course.
In 2015, the tournament added to his by creating a place called the Green Room. This is by the practice tee and last year was the liveliest bar scene on the course. However, it comes at a steep price, more than $80. And that doesn’t include food and drinks (for that you’ll need the VIP ticket).
Unlike the past two years, there is no band playing (O.A.R. played in 2015 and English Beat in 2016.
There is also a small bar at the bottom of the clubhouse steps. It’s a good place to get one before going to the greens, or particularly on the way out the door.
The Grove contains a putting green, computer-aided swing analysis on a “driving range,” a merchandise area, food and the Michelob Ultra 19th Hole with not one but two bars. And, it’s covered in case (or when, as has been the case the past couple of years), the weather turns less than idyllic LA. Beers are $7, mixed drinks, $9.
There are also beer booths just outside the 19th Hole, as well as at several other places throughouts the grounds.
This article would list them if they were difficult to find, but they are as frequent as birdies. And bogies at Riviera’s most infamous hole, the 10th.
And here’s another cool part about going to a golf tournament: Spectators can walk right up to a tee box, fairway or green and be standing just a few feet from the players. In some other sports in L.A., one has to be Jack Nicholson in order to be that close to the action.
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