Golf Tournament At Riviera Brings Out More Swings Among Single Spectators Than Golfers
It’s a “fore” gone conclusion.
The Northern Trust LA Open is a great place to meet single people in Los Angeles. In fact, with blue skies, sunny weather and temperatures in the 70s, this year there are likely to be far more swings taken by the spectators than the golfers on the weekend.
It’s good for putting around, for bragging about the Big Bertha you carry in your bag (just be careful and don’t start hitting ON a Big Bertha!), to see how you are off the tee and if you can close with your short game. And L.A.’s singles love it.
The event is L.A.’s PGA Tour stop and the location is one of the city’s landmark sports spots, Riviera Country Club. I met a girlfriend one year at the L.A. Open – #5 in the Top 10 Reasons I’m Still Single – and when we returned the next year needed to put my head on a swivel there were so many good-looking girls walking around the place. I had to do this somewhat discreetly, of course, and if there’s one think the male species is incapable of doing it’s looking at other girls discreetly when we are with a significant other.
Golf tournaments work this way: You get to the course, find a concession stand and grab a beer. To go, of course.
Then you walk the course, stopping to see a few tee shots or fairway hits to the green. Putting is the most difficult to observe because people crowd around the green and often you can only tell if the ball went in by the reaction of those close enough to see it.
Then you get another beer and walk some more, this time pausing to take in the human scenery. The best place to meet people is along the fairway because it’s the least crowded parts of the hole and you generally can walk up to girls or guys and start some small-talk conversation.
Better yet, go to The Grove, the mid-course bar. It’s perfect location is by the Par 3 14th hole, which is the most raucous on the course. Well, nothing in golf is really raucous, but this hole has the Anheuser-Busch hospitality tent overlooking it, and since it’s a par 3, it’s easy to see tee to green on all the shots.
The golf ends about 5 p.m., on Saturday and by 3 on Sunday, so toward the end of the day be sure to wind up at The Grove. That’s when it’s at its peak. And if you strike out there, stop in the little bar in the clubhouse because a few people always wind up there before winding down or, in the Bar Bloggers case, going out to a bar somewhere in L.A.
The Northern Trust Open is definitely not a good walk spoiled. Even if you’ve bogeyed every singles opportunity. Because at least you were on the tee box.
Photos for this article by Jack Fleming.
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