Oak Quarry Golf Course – Hit your ball of the rocks and score!

Wow this course is a one of a kind. Big rocks that you can ricochet your ball off onto greens and a track that you will never forget. One of my Facebook friends posted this course on her timeline and I knew I had to go check it out. Living in So. California for over a decade, I had never heard of it. The clubhouse and cart barn are pretty standard, but the golf carts are top notch with awesome GPS and big comfortable chairs. The layout is unique to say the least with challenging tee shots and slick greens. I was hitting the ball well that day, but I found the course to be a perfect challenge of the need for distance, control and accuracy. My only complaint was the tightly packed grass in the fairways which have a matted down feeling when hitting iron shots, but that was probably due to the time of year in early spring. I highly recommend this course for the challenge and photo opportunities. Oak Quarry can be found at  7151 Sierra Ave, Riverside, CA 92509. Their website can be found by clicking here.

Pelican Hills Golf Resort

If you’re in Newport Beach, California and you want to play golf this is the premiere course(s) to play. Pelican Hills was designed by Tom Fazio, offers 2 courses to choose from(the north and south course), is open to the public and tee times can be made on their website or sometimes on GOLF NOW. Like most things in Southern California the resort was closed for intervals during the Covid 19 pandemic, but opened back up at the end of February 2021. I was looking for a spot to play with my friend Dave and jumped on the opportunity once I found out we could tee it up on these beautiful grounds. Situated just above the historic Pacific Coast Highway, with views of the ocean and Balboa Peninsula, Pelican Hills offers golfers of all levels a chance to test their skills. Although not the most difficult of layouts a golfer must keep their ball in the fairway in order to score well as the hazard areas will engulf your ball and will be unable to find. I recommend setting up a tee time in the afternoon to take advantage of the reduced twilight rate. The practice facilities are top notch with an uphill driving range, and a beautiful putting green next to the pro-shop. If you have time grab a nice lunch or breakfast at the Pelican or Coliseum grill which has a great view of the Pacific Ocean, or stop in for a drink after your round to soak up the experience. You can find Pelican Hills at 22701 S Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Coast, CA 92657. Please see my photos below to get a feel for the course.

Nevada & California 2020 Pandemic Travels – 4th stop Mammoth Lakes, California

Papa Bear

Mammoth Lakes is about a 3 hour drive from South Lake Tahoe and was one of our surprise stops since we didn’t plan on going here. The drive is quite beautiful and scenic. We took the NV highway 207 and then the 395 south which is pretty much a straight shot south from Tahoe. I was able to find a decent rate on a hotel room at the Empeiria High Sierra and there was a great little BBQ spot down the street that my dad and I ate at called Uncle Jimmy’s. After checking into our hotel we went for a drive into the mountains and discovered a plethora of activities that people were enjoying including horse back riding, mountain biking, fishing, camping & taking photos. Mammoth Lakes turned out to be one of my favorite spots on the trip to take pictures which I have included below. After our drive I took off on foot for a walk around town to check out the local shops & Golf Course called Sierra Star. As I was walking I ran into some people that spotted a bear which made me quite nervous so I decided to cut through the golf course to get back to the hotel. All in all Mammoth Lakes is a nice quaint sleeper town and I would love to go back and engage in more outdoor activities.

Nevada & California 2020 Pandemic Travels – 3rd stop Edgewood Golf Course South Lake Tahoe, NV,

I booked a reservation for 2:45 pm which gave me plenty of time to get an early morning walk around town.  I headed down toward the lake and then veered off of State Line PKWY toward the golf course to see what I was in store for.  The scenery around the property is breathtaking, and the climate in July is quite lovely.  I snapped off a few photos, spoke with the guard at the course and found out I could get there as early as I want to practice on the range and putting greens.  There were no time restrictions due to COVID-19 as you will find with other courses in Las Vegas.  So after hearing that news I started walking back to the hotel to get ready and find something to eat.  I noticed a BBQ place that was open, but the line was longer than I wanted to wait so I opted for the Fat Burger inside of Harrah’s.  This Fat Burger was unlike any I had been to before.  The staff made the burgers right in front of the customers on the grill and I noticed the employees making massive milkshakes with heaping gobs of ice cream.  After ordering a couple of burgers, fries and two shakes I headed back up to the room to feed my dad and got ready for the round of golf.  When I arrived at the course I spent some time in the pro-shop and opted to buy a beautiful light blue baseball hat that had the Edgewood Logo on it and a divot tool also with the Edgewood logo.  After paying I grabbed a beer and headed to the practice facilities.  The practice experience alone was enough to write home about.  I had beautiful views of the lake and mountains while hitting balls.  I thought to myself this is a little sliver of heaven.  As my tee time approached I snapped off more photos, worked on my putting and chipping, and was finally paired up with two other guys who were local to the area.  They were extremely friendly and we had a great conversation during our game.   As the round progressed each hole had it’s own character and I found each one so intriguing it was like each was designed for a post card moment.  The tall pine trees, lush greens, manicured fairways, and bunkers filled with sand from Pebble beach made for a most memorable golf experience.  Looking back I would have to put Edgewood in my top two golf rounds of my life.  Edgewood can be located at 180 Lake Pkwy, Stateline, NV 89449 and more information can be found on their website or by clicking here.

 

Nevada & California 2020 Pandemic Travels – Second stop South Lake Tahoe, NV, Harrah’s Hotel and Casino

We woke up early and left Tonopah for South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday morning June 30th…  On our way out of town, we stopped for some photos at the Clown Hotel.  The drive starts to get interesting around Walker Lake, then again as you near Lake Tahoe on the Nevada 207 West.  Other than that expect a rather desolate drive.   As we drove into Tahoe, climbing the massive winding highway, we were looking for something to eat before we checked into Harrah’s at 3 pm.  We found the perfect place near the beach named Jimmy’s Restaurant which is nestled at the base of the Landing Tahoe Resort and Spa.  We ordered fish tacos with Australian Sea Bass and the Caesar salad with blackened shrimp that were absolutely out of this world.  I would go back just for the shrimp they were that good.  After our meal we checked into Harrah’s and we were happy to see all the precautions the hotel was taking to address Covid 19.  Everyone was required to wear masks, there were temperature checks upon arrival, and some amenities were closed like the valet, room service, and housekeeping during the stay.  The staff took good care of us and got us a room on the 11th floor with amazing views of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding forest.  The hotel is a solid 3.5 and could use some additional upgrades, but overall it was a good choice for our stay… Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is located right on the Nevada/California state line and the address is 15 US-50, Stateline, NV 89449.  To be continued.

Lake Tahoe on the Nevada/California border

After winning a contest to visit the Tesla Gigafactory, I found myself in Reno, NV with a few hours to kill.  I had never been to Lake Tahoe, and I had just enough bandwidth to drive there and back before the tour began.   The next thing I knew I was having breakfast,  snapping some amazing photos of the lake and the beautiful landscape that surrounded this majestic work of God.  I also saw an amazing golf course which I can’t wait to go back and play.  Please take a look at my photos below.

Hearst Castle a California State Gem

If you have ever been to California and seen a stand full of brochures of things to do, one of those things that pops out is Hearst Castle. The creator William Randolph Hearst was heir to the fortune of his father George Hearst who literally struck it rich during the gold rush of California in the 1800’s. William spent his younger life touring the world with his mother and he developed a taste for fine art, sculptures, and tapestries. William grew up to be one of the richest men in the United States, and was the media mogul of his day. He owned vast amounts of newspapers, and periodicals as well as a fortune in land and real estate. One of his creations Casa Grande now named Hearst Castle is a California State owned park which William donated upon his death. Visitors and tourists can purchase a ticket to the home and enjoy the day in a guided tour. You’ll find Hearst’s Castle to be a wonderful stop for a history lesson and a chance to see some of the best art work from all over the world. You can visit Hearst Castle at 750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452.

The Loft at the Montage Hotel

The Loft overlooks the pool at the Montage and comes with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.  I had the lovely opportunity to sit on the deck and enjoy my breakfast.  I ordered off the ala carte menu and complimented my meal with a Rejuvenate juice that got my day off to a wonderful start.  I highly recommend the apple wood bacon and hash browns covered with your favorite cheese.  You can find the Loft on the 4th floor of the Montage at 30801 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Treasure Island Park in Laguna Beach

Treasure Island Park is an overwhelming beautiful landscape filled with cacti, flowers, and breath taking views of the mighty Pacific Ocean.  Nestled in front of the Montage hotel and resort, Treasure Island Park will have any visitor seeking to come back again.  Be sure to bring your camera, swim wear, and beach towel because you are going to want to spend a whole day here.  There is plenty of parking for $1.50 per hour by meter or if you can find a space on one of the surrounding streets in Laguna you can park for free and walk over.  Treasure Island Park is located at Wesley & Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

Treasure Island Photos