by Jeff Skinner
Each week we get to see the courses of the PGA Tour up close but even with shots from the blimp it is difficult sometimes to see the layout in the big picture, so to speak. Take a look at this Google Earth flyover of Riviera Country Club from Golf Frontier.com.
Riviera Country Club was built in 1926 by George C Thomas Jr and has a cult following among tour players. It ranked as the tenth most difficult course on the PGA Tour last season.
This flyover gives us a good picture of Riviera Country Club and all the trouble that waits the tour pros. We always hear talk about the California Canyons and this flyover shows that Riviera actually sits down in a canyon and is surrounded by plenty of houses sitting on the edges of the canyon.
Check out Geoff Shackelford.com. He has more insight to Riviera than anyone as he wrote its club history, The Riviera Country Club…A Definitive History. He also penned The Captain which covers the life and work of Riviera’s original architect, George C. Thomas Jr. He is posting daily tidbits on Riviera and its history.