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But what truly lifts this Santa Cruz gem into another realm is its rich history. One clubhouse display case features memora- bilia from Juli Inkster, the Hall of Famer who grew up in a house alongside No. 14. Another glass-enclosed exhibit honors ar- chitect Alister MacKenzie, whose designs include Pasatiempo, Cypress Point, Meadow Club and, oh yes, Augusta National. Or take a short uphill hike to Hollins House, named in honor of early 20th-cen- tury pioneer Marion Hollins – who brought MacKenzie to Northern California and unleashed him on Cypress and Pasatiempo. The walls ooze history: one photo of Hollins and Bobby Jones as part of the course's inaugural foursome on Sept. 8, 1929; another shot of Ben Hogan on property in 1948; yet another of Tiger Woods along- side his Stanford stand bag during the 1996 Western Intercollegiate. "You kind of get lost in the job," long- time head pro Ken Woods says, "but this place is pretty cool." The course remains cool – with one of the cooler club logos to boot – nearly 90 years after Hollins, with MacKenzie's help, turned her grand vision into reality. Start with the setting – nestled in the foothills of Santa Cruz, with picturesque views of nearby Monterey Bay (on clear days) and fairways lined by mature, majestic trees. Then consider the giants of the game to pass through Pasatiempo ("passing the time" in Spanish) over the years. Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Ken Venturi, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth all partici- pated in the Western Intercollegiate in college, before they soared to stardom as pros. Spieth's onetime Texas teammates gathered in Pasatiempo's MacKenzie Grill to watch him win the Masters in 2015. Arron Oberholser not only won the Western in '96, edging that Tiger guy, but he also grew up in San Mateo and played at San Jose State. So Oberholser, now a Golf Channel analyst, knows all about Pasatiempo and considers every hole a masterpiece. "Cypress Point is incredible, but for my money I'll take Pasatiempo over Cypress," Oberholser says. "If you told me I could play one course every day for the rest of my life, I'd take 'Pasa.'" Rich history and all, a course must evolve to last this long. Pasatiempo has made notable changes in recent years, including an ambitious renovation of its teeing areas – expanding and fitting them into the natural contours of the land, while adding forward "Hollins Tees" (totaling 4,431 yards) for beginners and other players who want to reach the green more quickly. Most significantly, club officials found an alternative, reliable water source – an 26 WINTER 2019 | NCGA.ORG P asatiempo Golf Club's physical characteristics are striking enough, from its sprawling, artistic bunkers to its expansive, bedeviling greens. The course also owns a natural and distinctive flow – bending this way and turning that way, dropping gently and rising subtly. A sea of sand frames Pasatiempo's 13th hole; Dr. Alister MacKenzie at the 16th hole (inset), which he declared to be his favorite par 4 he designed. USGA

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