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6 WINTER 2018 | NCGA.ORG F R O M T H E E D I T O R I t was a bucket list trip before the term was en vogue. I had just played the Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, my first round of a vacation that took me on an odyssey of some of Northern California's finest, and I called into the office to listen to my messages on a pay phone—yes, I know I'm dating myself with that reference. It was 20 years ago that I flew to San Francisco without a coveted tee time at Pebble Beach Golf Links, so the words I was about to hear were music to my ears. I had scored the first tee time at Pebble the following morning. I jumped higher than Phil Mickelson when he holed the putt to win his first Masters. I slept maybe three winks that night, and "the greatest meeting of land and sea," didn't disappoint. Neither did Spyglass that sun-splashed afternoon. I count it among my favorite days playing golf. Growing up in New York, I've been spoiled with the courses I've played, and I'll be the first to say Northern California golf is tough to beat. No one sings about leaving their heart in Chattanooga, but I'm convinced it was a burger dog at Olympic Club that inspired Tony Bennett's ballad about the morning fog and the cable cars climbing halfway to the stars. I've been back to Pebble several times to cover the pros. One of my favorite places to play is Pacific Grove, where the price is right and the setting is priceless. In case you haven't figured it out, I'm a golf junkie. You don't send my type a dozen flowers. You send a dozen Pro V1s. You don't have to be a golf junkie to appreciate that 2018 marks the dawn of a golden age for golf in Northern California. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am will tout one of its strongest fields ever and the LPGA Tour returns to the Bay Area in April. In July, Poppy Hills hosts the U.S. Girls' Junior for the first time, and a month later the U.S. Amateur will be contested at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. This is your chance to see the next Lexi Thompsons and Jordan Spieths before they take the golf world by storm. These elite amateur championships set the stage for an unprecedented run of major championship golf in Northern California. The USGA will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pebble Beach at the 2019 U.S. Open while the PGA of America is scheduled to bring the PGA Championship to TPC Harding Park in 2020 and The Olympic Club in 2028, and make your reservations now because the 2032 Ryder Cup will be at Olympic, too. What a time to be alive and a golf fan in Northern California. Our columnist Brian Murphy makes the case that there is no better time to be a golfer, and I don't disagree. You can buy clubs tailored to your specs better than a suit. We have rangefinders and green books to tell us the exact yardage and break. You want to know your swing speed and smash factor on a drive like the pros? There's a gizmo for that too. Courses and resorts are going out of their way to court and cater to golfers like never before. We have never had it so good. In this issue's equipment forum, contributor Jim Achenbach spotlights all the gear so you can at least look like a pro. I don't know about you, but it makes me want to book time for a golf getaway—perhaps a day trip to Mill Valley or a long weekend in Santa Barbara, which Don Jozwiak and yours truly tell you how to do. Make 2018 your best golf year yet. And send plenty of Pro V1s. I NorCal Golf BY ADAM SCHUPAK, E DITOR THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GOLF ASSOCIATION Volume 38, Number 1 E ditorial and Business Office: Northern California Golf Association 3 200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 P: 831-625-4653; NCGA.org; ncgainfo@ncga.org NCGA Staff: C hief Executive Officer: J oe Huston M anaging Editor, Asst. Director of Communications: Jerry Stewart Alex Anderson, Toivo Betancourt, Jim Brady, Marissa Brosseau, Chris Ceman, Jeff Clark, Jamie Cordova, Ben C oronado, Jim Cowan, Ryan Dunham, Ryan Farb, Aana Fitzgerald, Lenny Fudenna, Martin Fuentes, Otis Goodwin, J eremy Gray, Ryan Gregg, Aaron Hartesveldt, Adam Heieck, Lindsay Horton, Vaughn Kezirian, Rick Leoncio, Michael Lowe, Jillian MacDonald, Julie McEntee, Helen Nicolayev, M alinda Oliver, Kaitlyn Petrando, Jean Quismundo, Rick Rangel, Spencer Sorensen, Sam Staton, Haley Whitbeck N CGA Board of Directors: Tom Bone (President), Gail Rogers (Vice President), Michael Weeks (Secretary/Treasurer), Patrick Quinn (Immediate Past President) Stacey Baba, Dr. Alfred Brown, Raymond Coates, John Dodsworth, Terry Fitzwater, Gary Fox, Scott Gebhardt, Bob Goldstein, Samuel Gross, Susan Morse, David Pearson, Kevin P eyton, Ed Quinn, Jay Silverberg, Richard Wise Courses Owned by the Northern California Golf Association P oppy Hills Golf Course 3200 Lopez Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 P: 831-622-8239; PoppyHillsGolf.com; info@poppyhillsgolf.com Poppy Ridge Golf Course 4280 Greenville Road, Livermore, CA 94550 P : 925-456-8202; PoppyRidgeGolf.com; i nfo@poppyridgegolf.com Published for the Northern California Golf Association in cooperation with: PGA Magazine Group 2600 Philmont Avenue, Suite 325 Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006 Phone: 215-914-2071 Editor: Adam Schupak Advertising: For information, please contact: Brian Folino at 661-312-6412 Regional Advertising Managers: Tom Black, Patrick Cherry, Howard Derkay Executive Director, Travel & Real Estate: Mike Agee CEO: Richard K. 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