Pelican Hill Golf Club, exciting golf and perfect weather are two very
important factors over which they have zero control.
Makes you wonder? Could the Team Matches have come off any better on
television? Probably not.
And for those working the event, Mother Nature provided a stunning
sunset over Catalina Island to cap a sunny Sunday at Pelican Hill, where
temperatures reached 78 degrees with a slight ocean breeze.
As clear blue skies and a lush, green golf course covered the
television screen for the Team Matches, ABC news breaks showed pictures
of late-season tornado damage in the South and crushing blizzards in the
Talk about two different worlds.
We're watching sailboats dot the ocean and Jack Nicklaus play his best
golf of 2000, while Midwestern cars are stranded on snow-covered highways
and some mobile home owners in the South are suddenly homeless.
Thus, the world can use some feel-good stories and good television,
and, for that, the entertainment dollar reached a zenith for the new
title sponsor of the event produced by Terry Jastrow and Gaylord
Entertainment, formerly Jack Nicklaus Productions.
There's no getting around the brilliance of great December weather in
Newport Beach, especially when live television is involved.
But fans at the golf course, once again, struggled to get around.
My biggest beef is this: Many people on foot, including myself, were
confused upon reaching the main intersection of Pelican Hill's two
courses in front of the clubhouse and down the primary walkway from the
lower patio area, which leads directly to the popular practice putting
There was no signage telling people where to go. As I stood and
watched, I noticed others doing the same thing I did: Arriving at the
intersection and turning their heads like a bird in a cuckoo clock,
wondering where to go after buying a $35 ticket (I was there with a media
A shuttle service was provided to take fans from the parking lot to
the 14th hole on the Ocean North Course, but the signage wasn't enough to
draw fans' attention.
As fans walk up to Pelican Hill's clubhouse, they're seeing a lot of