(par 71) of golf real estate.
It has often been referred to as the perfect seniors golf course,
mostly, of course, by those who have won here (Jim Colbert and Allen
Doyle, especially) or played well.
It isn't always difficult reaching the greens, but when you do, it
isn't always easy making putts.
Hale Irwin still holds the course record at 62, accomplished in the
final round at the 1998 Toshiba Senior Classic, thanks, in large part, to
the Famous Bunker Rake at 17.
But even Irwin that day, when he passed 11 players and climbed from
five strokes down to win on Sunday, made a bogey at the par-3 No. 8.
As Newport Beach embarks on Toshiba Senior Classic VII, we bring you
our annual look at the links with a hole-by-hole glimpse.
Hole No. 1 -- Traditionally one of the easiest on the course, it's a
dogleg left and friendly start for the seniors with trees and bunkers
lining both sides of the fairway.
The 339-yard par-4 has a two-tiered green, leaving a tricky approach
shot. Birdies here are frequent.
Hole No. 2 -- The fairway is wide, but the 390-yard par-4 is uphill
from tee to green. It provided the most pars (115) on the front nine last
From 1996 through '99, No. 2 ranked first in pars for the entire
In five years at Newport Beach, however, only one eagle has been made
(David Graham in the opening round of '97).
Hole No. 3 -- The only par-5 on the front (549 yards) generally has
the seniors salivating with a green approachable in two.
Last year, the only two eagles on the front nine were made here, while
No. 3 tied with No. 1 for the most birdies yielded (35), giving the
seniors a nice start.
Hole No. 4 -- The first par-3 on the course is a scenic one, and also
favorable for the seniors, who played the water hole to the third-most
pars (109) and birdies (28) on the front last year. The green is a large
Hole No. 5 -- This is where is gets tough for the seniors, a 430-yard
par-4 that ranked as the hardest hole on the golf course in 1996 and '97,
and was fourth in '98, when it was shortened 25 yards. Last year, it
ranked as the second-toughest hole (behind No. 6).It plays uphill and