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Golf: Newport's newest private golf club is also the smallest

March 29, 2001

Richard Dunn

For an easy $5 a year, yes, you too can own a private golf

membership in Newport Beach.

It's only nine holes, mind you, and it's putting only -- sort of like

The Greens at Park Place in Irvine, about three miles up Jamboree Road --

but it's good fun and perfect for a date, corporate outing or family

function.

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And, plus, you'll be a full-fledged club member alongside Arnold

Palmer and Clint Eastwood.

That's right. The King and Dirty Harry himself are honorary members at

the Royal & Ancient Ambassadors Golf Club in Newport Beach.

The facility, which opened earlier this month, is the sister course to

Pebble Beach, with tongue in cheek, of course. Palmer and Eastwood are

involved with Pebble Beach ownership, along with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games chairman and former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth.

Ueberroth and his brother, John, built the new 72-yard putting green

for their employees, guests and clients. The flag on the green's ninth

hole was the same one used at this year's AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble

Beach on No. 18.

Ueberroth, a Big Canyon Country Club member, came home with the Pebble

Beach flag to represent the finishing hole at the Royal & Ancient

Ambassadors Golf Club, established 2001, which, of course, "isn't very

ancient," Ambassadors International executive Jerry McGee said Wednesday.

Ueberroth opened the unique, well-undulated putting green mainly for

employees of his company, Ambassadors International, but the "club" isn't

exactly serious about business.

Simply reading over the membership application form is a laugh a

second. One of the questions includes: "How many bag tags do you have on

your golf bag?"

Yet, anybody interested in becoming a member needs only five bucks,

after clearing the application screening process.

"It's Newport Beach's smallest private golf course," said Lindsey

Ueberroth, Peter's niece, who handles public relations and promotions.

"It's not meant to be a moneymaker," she added. "It's something for

our employees (at Ambassadors International) and clients that come in.

It's really more for entertaining, yet it's somewhat of a serious idea

that they came up with, as part of our office and company, (for

employees) to belong to a private club and do some unique events out

here. It's more for marketing, more of an entertainment type thing, but

we've had some fun with it."

On the Ambassadors Golf Club scorecard, set up for 18 holes as you

repeat the nine holes (with different flags), there's a list of rules.

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