Often referred to as a masterpiece, The Riviera Country Club’s golf course is a testament to the game. Its legendary layout has produced champions such as Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson. The course also played host to notable celebrity golfers such as Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and W.C Fields. Humphrey Bogart could often be spotted watching golf play from under the tree by the 12th tee and it’s on these historic links that the fresh ocean breezes helped Howard Hughes whittle his handicap down to a four.
Ben Hogan, who won his first US Open at the Riviera in 1948, once remarked, “Some of my most pleasant memories and thoughts are of this wonderful club and magnificent golf course.” Hogan’s thoughts are shared by golf professionals of today, many of whom join us each year for the Northern Trust Open PGA Tour event.