“A shrine of the sport. A citadel of the game.
Respected, revered, a part of the royal family of the game.”
- Jim Murray
Extraordinary Golf Course
For nearly a century, our golf course has withstood the tests of time. The course was developed by the Los Angeles Athletic Club over an 18 month span, opening to critical acclaim in 1927. The LAAC commissioned George C. Thomas, an amateur architect who agreed to take on the project free of charge. It became his crowning achievement and today is considered one of the finest natural layouts in all of golf. As Hale Irwin attests, “The integrity of the course is influenced greatly by the fact that no two holes are alike and the course has been placed, rather than forced, into the land.”
The beauty in Thomas’ design is that each hole presents a new challenge. Johnny Miller, winner of the 1981 Los Angeles Open, described Riviera as, “Definitely one of the greatest, no-nonsense golf courses in the world! It requires a player to play every club in his bag and every shot in his game.”
Whether it’s a casual round with friends or a major championship, Riviera never ceases to provide a thrilling challenge. As Arnold Palmer once wrote of Riviera, “I consider it one of the great tests of golf.”
The Riviera has hosted a U.S. Open, two PGA Championships, a U.S. Senior Open, the NCAA Mens Championship and the US Amateur Championship. In addition, it serves as a perennial stop on the PGA Tour welcoming golf’s rarest talents for the Genesis Open.
The greatest golfers of each generation have had their names carved onto the hardware at The Riviera. Legends like Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Tom Watson, Sir Nick Faldo, Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and most recently Bubba Watson have all been crowned champions here. It’s a testament to the timeless design and the passion of our agronomy team.
Ben Hogan has a special place in Riviera golf history. In fact, the course was nicknamed “Hogan’s Alley” after his incredible run of 3 victories in an 18 month span including two Los Angeles Opens and a US Open sandwiched in between.
When Hogan won his first U.S. Open at The Riviera Country Club in 1948, he remarked, “Some of my most pleasant memories and thoughts are of this wonderful club and magnificent golf course.” Hogan’s feelings are echoed by the world’s best golfers today who return each year to compete in the Genesis Open.
A bronze statue stands in Hogan’s honor a few yards from the putting greens. One can imagine Hogan himself looking out on the divine valley of Riviera and admiring it’s intricately sloped fairways and it’s delicately carved bunkers amongst the lanes of sycamore and eucalyptus trees. It’s a breathtaking site where on a clear day you can see straight through to the Pacific Ocean. It truly is an unrivaled setting.