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A Look Back into the History of Riverwalk: Where the Legends All Played

Riverwalk Golf Course began life as the Mission Valley Country Club, which was constructed entirely on a beautiful green floodplain of the San Diego River, itself eventually issuing into the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. The course's immaculate condition and challenging layout made it one of the nation's best golf courses, and it attracted the professional golf tour in 1957, when it hosted the San Diego Open Invitational tournament for the first time.

Arnold Palmer won the event that year with a score of -17 under par, defeating Al Balding by a single stroke - and for his efforts, Arnie took home a whopping $2,400 check. Since that time, both the course and the top prize have changed a great deal, but not before a great many more legendary golfers strode down its fairways and agonized over its total test of golf skills.

Parade of champions

The San Diego Open Invitational was not played in 1958, because the play date was moved from November to January, so it leapfrogged into 1959, when Marty Furgol won over five runners-up, among them Mike Souchak and Billy Casper. The following year, in 1960, Mr. Souchak had apparently figured out the course sufficiently to claim first prize in the tournament all by himself, winning at -19 under par over Johnny Pott.

In 1961, the last year the course was called the Mission Valley Country Club, the tournament was again won by the remarkable Arnold Palmer, who posted a closing score of 65 to catch front-runner Al Balding and defeat him in a playoff. Palmer was reaching the peak of his powers at that time, as the San Diego tournament in January acted as a springboard to his six tour wins that year, the last of which was the British Open in July.

South African legend Gary Player won the tournament in 1963 over 'Champagne' Tony Lema at -17 under par, and in 1966 the tournament was won by Billy Casper, who defeated Tommy Aaron and Tom Weiskopf by a decisive four strokes to start off his golf season on the right note. Both these tournaments were played as the San Diego Open Invitational, but by that time the course had been re-named as the Stardust Country Club.

Later years

While the course was still known as the Stardust Country Club, a native San Diego teenager named Phil Mickelson worked at the practice area retrieving range balls, and in his off time, refining the golf swing which would eventually catapult him to 42 wins on the PGA Tour, including five major championships. The San Diego Open Invitational eventually morphed into the Farmers Insurance Open, and is now played at neighboring Torrey Pines Golf course, but the early years of the course and the tournament are fondly remembered by old-timers.

Posted by admin at Aug 11, 2016 Category: Golf
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How Riverwalk is Using Technology to Improve Your Golf Experience



With the increasing availability of innovative technology, the modern golf experience has moved beyond the basics of club, ball, hole. Wearable devices, GPS analysis, and tech-integrated equipment allow players to improve their game in ways previously unimagined. Golf courses across the country, like San Diego’s Riverwalk Golf Club, have made significant upgrades that highlight modern tech and provide seamless synchronization with wearable devices.


Golf carts equipped with GPS tracking devices are proving to be very popular among players and golf course owners alike. Live, on-board pace of play trackers allow information to be shared with ease. Players can evaluate their data and use the results to refine technique and improve their game. Club owners can analyze data generated by players to determine course traffic patterns, which can help to identify and eliminate bottlenecks; this can, in turn, prevent course wear-and-tear. Additionally, golf course architects can use the information to help design innovative, challenging new courses, unlike anything players have seen before.


Another great addition to our golf carts is the USB port right in the dashboard. Now you can plug in and charge your phone, and don't forget your Jambox! You can use Bluetooth to broadcast your favorite tunes over your Jambox speaker and be your own personal DJ while you play.




New technology is even aiming to alter your eating habits. New smart golf carts come equipped with screens linked into clubhouse menus, allowing players to order food without interrupting their game. And if you are looking for a thrill beyond traditional golf carts, some companies are taking trendy transportation to the next level. A golf cart and hoverboard hybrid, GolfBoard is bridging the gap between walking and riding. These crafty devices can even speed up your game by eliminating the need to walk the course, without being confined to a cart.


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Posted by admin at Aug 01, 2016 Category: Golf
Tags: Golf, Technology, Golf Course, Golf Cart, San Diego Golf top