Riviera: Hogan’s Alley

I worked at Rivera Country Club and Bel-Aire Country Club for a total of five years when I lived in Los Angeles in the 1990’s. They are two of my favorite golf courses anywhere. Both are very unique. They were designed by the team of George C. Thomas, Jr. and William Bell. Billy Bell was…

Donald Ross

“His stamp as an architect was naturalness.” — Jack Nicklaus Donald Ross was a professional golfer and golf course designer who was born in Dornoch, Scotland, but who became a citizen of (and spent most of his adult life in) the United States. He was involved in designing or redesigning approximately 400 golf courses from…

The Tenth at Riviera

I began my golfing career at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, a course I have played many times. The 10th hole at Riviera is one of the most beguiling challenges on the planet. Just putting¬†that green has driven people crazy. If you don’t believe me, ask ¬†the tour professional who once 5-putted during the…