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Golf Tradition

Legends Trail celebrates the rich golf history at La Costa Resort.

By Southland Golf MagazinePublished: May, 2007

Dedicated to a golf tradition that dates back more than 40 years, La Costa Resort and Spa has unveiled its Legends Trail. The on-course monuments on the North and South courses have been designed to recapture the magic of the game’s most celebrated players at holes where many chapters in golf history have been written.

The first set of eight granite monuments are spread throughout both layouts, where the Accenture Match Play Championship was held from 1999-2006, the Tournament Of Champions from 1969-93 and the Mercedes Championship from 1994-98.

On the fourth Tuesday of each month, La Costa offers guests a chance to play its Tournament Course, which is a composite of the North Course and South Course that was used for PGA Tour events. Here’s a look at a couple of holes on the Legends Trail:

South Course, No. 13

Par 4, 448 yards

Tom Watson was penalized two shots in the 1980 Tournament Of Champions for “giving advice” to competitor Lee Trevino. Although Watson was leading, he and Trevino enjoyed casual conversation throughout the round, and on the tee Watson noted, “You are playing the ball too far forward” (violation of Rule 81a). Trevino’s caddie, Herman Mitchell, was wearing a television microphone and Watson’s comment was heard on the air, prompting a viewer to notify tournament officials. Watson was unaware of the penalty until he got to the scoring tent. Still, he won by three strokes.

North Course, No. 16

Par 3, 189 yards

Tiger Woods produced the most famous shot in La Costa tournament history, winning the playoff for the 1997 Mercedes Championship. When rain forced Woods and Tom Lehman to return Sunday morning to break their tie, play started on the par-3 hole near the clubhouse. Woods’ tee shot landed 2 inches from the hole. He tapped in for birdie and ended the playoff with one swing.   SG