― Maintaining history and connecting to the future ―
Riviera Country Club 90 years of commitment
Club of "the highest peak" where celebrities gather and spend bliss
Throughout the history of more than 90 years since its foundation, while it has become a stage for top golfers to compete for victory, we have been loved by celebrities in various fields as a place for socializing and relaxation, and have been praised as "the world's best private club". The "flagship" of the Riviera Group-Riviera Country Club- (RCC).I would like to introduce our efforts toward the milestone of the 100th anniversary while taking the steps forward.
The RCC is located in Pacific Palisades on the outskirts of Los Angeles, California, USA. The location is rich in eucalyptus and sycamore vegetation and, as the name implies, is rich in natural scenery overlooking the Pacific Ocean, close to Hollywood, Malibu and Santa Monica, making it an unbeatable location for celebrities. Focusing on this great place, RCC opened. It was in 1926 (official opening in June 1927). The designer was George C. Thomas, one of the most respected golf course designers in Southern California at the time.
Around this time, the RCC was also equipped with a riding ground and became the venue for the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Equestrian Games.In the show jumping competition, Takeichi Nishi of Japan, also known as "Baron Nishi", has won the championship.There were many polo lovers in the upper class at that time, and Hollywood actors also regularly enjoyed golf and polo at RCC.After that, in the 60s, the Polo Club was transformed into a high-class tennis club with 24 courts, and was reborn as the "Riviera Tennis Club", which is known for its outstanding achievements such as holding the National Student Championship for more than 30 years.
RCC has also been used frequently as a major film location, including the films Pat and Mike, starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, and the movie The Caddy.
George C. Thomas, Day of the 1927 RCC Open
Entrance to the Polo Equestrian Center
Polo club in the 1930s
One frame of Hollywood movie "Pat and Mike"
The stage of a major tournament that produced many famous games
RCC has been chosen as the venue for many major tournaments since its inception, with only golf courses entrusted to top designers aiming to be “the highest peak”. The PGA Tour LA Open is held in February every year, remembering that the 16-year-old Tiger Woods made a brilliant major debut (1992). The RCC is a fixed venue except for a very short time. Even when he was away from the RCC, fans were keen to return, and the enthusiastic movements of club members such as Glen Campbell, the country music giant, became established in the RCC from the 2's and continue to the present day .
Among professional golf fans in the U.S., the RCC is known as the Hogans Alley, a legendary player named Ben Hogan, who opened the LA in 1947 and the US Open in 1948. And the LA Open. In each case, the RCC is the venue. Other major tournaments held at the RCC include the National Professional Golf Championship (1983/1995), the National Senior Open (1998), the National Student Championship (2012), and the American Amateur Championship (2017). Has been held twice. If a golf event will take place at the Los Angeles Olympics in 3, the RCC has been determined to be the stadium.
The first LA Open on the Riviera in 1929
US Open (1948) / LA Open (1947/48) Champion Ben Hogan
Efforts to maintain a glorious history and develop it into the future
Ben Hogan wrote, "RCC No. 4 is one of the best short holes in the U.S. and what I like the most," but "Emperor" Jack Nikolaus also said "RCC No. 10 is one of It is the shortest and most strategic par-4 hole and is one of the most exciting courses in major tournaments. " Like these two, many players give the 4th and 10th the “best hole”. The 12th, also known as the "bogie tree", is also popular. This is a famous place where famous actor Humphrey Bogard visited and drank bourbon. It's an episode because it's a historical club.
The Riviera sticks to every single piece of history. The current RCC has been carefully managed since its inception in 1988, with the concept of "returning to the origins of George C. Thomas Jr. design" since our succession in Japan in 2016. . On the other hand, the RCC chosen as a venue for major tournaments must always be state-of-the-art. Invited Paul Latchou, one of the nation's foremost course managers, to serve as advisor. Advocating "everyday is a tournament condition", we are working on course maintenance that supports the evolution of equipment. In XNUMX, we launched the Ogawa Project, a flood control project in cooperation with the City of Los Angeles. In this project, spring water from the Santa Monica valley, which is negatively affecting the marine environment, is drawn into RCC, stored, purified, and used as water. It also prepares for the droughts that often occur in the region. By showing the situation of this flood control to local children, the social contribution effect in education is also expected.
And another. We are promoting the conversion of clubhouses into museums. Not only the history of the RCC tournament but also the history of adding color to numerous Hollywood films as a great location. The clubhouse itself will be an impressive museum, not to mention its material value. Maintain history and connect to the future. That is the RCC mission. With the big event set to take place in the 2028 Olympics, the RCC will continue to strive to mark the history of the new centenary.
Full view of clubhouse from course