Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

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Play the Legends and Champions Courses for a golf experience to remember at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.




Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California, inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2014, offers guests 36 holes of golf across two green championship courses: the links-style Champions Course and the parkland-style Legends Course. When La Costa opened in 1965, its Champions Course was an immediate star attraction. The resort’s planners had invited architect Dick Wilson to design a 72-par, 7,200-yard golf course over 215 acres. Wilson himself was highly regarded at the time, having designed nearly sixty courses throughout his life, such as Laurel Valley, Royal Montreal, and. Cog Hill. (Omni La Costa’s Legends Course was one of his last.) The project had taken two years to complete at the massive cost of $1.5 million. Nevertheless, La Costa’s course quickly developed a great reputation for its year-round playability, prompting CBS to select the venue for its “CBS Golf Classic” competition.

The greatest professional golfers of their day would eventually grace the links, too, including Sam Snead, Ray Floyd, Arnold Palmer, Bobby Nichols, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods. In fact, many of those golfers would compete in the Tournament of Champions on another one of the resort’s magnificent venues, the Champions Course, in 1969. In fact, the tournament proved to be so popular that the competition returned to the resort every year until 1998. (The tournament is now known as the “Mercedes Championship.”) But many other famous kinds of guests would play at the Legends Course, including the upper crust of Hollywood’s elite. For instance, stars like crooners Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and entertainer Bob Hope all regularly visited the golf course throughout the 1970s, further solidifying its world-renowned status.

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa hosted additional professional golf tournaments in the decades that followed, such as the WGC Match Play Championships (from 1999 through 2006) and the LPGA Kia Classic in 2010. Perhaps the greatest competition to take place on-site was the World Golf Championships in 1999. The World Golf Championships were played on the original course layout with the opening nine composed of holes 10 through 18 on the Legends Course while the closing nine consisted of holes one through three and 13 through 18 on the Champions Course. The five-day televised event raised more than $500,000 for local charities.

The redesigned 18-hole, 72-par Legends Course opened in 2013. It was designed by golf course design firm Pascuzzo & Pate, which incorporated course elements from Dick Wilson and Joseph Lee’s original vision. Compared with the older Champions Course, the Legends Course is more spacious. This brilliant course hosts a number of outstanding tournaments today, including the IMG Junior World Golf Championships, the California Amateur Championships, and the Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championships. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa originally opened in 1965 and was inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2014

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