Attention: Lefties from Associations outside of California are always welcome to participate in Norcal Tournaments.

Contact: Jim Dalton (510) 378 - 2126 or EMAIL

2019 ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

March 20th (Wednesday)
Lefty / Guests
Silverado Country Club - North Course
Napa, CA

Silverado Golf Resort is located in the heart of California wine country in the Napa Valley. The North Course has undergone recent facelifts by former PGA Tour player Johnny Miller. Love him or hate him, he did a fantastic job of shaping their flagship course, the North course. The course features a classic-style layout that winds through mature oak trees and features undulating fairways, challenging raised greens, and deep carefully placed bunkers. The front nine plays slightly tighter off of the tee, with more trees in play and a premium on placement and angles. The transition to the back nine is as smooth as a good Pinot Noir, which appears more approachable off of the tee but requires careful consideration to avoid the deep strategically placed fairway bunkers that have a knack of drawing your attention.

April 17th (Wednesday)
Lefty / Guest
Baylands Golf Links
Palo Alto, CA

Re-designed by renowned architect Forrest Richardson, the City of Palo Alto welcomes you to Baylands Golf Links. Formerly the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course, Richardson led the reconfiguration of the original William F. Bell design, which opened in 1956. Proudly managed by OB Sports, Baylands Golf Links opened to the public May 26, 2018.

The re-designed golf course will feature 55 acres of native Baylands vegetation and wetlands areas, a 40% reduction of managed turf areas, a 35% reduction of potable water use, an additional 10.5 acres added to the Baylands Athletic Center for future recreational use, and 7.4 acres of land converted into in-stream marshland terrace habitat within an expanded San Francisquito Creek for increased flood protection.

Baylands starts off very gently and is not terribly exciting. Yet it gets more and more interesting as the round progresses. The links styling starts to shine and the holes get increasingly enjoyable with more hazards, bunkers and undulations in play. The greens are big and very undulated, and they definitely provide the biggest component of challenge on this course. The course has a lot of tricky greens. Tee shots are generally quite forgiving and wide open with one consistent fairway cut of grass throughout the course. There is no primary cut of rough and many holes are interconnected in a links fashion, so you can often spray your ball quite wide and be in fine shape. There are some native outer areas that you want to avoid. There are long grasses and lumpy, dirty mounds that will generally not provide forgiving lies (if you find your ball at all).

May 21th (Tuesday)
Lefty / Guest
Catta Verdera Country Club
Lincoln, CA

Catta Verdera Country Club is nestled among the rolling hills and woodlands of Lincoln, California and offers one of the finest tests of golf. To retain the area’s natural beauty, the course has been “coaxed” from a stunning 335 acre valley, complete with gentle streams, natural oaks, buckeyes, Ponderosa pines and granite outcroppings. By enhancing the natural lay of the land, Catta Verdera is as visually captivating as it is challenging.

Designed by Richard Phelps, Catta Verdera boasts not only spectacular natural beauty, but also provides the golfer with tremendous challenge. A poor shot is penalized while a well-executed shot is rewarded, and a well played round will be memorable indeed. To enjoy Catta Verdera, the golfer can relax and feel comfortable in the peaceful surroundings or indulge in the challenge of championship golf. Catta Verdera is the best of both worlds and offers a one-of-a-kind golfing experience!

June 17th-20th (Monday-Thursday)
84th NATIONAL LEFTY CHAMPIONSHIP
Old Greenwood Golf Club
The Golf Club at Gray's Crossing
Truckee , CA

Host Hotel - Silver Legacy, Reno NV

Old Greenwood Golf Club: Five minutes from Truckee lies Old Greenwood, the only Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. Situated on 600 acres of forest and meadowland surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the course is among uncommonly beautiful surroundings. More than most courses, Old Greenwood is influenced by the land upon which it sits. The course’s closeness to nature is evident in many places, especially where the rolling land, thick forests and water features collide. While the combination is breathtaking, it also presents a challenge. Though difficult, the course is eminently playable, like most Nicklaus designs. While Old Greenwood feels secluded and miles from anywhere, it is less than a 30-minute drive from North Lake Tahoe or Reno Nevada.

The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing: Is a Peter Jacobsen/Jim Hardy designed championship golf course nestled in Truckee, California. At Gray’s Crossing, golfers will experience “a return to tradition,” as the course meets golf enthusiasts’ demands to play a course with a traditional, private club feel. Fast greens and tournament-like conditions await golfers every day. Demanding a combination of creative club choices and tactical strategies, the Jacobsen design reveals his passion for fun, yet challenging play. Towering Lodgepole and Jeffrey Pines line the fairways as the course weaves through a natural mountain surrounding with Mt. Rose as its backdrop. When calculating each shot, the environment plays as much a role as the course.

July 30th (Tuesday)
Lefty / Guest
Corica Park South Golf Course
Alameda, CA
Located in the beautiful island City of Alameda, California, less than five minutes from the Oakland Airport. It’s time to discover one of America's new best public access courses, the all new South Course (opened June 22, 2018), unlike any in the Bay Area. Renowned Architect Rees Jones describes the new course as a minimalist design more like you would find in Australia, where you can play the ball to the hole by air or ground. There’s a nice mix of holes — some long and some short, some wide and some narrow, some daunting and some vulnerable. The South Course includes far fewer trees than the North Course, which means wind off the bay is a significant factor. Jones insisted Corica Park will be playable even during rainy winters, given elevated fairways and improved drainage.

September 3th - 5th
(Tuesday - Thursday)

62nd Annual Lefty / Righty Team Championship

Redhawk Golf Course
Sparks, NV

Toiyabe Golf Club
Washoe Valley, CA

Somersett Golf and Country Club
Reno, NV

Redhawk Golf Course: ffers 5 sets of tees but the Par-71 layout is 6,564 yards from the tournament tees. Nestled against the high desert hillside, dramatic elevation changes on the opening nine holes produce unparalleled scenic views of the valley. At times wildlife is abundant as the course and nature embrace. The finishing nine offer a unique contrast to the front. Sierra Mountain views to the south, lakes, and longer holes wind you through the Silver Oak master planned community. Silver Oak Golf Course has consistently been voted Carson City's best since 2006.

Toiyabe Golf Club: Tucked away at the base of the majestic, Sierra Nevada Mountains, you will discover Toiyabe Golf Club, a semi-private golf club, for Members and Public Guests. While maintaining the tranquility and beauty of nature’s landscape, Robert Muir Graves-designed course is a natural blend of links-style and Alpine golf that will challenge low handicap players, as well as golfers of all abilities. The course that he states, “Offers an extraordinary golfing opportunity rarely available today.” At Toiyabe Golf Club we pride ourselves in our commitment to provide not only an outstanding golf experience, but also a warm, serene atmosphere for the entire family to enjoy. Our facilities are all framed by the most stunning views in Northern Nevada. Though our amenities and landscape are top notch, what really sets us apart is our friendly staff, fully committed to providing legendary customer service to our family of members and guests. Toiyabe Golf Club not only offers beauty and relaxation but will challenge the most seasoned golfer. Come and see what members have only known about Toiyabe Golf Club, now open to the public.

Somersett Golf and Country Club: At 7,252 yards from the Sierra tees, the par 72 Championship course is naturally blended into the high desert landscape offering panoramic views of the surrounding alpine vistas. With five sets of tee markers, seven lakes, 62 white sand bunkers and 400 foot wide landing areas off the tee, the course offers players of varying ability levels the opportunity to challenge or be challenged.

October 23rd (Wednesday)
Lefty Club Championship
The Olympic Club - Ocean Course
San Francisco, CA

The Pacific Links, as the Ocean Course was originally known, also opened in May 1924. The 18-hole course featured eight holes west of Skyline Blvd. However, winter storms caused mudslides which led to necessary redesigns of both courses and some of the original Lake Course holes became part of the Ocean Course. Only two holes (the 3rd and 4th) remained west of Skyline. The course reopened in 1927 with a length of 6,053 yards, or about 400 yards shorter than the Lake Course at the time.

The Ocean Course has been redesigned and rerouted several times since 1927, including a total reconstruction under Tom Weiskopf in 2000. A further renovation took place in 2012, after the U.S. Open, under the guidance of Bill Love and the Green Committee.

The Ocean Course is now a customizable experience that balances the needs of players at all skill levels with providing a challenging and rewarding round of golf. The Ocean Course has hosted several local, state, regional, and national championships, including the 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur, the 2007 U.S. Amateur, and the 2015 inaugural U.S. Four-Ball Championships.

December 18th (Monday)
Lefty Points Race Championship
El Macero Country Club
Davis, CA

El Macero Country Club features an 18-hole parkland-style Championship course stretching to 6,862 yards from the furthest set of tees. The course was designed by course architect Bob Baldock, who designed several courses in California and Nevada. The course offers four different sets of tee markers, and the rating and slope from the back tees is 73.0/129. El Macero has served as a qualifying spot for several USGA events over the years, and serves as the home course for UC Davis Men's and Women's golf teams. Notable PGA Tour players that have played in tournaments at El Macero include Byron Nelson, Peter Jacobsen, Tiger Woods, and Nick Watney.

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OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS 2019 AND BEYOND

THESE EVENTS WILL BE UPDATED AS INFORMATION IS RECEIVED FROM EVENT DIRECTOR OR ORGANIZATION

May 1-3, 2019 Lefty / Righty Dave McCall Southwest Shoot-Out
UNM Championship Golf Course, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Contact: Donald Lightburn (505) 286-8667 or EMAIL

June 17-20, 2019 National Lefty Championship Tournament

Gray's Crossing and Old Greenwood Golf Courses, Truckee, CA

Reno, Nevada
Contact Jim Dalton EMAIL or phone 510-378-2126

September 3-5, 2019 62nd Annual Western States Lefty / Righty Tournament
Redhawk GC, The Golf Club at Gray's Crossing, Redhawk GC,
Carson City NV, Truckee, CA and Sparks, NV

Contact: Jim Dalton (510) 378-2126 or EMAIL

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SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL EVENTS 2019 - 2022

 

May 20-24, 2019 26th World Left-Handed Golf Championship
Willingen, Germany

August 2020 27th World Left-Handed Golf Championship
Paris, France

2022 28th World Left-Handed Golf Championship
China

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