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you r Catalina's golf course built in 1892 is oldest west of Rockies BY MARK MARCHETTI FOR THE ISLANDER Golf is often referred to it as the game you love to hate. No matter how good you think you are, the "Golf Gods" are always ready and able to knock you down and return you back to earth. You might be able to string together a couple of good holes. You get a couple of pars, then you get that birdie and start feeling really good about your game.., then that dou- ble or triple boogie comes along; the horrible sand trap; the deadly water hazard, and you quickly become mortal again. It's the great equalizer in life and even happens to the great ones. How many of us smile just a little when you watch golf on TV and see a great pro player have that horrible hole just like the rest of us. Since I play for fun and don't have to depend on my game to support myself (thank G0d!), I try not to take the game too seriously. I have been fortunate to have played some of the most beautiful courses in the world, the Olympic Club, the Old Del Monte Course, The Presidio S.F., Cabo del Sol, just to name a few, but there is nothing like playing island golf. "Mainland" courses are pretty, but when you add golf to an island, the courses become truly beautiful. I have played the Tryall Club Course in Jamaica, the Waikoloa King's Course and Wailea Golf Club Hawaii, the Pearl in Morea, the Coronado and yes, I have even played at St. Andrews in Scotland. What they all have in common is that they are located on islands! What I consider to be my "home island course" is here on Catalina. All the courses I have listed above have their own unique his- tories. Many have hosted major tournaments and as we &ll know,~ St. Andrews is the legendary home of golf. We here in Catalina have a great deal to be proud of with our course history as well. Our course was built by the Banning Brothers in 1892 and is the old- est operating course west of the Rocky Mountains. Not only has the Catalina course been played by numerous movie stars, athletes and celebrities over the years but is was the home to the Bobby Jones Invitational from 1931- 1955. The Catalina Island Junior Golf Tournament started in 1967. Future pro golfers, Corey Pavin, Craig Stadler and Tiger Woods played in the tournament. If you visit Catalina, take a little time to enjoy golf here. And for those of us who play here on a regular basis, next time you play a round, take a moment to remember the history, enjoy the beauty and realize how fortunate we are to be in such a special place. Mark ~larchetti-Catalina Island Resident and writer. Visit the website at Lizardkeybook.com. I March 1-5 Fred Hall Outdoor Recreation Show, at the Long Beach Convention Center Join the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and hundreds of fishing, hunting, and travel companies, for this iconic southern California outdoor recreation show. 2017 sport hunting and fishing licenses will be available for pur- chase, and state Fish and Wildlife biologists and wardens will be there to answer your questions. The Long Beach Convention Center is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd., in Long Beach. For more information, visit www.fredhall.com. March 14 Last day of commercial California halibut trawl season (within the California halibut trawl grounds). Last day of commercial white seabass season. Last day of commercial sea cucumber trawl season (within the California halibut trawl grounds). March 15 Recreational white seabass daily bag limit reduced to one fish (through July 15) south of Point Conception. March 22 Last day of commercial and recreational California spiny lobster season. Last day of commercial and recreational Kellet's whelk season_ March 31 Last day of recreational and commercial grunion season. Last day of recreational surf- perch season in San Francisco Bay (shiner perch excluded). April 1 First day of commercial pink shrimp trawl season (federal waters only). April 30 Last day of recreational Pismo clam season in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Last day of commercial surf- perch season (shiner perch exempt- ed). Last day of commercial spot prawn trap season north of Pt. Arguello. May 1 First day of recreational red abalone season. First day of May recreational Pacific halibut opener (may close early if quota is filled). Last day of May recreational Pacific halibut opener (may close early if quota is filled). May 31 Last day of commercial ridge- back prawn trawl season. For more information, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/Search- Results.aspx?q=calendar. [ NGING WATERS I HRISTIANCENTER I VING AVALON, I REACHING THE ISLAND] 6 CATALINA AVE I I I: Ill ;t~lff"Vlt'Lal I: I: :11: [l['~[t] [ ~ I Breakfast Lunch Dinner Purchase a Brick for the Memorial ,!) BLENDEDCOFFEE DRINKS FRESH MADE FUDGE-; BAKERY -HOME MADE SALT WATER ICED EDRiNKS ESPRESSO BAR e5o :,'% ~, ~ .,, :i~ ~:~ NEW ITEMS JA PENO& CHEEESE EMPANADAS CHOCOFLAN B AST WAFFLES RICE COFFEE ISLAND SPA \ the Gift of Relaxation Island Spa Catalina gift cards are perfect for Valentine's Day. Redeem them at the Spa Shoppe, Encanto Caf~' and fpr all spa treatments and services, Including our romantic Couples Suite Experience, Receive a $50 spa voucher for every $200 in gift card purchases now through February 14. Vouchers valid for 50min or longer spa services through April 30. 2017. Purchase gift cards at Island Spa Catalina. online at IslandSpaCatalina.com or by calling 310.510.7300. SANTA CATALINA 6 Friday, February 10, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER