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The Catalina Island Golf Course is the oldest operating golf course west of the Mississippi. That is amazing when you think about the fact that it is on an island 22 miles off the coast of So. California! The course was first built in 1892 as a three hole course with sand greens. The Banning Brothers that owned the entire island at the time constructed the course. The island was purchased in 1919 by William Wrigley Jr. and by the late 1920's the course had been expanded to 18 holes. World War II saw the island taken over by the military and by 1946 the course went back to a 9 hole layout.
Currently the 9 hole, 2,100 yard course is challenging enough for low handicappers but still fun for beginners. The greens are small and the fairways narrow. Views are incredible with views of the rugged mountains looking up the course to views of Avalon Bay and the Casino building looking back down into the town. The course consists of 5-four pars and 4-three pars and takes about 2 hours to play, so it leaves you plenty of time to enjoy the rest that Catalina offers. It is located about 1/2 mile from the beach, the Pro Shop is part of the old Chicago Cubs Spring Training Center, now the site of one of the the island's best restaurants, Catalina Country Club Restaurant. The course can be walked easily or plenty of electric carts are available if you'd like to save your energy for exploring the island. For more details and a video tour of the course by their PGA professional, go their website at Catalina Island Golf Course