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August 10, 1995 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prepare to fly the kikuyu at half-staff. Target practice begins today in the PGA Championship on the soft fairways and soft greens of Riviera Country Club, which may not be capable of giving anybody a hard time. To hear most everyone talk, it's almost as if the best golfers in the world are going to be landing their shots on a down comforter or a water bed or something.
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February 16, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The stars aligned just a bit more perfectly Sunday at Riviera Country Club. A golf tournament of considerable stature got a champion of the same. When Bubba Watson walked up the 18th fairway, clearly in charge in the Northern Trust Open, the figurative embrace he received from the gallery circling the green in one of the finest natural sports amphitheaters there is, he brought a sense of deserving. Riviera, with lore that includes the Hogans, Palmers, Sneads, Couples and a Tom Watson, deserved another Watson.
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August 10, 1995 | JIM MURRAY
Every good citizen should set his sights on some aspect of the public weal, select the group most in need of our help in these times. I came to the conclusion these were the visiting golfers in the PGA this week at Riviera. These poor lambs are going to need all the help and reassurance they can get. Now, Ben Crenshaw, who rebuilt them, thinks the new greens at Riviera are not up to its standards, too slow and too soft to challenge properly. Maybe so.
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February 17, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The man who won the Northern Trust Open in a playoff Sunday called it "one of the great par fours we play. " The man who lost in the playoff called it "funky" and added, "They might as well put a windmill out there. " So, although the record books will show that Long Beach's John Merrick won the golf event in a playoff with Charlie Beljan, the real winner appeared to be, as usual, No. 10 at Riviera Country Club. That's where the tournament ended, same as last year. Second playoff hole, same as last year.
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February 18, 1999
The Nissan Open returns to Riviera Country Club after a one-year break. (Last year, the tournament switched to Valencia Country Club from its regular site since 1984 because the U.S. Senior Open was played at the Pacific Palisades course.) Riviera's layout is a favorite among many touring players, and two of the holes that stand out are the par-three fourth hole and the par-four 18th.
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May 20, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Riviera Country Club, which has been the course for the regular Los Angeles stop on the PGA Tour 37 of the last 39 years, has been selected by the United States Golf Assn. as the host course for the 2017 U.S. Amateur championship. The 1948 U.S. Open, won by Ben Hogan , and 1998 U.S. Senior Open, won by Hale Irwin , were played at Riviera. The PGA Championships of 1983, won by Hal Sutton , and 1995, won by Steve Elkington , were also held at Riviera, a course that became known as Hogan's Alley after Hogan won the L.A. Open three times there, in addition to his Open championship.
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February 14, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Ben Hogan bought the fairway to heaven, Humphrey Bogart no longer stands pickled and perched beneath the sycamore on No. 12 and member Jim Murray isn't around to describe Riviera Country Club, as he once did, as "like a coquettish woman who winks at you behind her fan. " Where is Dean Martin, holding a full house in the clubhouse, when you need him? Tiger Woods might tell you about Riviera, but he hasn't been here since 2006, even though the club let him play as an amateur on an exemption in his first PGA tournament when Tiger was just a cub. Woods has conquered Augusta National, the pines at Torrey and St. Andrews, but he remains in the winless protection program at one of the game's best tracks.
BUSINESS
April 14, 1989 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., Times Staff Writer
A Japanese real estate company that emerged last summer as the mystery investor in the Riviera Country Club completed purchase Thursday of the landmark 168-acre golf and tennis resort in Pacific Palisades amid reports that club members' uneasiness over the firm's secretiveness has abated. Marukin Shoji Ltd. of Tokyo said it will pay slightly more than $55 million in cash for the remaining 51% interest in the country club. Last August, Marukin paid $52.9 million for a 49% interest in the country club partnership--which consists of Laaco Ltd. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Riviera Country Club Inc. "We value and respect the current club members and have assured them of our intention to operate these clubs as first-class facilities," Kaneo Watanabe, the 70-year-old president of Marukin, said in a statement released Thursday.
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September 4, 1989 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
The Riviera Country Club & Tennis Club, once a favorite haunt of early Hollywood film stars, entered a new era of foreign ownership Sunday with the transfer of full ownership of the landmark 168-acre resort to Marukin Shoji Co. of Japan. The change of ownership Sunday--considered a lucky day in Japan--was uneventful compared to the disclosure last spring that Laaco Ltd. was selling the club to a mystery Japanese buyer for $108 million.
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February 17, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The man who won the Northern Trust Open in a playoff Sunday called it "one of the great par fours we play. " The man who lost in the playoff called it "funky" and added, "They might as well put a windmill out there. " So, although the record books will show that Long Beach's John Merrick won the golf event in a playoff with Charlie Beljan, the real winner appeared to be, as usual, No. 10 at Riviera Country Club. That's where the tournament ended, same as last year. Second playoff hole, same as last year.
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February 14, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne and Bill Dwyre
He's hanging in there: Blayne Barber , making his PGA Tour debut at Riviera, was sitting at two under par through 15 holes Thursday when play was suspended because of darkness and fog. Barber is one of this week's most intriguing stories. The rookie from Auburn disqualified himself from Q-school last fall after determining he should have assessed himself a two-stroke penalty during play in the first phase. Barber had called a one-stroke penalty thinking he may have hit a leaf on his backswing.
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February 14, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Ben Hogan bought the fairway to heaven, Humphrey Bogart no longer stands pickled and perched beneath the sycamore on No. 12 and member Jim Murray isn't around to describe Riviera Country Club, as he once did, as "like a coquettish woman who winks at you behind her fan. " Where is Dean Martin, holding a full house in the clubhouse, when you need him? Tiger Woods might tell you about Riviera, but he hasn't been here since 2006, even though the club let him play as an amateur on an exemption in his first PGA tournament when Tiger was just a cub. Woods has conquered Augusta National, the pines at Torrey and St. Andrews, but he remains in the winless protection program at one of the game's best tracks.
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May 20, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Riviera Country Club, which has been the course for the regular Los Angeles stop on the PGA Tour 37 of the last 39 years, has been selected by the United States Golf Assn. as the host course for the 2017 U.S. Amateur championship. The 1948 U.S. Open, won by Ben Hogan , and 1998 U.S. Senior Open, won by Hale Irwin , were played at Riviera. The PGA Championships of 1983, won by Hal Sutton , and 1995, won by Steve Elkington , were also held at Riviera, a course that became known as Hogan's Alley after Hogan won the L.A. Open three times there, in addition to his Open championship.
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February 16, 2012 | Helene Elliott
The sound of silence Thursday afternoon was a welcome noise to Hunter Mahan. The Orange native, who played one season of golf at USC before transferring to Oklahoma State, had awakened to hear the wind humming and wondered how it would affect him when he teed off on the back nine at Riviera Country Club shortly past noon. Gusts accompanied him for a while but quieted as he reached the front nine at the Northern Trust Open, perfect timing for Mahan to attack a course he visited as a kid and still reveres.
HOME & GARDEN
June 22, 2010 | Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Santa Monica estate that the late film star and singer Kathryn Grayson called home for 65 years has come on the market at $8,995,000. The English Tudor, built in 1926, sits on a double lot of more than an acre with views of the Riviera Country Club golf course. Neighboring homes date mostly from the 1920s and 1930s on the street dotted with Moreton Bay fig trees and vintage street lamps. Throughout the house are rounded archways, hand-crafted leaded-glass windows, English Oak paneling and beamed ceilings.
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February 8, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
Steve Stricker gave us more great golf and more humble pie Sunday, when he won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera. We all saw that, enjoyed it, and appreciated a middle-age man reacquiring his athletic prime on the big stage. We got four days of a sports event where maximum effort was put forth, often in trying conditions, and perspective was retained throughout. When it was over, Stricker, 42, tried to avoid crying and failed. Then he hugged the TV guy interviewing him just off the 18th green.
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February 18, 2001 | DEBRA J. HOTALING
For tennis, it's grass or clay. For hockey, ice or street. But for golf, only acres of verdant precision-snipped grass will do. For the Nissan Open PGA Tour tournament taking place this week at the Riviera Country Club, the man behind the prime-time turf is Paul Ramina, the club's golf course superintendent.
NEWS
April 13, 1989 | From Times wire services
The Riviera Country Club, fashionable site of the Los Angeles Open golf tournament, will be bought by the Japanese company that took a 49% interest in the club last year. Marukin Shoji Co. Ltd. has notified the owner of the club frequented by Hollywood celebrities that it intends to exercise an option to buy the remaining 51% of the Riviera for $55.1 million in cash, the owner said today. The deal is expected to close by Aug. 31, said LAACO Ltd., which owns the Riviera, Los Angeles Athletic Club and the California Yacht Club.
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May 28, 2009 | Kurt Streeter
Hoping to boost the fortunes of Los Angeles' most storied golf tournament, Lakers legend Jerry West will become the executive director of the Riviera Country Club's Northern Trust Open, the PGA Tour is expected to announce today. "The goal is to raise the profile of this great event," West said during an interview this week at his Bel Air home. "We want this to be a tournament people really want to go see, with an even better feel to it, and we want to raise a lot more money for charity.
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February 23, 2009 | Chuck Culpepper
About an hour after he'd quelled the tempest that can rage between his temples and birdied Nos. 16 and 17 and won, Phil Mickelson stood Sunday on a veranda at Riviera Country Club, grinning and signing serially for a throng that kept blurting its adoration. As the golf freaks and beer nuts and other fanatics walked away sated and the crowd thinned out, a young man held up toward Mickelson a paper plate covered with an upside-down paper plate.
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