The Return of The Pasadena City Championship
27 Feb 2020
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Pasadena City Championship, Brookside Golf Club

An iconic stadium and its two historic courses
An iconic stadium and its two historic courses

Did you know that the iconic Rose Bowl stadium has it's own 36-hole golf course?

In one of the greatest deals ever for Southern California golfers, the City of Pasadena and Tournament of Roses Association built a public golf course alongside the famed stadium in the 1920s to park cars for the game nicknamed "The Granddaddy of Them All."

The stadium now hosts UCLA games, plus concerts in addition to the Rose Bowl. Golfers still enjoy the benefit of the symbiotic relationship between land and stadium.

The two courses (together called Brookside Golf Club) were the first public courses in Southern California. And while they may need a little cleanup after each game or concert, most of the year belongs to public golfers. The 36-hole facility sits in the foothills of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains -- one of the most beautiful settings anywhere.

Brookside -- designed by famed architect William P. Bell -- has hosted some of the game's best over the past 95 years. Brookside has hosted the Los Angeles Open (1968 - won by Billy Casper), the LPGA Tour (1971) and the USGA Public Links (1974).

But the annual rite-of-passage for Southern California golfers looking to test their games is the Pasadena City Championship. It's a 54-hole medal play championship with a big scratch division, along with flights for anyone with a handicap of 36.0 or lower.

Last year the tournament was noticeably missing from the schedule for a variety of reasons. But a group that includes the Brookside Men's Golf Club, Rose Bowl Operations, Brookside GC staff, and AmateurGolf.com have convened to make sure that everyone knows, like our former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Pasadena City is "back."


Nobody has won more of them than Tim Hogarth, who captured his 6th title in 2018, the last time the tournament was played. Judging from the list of early entries, we're guessing Hogarth will have plenty of players giving him a run for his money. But we still wouldn't bet against him.

Entries open January 22, 2020 and close March 15, 2020. Click the tournament name above for a link to the entry form, or visit https://2020pasadenacity.golfgenius.com.

Greens fees, commemorative tee prizes, prize fund, trophy for each net flight winner, trophy for Championship flight winner and name/year on Pasadena City Championship perpetual trophy.

For net flights, a membership with a club in the Southern California Golf Association is required. This can include a club without real estate, like the "virtual" one run by AmateurGolf.com. Net players from outside the area can join the AmateurGolf.com Associate Club to get a valid SCGA handicap. Contact us to learn more.

ABOUT THE Pasadena City Championship

The Pasadena City is a historic championship that dates back to 1929 and has long been one of Southern California's most prestigious tournaments. A WAGR counting event and SCGA Player of the Year points tournament. Proceeds from the Championship will support youth development programs for the First Tee of Greater Pasadena.

The Championship Flight is an open flight (no age limit) conducted over 54 holes. The field will be cut to the top 30% and ties after 36 holes, to play the finals on Course #1 Sunday.

Net Flights are open to all players 18 or older with 12-month low handicap index ranging from 2.7 to 31.5. The field will be divided into six flights to play over 54 holes. Cut after Saturday rounds to 30% and ties for all flights. Finals for all Net Flights are to be played on Course 1 on Sunday.

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