Southern California was Nixon country, but for golfers it's all about Ike: the Eisenhower Course at Industry Hills Golf Club near Los Angeles, the most famously difficult course in the region, which has reopened after a makeover that would make any political image doctor proud.
So, think you have what it takes to battle Ike? Consider this: the layout opened in 1979, but until 2003 Fred Couples held the course record with a one-under-par round of 71.
The renovation included redoing the bunkers and reworking six green complexes on the back nine. There was no need to add length to Billy Bell Jr.'s design, which clocks in at a daunting 7,213 yards over topsyturvy terrain. Ike's more forgiving
sister course, the Babe D. Zaharias known to locals as "The Babe" is undergoing its own face-lift and is
expected to be unveiled later this summer, leaving L.A.-area golfers caught between the most tempestuous sibling rivalry in golf.
Greens fees are $59-$119; 626-810-4653, ihgolfclub.com
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