The La Costa Spa & Resort, located just a few minutes north of Torrey Pines, no longer hosts a PGA Tour tournament. The former site of the Mercedes Championships and the Accenture World Match Play has lost its cache as a Tour stop. But hotel guests and players can still enjoy a sense of the course’s history, I discovered Saturday morning during a quick round of golf there.
Several plaques have been erected on tee boxes on the South Course. One honors Phil Mickelson for driving the green at the 14th hole (en route to a key victory) using a 47-inch driver he later put in play at the Masters.
Another, on the ninth tee, commemorates Tiger Woods famously crushing Stephen Ames, 9 and 8, in the Match Play. Technically, the plaque should be on the 10th tee, the hole where the match ended. Either way, I’m sure Ames will be glad to know he’s earned a spot on a plaque at La Costa.
Club officials, by the way, say they are working to try to land another tournament in the future, possibly an LPGA event.