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Not surprising, perhaps, given its Robert Hunter roots. Chinese. Filipinos. Japanese. Italians. African-Americans. Mexicans. Definitely has a working-class vibe. Seriously, it's like a blue-collar Benetton ad.
16TH AT PASATIEMPO
Pasatiempo architect Alister MacKenzie called the 387-yard par-4 "the finest two-shot hole I know." And some of the biggest names on GOLF MAGAZINE's Top 100 Course Ranking Panel agree. Not me. I don't think 16 is even the best par-4 on the back nine. The 16th asks for a blind layup off the tee to a left-tilting fairway that edges a barranca with OB. The approach is from a downhill, sidehill lie to an elevated, three-tiered green with too much slope for today's speeds. Overall, I'm a huge fan of MacKenzie's finest public-friendly course, but the 10th, with its restored (by Doak) gully bunker, and the 11th, with a barranca as a diagonal risk-reward hazard, are superior.
Lee Trevino supposedly called Gleneagles the best nine-holer he has ever played. That may be urban legend, but Gleneagles is a really cool place where outsiders almost never go. It's in a sketchy part of town, but it's where the hackers and old-school sharks like to hang. (Oh, and the greens were rebuilt last year, with volunteer help from the super at the Cal Club.)