They played here once, the women hated it, so they return again and this time add the vile Babe Zaharias course to the tournament's first two rounds, with the conclusion once again on the wretched Eisenhower 18. And that was when the resort had the wonderful Ralph Miller Golf Library, which has since been closed by the current management, so we are talking about a place with zero golf karma.
Kia Motors America signed a two-year extension to title sponsor the Kia Classic at Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms in the City of Industry, Calif. La Costa Resort & Spa, site of last year’s inaugural Kia Classic, was unable to continue as host because of a course renovation set for next year.
The tournament will mark the first LPGA tour stop in Los Angeles since 2005. It’s also the first time Industry Hills Golf Club has made the LPGA schedule in nearly 30 years after players complained of the difficulty of the venue. Industry Hills hosted the LPGA’s Olympia Gold Classic in 1981 and ’82, both won by Sally Little.
The 72-hole event on March 24-27 will be played on the Dwight D. Eisenhower (The Ike) and Babe Didrikson Zaharias (The Babe) courses. Both courses have undergone a $20 million renovation since 1982 that included rebuilding several greens and bunkers and updating irrigation systems.
And they remain utterly and unequivocably putrid grounds for golf.
Two very long years are ahead for the LPGA's finest.
**For those complaining that this post wasn't constructive enough, here is the post I did a while back with suggested venues for the LPGA event in L.A.