Riviera golf course has been one of the most favorite golf courses for many American golfers. Offering great services, this is always on the top of the ideal golf course list to South California golfers, whether they are already professional or just amateurs.

To help golf lovers define exactly how a golf course looks like without specific knowledge about architecture, Geoff Shackelford –  a famous golf course architect and also renowned golf reviewing journalist for top American golf magazine has pointed out 3 remarkable questions. This can also be a cool suggestion for golf course owners to upgrade their services.

1, Do you want to play on this course every day?

Being born and grown nearby Riviera and having his father be also a long-term member of the Riviera golf course, Shackelford soon had chances to enjoy the atmosphere in there since he was knee-high to grasshopper. Since then, he has realized the fantastic atmosphere Riviera brought along which made him always want to come back there day by day. Every golf course should have its own distinctiveness.

“Do you enjoy playing golf in their day after day? Even if you are an amateur with basic golf skills, is this still a fancy and comfortable feeling to golfing here?” Shackelford shared.

2, After leaving the course, do you still remember all the holes on course?

Remembering detailedly all the holes seems to cause golfers difficulty, however, a golf course that is comfortably designed from the first hole to the 18th one will be a silver bullet for players’ satisfaction.

3. Is this a course where you want to walk your dog?

According to Shackelford, to get a broader view, while not golfing, players should take time to walk around all fairways, tree lines, and ponds to find themselves the most suitable spot for their next fancy plays.


PGA Tour 2019 – 2020 has come back, started off by Honda Classic 2020 Tournament. At this tournament, spectators have the chance to witness satisfying and tense golf plays being held in the Champion course of PGA National, especially the most well-known three-hole stretches. 

This is what the trio of a water-laden 179-yard par 3, followed by a water-laden 434-yard par 4, followed by a (wait for it) water-laden 190-yard par 3 called. These three-hole stretches are also known as ”the bear trap”, which is treacherous to every golfer involving in. Jack Nicklaus – the one and only hold Honda Classic title, has laid a claim that: “ The Bear Trap decides whether golfers win or lose”. 

To clear Nicklaus’s claim, let the championship of Adam Scott in 2016 be an illustration. In 2016, this British golfer won the title even though he failed regrettably quadruple bogey in hole 15 of round 3, as other opponents all got into trouble of The Bear Trap.

So, how difficult are these three-hole stretches? Let find out through some fascinating facts about The Bear Trap (since 2017 when the tournaments belonged to PGA National):

  • Among all courses which do not hold major tournaments, The Bear Trap is the third-toughest three-hole stretches of PGA Tour, which average score over par is 0.644. It is just only easier than Quail Hollow’s 16-17-18 and Pebble Beach’s 8-9-10.
  • There are 543 different golfers who have played in at least one round of Honda Classic since 2007, 76% of them (415 golfers) at least once failed to The Bear Trap.
  • Michael Thompson, Honda Classic 2013 champion, is the one who set the record of not hitting the ball into water in The Bear Trap during most rounds (28 rounds), secondly Jim Furyk (14 rounds) and Bud Cauley (13 rounds).