LPGA.com recently caught up with Renny Brown the Director of Golf at Aviara Golf Club. Brown takes a few minutes out of his day to answer a few questions about Aviara Golf Club. He shares his thoughts on the course layout and what we might expect to see this week.
Describe your course in one word.
Botanical Garden but if you keep me to one word I would go with Arnie
Are there holes that you consider your signature holes and why?
All four par threes are tremendous and equally worthy of being recognized as Aviara Golf Club's "signature" hole. They involve challenging water hazards, stunning flower landscaping and views of Batiquitos Lagoon, which are all features that carry throughout the entire course.
Which hole on the course will the players find the hardest challenge?
I believe that No.18 will prove as dramatic a finishing hole the ladies will find all year on Tour. It is a par four that will play longer than the yardage due to the prevailing wind coming off the Pacific. Water guards the entire right side of the hole, so there is potential for a lot of big numbers. Player who can hit quality safe shots and make birdie will definitely have a leg up on the rest of the field.
Are there holes that will create some excitement for fans like a drivable par-4 etc.?
The downhill 16th will be set up as a driveable par four on the weekend. It will be only 290-yards and present a great opportunity to make an easy three. Don't be surprised to see some eagles as well. However, the ladies will need to be careful not to stray to the left or else they may find water guarding the left side of the green. If I were in the gallery and had to pick one spot to watch the tournament, it would definitely be the 16th green, especially as the players come down the final stretch on Sunday.
Are there weather conditions that affect your course this time of year?
The average temperature in March in San Diego is 66 degrees, so it should be very pleasant during tournament week, but there is always the chance of rain. Aviara drains extremely well, however, and shouldn't present any problems to the players.
Have any players come to check out the course early and what are they saying?
We have had quite a few of the local Southern California tour players come out and play. Being new to the LPGA Tour schedule it has been exciting for our staff to have these players visit. Their feedback has been very positive, especially regarding the greens. They love how challenging the greens are thanks to lots of slope and perfect conditioning. Anyone putting well during tournament week will definitely be in contention.