In order to be successful, top golf courses, country clubs and resorts require two key elements: consistently sunny weather and a wealthy demographic. Since O.C. offers both in healthy doses and is home to some 50 courses, it’s no surprise that one of the county’s richest cities hosts an annual golf competition that’s among the most successful in PGA Champions Tour history: the Toshiba Classic.
The tournament, which will take place at the Newport Beach Country Club from Monday, March 7, through Sunday, March 13, will feature the skills of such golf icons as Bernhard Langer, Hale Irwin, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller and last year’s champion, Fred Couples – plus more than 60 other pros.
In addition to the featured competition, the Toshiba Classic will include a Pro-Am event, in which amateur foursomes are paired with Champions Tour pros; Breakfast With a Champion, which this year features World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Kite; and a Junior Clinic, in which kids learn golf fundamentals from some of the game’s storied players.
The 2011 Classic will raise funds for the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Hospital. Some of the services provided here include diabetes education, a program geared for young adults with Type 1 diabetes, several pediatric services, a Sweet Success program for pregnant women with diabetes, medical nutrition therapy and a number of key community outreach programs.
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Big West Basketball Tournament
The UCI men’s and women’s teams will compete in the Big West Conference’s annual event, a three-day single-elimination playoff that will take place at Honda Center March 10-12. hondacenter.com
The Ducks hit the rink
Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu and the rest of the 2007 National Hockey League Champion Anaheim Ducks will take to the ice eight times this month at Honda Center. ducks.nhl.com
Vans Pier Classic Presented by Jack’s Surfboards
Pro surfers will strut their stuff within shouting distance of the world-famous Huntington Beach Pier March 23-27, when they compete in this Association of Surfing Professionals-sanctioned event. aspnorthamerica.org