Recently, my editor assigned me the task of joining the Costa Mesa
Men's Club to get to know community members who meet regularly to
play at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club.
Little did I know what an assignment this would turn out to be.
Saturday, I played for the first time with club members and put my
order in for a Southern California Golf Association number and
handicap index. I guess you could consider this my first step in my
long-term goal of joining the PGA Tour.
And when I say long term, I mean long term.
Saturday, I had the pleasure of playing the Los Lagos course with
men's club president Loren Hansen, along with two other members.
Throughout our round, Hansen brought me up to speed on the purpose of
"It's about the camaraderie," Hansen said after our round. "It's a
bunch of very nice people who get together to play. All of these guys
are true friends -- there are no egos involved."
After I wrapped up my day, I realized that the Costa Mesa Men's
Club is unlike other golf clubs in the area. It doesn't cost a
million dollars to join and there is no selection process involved.
Currently, the club is seeking more members and is running a special
-- $175 for the rest of 2005 and all of 2006.
Of course, like all golf clubs, there is competition involved.
Saturday's round with Hansen brought that aspect to the forefront.
Hansen made his presence known after every good shot he made, but
when he struggled, humorously enough, all of a sudden he turned dead
By the middle of our round, we had started up an unofficial
long-drive competition on every tee shot. He would make a comment if
he out drove me, and I would do the same if I had bettered him.
On the last hole, a par-5, we decided to let loose. I powered a
solid drive, while Hansen slipped during his swing and shanked it
left. Still, he bet me that we would get the same score on the hole,
and, indeed, we did, both carding bogeys.
Hansen shed some more light on the club after our round, of which
he topped me, 84-87. Of course, it was the first time I had broke 90
in my life, so I was pleased.
"We have retired people, doctors, lawyers, teachers, all types of
people here," said Hansen, a Newport Beach attorney. "It's a very
good group of guys."
And so I concluded one of my first golf assignments. I will be
playing about once a month with the Costa Mesa Men's Club.
Of course, I will also be looking into other facets of golf in the
Newport-Mesa community. If you have any golf news, thoughts or
opinions, please call me at (714) 966-4613 or e-mail me at