July 24th, 2012 by Tyler Pringle
Rec 18, also known as “Big Rec,” has been a local favorite for Long Beach golfers for the past 100 years. During that stretch of time, the course has seen its fair share of changes. Today, Rec 18 plays 6,405 yards from the Blue Tees and features rolling, Eucalyptus-lined fairways and Poa greens.
Initially constructed as the Virginia Country Club (VCC) in 1909, the course faced several immediate challenges. At the time, the area now known as Recreation Park was well outside the city limits, so traveling to the course for golfers without cars proved difficult. Additionally, VCC was a private club, and thus not available to the general public. In 1921, the club moved to its current location in Bixby Knolls. The city took over the land and re-named it Recreation Park. By 1926, the course was fully developed and much of its layout remains presently.
Today, Rec 18 features all the modern amenities of a top-notch facility. The fleet of golf carts has each cart equipped with a built-in GPS yardage finder so golfers always have the right club in their hands. The facilities feature an excellent practice area with several putting greens and short game areas. The driving range is lit after the suns goes down and remains open well into the evening. Additionally, Rec 18 also boasts a large clubhouse that is a historical landmark in the City of Long Beach. The clubhouse features a restaurant and large banquet rooms for weddings and private events. Rec 18 is a great place to play for golfers of all abilities. Tee times are available at GOLFZING.com, or by calling the Pro Shop at (562) 494-5000.