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Cameron Tringale

My Favorite Hometown Courses

Local resident Cameron Tringale’s precision around the greens has made him one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour for the past decade. Already this season Cameron has recorded 3 top-10 finishes including a standalone 3rd at The RSM Classic and a T-7 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. When not on tour, Cameron enjoys visiting and playing all of the local courses he grew up with. We asked him to tell us about his favorites and what he likes best about each. Golfers enjoy! 

EL NIGUEL COUNTRY CLUB

This is my home course when I’m in town, and I can't say enough good things about it. It's kept in amazing condition and has the best poa annua greens in the County… just a really nice place to work on my game when I'm home. I love the variety of uphill and downhill—and the green surrounds are all really well kept. Chipping and pitching are strengths of mine and I enjoy testing myself around the greens there. The membership is full of wonderful people who have welcomed me into the club. It’s a classic, tree-lined beautiful golf course in fantastic shape. The practice area has everything I need when I'm home training for PGA Tour and it's a terrific spot for my family. I just love everything about El Niguel. The course gives me a lot of options. I can play conservative back behind a lot of the trouble out there like fairway bunkers and such; or, if I'm feeling like I want to test myself, I can hit a driver on almost every hole and really force myself into some tight fairways. So it really is a great spot. I can't say enough good things as an all-around club. El Niguel Country Club a very special place in my heart and I'm really proud to be a part of it.

“I love the variety . . . and the green surrounds are all really well kept.”

SAN JUAN HILLS GOLF CLUB

San Juan Hills is a fun, playable golf course where I played quite a bit growing up. My grandmother used to live on the 15th hole. So, at night, after play was done and it was getting dark, my brother John and I would work on our chipping and putting on the green by her house. We would look for balls up on the sides of the hills and she lived so close to the tee box that she got quite a few balls in her backyard. Needless to say, we always played with free balls! It’s just a really fun course to play when I was just starting out and it was not too challenging. The lay of the land is cool with nice up and down topography and I spent a lot of time at that driving range. I have a lot of fond memories from San Juan Hills Golf Club. We played twilight golf quite a bit back then and we were always trying to beat the sun. Often, we’d only make it to the 15th before dark. But it was always fun!

“The lay of the land is cool with nice up and down topography . . .”

MONARCH BEACH GOLF LINKS

This is a spot that goes way back for me. I remember growing up just around the corner and my brother being a cart boy in high school. We would sneak down after school and look for golf balls in the ravines—knowing that people playing Monarch Beach probably used Titleist Pro V’s and all the high-end golf balls that we couldn't afford as kids. My relationship with Monarch grew over time. Because my brother worked there, we would get the family rate and could play an amazing golf course for, I think, just 20 or 25 bucks. Monarch Beach is just such a unique spot with a couple of oceanfront holes, numbers 3 and 4, along Salt Creek Beach. The views are spectacular. It's one of those places where you pinch yourself thinking, ‘Man, I can't believe I live in this beautiful area with an amazing golf course and the beach right there.’ It's a lovely resort-style course with generously wide fairways; it's super playable and really fun. I still play there at least a couple of times a month when I'm home. I always have a good time at Monarch Beach.

“It's a lovely resort-style course with generously wide fairways; it's super playable and really fun.”

SANTA ANA COUNTRY CLUB

Santa Ana is one of the most unique courses around. A good friend of mine, Gavin Reid, is a member and when I'm in town, we play there. The best thing about Santa Ana is the greens—the purist bent grass greens around. It's great practice for the PGA Tour as those greens are fast and true. It really tests your putting and how well you're matching up line and speed. I actually had my lowest round ever last Fall at Santa Ana. Magical 59! On the 15th, I tallied my score and realized I needed to go four-under for the last three: a par four, a par three, and a reachable par five. Luckily, I birdied 16 and 17. Then, after a 6 iron onto the 18th green, I made an 18-foot putt for eagle. I love Santa Ana Country Club.

MISSION VIEJO COUNTRY CLUB

Mission Viejo Country Club is probably the toughest golf course in our area. When my brother and I played for Mission Viejo High School, we called it Mission Impossible. Still do. Tee to green requires good ball-striking and you have to be on the right spots on the greens to have a chance. It’s a really diverse course and you’ll need every club in your bag when playing there. There are doglegs right-left, left-right, uphill, downhill, short, long... it really tests your game.  I like to play there before Torrey Pines, the Honda Classic, or some of those tougher golf courses on the PGA Tour. Mission Viejo taught me a lot. I’m really glad I was able to play so many rounds there growing up. I’m a better golfer because of it.

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