Skylinks at Long Beach

By Tyler Pringle

Skylinks is not like the other golf courses in Long Beach. At almost 7,000 yards from the back tees, it has the length to challenge longer hitters. But the course is also riddled with bunkers, so wayward shots can easily find trouble. With undulating greens and stiff afternoon breezes, Skylinks offers a stern test of golf from start to finish.

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A view of the par 4 17th hole.

The key difference Skylinks has on the rest of the Long Beach courses is right beneath your feet – the grass. Unlike the rest of the courses that feature Kikuyu fairways and Poa greens, the fairways at Skylinks are blanketed with a thick layer of Bermuda and the greens are comprised of Bentgrass. Bermuda grass offers significantly more roll than Kikuyu, and it also tends to roll more consistently. For this reason, a lower trajectory shot is typically favored here, especially when the winds pick up.

Additionally, Bentgrass tends to offer a truer roll than Poa, which can become a bit bumpy as temperatures rise. Although there are plenty of humps and bumps on the putting surfaces, the reads are rather straightforward since the general layout of the surrounding area is fairly flat.

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With closely mowed Bermuda surrounding the greens, golfers tend to utilize low running chip shots in the short game.

Skylinks is also one of the host courses for the Long Beach Open and is able to host large groups for weddings, golf tournaments, and corporate meetings. Additionally, the course features a large grass/mat driving range, several large putting greens, and a short game area equipped with bunkers to hone your touch with the short shots.
You can find discount tee times for Skylinks at GOLFZING.com, or if you live in Long Beach you can play for the Resident rate.
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The tee shot to the par 4 7th hole, the No. 1 handicap.

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