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Situated on the shores of the Bay of Monterey, seventy-nine miles south of San Francisco, lies the picturesque city of Santa Cruz at the base of encircling mountains, with the San Lorenzo River flowing by it to the sea. For more than a century Santa Cruz has held this site of surpassing beauty; it was in 1791 that Franciscan padres founded here their mission of the Holy Cross, which lent to the city its name.
With its splendid tourist hotel, the Casa del Rey, its Casino and its broad, safe bathing beach, Santa Cruz has been called "the Atlantic City of the West," but it needs not to borrow glory; it requires no such comparison to heighten its charms, which are in reality distinctive. Forested hills and mountains that rise range above range behind the city may perhaps remind the Eastern visitor of Maine woods or Appalachian ridges, and the Cliff Drive that skirts the whitening ocean breakers will bring back memories of wild sea-scapes along New England's rockbound coast.
Looking out over the great expanse of the blue Pacific, on a commanding plateau, is the course of the Santa Cruz Golf and Country Club. This is the ideal environment for playing golf--the Scots themselves, who originated the game, played their first matches thus beside the sea, whence came the name "links," which is their word for sandy stretches of shore. But while the sea is here, with its keen bracing air to add zest to the sport, there is no sand, but a vast natural lawn of native turf, 127 acres of vivid green, and above rise the rounded hills, densely clothed with redwood and fir, laurel, oak and madrona. Truly, until you have played upon this splendid eighteen-hole course you have not completed your golf education, you have not finished "seeing America."
The long, level beach at Santa Cruz has no superior on the Pacific Coast. A pier extends beyond the surf-line, and