An article in the New York Times talks about the upcoming golf tournament, the Northern Trust Open, at the famed Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. This was a place way back when the biggest of Hollywood’s stars would come out to drive a few.
The photo of Bob Hope, Dean Martin and Big Crosby seen on this post, actually hangs outside the men’s locker room in case you ever get in the joint to take a look around.
Connecticut’s Katharine Hepburn, who was quite a golfer in her own right, filmed much of her 1952 film “Pat and Mike” with her paramour, Spencer Tracy at Riviera.
Hepburn, quite the tomboy ,could really whack the ball. She played the links all the time at Fenwick in Old Saybrook, Connecticut near her mansion on Long Island Sound. As legend goes, Hepburn hit a whole in one at the Fenwick course on the day of the 1938 hurricane. That wicked storm wiped out her home which at the time was made of wood. She rebuilt it a year later out of brick.
According to the NYT, Hepburn ,during the filming of “Pat and Mike” made a 15-foot putt at the 18th hole to win a tournament right in front of Tracy. My point in writing this post is to get you to take notice of Hepburn and slide in a plug for the theater in Old Saybrook, Connecticut named after the 4 time Academy Award winner.
I’m on the board of trustees there and love every minute of it. We like to say it’s “a gem of a place with a movie star name.
Come over and check out the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. You’ll be able to see Hepburn memorabilia and a show I guarantee you’ll like.