Points of Interest
The Nixon Library & Birthplace – www.nixonfoundation.org
The Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace opened its doors on July 19, 1990 with celebration, fanfare and more than 50,000 friends and well wishers including Presidents Nixon, Bush, Reagan and Ford and their First Ladies. It is a privately supported, non-profit institution dedicated to educating the public about the life and times of the 37th President and encouraging interest in history, government and public affairs.
The most active, innovative and visited Presidentialcenter in America, it and the Nixon Center in Washington, D.C. conduct a wide range of public affairs programming, ranging from Town
Meetings and School Editors Forums to annual National Policy Conferences and an impressive roster of distinguished speakers.
The nine acre Library & Birthplace is a three-dimensional walk-through memoirfeaturing a 52,000 square foot museum, 22 high-tech galleries, movie and interactivevideo theaters, the spectacular First Lady's Garden, the President's faithfully restored1910's birthplace, and the flower-ringed memorial sites of President and Mrs. Nixon.
Black Gold Golf Course – www.blackgoldgolf.com
Black Gold Golf Club, an Arthur Hills championship designed golf course, is Orange County's newest premiere golf facility. The club's name is a by-product of its location, built on the old Shell Oil Field in the foothills above Yorba Linda, California. The golf club is the focal point of the Vista Del Verde master planned community, which eventually will include 2000+ homes, two parks, and an elementary school.
Black Gold is destined to be "Presidential in Nature" as this Arthur Hills designed public-only facility is located ½ mile East of The Richard. M. Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda.
The challenging par 72 layout stretches 6756 yards (depending which of the five sets of tees you choose to play.) It incorporates several water features (including a stunning waterfall off the 18th green), slight elevation changes, rolling hills, strategic bunkering and the most incredible vistas overlooking Orange County and Long Beach. On a clear day golfers can view the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island from several points along the course. The 12th tee-box provides the best panoramic views, as it is the highest elevation point of any golf course in Orange County. On the Eastside of the property, the golf course borders the undisturbed Chino Hills State Park. The greens will be Bent Grass (smooth, soft and fast) and the fairways and rough will be a mix of Kentucky Blue Grass and Rye, perfect for a pressure filled iron shot.
Black Gold will offer "Best In Class" course conditioning and "Country Club Like" customer service will be a priority for our staff. Our goal is to be on the short list of courses in Southern California that offer a tournament conditioned golf course with curb-to-curb customer service that everyone expects from a great facility. We will also be incorporating the technology of a Global Positioning System (GPS) on every cart that will give players exact yardage to the pin, allow them to order food at the turn or keep score during a tournament
The 20,000 sq. ft. clubhouse and surrounding grounds were designed with special events in mind. Our regal clubhouse features banquet facilities for up to 200 people with panoramic views of the golf course, 18th green waterfall (ideal for pictures!!!) and rolling vistas. Additional clubhouse amenities include a full service grillroom, snack bar, men and women's locker room, corporate meeting room and well-appointed golf retail shop.
The 100% lighted practice facility features natural turf stations and a practice green (great for evening practice after work!!!). Black Gold offers PGA Certified Instructional programs for individuals, groups, juniors, seniors and women. Corporate clinics will also be offered and packaged with golf outings.
Susanna Bixby Bryant Ranch Museum & Botanic Garden
In 1875, John Bixby, one of he founders of Long Beach, purchased nearly 6000 acres of land in what is now eastern Yorba Linda from the widow of Bernardo Yorba. Mr. Bixby raised cattle and sheep on the rolling hills and named his property Rancho Santa Ana after the river that flowed adjacent to his property.
John passed away in 1891, leaving the ranch to his young married daughter, Susanna Bixby Bryant. Around 1913, Susanna built the Bryant Ranch house. In 1927, she decided to create a special 200-acre garden as a memorial to her father. She collected and planted shrubs, bushes and trees that were native to California. She also planted the first commercial pomegranate grove in the state.
After Susanna passed away, the ranch was sold; her garden was move to Claremont College and the house left unoccupied. In 1978, the property was purchased by a land developer for residential homes.
The city of Yorba Linda decided to restore the Bryant home into a local history museum with a small replica of her botanic garden. The museum houses old artifacts that tell the history of Yorba Linda from the Gabrielino Indians to items that belonged to the Yorba family. Throughout the year special exhibits are displayed at the museum.
The Yorba Linda Heritage Museum and Historical Society volunteers operate the museum for the city. The ranch house has been placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places and 2001 the museum received the annual Governor's Historic Preservation Award.
The museum is located at 5700 Susanna Bryant Drive off La Palma Avenue. The museum is open on Sundays from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. For weekday group tours or for more information call (714) 694-0235.