We Have Arrived, Time For Golf (Page Two)

Our Visits To Catalina

Arrival At The "Island Of Romance"

Jon Plays Golf With Grandma and Grandpa 2007 In Catalina
Page 1 - Departure  |  Page 2 - Arrival/Round One |  Page 3 - Lunchtime  |  Page 4 - Round Two
Page 5 - Heading Home

Early Arrivals Circa 1880's The first owner to try to develop Avalon into a resort destination was George Shatto, a real estate speculator from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who purchased the Island for $200,000 at the height of the real estate boom in Southern California in 1887.

Shatto created the settlement that would become Avalon, and can be credited with building the town's first hotel, the original Hotel Metropole, and pier.

His sister-in-law Etta Whitney came up with the name Avalon, which was pulled as a reference from Lord Alfred Tennyson's poem "Idylls of the King," which was about the legend of King Arthur. Despite Shatto's efforts, in a few years he had to default on his loan and the island went back to the Lick estate.

We Arrived In Style And Caught A Cab To The Golf Course

Hello World

At The Club

Great Public Club!

Warming Up!

Go Gettum Jon


OK Jon, Let's NOT Embarrass Ourselves

Wow! What A First Hole!

Oh oh!

One Last Look Back!

I Am ready!
So Jon hits it about 200 yards right down the fairway to the chagrin of the threesome behind us!

More Rules

OK, I Will Stay On The PAths!

Do NOT Hit The Horses

Long Holes





A deer is a ruminant mammal belonging to the family Cervidae. A number of broadly similar animals from related families within the order Artiodactyla are often also called deer.

“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it's such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.” - Unknown




Red Enough?

Old Man


Next To The Road

In Action




At The Beach





Straight And Narrow

Here He Comes

Don't Chase BAlls Into The Bushes!

Paul's Sign (Outta Bounds)

Did You Know? - Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous snakes, genera Crotalus and Sistrurus. They belong to the class of venomous snakes known commonly as pit vipers.  Most rattlesnakes mate in the spring, and all species give live birth , rather than laying eggs. Mothers abandon their young within hours after birth.


Stay Away

Deer Everywhere

Do NOT Hit The Horses

Lunchtime, Jon! Don't East Too Much!

Did You Know?

During World War II, the island was closed to tourists and used for military training facilities. Catalina's steamships were expropriated for use as troop transports, the U.S. Maritime Service set up a training facility in Avalon, the Coast Guard had training at Two Harbors, the Army Signal Corp maintained a radar station in the interior, and the Office of Strategic Services (a precursor to the CIA) did training at Toyon Bay.

High Flying

Catalina's airport, the "Airport in the Sky" (AVX), was completed in 1946. The 3,250-foot (990-meter) runway sits on a mountaintop, 1,602 feet (488 m) above sea level. Up until the time of the airport's construction, the only air service to the island was provided by seaplanes.


A herd of American Bison roam, supposedly first imported in 1924 for the silent film version of Zane Grey's Western tale "The Vanishing American." Over the decades, the bison herd grew to as many as 600 individual


Jon Plays Golf With Grandma and Grandpa 2007 In Catalina
Page 1 - Departure  |  Page 2 - Arrival/Round One |  Page 3 - Lunchtime
  Page 4 - Round Two  |  Page 5 - Heading Home