Nothing eases the pain of California's economic woes quite like golf and luxury.
The California Legislative Black Caucus has scheduled three fundraising golf events with four- to five-figure price tags this year. Tee times for the first event are set for Saturday, one day after the Legislature is expected to approve a new state budget to close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.
"These are all for charitable endeavors," state Sen. Curren Price, D-Los Angeles, said of the events planned at Pebble Beach, Lake Tahoe and the Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco.
The events hope to raise big bucks for the Black Caucus's youth scholarship, internship and fellowship programs. Money raised by the three golfing events will benefit worthy kids, Price said.
Saturday's event, the Golden State Classic, will pair amateurs with professionals in an 18-hole tournament at the Harding Park course in San Francisco, the city hosting the U.S. Open Golfing Championship that weekend.
Money raised will go to the Black Caucus' nonprofit arm and to the co-sponsor of the event, the Golden State Voter Participation Project.
The event's lowest-priced package is $10,000 and its highest-priced is $40,000, the latter promising tee times for three people plus prominent company recognition at events, VIP hotel accommodations, preferential hole assignment, and seats for six guests at a sponsor reception and post-tournament awards party and banquet.
In August, the Black Caucus will host a "Summer Policy Retreat" and golf tournament at Lake Tahoe's Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which offers extraordinary beauty and facilities that include a heated lap pool, spinning, yoga, Pilates, weightlifting equipment and a spa that it describes as an "oasis of pampering where the senses are awakened, the body is soothed and the spirit is renewed."
Ticket packages range from $3,500 to $12,000, with the latter including four golf tournament slots, prominent recognition, four Ritz-Carlton rooms for two nights, four spa treatments, eight breakfast buffet passes, and seats at the event's kick-off reception and at a policy roundtable breakfast.
The Black Caucus' final event offers luxury accommodations and two days of golfing in October at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Links at Spanish Bay, and Spyglass Hill Golf Course.
Ticket packages range from $7,500 for a "Spa Sponsorship" - accommodations and pampering, but no golf - to a $42,000 "Presenting Sponsorship," which comes with four rounds on each day of the weekend, Oct. 19-20, along with ocean view rooms, spa treatments and eight seats at a sponsors reception and gala.