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Aviara Golf Club set to host LPGA Tour’s best at 2021 Kia Classic

CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 22, 2021) – Aviara Golf Club is set to host the Kia Classic, March 22 – 28, the fourth event on the 2021 LPGA schedule. Aviara Golf Club Grounds Superintendent Kevin Kienast and his team have the award-winning course ready to challenge the 144-player field that includes the top three golfers on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings: Jin Young Ko of Korea; Sei Young Kim of Korea; and Nelly Korda of the United States.

Located at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa, Aviara Golf Club is the only coastal California course designed by Arnold Palmer. The 7,007-yard course (played at 6,609-yards for the Kia Classic) is secluded amid 200 acres of verdant rolling valleys, overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon nature preserve with picturesque hillsides and native wildflowers. Named one of the top courses in California by Golfweek in 2020, Aviara Golf Club is well-known for its lush landscaping, beautiful flower beds and gorgeous scenery.

Aviara Golf Club — Hole 3

With the 2020 Kia Classic cancelled due to Covid-19, this year’s tournament marks the eighth time in the last nine years that Aviara has hosted the event. Due to the pandemic, spectators will not be permitted on site for the 2021 competition. Therefore, the best way to catch the golf action and the beauty of Aviara is through Golf Channel’s broadcast and streaming coverage.

Nasa Hataoka will look to defend her 2019 Kia Classic title, which was her third victory on the LPGA Tour. The then 20-year-old Japanese player closed with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over playing partner Inbee Park, top-ranked Sung Hyun Park, Jin Young Ko, Azahara Munoz and Danielle Kang.

The golf course is part of Park Hyatt Aviara, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond resort, which reopened in October 2020 following a $50+ million total transformation. Visitors experience an elevated guestroom and suite product, new restaurant and bar concepts, 200,000 square feet of upgraded indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, as well as a dramatic redesign to the resort’s striking lobby entrance, spacious public areas, and new pool offerings, now with seven distinct pool experiences. Among the new dining concepts is signature restaurant, ember & rye, helmed by acclaimed chef Richard Blais.  The re-imagined culinary experience specializes in vintage steaks and fresh seafood with a classic California design. There are also two Topgolf Swing Suites, an immersive social experience offering guests of all ages access to a premier lounge while enjoying casual fare, refreshing beverages and lively music. With a floor-to-ceiling screen and a selection of virtual games, the Topgolf Swing Suite delivers a one-of-a-kind simulation that is fun for golf enthusiasts and non-golfers alike. Guests can also enjoy the lounge’s billiards table or catch a game on one of the many televisions.

For more information on Aviara Golf Club, visit or call (760) 603-6900. For more information on the Kia Classic, visit

About Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa:
Park Hyatt Aviara is a chic coastal resort located in Southern California and perfectly situated on more than 200 lush acres. The Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond resort is centrally located along the Pacific and adjacent to the Batiquitos Lagoon, a natural wetland preserve. The property offers a world-class wellbeing experience, an array of dining venues, adult and family pool experiences, state-of-the-art tennis facilities and Southern California’s only coastal designed Arnold Palmer signature golf course, Aviara Golf Club, home of the LPGA Kia Classic professional golf tournament. For more information, please visit:

About Park Hyatt:
Park Hyatt hotels provide discerning, global travelers with a refined home-away-from-home. Guests of Park Hyatt hotels receive quietly confident and personalized service in an enriching environment. Located in several of the world's premier destinations, each Park Hyatt hotel is custom designed to combine sophistication with understated luxury. Park Hyatt hotels feature well-appointed guestrooms, world-renowned artwork and design, rare and immersive culinary experiences, and signature restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. There are currently 41 Park Hyatt hotels in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beaver Creek, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Busan, Canberra, Changbaishan, Carlsbad, Chennai, Chicago, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hamburg, Hangzhou, Hyderabad, Istanbul, Jeddah, Maldives, Mallorca, Melbourne, Mendoza, Milan, Moscow, New York, Ningbo, Paris, Saigon, Sanya, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Siem Reap, St. Kitts, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto (under renovation), Vienna, Washington, D.C., Zanzibar, and Zurich. For more information, please visit

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