When you see the sign for Aliso Creek Inn and make the turn off Coast Highway, you might be put off by the equipment sheds and chain link fences that line the road until you reach a huge parking lot with a giant putting cage off to the left.
But as you get out of your car and round the corner, you are suddenly dazzled by a spectacular vista, a carpet of green lawn descending down to a little bridge across Aliso "Creek," framed by the rugged brush-covered hillside beyond. The soft light of the setting sun highlights the gorgeous panorama.
We were welcomed by two young deer, nonchalantly nibbling flowers at the side of the putting green in front of the restaurant. We wondered if they were on the staff. As we stood and watched them, surrounded by the picturesque landscape, we felt a pleasant calm and an instantaneous mood adjustment descend. So, is this why golfers are so addicted to the sport? Or is it the bar?