I picked up an interesting book on the history of PGA Tour courses published in 1987. It takes you through the current venues of that era, their history, and information about the courses and events.
The Tournament of Champions would kick off the year, with La Costa having hosted the event since 1969. Some great tradition on a fine golf course. I have had the pleasure of playing there. A good old school course that played pretty long at just over 6700.
Playing persimmon, these courses where a solid appropriate test, yet still tangible to the mid to low handicapper.