If you’re looking to relax with some colleagues on a business trip or with your family during a vacation, take a look at the best golf courses in Los Angeles.
Shaped and sculpted around the natural landscape of the area, this course will provide big hitters with satisfactory large fairways, and those who need to work on their long-range putting game will be tested too.
Angeles National Golf Club
This golf course is great whether you’re a beginner or a pro. Angeles National offers four sets of tees so it accommodates golfers of all skill levels. Placed at the bottom of the Angeles National Forest, this 18-hole, par 72 course is the only one in Los Angeles County created by Nicklaus Design. Along with its challenges, the beautiful views, fairways and greens make this golf course a favored one by many locals and celebrities.
Industry Hills – Eisenhower
In the Sun Gabriel Valley near Los Angeles is Industry Hills Golf Club. Its Eisenhower course, also known as ‘Ike’ to many locals, is a classic 18-hole, par 72 course. This Southern Californian course has hosted its fair share of U.S. Open Qualifying tournaments and LPGA tour events, which must mean it’s a pretty good golf course. Golfers enjoy the large swelling greens and plush fairways here, especially since Eisenhower reopened in 2006 after undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation.
Debell Golf Club
This golf course is sandwiched between Burbank’s Starlight Bowl and Wildwood Canyon Park in the Verdugo Hills. William F. Bell designed this par 71 course, which delivers Valley views, challenging elevation shifts and Kikuyu grass rough. The Canyon Grille delivers “California Continental” cuisine and Craftsman décor on-site.
El Cariso Golf Course
El Cariso opened in 1977 with a design from architect Robert Muir Graves. The par 62 course is located next to Los Angeles Mission College and El Cariso Community Regional Park. The relatively easy course resides near the western edge of Angeles National Forest, which ensures that you’ll have compelling views in the distance.
Encino Golf Course
William P. Bell & Sons designed this L.A. City golf course, which debuted in 1957 in Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area, a park that also houses sister Balboa Golf Course. Burbank Boulevard frames this tree-lined par 72 course with wide fairway on the south side. The Los Angeles River serves as the course’s northern border.
Rancho Park 18-Hole Golf Course
This golf course is centrally located in Cheviot Hills, a short walk from Fox Studios and Century City. William Johnson and William P. Bell designed the geographically compact course, which launched in 1949 with the U.S.G.A. Public Links Championship. Rancho Park is par 71, with rolling hills and small greens that provide challenges.
Woodley Lakes Golf Course
Ray Goates designed this municipal golf course, which debuted in 1975 in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area. The Los Angeles River forms the southern perimeter of this Par 72 course, which contains six scattered lakes, sparse trees, and plenty of wildlife.
Harding Golf Course
This golf course, named for the 29th President of the U.S., resides along the northeastern perimeter of Griffith Park. George Thomas designed this Par 72 course, and William P. Bell and William Johnson later tweaked the design. Harding most famously co-hosted the Los Angeles Open with neighboring Wilson Golf Course from 1936-38.
Balboa Golf Club
William P. Bell & Sons designed this municipal golf course, which opened in 1954 as half of the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area. Steve Timm expanded the par 72 course in 2008, making the tree-lined course with narrow fairways even more challenging.
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