Ever wish you lived in an area where dust never had the opportunity to gather on your favorite set of golf clubs? With nearly perfect weather year-round and a wealth of world-class courses to choose from, Los Angeles is considered by many to be the golfing mecca of the Western United States. Scattered throughout the urban landscape of pavement-filled Los Angeles, there lies a plethora of top-notch emerald-green golf courses featuring PGA Tour-caliber fairways, greens, and clubhouses.
Vista Valencia Golf Course
Located next to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA, this public 27-hole golf course offers a fun and relaxed environment for players of all skill levels. The beautiful mid-length course utilizes its public park setting featuring a green entirely surrounded by water and various other water hazards. The course also features a 9-hole par three course, and a 28-stall night-lit driving range. Other amenities include a cocktail bar, onsite pro, pro shop, and family-friendly snack bar.
- Location: 24700 Trevino Drive, Valencia, CA
- Phone: 661-253-1870
- Website: www.americangolf.com/CA/valencia-vista-valencia-golf-course
Diamond Bar Golf Course
Located approximately a half-hour from downtown Los Angeles, the public 18-hole Diamond Bar Golf Course design features a long lay-out with incredibly wide fairways and large fast Poa Annua grass greens. The tree-lined and slightly sloping landscape is well-maintained year-round. Amenities include a cocktail bar, fully stocked pro shop, a restaurant (open only for breakfast and lunch), a chipping and putting green, a standard driving range, and a snack bar.
- Location: 22751 E. Golden Springs Drive, Diamond Bar, CA
- Phone: 909-861-8282
- Website: diamondbar.americangolf.com
Paradise Knolls Golf Course
This public 18-hole golf course is located in the heart of Riverside about an hour from downtown Los Angeles. This beginner-friendly course features long and wide, forgiving Bermuda grass fairways. However, strong winds that will test even the strongest golfers in a battle of will often pervade the course. The small and quick Poa grass greens will also fight to keep the golfer's chip shots honest and precise. Facilities include a cocktail bar, putting green, restaurant, and a snack bar.
- Location: 9330 Limonite Avenue, Riverside, CA
- Phone: 951-685-7034
- Website: paradiseknolls.americangolf.com
La Mirada Golf Course
Amidst a rolling layout of Bermuda/kikuyu grass fairways - with the habit of forcing golfers to take difficult blind shots -- golf enthusiasts are welcome to lose themselves at the 18-hole La Mirada Golf Course next to La Mirada Community Regional Park. The course provides a challenging experience for golfers at all levels of experience for an affordable price. Key highlights include night-lit double-decker driving range complete with summertime misters, practice bunkers with practice chipping green and flag, a full-line pro shop staffed with 11 golf professionals, two large putting greens, an onsite PGA Tour pro, a counter service snack bar with call-ahead ordering from the 9th tee box, a full service cocktail bar, and a 400-person clubhouse with full-service catering capabilities.
- Location: 15501 E. Alicante Road, La Mirada, CA
- Phone: 562-943-7123
- Website: lamirada.americangolf.com
Westchester Golf Course
Located conveniently next to LAX airport in the Westchester Recreation Center right off West Manchester Avenue, Westchester Golf Course is a unique 15-hole executive golf course with well-maintained Rye/Kikuya grass fairways and greens. Westchester Golf Course is highly affordable and even features powerful fairway lights for night play until 10pm daily. Westchester is an excellent half-day course that leaves time for evening activities. Amenities include an 80-stall driving range, onsite pro, full-menu snack bar, pro shop and well-maintained putting greens.
- Location: 6900 W. Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA
- Phone: 310-649-9173
- Website: westchester.americangolf.com/
Dominguez Hills Golf Course
The public 18-hole Dominguez Hill Golf Course is located directly off the 405 freeway approximately 20 minutes south of LA. The course boasts one of the top 100 driving ranges in the country with its 90-stall automated tee system. The entire palm tree-lined course is night-lit featuring Kikuya grass fairways and Bermuda/Poa grass greens. The course is well known among locals for its specials and discounts throughout the week. Other course offerings include a well-manicured chipping green and practice bunker, onsite professional quality instruction, pro shop, and putting greens.
- Location: 19800 South Main Street, Carson, CA
- Phone: 310-719-1942
- Website: www.americangolf.com/CA/carson-dominguez-hills-golf-course
Knollwood Golf Course
In the rustic canyons of Granada Hills just off the 405 freeway, Knollwood Golf Course seems to amble between the thick native trees and shrubbery. Recently chosen as the 2008 LA Daily News Readers Choice Winner, the public 18-hole Knollwood Golf Course is considered by many to be the one of the best golf courses in the San Fernando Valley. Renowned for its versatility and difficult greens, the course challenges golfers at all skill levels. The complex includes a two-tiered practice facility, two practice greens, clubhouse with banquet capabilities for up to 300 people, full service cocktail bar, snack bar, and LA County public tennis courts.
- Location: 12040 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills, CA
- Phone: 818-363-1810
- Website: www.knollwoodgc.com
Arcadia Golf Course
At the base of the San Gabriel Mountains is the hidden treasure of Arcadia: one of the smallest and most beautiful 18-hole golf courses in Southern California. The lush and quaint little courses provide a memorable experience while the entire course and practice facility are equipped with lights for night play. The course includes a driving range that is open for extended hours from dawn to dusk, an onsite instructional organization called The Golf Learning Center, pro shop, putting green, and snack bar.
- Location: 620 E Live Oak Avenue, Arcadia, CA
- Phone: 626-443-9367
- Website: www.arcadia.americangolf.com
Lakewood Country Club
Approximately 20 miles from downtown LA adjacent to Bouton Lake in Lakewood is the public 18-hole championship golf course at the Lakewood Country Club. The golf course features a picturesque and scenic layout that incorporates 11 acres of water and lakes. The Lakewood Country Club golf course is a smorgasbord of new sand bunkers, Poa grass greens, and Bermuda grass fairways. Amenities include a clubhouse with three large banquet rooms, unlit driving range, onsite pros Dave Stephens and Jeff Manson, fully stocked pro shop, 16 tennis courts, chipping and putting greens, practice bunker, cocktail bar, restaurant, and snack bar.
- Location: 3101 Carson Street, Lakewood, CA
- Phone: 562-429-9711
- Website: www.americangolf.com/CA/lakewood-lakewood-country-club
Mountain Meadows Golf Course
Nestled deeply in the rolling hills and verdant trees of northern Pomona, Mountain Meadows Golf Course is a public 18-hole championship length course located just 30 minutes east of downtown Los Angeles. The well-maintained course features rolling fairways lined with aging trees and challenging well-bunkered greens. The course is so varied and difficult that players should expect to use every possible shot in their repertoire. The facilities include The Caddy Shack Café which features a spacious banquet facility with a capacity of 320+ guests and quaint gazebo, a 22-stall night-lit driving range, fully-stocked pro shop, cart rentals, and two putting greens.
- Location: 1875 Fairplex Drive, Pomona, CA
- Phone: 909-623-3704
- Website: mountainmeadows.americangolf.com
San Dimas Canyon Golf Course
Perhaps one of the only 'true' foothill golf courses, the San Dimas Canyon Golf Course is located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains directly off CA-57 South roughly 30 minutes from downtown LA. The 18-hole public park is open 365 days of the year featuring cascading fountains and authentic face-to-face encounters with wildlife such as bobcats, deer, and coyotes. Expect tree-lined fairways and gently sloped greens all along the course. Course offerings include a clubhouse with banquet and event services available, a driving range, onsite PGA Golf Professional on staff, a well-stocked pro shop, two putting and chipping greens, and a snack and cocktail bar.
- Location: 2100 Terrebonne Ave., San Dimas, CA
- Phone: 909-599-2313
- Website: sandimas.americangolf.com
Coyote Hills Golf Course
Designed by the legendary duo Cal Olson and Payne Stewart, this exceptional public course takes advantage of the natural beauty of 250 acres of public lands, with magnificent natural streams and breathtaking views. The large variety of tee-off spots and several well-placed hazards guarantee a challenge for golfers of all skill levels. The large Bermuda grass fairways and rolling Poa grass greens are well-maintained year-round. Coyote Hills Golf Course specializes in a high level of customer service unmatched by the many other public golf courses in Southern California. The course also features a clubhouse, cocktail bar, driving range, locker room, onsite pro, practice bunkers, putting greens, full-service restaurant, and snack bar.
- Location: 1440 E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton, CA
- Phone: 714-672-6800 ext: 2
- Website: www.coyotehillsgc.com
Chester Washington Golf Course
Featuring long, bordered fairways and, the 18-hole Chester Washington Golf Course located near downtown LA provides a much-needed oasis from hectic Southern California life. This beautiful par 70 course once hosted the Gardena Open in years past and was a standout finalist for the Los Angeles County course of the year award in 2006. The hip resident cocktail bar features two big screen televisions for catching your favorite sports game after finishing your round on the course. The Chester Washington Golf Course also has a top-rated pro shop, excellent chipping and putting greens, driving range, restaurant, and snack bar.
- Location: 1930 West 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA
- Phone: 323-756-2516
- Website: chesterwashington.americangolf.com/
MountainGate Country Club
Nestled at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains, this private Ted Robinson-designed golf course is one of the most picturesque and difficult courses in LA. Featuring holes that guarantee a new challenge every time you play, the MountainGate Country Club is a championship style golf course suitable for golfers of all ages and experience. Rapid elevation changes, wave-like greens and scenic vistas will both test your golf game as well as provide a strong source of inspiration. Amenities at the luxurious and private country club include men's and women's locker rooms, onsite PGA tour pro, a fine dining restaurant and members' grill, 16 lighted tennis courts and clubhouse with snack bar, chipping and putting greens, practice bunkers, rental service, shoe service, and a full-service snack bar.
- Location: 12445 MountainGate Drive, Los Angeles, CA
- Phone: 310-476-6215
- Website: www.mtngatecc.com
Brookside Golf Club
Immersed in 75 years of championship golf tradition, Brookside Golf Club's pubic 36-hole golf course is settled in the self-proclaimed golden foothills of Pasadena next to the world-famous Rose Bowl. The golf courses at Brookside have historically hosted the Los Angeles Open and the National Public Links Championship. The roughly 7,000 yard long course features immaculate, rolling Bermuda grass fairways lined with trees and Poanna grass greens that gently rise and fall. The Brookside Golf Club features a full-service restaurant and cocktail bar, an unlit driving range, the John Wells Pro Shop, two putting greens, chipping greens, practice bunkers, and a snack bar. Expect large crowds and increasingly longer wait times if visiting during peak hours.
- Location: 1133 Rosemont Avenue, Pasadena, CA
- Phone: 626-585-3598
- Website: www.brookside.americangolf.com
Los Verdes Golf Course
This William P. Bell-designed course boasts some of the best ocean views in all of California. High above the city of Rancho Palo Verdes, the public 18-hole Los Verdes Golf Course is considered by many locals to be one of the best value golf courses in the area. Expect to see picturesque and panoramic views of the ocean from all 18 holes. The clubhouse features a banquet room that fits 300 and an outside wedding ceremony site set above the coast. Other amenities include double-decker 44-stall driving range, men's locker rooms, pro shop, two large putting greens, snack bar, and a cocktail bar open from sunrise to sunset.
- Location: 7000 W. Los Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
- Phone: 310-377-7370
- Website: losverdes.americangolf.com
Bel-Air Country Club
The private 18-hole "Bel-Air" golf course at the Bel-Air Country Club facility features 6,482 yards of championship golf. Designed by William P. Bell, the immaculate Bermuda grass fairways and greens combine to make the course one of the toughest in Los Angeles. Many of the locals consider the back nine on this course utterly merciless. With picturesque and panoramic views of spectacular ocean-side scenery, the course proves t difficult as well as memorable. Amenities also include a fine dining restaurant, an onsite PGA pro, pro shop, snack bar, and men's and women's locker rooms.
- Location: 10768 Bellagio Rd, Los Angeles, CA
- Phone: 310-472-9563
- Website: www.bel-aircc.org
SeaCliff Country Club
The private SeaCliff Country Club is located approximately 1/4 mile from the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach, CA. Stretching to nearly 7,000 yards, the 18-hole championship course is surrounded by ocean views and features fairways lined with trees, tranquil man-made lakes and well-manicured greens with holes so impressive that they will likely test every shot in any golfer's repertoire. The country club also provides spacious men's and ladies' locker rooms, a fitness center with personal training available, onsite PGA Tour pro, pro shop, formal dining restaurant, a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, 16 tennis courts and clubhouse with a snack bar, chipping and putting green, jacuzzi, practice bunkers, shoe service, and full-service snack bar.
- Location: 6501 Palm Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA
- Phone: 714-536-8866
- Website: www.seacliffcc.net
Trump National Golf Club
The nearly $250 million dollar Donald J. Trump Signature Design course includes massive sand traps and intricate water hazards. The course overlooks the Pacific Ocean boasting some of the finest views in Southern California. Trump National also features public access trails that meander through the golf course providing access to the beach and public park on the bluffs in front of the club house. Two fine dining restaurants - the more casual The Golfer's Lounge and the upscale The Cafe Pacific - provide world-class dining. As the most expensive golf course ever built, Trump National has written a new page in the book of the sport.
- Location: One Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
- Phone: 310-265-5000
- Website: www.trumpnationallosangeles.com
Griffith Park Golf Courses
Located off I-5 and Los Feliz Boulevard in the 4,107-acre Griffith Park, the largest municipal park and urban wilderness in the United States, there are four golf courses that attract a large number of LA golf enthusiasts. These include the 18-hole Woodrow Wilson Golf Course, the 18-hole Warren G. Harding Golf Course, the 9-hole Franklin D. Roosevelt Golf Course, and the 9-hole Los Feliz Golf Course. Each year, the Griffith Park's Wilson and Harding courses host the City Junior Golf Championship and the Men's and Women's City Golf Championship. With four courses to choose from, the hardest decision is which course to play first. Griffith Park also features a 50-tee double-decked driving range complete with misters, four practice putting greens, two pitching and chipping greens, and a practice bunker green.
- Location: 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, CA
- Phone: 323-664-2255
- Website: www.griffithparkgolfshop.com