Los Angeles is bathed in sunshine nearly 300 days per year. Cold fronts are also unimaginable, meaning the weather is ideal for golf, a sport that requires spending several hours outdoors. Plenty of snowbirds flock to L.A. to play golf during winter, and city denizens regularly invade the links. Learn about 23 of the best 18-hole public golf courses in L.A. County, with signature holes listed in most cases. Welcome to the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Golf Site! Our goal is to provide you with all of the services and information you might require to make your golf experience with us easy and enjoyable!
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Rancho Park Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 71 championship course playing at 6,630 yards, designed by William Johnson and William P. Bell. Rancho Park opened with the 1949 U.S.G.A. Public Links Championship and has been host to eighteen Los Angeles Opens as well as numerous LPGA and Senior tour events between 1978 and 1994. The golf course is a challenging and undulating course requiring a great deal of skill. A variety of lies provide a challenge, especially on approach shots to smallish greens.
Total Holes: 18
This freeway friendly L.A. County public golf course is sandwiched between the 405 and El Camino College. William P. Bell and William H. Johnson, two names you'll read often in this story, designed the north course, which is par 72 and opened in 1947. Cecil B. Hollingsworth also designed a south course that debuted the same year.
Cost: $30 on weekdays, $40 on weekends
Average Round Duration: 4 hours, 45 minutes
Angeles golf course, the only course that Jack Nicklaus designed in L.A. County, rests in the foothills below Angeles National Forest, right off the 210 freeway. Views are a key selling point, and Angeles hosts one of the top clubhouses of any public golf course, with Spanish-inspired architecture, a full restaurant, bar and pro shop. All of this makes it one of the best golf courses in the area.
Signature Hole: #18 has views of the lake as you step up to the green. In the background, you'll find a fountain and agave, a plant that inspired the course's logo.
Cost: $85 on weekdays, including a golf cart equipped with GPS, $100 on Fridays, $130 on Saturdays-Sundays
Average Round Duration: 4.5 hours
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.
Signature Hole: #3 is a par 5 that sets up nicely on a relatively flat, water-free course.
Cost: $32-42 to walk, depending on the day. Add $14 per person for a half-cart.
Average Round Duration: 4 hours during the week, 5 on weekends.
This golf course resides due south of the 105 freeway and a few powerful swings from Hawthorne Municipal Airport in L.A.'s West Athens neighborhood. The par 70 course delivers rolling hills, tree-lined fairways and forgiving greens. In 1982, L.A. County Supervisor named the Western Avenue Golf Course for Chester Washington, a journalist who published 13 newspapers for his company, Central News-Wave Publications.
Signature Hole: #13 is Chester Washington's longest, toughest hole, a par 3 with a green surrounded by trees and bunkers that plays uphill with a false green. The green looks closer than it really is, so golfers often select a different club and fall short.
Cost: $30 to walk and $44 to ride on weekdays, $40 to walk and $55 to ride on weekends. Prices decrease at 2 p.m. for Twilight and fall further for 4 p.m. Super Twilight.
Average Round Duration: 4.5 hours.