Best golf courses in Los Angeles

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While there are private clubs with all the rich and famous living in the area, there are also plenty of clubs open to the public. If you’re looking to tee off 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.

1. Trump National

1 Trump National Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Green fees range from $80-280

Owned by Donald Trump, Trump National is an 18-hole, par 71 golf course on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Sitting on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this course has five sets of tees and each has its own beautiful view of the ocean. Not only do you get ocean views on this course, but you’ll also have a waterfall as the backdrop for two of your holes. Trump National offers luxury and is larger than life, much like its owner, making it the perfect course for business executives and those who take their swing very seriously.

2. Pelican Hill — Ocean North Course

22800 S Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92657
Green fees range from $85-290

Opened in 1993 and designed by Tom Fazio, the Ocean North Course at Pelican Hill is a gorgeous par 71 course. On each of the 18 holes you can see views of the Pacific Ocean on the horizon. Throughout this golf course, besides the normal fairways and greens, there are raised plateaus and open canyons. If you’ve spent a lot of time in the city and want to feel isolated from all the people and noises, the Ocean North Course is where you want to be.

3. Pelican Hill — Ocean South Course

22800 S Pelican Hill Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92657
Green fees range from $85-290

Like its neighboring course, Pelican Hill’s Ocean South Course was also designed by Tom Fazio, but it opened two years earlier in 1991. This golf course is 6,580 yards and is a par 70. While teeing off here, you will get to see the Pacific Ocean and feel its breeze, as well as be surrounded by an assortment of wonderful smelling vegetation. The 13th hole is the most talked about as it features two greens.

4. Rustic Canyon

15100 Happy Camp Canyon Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021
Green fees range from $18-66

Rustic Canyon golf course wasn’t built from detailed drawings; instead it was shaped and sculpted around the natural landscape of the area. Even though the front nine is reasonably flat, its surround by the ridges of rolling hills. Washing near and through many holes on the course is a wide creek, and large areas of grasslands divide many of the holes. Big hitters will appreciate most of the large fairways, while those who need to work on their long-range putting game will be tested on this golf course. Although the front nine is flatter, the Canyon part of this course comes into play on the picturesque back nine.

5. Talega

990 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, CA 92673
Green fees range from $40-110

Found in the hills of San Clemente is the wonderful golfing experience at Talega. Designed by Fred Couples and established in 2001, this 18-hole, par 72 golf course is very much appreciated in Southern California. On this course, which is laid out in two nine-hole loops around a Spanish-style clubhouse, you will experience some elevation changes and golfing challenges that come along with those changes. Instead of the possibility of hitting into bunkers keeping you on your top golf game, it’s the natural vegetation on and around this course that help keep you focused. Besides a fun, challenging golf course, Talega also offers on-course GPS food ordering so you can fully enjoy playing a round of golf.

6. Angeles National

9401 Foothill Blvd. Sunland, California 91040
Green fees range from $53-123.

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.

7. Industry Hills — Eisenhower

1 Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry, CA 91744
Green fees range from $44-110

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 named for the former U.S. president who was a fan of the game. 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.

8. Industry Hills — Zaharias

1 Industry Hills Parkway, City of Industry, CA 91744
Green fees range from $44-110
Zaharias may be marginally shorter than the other Industry Hills course, but it still requires some skilled shot making. Named for Babe Didrikson Zaharias, who was a decorated all-around American athlete, you may also hear golfers refer to this course as the ‘Babe’. The designers of this 18-hole, par 71 course made it long and narrow to really maximize the 650 acres it’s located on.

The year round sunshine and warm weather in LA makes it a golfer’s sanctuary. If you’re a golfer and in LA for whatever reason, you have to make time to test your swing on one of the best golf courses in Los Angeles. Be sure to also check out some of these top hotels in the Los Angeles area.


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