Plenty of sun, surf, stars and golf courses make this sprawling temperate metropolis a favorite for snow birds and golfers alike. ClubHub (we rent premium golf clubs in Los Angeles CA) has assembled a list of great courses that are moderately priced to give you a head start on planning your Los Angeles Golf Outing. We mixed things up to give you everything from close in, tight municipal courses to foothills with plenty of up and down fairways. Take a look at our top 15 recommendations below:
1. Los Angeles Country Club (North Course)
This club traces its roots to 1897. The true appeal of the North Course — the quality that ranks it among the nation's best — is the land upon which it sits. This course will host the 123rd U.S. Open in 2023.
2. Balboa Golf Club
Balboa Municipal Golf Course is a short-length golf course with narrow tree-lined fairways. Signature Hole: #3 is a par 5 that sets up nicely on a relatively flat, water-free course.
3. Diamond Bar Golf Course
William F. Bell designed this course, which debuted in 1963 and now features an occasionally hilly backdrop, a central lake, and plenty of trees. Signature Hole: #9, a par 3 overlooking a lake with blooming bougainvillea lining the edges.
Cost: $42 - $51.50
4. Rustic Canyon Golf Course
Named the #1 BEST VALUE IN THE U.S.A in the September & October 2010 issues of Golf Magazine, Rustic Canyon does not disappoint. The course is a tribute to the very roots of the game with a lay-of-the-land creation by Hanse Golf Design. Built without detailed blueprints or working drawings, Hanse Golf shaped the large contoured, free-form green complexes and sculpted the bunkers from the natural landscape preserving and incorporating into the design the native barrancas.
Cost: $44 - $65
5. Industry Hills Golf Club
The Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Resort is one of California’s most noteworthy public golf courses, and a historical site as well: some of the game’s greatest players have graced the links. The Eisenhower Course goes by The Ike and refers to our 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Zaharias Course (aka The Babe) was named for the late, great golf, basketball and track star, Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Signature Hole: Ike #2 is a par 4 where golfers must negotiate a steep drop-in to reach an island green. Babe #3 is especially picturesque.
Cost: $39 - $110
6. Chester Washington Golf Course
With its rolling tree-lined fairways and subtle breaking greens, offers golfers of all skill levels a challenging day of golf. Conveniently located near downtown Los Angeles and the LA Airport. 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.
Cost: $30 - $51.50
7. Alondra Golf Course
Alondra Park Golf Course offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep Alondra Park Golf Course difficult yet friendly. This golf course has two Regulation 18-hole courses features generous fairways, raised greens and subtle difficulties.
Cost: $28 - $38.50
8. Angeles National Golf Club
Nestled at the base of the Angeles National Forest, this is the only Jack Nicklaus Design golf course in Los Angeles County. Angeles National features an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course with magnificent views, generous fairways and immaculate emerald greens. The course presents a challenge for golfers of all skill levels with four sets of tees accommodating both the professional and beginner golfer. The course was ranked byTravel + Leisure Golf magazine as One of the Top 30 Best New Courses Worldwide and One of the Top Ten Best New Public/Resort courses in the U.S. 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 - $130
9. Encino Municipal 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. Signature Hole: #14 is a pretty, dogleg right hole (that bends right like a dog’s leg) and has pine trees that enter into the fairway, offering an added challenge.
Cost: $30 - $45
10. Hansen Dam Golf Course
Hansen Dam golf course was picked by Golf Digest as one of the “Best Places To Play” for 2008-2009. This golf course resides in the north San Fernando Valley, just south of Hansen Dam Recreation Area. David Kent designed this course, which debuted in 1964, and Ray Goates later made upgrades. A thin “river” subdivides the course, which is rife with trees, elevation shifts, and is known for smaller greens that make approaches challenging. Signature Hole: #6 stands out as for being the course’s only hole with a water hazard.
Cost: $30 - $40
11. Mountain Meadows Golf Course
Even though the course isn’t actually in the mountains, you will find fairly hilly terrain, with jacaranda trees and views of the San Gabriels adding to the experience. Signature Hole: #9 is a par 3 that’s fun to play and not too challenging, with a lake on the right hand side.
Cost: $29 - $51.50
12. Santa Anita Golf Course
This Arcadia golf course resides across Huntington Drive from famed Santa Anita Park and in the shadow of imposing San Gabriel Mountains. This rolling par 71 course was originally part of Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin’s ranch and housed an Army Balloon School. Signature Hole: #18 is a par 4 dogleg right that ascends a bigger hill and poses a bigger challenge.
Cost: $13 - $29
13. La Mirada Golf Course
This par 70 course is best known for rolling Kikuyu grass greens, sometimes-tricky blind spots with bunkers. Signature Hole: #16 is a pretty unique par 5, which goes uphill at the end, making it challenging.
Cost: $42 - $51.50
14. El Cariso Golf Course
This relatively easy course resides near the western edge of Angeles National Forest, which ensures that you’ll have compelling views in the distance. Signature Hole: #11 is a fast, fun par 3 that rolls downhill.
Cost: $24 - $35.50
15. Whittier Narrows Golf Course
Expect tree-lined fairways and views of the towering San Gabriel Mountains. Whittier Narrows is also the proud home of the PGA Learning Center, which provides progressive instruction to golfers of all skill levels. Signature Hole: #14 is a long par 5 with trees to the left and right. Second shot has to stay to the right, to avoid the trees and street. Third shot has to carry over a bunker to reach a small corner target.
Cost: $29 - $51.50