FORE! If you love playing golf as much as the next LA native, you’ll want to hit up these greens. Thankfully, due to our gorgeous So-Cal weather, a round of golf can be something enjoyed year round. We’ve putted, sinked and swung to find some of the best public golf courses in LA. If you’re a pro, we’ve got your master skills covered. If you’re starting the game for the first time, we’ve got the place to practice. Plus, each course doesn’t require a membership. Aces in our book.
1. Los Feliz 3-Par Golf Course (Beginner)
3207 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039
The Los Feliz 3-Par Golf Course is a beginner friendly course that has 9 holes and is perfect for families and friends who are looking for a fun, challenging, and possibly short game. Here’s a fun fact. This course was actually featured in the movie “Swingers” making it a local attraction for movie buffs. There is also a charming café nearby to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner after a round or two.
2. Rancho Park Golf Course (Moderate/Difficult)
10460 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064
Rancho Park Golf Course is an 18-hole, challenging course with a few obstacles to test your abilities. It also has hosted 18 Los Angeles Opens. This course has affordable prices, but it can get busy, so be sure to get there early to guarantee your spot. It offers a double tier driving range and three putting greens to practice on. There is even a coffee shop to help recharge your game or to sip on while playing.
Pro tip: There is no drink cart, (total bogey, we know!) so make sure to bring your hydration with you.
3. Wilson Golf Course (Difficult)
5500 Griffith Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Located at LA’s iconic Griffith Park, the Wilson Golf Course is the largest of all LA courses, with nearly 7000 yards of beautiful greens. It’s home to 18 holes and has been host to several Los Angeles Opens too. This course has wide-open playing fields with gorgeous views of the LA hills. Now we know why this is a popular attraction. Make it a full day of playing by getting in a game, then head to these nearby LA tourist hotspots like the Griffith Observatory or the LA Zoo. Both are close to the course.
4. Harding Golf Course (Moderate)
4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Also located at Griffith Park, Harding Golf Course is a stunning tree lined course with more narrow greens and ranks (in our opinion) as a moderate course. It’s s also a Golf Digest “Best Places to Play” award winner. Here’s why. The roaming putting greens are sometimes frequented by deer or peacocks, which tees up for a stunning photo op and an appreciation for Griffith Park’s natural elements. It also sets the scene for a game of twilight golf. Near the grounds, there’s a restaurant, golf shop, lounge and practice facilities (Wilson Golf Course also shares the same amenities).
5. Woodley Lakes Golf Course (Beginner)
6331 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Woodley Lakes Golf Course is a hidden golf gem in the Valley and is perfect for beginners who want to brush up on their skills. It is super spacious with 18 holes and holds PGA Level 1 Family tees for shorter shot attempts and a more enjoyable game for those just starting out. Plus, the driving range is one of the best kept greens in the city, ya know, if you’re looking for perfection. This is one course that won’t disappoint and leaves room for a mulligan here and there.
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