The best courses you can play in Los Angeles
You might think a city filled with Hollywood elites and luxurious excess would have a similarly exclusive golf scene. In many ways Los Angeles does, with private clubs like Los Angeles Country Club and Riviera Country Club catering to the city’s high society and ranking among our nation’s best.
Yet, for the average player, L.A. boasts a surprisingly accessible public golf scene, filled with historic munys and affordable courses designed by some notable names. Sure, there are the high-end offerings—the first course on this list notably boasts that it cost $250 million to build—but there are plenty of quality courses with greens fees under $100 (or much less).
Whether you’re planning a golf trip or looking for a quick round on your next visit to Southern California, we’re here to help with this collection of the Best Courses You Can Play in Los Angeles. With such a sprawling city, you’ll notice some of these courses are a bit of a drive, depending on where you’re staying. Still, we’ve included the best public courses in all parts of the city, so you can find the best option for you. (Editor's Note: We didn’t include Newport Beach-area courses like Pelican Hill in this collection.)
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