Completing a George C. Thomas hat trick of designs (the others being No. 19 Los Angeles C.C. (North) and No. 22 Riviera) is Bel-Air C.C., a charming throwback design that winds through mansion-dotted canyons of Los Angeles, the topography so steep that golfers are guided from hole to hole via a tunnel, an elevator and the city’s most famous suspension bridge, which spans a gulch on the par-3 10th and serves as a dramatic backdrop for the 18th green. Bel-Air’s design had been altered over decades by, among others, Dick Wilson, George Fazio, Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Tom Fazio. But in 2018 Tom Doak erased every bit of their work, removing phony water hazards and faithfully recapturing Thomas’s splashy signature bunkering. To complete a round amidst these Hollywood hills, you’ll definitely encounter a Hollywood star. Her name is Bel-Air.
100 Greatest: Ranked 94th, 1991-'92.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013. Highest ranking: No. 127, 2021-'22.
Best in State: Ranked inside the top 15, 1987, 1991-'97, 1999-2003, 2007-'10. Ranked 18th, 2021-'22. Ranked 19th, 2015-'18. Ranked 20th, 2011-'12, 2019-'20. Ranked inside the top 20, 1989. Ranked 21st, 2013-'14. Ranked inside the top 25, 2005.