There are 19 golf courses in the City of Angels alone, with another 68 within 20 miles, according to golflink.com. For golf enthusiasts who want to have easy access to the game and a wide variety of choices, buying one of the Los Angeles homes for sale guarantees it.
Of course, with so many options, where do you begin? These three courses are a great place to start.
Lakeside Golf Club
If money is no object, join the Lakeside Golf Club, a course where legends have played. Located in Burbank, it dates back to 1924. The 18-hole Max Behr-designed course attracts serious golfers, while everyone from Laurel and Hardy to Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra have hung out here. Today, some of its famous members include Jack Nicholson, Justin Timberlake, and Joe Pesci. It offers 6,530 yards of golf from the longest tees, with the 8th a long par-4 that challenges even the most advanced players.
If you want to tee off here, you’ll have to stick to the dress code, wearing a collared or mock-turtleneck shirt that’s tucked in at all times, paired with Bermuda-style shorts. Hats or visors have to be worn forward and will need to be removed in the Clubhouse. No cellphone use is allowed on the putting green driving range or in the Clubhouse – they are only permitted on the course, with the exception of holes 1, 9, and 18.
Angeles National Golf Club
Los Angeles County’s only Jack Nicklaus designed course, the Angeles National Golf Club opened in 2004 and was ranked as one of the Top 10 Best New Public/Resort courses in the country, and one of the Top 30 Best New Courses Worldwide by Travel + Leisure. Tucked in the foothills below Angeles National Forest, one of its highlights are the picturesque views, but it also offers one of the best clubhouses of any public golf course with its Spanish-inspired architecture, pro shop, full restaurant, and bar.
An 18 hole, par 72 championship course it features generous fairways and immaculate emerald greens. The Signature Hole is No. 18, which boasts views of the lake with a backdrop of agave and a fountain.
DeBell Golf Course
Tucked between Wildwood Canyon Park and Burbank’s Starlight Bowl in the Verdugo Hills, this par 71 course not only provides fantastic views of the valley, but it’s been used as a filming site for numerous films and television shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Golfers can enjoy challenges like elevation shifts with the Signature Hole No. 11 as you can’t see over the top. Those who are at the bottom of the hole ring a bell when they’re done. Golflink.com named it “the best bargain” for a top course, with very reasonable prices and discounts for local residents.
The Hilltop Restaurant and Bar on the second floor of the Craftsman-style DeBell Clubhouse offers scenic views of the course and valley that can be enjoyed with classic American fare for breakfast and lunch. Full bar service is provided too.