Best golf courses: Los Angeles

Los Angeles: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in and around this city. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key below for the rating definitions.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Nicklaus Design

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Nicklaus Design (project led by Steve Nicklaus)

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Lehman, Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Tom Lehman and Casey O'Callaghan

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Los Angeles
Thomas, George C.

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Private club

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Original design by George C. Thomas and William Park "Billy" Bell (1925). Various modifications made by various designers over subsequent years, culminating in a major renovation (and return to the course's origins) by Tom Doak (2018).
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Hills, Arthur

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Visitors welcome

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Los Angeles

Designer

Arthur Hills

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Olson & Stewart

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Visitors welcome

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Los Angeles

Designer

Cal Olson & Payne Stewart
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Bell, William F.

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

William Francis "Billy" Bell Jr & Casey O'Callaghan.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Bell, William F.

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

William Francis "Billy" Bell Jr & Casey O'Callaghan.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Los Angeles
Fowler & Thomas

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Private club

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Original layout of current NORTH course by Herbert Fowler (1921); revamped and re-routed by George C. Thomas Jr and William Park "Billy" Bell (1927); modifications by Gil Hanse, Geoff Shackleford & Jim Wagner (2010). SOUTH course: redesigned by Gil Hanse & Geoff Shackelford (2016).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
(Closed in 2016)
Los Angeles
Dye, Pete

Visitors?

(Closed in 2016)

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Father/son team of Pete Dye & Perry Dye, and Fred Couples

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
(Closed in 2016)
Los Angeles
Dye, Pete

Visitors?

(Closed in 2016)

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Father/son team of Pete Dye & Perry Dye, and Fred Couples

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Jones Jr, Robert Trent

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Jacobsen & Hardy

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Visitors welcome

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Los Angeles

Designer

A Peter Jacobsen Signature Course

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Fazio, Tom

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Visitors welcome

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Los Angeles

Designer

Tom Fazio

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Not weekends
Los Angeles
Bell & Thomas

Visitors?

Not weekends

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

William Park "Billy" Bell with George C. Thomas Jr.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Fazio, Tom

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Tom Fazio

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Fazio, Tom

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Tom Fazio
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Bell, William P.

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

William Park "Billy" Bell and William H. Johnson.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Los Angeles
Thomas Jr, George

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Private club

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Original design by George C. Thomas Jr & William Park "Billy" Bell (1926); later modifications by Tom Fazio (2012).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Hanse, Gil

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Gil Hanse (Hanse Golf Course Design)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Robinson, Ted

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Visitors welcome

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Los Angeles

Designer

Ted Robinson & Ted Robinson Jr.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Los Angeles
Nicklaus, Jack

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Private club

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Jack Nicklaus

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Lipe, Jim

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Jim Lipe

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Couples, Fred

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

A Fred Couples Signature Course

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Dye, Pete

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Original design by Pete Dye (1999, as Ocean Trails Golf Club); remodelled by Jim Fazio (2006).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Robinson, Ted

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

Ted Robinson

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Los Angeles
Thomas, George C.

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Los Angeles

Designer

George C. Thomas Jr

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