Tee Off in Southern California
LA may be better known for Hollywood stars than memorable pars, but the golf is pretty good too.
From Santa Barbara to the Palm Springs desert heading east and back across to the Pacific Ocean, the region has more than its fair share of blockbuster courses. From bluff-top layouts influenced by the ocean winds to desert courses where the Rat Pack once romped; from high-priced resort experiences to mid-scale daily-fee play, Southern California has it all -- if you know where to look.
Los Angeles proper offers a strong collection of renowned and very private golf clubs, including the Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles Country Club and Bel Air Country Club. But because land is so valuable, those looking for daily-fee golf often have to search harder and drive farther. With the exception of Rancho Park Municipal -- where a 6-hour round is not uncommon -- there are not many choices close to the city center.
In recent years, though, some excellent designs have opened in the outlying cities. You may need to drive an hour or so to find them, but you'll be glad you did.