El Prado Golf Course is actually a pair of 18-hole golf courses, Chino Creek and Butterfield Stage. Though remarkably similar in the way they balance wide open fairways and forested stretches, they differ slightly in length and age?just like their architects, father-and-son team Harry and David Rainville. Rather than place fruit baskets around their course as their first names would imply, the Rainville design team drew up layouts that let newer golfers enjoy the game while their more skilled counterparts lean on touch and control to avoid frequent sand and water hazards. Located just east of Chino Hills National Park, the courses also frequently host visitors such as coyotes, Red Tail Hawks, and Canadian geese that wander onto the property.
Chino Creek Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 6,850 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 124 from the back tees * Course slope of 72 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole
Butterfield Stage Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 6,568 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 121 from the back tees * Course slope of 70.9 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole
Mountain Meadows Golf Course, with its unsurpassed views, is located along the San Gabriel basin. Jacaranda trees can be seen along the grounds. Named golf course of the year (in Los Angeles County) four times over 23 years. With its pristine views, it is a perfect backdrop for weddings or other once-in-a-lifetime events. An on-site banquet room can accommodate up to 320 guests, and has spectacular views of the course. Golfers will appreciate the variety in elevations throughout the course, as well its slope (rated at 131). A variety of clubs are offered, as well as instructors for those who wish to improve their skills.
Beneath Mount Baldy, which cuts a snowy wedge from the horizon, Claremont Golf Course's nine holes form a grassy emerald pool. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden lies adjacent to the golf course, filling the air with the scents of native Californian flora and punishing players with penalty strokes for always using roses in their poetic metaphors. Totaling 1,915 yards from the back tees, with just one hole longer than 300 yards, the nine-hole executive course does not present a lengthy undertaking. Taken along with the lighted driving range and practice area, the comparatively short course is a great place for beginners to start out and for more experienced golfers to practice the short game or use their golf balls that bruise easily.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 31 course * Total length of 1,915 yards from the back tees * Two sets of tees per hole
Nestled just south of Mount Baldy and national forests sits the 18-hole championship course at Upland Hills Country Club, designed by David A. Rainville. Players putt and drive around water hazards and palm trees that have been providing coconut golf balls at the course for nearly 30 years. The course’s 6th and 13th holes sprawl over 539 and 475 yards, respectively, earning them each a par 5. After swinging through the course, golfers can drop in at the restaurant and bar for refreshments, schedule a lesson, or visit the pro shop to replace the golf glove they ruined by bedazzling it for a Michael Jackson impersonation. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-70 course * Length of 5,902 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 68.6 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 121 from the farthest tees
Though GOLFZING can't actually sink a tough putt for you, it provides just about everything else that it takes to enjoy a day on the links. In states across the U.S., the company makes it simple to book tee times, receive detailed course info, buy and sell gear, and even play fantasy golf. Plus, GOLFZING's online community keeps golfers connected.
GOLFZING's membership program, The Players Club, is designed to help golfers of all levels improve their game. It provides vital tools and training opportunities for chopping down scores. Members enjoy access to select courses across the country, as well as numerous other benefits, from unlimited driving range balls to free clinics. Golfers can also earn ZINGPOINTS as part of the company's rewards program, which can be used toward free rounds of golf.
Empire Lakes Golf Course bears the design imprint of one Arnold Palmer?seven-time major championship winner and one of the few golfers mentioned as a contender for greatest of all time. His sensibilities can be seen everywhere around the 18-hole course, which sprawls for more than 7,000 yards over sun-scorched earth in the shadow of Mt. Baldy. These include fairway and green-side bunkers placed strategically to give golfers fits, as well as a dearth of straightaway holes to emphasize shot-shaping and draw attention to the global shortage of 400-yard rulers. Though certainly tricky, none of these elements cross the line into artifice, which is in keeping with the "The King's" belief in natural, unadorned course design.
Conveniently close to both Orange County and Los Angeles, Empire Lakes is a stop on the PGA's Nationwide Tour. Once players arrive, they'll also find a lighted driving range and a School of Golf staffed with award-winning teachers and club fitters.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,034 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.1 from the back tees * Course slope of 136 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard.