Named a top place to play in Southern California by Golf Digest, the course at Rio Hondo Golf Club leads players on a zigzagging path toward glimpses of glittering lakes and waterfalls. Separated from adjacent holes by aisles of stately pine, the narrow fairways traverse rolling hills and mounds strategically placed to create tricky lies and inhibit golf-cart drag racing. When a rusty swing holds back progress, the club facilitates game improvement with a lighted, 30-stall practice range, as well as lessons with head PGA professional Steve Labarge and his band of instructors. The new 23,000-square-foot clubhouse houses the buzz of activity, inviting players to down cold beers while enjoying the emerald panorama.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-71 course
Total length of 6,360 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 70.5 from the back tees
Course slope of 122 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
Getting away from it all doesn't have to mean leaving town. Amid the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Aroma Spa & Sports members luxuriate in spa services. Guests release stress during Swedish massages, rejuvenate their skin with body scrubs, and reduce signs of aging during facial appointments.
But the spa isn't the only thing that makes Aroma Spa & Sports stand out. In keeping with its name, the center houses fitness facilities complete with a workout studio for Pilates, spinning, and kickboxing classes. Elsewhere in the sprawling confines, a pool beckons lap swimmers and a racquetball court helps players work on their serve while quizzing each other on what a racquetball is. The center rounds out its wealth of offerings with a 150-yard golf range with automated teeing equipment available on all four levels.
Your day of golf at Verdugo Hills Golf Course is sure to be perfect to a tee. This 18-hole 3-par course is historic, yet still in great condition. It’s open all year long and offers tee times as early as 6:30 in the morning and as late as 9:30 at night. The trees on the course present a fun challenge, and putting is easy on the well-kept greens. Overall, it’s a great course for beginning golfers and more intermediate players, though anyone can enjoy their experience here. You can also practice your swing at the driving range, pick up gear, and refuel at the excellent snack bar. Now that the Tees on the Green Restaurant has a liquor license, make sure to pair your juicy burger with an ice-cold beer—there are many on tap to choose from.
Looking for a beautiful place to get out and place golf with friends? Experience the Knollwood Country Club. A full 18-hole golf course features challenging holes as well as a large practice facility to improve those inaccurate swings. Knollwood Country Club has been named the LA Daily Readers’ Choice Winner and continues to delight patrons. Visitors can book a tee time on the website, download a scorecard to prepare for a big tournament, view event schedules and get golf rates. Those looking to hold private gatherings at Knollwood will find information about that in the Wedding and Events section of the website. Folks can also sign up on Knollwood’s email list to receive special offers and updates about the country club.
Penmar Golf Club (located just blocks from the beach) is sure to be your choice for a quick round or two of 9-hole golf. This members-only club offers a truly unique experience including putting contests and much more. The immaculately-kept greens and fairways will delight your senses and make you forget you’re in the heart of Los Angeles. The varying hole layouts are sure to accommodate golfers of all levels. Are you new to golf? Playing these 9 holes will improve your game dramatically. Are you a seasoned golf pro? Penmar Golf Club will challenge even the best and keep your skills razor sharp. For membership information or to fill out an application, visit their website (penmargolf.lagolfclubs.com).
What makes it great: 9-hole city course that’s hilly and surprisingly challenging; unusually long, narrow fairways dotted with trees and sand traps; just one of a few golf courses in Griffith Park, with expansive views of the Los Angeles Basin and the Observatory