Golf Around Los An­ge­les

The City of An­gels of­fers a hand-picked se­lec­tion of cour­ses all within easy reach of the city

Business Traveler (USA) - - INSIDE - By Peter Swain

The City of An­gels of­fers a hand-picked se­lec­tion of cour­ses all within easy reach

1. INDUSTRYS HILLS S WHERE IS IT? 23 miles east of down­town. WHAT’S IT LIKE? Many of LA’s bet­ter clubs are pri­vate and pos­i­tively shun visi­tors, but In­dus­try Hills not only wel­comes all-com­ers but boasts stun­ning course de­sign run­ning through a pleas­antly hilly land­scape. Both the Eisen­hower (more com­monly known as Ike, be­ing named af­ter the for­mer Pres­i­dent) and Za­harias (or Babe, af­ter the 1940s fe­male golfer) cour­ses are in im­mac­u­late con­di­tion and are good enough to have been fea­tured on the PGA cir­cuit. Of fh the two, Ike k is l longer and wider, with ag­gres­sive steep-faced bunkers, while Babe has tighter fair­ways and is pop­u­lar with the strong women’s mem­ber­ship.

Af­ter an invit­ing par-5 first on the Ike, the scenic sec­ond hole sets the tone. The down­hill par-4 from an el­e­vated tee to a green fronted by wa­ter re­quires care­ful club se­lec­tion fol­lowed by good dis­tance con­trol with a wedge – it’s a peach. From any of the four sets of tees, the course is de­mand­ing but fair, with great sep­a­ra­tion be­tween holes. Vast con­toured greens have nu nu­mer­ous pin op op­tions, the most di dif­fi­cult of which ar are se­ri­ously to tough. The s sig­na­ture hole on t the Babe is the p pic­turesque fifth, w which re­quires a draw off the tee to avo avoid the fair­way bunker, fol­low fol­lowed by a mid-iron into a green with wa­ter on three sides. CON­TACT One In­dus­try Hills Park­way, City of In­dus­try; tel +1 626 810 4653; or visit ih­golf­club.com PRICE Week­days Ike $85, Babe $75; week­ends Ike $110, Babe $105 – cart in­cluded but walk­ing al­lowed. CLUB RENTAL $50, Cleve­land CLUB HOURS Sun­rise to sun­set. MIN­I­MUM HAND­I­CAP None. FA­CIL­I­TIES Ike 7,211 yards, par-72; Babe 6,821 yards, par71. Flood­lit two-tier driv­ing range (6:00 AM - 10:00 PM); short game area with three prac­tice greens and two bunkers. AF­TER THE GOLF The club is part of the 292-room Pa­cific Palms Re­sort, which has a spa, fit­ness center, all-day Pa­cific fu­sion restau­rant and a ca­sual restau­rant and bar (11:00 AM - late). Stay-and-play pack­ages start at $144 per night and in­clude a round of golf on ei­ther course. 2. TRUMP NA­TIONAL WHERE IS IT? 28 miles south of down­town, 21 miles from LAX, near Ran­cho Pa­los Verdes. WHAT’S IT LIKE? Built at a re­puted cost of $250 mil­lion, this cham­pi­onship course opened with much fan­fare in 2005. Based on the pre-ex­ist­ing Ocean Trails Golf Club, a good chunk of money went on erect­ing sev­eral Trumpsig­na­ture wa­ter­falls. The Dye De­sign track zigzags down a hill­side with spec­tac­u­lar ocean views on al­most ev­ery hole, and fea­tures long forced car­ries, ag­gres­sive bunker­ing

and tough green com­plexes, all in pris­tine con­di­tion con­di­tion. The course has hosted a ladies’ PGA event and al­though its bark is worse than its bite, it is bet­ter suited to mid- and lowhand­i­cap­pers than be­gin­ners. The par-3 eighth, play­ing 235 yards over wa­ter all the way, is typ­i­cal of the course’s many un­com­pro­mis­ing chal­lenges. A strict dress code ap­plies: soft spikes only, col­lared shirts for men, no denim. CON­TACT One Ocean Trails Drive, Ran­cho Pa­los Verdes; tel +1 310 303 3240; or visit trump­golf.com PRICE $280 in­clud­ing cart and use of driv­ing range; $160 af­ter 2:30 PM. CLUB RENTAL $80, new­est Tay­lor Made, in­cludes six balls. CLUB HOURS 7:00 AM to sun­set. MIN­I­MUM HAND­I­CAP None. FA­CIL­I­TIES Cham­pi­onship 18-hole course: par-72, 7,242 yards. Driv­ing range, short game area and shop. AF­TER THE GOLF The lounge opens for break­fast at 7:00 AM, while the Café Pa­cific fine-din­ing of­fer­ing is open for lunch, af­ter­noon tea and din­ner. 3. MALIBU GOLF CLUB WHERE IS IT? 37 miles west of Hol­ly­wood. WHAT’S IT LIKE? Run­ning through the peace­ful canyons of the Santa Monica Hills, 5 miles in­land from Malibu, you ha half ex­pect cow­boys and In In­di­ans to charge out at any mo­ment. Mean Me­an­der­ing through pine and eu­ca­lyp­tus trees, this is a great driv­ing cou course fea­tur­ing dra­matic el­e­va­tion ele changes and rel­a­tively rel few bunkers but bu se­verely slop­ing greens, gr so it’s vi­tal to be b putting from be­low the t hole. Only sin­gledigit d play­ers should at­tempt to play off the tips, but the for­ward forw tees are suit­able for a range ran of abil­i­ties. The con­di­tion of the course isn’t quite as good as the de­sign it­self, but this is one of the more chilled venues in the area with a re­laxed dress code and con­vivial club­house. CON­TACT 901 Enci­nal Canyon Road, Malibu; tel +1 818 889 6680; the­mal­ibu­golf­club.com PRICE Week­days $75, week­ends $100, twi­light $65, in­cludes com­pul­sory golf carts. CLUB RENTAL $35, Tay­lor Made golf clubs CLUB HOURS Sun­rise to last tee-off at 4:00 PM. MIN­I­MUM HAND­I­CAP None. FA­CIL­I­TIES A 6,614-yard, 18-hole par-72 course, which plays longer. Lim­ited prac­tice fa­cil­i­ties. AF­TER THE GOLF The Malibu and Vine bar and grill de­scribes it­self as“a hand­crafted beer and wine bar with ran­dom acts of cook­ing.”Duck con­fit ta­cos washed down with Bel­gian beer is a fine way to end any round, es­pe­cially if live mu­sic is be­ing played, as it of­ten is on weekend evenings. 4. RAN­CHO PARK WHERE IS IT? Cen­tury City, a mile from Bev­erly Hills. WHAT’S IT LIKE? If the Big Le­bowski played golf, this is where he’d play. Half­way be­tween down­town and the beach, this is the course on which you’re most likely to hear cries of:“Heads up, dude!” Un­til 1972, this clas­sic“muni” hosted the LA Open, a PGA event won by the likes of Arnold Palmer, so the park­land de­sign is a se­ri­ous test. The grass on the greens is a lit­tle long and some of the fair­ways need at­ten­tion, but for such a cen­trally lo­cated pub­lic course, it’s a blast. CON­TACT 10,460 West Pico Boule­vard; tel +1 310 838 7373; golf.lac­ity.org PRICE Week­ends $48, Fri $42, Mon-Thurs $38. Sin­gle cart $16. Rounds can be booked online eight days in ad­vance but as the lo­cals book ear­lier, it gets very busy. CLUB RENTAL $20, var­i­ous golf club brands. CLUB HOURS Sun­rise to sun­set. MIN­I­MUM HAND­I­CAP None. FA­CIL­I­TIES A 6,630-yard, 18-hole par-71 course, a short 992-yard nine-hole pitch and putt, plus a flood­lit driv­ing range (6:30 AM - 10:00 PM). AF­TER THE GOLF The friendly café (6:00 AM - 7:00 PM) serves ba­sic fast food plus a knock­out udon noo­dle soup. BT

In­dus­try Hills

FACT FILE Well placed for Trump Na­tional, the Ter­ranea Re­sort (ter­ranea.com) has its own ex­cel­lent nine-hole, par-3 course, In the heart of town at Cen­tury City, the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal (icho­tels­group.com) is close to Ran­cho Park and will make any golf book­ing.

Ran­choPark

Malibu Golf Club

Na­tional Trump

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