Golf in the Valley

Golf in the Valley


Anyone looking to hit the links for a day of sunshine and sport can find a host of choices throughout the San Fernando Valley. With the rolling hills and stretches of green, the Valley is a perfect location for golf courses and there are many quality courses throughout the local neighborhoods. While a number of courses are part of private country clubs, where you must be a member or a guest of a member to play, there are several public courses as well to choose from. On a weekend, reservations are usually recommended but during the week you can often drop in.

Griffith Park offers three options, two 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course (www.griffithparkgolfshop.com). All of the courses have been around since the 1920’s or 1930’s and offer you over 4,100 acres of natural terrain with holes interspersed among the California Oak Trees. There’s also a double-decked driving range if you want to just head out and practice your swing. These courses also offer private lessons and group golf schools.

If you’re looking for a course with more hills and views, head over to Burbank and in the foothills, you’ll find the DeBell Golf Club (www.debellgolf.com). It’s an 18-hole public course that first opened in 1959 and offers up over 5,500 yards of hillside playing terrain and a slope rating of 114. DeBell also offers lessons and a driving range if you want to work on improving your game. A little further north in the Valley, in the neighborhood of Pacoima, you’ll find the Hansen Dam Golf Course (www.laparks.org/golf/cdp_hansen.htm). It rests along the face of the Hansen Dam and offers up a variety of elevation changes and beautiful landscaping over its 6,700 yards of green. In 2008-2009 it was ranked by Golf Digest as one of “The Best Places To Play.”




Cloudy
58°
Cloudy