If there's one word that best describes Southern California, it's "diversity." From the people to the land to the opportunities for relaxation, So Cal has something for everyone.
Heck, where else can you ski and surf on the same day?
Here's a look at some courses our readers favor, and why.
"Beautiful, almost perfect conditions. Wait till you see the practice green. Very, very challenging golf test with a few 'tricky' holes. Local knowledge would help. Highly rated for its beauty and golf test. Worth the trip."
"Since they have changed the front and back nine around the front nine is a challenge and the back can be had. But be careful: Seven of the back nine holes have out-of-bounds. Greens are running around 10 or 11 and above the holes can be 15. Great track for any level but there aren't many varied tee areas. Tough track for the ladies."
"I highly recommend this course. Well-manicured and worth the green fee."
"This course is challenging and has danger. There's water and trees to keep you busy. If you stay in the fairway, you'll have a great score to brag about."
"Compton Par 3 is a rare find. Fat white sand, tall rough, fewer trees, windy conditions and rolling greens are just a few ingredients to this masterpiece. Unfortunately, the greens maintenance of recent months has been lacking, probably due to resource decisions. Otherwise probably one of the finest links-style layouts in the U.S."
"South Gate par 3 is a mature, narrow course that will truly test your short game. Many people who play the course are intimidated by its difficulty and quit the game for good here. This charming course is hidden in the suburbs of Los Angeles and is often empty of players … this makes for a private, backyard-type atmosphere. There are no fairways, just rough and greens. Tall pines line this shady nine-hole layout and create an ideal microclimate for small Poa annua greens. Use practice facilities and snack shop when you come. … You must have a hot dog."
"The course plays short but is challenging due to its very difficult greens. A few reachable par 4s and short par 5s for big hitters. The course is unfair due to heavily sloping fairways so good drives are not always rewarded. Usually not very busy so it's great for walk-ons, but call ahead to be sure."
January 8, 2006
William K. Wolfrum keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation. You can follow him on Twitter @Wolfrum.
A good par-3 course can counter several of the most common complaints about golf -- it takes too long to play, is too expensive and too difficult. The truth is, however, most par-3 courses aren't worth the trip for the traveling golfer. That may be starting to change, though. Mike Bailey spotlights some of the very best par-3 courses (open to the public) in the country.
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