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DeBell Golf Course — A Golf Course Review

I was invited to play this course back in December but this is nevertheless relevant to the golfer out there to play a course off the beaten track.

Located in the foothills just North of Burbank this gem of a golf course — another product of William Bell, golf course architect extraordinaire, is not your basic run of the mill course promising some pretty picturesque views, tough golf holes, and some of the wickedest putts that can sometimes defy gravity.

This course reminds me of Malibu Country Club at 1/3rd the price.  It plays shorter for sure but what it lacks in distance it more than compensates with target golf.  They sport a new restaurant, banquet area and pro-shop.

They flipped the two sets of 9 holes so the back is now the front 9 and the front is now the back 9.  You are greeted on the first hole with a nice, short par 5 but definitely a fun hole.  Mind the trouble on the left and in front of the green.

Conditions here are perhaps the best I have seen.  (Played here around 4 years ago and the conditions were suspect then but now…. wow– impressive!)  Greens rolled true.  Tee boxes were flat.  Certain holes offer a grew view of the Los Angeles basin.  It reminds you why LA is one of the best cities to live.  They put a lot of money into improving the golf course and facilities and that investment shows well to this golfer.

The updated restaurant has an updated menu.  Ask for their homemade chips they are delicious!  Their golf range is a little on the shortish side but they have newish range balls.

Alondra Park Golf Course — Golf Course Review

Played here Sunday at twilight.  Thank goodness the days are getting longer because I don’t know how much longer I can take teeing off at 2-2:30 and only getting at the most 15 holes.  I need to play a full round of golf but time is always an issue.

This is a public golf course in Torrance California on the border of Lawndale, Gardena and Torrance.  One of only a handful of golf courses in the South Bay it does get a lot of play if just for the plain fact, it’s convenient.

There is not a lot to the golf course.  It’s flat.  The greens have little or no break; your typical municipal fare.  The only note of mention is that this course recently (like 5 years ago) renovated their front 9 holes.  The ironic thing is they ran out of money to finish the back 9 and so they charge a little premium in order to help fund that endeavor later down the road.

Now the golf course since the renovation has two distinct types of greens — one for the front which is hard fast and one for the back which is slow and soft.  Be prepared to run the ball on the front 9 holes and throw the ball up and play aggressively on the back.

Overall greens are in good shape  for both the front and back.  Fairways are OK.  Tee boxes are relatively flat.  Sand in bunkers — LOL what sand?  It’s dirt and hard pan at that.

Played with a nice couple for the front 9.  He also happens to run the van/club repair shop opposite the driving range.  Nice fellow, great striker of the ball, and knowledgeable about the current golf equipment give him a shout out for me.  His van is open M-Sat 12-5pm.

Pace of play was decent.  Managed to play a few more holes than previously before darkness forced my hand.

It’s OK golf for the price ($22.25 Twilight) on the big course.  If you want challenging though try their 18-hole par 3 course.  Small greens, loads of undulation, and pretty popular among the locals.  It is in my opinion one of the hardest par-3 golf courses around.  Sunset between holes 13/14 A hawk ensuring that sleeping duck gets much needed rest.  Alondra Park Hole 7 Hdcp 1 Hole 2014-01-05 15.31.56 And So It Starts.... Golf! Alondra Park Hole 10, view of the green from 150 out. Alondra Park Hole 13, Tee to Green More sunset at Alondra Park

Los Amigos Country Club, a golf course review

I live and work in Los Angeles.  I also play a lot of golf here.

That said, this little municipal golf course in Downey was once the butt of a lot of local golf jokes.  To say the course conditions here were bad just a little over a year ago was to be kind.  I mean in a word, this place “sucked.”

Gone are those days though.  We are talking a massive turn-around.  Hyperbole, maybe but see for yourself.    Not only have the facilities improved (updated restaurant, bar, pro-shop and banquet area) but also the golf course.   From tee to green the course has been revamped.  You no longer have to deal with storm drains that ran through several holes.  It’s all covered and drains rather well thank you very much.  But the greens have been transformed from slow, pot-marked and bumpy to smooth and quick.  The fairways are lush and all the bunkers have been restocked with fluffy sand.  Also several bunkers have been added; making the course in my opinion more of a challenge.

This course has it’s charm.  Decent risk/reward holes with a what-you-see-is-what-you-get just don’t screw up kind of holes.  I personally like the layout.  You won’t need your driver on a lot of these holes but on hole 9 you have a definite challenging par 3.  Come play this course, you will see what I mean.  Conditions here currently rival if not exceed those of it’s more upwardly mobile sister golf course Rio Hondo down the street.  

It’s just plain good golf.  And thgolfer in me appreciates value when I see/play it.  Hats off to the staff especially the superintendent Vince and GM Mike.  

Side note we did play on a Friday so the pace of play was on the slow side and was expected.  Just wish I played a bit better.