Los Amigos is 6212 yard par 71 course located in Downey, California off Old School House Road. Course was originally designed by William Bell one of California’s prolific golf course designers in his day.
For those of you who know me, this used to be one of my favorite courses — always has been. Unfortunately this course fell on some hard times. The previous management was sacked and a new management team (Stratos Partnership LLC) was hired to manage this course. Stratos also operates Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona CA. Needless to say the previous caretakers did not take care of this course at all. It was a dog track surrounding juvenile hall — literally. Greens were terrible, slow and bumpy. To play this course was an ordeal. The design was straightforward enough, and if you tore away the lackluster conditions you could see Los Amigos always had good bones and character.
Fast forward to today, this course was a pleasure to play. It may be a short course but will make you use every club in your bag. The course has undergone some improvements. A lot of the old landing spots have been replaced with bunkers; tightening the landing area, the turf is lush with good coverage, and even the greens are completely different from what I remember. I mean this course is in GREAT shape tee to green. Side note: It also looks like the SCGA has been there to measure distances so the scorecard appears to be updated.
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Scorecard has been updated. The scorecard on the Los Amigos website however needs to be updated. Used to be a 70 par now it’s 71. Hole 9 was lengthened a little to become a short par 4. You can try to bomb the ball past the bunkers that protect it but it’s definitely a risk/reward scenario for the average golfer like myself. Me, I laid up.
Greens are perhaps the best I have seen on this course, period. They feel soft underfoot but roll true. The greens have good undulation so take a look at your ball from either side to get a good feel for the green. Fairways like I said earlier have good coverage. Lies may be on the thin side but very playable for this time of the year. Rough has been cut short as well and not as penalizing as you would think. Still the rough will take a lot out of your ball so stay away. Sand in the bunkers are white sandy beaches. If you don’t mind the beach you won’t mind hitting out of this fluffy, white stuff. One thing I should say about the greens and bunkers though is FIX your divots and RAKE your bunkers. For the love of Pete folks take care of your course. It took a year and a half to bring this course from life support and to have the lot of you NOT take care of this, shame on you.
Facilities have also been updated. Cafe is redesigned and seats large groups comfortably. Their bar is also updated as well as the banquet room. It has this old classic Craftsman style everyone likes so much; loads of wood and smooth surfaces.
Hats off to the staff and maintenance crew. You guys have done a heck of a job and dare I say give Rio Hondo (just 5 blocks away) a run for their money. The best way to describe my playing experience — Destination golf locally. At $18 to walk at twilight it’s a deal especially with the long summer days. We finished with plenty of light teeing off at around 3pm.
One thing to mention is the practice area. Wowzers. Two chipping areas; one with a small bunker. Two large putting areas, and a range with a grass hitting area with targets. Everything here seems a lot more inviting. I also noticed a lot more business here.
My advice if you are questioning whether to play here or not. Do! You won’t be disappointed. And for the record, Los Amigos is back on my play list.