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 the golfer 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.