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Balboa Golf Course my review in photos

If you haven’t read my recent review of Balboa Golf Course, you should.

The short review:  Greens in good shape with slow/medium speed.  Fairways in decent shape with some bare spots.  Rough is inconsistent but the thick rough is very penalizing.  Sand is hard packed.  Tee boxes are flat and well rotated.

Here are some photos of my round at Balboa Golf Course in the Sepulveda Recreation Area.

Now, seeing is believing.  Enjoy.

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Hole 18 View of Tee Box
Hole 18 View of Tee Box
Hole 15 View from Tee Box
Hole 15 View from Tee Box
Hole 14 View from Tee Box
Hole 14 View from Tee Box
Hole 12 View from Tee Box
Hole 12 View from Tee Box
Hole 11 View from Tee Box
Hole 11 View from Tee Box
Hole 11 -- Typical Tee Marker
Hole 11 — Typical Tee Marker
Hole 10 View from Tee Box
Hole 10 View from Tee Box
Hole 9 View from Tee Box
Hole 9 View from Tee Box
Hole 5 -- Typical Tee marker
Hole 5 — Typical Tee marker
Hole 5 view from Tee Box
Hole 5 view from Tee Box
Hole 7 View from Tee Box.
Hole 7 View from Tee Box.
Hole 8 View from Tee Box
Hole 8 View from Tee Box
Greens in good shape at Balboa Golf Course
Good Greens at Balboa
Hole 1 at Balboa Golf Course
Hole 1 at Balboa Golf Course .
View of the Practice Putting Area from the Clubhouse.
View of the Practice Putting Area from the Clubhouse.
Shadow Selfie of your Local Golfer the Golfing Guru
Shadow Selfie of your Local Golfer the Golfing Guru
Hole 15 Balboa Golf Course
Hole 15 Balboa Golf Course
Hole 9 Balboa Golf Course
Hole 9 Balboa Golf Course

Balboa Golf Course at the Sepulveda Recreation Area

Balboa Golf Course at the Sepulveda Recreation Complex — Damn Good Conditions for Municipal

OK let’s get this straight, I play a lot of golf locally.  You could call me your local golfer with an unbiased take on the golf courses we all play here in the Los Angeles area.  It’s my privilegeBalboa Golf Course at the Sepulveda Recreation Area to play all these courses.  I really have been lucky.  

I have been reporting golf course conditions for my favorite website — Greenskeeper.org for eight years now. Today is no exception.  I played in a Broken tee Tournament today.  Pace of play was pretty fast considering it was a Sunday mid-morning tee time.  Our round was 4 hours.   Temperature felt like 90F in the sun with a decent breeze coming out of Burbank.  

Balboa is one of two courses on this side of the Sepulveda Recreation Complex.  It’s sister course is Encino which plays a little longer with wider fairways.

I am happy to report that Balboa’s greens are in very good shape. Ran a little slow for my taste but very receptive for aggressive play to greens. Today I felt like I had to club-up for my approach shots. Fairways were lush with somewhat good coverage and some thin areas but very playable. Rough was inconsistent but thick in spots and not so thick in others. The thick stuff was very penalizing. The thin stuff easy to get out. Sand in bunkers is hard packed sand. Tee boxes were flat and rotated well allowing for decent, flat lies. 

Hole 9 Balboa Golf Course
Hole 9 Balboa Golf Course

A comment about the services here.  It’s bare bones.  They have a little truck that serves as the beverage truck but I saw it speeding by us and it was very difficult to wave down.  In fact by the time we noticed the truck was there, they were already 150 yards away.  The snack shop apparently is closed on the weekends.  Leaving only vending machines to service thirsty golfers.

Hole 15 Balboa Golf Course
Hole 15 Balboa Golf Course

A Gatorade is $3.  A soda is $2.50 but as it happens their soda machine is empty (no indicator lights) and no refunds so I ended spending $5.50 for a single bloody Gatorade.  Their water from the fountains have a funny taste to them.  
Pace of play was around 4 hours. The course is in better shape compared to Encino per starter. My advice, go out and play! Would I play here again? Darn straight. Great greens, easy to play and a decent value; just going to bring my own beverages from now.

Shadow Selfie of your Local Golfer the Golfing Guru
Shadow Selfie of your Local Golfer the Golfing Guru

 

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