The 5 Best Golf Courses in Los Angeles & Ventura | Forelinx

1. Sandpiper Golf Club | Goleta, CA



Not far from Downtown Santa Barbara, Sandpiper Golf Club offers terrific ocean and mountain  views (photos don't do it justice). With well-groomed fairways and fast greens, Sandpiper can play very difficult and challenge even the most experienced golfers. Sandpiper was designed by William H. Bell in 1972 and the 18-hole layout stretches to 7,159 yards from the back tees. 

Sandpiper Golf Club

7925 Hollister Ave. Goleta, CA 93117

Phone: (805) 968-1541

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2. Rustic Canyon Golf Course | Moorpark, CA



Rustic Canyon Golf Course deserves every award it wins for being one of the best value courses in the United States. It's rare to play such a strategically rich golf course at such an unbelievably affordable rate. The course was designed by Geoff Shackelford and Gil Hanse in 2002 and is currently ranked 6th among public-access courses in California by Golfweek Magazine. 

The first thing we noticed about Rustic Canyon was the staggering width of the fairways and the enormous putting surfaces. This makes for very friendly golf for the less skilled player but also allows for a high degree of variety from day-to-day. You can play Rustic Canyon a few times in a row and feel like you’ve had a different experience each time. 

Rustic Canyon Golf Course

15100 Happy Camp Canyon Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021

Phone: (805) 530-0221

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3. Angeles National Golf Club | Sunland, CA



Nestled at the base of the Angeles National Forest and the only Nicklaus Design golf course in Los Angeles County, Angeles National Golf Club sets the standard of excellence and beauty for all golf courses in Southern California.

Angeles National features an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course with magnificent views, generous fairways and immaculate greens. The course presents a challenge for golfers of all skill levels with four sets of tees accommodating both the professional and beginner golfer. The course was ranked by Travel + Leisure Golf Magazine as one of the top 30 Best New Courses Worldwide and One of the Top Ten Best New Public/Resort courses in the U.S.

The Spanish mission style clubhouse features an array of amenities including a restaurant, bar, banquet facilities, event lawn, golf pro shop and snack bar. 


Angeles National Golf Club

9401 Foothill Blvd, Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91040

Phone: (805) 968-1541

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4. The Links at Terranea | Palos Verdes, CA



The Links at Terranea is a dramatic 9-hole par-3 course with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. This is no ordinary 9-hole par-3 course; rather, it is a collection of 9 championship-caliber par-3's, masterfully routed amongst the natural surroundings. Artful bunkering, unobstructed sightlines and a wide range of classic strategic elements combine to give every bit of the "wow" factor you would expect.

Terranea has received a handful of awards and accolades. Golf Magazine named The Links at Terranea the most Enticing Par-3 Course. Golf Advisor named Terranea the Best U.S. Golf Resort. Southland Golf Magazine named Terranea the Best Par-3 Course. Los Angeles Times Reader's Choice Awards named Terranea the best Golf Course in the South Bay. Golf Magazine ranked #2 in Top 10 Par-3 Golf Courses.

Reasonably priced and incredibly memorable, The Links at Terranea offers an expansive short game practice facility and professional instruction that allow you to improve your game—at any level. This beautiful golf course set in the picturesque sea side of Rancho Palos Verdes, California and offers a relaxed outdoor seating area where you can count the scores while sipping a beverage.


The Links at Terranea  

100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Phone: (310) 265-2755

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5. Olivas Links | Ventura, CA



Olivas Links is located in Ventura County just 60 minutes north of Los Angeles, and 40 minutes south of Santa Barbara. Conveniently located off the 101 freeway. Olivas offers a natural golf experience unique to Ventura County. The rustic tranquility transports players to a place where the competition is between man and nature. Olivas Links showcases views of the Ventura Harbor, Ventura hillside, and the Channel Islands.

With four distinct sets of tees, Olivas Links challenges players of all abilities, offering various shot-making options. The practice facility is an acre and a half featuring grass tees, with five bunkered target greens. A pair of bent grass greens allow players to practice a variety of short shots and a putting surface that deliver a true roll and consistent speed. 

The prevailing coastal breeze keeps Olivas Links cool during the summer and warm during the winter, making Olivas Links a perfect place to play during any season. 


Olivas Links

3750 Olivas Park Dr, Ventura, CA 93001

Phone: (805) 677-6770

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