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The Best Golf Holes in the South Bay

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    Stefan Slater

Holes 3 and 8 at The Links at Terranea

This course was awarded second place in the category of Top 10 Par-Three Courses in the U.S. by Golf magazine for a reason—the oceanfront views are spectacular, the holes are championship quality and above all, it’s reasonably priced. This course is perfect for either the experienced pro or the budding rookie. Signature holes: Director of golf Buddy Nichols comments that holes 8 and 3 are some of the most popular, chiefly for their views of Catalina and the Point Vicente Lighthouse, respectively. 


Hole 17 at Rolling Hills Country Club

Established in 1965, this 18-hole course is private, so if you’re going to tee off here, you either need to know someone at the club or be willing to pay the membership fees. But once you visit, you won’t regret it—the course is pristine, the holes are nicely varied and experienced golfers will find that they’ll have to use every club in their arsenal. Signature hole: At 324 yards, the heavily sloped 17th hole should be an easy one for the pros, but for everybody else, it’s a bit intimidating. 


Hole 15 at Los Verdes Golf Course

“Our course is considered the Torrey Pines of LA,” says assistant general manger Justin Armijo. The 18-hole Los Verdes Golf Course is one of the best deals in the South Bay: it’s challenging, unique, boasts stunning ocean views and, surprisingly, is very fairly priced. Signature hole: The 15th hole has the clearest view of the ocean. “You’re basically hitting into Catalina,” says Armijo. 


Hole 9 at Manhattan Beach Golf Course

If you’re just looking for some practice and aren’t too keen on driving over to Palos Verdes, check out this quaint, nine-hole course in the middle of Manhattan Beach. It’s a great value, and it’s perfect for that quick game after work. Signature hole: “Our most difficult is hole 8,” says course manger Ted Wells, “but the one that’s most popular is hole 9—it has the most hole-in-ones: 14 last year alone. ” 


Hole 18 at Trump National 

If you’re looking for a luxurious golf experience, look no further than the Trump National Course. Lying on the edge of the PV peninsula, this 18-hole course is known throughout the world for its challenging terrain, extravagant clubhouse and breathtaking ocean views. It might be a tad bit expensive to play here, but it’s definitely worth it. Signature hole: Saving the best for last, the 18th hole is one of the most popular finishing holes in LA. Deep bunkers, a two-tiered landing area and seaside cliffs make this hole a memorable one.