southern california /palm springs
Trump National Los Angeles
Los Verdes golf course
Catalina Island Golf Course
The legends golf course at temeku hills
Cimarron golf resort
ventura-los angeles area-riverside county-palm springs
Olivas Links Ventura
Address: 3750 Olivas Park Drive Ventura, Ca. 93001 Phone: 805-677-6770 Website:
It has been a long time since I have played Olivas Links. I don't remember much about it but I do remember that the greens were large and the wind blows hard. The course is located almost across the street from the beach-actually I think it is about a mile if I remember correctly. There were a few trees on the course, but from what I understand they have remodeled the course to be more links course in flavor. I don't get to Ventura, but I want to play this course again as I enjoyed it very much and on that trip I want to make a trip to the course's sister course Buenaventura.
Black (Tour) 6818 YRDS. Rating 73.0 Slope 130: Blue (Champion) 6530 Rating 71.6 Slope 127: White (Club) 6097 YRDS. Men Rating 69.5 Slope 121 Women Par 73 Rating 77.0 Slope 135: Green (Players) 5348 YRDS. Men Rating 65.8 Slope 110 Women Par 72 Rating 720. Slope 128
Green Fees: $27-$60 Plus Cart
Simi Hills Simi Valley
Address: 5031 Alamo St. Simi Valley, Ca. 93063 Phone: 805-522-0803 Website:
I have a lot of favorite courses and Simi Hills is one of those courses and probably makes the top ten. It is a golf course that has just about everything you want in a course-uphill, downhill, flat, forced carries that are reasonable, length, good bunker placement, generous fairways, and fast greens. I could go on, but I won't. I like the layout as it goes through the hills on the front nine and runs by a creek on the back nine. My favorite hole on the course is the uphill par 3 fourth at 155 Yards followed by the par 4 5th which is short at 306 Yards but your tee shot must be exact because there is a lake to the left which comes into play. Hey, this is fun.
Tees: Par 71
Black 6651 YRDS. Men Rating 71.5 Slope 128 Women Rating 78.7 Slope 138: Gold 6381 YRDS. Men Rating 70.2 Slope 124 Women Rating 77.1 Slope 135: Silver 5920 YRDS. Men Rating 68.0 Slope 119 Women Rating 74.5 Slope 130: Bronze 5309 YRDS. Men Rating 65.2 Slope 111 Women Rating 70.9 Slope 125: Copper 4294 YRDS. Men Rating 60.7 Slope 99 Women Rating 64.8 Slope 105
Green Fees: $28-$64 Plus Cart
Trump National Los Angeles
Address: One Trump National Drive Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca. 90775 Phone: 310-303-3240 Website:
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Yes, there is a view of the Pacific Ocean on every hole
Yes, there is a view of the Pacific Ocean on every hole. Another thing I wanted to share here was that I was very apprehensive about playing here. My misconception about the place was that it would be very "uppity" and unfriendly almost overly formal. Yes, the place did have an upscale feel, as it should, but it was really kind of "homey" and warm. The staff was friendly and welcoming, and there goal was to make you feel right at home. I liked that. As far as the course goes, I found it a challenge but fair. The greens were large and fast. Fairways were generous and it was kind of different riding behind the falling water of the waterfalls. Yes, there was water on the course, but the placement of the water was not punitive but playable. I liked the course and it was fun to play. By the way, everything on the greens breaks toward the ocean. The good thing about that is you can see the ocean on every hole. Check out the YouTube Video.
Black Par 72 6844 YRDS. Men Rating 74.6 Slope 144: Blue 6273 YRDS. Men Par 71 Rating 71.9 Slope 136 Women Par 75 Rating 78.0 Slope 146: White 5885 YRDS. Men Par 69 Rating 69.9 Slope 130 Women Par 69 Rating 75.3 Slope 142: Red 5293 YRDS. Men Par 67 Rating 67.1 Slope 121 Women Par 67 Rating 71.1 Slope 134: Gold 4497 Men Par 63 Rating 63.6 Slope 111 Women Par 63 Rating 67.8 Slope 122
Green Fees: $160-$280 Call The Pro Shop For Exact Rates
RAnge: Yes (Breathtaking)
Los Verdes RAncho Palos Verdes
Address: 7000 West Los Verdes Dr. Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca. 90275 Phone: 310-377-7888 Website:
It has been a very long time since I have played this course but I understand that it hasn't changed very much. Its one of the busiest munis in the State of California and is very hard to get on. The views from the course are spectacular and on a clear day you can see Catalina Island across the Channel. The course isn't so bad either. I don't remember much about the course, but I do remember that it was a lot of fun to play. It is located on the bluffs above the Pacific Ocean but if my mind serves me right it was not that hilly. The greens were of average size and putted true. I would say that it is very much worth the wait and I recommend playing it if you can get on.
Blue 6617 YRDS. Men Rating 72.0 Slope 124 Women Rating 79.0 Slope 137: White 6234 YRDS. Men Rating 70.3 Slope 120 Women Rating 76.7 Slope 131: Silver 5772 YRDS. Men Rating 68.0 Slope 115 Women Rating 74.0 Slope 123: Orange 4373 YRDS. Men Rating 62.0 Slope 101 Women Rating 67.1 Slope 115
Green Fees: $27-$53 Plus Cart
Catalina Island Golf Club (9 hole course)
Address: 1 Country Club Road Avalon, Ca. 90704 Phone: 310-510-0530 Website:
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Yes, there is a golf course on Catalina Island. In fact, its a very historical one at that. It is actually one of the first golf courses west of the Mississippi River. You may get an argument from some other courses, but that is what the claim is. This used to be an 18 hole championship course, but was downsized, shortened and rerouted during WWII to a nine hole layout. Even though it is a shell of its former self, it is a lot of fun to play. The course is basically flat and the par fours are short. The par threes are a lot of fun to play as well. The first hole will get your juices flowing. You tee off from an elevated tee and you have to tee off with a road below you. What a great way to start a round of golf. Take a look at the YouTube video.
Tees: Par 64 (9 holes Twice)
Blue 4402 YRDS. Men Rating 61.6 Slope 107: Blue/White Combo 4282 YRDS. Men Rating 61.1 Slope 106: White 4162 YRDS. Men Rating 60.6 Slope 105 Women Rating 64.6 Slope 108: Red/White Combo 3712 YRDS. Women Rating 61.9 Slope 103: Red Women Rating 60.0 Slope 98
green fees: $35-$40 Plus Cart
Range: No (Net)
The Legends Golf Club at Temeku Hills
Address: 41687 Temeku Drive Temecula, Ca. 92521 Phone: 951-694-9998 Website:
My daughter and I were in Temecula for her California State Championships Tournament and we thought we would get in a round at the SCGA Member Course where the tournament was going to be held. We were told that my daughter could not play the course because she would be disqualified. We didn't want that to happen obviously, but we wanted for her to get a practice round in somewhere. We asked the pro where we should go and he suggested The Legends at Temeku Hills. I'm glad he did. The Legends is a Ted Robinson design so you can just bet there is going to be a lot of water and sand on the course. Guess what, there was. It was a pretty good layout actually. The course was basically flat, fairways were generous and the greens putted true. Oh and yes there was water. There was only one hole that I had issue with and that was the par 5 second. The driving area was just too small and the hole sloped toward a ravine. Other than that it was fun to play and very fair.
Gray (Tournament) 6610 YRDS. Men Par 72 Rating 72.5 Slope 130: Gold 6503 YRDS. Men Par 72 Rating 72.0 Slope 129: Blue 6177 YRDS. Men Par 71 Rating 70.3 Slope 125 Women Par 72 Rating 76.3 Slope 138: White Men Par 71 Rating 68.7 Slope 121 Women Par 72 Rating 74.4 Slope 134: Silver 5396 YRDS. Men Par 68 Rating 66.7 Slope 115 Women Par 72 Rating 72.3 Slope 129: Red 5053 YRDS. Men Par 68 Rating 65.2 Slope 110 Women Par 72 Rating 70.4 Slope 126:
green fees: $25-$65 Plus Cart
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Address: 19-300 Palm Drive Desert Hot Springs, Ca. 92240 Phone: 760-251-5370 Website:
So I had to choose three golf courses in the Palm Springs area in January which is high season whose green fees were under $100. This was for a magazine assignment when I was writing for West Coast Golfer Magazine. Where do I start? I stayed in Desert Hot Springs and Palm Drive is the main drag between Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs. Out in the middle of nowhere on Palm Drive was a sign "Desert Dunes Golf Course" so I made the left turn and went to the course. I'm very glad I did. This is a Rees Jones design and is very upscale. It is mostly flat and is a desert type course where many of the holes are cut out of the desert terrain with no other holes around them. There is water. The fairways are fairly wide and generous and I was impressed by the greens. The course, even though it was flat, was challenging and that challenge was heightened by the fact that it got very windy. I was told that it gets windy in this part of the desert. I believe it now after playing the course. Desert Dunes is a good test of golf and a lot of fun.
Black 6686 YRDS. Men Rating 73.8 Slope 142: Gold 6614 YRDS Men Rating 72.7 Slope 134: White 6205 YRDS. Men Rating 70.2 Slope 124 Women Rating 75.9 Slope 126: Silver 5359 YRDS. Women Rating 70.7 Slope 116
Green Fees: $65-$95
cimarron golf resort
two courses: Boulder (Championship) and Pebble (Executive)
Address: 67-603 30th Avenue Cathedral City, Ca. 92234 Phone: 760-251-5370 Website:
Cimarron is a true desert course, built in a desert wash or dried up river bed. The course is flat and has many sand collection areas that frame the fairways. That's not to say that the fairways weren't lush and the greens big and fast. There are very few trees on the course and basically the trees that are on the course are scrub bushes. Son't get me wrong, even though the course was basically flat, it was a challenge and kept my interest. I had an absolute ball playing the course.
Tees: Boulder Course Par 71 (Men)
Black (Cimarron) Men 6782 YRDS. Rating 71.6 Slope 122: Blue (Championship) 6328 YRDS. Men Rating 69.7 Slope 117 Women Par 75 Rating 77 Slope 132: Blue/White (Combo) 6011 YRDS. Men Rating 68.2 Slope 114: White (Middle) 5777 YRDS. Men Rating 67.1 Slope 112 Women Par 71 Rating 71 Slope 120: Red/White Combo 5239 YRDS. Women Par 71 Rating 70.7 Rating 120: Red 5043 YRDS. Men 69.5 Slope 104 Women Rating 69.5 Slope 116
Tees: Pebble Course Par 55 (Executive)
Black (Cimarron) 3019 YRDS. Men Rating 54.6 Slope 78 Women Par 56 Rating 58.0 Slope 78: Blue (Championship) 2615 YRDS. Men Rating 53.7 Slope 78 Women Rating 53.7 Slope 78: Forward (Red) 2237 YRDS. Men Rating 52.7 Slope 78 Women 52.7 Slope 78
green Fees (Boulder Course) $65-$95
Mesquite Golf Club
Address: 2700 Mesquite Ave. Palm Springs, Ca. 92264 Phone: 760-323-9377 Website:
This course is very historical in that it was the first golf course to be built in Palm Springs. In fact, most of the celebrities who called Palm Springs home such as Bob Hope and Bing Crosby have played there. It is unique in that there are 3 par 3's, 3 par 4's and 3 par 5's on both nines. Unfortunately the Bert Stamps design has fallen on hard times. The course is not very well maintained and is not in the best of shape. It has some wonderful holes, but what can you say. What a shame because I really enjoyed the layout. It is very inexpensive to play if you can get by the poor conditions.
Tees: Men Par 71 Women Par 70
Black 6312 YRDS Rating 69.5 Slope 122: Blue 5945 YRDS. Rating 68.0 Slope 118: Yellow 5330 YRDS. Women Rating 70.8 Slope 120
green fees: $25-$60