The course at Palos Verdes Golf Club is a perfect example of architects George Thomas and William Bell’s genius. While not long in length at 6219 yards, their use of the natural terrain, barrancas, creeks, and hills while taking into account prevailing westerly ocean breezes combined with small greens, extensive bunkering, narrow fairways with strategically designed landing areas, presents a challenge for golfers of all levels. Members have taken great care in preserving the original design and routing of this masterpiece.
The front nine is known as a “perfect nine” in that there are no two consecutive holes of the same par. Thirteen of the original eighteen holes had ocean views (a Thomas hallmark). The fourth hole, a 213 yard par 3, is framed by snow-capped Mt. Baldy during the winter season. The views make playing this gem a memorable experience. With six sets of tees it is likewise enjoyable and challenging for players of all abilities. Fore Magazine recently referred to it as “the hidden gem” in Southern California.
The golf course was designed in 1924 by the renowned team of Thomas and Bell who went on to design Riviera CC, Bel Air CC, Los Angeles CC North Course and the course at Ojai Valley Inn. Fairways and rough are Kikuyu grass. Greens, firm and fast, are composed of bent and poa annua grasses. The course is a classic example of Thomas / Bell designs of the 1920’s with extensive use of natural hazards. The premium is on accuracy rather than length.