Course Description

The golf course was designed in 1924 by the renowned team of  George C. Thomas and William P. “Billy” Bell who also designed Riviera CC, Bel Air CC, Los Angeles CC North 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 and Bell designs of the 1920’s with extensive use of natural hazards. The premium is on accuracy rather than length. While not long in length at 6219 yards, they used the natural terrain, barrancas, creeks, and hills while taking into account our prevailing westerly ocean breezes. The small greens, extensive bunkering, narrow fairways with strategically designed landing areas make the course a challenge for golfers of all levels. Members pride 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 steep downhill par 3, is framed by snow-capped Mt. Baldy during the winter. The views make for a memorable experience. With six sets of tees it is enjoyable and challenging for players of all abilities. Fore Magazine referred to it as “the hidden gem” in Southern California.



Hole #1

Par 4 | Handicap 5

392 363 355 334 305  

The par 4 first hole is a slight dogleg to the right that can play longer into a prevailing wind. A good drive avoids the fairway bunker on the left and carries the ridge. This sets up a short to medium approach shot. Your approach plays uphill to an elevated green that is bunkered to the left and right. Beware of the false front, as short shots will roll back down to the fairway.


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