Palos Verdes Golf Club opened on November 15, 1924. The golf course was designed and built by the renowned team of William P. “Billy” Bell and George C. Thomas, a classic example of the “Golden Age" of golf course design. Other examples of Bell and Thomas's work in Southern California include Riviera Country Club, the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club, Bel-Air Country Club, and the golf course at Ojai Valley Inn.
The course is located in the middle of an 800-acre parkland overlooking Santa Monica Bay with ocean views visible from several holes. While not long by modern standards the course is 6433 yards par 71 from the black tees. Five sets of tees provide a challenge for all golfers. The combination of barrancas, creeks, and bunkers requires strategically placed tee shots and accurate approach shots to small well-defended greens. The front nine is one of the few courses with what is called a “perfect nine” in that there are no two consecutive holes with the same par.
The course underwent significant renovation in 2013 to restore the original design under the supervision of golf course Architect Todd Eckenrode. All bunkers were re-built, three greens were re-built while adding chipping areas around all greens. New fairway bunkers were added and new back tees lengthened the course. Selected trees were thoughtfully removed to restore ocean views that had been lost over the years.
The golf course has long been referred to as “a hidden gem” of Southern California golf.
The Clubhouse is one of the original structures on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, constructed in the same era as Malaga Cove Plaza and La Venta Inn. It is a favorite social gathering place for the entire Peninsula. The clubhouse is designated a Historical Building by the Palos Verdes Historical Society.
In 2004 a major renovation and expansion restored the Clubhouse's original Mediterranean exterior style and an understated yet elegant early California interior. The remodel added an additional 8,600 square feet creating the Palos Verdes Ball Room plus an entire new lower level to provided more space for members. The facility has sufficient capacity to accommodate outside events and member activities simultaneously. The Ballroom was significantly remodeled in 2019 to create a fresh and attractive venue for special occasions.
The Clubhouse provides a wide variety of rooms and options for member and community events, dining, and social activities. Complimenting this excellent facility are unsurpassed views of the Southern California coastline from Redondo Beach to Malibu, the city lights of Los Angeles, and the distant mountain ranges to the east.