The San Pedro, Harbor, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and Catalina areas have a number of outstanding public golf venues with reasonable prices.
Play a course overlooking the Pacific Ocean--several from which to choose--or try the surprisingly competitive Harbor Park Municipal Course. It's all good.
The Links at Terranea
Dramatic oceanfront collection of nine championship-caliber par three holes course with stunning views of the Pacific and Catalina. Reasonable rates. Open daily 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, Peninsula
Buddy Nichols, PGA, Director of Golf, Mike Hill, PGA, Head Golf Professional
Los Verdes Golf Course
Beautiful, Billy Bell-designed course that offering great ocean views (and the nearby ocean makes putting a real challenge on almost every hole). Considered by many to be one of the best golf values anywhere.
Los Verdes Golf Course, 7000 W. Los Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, Peninsula
Palos Verdes Golf Club
Designed by the same team as Rivera, Bel Air, and Los Angeles (North Course) Country Clubs. It’s 6219 yards and the use of the natural terrain, barrancas, creeks, and hills makes itenjoyable and challenging for players of all abilities. Fore magazine called it “the hidden gem” in Southern California.
Non-residents’ and Palos Verdes Estates residents’ playing times available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays after 1 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays after 2 p.m.
Palos Verdes Golf Club, 3301 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates, Peninsula
Catalina Island Golf Course
Oldest operating course west of the Rockies. Nine holes and two sets of tees for 18-hole play. Former home of the Bobby Jones Invitational Tournament. Open 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Catalina Island Golf Course, 1 Country Club Dr., Avalon, Catalina Island
Harbor Park Municipal Golf Course
Nine-hole par 36 regulation course designed by William F. Bell and built in 1958 with a complete renovation in 1994.
Harbor Park Municipal Golf Course, 1235 N. Figueroa Place, Wilmington 310-549-4953, http://golf.lacity.org/cdp_harbor.htm
Harbor Golf Practice Center
Open seven days from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. with driving range, putting green, chipping area, and sand bunkers. Full range of PGA instructors available.
Harbor Golf Practice Center, 1700 W. L St., Wilmington