Rancho Park Golf Course

2.4603529412 2.5 stars from 5 (58)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6839 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 72.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6839 yards 72.5 129
Blue 71 6419 yards 70.7 124
White 71 6036 yards 68.8 120
White (W) 73 6036 yards 74.4 125
Yellow (W) 73 5644 yards 72.4 120
Yellow 71 5644 yards 66.7 114

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 2.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.3 stars from 5
Value: 2.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 2.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 1.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 58 Reviews
5 stars:
6
4 stars:
28
3 stars:
8
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

39 out of 58 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport worth the drive   Great for locals walkers advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers elevation changes plays long  

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"Once a gem, not so much anymore"


romeogolf's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/08/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

I grew up playing this course, and no one needs me to explain its history. Suffice to say it's now in complete disrepair. Very sad.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Challenging layout"


Easwaran3140541's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course has everything except the water hazard. Beautiful layout and challenging holes that go up and down. Play the black tees to enjoy the challenge.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Same old, same old"


BigusDickus's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

So LA City courses recently re-vamped their pricing to match the rest of the areas, and to try to improve conditions and POP by spreading out the tee times to 8 minute intervals, like most other places. Well, the tee times are nice, but the price-hikes are not, especially seeing that nothing has been done to the course so far. It definitely no longer feels crammed or busy, which is good, but I don't think the prices needed to be increased seeing as gas prices have gone down to levels before they hiked the prices almost 6 to 10 dollars from 5 years ago. And they've done nothing to the course. The greens were cut a little bit today, but the rest of the course looked the same, played the same, with the same hard dirt patches. They had cut some tree limbs away and cleaned up some, but it's very disappointing to see that the course is the same as I last played it. Not worth the money, especially since there are other courses that charge less for better conditions.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Good + Muni in LA"


goldenglory18's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I've played this place 4 times now in the last 3 months. I guess you can say its my "home" course. I must say that this is a great place to get your game back on track. Wide fairways, good/clean greens, and tee boxes that are flat (although some times a bit too patchy.)

The course is old, and the facilities show it, but I think that age has made for a great course in the middle of Los Angeles. Large, and sometimes purposefully un-groomed trees make for a heck of a challenge for the fairway-impared. Thick, slick rough also makes for challenging shots, even of you miss off the tee box by just a yard or two. The course definitely has that "classic" vibe that someone who grew up in the desert playing target golf can appreciate.

As for the off-the-course critique, remember this is a municipal course in LA - If you are expecting a modern clubhouse, or even a weekday beverage cart, you are in the wrong place. The people are nice, the restaurant is always full, and the practice greens are great. The biggest positive is the on-course beverage shack between the 10th and 11th. They have an awesome selection of canned beer, and those hot dogs are really on point - just remember to bring cash (no credit/debit excepted.) The biggest gripe is the driving range. Limited space and expensive vending make for a warm-up only reason to use it. For driving range only-useage, I prefer that 6 story complex in K-town...

Over all, I can't complain too loudly about Rancho Park. It's a Los Angeles classic that they are trying their darndest to keep up. I feel its worth the fee, especially if you are saving the $$ by walking....


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Rancho"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Starter was very friendly and helpful in pairing me up with a group. Pace of play is slow as usual but tolerable. Greens in great shape


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"DEPRESSING, on all fronts."


BigusDickus's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2016
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Driving range has been repaired recently, but the balls are so bad, it makes no difference what it looks like out there at the target with the new astroturf and new flags. The starter dude is jovial enough, he says it's been slow lately is why it's fairly wide open. I thought, cool, we'll get to play quick, then. Teeing off just around 10;30, I thought we'd be done by just after 2pm, on a weekday. Boy, was I wrong. The course is trashed. Tees thin, fairways thin, muddy, patchy with all kinds of different grasses that are more obvious in the dormant winter than in the summer, there is no over-seeding at courses like this, so you take what you can for the cheap muni price, but it is as good as it will get at this price. The greens were all bumpy, still! They still show signs of the punching from October! in all kinds of waves and tracks of where the holes used to be. Even with the good rain we've had, they are not laid down, nor flat. Bumpy like crazy, not rolled out. Some firm, fine, but mostly just bumpy. Deplorable. This is LA at its finest, just like the freeway and roads, as the jokes go, around here. No rough to speak of. The whole place all looks the same down-trodden look and condition. Yes it's cheap, it's a muni, and therefore it usually gets more play, but now I saw why people are staying away. This is not acceptable, but I guess it is what it is at this level of muni and pricing, you still get to get out and swing you clubs and play golf and try to make putts and have some fun. And to top it off, there was a total log jam of 4 groups at hole 4 and 5, we saw a marshal, we think, drive by and tell us it looks fine up ahead a couple holes, groups in position like they're supposed to be; but!, if that is the case, then why are 4 groups standing at the 5th tee? I tell you why. Because of 6-minute tee times. Just do the math. So it took just over 5 hours to finish today. It's really a shame and a disgrace, that LA can do this to this classic golf course that is renowned the world over. Like I said, that's the joke around here, that the golf courses run by the City is like the freeways and roads around these parts, that they have some of the worst conditions for one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world. So embarrassing.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Verti-Cut!"


BigusDickus's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/17/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Played again a week later, hoping that the greens will have gotten better. Nope! Boy, was I wrong. They had verti-cut the greens! I know it got a bit cold with the very dry, low-humidity weather we're having so the course got firm, but to verti-cut them now, after the greens were punched only a month and half ago, and had not recovered fully! So disappointing. The rest of the course is starting to show the lack of water again too, dry, crusty and patchy in many areas and starting to see less and less of the rough again too. The whole course was strewn with debris from the wind we had the night before, broken branches and leaves everywhere, at least when we played, mid morning thru lunch. The only good thing was the bunkers, they had some newer sand in them and played like normal bunkers, which is an amazing statement for this place, as will all the regulars will attest. But it doesn't excuse the rest of the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Sloooooooooow"


ROUGHPLANT's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2015
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Six hour rounds are just not acceptable on a weekday. Had to quit after 12 holes because the pace of play was so slow. Illegal pin placement on tenth hole didn't help to speed up play because if you didn't hole your putt it rolled all the way back past your feet.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Greens 5/10, not recovered from punching"


BigusDickus's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Early morning tee time, course was mostly wet and soft . Decent coverage throughout, not much rough to speak of, as always. But the greens are almost unacceptable. To have punched them over a month prior, to see them like this, you wonder if they punched at all. Well you know they did because it's bumpy from the punches still, and they have not cut them or rolled them to pack them down a bit. That #9 green needs to be either totally stripped and started over, or they need to triple roll that compared to the rest of them because the punchy waves are unbelievable on that green, that they can't figure something out for it. May be in another month it'll be better.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"LIGHTS REQUIRED"


nkmhorton's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/07/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my fourth time so obviously I do enjoy playing here but today the pace was so slow we were unable to finish the last three holes due to darkness. We were a group of three and our tee time was 11:54. It was very disappointing to say the least. No one from the course apologized. They had to have known this was going to happen when there was a backload at Hole #1. Oh well we three all got Pars on the last three holes. Wink wink.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"RANCHO PARK"


nkmhorton's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

While checking in the staff question my using GolfNow. Why do they use it if they get upset when people do? Generally a good day. Rather slow the first nine though.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Extremely slow. No marshal"


kahleco's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played 11 holes. Quit after 3 hours. One to two group wait on every Tbox. Course condition OK for a Muni. Would play it again if I could get around in less than 5 hours.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Long time between rounds...."


Stephen1277792's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/25/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time back to play Rancho in 20 years....did not remember how hilly it was but I will remember how unfriendly it is to walk. There are no mown areas to walk from the tee box to the fairway, which means you will have some heavy pushing to do if you play from the back tee boxes and use a cart.

Course is in good shape for a muni and the greens play reasonably fast, considering where the pin placements were located when I played.

We were a twosome and got stuck behind a 3-some who would not push the 4-some in from of them. The 3-some let us through and the 4-some got the message. We played the front in 2.75 hours and the back in 2 hours after being let through.

I'd play it again, but riding this time!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Perfect in LA"


jcjbb's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/20/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Spending a week here in LA , it was quite a challenge to find a golf course open to non members.

This one is perfect , accessible easily and quite friendly staff.

Old facilities except the range which is very nice.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Best course in LA if you're a city monger."


Pauloei's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/18/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You would be hard pressed to find and play Golf if you live in the city like Los Angeles. Go play this course and you will be greeted by the lush fairway and greens in this drought. Course is in exceptionally good shape considering the traffic is worst than the 405 fwy by all the foot traffic of play this place gets. Pace of play is 4 1/2 he round on Sunday afternoon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Poor Course"


henrymiller1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/05/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There isn't many choices if you live on the west side of L.A. and this isn't one of them. This course boasts about being championship grade but its in terrible condition. The pace of play if poor and the staff doesn't seem to care or do anything about it.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"In this drought - how did they get it so green?"


BigusDickus's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/28/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Seriously. We're having a major drought. So how are they making the course so green now, the best I've seen it in the summer in a few years. The fairways are finally what they're supposed to be, with good grass everywhere. They've even got the rough nice and thick and juicy, at least 3 inches in the thickest areas which will make it difficult to find the ball if you're not careful! But - I will say this again - they can reduce some of the watering around a lot of the tee boxes and use it elsewhere that need it. Some of the tee boxes are so thick around the platforms that it's hard to pull the hand cart through them! I mean it's great that the course is green and has grass now and all - but in this drought, how are they doing this? But it's definitely the best I've seen the place in the summertime in at least 3 or 4 years. Play it while you can! They're about to aerate in 2 weeks' time. What a shame it's that time again. Just as as the course is starting to look good, too.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice Outing"


Jewfam's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is the second time I played this course this month. I played the courses in Griffith Park and this course is more challenging. For the golf now price, it is worth playing. This is becoming my local course .


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Maintenance has gotten better!"


BigusDickus's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The grass is growing back, finally, as the City has endeavored to start taking care of some of its courses, and it is looking much better. There is more grass all around, some rough are good and thick, and everything looks greener overall - it's probably the best I've seen it since 2 winters ago. May be in a month it'll be great. But - you have GOT to tee off before 8am to have any chance of finishing within 4.5 hours. Otherwise if you catch it too late it will be 5+. So schedule ahead and plan well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Need repair on fairway"


jokimkj's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Some part of fairway was bad because of sand with no grass. When the ball was there, the shot was erroneous.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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