Balboa at Sepulveda Golf Complex

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3.4
Value
3.8
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3.3
Friendliness
3.8
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.4
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6619
Slope 117
Rating 70.6
Type Public/Municipal
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6619 yards 70.6 117
Black (W) 73 6619 yards 77.8 131
Blue 72 6370 yards 69.5 114
Blue (W) 73 6370 yards 76.3 129
White 72 6115 yards 68.4 111
White (W) 73 6115 yards 75.0 126
Yellow 72 5679 yards 66.3 105
Yellow (W) 73 5679 yards 72.5 119
Scorecard for Balboa
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 70.6/120 W: 77.8/131 400 361 484 200 501 429 390 409 383 3557 379 319 514 158 388 352 373 218 361 3062 6619
Blue M: 69.4/117 W: 76.3/129 381 338 471 190 490 419 374 397 374 3434 371 298 490 148 377 334 361 207 350 2936 6370
White M: 68.6/113 W: 75.0/126 371 326 453 172 482 412 365 389 361 3331 362 276 460 134 366 319 332 198 337 2784 6115
Yellow M: 66.5/106 W: 72.5/119 358 315 434 115 458 396 339 368 346 3129 328 238 418 111 344 294 321 177 319 2550 5679
Handicap 5 17 13 9 15 1 11 3 7 10 16 8 18 6 14 4 2 12
Par 4 4 5 3 5 4 4 4 4 37 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 35 72
Handicap (W) 7 17 1 9 3 15 13 5 11 6 14 2 18 4 12 10 16 8

Course Details

Year Built 1954
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Steve Timm (2008) William P. Bell (1954)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $8 - $14
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Reviews

3.5
35

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 13
Walkers 13
Seniors 9
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 14
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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Greens

First off because I didn't know the greens were being punched we decided to play Encino because Balboa was running 30 mins behind. The greens of course on the front 9 at Encino weren't bad but I like to keep score so putting is essential while i'm playing. I don't think it's fair to your Customers to not let us know that the greens are under repair and then charge us full price. Thank God I was smart enough to ask if we could play the other course. I know you will not respond back or even think about giving us at least $10.00-20.00 off the next round which I would feel is fair. I drove from Torrance, CA to Encino. Map it out. that is a long drive to go and be surprised. Other than that I always enjoy my round no matter what bad circumstance come up.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Poor pace and rude starter

Pace of play at 9am on a Sunday was 5.5+ hours which is a little slow even by LA standards. I expected somewhere around 4.5 since it was on the earlier side. The starter was pretty rude, as others have mentioned. They also have a policy where if you're a single and they dont book a 4some for your tee time you have to pay the single rider fee. It states when you book the tee time that there is a fee for single rider, but most other courses only charge you more if they have a full group and you specifically request your own cart. It was only $4 but still, its not my fault you couldn't fill your tee time. Doubt I'll be going back. I decided last minute to get in a round before an afternoon flight and this was the only course that had something available before 10am otherwise I may not have went in the first place.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Typical Muni

This is good average golf. A number of bunkers need conditioning and sand. There are some bare spots near some of the greens. Course is in much better shape than it used to be years ago. Good value for seniors and twilight players. Pace of play is usually pretty good.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Avoid at all cost

The place is God awful the starters are awful and unorganized and I'm being kind,, the course is the worse course I think I have ever seen ,,,,please avoid

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Friendliness Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Too bad

It's the oldest and most basic golf course I've ever played. The guy checking us in told us that the greens were just punched and the course was in bad shape...for a round we prepaid for!! If you golf in jeans or gym shorts and a Tshirt, this place is for you.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Poor weather
Used cart

Hot day cool golf

The course is in good condition for us being in a drought. The greens are the best I have played on this year. The staff was friendly and helpful. Will be going back again but when it is cooler, was 102 the day I played.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Average weather
Used cart

Played a round in 3 1/2 hours

Shot 89 in a 3 1/2 hr mid-day round, great pace. Flat course so easy to walk, fairways and greens in good condition. Got lucky, it was over 90 degrees but overcast so didn't feel too hot. Crazy weather.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Poor weather
Used cart

Good pace of play

I played at 1 pm when it was very warm. Because there were not many players, the play moved very smoothly. The overall condition of the golf course was good.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Average weather

Easier of the two Sepulveda courses

This is my home course, so I usually come here once a week to play the back 9 ($14). It can get pretty crowded, especially on Sundays, so be prepared for a slow round if you're not teeing off super early. Balboa is shorter than Encino, but the fairways are not quite as wide (they're still wide). The par 3's are pretty easy here and give you a great shot of getting birdies.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

Great practice round!

Greens are in great shape in spite of the drought. It was hot, so course was wide open. Finished in a little over three hours. Plenty of shade to park cart in while waiting for group ahead. Straight hitters (or bombers) should have no problem scoring well here.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great Round

Golf course is in great shape, greens are as good as I have ever seen. The pace of play was excellent, 18 holes in under 3.5 hrs. Tee boxes were in great shape as were the fairways and the fringe was perfectly manicured to allow putting from off the green.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Valley Secret

For those of you who have not yet played the Balboa/Encino golf course, you're missing out. Surprisingly, even in the drought, both the Balboa and Encino golf courses are in great condition, thanks to a recycled water usage that allows the course to be well watered. The greens are in excellent shape right now as well. While the course is heavily played, because there are two 18 hole golf courses next to each other, the pace of play moves fairly good. An 18 hole round takes about 4 hours on average to play. Early mornings and afternoon play is obviously much quicker, but even with a 9:54 Tee time, we were able to be off the course a little after 2PM. One piece of advice, when booking a tee time, check with the club house to see if there are any tournaments. If there is a tournament on one of the courses, this can greatly slow play. Enjoy!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Balboa GC

Very Slow Greens. No water jugs or water fountains only in the one restrooms. Only saw the Cart man once. Never had so much sand dust on my shoes n pants.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Greens still recovering

Course was in decent condition except the greens were still recovering from aerification. Pace of play was surprisingly very good for a Sunday - we finished in 4 hours.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A day at Balboa municipal golf course

Gary the starter, is a great friendly guy. Tee boxes are level for most part, fairways are as good as can be expected for the drought in Ca. The best part were the greens, very smooth and fast, but held shots very well. Wings and cold beer in bar are excellent. Overall a fair value, would visit again.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played
Excellent weather

Getting drier. Be ready for the water-shortage conditions

Hadn't played in about a month and half, so I thought I'd come to this good little LA City track and warm up the swing a bit and have a nice afternoon walk. The greens are great. They're rolling true, fast, and makes up for the rest of the course. Not too soft, not too firm, but just right to make it fun enough to play. Right now, the rest of the course is starting to dry up and getting crusty - but on a positive note, that makes the ball roll far, so if you hit it straight-ish towards the green, you're only going to have a short club in! But because the sister course Encino is punched, Balboa was hella crowded today and played in 4.5, when it usually plays around 4 hours during the week. But I presume that the conditions are going to get worse. But I thought Encino/Balboa used reclaimed water so these courses here should be in better shape than most? May be the 25% reduction thing hits every water source. Shame, that.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Poor weather
Used cart

Good shape for a heavily played muni.

It was a rainy cold day, but overall not bad as long as you were prepared. I used to play this course a couple of times a month, so I'm pretty familiar with it. Scores were not great, but had lots of fun. We had reservations, but the nice thing about the Balboa course is that the Encino course shares the facility so if you are a walkup you have double the chance to get on.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Great First Experience

Living in SoCal all of my life and having played golf for the last 15 years I am now upset I never played this course. Lots of fun, large fairways, greens in great shape and some challenging holes. Looking forward to playing it again or even its sister course Encino.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
San Francisco Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing

Nothing wrong w/ this Course

I played mid-day on a weekday. I was a single and was paired up with another single who had played the course several times so it was nice to have some local knowledge. Pace was nice. We had a foursome in front of us but they kept things moving right along nicely. Greens were in great shape, no complaints at all there. Fairways were average but nothing to get upset about. Especially at this price. If I'm at Pebble, Kapalua, or Indian Wells then I expect immaculate fairways but at $30-$35..... Again no complaints. As far as the course layout. Nothing major one way or the other. It's completely flat with no real challenges so it's a good course for bigginners and walkers. Lastly, I read about the lack of a food cart on a review. Not true. There was a fully stocked food cart that came around a few times during my course of play which again was mid-day on a Thursday. My only complaint was that the pro-shop was closed. Luckily I didn't NEED anything. But it's always nice to look

Conditions Good
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

Balboa

LOVE THIS COURSE. LOVE THE STAFF. So great to have this course and it's neighbor, Encino Golf Course in my town.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent

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