Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles
The views at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles will make your jaw drop. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 1
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 1
A waterfall frames the first green at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - first tee
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - first tee
A golfer tees off on the first hole at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 2
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 2
The second green sits below the third tee at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles, revealing a nice view. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 4
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 4
Brush and bunkers make the fourth green look formidable at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 7
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 7
A waste bunker runs alongside the seventh fairway, a par 5 at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 8
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 8
The pond left of the par-3 eighth green at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles is filled with lost balls. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 9
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 9
The ninth hole is one of the most demanding par 4s at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 10
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 10
The 10th hole at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles hugs the shore. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 17
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - hole 17
Waterfalls are a specialty of Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles. This one's on the par-3 17th hole. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - clubhouse
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - clubhouse
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles features a classy clubhouse. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor

Picturesque and punishing: Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. -- Love him or hate him, Donald Trump always makes a splash. That splash at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles comes in the form of cascading million-dollar waterfalls, not to mention the stunning ocean views from virtually every hole.

Most golfers have heard the backstory of Trump National, 30 minutes south of Los Angeles. The 18th hole of the original Ocean Trails course slid into the ocean in 2000, leaving only 15 holes open for play. Trump bought the course in 2002 and redesigned it from 2004-06, creating a 7,242-yard visual wonder. A version of the Golf Channel's popular reality show "Big Break" aired soon after the grand reopening, showcasing the spectacular setting in colorful HDTV.

A typical Pete Dye design, Trump National Los Angeles is as visually intimidating as it is beautiful. There’s always a barranca, bunker or ball-gobbling brush ready to strike. Waterfalls frame the first and 17th greens. The par-3 eighth, par-4 ninth and par-4 16th all require daunting approach shots around ponds.

The golf course tends to beat people up, but that's okay because the rest of the place spoils them rotten. A posh clubhouse and massive driving range have Trump's signature all over them. Staying at the equally swank Terrenea Resort nearby is the ultimate luxurious L.A. golf getaway.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 1,000 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfadvisor and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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