Griffith Park GC - Wilson: Clubhouse
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Griffith Park GC - Wilson: Clubhouse
A view of the clubhouse at Wilson from Griffith Park Golf Courses Griffith Park GC
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Monarch Beach Golf Links
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Monarch Beach Golf Links
The elevated first green at Monarch Beach Golf Links overlooks the fifth hole in the distance. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Links at Terranea golf course - hole 4
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Links at Terranea golf course - hole 4
A view of the fourth green at the Links at Terranea golf course. Catalina Island is in the background. Robert Gray/GolfAdvisor
Oak Creek GC: #8
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Oak Creek GC: #8
View from #8 at Oak Creek
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - 10th
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Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles - 10th
Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Angeles National Golf Club - hole 2
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Angeles National Golf Club - hole 2
Angeles National Golf Club is the only Jack Nicklaus Design golf course in the L.A. area. Courtesy of Angeles National G.C.
Los Robles Greens: #9
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Los Robles Greens: #9
View from #9 on Los Robles Greens Golf Course
Sand Canyon CC
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Sand Canyon CC
A sunny day view from Sand Canyon Country Club. Sand Canyon CC
Industry Hills GC at Pacific Palms Resort - Zaharias: #17
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Industry Hills GC at Pacific Palms Resort - Zaharias: #17
A view over the water of the 17th green at Zaharias Course from Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Resort
Eisenhower Course - Industry Hills Golf Club - No. 2
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Eisenhower Course - Industry Hills Golf Club - No. 2
The Eisenhower Course at Industry Hills Golf Club in California. Oleg Volovik/Golf Advisor
Los Verdes Golf Course
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Los Verdes Golf Course
Los Verdes Golf Course sometimes struggles for good marks in conditioning but there's no beating the ocean views. Courtesy of Los Verdes G.C.
Rancho Park GC
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Rancho Park GC
A view from Rancho Park Golf Course. Rancho Park GC
Pelican Hill Golf
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Pelican Hill Golf
Tom Fazio's Pelican Hill is one of California's best courses overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Ocean North at Pelican Hill GC
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Ocean North at Pelican Hill GC
A view from a tee at Ocean North from Pelican Hill Golf Club Pelican Hill GC
Rustic Canyon: #14
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Rustic Canyon: #14
Rustic Canyon: The longest par-4 at Rustic Canyon Golf Course, No. 14 (Rob Brown/Rustic Canyon G.C.)
Balboa at Sepulveda Golf Complex
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Balboa at Sepulveda Golf Complex
A sunny day view of a hole from Balboa at Sepulveda Golf Complex. City of LA
Black Gold Golf Club - No. 18
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Black Gold Golf Club - No. 18
Water, hills and sand make Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda, Calif., a formidable test. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor

City of Angels: The best golf public courses around Los Angeles

Tour the diverse public golf scene in and around L.A.

What do you think of when you hear the words 'Los Angeles'?

To some, the City of Angels symbolizes everything that's wrong with America - the crime, the traffic, the polution i.e. smog. The haves (the celebrities of Hollywood and fancy folk of Bevery Hills) live the American dream while the have nots (everybody else) struggle to make a living day to day. But Los Angeles is more than just what you see on TV, both in reality shows and on the news.

It's not all concrete jungle and chaos. The PGA Tour visits annually for the Genesis Open at long-time host, the Riviera Country Club. While it's unlikely most golfers will ever sink a divot into these hallowed grounds, there are plenty of other places to play around the city and its surrounding urban sprawl.

You can divide the L.A. public golf scene neatly into three distinct quadrants - the high class, the middle class and the municipal class. Most people play on the municipal courses like Balboa at Sepulbeda Golf Complex, Rancho Park and the two at Griffith Park. Bucket-list chasers can head toward the coast for Trump National Los Angeles and lavish resort courses such as Monarch Beach Golf Links, the two courses at Pelican Hill and the Links at Terranea, a unique par-3 experience with expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. The rest of the courses try to present a country-club-of-the-day experience for the masses: Black Gold Golf Club, Angeles National and Sand Canyon Country Club, for example. Rustic Canyon is perhaps the biggest outlier of them all - an affordable course that golfers love for its links characteristics.

This photo gallery isn't meant to be an all-inclusive list on where to play, merely a snapshot of some of the many options. There's a course for every taste and every budget around L.A.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 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 Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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