Swingin’ places

first_img Those looking for a links-type experience at a reasonable rate might consider Moorpark’s Rustic Canyon, a virtually treeless facility where large, closely mowed chipping surfaces surround each green and wind is a constant factor. History buffs will appreciate Griffith’s Park’s Wilson and Harding courses, which predate the Great Depression and were used for the 1937, ’38 and ’39 Los Angeles Opens. Harry Lighthorse” Cooper, who won the inaugural Los Angeles Open in 1926 at Los Angeles Country Club, became the event’s second multiple winner with his victory at Griffith Park in 1937, when he hit 274 for the lowest 72-hole total of the first 12 L.A. Opens. Knollwood Country Club, an open-to-the-public course that is part of the Los Angeles County system, is another reasonably priced layout and one that offer great variety in its holes, which wend through a well-established neighborhood filled with large trees.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Golf fans in the San Fernando Valley and adjoining communities have plenty of options for varied playing opportunities, from short courses to historic ones, high-end to moderately priced, from par-3 through all the difficulty one would want. Beginners can chose from a half-dozen par-3 courses, which combine limited distance, reasonable green fees, and – in the case of Sinaloa GC in Simi Valley – some memorable lore. For years, former Sinaloa general manager Lynn Shackelford, the one-time Burroughs High of Burbank and UCLA basketball standout, opened the course to free play the first Monday after every Bruins football win over USC. Shackelford is no longer at the course, but his legacy makes for some good memories for UCLA fans who play the nine-hole layout. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Advanced players can take on a trio of executive courses, so called because they play to a par of 10-12 strokes lower than regulation courses. When this type of shorter course – they include no par-5 holes – was first designed in the 1960s, it was with the idea of providing a shorter time commitment for busy executives. El Cariso in Sylmar, Scholl Canyon in Glendale and Vista Valencia in Valencia – where current PGA Tour player Jason Gore got his start in the game – are all challenging executive courses. Vista and El Cariso are the longest and toughest of the trio, but short and tight Scholl Canyon, surrounded by canyon, demands accuracy or plenty of extra golf balls and further challenges with sloped greens that can be extremely quick. Upscale courses include Moorpark’s scenic Tierra Rejada, which offers some spectacular hillside views of eastern Ventura County farmland; Sunland’s Angeles National, site of a U.S. Open local qualifier last year; and Camarillo’s Sterling Hills, which has been host to Southern Section preliminary and championship high school tournaments. Robinson Ranch of Santa Clarita and TPC at Valencia are upscale courses in the Santa Clarita Valley, where an Arnold Palmer-designed course is expected to be built within a few years.center_img Golfers tee-off under perfect weather at the SBC Pro-Am tournament at Valencia Country Club. Photo by David Crane / Staff Photographer last_img read more