Los Angeles Country Club (LACC) is blessed with two wonderful golf courses- The North and The South courses.
Between them the two courses in Beverley Hills possibly occupy 'the most valuable piece of golfing land in the world'
The north course was originally designed by Herbert Fowler in 1921, but was re routed by George Thomas in 1927.
The changes were deemed to be a an overwhelming success and used the natural movement in the land to great affect.
In more recent times Gil Hanse has been brought in to revitalise the course, bringing a freshness to the Thomas classic by reintroducing some of the alternative pars on different holes, and adding some character to tired bunkering.
The old girl has had a facelift, and she looks and plays better than ever
The front nine has significant movement and elevation change- dry water beds and barancas are used in front of greens/ crossing fairways/ flanking fairways.
It makes for a very interesting nine holes, and one of the best parkland courses I have played
While the fairways are framed by a variety of trees, it is all done in moderation leaving stunning views to other fairways and the city beyond.
There is also a nice mix of short, long, and medium length holes, although I thought the course played long overall.
The greens are relatively subtle, but roll well and the players needs to pay attention to both pace and line to score- one slip and you WILL three putt
I fell in love with the short holes- particularly the short drivable par 4 seventh hole, and all of the par 3's, particularly the very short par 3 fifteenth hole
Most greens are heavily protected by Hanse’s artistic renovative bunkers work- not just the bunkers themselves, but also the heavy grasses that surround them
Notable holes include:
- hole 1, a nice opening par 5 with strategic bunkering
- hole 4, a long strong par 3
- hole 6, a short par 4
- hole 7, a driveable short par 4 with a tight elevated green
- hole 8, a lovely winding par 5 with trees and water determining lines of play (see pic mid page)
- hole 9, a beautifully bunkered par 3 with clubhouse in the background
- hole 11, another impressive long par 3
- hole 15, a very short par 3 where accuracy is paramount
To be a member of LACC is to be truly spoiled, with wonderful service, a neat recently renovated clubhouse, and two quality golf courses
LACC's north course is a gem!
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