Rancho Park Golf Course

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I've played this place 4 times now in the last 3 months. I guess you can say its my "home" course. I must say that this is a great place to get your game back on track. Wide fairways, good/clean greens, and tee boxes that are flat (although some times a bit too patchy.)

The course is old, and the facilities show it, but I think that age has made for a great course in the middle of Los Angeles. Large, and sometimes purposefully un-groomed trees make for a heck of a challenge for the fairway-impared. Thick, slick rough also makes for challenging shots, even of you miss off the tee box by just a yard or two. The course definitely has that "classic" vibe that someone who grew up in the desert playing target golf can appreciate.

As for the off-the-course critique, remember this is a municipal course in LA - If you are expecting a modern clubhouse, or even a weekday beverage cart, you are in the wrong place. The people are nice, the restaurant is always full, and the practice greens are great. The biggest positive is the on-course beverage shack between the 10th and 11th. They have an awesome selection of canned beer, and those hot dogs are really on point - just remember to bring cash (no credit/debit excepted.) The biggest gripe is the driving range. Limited space and expensive vending make for a warm-up only reason to use it. For driving range only-useage, I prefer that 6 story complex in K-town...

Over all, I can't complain too loudly about Rancho Park. It's a Los Angeles classic that they are trying their darndest to keep up. I feel its worth the fee, especially if you are saving the $$ by walking....

He would play this course again.

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Starter was very friendly and helpful in pairing me up with a group. Pace of play is slow as usual but tolerable. Greens in great shape

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Driving range has been repaired recently, but the balls are so bad, it makes no difference what it looks like out there at the target with the new astroturf and new flags. The starter dude is jovial enough, he says it's been slow lately is why it's fairly wide open. I thought, cool, we'll get to play quick, then. Teeing off just around 10;30, I thought we'd be done by just after 2pm, on a weekday. Boy, was I wrong. The course is trashed. Tees thin, fairways thin, muddy, patchy with all kinds of different grasses that are more obvious in the dormant winter than in the summer, there is no over-seeding at courses like this, so you take what you can for the cheap muni price, but it is as good as it will get at this price. The greens were all bumpy, still! They still show signs of the punching from October! in all kinds of waves and tracks of where the holes used to be. Even with the good rain we've had, they are not laid down, nor flat. Bumpy like crazy, not rolled out. Some firm, fine, but mostly just bumpy. Deplorable. This is LA at its finest, just like the freeway and roads, as the jokes go, around here. No rough to speak of. The whole place all looks the same down-trodden look and condition. Yes it's cheap, it's a muni, and therefore it usually gets more play, but now I saw why people are staying away. This is not acceptable, but I guess it is what it is at this level of muni and pricing, you still get to get out and swing you clubs and play golf and try to make putts and have some fun. And to top it off, there was a total log jam of 4 groups at hole 4 and 5, we saw a marshal, we think, drive by and tell us it looks fine up ahead a couple holes, groups in position like they're supposed to be; but!, if that is the case, then why are 4 groups standing at the 5th tee? I tell you why. Because of 6-minute tee times. Just do the math. So it took just over 5 hours to finish today. It's really a shame and a disgrace, that LA can do this to this classic golf course that is renowned the world over. Like I said, that's the joke around here, that the golf courses run by the City is like the freeways and roads around these parts, that they have some of the worst conditions for one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world. So embarrassing.

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Played again a week later, hoping that the greens will have gotten better. Nope! Boy, was I wrong. They had verti-cut the greens! I know it got a bit cold with the very dry, low-humidity weather we're having so the course got firm, but to verti-cut them now, after the greens were punched only a month and half ago, and had not recovered fully! So disappointing. The rest of the course is starting to show the lack of water again too, dry, crusty and patchy in many areas and starting to see less and less of the rough again too. The whole course was strewn with debris from the wind we had the night before, broken branches and leaves everywhere, at least when we played, mid morning thru lunch. The only good thing was the bunkers, they had some newer sand in them and played like normal bunkers, which is an amazing statement for this place, as will all the regulars will attest. But it doesn't excuse the rest of the course.

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Six hour rounds are just not acceptable on a weekday. Had to quit after 12 holes because the pace of play was so slow. Illegal pin placement on tenth hole didn't help to speed up play because if you didn't hole your putt it rolled all the way back past your feet.

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