With 284 sunny days a year in Southern California, there couldn’t be a better place to enjoy the great outdoors. Hiking, biking, golfing, lounging on the beach, and running are only a few ways Californian’s connect with nature, and whether you are a resident golfer or new to the spot, we’ve got your guide to the best courses – public and private – in SoCal. Pick up your clubs and let’s go!
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and just far away enough from the city to feel like you’re in a whole other world, Los Verdes Golf Course is a beautiful course offering some of the best ocean views in California. Designed by noted golf course architect Billy Bell, this public Palos Verdes course is commonly and consistently considered one of the best in the state
and the country based on layout, value, and overall experience including sweeping views of the ocean and Catalina Island.
With well-maintained fairways, stunning greenery, and beautiful Spanish-style homes in the distance, Los Verdes offers the total Southern California golfing experience. Los Verdes also has a driving range, where you can stop by before or after your tee time to practice your swing. A public course with a private, country club feel, Los Verdes is one of the nicest facilities in the area.
Sherwood Country Club is a private, member owned club featuring an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus bespoke golf course, driving range and Georgian-inspired clubhouse set at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains. Large cast-iron gates open up to winding streets lined with magnificent French-style estates leading to the stately clubhouse. The course is snuggled inside a picturesque canyon, whose tranquil ambiance offers golfers a getaway from the bustle of Los Angeles.
Featuring impressive fairways, creative course design, well-maintained greens and a beautiful backdrop, Sherwood has hosted a number of tournaments and the top players in the world. Sherwood was home to the Tiger Woods’ World Challenge for thirteen years from 2000 to 2013 benefitting the Tiger Woods foundation. Winners from this legendary tournament have been among the best, a testament to the quality of the course and the talent it attracts.
Among the best in North America, the world-class golf course at the Ojai Country Club was one of the first in Southern California and has been heralded as an architectural marvel for the past eight decades. For years, seasoned pros and those new to the game have chosen the golf course at Ojai for play thanks to its luxurious, secluded feel and beautiful design.
Located about 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Ojai is a great golfer’s destination ideal for a day trip or overnight getaway at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Connected to the course, the Ojai Valley Inn is a premier Southern California resort offering some of the most luxurious accommodations in the state. This bohemian enclave offers soul soothing spa treatments, fine dining, gorgeous accommodations and a world-class golf course all at 90 minutes outside LA. Whether you’re visiting or an LA local, Ojai Valley Inn is the perfect golfer’s retreat.