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RE: Best Public courses within 90 minutes of LA?

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Tuesday December 11, 2018 12:39 PM
60 miles from LA is a lot of ground to cover. Let's just say we're talking public courses and consider the time played to be when conditions are optimal ... here's my list:

1. Rustic Canyon - rural, scenic, and a good challenge
2. Industry Hills (Ike) - an east LA classic
3. Trump National - great layout, uber-tight, very scenic
4. Angeles National - another well designed track in a rural setting
5. Goose Creek - everyone likes the Goose, what's not to like?
6. Moorepark - gotta get out there again someday
7. Oak Quarry - scenic as well as challenging
8. Olivas Links - scenic, walkable, challenging
9. Sierra Lakes - nice layout
10. Black Gold - rolling hills and some tight stuff

[I did not include the south OC courses as the distance is right around 60 mi.]
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blakej824
RE: Best Public courses within 90 minutes of LA?
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Tuesday December 11, 2018 1:17 PM
Instead of putting a quantitative limit on it I will just use within reasonable driving distance. A lot of courses being suggested that wouldn't crack my best list more in the solid to good range, here is my top 10 in no particular order based on courses I have played:

Industry Hills
Goose Creek
Oak Quarry
Journey at Pechanga
Morongo
Oak Valley
Arroyo Trabuco
Ojai Valley Inn
Black Gold
Strawberry Farms

none of the courses on your radar list would be must plays or in the realm of best public course and I have played all of them minus Azusa Greens.

Honorable mentions:
Coyote Hills
Tijeras Creek's Back 9
Oak Creek (could probably be swapped with Strawberry depending on personal taste)

Bolded would be the standouts. I unfortunately haven't played any of the valley tracks but I have a feeling Rustic would kick Strawberry or Morongo out for me. Similar feeling about Pelican Hill or Monarch Beach. To me these are a tier above places like El Do, Eagle Glen, Los Serranos, Rancho Park, etc.

[[Edited by blakej824 on Tuesday December 11, 2018 1:20 PM]]
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CPennbo
RE: Best Public courses within 90 minutes of LA?

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Wednesday December 12, 2018 8:13 PM
QUOTED  [Posted By mpisarski01 on 12.10.2018 1:20 PM]

60 mins from downtown LA gives you about a 5 mile radius of courses


My thoughts exactly!
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CPennbo
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Wednesday December 12, 2018 8:16 PM
Tukwet Canyon- both Champions and Legends are usually in great shape, offer a completely different layout one from the other, and make my list WAY ahead of Oak Valley right across the freeway. Fantastic practice area!
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t8fish
RE: Best Public courses within 90 minutes of LA?
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Thursday December 13, 2018 4:23 PM
I'm also in the camp that feels driving time and distance are unrelated when driving in the LA area, and the time of day you are driving is an added variable. With all due respect to blakej824, his idea of reasonable driving distance and mine differ. From downtown LA, Pechanga and Ojai are over 80 miles and 2+ hour drives leaving mid morning. Throw in a little unexpected traffic and 2.5 hours is not that unlikely. When it looks like I will be spending as much or more time in the car commuting to the course than on the course, then that course starts looking more like an excuse for a getaway weekend or overnight.

While arbitrary, I'm taking it as implicit that the 60 min/60 mile premise was suggested as a reasonable limit for a day trip.

From my perch in Altadena, the best choices are due East as far as Oak Quarry, and due West to the Moorpark area with the occasional jump to Oxnard. Oak Quarry, The Goose, etc. are about 45-50 minute drives against traffic and Moorpark is about the same. I can do Oxnard in just about an hour but I have a little bit of a lead foot. The advantage for me is being outside the LA basin going East, and taking the 210/118 West to avoid the Valley when going West.
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Mrb617
RE: Best Public courses within 90 minutes of LA?
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Thursday December 20, 2018 3:23 PM
Thank you for all your insight. I think I have a good grasp on the better courses..

Now, if I want to stick to a quick drive.. the following courses are far from the best, but they are much closer and would make for easy outings.

I haven't played any of these but from reading reviews they seem to be decent enough. A few seem to be very busy, I play on weekdays and try to avoid crowds, I hate waiting each shot. If anyone can add any insight, or rank them that would be great! Of course, if you have any to add as well, need to be within 30 minutes of DTLA if no traffic.

Mountain Meadow
Montebello CC
San Dimas
Upland Hills
Santa Anita
Los Amigos
Candlewood CC

I have played Rio Hondo (not bad at all), Hansen Damn , Knollwood, Marshall Canyon, Wilson/Harding, DaBell so comparing those could be helpful as well.



[[Edited by Mrb617 on Thursday December 20, 2018 3:26 PM]]
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blakej824
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Friday December 21, 2018 9:29 AM
I would say Candlewood CC is a cut above the others mentioned both in conditions and POP. It is certainly better than Rio, which I also enjoy. Mountain Meadows is a cool layout, and the back nine is pretty scenic. Conditions also good there, but the POP is usually 5.5 to 6 hours. San Dimas is great for what it is but again I've had POP issues there (usually 5 hours). Haven't played the others so can't comment but I am sure Candlewood is better than all of them on most days.

Given your area of play, it seems Industry Hills is the correct choice for you. That is far and away the best course considering where you play and conditions/value.
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Mrb617
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Monday February 25, 2019 2:57 PM
Thanks Blake. POP is a major factor for me. I usually only play MON-THURS because of this.

I'd much rather drive farther or play a lesser course in order to avoid waiting every shot.

With that being said, there are days I am willing to wait if the course is nice enough. So its still great to know.
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Mrb617
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Monday February 25, 2019 2:57 PM
Thanks Blake. POP is a major factor for me. I usually only play MON-THURS because of this.

I'd much rather drive farther or play a lesser course in order to avoid waiting every shot.

With that being said, there are days I am willing to wait if the course is nice enough. So its still great to know.
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