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3.6
64 Reviews (64)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
9
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.5
Layout
3.3
Friendliness
3.7
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.4
83.3%
Recommend this course
51 out of 64 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.1
17 Reviews (17)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.5
Layout
3.3
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
3.4
64.7%
Recommend this course
11 out of 17 reviews
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3.4
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
5
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.6
Layout
3.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
3.5
75.0%
Recommend this course
21 out of 28 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Par 72
Length 6619 yards
Slope 117
Rating 70.6
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Balboa Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1954
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Steve Timm (2008) William P. Bell (1954)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $8 - $14
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage

Reviews

3.6
64 Reviews (64)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 6
This course/club is great for:
Locals 13
Walkers 13
Seniors 9
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 14

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Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 39
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Muni Course close to most LA residencies

Well maintained muni course easier than Wilson, Rancho and Harding but a good course for walking.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Day

Was very pleased with how well the course played today. The greens were soft and held up very well. In the past the greens have been hard so your ball would hit and release, today you had to change your game or mindset and throw the ball at the pin. The tee boxes were being reseeded was the only drawback, but in a couple weeks it should be back to normal.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Get more carts!

The only real issue was not having a cart... even for someone with a medical issue. I only made it nine holes, and barely.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 72
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Better 2 weeks ago

They had just punched with small holes. The greens were therefore very soft, and overwatered. Two weeks ago they were in really nice shape, and now it’s like mush.
Some of the fairway areas still need work. Usually it’s been the other way around, where Balboa is in better shape than Encino, but lately Encino has been nicer. On Balboa there are still lots of bare dirt brown hard mud patches all over, whereas they have put in the work to fix more of those on Encino. So I’m only giving it average ratings. Disappointed about the greens on Balboa when it’s always been better than Encino but now it’s flipped.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Awful course

The course had no carts, or push carts and forced all customers to walk in 110 degree heat and I almost got heat stroke, never playing this course again.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Horrible experience

I booked hot deal as I always have through app. Due to covit all bookings are for walking. I have never run into a situation that I could not get a cart or pull cart and I pay the extra charges when asked. When I showed up to Balboa Golf Course to check in for an 11:20 tee time I requested two carts for our group. I was rudely informed that they were out and their website says they run out of cars by 9:30 each day. I told them I booked through Golf Now and there is no indication to carts being in short supply. The commit from the employee was " That is your problem for booking through Golf Now. That you should not use their app it is a poor way to book tee times:
Since I booked a hot deal I cannot get my money back and that is a chance I take.
I would like to tell all golfnow participants to never play Balboa Golf Course, a Los Angeles City owned course. I would also recommend GolfNow to drop them on their site.
The day was not a loss. My wife works at a local golf course where we get free golf, so we went there.

Friendliness Poor
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Don’t use tee off . Com

Was charged $99 on my bank card?!? For what site says free!!!!! Got to the course with confirmation receipt, and there was no tee time for me!!!! Had to go back home! I will not hesitate to tell everyone NEVER use tee off . Com, I have no problem with the course but have to fill that part out!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Decent course. Cheap, if you play after 5:00 no way you get 18 in with the pace.

Starter had issues with payment processor. 25 min late tee off because of it. Only got 13 holes in

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great Course for Beginners

Balboa is a par 72 course with 18 holes and wide fairways. It’s a great Course to practice on and learn your chops.
Pace is usually pretty good, prices are reasonable, and staff is helpful.
While it’s not a hard Course, it’s still a very fun Course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

No one answers the phone at GolfNow.

In San Diego for the week and searches San Diego golf courses. Found balboa park and booked it. Got to course and my reservation was for
balboa in Encino ???
Tried to call golf now: it’s all automated and no way to talk to a person to fix the issue.
I know Covid but surely someone can talk on the phone !!!

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Really Good Conditions

Played the course under really good conditions. Finished in a little over 3.5 hours. The bunkers could be better and and some workers seemed to take the time while we were on the tee box and we had to hit over them but that’s minor stuff.

Overall we thought the course played true and well and was a value for the walking price.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
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