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3.7
183 Reviews (183)
5 Stars
37
4 Stars
82
3 Stars
43
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
14
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.9
Layout
3.7
Friendliness
3.9
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.4
80.5%
Recommend this course
148 out of 183 reviews
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3.7
32 Reviews (32)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.8
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.5
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.0
75.0%
Recommend this course
24 out of 32 reviews
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3.7
63 Reviews (63)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.9
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.4
StaffFriendliness
4.0
79.4%
Recommend this course
50 out of 63 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Par 72
Length 6628 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 - $10 - $15
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

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.7
183 Reviews (183)

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
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 10
3.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The course was unusually quiet probably because of the heatwave we completed in 3.5 hours. Greens were in great shape but surprisingly slow. No complaints, always a good choice.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Fun course, but limited on-course amenities.

The Balboa Encino complex features two longer tracks that ask every shot. From a golf perspective, it's good value for city courses. However, golfers should know that Balboa specifically does not turn back to the clubhouse until after 18 so it's important to load up on waters, gatorades, drinks, and food BEFORE the round or you might get into trouble fast out there, especially if it's hot. I'm not sure if they have a cart person on the weekends but I've never seen them if they do.

But again, from a pure golf perspective the short range, putting and courses are fun! But just be careful, health-wise when it's hot and prepare in advance for a long round.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Balboa

Course is in rough condition, greens need to be cut, and tee boxes are just gross, not worth $60 at any time in the day.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Average public course

Sketchy condition. Good pace of play. Food was good. Should have either a halfway house or cart with refreshments. The vending machine were locked. Lots of Canadian geese poop.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 27
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Usually play mid week here so the 4 hour and 45 minute round was less to be desired. On the group in front of us most of the day and had playing partners with very long pre shot routines. Fun time had. Definitely a lot more burnt out fairways than a month ago. Sand in bunkers was a tad firm but playable. The 16th green was in bad shape. Other than that they rolled ok but a bit on the slow side. The break you saw wasn’t what it seemed on most putts.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 36
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Perfect Golfing day! 18-holes done in about 4 hrs

Maybe it was the weather that kept people away from the course but the pace of play was awesome. 4-some finished in about 4 Hrs.

No wait on the tee in most of holes.

Weather got better towards the back 9 so made it better...

Love all city courses as their condition are much better than other courses that charges almost the double.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens were slow as was the pace of play

Overall, very nice. Rough was high, but thats what happens when you don’t stay on the fairways. Greens were very nice. A bit slow, but you were able to attack the cup. Pace of play was not so good. I played in a twosome behind a foursome. By the 4 th hole the group in front of us were a hole snd a half behind and only got worse. Other than the pace (the slower group should have let us play through) the course was in good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in good shape

The fairways were nice and green and well kept up.The greens were in good shape. Will definitely play here again. Just one suggestion...there should be a sign that distinguishes 1st hole tee box of Balboa and Encino.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course!!

In pretty good shape considering the drought. Really enjoy playing there.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Walked

Fair test of golf

This course has 12 par four holes, unlike its sister course (Encino) which has the more conventional 10 par fours. For someone who hits around 200 off the tee (as I do) only 3 of the par four's are pretty easy to reach in regulation, 3 are tough to reach and the remaining 4 par four's require good second shots of 160+ yards to get on. On the other hand, all 3 of the par five holes are very reachable in regulation. The three par 3 holes have some challenges due to either length, sand trips or both.
Someone who's 240 + off the tee should score in the 70's on this course given halfway decent accuracy on 2nd shots and reasonable putting. Like Encino and Woodley, this course is kept in fairly good condition given the amount of play they get. Greens are generally true.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Amenities?

No Marshall for super slow 4 some in front of us.
No amenities, no snack bar, and no refreshments whatsoever at the turn.
Decent fairways, decent greens.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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