588 S. Atlantic Blvd.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Phone: (626) 308-9600
Fax: (626) 308-1980
After renovations on this course, rave reviews from regulars cited the additional water and sand bunkers as major improvements. After 70 years, the course was evidently in dire need of repair, but it is now more popular than ever with plenty of diversity on each hole. The length of the course is average, a little over 6,000 yards. Amenities include a pro shop and snack bar.
This diverse course begins with a deceptively straight-foward front nine, but then pulls out all the stops on the very hilly back nine. Added during the 1970s, the better-designed latter half of the course requires an accurate short game to avoid the sand bunkers guarding the greens. The course also features some challenging water traps. Additional features of the course include an impressive three-story driving range for those who like a real challenge.
Managed by the Department of Recreation and Parks, El Sereno Recreation Center provides various facilities to the general public. A venue for various sports and cultural events, the center has an auditorium, basketball courts, community rooms, gymnasium, tennis court and a lot more ways to entertain. The center also has special features like a multipurpose sports field, a stage and a kitchen. The venue is also rented for various local and regional events. In addition to the recreation facilities, the El Sereno Recreational Center also runs a Senior Citizen Center and a Skate park.
This course is characterized by generous greens, wide fairways and plenty of trees. There are not a whole lot of other hazards but for some sand here and there, yet the course has its followers because of well-designed and maintained landscaping. Additional features here include a pro shop, equipment rentals, golf lessons, a night-lighted driving range, putting greens, a chipping green, cart rentals, a coffee shop and a cocktail lounge.
This private course is more than 80 years old, and was recently re-designed with more than a dozen agonizing sand bunkers. In addition to countless pits of sand, the fairways are defined by attractive tree lines. These two elements combine to challenge both your short and long games along a well-kept and attractive course. Although this is a country club, they allow reciprocal play.
This par three has a full 18 holes, measuring just over 2,100 yards in length. Although the layout is flat, trees and sand bunkers provide plenty of hazards. Additional features include a putting green, chipping area, practice sand bunker and a snack bar. Best of all, it remains fairly undiscovered so crowds are not too bad...even on weekends. Rental clubs are available but rental carts are not. It is open from sunrise to 10 p.m., weather permitting.
This educational and conservation center opened in 2003. Serving the northeast Los Angeles communities, the Audubon Center at Debs Park strives to teach and inspire people to understand and care for the environment. Special programs have been designed to engage school age children, where they can explore and learn about the native flora and fauna. Spot butterflies, lizards, squirrels, rabbits, warblers, hummingbirds and more as you stroll through this serene landscape.
Snaking along the site of the historical Mt Lowe Railway, this is one of the more scenic hikes in the outer Angeles Forest. This trail takes you on a full-day rigorous adventure, spanning 11 miles and ascending 2600 feet, mostly along a rugged road. You will pass thick forests and deep canyons and likely enjoy a few deer sightings. The hike offers many stunning vistas, as well as a few attractive shaded picnicking spots. An occasional info plaque gives insights into the fascinating history of the place. The loop culminates at the lofty Inspiration Point, where panoramic views reach as far as the ocean on a clear day. The trail is low on shade so arm yourself with a hat and plenty of water. Note that you will need to purchase a Day or Annual Pass from the ranger station or a Big 5 in order to park at the designated lot. - Jamie Zum
This regulation course offers nine holes, a driving range and a putting green. The lake hazard near the eighth hole is a special challenge as well as the sand trap near the fourth hole. Many golfers like to play here at night since the place has great lights. The last tee time is at 9pm, though you must finish your game by 10pm. There tend to be more seniors playing here than at other surrounding courses. There is a snack bar on the premises as well.
This downtown Pasadena ice rink was once the ballroom of the Pasadena Civic Center, leaving skaters a legacy of chandeliers decorating the ceiling. In addition to public skating, the center also offers figure skating and hockey programs. The rink hosts special events like recitals, figure skating competitions and hockey games. Other features include skate repair, classes, birthday parties and a sports shop.
This year round Olympic facility features two 50-meter swimming pools plus it offers swimming and diving lessons, as well as water aerobics.
This course was given a massive facelift in the early 1990s and a number of challenging elements were added. Most significantly, formidable lakes and mounds of earth were built into the landscape. These additions have made the course one of the most diverse and exciting municipal courses in the area. The course is of average length with narrow tree-lined fairways. The facilities include a snack bar, driving range and putting green.