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De Bell Par 3 Golf Course (Burbank)

I rate this #1 course in L.A. for kids starting out!

1200 E Harvard Rd
Burbank, CA 91501
(818) 848-3292

9 holes (par 27)
Yardage: 660 yards
Hours: 8am-6pm (last tee time)
Green fees: see right
This review is for the par 3 course, not to be confused with the 18 hole (par 71) De Bell golf course. Also within this complex is a driving range. The range here is one of my favorites. The balls are in good shape unlike the Griffith Park range. This course is relatively easy to find. It is located up in the Burbank Hills, north of Sunset Canyon. There is a good sized parking lot next to the course which always has plenty of available spaces.

Hole 1 – 70 yards

Unless there is sunshine out, I would recommend calling before you go. On a couple of occasions we went in light drizzle and the starter had locked the place up and gone home. Finding this course open is a little hit and miss. I believe they are closed on holidays also.

The course is really short. All of the 9 holes are in the 70-90 yards range. This would make it suitable for kids of newbies to the game. The greens are tiny – probably only about 15-20ft wide. So unless you are really accurate, don’t expect to hitting many greens in regulation. As the course is so short, unless it is really busy you can complete a round a 45 minutes.


Each of the holes are relatively straightforward. There are a few trees, but generally the course is wide open with no hazards. Hole 5 and 9 you have to hit over a storm drain, but as the holes are so short it is not really an issue. Personally I find hole 9 is the best, you have to tee off through a short opening between trees and over the previously mentioned storm drain.

The course condition is average for a par 3 course. The greens are in better condition as of late, but previously were full of holes and divots. The grass on the greens is pretty long, it is somewhat like putting on shag carpet. As a result they obviously run super slow. In 2012 they installed frisbee golf alongside the golf holes, so be warned that you may have to negotiate flying frisbee’s during your round.

Richie says… “Good course for kids or people just starting out. It is personally too short for me. You don’t have to worry about carrying a heavy bag. All you need is a putter and a wedge.”

Chris says… I like it. It is a very small course. You only need a 9 iron max, you can get away with just a pitching wedge and a putter. It is a good course. The greens are horrible. They are small and sometimes sandy. But overall it is a good course and good value.”

Albino says… “Too short – I can not take a full shot on this course. I have to choke down on the club when playing each shot.”

Hole by Hole 

Hole 1 – 70 yards
Hole 2 – 90 yards
Hole 3 – 65 yards

Hole 4 – 80 yards
Hole 5 – 60 yards
Hole 6 – 70 yards
Hole 6 – green
Hole 7 – 90 yards
Hole 8 – 70 yards
Hole 9 – 65 yards

  1. Sure it's short, but that is the point! Take a seven & putter and have fun..only 4 bucks weekdays. Greens are better than they were.

  2. Decided to take up golf as a fun time killer with my girlfriend. Been practicing at driving ranges and this course is the first one we want to try when we feel ready. It looks really easy and forgiving for our occasional hacking, so we can't wait!

  3. went about 3 weeks ago. atrocious. dandelions growing in the greens. the big course is nice though. and good clubhouse/restaurant. and the castaway is up there too. 3 par is a no go, though. avoid.

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