Glen Oaks Golf & Learning Center – Par 3 (Glendora)
200 W Dawson Ave Glendora, CA 91740 (626) 335-7565
9 holes (par 27) Yardage: 1,078 yards Hours: 7am-10pm (although I did not see lights on the course) Green fees:weekdays $7, weekends $10
Glen Oaks Golf & Learning Center is located in Glendora. It is just off the 210 freeway, exit Grand Ave. The course is just a couple of minutes drive from the freeway. The parking lot is located across the street from the golf course. You have to park and then cross the street to the starters office. The staff were friendly and located in the starter office was a small cafe/ snack bar. In addition to the golf course, there is a really nice driving range with practice putting greens and chipping areas.
The course itself is a 9 hole par 3 golf course. There is good variation in the hole lengths, with the longest being 151 yards. I found the course was a little difficult to navigate and didn’t flow all that well. Sometimes there was a 30-40 yard walk to the next tee box. With an open style course it was tricky to figure out the layout when playing here for the first time. The tee’s were marked. However they just had the hole number on. There was no yardage listed at the tee box. Thus meaning that I had to reference the scorecard for yardage which slowed down play slightly. Also the course was designed where almost all of the holes ran in a west-east/ east-west direction. Therefore meaning if you are playing when the sun is rising or setting, you will have the sun directly in your eyes for half of the holes.
Each tee had a mat, with tees provided and also an area where you can hit off grass. I liked the fact that you have the option. The course was pretty challenging mainly due to the greens. Some of them were a little small for my liking, but they ran super fast. For a par 3 “pitch and putt” course I think they were running way too fast. It was like putting at Augusta National (although I have to admit never visited there, let alone played). All holes had green-side bunkers which were in nice shape with good quality sand. The greens had undulations and interesting shapes – the most notably being hole 3.
The course condition was very good. The greens were excellent, although small and ran too fast – as I stated earlier. There were no patchy areas on the course and it looked in great shape. The tee mats were very good and not worn. There was however a lack of ball cleaners. I only saw about 2 on the whole course. The pace out there was pretty slow. I went on a really off-peak time and the course was busy with a lot of 4-balls out there. At the time I played, I usually have the course to myself at other locations. I would be reluctant to play here at a peak time. I imagine it would be slow going. I must say though that the other golfers out there were courteous and waived me through if I caught up to them.
Richie says… “The course is above average and is in very good condition. For me the greens were too challenging and made it not so fun to play. I would highly recommend using the driving range if you live in the area – it is one of the nicest I have seen in the whole of LA.”