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Heroes Golf Course – Par 3 (Brentwood)

11301 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90073
(310) 473-0710

9 holes (par 27)
Yardage: 1,144 yards
Hours: sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week
Green fees: $12, $13 on weekends and holidays

Heroes golf course is a 9 hole par 3 golf course located at the West LA VA Hospital. It is just off the 405 freeway at Wilshire. You have to drive through the huge VA campus. The course is well signposted, so it was not all that difficult to find. Once there there is a dirt parking lot and the starter office is in a small shed with a corrugated iron roof. The whole area looks like a set from MASH. This is the second VA course I have played, having played a couple of times at Mission Hills previously.

If you are a veteran than there are big discounts to play here (you get $5 off). If you are just a member of the public it is $13 at the weekend. Which is an average rate for the area.

The course is quirky. I say that as the layout is really disjointed and does not flow well. From hole 4, you have to walk back to where you started the hole and the fifth tee is just to the left of it. There are several instances of this kind of thing throughout the course. The course is also very open with all the holes kind of mingling together. It may be a little hectic if the course was busy, but when I was there it was not – so this was a non issue. The course is pretty basic. There are a couple of tiny sand areas in the whole course and that is about it. The greens are small and grass long, so run slowly. However they seem to be in decent shape.

The fifth hole is the longest on the course – 178 yards. The rest are around the 120-130 mark. The ninth hole is interesting. It is just 95 yards long, however you have to hit over a ravine. With the greens being small, the course can be challenging to play.

The course is average in condition. The staff work very hard on maintaining it, but they are working with a limited budget. The staff were friendly and the greens-keeper even asked me to take a photograph of his dog, which I obliged.

I went at sunrise and the course was smothering in a marine layer from the nearby Pacific Ocean. It added a kind of enchantment to the course, which you can see from the pics below.

Richie says… “Quirky design and difficult to navigate the first time around. If you live in the area, this course makes a change to playing at Rancho Park.”

Hole by Hole

Hole 1 – 120 yards
Hole 2 – 133 yards
Hole 3 – 125 yards
Hole 4 – 146 yards
Hole 5 – 178 yards
Hole 5 – green
Hole 6 – 78 yards
Hole 7 – 133 yards
Hole 8 – 136 yards
Hole 9 – 95 yards