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Verdugo Hills – Par 3 (Tujunga)

6433 La Tuna Canyon Road
Tujunga, CA 91082
(818) 352-3161

18 holes (par 54)
Yardage: 1,782 yards
Hours: 6.30am-9.30pm
Green fees: weekdays $16, weekends $18

Verdugo Hills is a 18 hole par 3 golf course. It is located just off the 210 Freeway at La Tuna Canyon. The course has a decent sized parking lot, a driving range, putting green and what appears to be a cafeteria/ bar area. There is also a small pro shop at the starters office.The buildings are a little dated and run down. This is probably as there is a legal fight to turn the golf course into condo’s. So they are probably not investing a lot into the course, for obvious reasons.

In addition to the par 3 golf, there is frisbee (disc) golf on the course. Next to each hole is a basket where people throw the discs into. There were a few people playing that when I was out there. But they did not impede or affect the golf play.

The course is a very short par 3 course. The front nine is only 763 yards! To put this course into proportion; 18 holes at Verdugo Hills is about the same yardage as 9 hole at Lindero Canyon. The majority of the holes are in the 90-100 yard range, with just three holes 120+ yards. Those all being on the back nine. As it is so short, you really only need a putter, wedge and a short iron for the longer holes. Looking at the scorecard, I am not entirely sure that it is accurate. Some of the holes seemed slightly different to what was on the card. Also some of the tee boxes had yardages written into the concrete of the tee box and those yardages also did not totally jive with what was printed on the scorecard.

To be honest I had read some poor reviews for the course and had low expectations. In fact it was pretty low on my “to-do” list. The course however surprised me. Despite being so short, it was a lot of fun to play. It is in a nice setting, however there is a lot of traffic noise from the 210 freeway which runs parallel with it. There are no hazards – no water, no sand. The greens were of fair size and very slow, making putting easy. The course itself is one of the easiest out there to play and not very challenging at all. Therefore making it great for kids or newbies.

The course was quiet when I played and I completed my 18 holes in just 90 minutes. The course design was good and it flowed very well from hole to hole. I enjoyed the front nine a little more. It is super short, but through the hills with nice elevation changes. The back nine was a little longer and the holes were on flatter ground. The holes were also a little more generic. There were two interesting holes on the course – 8 and 17. They are pretty much the same hole, next to each other. You hit off an elevated tee and the green is down a steep hill below.

The course condition was average. There were patchy areas of grass, but in all it was in good shape. The greens were nice. They were a little soft, which made them run slow. There were only about two ball washers on the whole course, but there was a bench at every tee box. You have to hit off mats. They looked like they had been replaced recently. They were in great shape and had plastic tees for both right and left handed golfers on every mat.

Richie says… “Better than I expected. This course was fun to play. It gets hot, so in the summer I recommend playing first thing in the morning to beat the heat. The course is short and not very challenging. Great for kids!”

Hole by Hole

Hole 1 – 59 yards
Hole 2 – 92 yards
Hole 3 – 95 yards
Hole 4 – 67 yards
Hole 5 – 84 yards
Hole 6 – 105 yards
Hole 7 – 64 yards
Hole 7 – green
Hole 8 – 96 yards
Hole 9 – 101 yards
Hole 10 – 135 yards
Hole 11 – 125 yards
Hole 12 – 99 yards
Hole 13 – 94 yards
Hole 14 – 148 yards
Hole 15 – 80 yards
Hole 16 – 126 yards
Hole 17 – 106 yards
Hole 18 – 106 yards
Hole 18 – green