Trump National Golf Club (Los Angeles)

Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  Originally designed by Pete Dye in 1999 as Ocean Trails then remodeled by Donald Trump and Jim Fazio and reopened in 2006

Cost:  $75 - $375 Click for current rates

Phone Number:  (310) 303-3240

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Trump National Los Angeles' official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - One Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Photos:  See additional photos of Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles

Accolades:  Ranked 97th on Golf Digest's 2011-12 Best Public Courses in America list and 40th overall in California.

Signature Hole:  17th - 238 Yard Par 3 - A towering waterfall cascades into a pond behind the green of this long and difficult par three with five bunkers lurking greenside.

17th Hole at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (238 Yard Par 3)
17th Hole at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (238 Yard Par 3)

What to Expect:  Trump National Los Angeles sports a 45,000 square foot clubhouse and a lush service experience. The front nine is quite tight while the back nine opens up more. Ocean views are found from every hole on the course and in classic Trump style you'll find a few waterfalls on the course. It is very clear what Mr. Trump and Fazio have tinkered with on the design and what features were apart of Pete Dye's original design. At over 7300 yards and a par 71 at sea level, the course plays very long and difficult. Trump National Los Angeles was the host site of Big Break VI.

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Black 71 7311 75.0 146
Blue 71 6640 72.1 138
White 71 6180 69.8 133
White (Women) 72 6180 75.8 145
Red (Women) 72 5433 71.6 138
Yellow (Women) 72 4770 68.6 124


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  The first of three par 3s over 235 yards is also the best with the green traveling away from the golfer along the water hazard that protects the left side of the hole.

8th Hole at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (241 Yard Par 3)
8th Hole at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (241 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  A barranca runs across the fairway and causes the golfer to decide between trying to bomb his blind tee shot over the barranca or to lay up in front of it. The approach is to a cliff side green is protected across the front with five brilliant white bunkers.

10th Hole at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (400 Yard Par 4)
10th Hole at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (400 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  The only feature that makes this the best par five of the course is the wildly redesigned green. Your golf ball will feel like it has spent the afternoon at an amusement park ones it finds the putting surface or has to be played out of one of the near vertical bunkers.

12th Hole at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (540 Yard Par 5)
12th Hole at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (540 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  At 540 yards and generally downwind, the par five 2nd hole with its wide fairway and inviting green make it a prime candidate to go under par.

Bogey Beware:  Another Trump redesign after paying millions of dollars to rebuild the 18th hole after it fell into the ocean, this brutal 512 yard par four plays into the prevailing wind and is peppered with 14 bunkers throughout the hole.

18th Hole at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (512 Yard Par 4)
18th Hole at Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles (512 Yard Par 4)

Final Cut:    Grade B

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