If you are searching for a way to unwind after a business seminar or you want to let off a little steam after a long flight to Southern California, we recommend packing up the clubs and heading due east to Santa Anita Golf Course. You can also arrive to Holiday Inn Burbank without your golf bag and clubs, as Santa Anita Golf Course rents clubs for $20 per set.
Overview of a Fun Public Golf Course
The land where Santa Anita Golf course was originally a significant parcel of real estate for the Lucky Baldwin Ranch, before making the transition to an Army Balloon School facility. Considered one of the best maintained public golf courses in Southern California, Santa Anita Public Golf Course offers golfers a wide variety of challenging shots, without discouraging beginners who want to improve their games. One of the most compelling reasons to play the course is the spectacular views of the San Gabriel Mountains that tower over the 18-hole golfing venue. You can play a round at Santa Anita Golf Course and then relax afterward in a tranquil setting.
Santa Anita Golf Course offers four tee boxes to accommodate all skill levels. The Championship tees play more than 6,300 yards, with the blue, white, and red tees shortening the course and eliminating a few of the hazards. The slope rating for each of the four tee box locations is considered below average, which means golfers do not have to deal many uneven lies. At least one sand bunker comes into play on every hole to offer challenges to accomplished golfers, especially from the tees. If you play from the Championship tees and possess considerable power behind your drive, you might have to lay up on a few holes to avoid landing in a sand bunker. The third hole consists of three sand bunkers surrounding the green, which means you have to stick your approach shot on a fast, sloping putting surface.
Advice for Golfers
The lack of trees and vegetation, as well as the straight layout, gives golfers an edge on most days at Santa Anita Golf Course. However, all bets are off when the wind picks up and the course dries out a bit because of the lack of rainfall. Santa Ana winds howling from the San Gabriel Mountains pose issues for golfers who cannot hit low flying tee and second shots. Many of the tee boxes at Santa Ana Golf Course face into northerly winds. Dry fairways can cause tee shots to roll much farther than intended, although the course lacks the thick rough you see on courses in the Midwest and Southeast sections of the United States.
Santa Anita Golf Course offers you the opportunity to hone your swing and putting skills at the state-of-the-art practice facility. The practice green gives you an indication of the putt speeds you can expect on the course. Visit the pro shop to rent clubs and buy the apparel and equipment you need to play 18 holes of golf. To reach Santa Anita Golf Course from Holiday Inn Burbank, hop on Interstate 210 east and travel about 10 miles until you reach S. Santa Anita Avenue.