Sometimes you want to play golf. Sometimes you just want to tinker with your game in private, away from your crotchety in-law/boss. Work out the rust for under $15 at one of these casual courses around town.
Westside: Penmar Golf Course,
Tucked away off Lincoln, Penmar's just a mile from the beach. Multiple greens on each hole make it an ideal place to brush up on your short game.
1233 Rose Ave., Venice; (310-396-6228)
9 holes. Bar & grill. No pro shop, though balls and clubs available. Reservations recommended, especially on weekends.South Bay: The Lakes
at El Segundo
Located just five minutes from LAX, this course is full of surprises: hilly long and short holes and, as the name suggests, plenty of water hazards. All-you-can-eat tacos on Tuesdays and pasta on Thursdays are included with your round.400 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo; (310-322-0202)
9 holes, plus driving range. Bar & grill. Pro shop. Reservations recommended, especially on weekends.
Los Feliz MunicipalSwingers
scenes were shot here, turning this popular spot into legend. Beware the ball-eating trees and guys who just got passed on for a gig playing Goofy.3207 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Feliz; (323-663-7758)
9 holes. No bar & grill, no pro shop, no reservations. Still, the coffee shop serves alcohol, and balls and clubs are available.
South Pasadena: Arroyo Seco
Greens so clean you can see your reflection, excellent nighttime lighting, and a non-existent dress code. Skip the withered mini-golf course.
1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena; (323-255-1506)
18 holes, plus driving range. Bar & grill. Pro shop. Reservations recommended, especially on weekends.
Studio City Golf and Tennis Club
Narrow, tree-lined fairways provide challenges rarely seen in an executive course. But fear not. Misery loves company, especially the company of celebrities who often turn up here weekdays during breaks from shooting.4141 Whitsett Ave., Studio City; (818-761-3250)
9 holes, plus driving range. Café serves food but no alcohol. No pro shop, no reservations.