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About Hacienda Golf Club

Hacienda Golf Club is steeped in tradition and places a high value on the rules, traditional etiquette and character inherent in the game of golf.

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The History

Hacienda Golf Club was born during the Golden Age of golf course architecture as a dream of turn-of-the-century oil millionaire Alphonso Bell. Before founding Bel-Air Country Club, which he located within his vast landholdings extending from what is now West Los Angeles to the Pacific Palisades, Bell founded Hacienda.

In a beautiful canyon carved out of the La Puente Hills, Bell sought to build a golf course of demanding and championship caliber. For its design, he retained the services of William Watson, the most prolific and best-known golf course architect in all of California at the time. The first nine holes opened in 1920, and the second nine in 1923.

Today, the golf course at Hacienda offers a test of true championship golf. Yet, as a private club of 400 members with a wide variety of golfing skills, great effort has been made to present multiple options for both men and women to play the course at a length they can enjoy given the level of their skills.

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Top Holes At Hacienda Golf Club

Top Holes At Hacienda Golf Club Hole 1

#1 – Par 4, 405 yards.


From the Tee

The opening hole at Hacienda features a breathtaking view of the entire hole, other parts of the golf course, and Los Angeles on the horizon. But don’t get too distracted, as your first shot of the round must be straight to insure success on this hole. The fairway is narrow, with a bunker pinching in from the left. It is not one of the longer holes on the course, but accuracy from the tee and on the approach is required.

Into the Green

The green is relatively small, protected by deep bunkers on both sides. It is better to miss this green to the left versus the right, as it will be next to impossible to salvage and up-and-down from that side.

On the Green

The green is sloped back to front mostly, so it is important to have the approach shot finish short of the hole for better results in putting. It can be considered a ‘birdie hole’, but a par is an admirable score.

Top Holes At Hacienda Golf Club Hole 7

#7 – Par 5, 580 yards


From the Tee

It is the longest hole on the course, and it gently travels uphill all the way, and requires an accurate tee shot. A well-directed drive would be down the right side of the fairway as most tee shots bounce down right-to-left, off the hillside. Thick trees left and brush on the right challenge the player from the tee.

Into the Green

The second shot must be struck solidly to cover enough yardage, and should be aimed at the right side of the fairway giving the player the best angle at the green for the approach. The green is well protected by bunkers, so it is important to have a short approach shot to the green. Most shots will bounce gently left, and a shot from the left rough is a difficult proposition.

On the Green

If the player successfully avoids the bunkers and finds the green with the approach, hopefully the ball has come to rest below the hole. Many a 3-putt have been recorded on this green, primarily from above the hole. A birdie is definitely a possibility in this hole, but a par is good score.

Top Holes At Hacienda Golf Club Hole 8

#8 – Par 4, 445 yards

One of the most beautiful holes on the course, at 445 yards #8 presents many challenges as well. The hole is best played with a tee shot coming to rest on top of the plateau. The drive and the approach are daunting, in that they both must be struck solidly in succession with good accuracy, and can be further complicated by a prevailing headwind. A wayward tee shot will find trees to the left, and Hacienda’s meandering creek to the right, which traverses the entire length of the golf course.

Into the Green

The approach shot will be struck slightly downwards and to the right, towards a well-designed green complex. Deep bunkers protect both sides, but there is an ample opening to the green in front. If the approach shot ends up short, there is not much to worry about there is a relatively flat area from which to chip from.

On the Green

The green is large, and has challenging undulations depending on where the hole is cut. This is another green at Hacienda where an approach shot coming to rest below the hole will produce the best results. Good distance control is a must on this green. A par is a fine score on this hole.

Top Holes At Hacienda Golf Club Hole 15

#15 – Par 4, 380 yards


From the Tee

Another beautiful hole, with great views of the back nine from this tee. It is a wonderful short par 4 at 380 yards, which plays shorter than the yardage because of slightly downhill terrain. The hole requires an accurate tee shot with the goal of hitting the right side of a narrow table-top fairway. The left side of the hole is intimidating and should be avoided, as there is a long, menacing fairway bunker, and Hacienda’s meandering creek below it.

Into the Green

The approach shot, while not long, must be accurate to avoid some of the most sever bunkering and mounding around any green on the course. If the green is missed, an up-and-down becomes a herculean feat. No matter where the hole is cut, it is best to aim for the middle of this green for the percentage play.

On the Green

The green is relatively small, quite level in the back, but slopes slightly down in front. This hole can be easily provide a birdie opportunity, but only with two well struck shots from the tee and fairway. A par is a very good score.

Top Holes At Hacienda Golf Club Hole 16

#16 – Par 3, 225 yards


From the Tee

There are so many quality holes at Hacienda, it is difficult to pick one that stands alone. But if there were a signature hole on the course, this would be it. This hole will make even the most skilled players shudder. Hacienda’s meandering creek is on the left, with a pond short of the green. The green is well bunkered on both sides of this long and narrow green. If the player’s tee shot does not find the putting surface, short-right is the one best place to miss. Perhaps the element that makes this hole so challenging is it requires a shot that is both accurate and to the right distance.

On the Green

Even if the tee shot comes to rest on the green, if it was not the correct distance, the result can easily be a 3-putt. This green has the most severe angle of slope than any other on the course. A player definitely does not wish to be putting from above the hole on this green. A par here is an excellent score, and even a bogey is respectable.

Top Holes At Hacienda Golf Club Hole 18

#18 – Par 4, 435 yards


From the Tee

The final hole at Hacienda is a good test and curves ever so slightly right to left. It encourages the same shape of tee shot while avoiding the fairway bunker on the right side. A prevailing headwind can diminish both the tee shot and the approach. They must be accurate, as trees border both sides of this fairway, and the green is well bunkered.

Into the Green

Featured is a well bunkered green, with a large, high flashing bunker on the right. Also, there is a hidden, low lying bunker green-high on the right. So be careful not to miss in either of these bunkers, missing left provides a much better up-and-down opportunity.

On the Green

The green is relatively flat, with several subtle undulations. Careful green-reading is a must. A par is an excellent score on this finishing hole.

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