Balboa Municipal Golf Course, is a Public, 18 hole golf course located in Encino, California
Balboa was designed by William P. Bell & Sons and opened in 1954 as the Sepulveda North Course. Balboa Municipal Golf Course was the first golf course to be built as part of the 36-hole Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area complex which also includes the Encino Municipal Golf Course. The golf course was lengthened by Steve Timm in 2008.
Balboa Municipal Golf Course is a short-length golf course with narrow tree-lined fairways. Balboa provides a real challenge for mid to high handicap golfers.
Black tees: par-72, 6,619 yards, 70.6 / 120
Blue tees: par-72, 6,370 yards, 69.4 / 117
White tees: par-72, 6,115 yards, 68.6 / 113
Yellow tees: par-72, 5,679 yards, 66.5 / 106
$21 (cart not included), played on Wednesday, January 2017 at 7:16 AM
Balboa is a pretty dull experience. Flat topography, no great holes. I played as part of a club tournament. Otherwise, I would never play the course unless I was truly desperate. Its sister course, Encino, shares the same clubhouse and practice facilities, and is a much better track. The only positive is that it is in pretty good condition at this time of year (winter).
$41 (cart not included), played on Saturday, September 2010 at 10am
New layout with 2 added par 5's makes the course more fun. Problem since the 70's is the very small round [mostly] greens are NEVER any good. The LA City P and R department does not have qualified USGA trained greens keepers. Both courses could be overhauled and made to be terrific...lengthened and manicured better. But, for the money, its a fun course and now, more exciting to play with the add ons. Very park like setting with old mature trees built in about 1955.
$41 (cart not included), played on Saturday, August 2010 at 6am
Is in the same complex as Encino GC. While this course has been less popular than Encino, I find it more interesting to play. The layout is pretty straight forward. The fairways are spotty and greens conditions vary though the year, but generally the greens are better than the Encino course. Some of the greens are interesting to putt, especially the 2 newer Par-5s. Practice facility is poor. Virtually never see a marshal on the course and pace of play can be an issue. Was a better value before the city raised prices. Traps can be in poor condition much of the time.
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