Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles, previously named Ocean Trails Golf Club, is a Public, 18 hole golf course located on bluffs above the Pacific ocean on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula in Rancho Palos Verdes, just 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.
The Pete Dye designed course was scheduled to open for play in 1999. However, on June 2, 1999 when construction on the $126 million, Pete Dye designed, Ocean Trails Golf Course was within days of opening, a landslide sent most of the 500 yard par 4 18th hole fairway and green collapsing into the ocean below. Despite insurance coverage (rebuilding and stabilization for the 18th hole was estimated to exceed $20 million alone), the landslide caused the Ocean Trails Golf Course to go into bankruptcy.
In 2002, Donald Trump purchased the course for $27 million with the intention of finishing the repairs bythe summer of 2003. It wasn't until 20 January 2006 that all 18–holes of Trump National Golf Club opened in Los Angeles. During the massive geological stabilization process required under holes 17 and 18, the golf course ( 15-holes) remained open for play.
At a reported final cost of $264 million, at the time of completion Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles was the most expensive golf course ever constructed.
And yes, it's very nice. There are the stunning ocean views from 17 of the 18 holes. The course is intimidating both visually and in playability. Waterfalls frame the first and 17th greens. The par-3 eighth, par-4 ninth and par-4 16th all require "get it right" approach shots around ponds.
The golf course might beat you up, but it does so while pampering you. A posh clubhouse and massive driving range have Trump's imprint all over them.
The course plays to a par-71. The Black tees play to 7,242 yards. The most forward tees are set at 4,538 yards.
$101 (cart included), played on Tuesday, August 2016 at 8:00 AM
OK, the course is beautiful, challenging, and in great shape. They do treat you very well and everything is top notch. I just have a few problems with the course and one is that many holes are too similar to each other. I can normally remember every hole on a golf course when I complete the round but so many of the holes are the same (forced carry over chaparral with chaparral left and right) that many are a blur. The other problem is the big distance variation between tee boxes. You either play the course short at 6,200 yards or very long at 7,200 yards. It would be a great track at 6,800 yards. Still, I am nitpicking a bit here. This course is rated in the top 30 courses nationwide you can play by Golf Digest and it probably deserves to be there. If I lived nearby, I would play the course more often if I could keep the cost under $100. But, a long drive from San Diego will keep me from playing the course again. But, play it at least once in your life!
Guest (cart included), played on Tuesday, October 2012 at 10am
Needs to be updated to reflect the real name, Trump National. Back nine is very dramatic on the ocean and panoramic views.
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