Best Golf Secret, May 2004
In the time it takes our brethren to work through the queue at Rancho Park, we’re already on the fourth hole at the par 3 Veterans Administration Golf Course in Brentwood. The short, hilly nine-hole is an unpolished jewel with small greens, phenomenal views of the Getty Center, and no crowds. Beginners can slice to their heart’s content without the sort of pressure they’d experience at the city’s heavily trafficked courses. Not only have the links lingered in obscurity since opening to the public seven years ago, but they offer unlimited play. For eight bucks—collected in the Quonset hut that doubles as the starter’s shack—we can play as many rounds as we want.