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Public Golf Courses
Golf is a popular pastime in L.A., and although you need connections to get into one of the prestigious private clubs in town, anyone can take advantage of the city's unusually good assortment of public courses. The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks manages a total of 13 municipal courses, among them the well-regarded Rancho Park course in West Los Angeles, a 6,688-yard par 71 championship 18 with all the amenities of a nice private club. Duffers traveling with their families can enjoy either of two scenic 18-hole courses in Griffith Park -- the Wilson and Harding courses -- while non-golfing family members check out the park's other recreational options, including the Los Angeles Zoo, the Griffith Observatory and the Museum of the American West. Fees for all city-owned courses are the same: $22 for 18 holes on weekdays, $28.50 on weekends, or for nine-hole courses, $11.50 on weekdays and $15 on weekends (discounts available for seniors and juniors). Although walk-up play is permitted, it's worth signing up in advance for a golf registration card ($15 a year for L.A. residents and seniors, $35 for nonresidents), which allows you to use an automated telephone reservation system to book tee times up to a week ahead. For a directory of all city-owned courses and a downloadable golf card registration form, go to www.laparks.org

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