The five closest golf courses to Gareth Bale now that he’s a Los Angeles FC player
Welsh football legend Gareth Bale could swap Madrid for the bright lights of La La Land, but he’ll still be spoiled for choice when it comes to playing golf.
Bale once waved a famous flag proclaiming: Wales. Golf. Madrid. In this order. And luckily for the Welshman, LA doesn’t lack a golf course or two!
The golf-mad winger, who signed this summer to play for Los Angeles FC in MLS in the United States, now has 921 courses to choose from in the state of California, compared to just 180 at home in Wales and 398. in Spain.
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With Bale’s 12-month contract with LAFC confirmed, Live betting has developed the golf courses closest to LAFC’s new state-of-the-art training ground on the Cal State LA campus on the East Side of Los Angeles.
Bale, a single-digit disabled golfer, will be pleased to know that his new office is located within a 20-minute drive of five golf courses, meaning he can play a fast nine if he wishes.
- There are 921 golf courses in total in the state of California compared to 180 in Wales and 398 in Spain
- There are 19 golf courses in Los Angeles alone and another 65 courses within 20 miles of Los Angeles
- There are 5 golf courses within a twenty minute drive of the LAFC Training Center
- It would take Gareth Bale less than two hours sneak in for a game
The five closest golf courses for Gareth Bale now that he has moved to Los Angeles FC:
Monterey Park Golf Club
Journey: 7 minutes one way, 14 minutes return
9 holes and round trip: 1h44
The closest option to Bale is Monterey Park Golf Course, just across the highway. This nine-hole course is open all year round and is perfect for a quick game in an informal setting, meaning he won’t even need to change his practice gear!
The popular golf club also has a driving range and cafe for refreshments. The course has been recently renovated and offers a challenging course for experienced players, billed as a true gem of the Southern California golfing scene.
Golf of Montebello
Journey: 12 minutes one way, 24 minutes return
9 holes and round trip: 1h54
The next closest option is the slightly more formal Fairmont Le Château Montebello Golf Club, which is known for its impressive course layout.
The course was designed by Stanley Thompson in 1931 and welcomes golfers from all over the world. The layout offers plenty of privacy for its most famous golfers who are shielded from view by forests and elevated tees that offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Journey: 14 minutes one way, 28 minutes return
9 holes and round trip: 1h58
Alahambra Golf Course boldly claims that many of its guests do better in their careers on the course, which is sure to pique the interest of a competitive sportsman like Bale. The course also features an award-winning golf shop to stock up on all the essentials as well as a night-lit practice center for those who want to play late into the Los Angeles night.
Arroyo Seco Golf Club
Journey: 16 minutes one way, 32 minutes return
9 holes and round trip: 2h02
This South Pasadena golf course offers plenty of shade to protect guests from the California sun. It opened to the public in 1955 and offers challenging play, manicured fairways and a newly renovated 9-hole course, all set apart from the surrounding neighborhood by a row of mature trees. The club also has a driving range of 33 stands with marked distances from 50 to 250 meters.
Whittier Narrows Golf Course
Journey: 17 minutes one way, 33 minutes return
9 holes and round trip: 2h30
Although the most remote, this golf course is still conveniently located less than twenty minutes by car from the LAFC practice ground. The Whittier Narrows Golf Course offers 27 challenging and enjoyable holes of golf and three separate 9-hole courses designed by renowned American golf course architect William F Bell. Famous for its mountainous landscape layout, this course is especially popular for those who want to play a round while taking in breathtaking views of Southern California.