Bel-Air Country Club

Guestblog written by: Michael Hunt

- Published on this site: 04-04-2022 17:06:00

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Bel-Air Country Club

Bel-Air is a special place. It is designed by two of my favorites, Thomas and Doak. This is the first time I have played the course since Doak renovated it. I think he nailed it.

Quick facts

Architect: George Thomas (1925) Tom Doak (2018)
Address: 10768 Bellagio Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90077, USA

Bel-Air was in the middle of renovating their clubhouse. What a project. Due to this, they shortened the first hole and made it a long par 3. No big deal and does not disrupt play.

This course has a really nice flow. The rolling hills and pristine condition of the course make it such a joy to play. The greens were slick and pure. As you enjoy the walk, you not only get to enjoy the course but the luxury homes surrounding the course. There are little stories about each one but I won’t mention the 17th hole house.

Doak did a good job of keeping the course similar to Thomas’ design. The bunkering adds to the look of the course. They are blended into the upslopes and added character to the greens. I love the rolling fairways and if you hit the right spots on the fairway, you can definitely get some speed slots.

The par 3’s are really solid on this course. They have 5. I like the mix of short, mid and long yardages. Gives you the chance but you still have to hit good shots and be in the right spot of the green. You can’t beat the 10th hole. The bridge is off to your left and you are hitting a 200-220 yard shot over a ravine. The left side is your friend and can help steer your shot in the right direction.

Bel-Air is not only a top course but a great hang. Their makeshift bar/lounge was amazing. If you closed your eyes, you would think you were in the clubhouse not a tent. Special spot.

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