El Dorado Park Golf Course

By Tyler Pringle

One of the putting greens and the clubhouse at El Dorado Park GC.

El Dorado Park Golf Course opened in Long Beach back in 1970, and has been a home for the local golf community ever since. Golfers enjoy playing at “El Do” because of its affordable prices and challenging holes, in addition to its great practice facilites.

El Dorado is a large venue capable of handling popular events, such as the Long Beach Open, which the course has hosted for several years. Additionally, El Dorado features a full-service restaurant, pro shop, and GPS-equipped golf carts.

Players enjoy this course because of the shot value it provides. Although not an extremely long course, measuring 6,461 yards from the back tees, the course places a premium on accuracy on several holes. El Dorado has a classic parkland golf course layout with large mature trees lining the fairways and well-protected greens.

A view of the well-protected green at the par 3 3rd hole.

Water is also a common theme at El Dorado, as it comes into play on 7 of the holes, and protects the front of two par 5s (#7 and #18). Longer hitters should think twice before trying to reach these holes in two shots, as anything that comes up short will find a watery grave.

A view of the approach shot to the 18th green.

Because of the large trees all over the course, hitting into the proper side of the fairway is a must for golfers in order to score well on certain holes. Finding the incorrect side, despite being on the fairway, can often result in a tree blocking a solid approach shot to the green. For this reason, El Dorado favors golfers who can shape shots by hitting draws and fades.

The tee shot for the par 5 4th hole. Finding the left side is a must for golfers trying to reach in two, but going too far left will result in out-of-bounds.

El Dorado is also a great place to practice. The expansive driving range always has room for golfers and can accommodate even the biggest hitters. For those focused on improving their touch around the greens, El Do has a chipping and pitching area, plus two very large putting greens.

Work on your short game at the chipping and pitching area.


The driving range.

One of the practice putting greens. Located next to the 1st tee so golfers can get their last few strokes in before teeing off.

El Dorado is a great place to play for the experienced golfer, and also features impressive practice areas to help beginning golfers improve their game. Overall, this place is a great facility for golfers of all ability levels. For tee times, you can call the Pro Shop at (562) 430-5411, or visit GOLFZING.com.


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