Recreation Park 18-Hole Golf Course

REC_PARK_18_100_yr_logoRecreation Park 18-hole Golf Course
5001 E. Deukmejian Road.
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 494-5000

Recreation Park 18-hole Golf Course, commonly referred to as “Big Rec” or simply “The Park”, was the original site of the Virginia CC, and was built in 1910, by Colonel Charles Rivers Drake. While private, 15 memberships were reserved for guests of his Virginia Hotel on the downtown waterfront in Long Beach, which was named after his daughter Virginia. Hotel guests could take a train to Zaferia Junction (now rememberd by the Plaza Zaferia Park at Redondo and PCH) and then take a horse and buggy down the dirt road, which is now Anaheim to the course. When Virginia CC’s members bought the land for the current site of the club from the railroads, the City took over the lease in 1921 and eventually bought the land outright.

Big Rec is one of the busiest courses in the United States, averaging nearly 120,000 rounds of golf per year. It is not considered long by today’s standards, stretching to barely over 6,300 yards from the tips, but the hilly terrain and exceptionally manicured and lightning-fast greens offer golfers a great challenge.

PGA Tour members Paul Goydos and John Merrick both grew up at The Park, and the course was featured in John Feinsteins’ book A Good Walk Spoiled, which had a chapter on Goydos.

Along with a night-lighted driving range and excellent chipping and putting greens, the course offers a restaurant, which serves a full breakfast and lunch menu and banquets held in the Historical Landmark Clubhouse can accommodate 150 guests.

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Rec Park 18 Course Details:

Total Holes: 18
Par: 72

Tee Yardage Rating Slope Par
Back Blue 6,405 70.3 118 72
Middle White 6,155 69.3 112 72
Front Silver 5,930 73.6 125 73

Designer: William Bell
Year Opened: 1910
Tees (Grass Type): Kikuyu / Rye
Fairways (Grass Type): Kikuyu
Greens (Grass Type): Poa Annual

Rec Park 18 Amenities:

  • Driving Range: Fully lit practice facility, open from sun-up to 9:00 PM daily.
  • Pro Shop: Fully stocked with the latest in golf apparel and equipment. Open one hour before sunlight and closes one hour after sunset.
  • Cart Rental: All electric carts feature state-of-the-art GPS for accurate yardage.
  • Chipping Green(s): Multiple practice greens to hone your short game skills.
  • Practice Bunker(s): Both short and long range bunker shots available from our multiple practice bunkers.
  • Pull Cart: Available upon request.
  • Putting Green(s): Two oversized practice greens. Perfect for warming up your putter and your stroke.
  • Onsite Pro: Staffed with two Class A PGA Teaching Professionals. Individual and group lessons available.
  • Restaurant: Large menu options and friendly service for breakfast and lunch. Comfortable seating and cozy bar convenient for watching the big game or the final round on the two large screen Hi-Def televisions.
  • Snack Bar: Conveniently located on the 8th and 12th holes. Perfect location for ice cold drinks, alcoholic beverages or BBQ meal.