California Golf Courses - UCLAs Best in State


Derek Freeman

A former all-conference golfer at Oklahoma, Derek Freeman has been head mens golf coach at UCLA since 2007. His first season couldnt have gone any better; the Bruins captured their first National Championship since 1988. Freeman took over the program after spending one season as an assistant. His coaching experience includes stints at Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University. Freeman also enjoyed success as a student-athlete, earning all-conference honors for academics and athletics.


No. 5
Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Pebble Beach, Calif.
Year opened: 1919
Course type: Public
Architect: Jack Neville/Douglas Grant (Redesigned by Jack Nicklaus)
Price: $450
Freemans take: What else needs to be said?
No. 4
Los Angeles Country Club
Los Angeles Country Club
Los Angeles, Calif.
Year opened: 1897
Course type: Private
Architect: George C. Thomas Jr.
Freemans take: Its right in the middle of the action!
No. 3
Torrey Pines
Torrey Pines South Course
Torrey Pines, Calif.
Year opened: 1957
Course type: Public
Price: $163
Architect: William F. Bell/David Rainville/Stephen Halsey/Jack Daray, Jr.
Freemans take: You just can't beat the view.

No. 2
The Olympic Club
The Olympic Club
San Francisco, Calif.
Year opened: 1924
Course type: Private
Architect: Wilfrid A. Reid/Robert Trent Jones
Freemans take: Very demanding. They also have excellent hamburgers at the turn.

No. 1
Bel-Air Country Club
Bel-Air Country Club
Los Angeles, Calif.
Year opened: 1926
Course type: Private
Architect: William P. Bell/Thomas Neville
Freemans take: Its my absolute favorite. Very challenging in every aspect of the game. Its very tight off the tee. It has some long holes and some short holes giving you a wonderful variety. The greens are very quick and you have to hit it in the correct area. Also, you have a great view of the ocean on the first tee!

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