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Ginella: Favorite golf courses in Southern California

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With Riviera Country Club serving as the host of the Northern Trust Open, travel expert Matt Ginella serves up his favorite public courses in Southern California, including both affordable municipal courses and high-end resort courses.

Video: Ginella's favorite Southern California Golf Courses

Ginella's ranks these golf courses as his favorites in the area for the budget-conscious player: 

Rancho Park Golf Course

Rustic Canyon Golf Club

Recreation Park American Golf Club

For a more luxurious golf experience, Ginella serves up these options in Orange County:

Pelican Hill Golf Club (North and South)

Monarch Beach Golf Links

Meanwhile, GolfChannel.com's Jason Deegan tells the story of another SoCal resort, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. This historic resort was designed by the same architect as Riviera C.C., George C. Thomas. A big difference, however, is that Ojai is a remote escape in the mountains near Los Angeles and can be played by the public for under $100.