Penmar Municipal Golf Course in Venice, California is a typical 9-hole muni golf facility. Which means you need to leave your attitude and your matching set of headcovers in the trunk and go soak in a day of unvarnished golf. Since we all have walked this public course path at some point in our personal golf journey it is refreshing to do it again to remind ourselves that the game at it’s simplest is just pure enjoyment without pretension.
The course itself is an effortless level walk on well grassed corridor fairways between stands of mature trees. No significant elevation changes, few bunkers, and no water in play outside of the spill of the drinking fountains. Soft lush greens that stimp at about 5.6 but putt very true if you have enough pop in the stroke.
Local advice is carry an extra ball in your pocket….not for a mulligan but to protect your golf bag from the gnawing intrusions of the indigenous squirrel population who apparently think Sun Mountain is McDonalds.
For me it was a delightful walk with a couple of chem professors and a public art teacher/mountain climber. No style points for swings, equipment, or fashion….just golf for golf sake. We played fast, kept it in front of us, putted everything out, and had lots of golf hubris to share.
When it is over there is modest facility for after game posting your score, settling the scores, or creating other scores to settle. Some serious big fish stories are hatched here.
Penmar Municipal Golf Course is a piece of golf Americana pure and simple. From time to time all golfers need a strong dose of this to remind them that golf at it’s essence is not about grinding on handicaps and winning tournaments….it is about taking an unpretentious walk with friends and sharing a few exaggerated tales.
Moegolf Reader Muni Memories:
Cantiague Park, Hicksville, NY…Eisenhower Park, Long Island, NY…Needwood, Derwood, MD…Northwest Park, Silver Spring, MD…Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C….Sligo, Silver Spring, MD…Sunken Meadow, Kings Park, NY
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