The stars – and regular folk – come out and shine at DeBell Golf Course!
Our municipal course is in a moderate suburb of Los Angeles, specifically in one of the media/entertainment industry hubs, so we see a broad range of clientele — pretty much the entire spectrum here.
The 18-hole "De Bell" course at the DeBell Golf Course facility in Burbank, California features 5,633 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 68.8 and it has a slope rating of 114 on Kikuyu grass. Designed by William F. Bell, ASGCA/William H. Johnson, ASGCA/(R) Richard Bigler, the De Bell golf course opened in 1958.
The De Bell Golf Club, located in Burbank, CA boasts two well-maintained courses. Both the 18-hole regulation course and the Par-3 ensure an enjoyable round for every level golfer. Golflink.com named De Bell Golf Club "The best bargain for top course."
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Get a quick tutorial from the folks who know DeBell best.
If anyone can give you tips on a course, it’s the people who work the course.
Here are a few thoughts on DeBell from the “guys on the ground.”
DeBell is located in the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains, so the terrain of the course is “mountainous, hilly, uneven, narrow and universally unforgiving.” The greens here have a subtle way of making golfers misread them. They are very well kept, they roll true to the putt, they are among the faster greens in the area — and they undulate like nobody’s business! A local anecdote from the majority of golfers/employees is that “all the greens break toward Burbank. “
What kind of grass on fairways and greens?
Kikuyu/Bermuda, Poa Annua/ Bentgrass
What kind of condition is the course in at different times during the year?
At different times of year the course gets a darker or lighter shade of green. In the winter months, the Bermuda goes dormant and turns light brown. In the summer months, the turf tends to green up unless the temperatures stay in the high 80s to mid 90s for an extended period of time.
How do you recommend the first hole should be played?
The first hole is a downhill Par 5 that doglegs sharply to the left after about 250 yards. It’s recommended that you hit a reliable fairway wood or long iron off the tee and not try to go for the green in two shots. Surrounding the green is a lateral hazard, out of bounds, and two bunkers. In truth, for the average golfer, three smooth six-iron shots would be perfect.
What is the best par 5 on the course?
Hole 13. The tee box is the one of the two highest elevated points on the golf course. So right off the bat, the views are great! If a golfer of any ability gets hold of a good drive, this hole immediately becomes a Par 4 ½. It’s a soft dog leg left with Barranca (lateral hazard) up the entire right side and out of bounds down the entire left side. The hole, especially the tee shot, plays downhill and the green is rather large with a severe drop off in the front and bunkers protecting its front-left and back sides. The pin is often in a favorable valley in the front of the green, this is a great hole to get a stroke back.
Hole 6 has the most hole-in-ones as it’s the only Par 3 on the course that plays less than 168 yards (from the Men’s Blue Tees). It’s also the flattest Par 3 on the course as far as tee shots and putts are concerned. Many golfers and DeBellions will tell you that the best Par 3 is our signature hole, Hole 12. The tee shot is completely blind, downhill and plays about 180 yards just barely around the corner of a mountain (right to left). Upon finishing the hole, golfers are asked to ring “De Bell” before driving away in their carts to alert the group behind them that it is safe to hit. It is for obvious reasons known as “The Bell Hole.” Somehow this sarcastic slice of golf paradise managed to become the easiest rated hole on our course. Who knew?
What is the toughest hole on the golf course?
It’s Hole 8. Not only is it the longest Par 5 on the course, the shot begs for a fade or a cut, but the fairway is going to kick every ball hard to the left upon landing. The entire hole is pretty much in the shape of a lowercase “c” with out of bounds on both sides and many players lose their balls in the side of the mountain trying to cut off the corner. Even two perfect shots still leave you in front of one of the most intimidating greens on the course for both approaches and putts. If you do nothing else all day, STAY BELOW THE HOLE on this green.
What is the most difficult green on the golf course?
There are several greens on the course that match this description. “Most difficult”
Due to extreme undulation, Hole 11 cannot sport a middle or white pin location. For the same reasons, Hole 15 cannot sport a front or red pin location. Holes 8, 9, 11, 17 and 18 all slope severely. Hole Four seems as flat as any green on the course, yet when you putt on it, you could swear that you’re on hole 8, 9, 11, 17 or 18. There are many challenging greens on this course, but as far as overall approach shots and overall putting, it probably doesn’t get tougher than Hole 8.
On the finishing holes (16, 17 and 18): Is this a chance to salvage the round?
Hole 16 is a chance to get one back before it’s too late. Hole 17 is a test of whether or not you can keep the one you just got back on Hole 16. Hole 18 is a beautiful finishing hole that’s rich in local history and ideal for watching from the patio at The Canyon Grille. To our most frequent and devoted golfers, these are three really fun holes because wherever your bets stand when you tee off on Hole 15 is not usually how they finish when you putt out on 18.
What is your “Signature” hole?
If Hole 8 isn’t our signature hole then Hole 12 has to be.
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