Designed by James Wilfred "Jimmy" Hines, this club-style course is regarded as one of the finest and most challenging golf courses in Southern California. The course begins with a massive 567-yard uphill par-five which is flanked by bunkers and a scenic creek. Once players reach the green, the real fun begins as the green is a very large two-tiered green making a two-putt very difficult. The finishing 18th hole requires a straight tee shot to avoid the lake on the left. The second shot will likely require the player to either draw or fade the ball to avoid a beautiful strategically placed pine tree which looms in the middle of the fairway. In between the 1st and the 18th holes are tight par fours, lengthy par threes and a reachable par five requiring players to use every club in their bag. The combination of hazards and undulating terrain gives the course a 71.5 rating with a slope of 136.
Landscape Enhancement Project:
FHCC is doing its part to help protect the Earth's most precious resource, water. Our landscape project last year resulted in a removal of 19 acres of turfgrass (18.5%) of our managed area which now results in approximately 13% less water usage.
Other things that we do on the property to help conserve and be an efficient user of water include:
· Deficit irrigation – not replacing all of the water lost to evaporation, but only 60-80% of it.
· Soil moisture monitoring to be sure we know how much moisture is available in the soil.
· Weather monitoring from both an on-site weather station as well as other local data sources in order to be prepared for upcoming temperature or humidity changes.
· System checks- checking each individual sprinkler on the golf course for proper adjustment and functionality. This is done 2-4 times per year.
· Hand watering of isolated dry areas – much more efficient use of water than relying on larger sprinklers that may end up over irrigating other adjacent areas.
· Use of wetting agents – compounds that allow water to both enter the soil more easily as well as help the soil to retain moisture, thus reducing the need for additional irrigation.
· Cultural practices – all of the aforementioned procedures would not be nearly as beneficial without a strong program of cultural practices in place. These include vertical mowing, topdressing, solid tine venting, hollow tine core aeration and sand injection.
Since the course opened in 1967, Friendly Hills Country Club has hosted many qualifying tournaments for the SCGA Amateur, Mid-Amateur, the US Amateur and the US Open.
Today's golfers play the same fairways that have challenged US Open Champions Scott Simpson, Jerry Pate, Lee Janzen, Curtis Strange and Tom Kite along with British Open Champion Bill Rogers and PGA Champion Bob Tway.
Friendly Hills Country Club is the proud home course for Eric Meeks, the 1988 US Amateur Champion. USC star Jordon Nasser, who literally grew up playing on the course at Friendly Hills, claimed the 95th California Amateur Championship in 2006.