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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Meet the “Morning Crowd” at the Los Feliz golf course

Photo by Cameron Parkins/Flickr

The Los Feliz Muncipal Golf Course,  which is located off Los Feliz Boulevard in Atwater Village, is  perhaps best known for scenes of the course that appeared in the 1996 film “Swingers.”  Who plays at the Los Feliz 3 Par?  In a story for SB Nation, writer Rick Paulas provides a  look into the golf course regulars,  including Edward Jaan.  Says Paulas:

Jaan’s a member of the unofficially-named Morning Crowd, an ever-changing collection of men between the ages of 33 to 78 who meet at the course a tad before 9:30 every morning. Now mostly-retired, their jobs range/ed from hairdresser to acting teacher to maintenance worker at a local cemetery to track coach to, of course, independent movie producer. Sometimes, it’s four that show up. Sometimes, 10. Jaan, himself one of the younger in the bunch at 60, shows up about two or three times a week to get his swings in. But many are there every morning, clubs in hand, cigarettes on lips, ready to play the course for $4 ($5.50 if you’re not yet a senior), before forking $2 more to the L.A. Parks Department to play “the back nine,” a fancy way of saying they play the whole thing again.

Paulas, who describes the course next to the Los Angeles River as one of  those “perfect L.A. places, plays at the Los Feliz Par 3 about a half-dozen times a year. “It’s role as a casual and cheap past time for the various struggling actors/comedians/non-9-to-5ers that L.A. is full of is what prompted me to try to write something about it.”

5 comments

  1. Great place to work on your short game or take an interested beginner. Leave the bag at home though, you’ll only need a putter, pitching wedge and maybe a nine iron!

  2. Now you need to do a follow-up piece on the Midnighters who play rounds there in the wee hours with glow-in-the-dark golfballs.

  3. Hey Will,

    Mind shooting me an email about that, actually? rickpaulas@gmail.com

    Rick

  4. To me, this place is everything that’s fun about golf–walking with a friend on freshly mowed grass–with none of the B.S. of a typical course. Finish it with an omelette and a cup of coffee at the coffee shop and, well, life is good.

  5. I used to live on Shannon Road in Los Feliz. Now I live in Venice, Italy. I spent many mornings playing on that golf course, which really is one those “perfect L.A. places.” Thanks for the memory.

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