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5001 Deukmejian Dr
Long Beach, CA  90804-4311
United States
P: (562) 494-5000
F: (562) 986-9965
Big Rec Course

18 hole regulation length course

Municipal golf course

72 par | 6,317 yards | 112 slope

69.0 rating | Other grass

Big Rec Golf Course

The 18-hole "Big Rec" course at the Recreation Park Golf Course 18 facility in Long Beach, California features 6,317 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72.The course rating is 69.0 and it has a slope rating of 112 on Other grass. Designed by William F. Bell, ASGCA, the Big Rec golf course opened in 1943. American Golf Corporation manages this facility, with Anthony G. Zeimet as the General Manager.

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Reviewed July 19, 2016

Reviewed December 09, 2010

Played "Big Rec" for the first time today and shot a 110. Got 4 bogeys, and the rest were 6s 7s and a couple 8s. That's kind of a high score for me, I usually shoot about 100 on a Par 71 course. Anyways, I like this course. Very pretty, rolling hills (I walked) course is in good shape, good pace of play (played 18 in 4.0 hours) I walked on standby, and I only had to wait about 5 minutes. I played on a Thursday and tee'd off at 10:30am. Got paired with two older gents who were great guys. I'm 50 years old. This is one of the better public courses I've played, and I've played a few. I will definitely come back!

Reviewed January 24, 2010

I don't know why anyone likes this course. If you're not getting the resident rate don't waste your time. It's not in good shape. It's not pretty. I've heard that they host more rounds of golf here than anywhere else in the country. That's not a good thing. Bring a lawn chair with you. If you can play for $10 then I guess I understand.

Reviewed July 27, 2009

Reviewed May 19, 2009

Reviewed November 01, 2008

Reviewed July 10, 2008

Like all the other comments, this was a very overcrowded course. I enjoyed the first 6 holes till we hit the snack shop then we had to wait for 3 groups to tee off. Might be worth playing if you're a resident and get the discount and don't mind being out on a course for 5+ hours.

Reviewed May 08, 2008

Reviewed January 01, 2008

At the 5th hole the carts lined up FIVE DEEP. We waited a good 45 minutes to tee off. I won't be back.

Reviewed December 11, 2007

Slow play and alot of seniors and hackers. Do not play on the weekend unless you like to wait on every hole. Except 5 hr plus play.

Reviewed July 30, 2007

I try to play weekday evenings to avoid the slow play, even then it is hit or miss. Twlight is only 12.50 for residents. Greens are fair, some challenging holes on front 9. You can get 10-14 holes finished if you teeoff around 5:15. Otherwise your best bet is dawn patrol to avoid the crowds. Good people (in life, and usually golf) play here!

Reviewed June 15, 2007

Some interesting holes, but VERY slow play

I've played this course a lot, but rarely do any more. There are some interesting and challenging holes -- 6,7 and 8 are a good run, and 10 is very pretty -- but pace of play here, especially on weekends, can be unbelievably slow. Fivesomes are standard procedure and a 6-hour round on a Saturday is not unusual. I've seen 3+ hours to make the turn on several occasions.

Reviewed November 03, 2006

Good layout, Some Challenge, Basic Maintenance

Some long par 4s in the front nine. Lots of changes in elevation. Fair greens.


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  • Overall
  • Latest Scores
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Dino M. 29 48 19 04/06/10
2 Michael M. 30 52 22 04/10/10
3 Michael K. 23 46 23 11/23/08
4 Michael K. 22 46 24 12/21/08
5 Dino M. 29 54 25 04/05/10
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
179 Pablo G. 16 98 80 05/18/18
95 Pablo G. 17 92 75 12/09/17
38 Jeff N. 10 82 72 11/28/16
111 Jeff N. 8 84 76 09/21/16
67 A E. 20 94 74 07/18/16

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About Recreation Park Golf Course 18, Big Rec

Recreation Park Golf Course 18

Golf Only facility

Managed by American Golf Corporation

17 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Anthony G. Zeimet, General Manager
Tim Johnson, PGA, Golf Professional
Shawn Dennin, Superintendent
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