Course Review: Heartwell Golf Course

Course Review: Heartwell Golf Course

Heartwell Golf Course in Long Beach is a well-manicured par three course. This lighted, par 54 test affords one the opportunity to play until 10 pm or so. The practice area includes a lighted driving range and two practice greens for chipping and putting. Not every par three course gets the TLC needed so that you can adequately gauge your short game. However, at Heartwell the greens are typically in great shape.

About the Course

Course architect William F. Bell wisely left the water hazards for late in the round. A large pond runs up the right side of the 18th. Tee shots that are a little short and right are going to get wet. If you empty your bag of any remaining golf balls on the last hole, it won’t do too much damage.

Course Features

Holes 3, 11, 12, and 14 are very short three pars between 85 and 103 yards long. The other 14 holes are longer, measuring between 118 and 140 yards. These holes are long enough to allow most golfers to go at them with full irons. A premium is placed on accuracy thanks to the smallish greens. You should leave Heartwell Golf Course with your nine iron and wedges performing better.


Heartwell opened almost 50 years ago, in 1964. The trees are varied and tall. Weeping willows mix with pines and other trees to confound the errant shot. Over the years many children and other beginning golfers have learned about the game on these links.

There’s a rumor that a quarter century ago a super-talented ten year old shot a par 54 here. He had already played Heartwell for six years at that point. They say his name was Eldrick. More knew him by his nickname, ‘Tiger.’ Teach your kids to play here and inspire them with stories of how another young golfer once journeyed from Heartwell Golf Course to the number one position in the World Golf rankings.

Play Late Nights

Many golfers that play here appreciate the fact that they can play a round here in only two or three hours. With the lighted course open until 10 pm, one can come home from work, have dinner, and still be able to fit 18 holes in. Yes, the course is lighted, but a glow-in-the-dark ball can help you to get around Heartwell more easily after dusk.

The restaurant offers both breakfast and lunch. Many stop by for a meal whether or not they are playing the course that day. The Heartwell facility is a fun, relaxing place to learn the game or to hang out with good friends.

WOW! A California golf experience has always been a personal favorite for me. This is why I created this quick review on Heartwell Golf Course. Please leave me a comment on some of your best experience.

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