The Links at Terranea offers a singular golf experience in Southern California, set apart by lush natural terrain and dramatic vistas overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. The nine-hole, par-3, oceanfront course in Rancho Palos Verdes, California was designed by Todd Eckenrode of Origins Golf Design in Irvine, CA.
The collection of nine challenging par-3 holes masterfully routes through the natural surroundings while integrating with one another. Elevation changes, green contours, artful bunkering, and unobstructed sightlines enhance The Links’ wide range of strategic elements. Totaling approximately 1,239 yards, the course features tee placements ranging from 104 to 173 yards for an inviting short- and mid-range setup that appeals to both new and experienced golfers.
Players enjoy an expansive, multi-tiered short game practice area with chipping and putting greens, as well as private and group instruction, junior player lessons, and golf clinics led by The Links’ PGA professionals. The Golf House offers premium golf club and walking cart rentals, golf accessories, and apparel, while a relaxed outdoor seating area overlooks the surrounding scenic coastline.
Todd Eckenrode’s company, Origins Golf Design, specializes in golf course design services for new golf course designs as well as classic restorations, renovations and redesigns. Todd learned the game at Dr. Alister MacKenzie’s revered Pasatiempo Golf Course. He played collegiate golf at the University of Arizona, and U.C. Santa Barbara, followed up with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
Todd continues to play golf competitively, including events such as the U.S. Amateur, British Amateur, and U.S. Public Links (Medalist 1998) Championships. He has designed numerous award-winning golf courses over the years such as “Top 10 New Courses” by Golf Magazine, “Top 100 Modern Courses, and #4 in California – America’s Best State Rankings (Public)” by Golfweek, among others. The Origins’ team’s primary philosophy of preserving and fully integrating the natural features of the land into their designs was showcased extensively here at Terranea.