Angeles National Golf Club, a course situated just east of Highway 405 in Sunland, California, is something of a hidden gem in the San Fernando Valley. This desert links-style layout, built by Nicklaus Design group, has received raves from the likes of Will Ferrell and Don Cheadle. The course sits at the edge of the Angeles National Forest. This is a tough test that is enjoyed by skilled players and those who relish playing in a dramatic, natural setting free from housing and other city distractions. Though Angeles National Golf Club is rather flat, the surrounding mountains present a sublime backdrop in the distance. The setting is especially attractive in the late afternoon--chances are you ll be reaching for your cell phone to snap a few photos during the round. A couple of lakes come into play and a creek twists through the routing. The fairways at Angeles National Golf Club are somewhat tight. Some 54 bunkers also dot the playing field. Since balls tend to run out quite far on the firm fairway turf, any shot struck slightly askew is in danger of trailing off into the inhospitable desert. Your prospects are often grim if your ball leaves the maintained turf. Angeles National Golf Club has four sets of tee markers. Choosing the correct distance is crucial to your enjoyment as the layout stretches from 4,899 to 7,141 yards. Nicklaus Design laid out a number of fascinating and tough holes here. The 2nd hole is a long, double-dogleg par 5. A lake threatens the swing on the two finishing holes. When you get to the greens you ll find bentgrass putting surfaces that roll true and are considered a strength of the course. Angeles National Golf Club is known for its conditioning. The club boasts excellent practice facilities (driving range, putting green, chipping area) and a strong professional staff. Though it is not one of the better known courses in Los Angeles County, Angeles National Golf Club is a favorite among players who enjoy a tough challenge while basking in a stunning, pure desert setting.