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Lakeside or Wilshire Country Club in LA


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#1 DarrenMac

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 03:19 PM

Hi guys.  I've recently moved to LA and I'm thinking about joining a country club for the first time. I've done the rounds and have whittled it down to Wilshire and Lakeside. Wilshire has a Diplomat program for people who don't know any members so no problem there but unfortunately Lakeside doesn't.  You need to know a member.  So my question comes in two parts.  Anyone out there played both the clubs and would lean towards one for a permanent memberships ? I'm in the entertainment business and I understand the majority of us lunAtics join Lakeside. And two, are there any members of Lakeside here that would like to befriend a 33 year old Scotsman so he could come check out your club. I mean I think it's only fair seeing as it's my people that invented the game :)

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 07:29 PM

I'm a member at 2 clubs in the Los Angeles area. For me, it's not even close. Lakeside would be the place for me. Wilshire is a nice place as well but from the golf perspective as well as the comraderie and banter. You just have to make sure that your drive to either club is within reason. Otherwise you won't be happy with either.

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 08:08 PM

Thanks mate. So just to confirm, golf course at Lakeside more elite but banter and comradrie better at Wilshire ? Which two clubs are you a member of? Is there another you would recommend over either of these two ?

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 08:26 PM

Banter and comraderie I think are much better at lakeside as well as a better golf course. I'm sure there will be a few that will disagree but I've played both many times and have several friends at both clubs. To be honest, It really comes down to how much you would like to fork out. Lakeside is roughly 35,000 for a full. Wilshire is much higher. They are probably over the 100 mark.

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 06:39 AM

Lakeside is the place to join but be prepared to wait to get in. If you don't already know a member, you have some work to do. You will need to network.


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 02:31 PM

Isn't Alfonso Ribeiro a member at Lakeside? Just learn how to Carlton, bring your Tom Jones tape and boom box and wait for him in the parking lot. Should go over real well.
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Posted 10 June 2015 - 02:01 AM

I'm a member at one and belong to another not mentioned
I think a few huge differences. Both are good places for sure. Shoot me an email if you want some help.

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Posted 10 June 2015 - 10:35 PM

Can't help with Lakeside, but pretty familiar with Wilshire.  Both courses are very good, Wilshire has
embarked on a huge turf removal program and the "natural" areas look pretty stark right now.  When they
fill in, the improvements throughout the course will be staggering.  
Ric Reilly is the head pro at Wilshire, and with no commentary about anybody else, he is one of the very
best club pros you could have.

I live an hour+ away, and from everything I've heard, you won't go wrong with either

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Posted 10 June 2015 - 11:50 PM

I have played Lakeside a bunch of times but never Wilshire CC. Lakeside remodeled some of the holes a year or so ago and it plays/looks great. Every time I go there the greens and course are in perfect condition. They have a nice little practice setup with a range and a short game area. Seem to always play with interesting people from the entertainment industry when I am out there and the caddies have always been real nice too. From what I have heard you will have to wait a while since they base membership off referrals and that takes some time to approve once you get one.

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 01:09 AM

Thanks for all the feedback guys. Tough choice

Edited by DarrenMac, 03 July 2015 - 11:58 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2018 - 08:03 PM

@darrenmac, what did you end up going with? anyone know if wilshire has any type of membership break / initiation reduction for members under 35?

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 08:49 PM

I used to play golf with a guy from the Somerset area (lake Cumberland) of Ky. He was a home builder and has since passed on of cancer. He graduated high school in the 1950s and moved to LA and worked for the airplane industry. He was a member of Lakeside. He told us great stories of the place, and how they had a traveling bus and a whole group of 40 or 50 golfers would travel to other clubs and play in big gambling games.  He had nothing but great things to say about Lakeside.  By the way his name was Larry and as long as I knew him, and everyone that knew him his nickname was LA.
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 12:44 AM

View Postbnr204, on 10 February 2018 - 08:03 PM, said:

@darrenmac, what did you end up going with? anyone know if wilshire has any type of membership break / initiation reduction for members under 35?

There are only a handful of clubs in the US (the old "exclusive" courses in certain towns (e.g. SFGC, Chicago Golf, NGLA, SHGC, LACC, etc) and the nationally well-known top echelon clubs (ANGC, CPC, Seminole, PV, etc) where a call to the club about membership would be given a polite brush off (with no path to success).  In all other situations, a call to the club will usually get you the information you desire.  Wilshire for sure is in that category.

It appears that the OP hasn't been on the board since mid-2017.

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 02:54 AM

View Postbnr204, on 10 February 2018 - 08:03 PM, said:

@darrenmac, what did you end up going with? anyone know if wilshire has any type of membership break / initiation reduction for members under 35?

Yes they do. You can send me an PM  on here and I can direct you/help you with any question

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Posted 11 February 2018 - 04:13 AM

Keep in mind that you have stereotypes about the membership that is well known.

Brentwood and Hillcrest are heavily Jewish traditionally.

Lakeside & Bel Air are more entertainment

Riviera is entertainment as well.

LA has non entertainment, non jewish

Wilshire is non jewish traditionally.

I don't know where you will live, but don't forget about El Caballero and Sherwood which are both in teh San Fernando Valley (Sherwood past actually).

If I had my pick it would be LACC hands down followed by Riviera closely.

1. LACC
2. Riviera
3. Bel Air
4. Lakeside
5. Sherwood
6. Hillcrest
7. El Caballero
8. Wilshire
9. Brentwood

There are other things to consider like $$$$$.  :taunt:


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Posted 11 February 2018 - 03:32 PM

View Postlacosteguy, on 11 February 2018 - 02:54 AM, said:

View Postbnr204, on 10 February 2018 - 08:03 PM, said:

@darrenmac, what did you end up going with? anyone know if wilshire has any type of membership break / initiation reduction for members under 35?

Yes they do. You can send me an PM  on here and I can direct you/help you with any question

tried PM'ing you lacoste guy and i says you aren't able to receive new messages. will try again later

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