Golfers love California for its pristine weather, breathtaking landscapes and unique challenges. From desert mountains to forests and coastlines, the state has a golf course for every player. With over 900 courses to choose from, golfers have a wide variety of scenic settings to enjoy the game.

The County of Los Angeles owns the nation’s largest and busiest public golf course system, comprising 20 courses at 18 different sites in a range of beautiful settings from foothills to ocean overlooks. Managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation, these courses offer affordable greens fees to the general public; discount programs for seniors and juniors; and a popular junior golf camp program. The golf course system also supports local economies through its ancillary businesses such as food carts, beverage carts and merchandise.

Some of the most iconic golf courses in California are located in Southern California. Torrey Pines, Los Angeles Country Club, Riviera Country Club and Sandpiper Golf Course all have a coastal setting that provides golfers with a picturesque backdrop to their rounds. The famed Pebble Beach Golf Links, Cypress Point and Spyglass Hill are other must-visit iconic golf courses in the region.

But is tearing up these golf courses and replacing them with housing really the best way to fight climate change? In the short term, it won’t do much to reduce carbon emissions in Los Angeles or anywhere else. And it would be extremely difficult to justify the loss of a recreational facility that provides jobs, recreation and economic opportunity to hundreds of local residents.