Our History

History of Chester Washington Golf Club

Chester Washington Golf Course, formerly Western Avenue Golf Course, has been an icon of the Los Angeles golfing community for over 65 years. In 1953 when the course was opened to the public, the club of record was a rather exclusive group. Over the years, Chester Washington Golf Club has become the pride of our community. The home of the Original Gardena Open by 1963 legends like Charlie Sifford, Bill Spillar, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Teddy Rhodes, began playing CW their favorite LA 'spot'.

By 1973, Pros like Calvin Peete & Jim Dent were frequent visitors. In 1983, even little Tiger Woods had played on our unpredictable greens. Modern day heroes like Jerry 'Mouse' Bruner, Frank Snow, Al Duhon, Freddie Carter, and Mike Williams (who holds the course record) can also be credited with making Chester Washington what it is today.

In 1993, American Golf Corporation in part-nership with CW Partners, added another chapter into our rich history. At our peak, under the leadership of President Hattie Harris, we boasted a membership of nearly 300 and we continue to nurture and produce some of the finest golfers anywhere!

It is in this 66th year tradition of achievement that we honor those who demonstrate the kind of sportsmanship, commitment, professionalism and love that has kept CHESTER WASHINGTON GOLF CLUB the best public golf club around!