The shack in the parking area is the office for the course
The shack in the parking area is the office for the course

On the corner of Victory and Ontario stands the City’s Northwest Park. On this pleasant site is located the Burbank Fire Training center, Northwest Library, Roller Hockey Rink and a full size baseball diamond.

However originally this was a Par 3 golf course back in the 50’s & 60’s. It was owned by the Arnold family and Mr Arnold was the principal of Miller Elementary school.

I was a student at Miller in 1967 when I did something good and Mr Arnold said I and my Father could come and play a round on him. I forgot what I did to get this privilege but I do remember that day real well. My father and I had a great time as we always played miniature golf at the 2 places on Magnolia, but never played on a large grass course like this one!

To me it seemed like the place was huge but as you can see from the photos that it was not all that big like De Bell golf course is.

Over the years we continued to play there until the City of Burbank decided they could put the land to better use. But I will always have fond memories of that golf course.

The photos attached are the only ones we know of that course. If you have any please share them. Also mentioned are the two Miniature Golf courses that were on Magnolia there are no pictures of those at all. Once again if you have some photos share them so we can have a flashback look at them!

The course can be seen at the bottom in this view



From the Authors who brought you “Lost Burbank” & “Growing Up In Burbank” Comes the third exciting installment of the Burbank Trilogy…

                “True Tales From Burbank”  

Stories from Los Angeles’s most surprising suburb!

 Home to the likes of Disney and Warner Bros., Burbank has a fascinating history beyond the glitz and glamor of its entertainment industry. Discover the true story behind the mysterious Night Riders and how the Druids came to visit. Learn about the plans to film biblical epics in town and the how the Crank Conventions came to be. Delve into tales of rodeo queens, Hollywood stars, Mouseketeers and a flying lion cub. Wesley H. Clark and Michael B. McDaniel, take you on a surprising and whimsical tour of the people, places and events of this historic San Fernando Valley city.

Wes and Mike will be in town October 10 through the 16.

Book signings will be at Auto Books on Magnolia Oct 13th from 9 am to noon.

Bell Cottage on Magnolia Day TBA.

All new slide presentations will be at The Burbank Historical Society Saturday Oct 13th at 2 pm and The Buena Vista Library Oct. 16 at 7pm! Watch for more dates and times! Books will available for purchase and signing! Don’t miss the True Tales Burbank Tour!


Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael McDaniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

and their new book, Growing Up in Burbank, just out!!

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