Arnold Palmer's Passion with California Splendor - 18 Hole Championship Course - Par 72 "The design features four lakes that come into play on six of the 18 holes and greens that are protected by different and unique fingered bunkers. I feel that the course will provide an exciting golfing experience." Arnold Palmer The San Gabriel Mountains are the backdrop for a spectacular golf experience. The 6,923-yard, par 72 layout of the Empire Lakes Golf Course offers golfers one of the most scenic challenges in Southern California. Arnold Palmer broke new ground in course design with undulating fairways, fingered bunkers and hazardous foothill washes.