Trona sits at the base of an alluvial fan that extends down from the Western slope of the Panamint Mountains. It's on the edge of a dry lakebed and desert Southeast of Lone Pine.
This nine hole course is very unique in that non-members may play all day for a minimal fee. There is no one operating the pro shop. Golfers are trusted to pay the green fees on the honor system. The greens are small in comparison to other courses. There is no grass on the fairways. Golfers are allowed to tee up fairway shots, and they are also permitted to bring grass mats to save wear and tear on their clubs. The course is maintained strictly by volunteers. Originally this desert course was developed as a recreational outlet for company workers who lived and worked in the town. The greens were once sand mixed with oil, but in 1981 they converted to grass by sodding to protect the environment. There is an additional set of tees that can be used when playing an eighteen hole round.