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Played here 1/19/19 with a 7:35 am tee time with a friend. We got paired up with 2 others. First off, course was way too wet still and very muddy. We found ourselves tip toeing through the fairways so we wouldnt sink in the mud. Give this course at least a week to dry out a bit. Pace of play was slow at 5 hours. Mainly because the two men we were paired up with were extremely slow golfers. Luckily the group behind us were walkers so we didnt get pushed. Greens are perfect here! Best part of the course. Tee boxes were in great condition and level! Fairways were green but like i said had a lot of mud and patchiness to them. Rough was basically non existent, you're either on grass in the fairway or clovers and sticks in the rough. Water was clean, saw the cart girl once. Staff was friendly and paid $50.35 for the green fee. Overall it's a good rate and a good course. People do need to start repairing their ball marks on the greens. My friend and I fixed 19 of them in 18 holes!
7 Likes.
Had the great pleasure to play here 1/20/19. Once the sun broke through weather was normal Ojai great. Tees can be a little unlevel and thin, but thats why you put it on a tee.
Fairways were a little muddy not much roll if any, but otherwise in very good winter shape.
Rough was short but still wet and sticky. It did affect your game a little. Sand is awesome.
I was in one and it hit the face and buried. That means they have quite a bit of sand in them lol. The greens are darn near perfect. Little soft from rains but quite fast and well
maintained. If you have never been here before go go now. This course has a little bit of everything. Good layout tremendous greens that are a blast to pay. It has great weather beautiful views and very friendly people.
6 Likes.
Played mid morning on the threat of rain but weather held out and it was actually warm out for most of the round. Wind came up the last few holes to cool things off. Course was almost completely empty. There were only a 2-3 other groups out. Greens were in fantastic shape. Early greens were a bit damp from recent rain but they dried out about 5 holes in and started rolling at a medium-fast pace. As I mentioned before, greens at Hunter have modest slope with predictable breaks. A good test of skills but nothing to overwhelm a seasoned golfer.

Tee boxes were level and lush. Fairways were average. A few thin/wet areas along with some dormant grass throughout but decent lies for the most part. Sand traps have nice sand in them (or at least the one trap I was in did).

Hunter Ranch is always a fun track. It offers numerous elevation changes throughout with forced carries over water and gullies mixed in for add enjoyment. Weekend prices are a little pricey but that's the nature of the beast.
5 Likes.
Got back out here on Friday after 4 days of solid rain. The course is in much better shape than in the fall. Overseeding has taken and the rough is very even although not too penalizing. The fairways are much improved but are not cut very short right now, possibly due to how wet the course still is. Some fairways on the front nine look like they had massive amounts of sodding done and it still isnt fully taking, although overall not bad. The greens are the highlight of the course and although a little soft, were rolling smoothly and probably around an 11. The new holes arent draining well and the fairways were soaked, in addition one of the holes doesnt have any cart path and the turf was getting torn up in certain spots. If you dont mind driving the course is worth playing right now, but in another week or two with some sun to dry it out it will be even better.
8 Likes.
I played this morning with Meetup.com/LAGolfGroup. There is a new guy running this Meetup.com group. It's not the same vibe as before, when Tony ran it, but I guess things have to change. Oh well.

Elkins is in great winter shape right now. True, there were a couple of tight, thin lies in the fairways. Last week's rain really made this course fairly wet; no mud holes but the dampness did seem to deaden any run out.

Greens: They are as good as I can remember. In my recollection, they did have fungus problems in the past during the winter months; however, today the greens looked almost immaculate. Medium fast, smooth, and no real ball mark issues. Great surfaces to putt and They did hold any well-struck shot.

Fairways: They are not as dormant as I would expect (it's almost all kikuyu grass and Bermuda grass here). Tight lies here and there. I wanted more run out as I hit mostly low shots with my driver, but things seemed a little slower than normal. I suspect all the recent rain has a lot to do with this.

Rough: Kikuyu, Bermuda, and some various fescue grasses. It's mowed to about an inch and three quarters, so not too deep. It could get penal if your ball settles down into it though. Did I mention those little white flowers from the clover? Yeah, those are back. Keep an eye on your ball and it should be easy enough to find.

Bunkers: Plenty of good light colored sand. Hole 10 greenside bunker was not raked by a previous player, though. No worries, I got it. Zen garden baby!

Tees: Hole 11 was being rebuilt/re-sodded. It's going to be fine; for now enjoy the 115 yard shot to the green.

Pace of play: Not bad for a Sunday, much less any day on this course. I walked it in 4:09. We had a great pace all day and our threesome had some issues here and there, but we kept within a half hole of the group ahead.

Price: Here's the gotcha. They ask (and get) $43 to walk on a weekend/holiday; it's $60 to ride (ouch).

All in all, I like this course. It's not far from where I live (25 miles) and it feels like the country (because it is). It appears they are putting the greens fees back into the course and that's always good. I would like to see this course continue to succeed with their maintenance, because it does look and play really nice right now. It can only get better as the weather warms up. I'll be back.
7 Likes.
Played this in December on the last day of our trip after driving back from Scottsdale. It is a solid and interesting course, quite flat with some gentle undulations through the round. It was very dry overall but the greens were superb although quite hard to read. Strategy wise I found it challenging with a number of options on most holes. For a short driver like me the carries were manageable and the fairways wide enough in most cases. And also a few elevated tee boxes which is always a good feature. Bunkers were OK especially the one I holed out from! Nice big spacious greens too although some were treacherous with deep bunkers lying in wait. Club house was good and pro shop seemed fine but I was in a rush to catch my plane from LAX.
7 Likes.
Out to Ojai to play Soule Park. On another miserable 75 degree so cal day. Course was packed, they were running 45 minutes behind so my 12:16 tee time turned into 1. Needless to say we didn’t finish the round before dark and we only got in 16, POP was horrific and this is why I don’t normally play the weekends. However I do like this course, greens were fantastic, tee boxes, fairways, average, rough, virtually non existent, sand excellent. I do recommend this course, just not on the weekend at 12. Actually I don’t recommend any course on the weekend at 12. We had a burger in the bar after the round which was excellent. Customer service on all levels was excellent.
7 Likes.
Finally after almost a week, the South course was reopened. (Cart path only) I always walk so does not impact me, but unlike the North course, fairways were very wet ! No casual or standing water, but still really wet.

The greens probably rolled as well as I have ever seen them since the course opened in 1995 (A week of no play will do that ) Bunkers, like the North are near perfect. Rebuilding all the bunkers last year turned what was always the worst feature of this course into one of the best features

Course was not very busy, I guess carts on path causes a lot of people to stay away. Looking forward to some nice sunny warm weather to dry things out so that I can get some roll again in the fairways
6 Likes.
I had been playing the North course all week, despite the rain because the South course has been closed (Cross-overs flooded) The course drains exceptionally well. Even with over inches of rain, not standing or even casual water, bunkers which were all redone two years ago showed zero sign of water)

Greens rolled well, but not very fast, in part because the mowers could not get out to cut them. Fairways for the most part are good, but the rough is terrible. Too many areas of thin/patchy grasses.

As expected the course played very long, with little or no roll out on the drives, but was just happy to be playing
6 Likes.
Got out on 1/18 on our first day of decent weather. 10 am, 4:40 POP. It was walking only which made for a very relaxing day, some of the older gentlemen who normally ride had to walk and were pretty slow.

I will only comment on conditions that weren't overly effected by the rain as nothing has been cut in what seems like forever. The tee boxes on the par 4 and 5's were in good shape and largely level. Par 3 boxes are pretty chewed up. The fairways had very good coverage with minimal poor areas to hit from. the rough was thick and wet but wasn't too tough to hit out of. I wasn't in a bunker but they didn't look as bad as expected after the rains. The greens were very soft and very slow. I understand they haven't been cut in a while and probable won't be for a while longer. They rolled quite well (I'm guessing from the limited play over the past couple weeks), but were the slowest greens I've ever seen. Was difficult to adjust to, anything uphill really felt like you just had to hammer the ball. The greens were firm enough to not swallow any balls and could get some decent spin to react on them.

There's a new woman working at the check in who was quite nice but there is no on course service outside of a snack shop that also has a very nice woman working there.

Overall, considering the weather we've had, the course played fine enough to enjoy my round without getting too muddy. It was nice and quiet with no carts and made for a great atmosphere. Again, because of the weather impact I will not submit a detailed review as it would be unfair to rate under these conditions. It's my home course so I will definitely be back to play again soon.
7 Likes.
Finally the sun comes out after a week of rain. Decided to play knowing that the course would be cart path only. POP was at about 4.5 hours but this was due to the restrictions. Course was saturated from the rain and the balls would stick where they landed, not that much roll. The greens rolled very slow and were extremely soft, understandable due to all the moisture.

Bunkers did have standing water and we adopted the rule of pick, clean and place. Conditions should be very good next week when it dries up a little. Great staff and fun play.
7 Likes.
Played this morning in 2.5 H. Cart path only for those using a cart. But the course came through the storm very well. They even were able to mow the greens this morning and they putted just fine. Of course, the fairways were wet, but not that bad. Played LCP and was able to play the round w/o issue. Sand traps (not all) had standing water and they were pumping the water out. Not that it will make much difference w/o enough sand? Customer service excellent at all levels. Would expect dry conditions by Monday and on.
9 Likes.
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