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La Purisima is simply one of my favorite courses in Southern California. I wish it were closer, but even being about 200 miles from home, I still make certain I play there at least once a year. I never have any problem getting out early, which I attribute in large part to Stacey, who is fantastic! Always provides perfect customer service !

I am hesitant to be critical about anything on this course, but the fairways had a lot of bare spots, I mean a lot of them. Those areas which had grass were fine, but there was a 50/50 chance you would not find grass on some holes. Greens were great. Smooth and reasonably quick. Quite a few tee boxes were not level, not even close.

However when you love a course, the scenery, the staff, and just the general ambiance, you finish your round and wish you could go out and play it again. Wonderful time on a fabulous course. Played in 2 hours 40 min, which is a great pace for this. A perfect way to begin the day!
I had not played this course since 1992. I was able to secure a Moosegolf voucher on Ebay for $49 for two, so how could I pass it up? Plus it gives me an excuse to play La Purisima tomorrow.

When we arrived at a little after 10am, they had a small group of player filling the course from 10 to 11, but the starter allowed us to go out on the back nine, and we zipped around in just a hair over 2 1/2 hours, finally catching up to the other players on #9 (Out last hole)

The greens were excellent, although very dry. Fairways were for the most part good, with a few areas which need attention. Sand in the bunkers was "muddy" and/or hard pan. The tee boxes were very fuzzy, almost like teeing up in the rough.

I remember not being overly impressed with the course when I played it 25 years ago, and honestly, nothing has changed. It's not that there was anything wrong with the course, it just wasn't "special". Stopped over at the Ranch course after the round. That course looked much nicer! Glad I played it, but I suspect it might be 25 more years before I return.
Early morning round on the South course. Greens are healing, but probably still another week away from being good. Still bumpy at times. Fairways had a mix of green/brown areas, but very playable. Sand in the bunkers was good, and plenty of it.

Staff is always accommodating and rarely experience any problem getting out. (Having two courses helps of course) Senior rate makes it a good value. Always enjoy my round at Los Serranos. However every time I play, I think back of what the course looked like before they lost all their trees. They've replanted many new trees, but I won't be around to see them fully grown
I actually had a 6:52 tee time at Oak Quarry, but by the time we pulled into the parking lot at 5:50, the winds were howling! The conditions were unplayable! I asked in the pro shop if they would allow me to cancel and was told because of the winds, it would be OK.

On the drive home traffic being very heavy, as we neared Whispering Lakes, the winds seemed better, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Pulled into the lot and there were zero golfers, so I thought the course might be closed, but the starter said he also was surprised nobody was there. So we paid our $16 and walked to the first tee right at 6:00.

I had asked if the greens had been punched and was told NO, but as it turns out they in fact had been recently punched. To say they were slow would be under-describing them. Probably about 4-5. The fairways were poor at best. Lots of bare spots, gopher holes, grass needed cutting, etc. The best part of the course were the greenside bunkers, which had plenty of manicured sand.

We finished walking in just under 2 1/2 hours, so pace not a problem. Also, the winds picked up on the back side, but playing here in 20mph winds is not the same as playing Oak Quarry. All in all, made the best of an otherwise bad situation.
Just two weeks ago, after they had punched the greens, they were borderline unplayable, but actually they had totally healed in only a little over a week, and now they are just as good as they were prior to the maintenance. I spoke with the super, and he advised they tried something new: First using a large 5/8 tine, then two days later re-punching with a small tine, which pushed the holes closed somewhat. Whatever he did, it worked because they healed in about 7-10 days.

They fairways, bunkers, tees are in good shape. A few areas in the rough could use some attention, but nothing bad. Since they no longer overseed, course looks and plays well.
The greens on the South are in possibly the best shape they have been in quite a while. They are running very fast. (I'd guess about 12+) and rolling true. Of course , they will begin punching them on 10/16/17, so all that ends abruptly. Fairways are also lush and green. The bunkers have issues, but I'm told they will be renovated in the near future. Same with several of the tee boxes.

Tough time of the year because it gets light so late and there always other golfers trying to get out early. So it's rather competitive to secure that first time off. However, the cold weather generally resolves that problem.
Early morning round on a beautiful autumn morning. Nothing better than being out on a crisp fall morning on the golf course! Staff was as always very friendly and accommodating. Pace of play not an issue.

Course was in better condition than I expected. Fairways for the most part had plenty of grass, with some areas which could use some attention. Greens certainly the best part of the course. Rolled nicely and reasonably quick.. Only in one bunker and it was fine.

Always enjoys playing the two El Prado courses. Basic no frills golf at a good price, plus there is never any problem getting out early. So long as your expectations are not set too high, this course satisfies the "golf itch"
Immediately after finishing my round on Balboa, was able to get out on Encino without any delay what-so-ever. In fact I was able to tee off as a single, which is crazy. There were a number of groups in front of me, so I played two balls to slow me down. Although it felt like forever, I actually finished in under four hours.

Encino is in a little better condition than was Balboa. Fairways had better coverage and the greens seemed to roll more true. I marvel at their overall condition. Playing these two courses for $20 each is a true value. (Sure wish ANY of the cities in Orange County would provide some affordable golf) As I am a big fan of traditional golf and also a "walker" these course meet the criteria perfectly.

Both courses provide good solid basic golf, with enough challenge to keep one's interest, but without having so many hazards and forced carries which create delay and lost balls.
With my player's card soon to expire, decided to make the drive from the OC and play the two Sepulveda courses. Teed off first alone on Balboa at 6:25am (still dark) I had some concerns about catching "back-nine" players, but as it turned out, only a couple singles in front of me, so played two balls to slow it down and not push them.

I am blown away at just how good the greens are ! Given this is a muni course, I thought the greens compare with most every high end/private course I've played recently. The fairways had some rough areas/bare spots, but much of the fairways were very playable. I was in several bunkers and all had plenty of sand, but not all were well maintained.

Staff was perfect. Checked in, paid my $$ and was told I could tee off any time I felt comfortable. Friendly and accommodating. I miss playing here, but given the geography, I just don't get up here that often.
Back out to Los Amigos. Enjoy playing here because I rarely have a problem getting out early, although it was fairly crowded. Overall the course was I good condition, with a few areas in some fairways, but for the most part, there was plenty of grass and well maintained.

Greens were OK, but inconsistent I felt. Some faster than others? All however were receptive to shots. This is always a fun course to play, despite it's modest length. I am particularly fond of the back nine. It has so much character. I like every hole on the back!

Coupled with a great rate for seniors, it's a wonderful course to get around quickly.
Even after reading Cam's most recent review, I wanted to get back and play here, because I have confirmed they will be closing in 2018. I rarely play here, so it's always fun to play at courses which I infrequently visit.

Knowing the conditions, and expecting the worse, I was prepared for what I found. The fairways on the front nine, were at times,horrible, while in other spots, semi-decent. The back nine was in much better condition, both fairways and greens.

The staff was fantastic ! $17 to walk $18 to ride (I walked as always ) Despite being the fourth group off, still played in just a little over 3hours 15min. Not too bad. I think this is (was) a charming little course with a number of fun holes. I get tired of playing all these 400+ yard par 4 and 200+ yard par 3 holes, so it's kind of nice to enjoy some shorter interesting little holes for a change. Holes do not have to be long to be quality holes.

Can I recommend this course ...... NO, but I will miss this courses when it closes. There is a place for these old style courses that seniors/juniors/ladies, etc can play for a modest amount.
I thought about playing Green River, but with the maintenance alert, decided to postpone, but after reading Larry's email in which they are pushing the punching until next week, decided to go for it.

Always enjoy playing here, but I must admit I really miss the original layouts. Course is in just OK shape. Greens roll reasonable well, a bit slow however Fairways are hit/miss. Bunkers are very thin/hard.

With the changes, the course is no longer as "walker friendly" as the original layouts, which is partially why I prefer the "old days" Plus there are a number of really nice holes on each course which are just not there any more
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