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Rode the Blues today 3/19/2018 with JohnnyGK, RGM2525 and Alex326 as part of Johnny and Alex's GK Match Play. Weather was very nice high 60's with about a 5-10mph breeze at times. Teed off at 11:55am and finished around 4:20pm for a POP around 4 hrs 25 minutes. Met by very nice staff in the pro-shop. Hit a couple balls on the grass range and used there nice putting green right next to the tee box.

The lakes course is a real nice challenge that has length, usually wind in the afternoon and enough water, hazards and OB to test any playing ability. The GK coupon for $28.00 bucks is just an awesome price to walk in the morning Monday through Friday.

The greens were listed as a 11.5 but I thought they were more in the 10.5 stimp range. Hardly any ballmarks holding irons very nicely. I left some putts short and I thought for RiverRidge's standards they were slow. Don't get me wrong for most courses these would be quick. I thought they were in very good shape. Rated 8/10

The fairways were 50/50 lush to thin. Tighter lies in some spots with some dormant padding here and there. I thought there were in decent shape. You did get some roll out if you are a low ball hitter. Rated 6.5/10.

The tees were mostly all level with some minor divot damage just on the par 3 tees. Rated 7/10.

Was in fairway bunker on #3 that contained raked beach sand that was soft but still easy to hit out of. Rated 7/10.

Rough was a mix of lush grass, some dry and thin areas and everything in between. Hard to rate so I will give it a 6.5/10.

I am sure in the next couple of months into May with the rains coming this course will be in tip top shape like it usually is. They are punching the greens next month so go out and enjoy before they punch.

Walked the Orange Tees this morning 2/20/2018 at 8:40am with RGM2525, his dad Gordon and also joined by a nice single Dan from Colorado--what a enjoyable day! We had colder but beautiful weather in the high 40's when we teed off warming up some on the back nine with maybe a club of wind on the back nine--very nice playing conditions . POP was 4 hours never really waiting that long and not really being pushed by the 3some of walkers behind us. Paid $28.00 to walk which is their standard morning rate.

The greens were rolling fairly smooth and nice with medium pace. Maybe a 9 to 9.5 on the stimp with just a few ballmarks present. I thought they were in good shape and were holding irons with spin and higher trajectory. The pin locations here on these big Gil Hanse greens make putting and chipping fun and challenging. Rated 7.5/10

The fairways for hardly any rain in the area were semi-lush providing decent lies and decent run out. Rated 7/10

The tees were mostly lush and some needed leveling. In better than average shape. Rated 7/10

The rough is dry, thin in most places with some bare spots and hardpan here and there. Rated 6/10.

Was in fairway bunker on #9 that contained just the right amount of sand for bunker shots.

FYI --this might be a permanent thing so check with the pro-shop they are now starting players on #17, then playing #18 then on to #10-16 and then #1-9 to finish up. So my tips on this site will have to be updated--Johnny might want to update the scorecard too after speaking with the pro-shop to see if this is going to be a permanent change as they had scorecards made for players with this new routing system.

Walked the Blacks this afternoon 2/12/2018 in blustery wind conditions. POP was 4 hrs 5 min. Was joined by a nice 3some. Paid their $22.00 walking twilight rate. Great friendly staff at check-in.

Last review is spot on --greens were in very nice shape with an evidence of a past top dressing that did not effect putts. The greens rolled smoothly and were receptive for Rustic's standards. Rating the greens a 8/10.

Tees nice and level and green. Cut perfectly. Rated 8/10.

The rough around the greens is beautiful, green and lush and maybe the highlight of the course--8.5/10.

The rough just outside of the fairways really is dry and in bad shape--a lot of clumpy, dry and even dirt hardpan areas. Rated 5/10

The fairways are thin and mostly dry with some patches of lushness here and there. Pray for more rain in the area. Rated 5.5/10

Was in greenside bunker just left of number 3 that was raked and compact.

I love the challenge of Rustic--today I was everywhere so it brought me to my knees(especially in today's breeze)!--highly recommended!
Walked the Orange tees with Mack, Brian and Matt this morning 1/29/2018 at 9:50am with a POP of 4 hrs 10 minutes with a 5some and then a 2some ahead of our group. Weather was beautiful with no wind and a high of 83 degrees today--can't believe its January and this warm up in Ojai already. We paid $28.00 bucks which is their standard morning walking rate during the week. It was nice playing in calm conditions in that the wind has been howling all this weekend in the Moorpark/Simi area.

The course was very lucky and fortunate to survive the fires that started up here on the evening of 12/4--several forest areas around the course right up to the course boundary line look like they got toasted and roasted by the fires.

Soule has new ownership which are super friendly people and I know care about their customers and keeping their course in nice condition.

The tees were mostly level--number 5 and the front of number 8 could use some work but other than that they were in pretty decent shape-green and rated a 7/10.

The fairways are 50/50 lush to thin. They just need some more rain or H20 on them. For January without to much rain I thought they were playable and had enough padding to them. Rated 6/10

The greens were soft on approach and putting medium speed with not to many ballmarks. Typical Gil Hanse huge green surfaces that can host maybe 9 different pin locations. Fun and challenging to chip and putt on and they have some swales around the fringes to navigate. Greens rated 7.5/10

Was in greenside bunkers on 3 and 16 which both contained newer marble white sand that looked and felt like hitting out of a Augusta national bunker. Those bunkers were rated a 8/10.

The rough is pretty spotty, thin and gross--for sure needing the most improvement 5/10.

Love to use Soule as an alternative when its howling 30-40mph in my area. Can't beat the rate sheet here as well. Fun layout with great mountain back-drop scenery and at present time a decent maintained course.
Walked the Blues this afternoon 1/22/2018 at 12:10pm with Brian and a nice single Joe. POP was 4 hrs 30 minutes behind a full tee sheet for a Monday afternoon. Weather was breezy and in the high 60's. Breeze died down some toward the end of the round. Used the last of a gift card so the last couple rounds were free. Their standard twilight rate is $22.00 to walk Monday through Thursday.

The greens were in very good shape and quicker than the last couple rounds I was out here. Several green complexes and pin placements made you really think today about how you were trying to get the ball close. They were rolling medium to quick speed and were in great shape with hardly any ballamarks. Along with the tees they were the highlight of the course. Rated 8/10

Speaking of the tees they were green, lush and mowed perfectly in good shape. Some divot damage on the par 3's but not to bad. Rated 7.5/10

The fairways are dry and thinner and need some water and rain on them. Just enough padding on most lies. Rated 6/10

Was in greenside bunker on 7 and 18 that were more on the hardpan side but raked nicely. Rated 6.5/10

The greenside rough just around the fringes are nice, green and lush 8/10. Fairway rough is dry and spotty 6/10.

Rustic has some scoring holes on the front and numerous hang on tougher holes on the back nine. Great day for golf here today. Recommended for a fun round on a great layout with great greens if you can get by the current drier conditions in the fairways.
Walked the blues with my buddy RGM2525 this morning 1/16/2018 joined by a nice father/son combo Mike Jr. and Sr. Paid $28.00 using the GK coupon which is such a great morning walking coupon. Nice staff in the pro-shop. Weather was perfect no wind and around 60 degrees at tee off warming up to around 70 degrees. POP was 4 hrs 15 minutes with not a lot of waiting.

The greens looked like they just received a top dressing in the morning. For the most part the greens were rolling fairly nice even with the top dressing. They held shots somewhat but you really needed to thump putts to keep them on line and make them. They putted slower today than normal. Rated 7/10

The fairways really were a nice surprise. We both thought that for the time of year they contained more lush and green sections than most courses around this time. A few wet areas here and there but pretty decent lies for January. Rated 7.5/10.

Was not in any sand bunkers but they looked to be well raked and contain softer sand.

The tees were very lush, mostly all level and in good shape. Rated 8/10. They have so many different tee options for all levels and they even have foot golf tees.

The rough was a mixed bag, generally cut down to 1 inch and not a big factor. Mostly green and lush. Rated 7.5/10.

Vineyard has a common theme of OB left for the first 10 holes, then some OB right and left for the last 4 holes in the area where there are homes. Course has some great challenging par 4's and 5's and 2 tough par 3's number 7 and 18. Better than average semi-challenging course with nice conditions. Love its sister Lakes course but would recommend this course as well--especially for the GK coupon.
Walked the blues 1st twilight group off this afternoon 1/2/2018 at 12 noon joined by my buddy RGM2525 and a very nice father/son combo Ben and Guy. POP was 4 hours 30 minutes not really being pushed and waiting some on the front nine. Paid $22.00 which is their standard twilight walking rate Mon-Thu.

Rustic with the hard winter conditions is playing like I think the architects envisioned it.

The greens were beautiful receiving high irons with spin and putting pretty nicely--would say medium to fast pace. Maybe a 10.5--little quicker on downhillers. They seemed very firm on chips. Rated 8/10--highlight of the course.

Tees mostly level--mix between dormant and green grass. Rated 7/10

The fairways are firm and running forever. A low ball hitter will be getting an extra 20 yds or so at present time. Some firmer tight lies out there for iron play but nothing to unplayable. Rated 6/10

Was in one greenside bunker on #6 that contained firm raked sand that you need to open the face for sure and get more sand. Rated 6.5/10

The rough along the fairways is pretty mush dormant, brown and thin. There are certain sections like left of 18 that are green and lush. Some of the greenside rough is green and lush. Hard to give an overall rating to the rough.

Rustic still has its bones in the winter. Great place to work on tight lies, work on your overall game in the wind and refine your short game. Recommended.
Out for the final round of 2017 walking the Blues 1st twilight group off with my buddies Pedro, Rick and Matt. Our POP was 4 hrs 50 minutes waiting behind a packed crowd ahead of us. Great and perfect weather scoring conditions low 70's temp wise, only up to a 1 club wind at times and great staff to check us in. Paid $29.00 which is their standard twilight walking rate during the week.

Olivas is for sure in winter condition. The greens had quite a few ball marks and were bouncy putting wise. They were super soft on iron approaches with some balls backing up with spin. I am rating the greens a 6.5/10. I am sure they will cut them some and roll them soon.

The fairways had enough soft padding but were completely brown and dormant. There were some muddy spots in the fairways closer to the greens. Rating the fairways a 6.5/10

The tees were mostly all level and some of the par 3 tees had old divot damage. They had some of the markers in different spots to save some of the tees. Rated 7/10

Was not in any bunkers so can't rate them.

Rough was brown and dormant and thin in most fairway outlining areas. Rated 6.5/10.

All the lakes are dry in the red hazard area and most of the native grasses have been cut severely down due to the scare possibly of the past fires--just a guess.

All in all Olivas today will probably come out to a 6.5 or so rating--still playable and very fun--for sure a better conditioned option in the spring, summer and early fall time.
Walked the Blacks as a single 12/20/17 joined by a nice single and twosome. Weather was cold and windy mid to low 50's and a 2 club wind at times--we even got a little sprinkle of rain at the end of the round. Paid $29.00 to walk which is their mid-day rate.

The greens are in fabulous shape--firm, quick and true. Very little to no ballmarks present, holding high trajectory irons and shots with spin. Always love putting here on the challenging surfaces--they had some awesome strategic pins today(back left on #8), (extreme front on #6), (tucked short left on #7). Rating the greens today at a 8/10.

The fairways are going semi-dormant and are running forever. A low ball hitter at present time is going to get a ton of roll. Some tighter lies out there but nothing unplayable. Rated 6.5/10

The tees are mostly all level and in nice shape--green. Rated 7.5/10

The greenside rough just around the edges are green and lush and in nice shape. Rated 8/10

Fairway rough is still hard to rate--portions are lush, thin, clumpy and sometimes just bare.

Traps are firm, raked and compact which is the way they are supposed to play. Rated 6.5/10.

Feel so lucky this is only a 7 minute drive away. Recommended.
Walked the blues, then rode the blues today 12/18/2017 at my favorite course La Purisma joined by RGM2525 for 36 beautiful holes. Weather was freezing 37 degrees when we arrived and there was a hour and 45 minute frost delay--they usually let the 1st tee time off at 7am but we were prepped ahead of time that it would be closer to 8am--we were let out 2nd off behind a single at 8:50am and finished the 1st round in 3 hrs 5 minutes--I was exhausted after the 1st round and riding the cart with their re-play deal for 20 bucks felt good. 2nd round was just epic weather--really not that much wind to speak of for the entire day. We waited for a 3some from hole 6 on the second round but still finished in 3 hr 40 minutes for the second round. Great staff and nice conditions at La P.

The greens were in very good shape--and the December colder weather had them super quick. Ron who I played with and is a member here concurred that this was probably the toughest he had seen the pin positions for a non-tournament day or round. On number 15 to give you an example I piped a drive and knocked my second shot on the green in 2 shots on the middle front of the green--I could not keep my eagle putt even on the surface--it was make it or not be able to have your ball stop on the surface--seemed like most of the pins were on top of ridges, tucked in the front of greens or on side slopes or tiers--The greens were just in fantastic shape--rolling probably close between an 10.5-11 on the stimp--very few ballmarks and please do not short side yourself here. Rated 8.5/10--almost 9/10

The fairways were very green--wet with dew from the frost delay--some damp spots in low lying areas but for the most part a treat to hit from. Never even close to a tight lie. Rated 8/10

The tees need some leveling--several tees were crowned, some contained some divot damage. Rated 6.5/10

The rough was green, lush and in nice shape--rated 8/10. Have seen it worse here a far as length--very challenging rough here--beware there are some (rough places in the rough). On #4 bombed my morning round drive over the lake and in front of the greesnide bunker just 20 yds from the green--got up to my ball sitting down in a hole. Try to avoid the rough here at all costs cause you never know what you are going to get.

Was in 8 bunkers over 36 holes all greenside--so got plenty of practice to review them. They were all raked and in decent shape--some were muddy, some were beach sand and some were in between. Overall rating 7/10.

I still think this takes the cream of the crop as the toughest course if not one of the tougher ones in California--just add 5-6 to your normal scorecard and put a smile on your face. With the fairways, greens and rough the way they are now I would HIGHLY recommend La Purisma for playing conditions.
Walked the Blacks today 12/11/2017 teeing off 30 minutes before our scheduled twilight time of 12 noon. Joined by Brian. Our POP was 3 hrs 30 minutes not waiting on any shots until hole 15 where we caught a log jam and finished with a nice twosome for the last 3 holes. Weather was in the low 70's with a slight breeze(hardly any wind) and sunny and semi-smoky conditions due to the close by fires. Nice staff at check-in. Had 10 minutes or so to use the nice practice facilities. Paid their standard twilight rate of $29.00 walking.

Have not played here for a little bit. The biggest difference I saw were the greens today. They were in very nice shape--had that glassy December quick vibe and a couple putts and chips could really roll out on players today. Not to many ballmarks but a couple foot marks here and there as even though they putted quicker the greens here are still soft and hold irons like absolute darts. Rated 8/10.

Fairways provided nice cushion lies--would say color of the fairways have turned half dormant brown and half green. Still always a pleasure to hit from them. For December these fairways are better than your normal courses. Rated 7/10

The tees were level, some par 3 black tees with divot damage--number 17 you come to mind(probably use 2 full bottles of divot mix from my playing partner's cart. Overall par 4 and 5 tees in very nice shape. Rated 7/10

The rough just outside the fairways is very green and lush and in beautiful shape. Rated 8/10. Of note they knocked and weed wacked down many native areas not in play just in front of tees and around some native areas I am assuming due to the nearby fires and the way the Santa Ana winds blow from Santa Paula directly to this course.

Was in greenside bunker on #8 and #18 that contained nicely raked damper beach sand that was easy to get out of and thump. Rated 7.5/10.

Great layout--not a lot of people on the course today--recommended.
Out this afternoon 12/4/2018 walking the orange tees joined by my buddy Mack and his buddy Brian and a nice single. We teed off at 11:50am 10 minutes early and finished at 4:20pm for a POP of 4 hrs 30 minutes--we played the front in 2 hrs and then had a 3 group back-up on #10 tee. Weather was beautiful maybe 1 club wind and around 70 degrees at tee off. Paid the walking twilight rate of $19.00 which considering how nice and lush the course is might be one of the best deals in VC county.

Soule Park should be commended on current conditions--very lush and green fairways with very little problem areas. Rated 8/10.

Greens looking and rolling beautiful. Very little to no ball marks, holding very softly on approaches and actually rolling medium to fast. In great shape. Rated 8/10.

Tees mostly level and lush--rated 7.5/10

Was not in any bunkers but they looked to be raked and in good shape.

Rough generally lush and green and in good shape. Rated 8/10.

I just love this course--especially for the rates they charge. New management is really keeping it up nicely for the start of December. Recommended.
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