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Rode the Blues today 5/14/2018 on my home track with my buddies Mack, Brian and Ricki. POP was 4 hrs 30 minutes on a beautiful low 70's day with about a 10mph wind. Paid their twilight rate which a great deal $22.00. Friendly staff. Teed off at 2:30pm.

The fairways are coming in nicely. More green grass than the last round I played here. Would not call the fairways lush but each time I am out here they improve. Rated 6.5/10.

The greens were super shiny, green and I thought slower for Rustic's standards. Don't get me wrong you have to be careful with downhillers but uphill putts and putts from the fringe areas were slower than normal today. Putts on the greens rolled true. Irons held very soft and well. Rating 7.5/10.

Tees were the highlight of the course. Super green, lush and mostly level. Rated 8/10.

Was in greenside bunker on #4-good shape raked and contained just enough sand.

The greenside rough in many places is a 9/10. Get off the fairways in the rough and most of it is poor and spotty--5/10.

I just love the challenge of Rustic especially in the afternoon wind. Highly recommended--course is in good shape.
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First time playing the destroyer--Out in the land of " sngernz" yesterday 5/7/2018 as a part of the Kiwanis scramble tournament. Well run tournament with a shotgun start at 1pm. Nice box lunch and dinner. Pretty nice facilities with a well stocked pro-shop, driving range and 2 separate putting greens. Joined by my brother-in law, Andrew and Brandon--great fun group to play with. Weather was high 60's with a 1 club breeze for most of the day.

First impressions with the conditioning of the course and layout were pretty good.

Layout wise there are some outstanding doglegs that have character where you need to work the driver both ways. Some of the holes reminded me of a longer version of Elkins Ranch in Fillmore where a shot in the center of the fairway might need to draw or fade a good 20-30 yds from the tee. Fun layout with number 17 I believe being a longer challenging par 3 and a couple other fun long par 5's that played into the wind. There is a channel that runs along some holes that is not in play but separates the course from hole to hole. Enough bunkers, water and some OB and red stake areas to catch an offline shot. I thought it was a really fun course to play. A 2 hr drive in rush hour but if timed right from my area I would recommend it.

The Kikuyu fairways were nice and green and I thought pretty lush. Very few problem areas. I thought mostly great coverage--ball sitting up in fairways--rated 7.5/10 maybe even an 8.

The rough was cut down just low enough for play-ability but still was a challenge. Most of the rough was in good shape. There were some areas around some of the trees that were wet and damp with some mud but not to bad. Overall rough rating 7/10.

The poa greens looked great to the eye and held like darts with high irons. Very soft and spongy. Putting wise they were a bit bumpy but not to bad. Most ballmarks were fixed--I fixed an extra 2-3 per hole. Rating the greens a 6.5/10.

The tees were very lush, great coverage, some were un-level but you could always find a nice level spot to tee from. Rating 7/10.

Was not in any sand bunkers the entire day. They looked to be raked and in decent firm shape.

I was not expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised condition and layout wise. Fun semi-challenging track. Recommended by this golfer.
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First time out this morning 4/30/2018 at Sterling Hills in 4 years. My buddy had a 15 dollar special with a cart at 11:30am. Joined by buddies Mack, Brian and RGM2525 riding the Blue Tees. POP was 4 hrs 5 minutes--we let 3 separate groups play through that were playing speed golf--not putting out, etc. Weather was overcast with temps in the low 60's and a slight 1 club breeze--nice golf weather. I guess they have new ownership--very friendly starter in the pro-shop. They have mats for a smaller range and a nice sized putting green.

Kind of a funky layout where you only have 3 par 5's and don't play your second par 5 until #16. Some throw away holes on the front--don't care for the front nine much but I think the back nine here is good with some good character holes.

The fairways were lush in spots and other spots had bare areas. It was a crapshoot whether you would have a lush or thin lie. Decent coverage in most fairways. Some areas were roped off where they did not want carts going. Overall fairway rating 6/10.

The greens were still recovering from a punch I believe a month ago. They rolled fairly bumpy for our group--not a lot of putts made. The green complexes themselves are not very deep and are surrounded by some nice bunker complexes. You have to hit some good irons to these greens to score. They held full shots well and some of our chips had some nice run out. Due to the maintenance a month ago would rate them currently a 6.5/10. Once they are cut and rolled I am sure they will be rolling better.

The tees were fairly green and lush and most of them need to be leveled. A player can find a level stance but you must hunt for it. Rating 6.5/10.

Was in 3 greenside bunkers on 3, 4 and 18 that all contained some nice raked firmer sand. Rated 6.5/10.

The rough was scattered anywhere from lushness, to hardpan to some different types of grass. Hard to rate but would give it a 6/10.

Overall I would recommend this course if you can land a deal online or maybe for their twilight rate during the week but not much more than that.
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Rode the Gold's this morning 4/27/2018 at 7:30am joined by my buddies JohnnyGK and Pedro7170 as well as Alex--great to see you again Alex! Great group to play with. Weather was in the low 50's at teeoff reaching close to high 60's when we finished with about a club of wind today. Our POP was 5 hrs taking our time never being pushed by anyone behind us and never having to wait on one shot--not a lot of people playing this morning but the course looked packed on the front nine when we finished. Our group took multiple pics of the ocean holes and got some nice practice putting in after the completion of each hole-great relaxed vibe at Piper. Thanks to the GM for having us out.

Sandpiper remains one of my favorite tracks in that the temps in Santa Barbara are usually mild with mild winds, a great layout that is both challenging and very fun to play and almost always stellar conditions. I love the green complexes here and the length of the course. Its an hour drive from me and if you miss the traffic at the right time it feels like a very easy drive. Ocean views on #5(green), #6, #10, #11, #12, #13 and #14--the par 3's here are tough(4 and 11 come to mind). Great mix of par 4's and par 5's that I just love--let it rip.

Today was one of the best days that I have seen at Sandpiper condition wise.

The greens were smooth, very fast on downhillers with uphill putts needing to be struck that much harder. Some great back challenging pin locations today. You want to be putting below the hole at Sandpiper or it is "tap it" time. Very few ballmarks and the greens were holding chips and irons with spin. Rating the greens a solid 8/10-maybe 8.5.

The fairways were lush, wet in the morning and solid coverage throughout. They are almost in Palm Springs beautiful shape category. Very few problem or brown areas. I am rating them an 8.5/10--very nice.

The rough is very green, semi lush and wet. Looks like the mower was out today on many holes. They are cutting it down some. Would say the rough is 2-3 inches in most places. Get outside the first cut in places and you could be in past ankle high carnage. Rough rating 8/10.

The tees were very lush and mostly level. Rated 8/10.

Was not in any bunkers but my playing partners commented that some/most were thinner and needed a little more sand. All looked raked to me and in decent shape.

If I lived in Santa Barbara and was rolling in a little more dough this would be my home course for sure.

Highly Recommended.
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Rode the Blues this afternoon 4/23/2018 with my buddy Mack, Brian and Ricki. Paid $20.49 on a teeoff 10% off deal time. Let out a little early around 1:45pm. POP was 3 hrs 30 minutes not really waiting on any shots and not really being pushed by anyone. Weather was nice scoring weather--hardly any wind, very overcast(Scotland style) with temps in the high 50's-low 60's. Very nice staff at check-in, great practice facilities.

Course was in better shape than the last time I played here. The fairways are growing in nicely--would not call them super lush yet like they are in the summer here but there are more lush lies than thin lies. Rated 7/10.

The greens have healed almost completely from their punching they did here last month. Would maybe give them another week to completely heal and be rolled. They held irons like darts and would describe them as very soft. Some minimal bounce on putts but not to bad. Rating 7/10.

The tees were mostly all level and lush and in good shape. Rating 7.5/10.

Was in greenside bunker on #6 that had perfectly raked thicker beach sand that was easy to hit out of. Rating 8/10.

The rough lining the fairways is in good shape and fairly lush in most spots. Rating 7.5/10

Some of the large apron and fringe areas around the greens contained some mud and semi-wet spots in the low lying areas which make putter the play.

Overall course is gearing up and looking good for its peak summer conditions.

Recommended.
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Out this afternoon 4/16/2018 walking the Blues joined by my buddy Brian paying their mid day walking rate of $29.00. POP was 3 hrs 50 minutes. Weather was laughable(thought I would chance the forecast as it called for wind around here yesterday and it was fairly calm)--we had a 30mph + hurricane swirling wind for all of the back nine and most of the front nine--it was a fun first 13 holes and the last 5 holes were crazy--hitting 4 woods into number 14 and 16 for our second shots and barely getting them to the fringe even after smoked drives--hats blowing off, etc.--lol.

The greens were quick and firm and rolling beautiful--you need to be spinning the ball here or hitting high trajectory irons. More and more poa creeping into them but still in great shape. Rated 8/10

The tees are in very good shape. Level and lush--rated 8/10.

Fairways are 50/50 lush to thin. Rated 6/10. They are playable--you do get a ton of roll still if you hit the ball low.

Greenside rough is in very good shape--lush and thicker. Rated 8/10

The rough lining most fairways is very poor, dry and hardpan in places. Rated 5/10

Rustic is fun to play even with the crazy wind conditions today.
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Walked the Blacks this afternoon 4/9/2018 teeing off at 2:50pm just before our scheduled 3pm super twilight tee time. Paid $17.00 to walk. Joined by my buddy Pedro7170 and RGM2525. POP was 3 hrs 50 minutes waiting for most of the day behind a couple slower groups(twosome and threesome). Weather was 80 degrees at tee off cooling down some with about a 10mph breeze for most of the afternoon. Very friendly staff checking us in. Buena has a putting green but no driving range--just cages to warm up in.

Buenaventura is a tree lined kikuyu grass course that has several doglegs that you must navigate, some wind in the afternoon and some sloped green complexes. It plays only 5800 yds or so from the back tees but the wind and doglegs usually make it play just a tad longer than that. For sure a course to work on your irons, bending your driver each way and work on your strategic part of your game.

I thought the fairways were just a tad below where they usually are or should be at Buena. They had some portions of lush grass here and there but also contained some areas of thin turf and dryness. This is a summer grass course so I am sure in a couple months the turf will become more lush and perk up. Overall rating was a 6.5/10.

The greens which we knew(thanks to GK) were punched 21 days ago. They were not perfect but they were not to bad. The honest truth would be to give them maybe a week and a half or so to set in and then be rolled. Rating today was a 6.5/10

The rough is very thick in spots around the greens and fairways. Fairly decent shape, some problem areas--but not to bad. Rated 7/10.

Was in 2 greenside bunkers on #5 and #7. Both raked and fairly good shape--softer sand. Rated 7.5/10.

The tees were VERY green and LUSH--they almost need a trim and haircut--very healthy shape. Some boxes here could use a level. Overall rating 7/10.

I have seen the course in better overall shape. Still worth a round here and there--rating will probably be close to a 6.5/7 out of 10. Monday's are their all day twilight rate--I would recommend this course for the twilight or super twilight rate but probably not more than that right now.
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Out this afternoon 4/2/2018 walking the Blues with buddies Mack and Brian joined by a nice single John. POP 4 hrs. Weather was epic scoring weather--other than a strong breeze the first 3 holes the remaining 15 holes were postcard--mid 60's with hardly any wind. Paid $22.00 walking--super deal. Nice staff in clubhouse let us go 10 minutes early at 2:20pm.

The fairways are making a comeback. The last couple times I have played here they were very dry. Today I saw a lot more green than in previous rounds. Sure they contain some different tuffs of grass and the fairways are not super lush but they are getting into their green spring state. This course historically has great fairways from April usually through August. Current rating is a 6/10.

The greens were in good shape--maybe a 10.5 on the stimp. Downhillers still need to be touched with precision. Not a ton of ball marks and rolling medium to quick speed. They hold high irons and chips with spin nicely. Rated 7.5/10.

I thought the tees were the highlight of the course. Super lush and mostly level. In very good shape--rated 8/10.

Greenside rough super green and lush and in great shape. Rated 8/10.

The poorest part of the course remains the rough just outside many of the fairways. Its very dry and hardpan in most areas. Rated 4.5/10.

With the fairways starting to grow in nicely and the current shape of the tees and greens I would recommend this course to anyone.

Great challenging layout that is a blast to play.
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2nd round of the day this afternoon 3/30/18 teeing off at 12:30pm with my buddy Nickesquire. Used the Underpar free replay voucher. We rode the Black Tees. Weather at tee off was pushing 93 degrees. POP was 3 hrs 55 minutes catching a 4some and waiting some for them mostly on the back nine.

Great layout that I enjoyed even more than San Gorgonio. Front nine here is the nine to score on with the back nine playing a good 250 yds longer. Like its sister course enough tight holes, bunkers, rough and water hazards to keep any player honest. Semi-Challenging layout that was super fun to play.

The bermuda greens looked like they had just been verticut with a minor slash that really did not affect putting at all. The greens were soft and held irons with spin. Rating the greens a 8/10.

The fairways were great. Lush, striped and looked like you were playing on the PGA tour. Rating them a 9/10.

Tees lush, level and hardly any divots--not even on the par 3's. Rated 9/10.

Rough was in great shape as well--just maybe a inch thicker than its sister course. Great shape as well 9/10.

Was in one greenside bunker raked with nice soft sand. Rated 8.5/10.

Man you guys that live out here are spoiled with great lush courses.

Highly recommended especially if you can land a deal.
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Out for the first round of the day this morning 3/30/18 with my buddy Nickesquire joined by 2 nice singles Larry and Paul. We rode the Black Tees. POP 4 hrs 30 minutes. Paid an Underpar voucher for $75.00 which included a free replay on their sister course in the afternoon Santa Rosa. Tee off weather nice at 68 degrees warming up to mid 90's by day's end. Great staff checking us in here. They do not have a driving range at this facility so if you start here just know that going in. Range is located at the Santa Rosa facility.

This course is not overly tight but not a cakewalk either. Several water features, bunkers, OB and rough to keep any player honest. Weird routing where 3 out of the first 5 holes are par 3's. The conditions were just stellar:

Greens were rated a 8.5 out of 10. Bermuda greens that held really nicely and were softer on approaches. You have to get used to putting the ball a little firmer here to make them. Not many ball marks and in good shape. The green complexes very in size and some of them are smaller and narrow.

The fairways were just awesome. Perfect lush green grass, ball sitting up--no problem areas. Rating the fairways close to a 9 out of 10.

Tees probably the highlight of the course. Perfectly cut and manicured level tee boxes. Super lush and green. Eve hated stepping on them they were so nice. Even the par 3's were great. Tees 9/10.

Was in one bunker(greenside where ball plugged in soft sand near the lip. Quality of sand was great--raked and in good shape. 8.5/10

Rough was fairly lush--very minimal dry spots Maybe cut down to 1.5 to 2 inches. Very playable. Rated 8/10.

I liked the layout here and I would highly recommend this course especially if you can land a deal.
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Out at Olivas riding the Blues today with Nickesquire. We paid $19.60 on a Teeoff promo special and got 36 holes in. Weather was partly overcast with maybe a 1 club wind for most of the day and temps in the low 60's. Overall a very nice day for golf. Not many people on the course for the morning round and a little more crowded for the afternoon round. POP around 4 hours each for each round.

Olivas is not really a winter course. The grass in the fairway is a summer type turf and I can see the turf improving in the fairways around late April into September. Currently there are many drier and brown areas. The course played longer today with the wet turf from the rains. Would rate the fairways currently a 6/10. In the summer the fairways are usually in the 8.5 to 9 range.

The greens were very healthy and very shiny green today. They putted medium to slow pace for my taste and were so soft on irons players were taking huge divots. Overall rating the greens a 7/10. I believe they are punching this coming Monday 3/26.

The rough around most of the fairways is thick and lush. In some spots its as deep as 3 inches. Rated 8/10.

The tees are all level and were really wet today from the rains this week. Overall semi-lush and nicely cut. Rated 7/10.

Was not in one bunker today so cannot rate them.

Very fun layout, affordable with deals online, great staff--expect wind in the afternoon here--after the greens heal in mid to late April I can envision this course's tees and fairways back to their usual great self.
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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.

Recommended.
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