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Played The Oaks on Monday, 9/16. I received an email invitation to play this private course for $49.00, including cart and balls. I have played this course many times. It opened in 2003. From that time until around 2013, the course was always in pristine condition. The past several years have been another story.

This Monday the course was in OK condition. The fairways were very playable, but were not very green. They had many areas that are brown and slightly burned out. They were a mix of thin and well cushioned areas. I would put the fairway condition at a better than average municipal course. As a comparison, Simi Hills and Hansen Dam golf course - both city owned courses - have better fairway conditions than The Oaks.

In the past, the rough off the fairways was thick, green, and penal. They have shaved down all of the fairway rough, and even some other areas that normally would have long grass. The rough is only a little bit longer than the fairway grass, and it looks brown and burnt out. Easy to hit from.

The greens were in great shape. They were running medium fast, smooth, and they held approach shots very nicely. I was in one greenside bunker (they don't have a lot of those on this course). It contained very nice slightly firm sand. A pleasure to hit from.

ALL of the tee boxes have been cut down and machine aerated. They looked and felt AWFUL. They were gouged up, with deep lines and much dead grass. It you were on a tee, it was OK, but aesthetically these were the worst looking tee boxes I have played in a very long time.

This is a challenging course, with many up and down holes. If you are anywhere near the sides of the fairways you will likely have a lie that is above or below your feet and either uphill or downhill. Some of the greens are crowned, making it a real challenge to get close on your approach shots.

Overall, the course is in mediocre condition. The course layout is a mix of some good holes and some very awkward holes. With the current conditions, I would be very unhappy about being a member of this course. There are many public courses that are preferable to this one. Too bad, because the clubhouse, practice areas, and views at this course are among the best you'll find. Just not the golf.
3 Likes.
Teed off at Encino on Monday 8/26 at little after 7am. As a twosome we completed the round in about 3 hours and 40 minutes. Overall, the course is in very playable condition. Teeboxes were OK. Some of them were a little unlevel, and for several, it was difficult to get the tee to penetrate the ground. But not a big deal.

The fairways were in better shape that what I expected. Although there were some bare areas and thin spots, for the most part the fairways are green and pretty lush. They had a nice cushion under the ball. With a few exceptions, if you were in the fairway, you likely had a nice lie. I wasn't in any bunkers, but they looked wet and firm. The areas around the greens were usually well covered and decent to hit from. The greens were quite soft. They held shots well and rolled smoothly at about medium speed. As an inexpensive municipal golf course, the conditions make this a good deal to play.
7 Likes.
Played a thoroughly enjoyable round today (8/12/19) at Simi Hills. The course is in VERY nice condition from tee to green. The fairways are lush and green with nice padding under your ball. The rough is a mixed bag, depending on the hole. But, for the most part, it was 1 - 3 inches and a little penal (which is as it should be). The greens were beautiful; medium to medium fast (they became faster as they day warmed up), smooth and quite soft. The greens held approach shots nicely.

My only complaints are about the bunkers and grass surrounding the greens. The two bunkers I was in were quite damp and heavy. They did get a little better later in the day, but for the morning golfer, they were not as playable as one would like. I hate the type of grass surrounding the greens. It is thick, grows toward you, and grabs your club unless you can nip the ball just perfectly. I could not use a wedge for short chip shots on many greens due to this. I used an 8 iron and swept the ball so as not to get the club stuck in the grass. I prefer greenside grass that will allow you to use your wedges. Other than this, the course is in great shape. Go play.
7 Likes.
After seeing Ron's review of Sterling Hills, I decided to give it a try and beat the heat of the SF Valley. Had a 8:45 am tee time. We finished in exactly 4 hours. The weather was cool and foggy at first, but cleared up to sunny and breezy within 30 minutes or so. I enjoy the layout of this course. Although some holes are a bit repetitive, there is enough variety to make it interesting.

The course is in decent shape. I would rate it 6/10. The tee boxes are a bit inconsistent, with some shaggy boxes and very hard pan dirt. The fairways are quite playable. I wouldn't call them lush, but they are fairly green and generally provide nice lies. The rough is inconsistent, as stated by the previous review. The greens were medium speed and smooth. They were fairly firm but held shots quite nicely.

My one complaint is that quite a few areas around the greens and most of the greenside bunkers were VERY wet. I was in one bunker, and I had to move my ball because it was standing in 3 inches of water. Where I placed it was firm and damp. I was able to get the ball out OK but it was a challenge. I had a couple of short pitch shots near the green that were too wet. If you didn't hit ball perfectly, you could end up with a severe chunk or bladed shot. If the wetness was not an issue, it would have been a better golf experience. But, still it was enjoyable, and the weather can't be beat.
8 Likes.
After playing The Lakes course last Monday, I decided to give The Vineyard course a try today (7/22). It was a nice change of pace from the Lakes course. The course is in very good condition. I thoroughly enjoyed my round. The greens were soft and receptive, ran smooth and were medium speed. Some of the pin placements today were challenging.

The fairways are in great shape. They are lush with good lies all around, with an average amount of roll out. Tee boxes were fine for me, and the rough was about 1 - 3 inches and usually manageable to hit from. The one bunker I was in today, had plenty of nice firm sand.
With low 70 degree afternoon temps and a nice cool breeze, playing here is a pleasure. One thing I should mention is that the 13th hole Par 5 was playing as a par 3. Not sure why. I couldn't see anything that made it necessary to move up to near the 150 marker for the temporary tee box. Even with that, I highly recommend this course.
8 Likes.
Played RR Lakes Course on Monday, 7/15. On a 100 degree day in the San Fernando Valley it was very nice playing in morning overcast and 73 degree sunshine in the early afternoon. The course is in Very Good condition. Fairways, although not completely green, are in great shape. Nice cushion under your ball. Great lies everywhere. The rough ranges from 1 to 3 inches. It can be OK or a little punishing, depending on your lie. Bunkers had plenty of firmly packed sand. No problem hitting out of them. The sign near the starters shed said that the greens were 10.8 on the stimp meter. In the morning when it was damp, it felt a little slower than that. They sped up to medium speed during the afternoon. They rolled fairly well (could be a little bumpy at times), held well struck approach shots nicely, and were on the soft side. It's a nice challenge, and great weather playing this course. Right now, it's in excellent condition. I highly recommend it.
10 Likes.
Played Hansen Dam on Monday, June 3 in the early morning. Not too much to add since the review from 6/1. Fairways are in great shape. The two greenside bunkers I was in had enough firm sand. Good to hit from. My experience of the greens is that they are fairly bumpy and medium speed. Some greens were very bumpy (had several puts go offline) and others were OK. The greens are just OK at this point. The other noteworthy point is that the tee boxes are awful. Every single one had MANY bare areas, with clumpy grass spots. Often the best tee area was dirt. Not sure why this is so, but it was noticeable. If you're using a tee, then it was not a big problem. But it was very noticeable. Overall, the course is decent, with very good fairways.
7 Likes.
Played Knollwood as a walking twosome on Monday morning (5/20) at 7:30am. After a foursome let us play through on hole 4, we breezed through our round in just over 3 hours; great pace of play! Overall, the course is in excellent condition. The fairways are nice and green. They are lush, with excellent lies everywhere. This is the best condition I've seen at Knollwood in quite some time.

For the most part, the rough adjacent to the fairways is about 1 - 3 inches deep, lush and in great shape. However, there are some areas where the grounds crew hadn't cut. If you landed there ( I did twice!), your ball was 4 - 5 inches deep, and a bear to hit out of. Fortunately, there weren't too many spots like this after the first few holes. The grass around the greens is cut short and in good shape, with no bare spots that I can recall.

The greens were a mixed bag. They all ran medium-fast and were quite soft, holding approach shots nicely. However, on several holes throughout the course, they were a little bumpy. I had a couple of putts knocked off line due to this. But mostly, the greens were fine. The course is in very nice shape right now. This is a good time to play a nice track.
7 Likes.
Came back to Soule Park two weeks after my last round. I thoroughly enjoy this track. Not much to add to my last review. The course is in excellent shape from tee to green. Played at 9am Monday, 5/13. The green fee of $27 to walk this course as a senior is a steal. If you get a chance to play this course, don't miss it. It is nestled in between two mountain ranges. The quiet and bountiful nature surrounding this course makes it serene. And you'll be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable and fair test of golf than Soule Park. I ordered one of their breakfast burritos to take with me on the course. It was delicious. Play Soule Park now, it is a joy.
9 Likes.
Played Soule Park on Tuesday, 4/30/19. Our twosome had a 10:30am tee time. We were paired with a single, who was great to play with. The weather was cloudy and cool, with little to no wind at all. It was quiet and peaceful with abundant wildlife.

This course is a hidden gem! It was a complete blast to play. It has a nice variety of holes, with adequate challenge and scoring opportunities. Its' quiet, country setting - loaded with trees and surrounded by mountains, makes this a real get-away course.

Currently, this course is in superb condition. The fairways have full coverage. They are nice and green and wonderful to hit from. The rough is a little spotty. Some areas are 3" deep, and others are bare. But for the most part, the rough is also in great shape, about 1 - 2" deep. I was in 2 greenside bunkers. They have abundant sand that was beautifully raked and a pleasure to hit out of.

The greens were smooth and rolled well. They were very firm, but held shots with spin nicely. Due to the overcast and somewhat damp conditions, the greens were on the slowish side early in the round. By the afternoon they became quicker, medium to medium fast. Pace of play was right at 4 hours. After the third hole, we never waited on any shots. This course is in GREAT condition. The setting and layout make this a must play. If I didn't live an hour and twenty minutes from the course, I would play this a lot. Highly recommended
10 Likes.
As a single I was paired up with two fun guys that made the round enjoyable. Had a 10:30 am tee time on Monday, 3/25. The weather was perfect; upper 60's with a light wind around 10 to 15 mph. I hadn't played this course for about 2 years, due to the very poor conditions. I'm glad I gave it a try. the conditions have improved nicely. Although the course is not immaculate by any measure, it is in good condition to play. I would say it's a little better than a good muni course.

The fairways have greened up fairly well, and there are many good lies to be had. Although not real lush, there is enough padding under the ball for a solid lie in most cases. There are some bare areas, but they are in the minority. The rough along the fairways is mixed. Some very lush areas about 1 - 2 inches and some thinner, more bare lies. The greens had been punched a few weeks ago. But I didn't notice it much. The greens were mostly smooth and medium fast. The rough around the greens was quite nice, about one inch in height and lush. The greenside bunkers were a mixed bag. I was in 4 bunkers. Two of them had plenty of good, firm sand. The other two had only compacted dirt in them.

There is a nice variety of holes on this course, making it interesting to play. The all-in cost of just over $42 included golf, cart, small bucket of balls, and lunch after the round. I walked the course, so didn't use a cart, and I didn't eat after the round, so I didn't take full advantage of this deal. But, for $42 it was still a fair price to me. As the spring moves forward, the course should get more lush and nice. I recommend this course.
8 Likes.
I would probably give it a 6 to 6.5 in its current condition. Played MPCC on Monday 2/25/19 as a foursome at 9:20am. The weather was perfect. 68 degrees, subtle breezes, and abundant sunshine. Overall, the course is in good winter condition. The fairways are markedly contrasting with the rough. The rough is green and somewhat lush. The fairways are brown and yellow. So they really stand out. The fairways were in pretty good shape. Not very appealing to look at, but good lies were abundant. Usually, there was a decent amount of cushion under your ball. But they were a bit on the thin side.

The rough is generally around 1 - 2 inches. Not very penal. Good to hit from. There were some thin areas around the greens that were brown and thin. The grass would grab your club and stop it cold if you dug the leading edge of your wedge at all. Had to pick it clean or use the bounce on the club to avoid this. The greens were in great condition. The were the fastest I've seen them. I was told they were close to 13 on the stimp. Being above the hole was very difficult. They rolled mostly true. But, occasionally, you would get some wobble from your line. The two bunkers I was in had good sand to hit from. The course is enjoyable to play. Once spring comes with the warmer temperatures the course will green up nicely and be visually stunning.
7 Likes.
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