Played 8/6 with Mr. Kich on an unseasonably cool morning. Starter was very nice and let us out at our leisure as the course was pretty empty on a weekday morning.
Not much to complain about. My last time out here was in the thick of the drought and it was clear that the lack of water at the time really took a toll on the course. Now, Soule is about as lush as any other course in Southern California.
Greens were unquestionably the highlight of the course. Large and incredibly smooth, they putted true as can be. In fact, the slightly overcast and damp morning made them even trickier than usual, as the large linksy greens didn't play as firm as you'd expect.
Fairways were lush and provided great lies. Tighter near the greens to allow for various options. A few bare areas, but they were few and far between and for the most part relegated to the areas least likely to see play.
Rough was thick and lush and definitely provided a challenge to play from, especially near the greens.
Sand was a little hit or miss, but it didn't feel terribly out of place given the links-esque feel of the course. Greenside bunkers were soft and sandy, while fairway bunkers were more inconsistent.
The tees were for the most part in very good condition, however a few had quite a bit of divot damage and looked like they needed to be rotated a little.
POP was pretty leisurely. Mr. Kich and I were playing our GK Cup match, so we were probably a little slower than we would normally have played. A single did show up in front of us on 10 and never got more than a hole in front of us. A minor annoyance, but since we were still moving at a brisk pace, it wasn't much of a bother.
If Soule Park was closer, I would play it regularly and often. It's an absolute steal for the condition it's in. It's a very fair test of golf, fun and challenging for all handicaps (a plethora of tee options), a great layout, putting green, practice bunker, and customer service.» Close