1. sbiskar Posted: 08/11/16 4:30p Member Since: Aug 29, 2003 From: Huntington Beach
Played here on Aug. 5th. We had bought Underpar coupons for Sandpiper and RSM a couple months ago. Had to use them by Sep 1st. We heard & read Greenskeeper reviews that RSM stopped watering the tee... Continue »
Played here on Aug. 5th. We had bought Underpar coupons for Sandpiper and RSM a couple months ago. Had to use them by Sep 1st. We heard & read Greenskeeper reviews that RSM stopped watering the tee boxes and fairways, but the greens were in good shape. The proshop confirmed the lack of watering on the phone. We decided to chance it, anyway. When we arrived about 12:30, predictably, the place was deserted. The fairways and tee boxes were brown dirt and dried grass. I had played here a couple years ago and really liked the layout. The conditions then were excellent. Last week, the pace was very fast as there were only a few other groups playing. The range and practice green/chipping area were superior to many other courses I've played. The ball just rolled out forever on the fairway cuz of the bare ground. The greens were smooth and true. I can't recommend the course in its current state. However, the round was quick and enjoyable. The extra roll sure helped my score.
2. fireballa24 Posted: 04/26/16 11:07a Member Since: Dec 19, 2007 From: Malibu
63 holes in 1 day for $89...
Well... been a while... but I am posting because I took the plunge with my buddy the other day and knew I owed it to the group and course to review... RSM is one of my fa... Continue »
63 holes in 1 day for $89...
Well... been a while... but I am posting because I took the plunge with my buddy the other day and knew I owed it to the group and course to review... RSM is one of my favorite layouts and back in 2011 this place was one of the nicest courses around. They had water problems, burned out, tough days, but I can officially say... the course is MORE than playable. What do I mean by this?
Fairways are not perfect. I played Goose Creek the next day and the course is not at that level, but surprisingly it is not too far behind. The tee boxes are generally ok with a couple being downright awful. Highlight... by far... is the greens. These were better than Pebble Beach or Spyglass. Worth the whole trip. Go play... they could use the money and you could use the experience. Hopefully we get a bit more rain and the course will return to old form... Worth every nickle
Hole #18 Los Padres (542 Par 5)
It is safe to say that Robert Trent Jones Jr. saved the best for last with this beautiful par 5. This elevated tee shot leaves you with some stunning views of the property and some added distance to your drive. Three bunkers guard the left side of this fairway and a hazard runs along the entire right side of this hole. Placement off the tee is very important. The fairway narrows considerably on your approach and there are a total of five large, deep bunkers within the last hundred yards of this hole. If you are going to lay up, make sure you lay back far enough to stay out of the trouble that awaits anyone who gets a little greedy with their second shot.
Hint: The wind is almost always at your back so for the longer hitters, have a go at carrying the last fairway bunker on the left. If you succeed you will be rewarded with a nice bounce off a downhill slope leaving you a solid middle to long iron and a good putt away from an eagle finish. The approach shot always seems to play a little shorter than the yardage and a miss short or to the left side of the green will leave you a manageable up and down for birdie or par to finish the round.
RSM_HeadPro Member Since: Dec 11, 2007
Hole #17 Stage Coach (450 Par 4)
This is a great par four that runs along the edge of the mid-mesa with stunning views of the property to your left. Accuracy off the tee will aid you in negotiating this difficult par 4 that has two large fairway bunkers protecting the right side of the fairway. From the fairway you are left with a middle iron approach shot to a deep very undulating green that features a large bunker to the right and a deep grass bunker to the left.
Hint: Short is not a bad miss on the approach and should leave you a manageable up and down. If you find the pin in the back right, long is not a bad play and should leave you an uphill chip shot. “Do Not Challenge a Back Left Pin”