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Walked the Oak tees this afternoon 6/29/2020 as a twosome with Pedro teeing off at 3:20pm and finishing in 4 hrs playing through one group that was nice enough to let us play through on number 7. Weather was perfect low 70s with a one club breeze. Very friendly starter with a nice big putting green, nice range with mats and separate putting green. Covid-19 masks worn in proshop at check in. Bar and restaurant open taking orders at outdoor counter.

Well when the range turf is super lush and green you know you are in for a treat. Most fairways were super lush, super green and I would say almost Palm Springs/PGA tour quality. Best I have ever seen Soule's fairways. Rated 9/10.

Tees were Super lush. Don't say this often about tees but they were almost too lush and thick?. Very level teeing grounds and the back tees that I played had no divot damage. They have 5 sets of tees here to suite any player. Rated 8.5/10

Greens were rolling great. Medium to quick pace and holding shots beautifully. Only number 17 green in the front section had many old ballmarks which we tried to repair as much as possible. Huge Gil Hanse greens here with many(up to 8) different areas to put pin locations in. Green rating 8/10.

Rough semi thick, super lush and green and in great shape. Rating 8/10.

Was in greenside bunker on 7 and fairway bunker on 17. Bunkers here contain very soft thick beach sand. Maintained very nicely but there are no rakes so with as big as the bunkers are here there is many opportunities for many footprints. Rated 8/10.

I just love this course. It just has always fit my eye, is always in great shape, is very affordable on the wallet and has a great layout and peaceful setting. Recommended.
Got out for 9 holes last night with my buddies and GK members Matt and Pedro. We teed off at 6:10pm and walked the back nine blue tees in 2 hrs 10 minutes behind a father and couple of junior players. Weather was perfect around 70 and no wind. Rustic is beautiful during super twilight with the sun setting in the distance over the hill on 16.

The fairways were nicely padded and provided beautiful lies for the most part. For how hot it can get out here course is doing a good job. 7.5/10

Tees were level, lush and beautiful. 8/10

Greens were rolling nice. Soft on high approaches with spin. Fixed an extra share of ballmarks waiting on the groups ahead of us. 8/10

Was not in any bunkers so can't comment or rate the bunkers

Rough was decent, some lush spots, some thinner spots. 6.5/10

Fringes were super soft and wet. On 12 I launched a drive that carried to the front fringe on the fly and maybe rolled a yard. Good information to know if you are planning to hit run up shots on this course.

I would highly recommend Rustic right now. Fairways, greens and tees in very nice shape.
Rode the green tees with Mrkich this morning for 36 holes using the underpar voucher. Beautiful weather, one club breeze and in the low 70s for most of the day. Played with a very nice twosome on the first 18 and we joined a very cool older gentleman from Arizona on the 2nd round on hole 5. Pop first round was 4 hrs. Pop 2nd round was 3 hrs 30 minutes.

Covid-19 pins had little metal red stakes that you could lift your ball out of the cup. No ballwashers, no clubhouse entry, bathrooms and grill was open. Had the Glen Annie burger in between rounds and it was delicious. Very friendly staff. Driving range mats only with range attendant loading and bringing range balls to you. Putting green was open. Very friendly vibe here.

Greens were super soft and receptive. They putted better than they looked. Fairly true roll with a little bounce on the greens here and there. Some of the greens were flat and big while others had some potato chip swales to negotiate. Very cool shared green complex on 4/7. Green rating 6.5/10.

Fairways had ample padding. Mostly lush, few thinner spots but not bad at all. Rating 6.5/10

Tees were very lush, mostly level. Rating 7/10

Rough was a mixed bag of green lush, some wispy dry stuff. Rating 6.5/10.

Was in 3 greenside bunkers. All fairly raked. Wet firmer base with enough sand. I enjoyed hitting out of them. No rakes. Rating 6/10

If Tierra Rejada has a sister this would be the course. From the tips it is 6400 yds or so but plays just a tad longer up and down hills. Fun course where not every hole is a driver hole but other than say hole 3 you can hit driver if you like on every hole. Holes 1, 9 and 17 will challenge the best of players. I would recommend the course but with La Purisma, Rancho San Marcos and Sandpiper nearby it's a tough sell as a first or second recommendation in the area.
Walked the blues today 5/11/2020 at 12:35pm with JohnnyGK, RGM2525 and Kviser on a beautiful high 60's day of sunshine and some swirling at times 1-2 club wind. Perfect day for golf. We waited on the group in front of us for most of the round but enjoyed each other's company with a POP of around 4 hrs 35 minutes.

COVID19= pins left in, foam insert half way down cups, no ballwashers, no entry to clubhouse, putting green currently closed, no rakes. Range open with mats. Bathroom facility open attached to clubhouse. Very friendly GM and staff here and the course is getting a lot of business and is in good shape.

Greens were very soft, receptive and putting medium paced. Need to give your rock a good rap to make them on these greens(several putts in our group right on line left short). Rated 7.5/10

Fairways mostly lush with only minor burned out spots, some wet spots in some low lying areas. For the most part nice fairways with ample padding for your irons. Rated 7/10

Tees mostly lush, mostly level with a couple boxes that were sloped. Always could find a level spot if you hunted enough for them. Rated 7/10

Was in one greenside bunker on 16 that contained a firmer based sand that was nice and raked and easy to splash out. Looking at some of the other bunkers walking by they seemed to contain enough sand and be in good shape. Rated 6.5/10.

Rough was anywhere from 1-3 inches and in some spots thick. Playable and manageable and in pretty decent shape. Rated 7/10

I always say I wish there was an extra par 5 on this par 71 layout. Front nine has some solid holes that challenge you like 3 and a thinking man's hole like hole 6. Hole 17 is a great long par 4 into the wind that will challenge the best of players. A good mix of grip and rip holes at Sterling Hills and some holes that narrow in the landing area and take some thought on placement. They have some cool raised green complexes that are guarded. I would recommend Sterling Hills right now to each and every golfer.
Walked the blue stones this morning 5/4/2020 at 10:50am joined by a nice 2 ball(Larry and Yung and single(Mark). POP was 4 hrs 45 minutes not waiting one shot and not being pushed by anyone behind us. For that long of a round it was weird both not being pushed or pushing anyone in front of us. Great staff inside the shop as always. Driving range open with mats. Weather was low to mid 80's with a 1 club breeze. COVID precautions walking only, flagsticks were left in with foam cups just below the surface, no ballwashers, no rakes, no tee markers out today, no restaurant service but cart gal was by numerous times on a hot day.

Rustic is in great shape at this time. This is usually the best time of the year for conditions at Rustic. With the course closed down last month they really have grown the fairways in, grown some of the fairway rough in, and the tees and greens are awesome.

Fairways are lush, padded and in good shape. Rated 7/10

Greens were medium pace, soft for Rustic's standards and in great shape rolling pure. Rated 8/10

Tees were beautiful, level and lush. Rated 8.5/10

Greenside rough beautiful 9/10

Fairway rough improving some 6/10

Was in greenside bunker on 4 that contained firmer sand but easy to splash out of. No rakes at this time due to COVID.

Highly Recommended.
Walked the Blues this morning 4/27/2020 joined by Ennis, Jim and Tom. Super cool dudes to play with. Let them know about GK, hopefully they will join. Our POP was 4 hrs 40 minutes. Weird thing though was we were not pushed and we did not wait much on the front nine but the back nine we waited on the group in front from hole 13 on. We didn't care though as it was 70 degrees with a 1 club wind with almost perfect conditions and we were golfing.

Social distancing protocol done very well here. Putting green and chipping green closed, range open with mats. Proshop closed off where staff would meet you, take credit card payment only and hand you your card back on a disinfectant wipe(awesome). Bathroom facilities were open next to the trailer. I did not check if they were open on the course. Starter on first tee giving social distancing regulations and course procedures. Very nice touch. Cups were regular size with a little plastic or metal piece put just below the cup so that putts would fall in the hole but just not to the bottom of the cup. No flagsticks, ball washers and no rakes in the bunkers on the course. So if you are worried about COVID19 I would not worry at all at Olivas they are doing a great job and have everything safe and marked off. They even have a box of lines for players to stand for most tee boxes to keep distancing.

The golf course is in outstanding shape.

Greens rolling medium speed, very healthy greens, soft on approaches. The time off really helped eliminate all the old pitch marks on the greens. Probably the healthiest that I have seen the greens in some time as far as no ball marks. I have seen the greens quicker but they were a treat to play on. Rated 7/10

Fairways--wow super lush, great coverage. All lies in the fairways you are sitting up with a perfect lie. Olivas always has beautiful fairways in the summer. Rating 8.5/10

Tees super lush, all level and in great shape. Rated 8.5/10.

Was in fairway bunker on 12 and greenside bunker on 18 that for no rakes were in good condition. The sand quality was good. In order to keep them in decent shape starter instructed all players to level sand off with their feet after they play. Bunker rating 7.5/10

Rough just off the fairways was lush and in great shape. Penalty areas were Bethpage Black up to 5 foot tall beautiful flowers and vegetation. I took some pics on my phone of the penalty areas with all the wildflowers. If you are past the cartpaths here even with a good eye you could be in the vicinity and still not find your ball.

Can't give this course enough props--Highly recommended.
Rode with my student today 3/14/2020 for a playing lesson. We were hesitant about playing today with threatening rain in the surrounding areas and how wet courses are with the previous week of rains. We were blessed with no rain, no wind and some pretty good to decent conditions at Buena today. Had not played here since 8/2018. Met by a very nice employee, rolled some putts with my student, warmed up some in their hitting cages and we were off 30 minutes before our scheduled tee time. Our POP was 4 hours which for Saturday here is not bad.

Tees 7/10
Student hit from the whites which looked level, I hit from the blacks which also looked level. Most par 3's had some divot damage but not to bad. Most tees looked lush.

Fairways 7/10
Rains have helped green up the fairways I assume. Most areas were wet and cart path only. Fairways were not shiny green but contained ample padding even in the dormant areas. I know the summer grass here and at Olivas start perking up and becoming more lush around May through September. I thought the fairways were in good shape.

Bunkers 8/10
Very impressive sand at Buena always. Nice amount of thicker beach sand that was raked and in good shape. The course has a lot of nice strategic fairway and greenside bunkers here to navigate

Greens 7.5/10
The greens were super receptive, soft and holding irons beautifully with spin. Would say putting medium speed with minimal bounces. They are punching the greens here on Monday 3/16. If you have played here before you know their greens are very large with some potato chip swales that you have to navigate putting and chipping wise.

Rough 6.5/10
Rough was mowed down in some spots, thicker in others and with the rain some of the rough had some muddy spots

Buena is a shorter course at 6000 yds from the back tees. They have added some newer black tee boxes to 12 and 13 which make those holes more challenging and fun. Front nine has some shorter par 4 holes with a couple nice challenging par 3's on #5(island green) and number 7 usually a 200 yd shot into the wind. Back nine has a nice amen stretch of holes from 12-16 which are fun to play.

Student enjoyed himself on this layout. This course is fun to play and will only get better in the months to come which is the best time of year to play here. Recommended.
Out this afternoon 2/29/2020 with one of my students for a playing lesson also joined by my buddy Pedro and a nice single Tom riding the Blue Tees. POP was pretty busy as the course had a Toyota Cup tournament in the morning and a pretty packed tee sheet behind. We finished 10 minutes before dark teeing off just after 1pm and even though there was a lot of people on the course we had a great relaxed time.

Olivas has such a nice practice area, separate chipping areas with barrels, chipping green, practice bunker, all grass range today and a nice big putting green. Great friendly staff and looks like they got newer carts. Reasonable prices and cooler temps with a great layout..I can see why this is such a popular course.

The greens were soft on approaches, putting medium speed with not to many ballmarks present. Rated 7/10

Greens were half lush, half thinner dormant brown grass with plenty of padded grass. Anyone that plays out here on a regular basis knows that the fairways at both Olivas and Buena really starts perking up and getting lusher come April through September. Rating 6.5/10.

Tees were mostly all level, cut nicely and a shiny green color. Beautiful. Rated 8/10

Was not in any sand bunkers but they all looked raked with a perfect amount of sand.

Rough just off the fairways was nice, semi lush and green. Playing partners had a couple balls in the native areas today and it was lost ball central, ugly knee high stuff and hard to find unless you step on it. Rated 8/10

Would highly recommend Olivas. In another month or so the fairways will even by nicer.
After a couple lessons this morning and an appointment with the tax guy I got out for a quick twilight round at one of the courses I grew up playing. Lots of memories here! Had not played this layout in 14 months. Glorious day mid 70's and about a club breeze made walking feel nice today. Walked the blacks joined by a nice twosome and single who all rode. POP was 3 hrs 40 minutes not having to wait at all.

The layout here has always had character and for sure is like playing two different courses. The front is substantially shorter than the back. Lots of cool dogleg tee shots, trees, some dry water features and some pretty cool sight lines and corners you can cut with some local knowledge.

Greens had a slight top dressing of sand but that did not effect the speed of the greens. Greens were slightly bouncing but rolled fairly true and would say semi-quick. Greens were soft and semi-receptive on well struck irons. Some bigger undulating potato chip swales on some of the green complexes and its a must to not short side yourself on some of these complexes. Would tell 1st time players to not be above the pin putting or chipping on holes 4,5, 12 and 13. Overall green rating 7/10.

I thought the fairways for late February were nice and contained a firmer tighter base with just enough padding. I am sure with some watering and the spring approaching the fairways will become even nicer in months to come. Fairway rating 6.5/10

Tees were very lush, cut down tight and were fairly level. Rating 7/10

Was in greenside bunkers on 1 and 6 that contained nice softer beach sand that were easy to get out of. Some of the bunkers due to the renovation of bunkers are huge and I did see many footprints that I raked after playing my shot that were not raked by previous groups. Bunker rating 7/10

The rough --well they don't have much here. They completed a turf reduction program a couple years ago and in many cases if you just miss the fairway you are in some wood chip areas. Where there was rough it was dry, inconsistent, sometimes thin sometimes nice. Rough rating 6/10.

What I enjoyed most about today was the POP. In my history of playing this course I have never got around here in less than 4 hrs which I did today.

Recommended at least for POP on a weekday.
Out on my home course walking the blues this morning 1/27/2020 joining another single who was really cool to play with on a glorius day for golf high 60's for weather with a few holes of wind on 11 and 12 for a brief moment but other than that chamber of commerce weather. Course was busy this morning and we waited behind several 4 balls coming in at 4 hrs 25 minutes. Great friendly staff as always at Rustic.

Greens highlight of the course very smooth, semi-soft on approaches. Rolling pure. Fixed an extra couple ballmarks here and there. Rating 8/10

Tees very lush, green and level and in very good shape. 8/10

Fairways are thin and dormant at this time but still produced decent padding. 6/10

Saw they had several maintenance workers working on several bunker complexes throughout the course. I was in front canal bunker on 1 which contined nice newer softer sand to splash out of. 7/10

Greenside rough is beautiful around the fringes 8.5/10

Fairway rough is mostly dry, thin and bare in spots. Needs the most attention. 6/10

Overall greens, tees and greenside rough are all in great shape. If you enjoy firm links fairways with nice challenging green complexes this course is for you.

Rode the Blacks on Creekside/Ridgeline 73.8/142/7012 this morning 1/21/2020. Thanks to Moorpark CC fitting me in between a small outing. POP was only 3 hrs with beautiful weather in the low 60's with hardly any wind.

Had not been here in 16 months or so. Conditions were pretty good for mid January.

Greens were in great shape. Soft on approaches yet putting and chipping like glass. Putting just beautiful. You had to be careful on downhillers and could be semi-aggressive on uphillers. I could putt these bent grass greens everyday. Rated 8.5/10

Rough had a beautiful contrast brown dormant look in compasrion to the semi-green fairways. Rough was mostly mowed down dormant brown. Decent condition. Rated 6/10

Fairways semi-lush, tightly mowed and ball sitting up for the most part. Did not have any bad lies in fairways. Rated 7/10.

Tees were mostly level and lush and in good shape. Rated 7.5/10.

Was in greenside bunker on number 9 Creekside which was raked and contained a nice amount of sand. Saw multiple maintenance workers working on fairway and greenside bunkers on the Ridgeline 9.

Very challenging layout from the Blacks on Creekside, nice challenge from Ridgeline and Canyon Crest as well. Course has some epic elevation changes, tough par 4's and some birdie holes here and there. I love coming here to challenge myself. I would highly reccomend Moorpark CC--terrific greens, fun and challenging layout and peaceful area to play.
Rode the blues this morning 1/13/2020 on a beautiful colder morning with little to no wind. POP was great thanks to the starter letting me tee off on the back nine first to avoid multiple groups that were on holes 1 and 2.

Conditions were similar to my last round out here about 3 weeks ago.

The greens once again were the highlight of the show. Super quick putting and chipping wise yet holding beautifully with well struck irons with spin. They had some really challenging pins this morning where you could see putts struck a little to firm rolling a good 6 feet or so by the hole. Green rating 8.5/10.

Fairways were mostly green. Would say 70 percent lush, 30 percent thin. Didn't have a bad lie in the fairway. Rated 7/10

Tees were positioned at the back of every tee box which was cool and gave other areas a chance to heal. Most tees were level where you could find a good spot. Rated 7/10

Rough was mostly mowed down in a uniform fashion. Some of the rough is lush, some spots thinner. Rated 6.5/10

Sand bunkers have improved some. They are actually all raked and maintained beautifully, they just need more sand overall in the greenside traps. Rated 6/10.

Course is super fun to play with some nice tight tee shots, forced carries, lakes and a good portion of ESA's to navigate. Some nice birdie holes and some challenging holes as well.

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