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I played here on Saturday 4/10/21 with a 9:50 tee time as part of a Men's Club event. POP was decent, getting around in 4:10. Customer service is somewhat sketchy as they are still completely using Covid restrictions. The grill is only open through a small door and only outdoor seating is available. There was only 1 person working the grill on a fairly busy Saturday afternoon.

Although the course is short, we played from the Blues, at under 5900 yards, it is still somewhat challenging and a nice respite from stepping up and thinking you have to bomb it to score. Sadly the greens were punched almost 3 weeks ago and are very bumpy. For the most part, the fairways were in pretty good shape although there were a few really thin spots. The traps were in good shape and the rakes are back. Tees are flat but were a bit shaggy for my taste.

This was my first time here and I definitely want to go back after the greens have completely healed. I think it would be a fun round with friends. Of course, the ocean breezes come in the afternoon, but it just helps keep the high temps from being unbearable. Easy access from the 101 in Ventura, but were is almost no practice area with the exception of 2 small netted slots beihind the pro shop.
6 Likes.
We played the GK Cup final here on 3/14/21 and had an 11:25 tee time. The staff were wonderful and attentive, the practice facility is great, and the weather was also amazing.

At first look it seems as though there a ton of traps and that they squeeze a lot of drives into smaller spaces, but there's more room generally that you would expect. The greens are all well trapped as well with some big lips and faces, but there was plenty of firm sand in them which allowed for some nice recovery shots. There were a few rakes scattered about as well which was nice to see.

Tee boxes were in great shape and the fairways were firm and well manicured. The greens were very firm but accepted shots and rolled true and not as fast as I had remembered. Many pin placements in the front which demanded that you land short of the green and let the ball release to get anywhere close. Thankfully, it wasn't real sticky or soft and with well executed shots those front pins were accessible.

As always Desert Willow showed it's best. It was beautiful, fair, but challenging, and left very little to be desired. I will always look for opportunities to play here and am already looking forward to our next stop there.
16 Likes.
I played a shotgun start Men's Club tourney here on Saturday 1/9/2021. It was a good time but as a result of the format, the POP was slow at 4:35 and it was chilly to start, but once the sun came out it turned into a beautiful day.

The course was mostly dormant so all of the fairways were browned out and very thin. In some spots there was no grass, but the ground, for the most part, was soft yet firm, so making shots wasn't impossible. The interesting part as a result of so little grass was some crazy long run outs. Playing short of the green was a viable option often, especially to a front pin location, as it almost always would end up on the green. If you hit a decent drive and was fortunate to catch a downhill landing area, drives would run 50 -60 year's routinely.

The greens were bumpy but receptive and of medium speed with a lot of subtle breaks. If they had been any faster these greens would be exceptionally difficult to putt, but for the most part they were ok.

Tee areas were mostly lush and level. Some damage here and there but mostly along the edges and not in play. Finally the traps were in nice shape with somewhat dark, fine sand and although there were no rakes, well maintained.

The layout could be fun under slightly more lush conditions. you will use most clubs in the bag. Driver isn't the go to club on many mid length par 4's as you could easily go way through the fairways on some hard doglegs if you don't cut off big chunks of the corner. Many elevated tees and there are a few blinds shots, off the tee as well as approaches.

I look forward to going back in the spring after some rain but don't think I'd make the drive to go in the winter again. Customer service was great, the cart girl was continually coming around as I think we saw her at least 5 times. Standard Covid rules are in place and there's a nice practice putting green and the range has both mats and grass options.
9 Likes.
Played here on 12/13/2020 as part of a GK Plays event and had a blast! I was paired up with Alan, Dean, and Peter and couldn't have asked for a better group, we joked, played hard, and commiserated with one another much more than we had hoped. I look forward to getting together with any of them in the future.

Now onto the course. Although limited, the customer service is top notch. They were all helpful, friendly, and just made you feel as though they wanted you to have a great time. All off our carts were lined up and had our names on them, for a comfortable, nice touch. I look forward to being here post Covid and experiencing them at the fullest.

I enjoyed the layout. There are a lot of sand traps but they are wonderfully maintained and very fair. Fazio did a great job of making things challenging but still fair. Typically there was more room than it originally appeared, but visually at times it was intimidating and demanded solid shots. The views of surrounding mountains and the valley were exceptional!

Tee boxes were in excellent shape, level, full coverage and with very little divot damage. Fariways were also in good shape although, in a few spots the tough weather season had taken a bit of a toll. Honestly though, not enough to affect the round terrible.

The greens were rolling medium fast and with multiple levels on most and plenty of undulation they were challenging but again, fair. I asked the rest of my group if they thought the greens were accepting shots well and they all shrugged their shoulders which didn't help much, but we had a good number of shots that hit a bit deeper middle of the green that jumped hard and ended up quite a way off the back. This isn't necessarily a complaint but something to adjust to and after about 15 holes I finally figured it out. (Guess that's on me).

I look forward to going back, it was a great place to play. Sadly it's quite a drive from Ventura County so will only go down there for an event, but I highly recommend this one as one of the nicest tracks in SoCal.
12 Likes.
Played here yesterday with the Guru's and had a blast. I arrived early and was shocked by the number of cars in the parking lot on a Monday. Sadly, this was reflected by our POP today as the course was packed. Still, after a touch over 4 1/2 hours I have few if any complaints.

We played the Creekside/Ridgeline pair. Fairways were in great shape for this time of year with lush covering all around, rating 8.5/10. Greens were slightly fast but held shots nicely and rolled beautifully. Whoever cut the holes today must have had a terrible weekend! Pin positions on many holes were very difficult and definitely not what I expected on a Monday, rating 8/10. Tee boxes were level and well maintained, rating 8/10. Rough is as usual here, thin in a few places and very thick in others, but fair all the way around, rating 7.5/10.

Very seldom does this track disappoint and today was another great example of that. Customer service was great, they have a great practice area, and its hard to imagine a more scenic track inland. I highly recommend to anyone that's not a beginner.
6 Likes.
Played this course on Saturday 11/14 as part of a GK Cup match play event. We had a great time and played a very tightly contested match with POP at nearly 5 hours as we waited on many holes in many places.

Tees here were mediocre, fuzzy in places, thin in others, and just didn't feel like a priority. The fairways were well covered but there were numerous spots which were clearly under repair with sand and overseeing and not marked. The back 9 was much more sketchy than the front.

The greens were in pretty good shape and rolled about medium. There were a lot of ball marks and our entire group were fixing others ball marks all day. For as heavily played as this course appeared to be though it wasn't terrible. I was impressed that there were 2 guys out there working the sand traps and trying to keep the footprints from being overwhelming and as a result, although there wasn't a lot of sand in the traps, they played reasonable well.

I was told that they may be closing this course after the 1st of the year. That would be sad. It wasn't all that memorable but with a nice mix of water and traps it's not a pushover either. May have been a bit overpriced, but I would go back under the right circumstance.
9 Likes.
Played GK Cup Match with Mike.Pugh & SR714 with an 11:56 tee time. Typical Covid protocols were in place, check in outdoors, masks required in all public areas, snack bar was open and a few tables were missing on the patio. POP was 4:15.

Overall it was a great day! We had a spirited match where we split points right down the middle. It's pretty easy to review this course. The greens were amazing, slightly faster than average but smooth and ran true. The fairways were in very nice shape considering all of our recent weather and the tees were also in great shape. Tee markers seemed very narrow and I felt didn't give you much room to try to shape a shot or be creative, but that's honestly the only concern I had here.

The course layout is great with a good mix of tough holes, a few routine holes and a couple of quirky holes that you need to have some experience with to play them correctly. This was my first time at this track but I am already looking forward to going back. Definitely recommend!!
11 Likes.
Played 10/3/2020 with a 9:55 tee time. The starter actually came to us while warming up and said a group was a no-show and asked if we'd like to go out earlier, of course we accepted! Pop was a bit slow, but not uncomfortably so. We got around in 4:40 and beat the heat a bit.

The tee boxes were mostly level but a bit fuzzy. It still wasn't bad finding a place to hit your shot though. Fairways were in nice shape although there were a few bare spots, as well as some very wet spots where it appeared they were trying to bring some spots back.

The greens accepted shots well. They were well maintained and rolled true with medium speed. This is definitely where they are focusing there time right now and it shows. The overall layout is fun, challenging, and sometimes a bit surprising. I look forward to going back as this was my first time playing there.

Typical Covid protocols are in place, masks in the shop and while getting a drink or sandwich. Green fee includes a sandwich after the round and a small bucket to warm up with. The folks working there were pleasant and it was apparent they wanted to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves. Great time!!
10 Likes.
Played the Vineyard course on Saturday morning 9/26 with an 8:40 tee time. POP was excellent for a weekend, we got around in 4:15 finishing right on time to get a sandwich off property before heading home.

Typical Covid protocols were in place, no snack bar or water on the course but the staff was friendly and helpful. Tee boxes were in great shape, greens were in pretty good shape, but a few were quite bumpy, especially this early in the morning. Speed was down on the greens from what I remember from about 5 years ago, but they ran true and were somewhat challenging.

The fariways were also in nice shape, mostly lush with very few bare spots. Rough was thin but penal and the traps were well maintained. I would not hesitate to go back and actually look forward to maybe putting this one in my regular local courses to play.

My only concern was with the driving range. It's large but not marked at all. They have buckets to shoot at and large nets but if you're working on distances it's hard to tell how far the ball is going with no markings. On top of that there is a huge ridge that runs about 125 yards out and makes seeing anything longer very difficult to see land. I know, it's picky, but I wasn't a big fan. :)
9 Likes.
I played as a single on 9/16/2020 with a 10:00am tee time. POP was fine, getting around in 4:10. Marshalls are sorely missed here at times but overall it's not bad.

The fariways and greens were in great shape. A few tees, while mostly lush, have some pretty serious divot damage. If was nearly impossible to find a decent spot on a couple fo the par 3 tee boxes. Overall though, the course is in very nice shape, especially given the severe weather we've been seeing.

This course is a serious test of your short game. Huge collars surround all the greens and depending on pin placement it can be tough to get tight to most pins. Sadly, I noticed a lot of players playing from the blue tees that absolutely shouldn't have been and as a result sometimes we waited on a few tees.

as always, I had a great time here and look forward to going back. you can only get aa senior discount if you have a senior card, which seemed like a lot of hassle, but that's about the only concern I had. Covid procedures are as expected, masks in the clubhouse, food only through a small window, and such, but again, not a big deal.
10 Likes.
I also played the GK event here on 9/13/20202. We were the first group off and having brought 3 new members of GK with me i have to say it was a great way to represent the course and the GK club in general. Everyone was very friendly and my friends are already looking forward to attending other events.

On course I was surprised that the conditions were as nice as they were. With all the weather we've had the tee boxes were in great shape, the fairways were lush and usually the ball sat up and the overall appliance is fantastic. The greens were tricky from a speed perspective, but received shots well and were generally in nice shape.

The golf staff were fantastic, both starters were very friendly & accommodating, the Pro Shop staff were great as well. The wait staff on the beautiful deck overlooking 2 great finishing holes were probably a bit lax and indifferent, but got the job done.

I would definitely go back and look forward to another GK event here if that happens.
11 Likes.
I played Knollwood this morning at 7:50am and got around at a sweet pace (especially here!) of just under 4 hours with BigIsland818.

This was the first time I've been to Knollwood in about 10 years. I love the layout and it feels so nice to not be playing a desert course. I love the tree lined fairways and the coziness, but there is still plenty of room in the fairways and of course the elevation changes add a great deal in places.

Unfortunately, the greens are still a big issue here. I'm not sure why, but no one apparently thinks repairing ball marks here is a good idea. There are soooo many unrepaired spots it's frustrating at times. I try not to be too picky, but I would bet I repaired no less than 50 ball marks today and that was just around my ball. There were also a number of greens with lots of small clots of grass and dirt just laying on top. I wasn't sure whether that was from the green mowers or something else, but it just doesn't seem to be a high priority here.

Overall, the fairways were in nice shape, the tees may have been a little shaggy in places but are flat and easy to find a place to play from. Rough is uneven and thin in some areas, but could be because of our recent weather.

Honestly, i think this track is a nice challenge. After playing here in the Men's club for years, a long time ago, the pace of play was surprising and should be commended! Maintenance is ok, customer service is routine and there is nothing in the pro shop at the moment, which is also understandable. I look forward to going back and can only hope the staff start reminding players to repair their ball marks and start being a bit more diligent about their greens.
10 Likes.
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