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I played today with Ed, Christal and Greg (Caligolfer1031). We had a tee time of 8:56 a.m. I had booked on GN but they very kindly gave me their senior rate which saved a few dollars.

Conditions were pretty much the same as described by sr129. The fairways were more brown than green.. Overall, they were cut very short but I happily found many plusher lies that really helped me hit my woods more successfully. The tee boxes were a little shaggy but level with minimal damage. The greens were soft, held shots well, but were slowish and a bit bumpy.

Many of the fairway bunkers are being renovated. The ones in process had some kind of sand colored cover over them. There were drop areas next to them. The completed bunkers had deep, white sparkly sand. I did get to hit out of two of those. The other bunker I was in wasn’t nearly so pleasant. It was the one in front of the green on #4. It was filled with pebbly dirt and a swarm of bees! Luckily, I hit a really good shot and got out of there fast!

All of the water features were full which I haven’t seen in a while. The one by the #16 green has been enlarged and now extends all the way behind the green and around the side of the building. There are several fountains shooting into the lake. It was very well done.

The beverage cart came by several times. POP was good at 4 hours. Always a fun course to play.
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I played today with wsbell57 and colmcd. It was the first time here for all of us. As soon as we arrived we knew we were in for a very, VERY, long day. There were dozens of people just hanging around the clubhouse. They had run out of carts and everyone had to wait. We finally teed off 45 minutes late, at 1:45 pm.

Conditions were mostly good. The fairways were completely lush. The tee boxes were in very good shape too. They were all flat though not all level. The rough was long in some places, short in others. The greens were not so impressive. I would have considered them in great shape but the ridiculous number of ball marks, leaves and the occasional pebble, made them bumpy and more than a bit frustrating.

The layout was fun. There are a lot of doglegs, blind shots and elevation changes. Other holes were pretty straightforward, giving welcome relief after a more challenging hole. There are some nice city views on the back nine.

POP was terrible- 5.5 hours. We waited on every hole for the group in front. The group behind us hit up on us many times, even after Bill asked them to stop as they nearly hit me and Kathy twice. I definitely want to play here again. Having some course knowledge will hopefully help me score better next time. I think I’ll only play on a weekday though, in hopes of a faster round.
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Teed it up this morning with Kassper7. It’s been a couple of years since I last played here. Although they don’t offer a senior rate on weekends, it’s still very reasonable at $38.50. I walked the front nine but took it easier on the back with a cart.

The conditions were disappointing. Visually, it was very nice- green and lush. The bad part was that there was some serious over-watering happening. The fairways were good other than several deep muddy areas, but the greens were downright spongy. There were many spots of water pooled under the grass creating big bubbles that moved to the side when stepped on. I got the feeling they would erupt if punctured with a repair tool. The tee boxes were unlevel and the bunkers thin on sand, but considering how poorly I was playing, it really didn’t matter.

The good part was this is a challenging and really fun course. When it dries out a bit, I’d like to give it another go.
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It’s been about 7 years since I last played here. It’s a really nice little course. It’s a mix of par 3s and a couple of short par 4s. Staff is very pleasant and diligent in keeping to Covid safety precautions. Conditions were good. Fairways were green and lush. The rough is quite deep and thick in places. The bunkers had a thin layer of clean, soft sand. Tee boxes had the usual divot damage and were a bit unlevel. Each hole had a mat for practice swings. The greens had a few patchy areas and some mild bumpiness but overall were very nice. The course is short and has some challenges with water and intimidating bunker placements. At only $9 for weekday senior rate, it’s perfect for a quick, fun round.
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This was my first time playing here. Check-in was outside because I had prepaid, but the pro shop was open for other transactions. There is a large driving range with mats and grass, which was in use today. There are also large chipping and putting greens. I didn’t have time to warm up, though. My tee time was 11:00 a.m. I arrived early and they sent me out early at 10:30 with a pleasant twosome. The carts are nice with good GPS and Shark Experience music.

We started on hole 10. My first impression was that the fairways and the rough were in very good shape- green and lush. When we got to the green, though, we found that it was lightly sanded. Putts still ran smoothly but slowly- 9.6 according to the sign at the clubhouse. The entire nine was about the same condition-wise. The second nine was better with no sanding of the greens.

The tee boxes were level. They were a bit shaggy but there were a lot of mowers in action all over the course. The bunkers were deep with clean, soft sand. Normally this is a real good thing. Without rakes, though, it was tough hitting out of the many footprints. There are a lot of water holes and I did lose 2 balls to them.

I enjoyed the layout and visually it’s very pretty. There weren’t any real standout holes but there were many that did take some planning which I like a lot. The only big negative was playing with a couple of new clubs for the first time and it didn’t go so well. I would like to play here again once I’ve gotten used to them.

The beverage cart came by four times and the marshall made the rounds handing out water and frozen Snickers bars (never seen that before lol) POP was good at 4 hours. Overall, it was a very pleasant day. Recommended.
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I teed up yesterday with colmcd and wsbell57. Having enjoyed Buenaventura so much last weekend I just had to play Olivas. I figured conditions would be just as good and it is also such a great walking course. They require rounds to be prepaid, but when I reserved by phone, their credit card machine was not working. They said ok to pay when we arrived. I admit I was afraid that wouldn’t go smoothly but check in was fast and friendly.

The range and practice areas were all open. The range mats aren’t in great shape but I dislike hitting from them anyway so I just spent time in the chipping and putting areas.

They were spacing groups 10 minutes apart. The starter was at the first tee to make sure we didn’t begin a minute too soon. It was actually really nice. We were following a huge women’s club and with no one on our tails, we were able to play at a very relaxed pace.

Conditions were near perfect. The tee boxes were level and cut tight. Fairways were beautifully, completely green. This is the first time that I’ve played that #13 hasn’t had any GUR. Although not quite as soft underfoot as Buenaventura was, the turf was so easy to hit from. It was a great confidence boost being able to hit my 3 wood consistently. Every bunker had deep, clean, soft sand. The rough was only a fraction longer then the fairway. The greens were smooth, fast and full of tricky breaks.

With all the flowers blooming around the course, visually it was stunning. I always take a lot of photos when playing but ended up taking over 60 this time! The weather was great although it got very windy later in the round.

The only negative was the condition of the restrooms, on and off the course. I did mention that in the online survey they sent me, so hopefully they will make some improvements there. POP was good at 4.5 hours. I love this course and will definitely be back!
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I made the trek up to Ventura this morning. This is one of my favorite walking courses and it gives me a chance to visit some family in the area. Check in was fast and friendly. They recommend, but don’t require, masks to be worn in the pro shop. The course wasn’t too busy so I was able to start 30 minutes early, paired with another single.

Course conditions were really, really good- the best I’ve ever seen there. It was so much greener, cleaner and neater than last time I played that I actually didn’t recognize a couple of holes (#8 in particular).

The fairways were completely green. The grass was cut very short and the thick cushion underneath was such a pleasure to walk on. It also helped me to hit so much better than I have recently. It was a great confidence boost. The rough was quite short and there were several areas that were a colorful patchwork of new sod. I was in 4 bunkers and they all had deep, clean, fluffy sand. What a pleasure that was after some of the rock-hard weed patches I’ve seen at other courses recently.

The tee boxes were level, but some could use a mow. I played the par 3s from the whites and even those had very minimal damage. The greens were great. I love all the undulations and they rolled fast medium speed. The flagsticks are in and the cups inverted. POP was 3.5 hours.

It was a total joy playing Buenaventura today. I highly recommend the course and look forward to my next round.
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In the mood for par 3 and a change of scenery, I headed up to Pasadena. This is a very nice little 18 hole course and it’s in great shape. The holes range in length from about 85 to 130 yards. There are huge trees everywhere and a small creek running through the front 9. I really dislike hitting from mats so I did tee up on the grass. The fairways are lush, the rough is nicely trimmed and the greens are soft and medium speed. There are no bunkers. It was fairly busy so POP was slow at 2hrs but it was a very nice way to spend the morning. Recommended.
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I played CA Oaks yesterday for the first time in about 10 years. I remember enjoying it back then but I haven’t read much favorable about it since. I drove by it last week to take a look. What I could see from the road seemed ok so I took a chance and booked a 7:50 am tee time. Other than masks in the pro shop and foam in the cups, there were no Covid-19 precautions in place. Players were riding 2 per cart, rakes were in the bunkers and ball washers were available on the course.

The fairways varied from nice to completely bare. The better ones are in the area closer to the road. Maybe it’s because they get more sun than the holes that are back in the narrow woodsy part of the course. The rough was very deep, hiding the extremely bumpy, uneven ground. A twisted ankle was a real risk. The greens were slow but in good shape other than unfixed ball marks. Tee boxes were uneven and in need of mowing. The bunkers had a playable amount of sand.

Even with all the negatives, I have to say I enjoyed the round. It’s target golf and there are some really fun holes. POP was good at 3.5 hours. If they can make some big improvements in the conditions, I would play there again.
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I played 5-10-20 as a single and again today with some friends. Both days the course was very quiet. Check in was easy and all of the staff is very friendly. It was nice today when the starter remembered me from last week.

Conditions are overall mostly good. Other than just a few brown and damp spots, the fairways are green and well cushioned. The rough is thick and just long enough that the ball will sink about halfway down. I was in one bunker that had good, thick, fluffy sand but the majority of them were hard and filled with weeds. There is definitely still some work to be done around the course. The greens were in very good shape. They were only medium fast but with all undulations and multiple tiers, they are really the most challenging part of this course. I enjoy the many mounds and swales surrounding many of the greens. They are beautiful to look at and a lot of fun to play. The par 3 8th with it's island green and the colorful shrubbery surrounding the tee boxes is one of the prettiest holes I know of. Making par on that both days was very satisfying.

POP was good- 3.5 and 4 hours. I have yet to get a good score here but I like it so much I’m sure I will be back soon for another try.
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I played today. I wasn't initially thinking of playing here but a few days ago, when cleaning out an old golf bag, I found a rain check from the course for 9 holes. This was given to me way back in 2017 after suffering through a 3-1/2 hour front nine. Happily, they honored the voucher so I got to play 18 holes for only $19 with a cart.

I arrived 40 minutes before my 10:30 am tee time. The driving range and both putting greens were open and in very nice shape. I hung out there while waiting for the threesome I was to play with to arrive. Interestingly, during the entire time, no one at all teed off. There were a lot of groups waiting. I don’t know why they didn’t send anyone out.

The course was in really good shape. Like putt4dough said yesterday, the fairways were very nice with only a few thin or brown spots. The rough was short and thick. I wasn’t in any bunkers and didn’t take notice of how they looked. Most of the tee boxes, other than being not level, were in good shape. The greens were smooth, free of ball marks and rolled a medium-fast speed.

I always enjoy playing here. It’s just a nice old style course. Most fairways are narrow and lined with many trees. There is water only on the 3 par 18th. There is a good mix of basic and quirky holes with elevation changes and doglegs. The only one I think is really stupid is #17. There is a tree and utility pole in the middle of the fairway and big trees on either side. Not much fun.

POP was good at 3.5 hours. I’d be glad to play here anytime the conditions and pace are as good as today.
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Today was my first time playing Brookside. I’ve tended to avoid it as I’ve often heard how crowded and slow it can be. I decided to give it a try with an 8am tee time hoping to get in before the crowds. I was paired with a very nice threesome of guys. I walked and they each had their own carts.

The usual precautions are in place – masks in common areas, no putting green, waivers for carts, foam in the cups. They did have portable hand washing/sanitizing stations set up near the check in. The only available restrooms were on the course and in the Rose Bowl Parking lot. The pro shop was closed so I was unable to get a logo ball :-(

The course conditions were pretty good. Several fairways and greens showed signs of recent punching, but it didn’t affect play at all. The fairways had good coverage but the grass was so dense – and the rough so long and deep- that it was a lot of work pushing my cart. I often took a round-about way to my ball just to avoid walking through it.

Early in the round, the course was very damp. That, combined with the deep grass, caused very little to no roll out. The greens were so slow it was ridiculous. They did speed up a lot by the back nine, though. I was in one bunker and it was just damp dirt. Some of the others looked much better.

The layout was really boring. Other than one par 3 where we hit over the ditch, there were no memorable holes. POP was ok at 4:15. Overall, I had a good time but it’s just not a course I can see playing again.
10 Likes.
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