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Walked the whites today (9/22) at Rustic as a threesome, teeing off at 9:40am. We finished in exactly 4 hours, with little to no waiting on the group ahead. The pace of play was excellent. It was a warm day in the low 90's by afternoon. But there was often a nice breeze to keep things a little cooler. Overall, Rustic is in Very Good condition!

The tee boxes are lush. The fairways are lush, with only a spattering of thin or bare areas. I always had a great lie in the fairway - nice cushion under your ball. The fairways were a bit softer than is typical for Rustic. Consequently, there was less run out on the fairways than usual. The rough nearest the fairways is 1-3 inches in length and appropriately penal, not too bad. I was in one greenside bunker. It had plenty of firm sand, and was easy to hit from. The greens have still not fully recovered from being punched a few weeks ago. They were definitely slower than typical Rustic conditions. We all had numerous putts that were left short due to the slower green speeds. They were also just a little bumpy from time to time. But this was the exception. The primary challenge with the greens is getting used to the slowish speed. On the positive side, the greens were much more accepting of approach shots, enabling you to get closer to the hole, instead of these shots running well past the hole. That was a plus. I thoroughly enjoyed my round today. The course is in great shape and will only get better with each passing day.
Played Woodley today as a single with another threesome. I Walked the white tees. There is nothing remarkable about this course. It is a straight ahead muni with typical so-so conditions. Tees were fine. The fairways have a mix of grasses. About 1/3 of the fairway lies are pretty lush, 1/3 are somewhat thin but OK coverage, and 1/3 bare dirt areas. Fortunately, I found a lot of good lies in the fairways today. The bunkers I was in (2) were in poor shape; wet, crusty and poorly, if at all, raked. The greens today were medium slow and bumpy. It was difficult to make a lot of putts due to this. Uphill putts had to be "hammered" to get to the hole. Not a fan of the greens today. You can still see the holes on the greens where they were punched a while ago. For the $20 senior walking rate it was decent. But I probably won't be back anytime soon. I played Balboa golf course last week, and it was in much better condition than Woodley.
Walked the white tees at Balboa today at 7:00am. Our foursome never waited on any hole. We finished in 3.45 hours; very nice pace of play. Overall, Balboa is in nice condition. Tees are fine. The fairways are mostly lush, with some bare of thin areas. I never had anything but a very good lie when in the fairway. The rough ranged from very lush and about 3 inches in length to thin and spotty. But mostly it was in good shape. The rough around the greens is that sticky kikuyu grass. It was thick and lush and very grabby. The bunkers on the course are in very poor shape. The fairway bunkers and greenside bunkers are similar. They are crusty and wet, with a lot debris and weeds growing in them. They were inconsistent and a challenge to hit a good shot out of them. The greens were mostly in good shape. Although they were a little bumpy here and there, they were medium speed and soft. They held shots well and mostly rolled well. I do recommend playing this course right now. For the price, it's a good deal.
Had the privilege to play Olivas Links Thursday, 8/19. Our foursome teed off at 10:00am and finished our round at 2:15pm. We had great weather: 70 degrees with a slight wind most of the day. This is one of my favorite courses in So. Cal. Today, it didn't disappoint.

Everything from tee to green is in excellent condition. Some of the best fairways I've played anytime this year; lush and even with a decent amount of roll out. The two bunkers I was in had plenty of firm sand, nice to hit from. The green surrounds were near perfect, making chipping a delight. The greens were very receptive to good shots. They rolled medium to medium/fast and were smooth and consistent from green to green.

I highly recommend playing Olivas at this time. It has a great variety of holes, perfect summer weather and playing conditions that can't be beat.
Walked the blue tees at Los Robles on Thursday, July 1, with a morning tee time. The course had a relatively full tee sheet. But the pace of play was very nice at just over 4 hours. We only waited a little on the first couple of holes. Never, after that.

LR is in fine shape right now. The fairways are pretty green and mostly lush with good roll out. I always had a good lie in the fairway. The rough along the fairways, for the most part, was barely different in length than the fairway grass. Easy to hit from. Tee boxes were mixed. Some were nice and others were a little hard and unlevel. But nothing too bad.

The two greenside bunkers I visited had substantial brown, heavy sand in them.; not difficult to get out of. The greens were in great shape. They rolled true, medium fast, and held approach shots pretty well. This is an enjoyable course in very good condition. I do recommend playing it right now.
I had the privilege to play Soule Park today (6/24/21) with a morning tee time. I love this place. It is in excellent condition, especially compared to most other public golf courses. The fairways are mostly lush and nicely green: abundant wonderful lies everywhere. They would also provide good roll out on most drives. I wasn't in any bunkers, but the sand appeared to be in great shape on every hole. The greens here can be quite challenging. They have many undulations, with plentiful breaks. Being on the right side of the hole is critical if you want to score well. Many of the greens are elevated. So running the ball up on the green is not always possible. You have to fly it on. The greens were running very smoothly at medium fast speeds. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about the course. It is a gem.
I walked the blue tees at Hansen on Monday, 6/7/21, with an 11:30am tee time. The first few holes were played in a chilly light rain. It remained cool and cloudy for the remainder of our round. I like the layout at Hansen better than any of the other LA City courses in the SFV. Usually, the conditions here are also better than the other courses. But I'm afraid the drought, lack of watering and proper maintenance, have reduced the quality of this course.

The tee boxes are very chewed up, with many bare spots and difficult to get your tee in the ground on numerous holes. The fairways are about average for the typical LA city municipal course. There are substantial areas of decent green grass, along with bare and thin areas. There was very little run out on most drives. The rough is either much like the fairways or it is somewhat long and thick. I had a few lies just off the fairway that were difficult to advance.

The two sand traps I was in had decent and adequate sand. The greens were quite slow and somewhat bumpy on many holes. Some were smoother and less bumpy. I found it difficult to hit it hard enough to get to the hole. The same is true for chip shots. The greens are a weakness of this course right now.
What a difference a few months makes. After reading the review from this past February, I was looking forward to great conditions at this course. BIG DISSAPOINTMENT! Yes, it was considerably warmer than in February - in the mid 90's. But the real heat in the Phoenix area hasn't really started yet. My best word to describe the course conditions right now is ROUGH. The fairways are mostly quite thin, with many burnt out areas that have been recently punched. There are numerous areas where grass patches have replaced regular turf, and these are dead. I had many lies in the fairway that were on dead, punched, chewed up grass. The areas around the greens were very thin and dried out, or wet. Either way, getting a wedge under the ball was VERY difficult.

The greens look bad, from an aesthetics point of view. They rolled somewhat smooth, but were also a little bumpy. My main complaint is with the inconsistent speeds from green to green. It made putting a real challenge. Although the layout is decent, it was just no fun playing this burnt out, dry course. We paid $60 for each round, and it was not worth that much too me. I do not recommend playing this course right now.
Had a thoroughly delightful round at Moorpark CC on Monday, May 17. We played the Canyon Crest/Creekside nines. Overall, the course is in excellent shape, with one exception: the bunkers. Although I was not in a bunker today, all of them were VERY firm (bordering on hard) and mostly dirt. You could get out of them with a very good shot, but it was challenging.

The rest of the course; tee boxes, fairways, and greens are in very nice condition. The fairways are not as green as I've seen them at Moorpark, but they provide excellent lies and decent roll out. I don't recall any bare areas on the course. The greens rolled medium/fast. They were smooth and more on the firm side. But they held well struck approach shots nicely. I highly recommend the course right now.
Walked the silver tees on Monday, 5/10/21 in 4 hours and 20 minutes. Simi Hills GC overall is thoroughly enjoyable and in great shape. The fairways are semi-lush to lush. Although there are a few thin and brown spots, if you are in the fairway you'll have a very nice lie. There is a good cushion under your ball. It made ball striking easy. The rough is a bit mixed. Some areas are lush and 1-2 inches. Other areas are thinner; easy to hit out of. I was in two greenside bunkers. They had very adequate firm sand; easy to hit from. The greens are in very good condition. They are running medium-fast and smooth. The greens are firm. I hit several approach shots that came in very high, yet did not leave much of a ball mark. The course is a blast to play right now. It should get even better over the next month, as it prepares to course for the upcoming city tournament. Go play this gem.
Walked the blue tees this morning (5/6/21) with a 7:10am tee time. Overall, Balboa is in just fair condition. A number of tee boxes were unlevel and had a lot bare areas. Some were fine. The fairways are not in good shape. They have a mix of grasses, and many bare areas and coverage is typically thin and hard. They were playable, but looked and played like the middle of winter conditions.

The rough is mostly thin with some areas of thicker grass. Usually not a difficult shot from the rough. I was in one greenside bunker and one fairway bunker. Both had adequate heavy darker sand; good to hit from. The greens were punched a number of weeks ago. They were medium speed and held shots OK. But they were still a bit bumpy and our balls wobbled at times. In its current condition, I don't recommend playing Balboa. Encino and Woodley are in considerably better shape.
Had a great time with another single and a nice twosome at Soule Park mid-morning on Monday, 4/26/21. There was a little wind in the afternoon, but it wasn't too bad. We got around the course in just over 4 hours. So, a nice pace of play. There are few courses that I like playing as much as Soule Park. It has a great variety of holes, and is nearly always in great shape.

Overall, SP is in very good condition. The only negative is found with some of the tee boxes. Some were a little unlevel, hard and chewed up. But for the most part, they were quite serviceable. The fairways are starting to green up. There are still a mix of grasses, but well-cushioned lies abound in the fairways. They are not extremely lush, but they are not thin either. They should be perfect in another month. But they are great to play right now.

The rough is not much different than the fairway grass, except in a few areas, where it is 1 - 2 inches in length and not too penal. I was in 1 fairway bunker and 1 greenside bunker. The fairway bunker was nice firm sand. Easy to hit from. The greenside bunker was deep, soft sand. You need to careful not to dig too deep or the ball will stay in the bunker. The greens are in very good shape. They were firm. So lower approach shots would run out. But nicely struck higher approach shots would hold pretty well. They were smooth and ran medium-fast. The greens on this course have a lot of undulation. So being on the proper side of the hole and the right speed are keys to scoring well.

Get out and play Soule Park. The green fees are very reasonable and you will enjoy yourself!
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