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Today was my first time playing this course, and what a gem. Beautiful 80 degree Santa Ana day with very little wind. Golfnow had a $79 tee time and I called the course, and they matched the rate with a little earlier time. Played as a twosome with my Golf buddy and they let us out early, starting on hole 10. POP was of no consequence because we never saw anyone in front of us, and finished just under 4 hours. Gorgeous mountain course, with beautiful vistas in all directions. 3D golf, Every shot your going up, or downhill, with every hole different. Lot's of elevated tee shots which I love. Challenging but fair course. Rode in a cart and can't imagine ever walking all those hills. The carts have an ice chest, and GPS. Some soft slightly muddy areas, but handling this winters rains fairly well. The greens were receptive but fast and I had a really hard time reading them. Several times I putted only to watch my ball break in the opposite direction of my read. Course conditions were perfect. Only issue I could come up with was some of the sand traps seemed a little lite on sand, and maintenance was adding sand while we there.This is a full service club, with a very friendly staff. I Highly recommend playing Ojai Valley Inn.
Walked 13 holes starting at 3:30, Friday afternoon at Olivas. Only played 13 because of time constraints on a Friday evening. My partners and I were blown away by the quality of the fairway's, they were 3/4 of an inch of lush, trimmed perfection. The tee boxes were right there also. Our 3some finished the front nine in just under 2 hours. We didn't have anyone in front of us and it could have been even better POP. Wind was only about 8mph so not bad for an afternoon breeze. Always like this course, easily walked with it totally flat and no long walks between holes. Unfortunately that flatness does take a tiny bit away from any course in my eyes. Prefer golf to be a 3d experience. This course was re built as a links style course years ago and the layout does very well, to make up for the lack of elevation changes. I had one major complaint and most of that has way more to do with players than the course. Every green we played was severely pock-marked with ball marks nobody cared to repair. This course was immaculate, and for players to not repair their ball mark is beyond me as to why. When I hit a green, that's the first thing I'm looking for is my ball mark. And to bend over and repair it, is a sense of pride, "I did that" and I'm walking up to a green with only a putter. The greens may be a bit soft, the speed was bit on the slow side. But the size and quality of the greens show so much more potential than how they were playing.
One other drawback I have is that this course was designed to be played with way more water features than are currently in play. Several holes have totally dried up ponds where you can walk out into the middle of, and play your shot from, no mud just left as a native area with weeds and a few reeds. (It does speed up play though)
All n all still a very nice place to tee it up. And with cool ocean breezes, and temps in the 70's a wise choice.

Edit: after filling out the rating info with my giving poor rating on greens it came up with a rating of 6.8 but I would give it a better score of about 7.5.
First time to play Sandpiper,
What a great place to play golf! From first glance the course looked wide open, but boy was I wrong. Good thing I packed extra balls because I needed them. This is a real golf course, that requires length and good accurate shots. I played with a cart however, I think it would be a pretty challenging walk. Next time I'd like to walk just to take in more of the beauty. We started at 10:00 with the ocean a sheet of glass all the way out to the beautiful Channel Islands. As it's April everything was green with yellow mustard plants everywhere, what vistas. Tee boxes were all very nice, fairways were in good shape, The greens were fast about 11.6 I would guess. They felt a little thin to my liking but rolled very true. Sand traps were variable some hard packed, others nice and soft and one had a bunch of casual water, 2nd hole I think. Rough is penal enough but you get out of the rough into the native area's and it's 8 inches deep and definitely to be avoided. Causing part of the need for extra balls. And then the wind came. Blowing about 20-25 mph from the ocean. Kicked the difficulty up a notch or 2. Good thing I had enough balls. The 2 guys we were paired up with lost theirs on 13 and quit. hahaha.
Price is a bit steep, but it is ocean front property near Santa Barbara. I was fortunate, my playing partner is in the preferred partner plan, so as his guest the price was $50. I can't wait to go back.
I caddied for my son in a Special Olympics Tournament at Sea Pines on 5/17. What a great little course. As others have said, the greens were in good shape. Balls didn't seem to leave much of a divot so I'd think they're hard and somewhat fast, but relatively smooth. The first hole is the only short par 3 hole, the rest of the par 3's are mid to longish range. Two being just over 200 yards from tips. The par 4's are relatively short but allow an opportunity to bring out the Driver. Two of the par 4's have water in front of the greens with some strategy being required. The rough was definitely rough and a bit wet, and it can get windy being so close to the ocean(app. 1/2 mile).
As others have mentioned nice views and a nice little hotel on the property. I went out for Twilight rate the afternoon before for $10. Great course at a very reasonable price. One other interesting fact was that there are NO bunkers on the course, which can be a good idea for a course of this stature. POP on friday was under 2 hours. With Special Olympics of course it was a bit longer but I would think this is a great little get away for a family or any golfers just wanting to play golf for 2 hours at a reasonable rate. I would rate it a 6 on a 1-10 . Only reason I wouldn't go higher being, I just can't compare it to standard 18 hole course.
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