""Our biggest fear should not be failure, but succeeding at things that don't really matter.""
67 years old
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Los Angeles County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; Colorado
What's in Mike's Golf Bag
Taylormade M4 Driver
Taylormade Aeroburner 3 wood
Taylormade Aeroburner 3 & 4 Hybrids
Taylormade Aeroburner HL Irons 5 - P Wedge
Cleveland Wedges - SW (56), LW (60)
Taylormade Corsa putter
Last Updated: November 17, 2018
I started playing golf later in life. I was 52 when I started. I really enjoy the game and working at getting better. I love being on golf courses. My favorite part of the game is the short game. I could practice hitting chips, pitches and putts all day long! It has really helped my scoring as well. I've been very happily married for over 40 years. I have two wonderful grown children and 5 beautiful grandchildren. I often play as a single in LA county or Ventura county.
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Mike's Golf Course Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyed a 10am round at Olivas on Wednesday, 5/27. With temperatures in the low 90's in the SFV, it was a real pleasure to experience mid-t... » More
Thoroughly enjoyed a 10am round at Olivas on Wednesday, 5/27. With temperatures in the low 90's in the SFV, it was a real pleasure to experience mid-to-upper 60's with a nice breeze while on the course.
Overall, the course is still in fine shape. Fairways are not quite as green as they were a couple of weeks ago, but they are just as lush - a delight to hit from. The rough ranges from nicely cut grass of 1 - 3 inches to specific areas with grasses that are up to several feet high. Stay out those areas. You probably won't find your ball. I wasn't in any bunkers today. But my partner said there was plenty of good sand in the greenside bunkers he was in. The greens were soft and receptive and about medium speed. They rolled quite nicely, and were consistent throughout the course.
I really enjoy playing this beautiful golf course. It is easily walkable with just the right amount of challenge. I highly recommend it.» Close
Teed it up at Los Robles Monday 5/11 at 9:30am on a very nice mid-seventies day with a nice breeze. We waited on some holes. But our pace of play was ... » More
Teed it up at Los Robles Monday 5/11 at 9:30am on a very nice mid-seventies day with a nice breeze. We waited on some holes. But our pace of play was a respectable 4 hours, with everyone walking. Overall, the course is in excellent condition. Some of the tee boxes had a few issues with being level, but nothing significant.
The fairways were lush and green with a very nice cushion under your ball. The rough was fairly consistent and mostly lush, around 1 - 3 inches in length. Depending on your lie, it could be easy to hit from or somewhat penal. I was in 2 greenside bunkers. Both of them had nice soft sand, a pleasure to hit from. The greens were smooth and firm. They held shots pretty well. They rolled very nicely and were medium fast. I highly recommend playing here.» Close
I played Moorpark CC Wednesday morning (4/29) with 3 other gentlemen at 9:00am. When I arrived I fully expected to walk the course. When I walked up t... » More
I played Moorpark CC Wednesday morning (4/29) with 3 other gentlemen at 9:00am. When I arrived I fully expected to walk the course. When I walked up to the pro shop area pushing my cart, I was told that I didn't need my cart. I could use a power cart. So I went into the pro shop and they had me sign a waiver and gave me a cart by myself. I was told that if I had a disability or some kind of injury, I could sign the waiver and get a cart. So, since my back has been giving me trouble lately, I signed and drove! As I was driving the course, it became apparent that playing Ridgeline and Creekside is a VERY long and arduous walk. I'm always up for a challenge, but with some of the very long distances between holes and the extreme mountainous terrain, it would make for a long round, probably over 5 hours, easy. Today, it only took 3.5 hours.
All covid-19 measures in place. Social distancing, no available ball washers, no rakes in sand traps, and no water stations on the course. The greens had the pins in the cups. There was a section of pvc tubing around the bottom of each pin, making it easy to pull the ball out without touching anything but your ball. Like other Ventura county courses, Moorpark does not require the use of masks.
Overall, the course is in fabulous condition. Tee boxes are lush. Fairways are completely lush and green (a delight to hit from). The rough on the course is lush and consistently around 3 inches in length. I was in two bunkers, one greenside and one fairway. Other than some foot prints in the bunkers, they were in great shape with nice soft, plentiful sand. The greens were medium speed early. They became medium fast as the temperature warmed. With the exception of one green, they rolled smoothly and held shots well. There is evidence of the greens being punched within the past several weeks, but it didn't affect the roll at all. The greens are in very good shape. I highly recommend playing here right now. It is in the best shape possible.» Close
Played Soule Park Monday, 4/20/20 with a 9:30am tee time. When I found out that this course would be open on Monday, I thought this would be a great c... » More
Played Soule Park Monday, 4/20/20 with a 9:30am tee time. When I found out that this course would be open on Monday, I thought this would be a great course to break my 60 day, imposed fast from golf. All tee times are prepaid online, and appropriate physical distancing was emphasized with signage. My threesome had no trouble maintaining a good distance between us. The driving range is open. All the pins are in the holes for the entire course. But there is a styrofoam insert that fits around the flagstick inside the cup. It sits about 1 inch below the surface of the cup. This allows the ball to be holed, yet makes it easy to retrieve your ball without touching the cup or pin. We were told to not remove any pins. Everyone complied in my group and it was simple to do. There are no rakes or ball washers on the course. That's about all the pandemic stuff. Now, to the course playing conditions.
I really enjoy the layout and scenery around this course. It is fantastic. Overall, the course is in great shape. The fairways are excellent; very green and lush, with super lies. The rough is quite penal. Most of it is about 3 - 4 inches deep. And when the ball sits down you really have to hack it out. The two bunkers I was in (both greenside) had beautiful, soft sand. The bunkers were a dream to hit from. Most of the tee boxes were in good shape. However, there were a couple that were thin and had spotty coverage. Hole number 4 comes to mind.
Unfortunately, the greens on the course right now are not very good. They are very slow, even downhill putts were slow. Because of the slowness, all the breaks were exaggerated. It was very difficult to pick the right line and speed because of this. To compound the problem, the greens were likely punched and sanded a week or two ago. So the greens were also somewhat bumpy. Even though the greens were in this condition, they were playable, but don't expect to hole too many from distance.
Even with the greens in poor shape at the present time, the course is still very enjoyable to play. I don't think I minded the poor greens because I was just happy to be able to get out and play. Hopefully, once the greens heal from the aeration they will speed up and be smooth. Once that happens, this course will be a must play. Enjoy» Close
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