""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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Teed off on Monday 9/15 at 10am as a foursome. Typical Covid procedures except that all of the practice areas were open, including the putting green a... » More
Teed off on Monday 9/15 at 10am as a foursome. Typical Covid procedures except that all of the practice areas were open, including the putting green and chipping area. Water stations on the course were full of water and had paper cups available. The cart girl came around twice during our round.
Overall, Los Robles is in good shape. Tee boxes were a bit chopped up and uneven, but nothing you couldn't work with. The fairways were fairly lush, with some thin and browned out spots, but nearly always a good lie. The rough was about 1-3 inches and not too difficult to hit out of. They have numerous areas that contain wood chips/pine straw. So you had to deal with that if you were in the trees off the fairway. With the exception of one green, the greens had been aerated with small holes. Mostly, it didn't affect the roll of the ball too much. But on some holes, it made for a bouncy roll and even took your ball off line a bit. This didn't happen too much. But was an issue on a couple of greens. The greens were running medium/fast. Sand traps were fine, with plenty of good sand. I really enjoy playing this course. I do recommend it.» Close
Played Debell on Tuesday morning with a 8:50 tee time. Nice relief from the extreme temperatures we experienced over the weekend, with temps in the lo... » More
Played Debell on Tuesday morning with a 8:50 tee time. Nice relief from the extreme temperatures we experienced over the weekend, with temps in the low 70's and overcast. I haven't played this course for a couple of years. I remember why now. I don't care for the layout. The front 9 nine is pretty narrow and chopped up. Couldn't use my driver until the 8th hole. The back nine is a little more open, but still has some very quirky holes.
The overall condition of the course is just fair. Tee boxes are terrible. We played the blue tees. Many bare areas and hard pan. One tee box only had an area about 2' x 3' where there was grass. The fairways are a mix. There are quite a few areas that are thin and bare, even in the middle of the fairway. There are some good lies to be had as well. I would rate the fairways at 5/10. The rough along the fairways is impossible to hit out of in many areas and not too bad in others. There are a lot of spots where the rough is from 4 to 8 inches deep. With narrow fairways, this makes it difficult to have a shot into the green from a good lie. I had numerous lies just a foot off the fairway where I could only hack it out of 5 inches of heavy rough.
The bunkers are a mess. Many of them are hard pack and full of lines and troughs. I was able to get out of the two bunkers I was in, but you had to be careful. The greens were medium speed. They were soft and held shots fairly well. The were mostly smooth with some bumpiness.
I did not enjoy my round here today. The course is in only fair shape, but playable. For the $15 senior walking rate, it was fine. But I wouldn't pay anything more.» Close
After playing the Vineyard course last week, we thought we'd try Victoria Lakes this week. Last week I was pleasantly surprised at the good conditions... » More
After playing the Vineyard course last week, we thought we'd try Victoria Lakes this week. Last week I was pleasantly surprised at the good conditions on the Vineyard course. This week I was disappointed at the mediocre conditions on the Lakes course. On the positive side, we teed off at 7am today (8/31), and never waited on a single shot. It took our foursome, a little less than 3:45 minutes to complete the round. We could only see a few other groups on the course this morning.
Unfortunately, this was the only truly good part of the round. The fairways, unlike the Vineyard course, were very thin and dry. They were definitely playable, but about as good as a average muni course. Just OK. The rough was typically not much different from the fairways. So no real penalty there. I was in one greenside bunker. It was wet and firm. I was able to get out without much of a problem. The greens were quite soft. They held approach shots well. They were medium-slow and a bit bumpy. Even some downhill putts were slower than anticipated.
To me, the Vineyard course is in much better shape all around. I haven't played the Lakes course for about a year. The last time I did, it was in great shape. So it's decline is sad. I still enjoy the layout, but the conditions are mediocre at best.» Close
Played the Vineyard course on Tuesday 8/25 as a foursome, with a tee time of 7:20am. POP was excellent at 3:45. Never waited on a shot. It was pretty ... » More
Played the Vineyard course on Tuesday 8/25 as a foursome, with a tee time of 7:20am. POP was excellent at 3:45. Never waited on a shot. It was pretty foggy for the first several holes. But ended up mostly cloudy and cool for the rest of the round. Overall, the course is in good condition. Tee boxes are a bit of a mixed bag, but never a problem. The fairways are in good to very good condition. There are certainly some dry areas that are browned out. But they are in the minority.
Mostly, the fairways are green and somewhat lush. On the back nine, many of the fairways were excellent, with lush, green conditions. The rough was mixed. Some areas were about 1-2 inches and not too penal. Other areas had very deep grass that was quite difficult to extricate yourself from. I was in one greenside bunker. It had very nice firmly packed sand. Easy to hit from. The greens were running at medium speed, but were medium-fast on downhill putts. Unfortunately, they are somewhat bumpy. But if you hit a good putt with the right speed it would track fine. I enjoyed the round today. I do recommend the course.» Close
Teed off as a foursome at 7:20am on Monday 8/17. We came here to escape the heat of the valley. It was a great temperature, but a little humid. We pla... » More
Teed off as a foursome at 7:20am on Monday 8/17. We came here to escape the heat of the valley. It was a great temperature, but a little humid. We played from the tips since this course is not long. Right now Buenaventura is in excellent shape, from tee to green. Tee boxes are level and lush. The fairways were nearly pristine. They were like a carpet with great cushion under your ball. I would rate them 9 out of 10. The rough is not too much different than the fairways in terms of length, maybe 1 inch in height. But they were consistent and not very penal.
The areas immediately around the greens are in super shape, very easy to chip from. I was in two greenside bunkers. Both of them had plenty of medium grade sand. Easy to hit from. The greens were running medium speed. They are very green and mostly smooth. Although there were a few occasions where we got a few hops on some putts. But nothing too bad. These greens have more undulation and break to them than many other municipal courses.
Although this is a shorter course, the variety of holes is interesting. You get to use a lot of creativity on the course with different shots. This course is in great shape. Play it.» Close
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