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What's in Kevin's Golf Bag
Callaway RAZR FIT 9.5
Ping G15 3 Wood
Adams Idea Tight Lies hybrid 3
Mizuno JPX 825 4-GW
Cleveland TFi 2135
Balls: Various brands of new, well used, found, premium, discount, and freebies.
Tees: Various new, used, broken, tall, short.
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Last Updated: February 17, 2020
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Back again today; first group out. Senior rate $55. I played the Valley and Desert nines. Overall, fairly lush conditions; the further out in the roug... » More
Back again today; first group out. Senior rate $55. I played the Valley and Desert nines. Overall, fairly lush conditions; the further out in the rough, it does get sketchy and quickly you could find some dirt or native areas. On the bright side, there is a noticeable difference between the fairway cut and the rough. Pace was great on the front at an hour and twenty minutes. We hit a shotgun tournament on the third hole of the back nine and then it was a long morning after that, finishing that back nine in twice the time it took for the front.
Greens: The Valley nine greens ran smooth and medium fast. No bad areas, a little soft and very receptive to most shots. The Desert nine greens were a little bumpier, but not bad and the speed was the same.
Fairways: It looked like they could use a mower, but it was nice overall. There may have been a few areas marked GUR, but those were not usually in play. Great lies throughout all the fairways. Carts did have bottles of sand/seed/mulch, which I used quite a lot; I even grabbed two more between Holes 4 and 5 where they have a stockpile by the restroom. Mostly, I used them on tee boxes and a few areas in the fairways.
Rough: It's getting thick out here. Some areas I had trouble locating my ball, it was that deep. Like 3" and lush.
Bunkers: All the bunkers had good amounts of soft sand. No rakes, though.
Tees: We played the blues; they were mostly level except for Desert 1 and 9, but even those two were not terrible.
It seems that the course is really coming together. Personally, I would like to see more grass and less native areas. It can be done. I think the course could be better if it were a little more forgiving. I guess I'm gettng old and soft. It's definitely worth the $55.» Close
Played today, second group out. $37 to ride. Our tee time was 7:00 , but the starter doesn't open up until 7:00 apparently. No cash transactions at th... » More
Played today, second group out. $37 to ride. Our tee time was 7:00 , but the starter doesn't open up until 7:00 apparently. No cash transactions at the proshop, btw. They are really watering the course. It's very green and lush, but overly wet in many areas. You should not have too much trouble with the wet areas unless you are not striking it well. Greens were soft and medium fast, but there were a lot of ball marks. Originally we were the first group, but since we were a foursome, we let a faster threesome ahead of us on the first tee. Good pace of play at around 3:15. There is talk of turning this course into a regulation-length course by eliminating the short Chica course, although I'm not sure how they can route it to get ten more strokes.
Greens: Medium fast, soft, and lots of old ball marks to get your fix on. Bring your favorite repair tool! No bad areas, though; I found the greens looked and rolled nice despite the ball marks.
Fairways and rough: Better grass coverage than this course has had in the past. Some areas are roped off with new sod and the old drainage barranca that crosses the course is now filled in and roped off as Ground Under Repair. There is also a discernable cut between the rough and fairways.
Tees: Mostly level, some of the blue markers were not yet set out, so I took some liberties and made some placements as I saw fit. The turf on most of the teeing ground is really beat up. Many looked like they had some large hole aerification within the last couple of weeks. Hole 15 tees were fully under GUR and roped off; hitting from the front of the reds gives you about 250 to the green, so it's currently a drivable par 4.
Sand: Bunkers were decent. Some were a little damp, but the sand was plentiful and soft.
Overall: It's good right now, but aerification is apparently coming up next week, so we will see how it goes. It's probably not really worth the $37 riding, but walking should be around $25 and I know they usually have deals on several third party discount websites. I hope they do revise the course and try to make it into a regulation length course. I'd like to see that.» Close
Played here yesterday with fellow GKer, S_Smith. We used a couple of Underpar deals for about $50/player. Our foursome went off on time at 2:12, each ... » More
Played here yesterday with fellow GKer, S_Smith. We used a couple of Underpar deals for about $50/player. Our foursome went off on time at 2:12, each player in their own cart. My first time here and it's very hilly. They have a nice patio area and the facilities look nice. Friendly service from all the course personnel. We finished right at sundown, so no extra holes for us.
Tees were mostly level and easy to find a spot to hit from. A couple of tees are tucked into the hillside and there is limited room to hit from.
Fairways looked great. There was good turf to hit from and it seemed like there were no issues.
Rough was cut nicely and very consistent throughout the course. There were a few thin or bare areas, but mostly it was no problem.
Bunkers looked fine. I did not get into any, but I saw my playing partners were able to hit from them without any problems.
Greens were very nice. Somewhat soft, there were ample ball marks to fix. They held most any good shot. They did roll nice and smooth with a medium fast pace.
Overall impression is that they like to get a premium price for playing here; good for them, but I would prefer to not pay the regular rate. I just don't think this is an $89 weekend course. They do have specials if you are signed up for the EZ Links 805 club. The course is a little quirky in places and it's tight with lots of hazards abounding. A little course knowledge is key here as well. I don't dislike the course and it's tucked away just off the 101 freeway in a nice part of the state.» Close
I played here today with my buddy and old GKer, kilt1iron, who I am trying to get to post more here. We had a 6:50 tee time; senior rate is $55 to ri... » More
I played here today with my buddy and old GKer, kilt1iron, who I am trying to get to post more here. We had a 6:50 tee time; senior rate is $55 to ride. Must make time online. Covid protocols: No touch check in, no flags on practice putting green, for some reason there were no flags or decent targets on the range, Styrofoam in cups, etc... We got off on time, but had to wait on two or three slower groups right in front of us. POP was just about 4:15.
Mower was making its way towards us, so the first two greens were not mowed before we played them. It should have been nice after that, but the greens were so soft and the mower seemed to be leaving some debris behind; not much, but it should have been better.
The course is definitely bracing itself for the impending heat wave this holiday weekend and there was a lot of surface water on several fairways. A couple of areas were roped off GUR and there was some spot aeration on a few fairways. Fairly lush conditions on the fairways and rough, so there was not a lot of run out on most shots. That's a good thing here as you could find a good shot going bad real quick because of all the native areas adjacent to each hole.
I have been playing here for decades and it seems despite the new ownership and the ample amounts of water they are putting into it, things are not improving as much as I'd hoped. I was told there was a fungus problem a week or two ago on a couple of greens and you could see some residual damage here and there. Hole nine has some obvious signs of attempted repair. Overall, the greens looked okay and rolled okay, but that's it. I am old enough to remember when their slogan was, "Fastest greens in the west!" Ah, the good old days!
I want to really love this course. There are plans for a resort, similar to Ojai Valley Inn. It looks like it would be good for the area; especially since there is a nearby development project with commercial, residential, and a transportation hub. Overall, right now, I could say it's almost worth the $55, but not much more.» Close
Played Friday, August 7, 2020. $47 riding (senior rate) at 9:20. As a twosome, we were waiting on most every shot. Despite the 10 minute tee times, th... » More
Played Friday, August 7, 2020. $47 riding (senior rate) at 9:20. As a twosome, we were waiting on most every shot. Despite the 10 minute tee times, there were many groups who just seemed very slow. Course conditions were not as good as the last time I played here.
Greens: They putted at a medium, fast speed; possibly slower than I remember them. They were also quite soft and there were plenty of ball marks to fix and a lot of poorly repaired ball marks that may never heal without some effort. I fixed a couple by pulling out the dead grass and knitting the edges into the center. Other than that, they did look lush, there were no badly damaged areas, and they rolled predictably.
Fairways and rough: Lots of good turf to hit from everywhere. Easy to take a huge divot, if that's your usual shot. However, many areas were a little too wet. Most likely the course is trying to stay ahead of any hot weather that could hit. The rough was not too penal and it was fairly easy to hit from it. Lots of undulating terrain usually left you with a ball above or below your feet.
Bunkers: There was plentiful, light-colored sand in all the bunkers. It was fairly easy to hit from the one I was in on Hole 13 greenside.
Tees: They all looked nice and level (we played the blue tees). Easy to place a tee in the ground and not too many divots.
Range: We shared a small bucket ($4) of balls. It's an all grass range and the area in which the teeing ground was set up was beat down pretty bad. Might have been nice to get some good turf, but I used a tee for most of my shots anyway.
Pace of play: It was right at 4 hours after skipping a slow group at Hole 8. Almost two groups per tee by the time we got to Hole 2. We ended up skipping Holes 7 and 8 ( a short par 3 and a short par 4). From Hole 7 tee, I could see the group on 8 tee was super slow; despite having an open hole ahead of them they were just talking and not teeing off. The pace did pick up a little for us after we skipped ahead to Hole 9. As we were coming down 18 fairway, we could see the groups behind just teeing off on 17. They combined themselves into a large group of six. Ugh! That would have been horrible to be behind that! My guess is that it would have been closer to 5 hours had we not skipped two holes.
Overall, the starter and course personnel were friendly and the check in process was quick and easy. We were able to get breakfast burritos (about $10/each) from the snack bar before our round. They were large and we could have split one. They have a good salsa to go with it. Kudos to the cart barn, as I left my shoes in the back of the cart (Jeez, senior moment). Came back the next day and got them from the proshop lost and found.» Close
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