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I get the opportunity to play Boulder Creek every year in mid-October and really look forward to it. Tournament weekend and played all three nines on 10/13-10/15. I really love playing here for a lot of reasons. First if not windy, the weather is beautiful this time of year. Second, it is a fun layout. A good mixture of long and short holes with split fairways and bunkers strategically placed. And third, the course is in great condition right now.

The staff in the clubhouse and in the restaurant/bar are great. On our Friday practice round, they gave us the resident, twilight rate. So nice of them to do that. The food in the restaurant is very good and the service is exceptional.

The course was recently re-opened after all of the over seeding. Fairways are super. Not a bad lie out there. The Bermuda rough is starting to brown out providing a nice color contrast with the lush, green fairways. Even though going dormant, some of the rough was thick and you could lose a ball in there. We spent a little time looking for balls in the rough. Bunkers were in good condition. Good, firm sand.

Greens were recovering nicely from the over seeding as well. About medium fast this weekend and rolled true.

Sadly, pace of play was tournament speed, about 5 hours. Our tournament is never real fast for some reason.

I cannot say enough good things about this place. If in the area, you should make it point to play.
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They just opened from overseed and it's in horrible shape. I cannot believe they overseeded the greens. They are not even a year old and they overseeded them. Someone is going to lose their job when they have to replace them all because of this move. They are now patchy and bumpy and hard and slow. Not a good combo. Very poor decision to overseed them.
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I was happy to join GKer itslikeimsayin when he posted a Meet-Play for Oak Valley at 1:52 on Sunday, 10/15/17, as I really like this track and wish it was a little closer to me so I could play it more often. As I found from my ongoing head-scratching at trying to hit these greens and get putts near the hole, repeated plays here are necessary to better appreciate the correct sides of the fairway from which to approach the greens, and to get more familiar with all the subtle movement on the greens and the best way to approach various pin positions. I generally like Schmidt-Curley designs, as I think their green complexes “make sense”, but there was definitely a lot more movement and green segmentation at OV than I remembered – just because you are “on the green” doesn’t mean you have a putt at the hole. Combined with this is the abundance of uneven lies throughout the course, as it plays out into shallow washes and back – a level lie, even in the middle of the fairway, is pretty rare here, so this also must be factored into shotmaking.

It was hot and windy, but not that crowded as we queued up behind a couple of foursomes. We waited only a little bit on the first few holes, then play stretched out after about hole #5 and we rarely even saw the group in front again, and weren’t pushed from behind. Early on we were concerned about the amount of wind we were seeing around the clubhouse, but once on the course it wasn’t as bad as we feared, and the Santa Ana condition made many of the longer holes play downwind. You had to factor in the wind in club selection, but it wasn’t punishing at all. The humidity was so low that I think the ball was flying better than normal – we had several instances where balls flew much longer than we anticipated.

Greens were in very good shape (subtle movement and all – LOL!); I thought they were smooth and rolled well at medium+ speeds. I did notice some differences in firmness between greens – some were very receptive (Mark’s approach plugged in place on the elevated #4 green), but others were firmer and you could get a stiff bounce. This pattern continued throughout the round, and you were never quite sure what kind of reception approaches would get. Green speeds were fairly consistent, I thought. These greens also have some pretty steep runoffs into collection areas that generally were filled with deep lush grass, making recovery chips challenging. The course uses a red-white-blue flag rotation, but they weren’t slaves to it today – the par-5s into the wind today all had red flags, making landing on those small green-front areas challenging.

Fairways and rough were generally in good shape, and could vary from dry/firm to lush/soft, depending on the vagaries of the irrigation system. We generally got quite a bit of runout in the fairways, especially downwind. Sand looked to be in good shape everywhere. I was in 2 fairway bunkers where the sand was fairly firm, though depth varied. The greenside bunker behind #15 was also pretty firm and could use more playing depth, but anyone who knows my sand game may be skeptical of any comments.

Tees were the most questionable part of the conditioning. We immediately noticed areas of distinct uneveness and/or sloping on the first few holes – they generally got better further into the round. The recent maintenance had left the tees with obvious post-punch patchiness, but finding a good spot was dictated by terrain, not foliage. Many of the par-3 tees had no divot mix boxes, and were pretty torn up, with #14 being especially bad. Some tees with divot mix boxes had no mix in them. And some off the shorter par-4s, where players might use an iron or a hybrid, could also use divot mix boxes. And just to add to the mix, many of the tee box surrounds appear to be the favorite hangouts of the local gopher population.

Carts are basic – no GPS (a yardage book is offered; some sprinklers are marked; and there are colored monuments in the fairways) or ball-washer, but there is a cooler. Restrooms on the course are very basic, and they had capped the sink in the men’s restroom on tee #6. There are no sand refills available at the turn or elsewhere, so many divots went unfilled. Water jugs on tee #6 and tee #8 were empty. The clubhouse was closed when we finished just after 6pm, so no bathroom or water before the trip home.

GKer Andrew1 had made some comments about this being a Dye track – I knew it was Schmidt-Curley, but Mark says he thinks they were both once Dye associates, so the bulkheaded lakes, mounding and deep runoffs, and inscrutable greens at OV make more sense if that’s true and they brought some Dye influence to the ambiance. Sorry to doubt you, Andrew! Thanks to Mark and Wendy for a very enjoyable round, and I definitely need to plan on getting back here sooner rather than later.
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La Purisima is simply one of my favorite courses in Southern California. I wish it were closer, but even being about 200 miles from home, I still make certain I play there at least once a year. I never have any problem getting out early, which I attribute in large part to Stacey, who is fantastic! Always provides perfect customer service !

I am hesitant to be critical about anything on this course, but the fairways had a lot of bare spots, I mean a lot of them. Those areas which had grass were fine, but there was a 50/50 chance you would not find grass on some holes. Greens were great. Smooth and reasonably quick. Quite a few tee boxes were not level, not even close.

However when you love a course, the scenery, the staff, and just the general ambiance, you finish your round and wish you could go out and play it again. Wonderful time on a fabulous course. Played in 2 hours 40 min, which is a great pace for this. A perfect way to begin the day!
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Teed off as a 3some at 2:15pm on Monday, with the next group a full hole in front. Caught up to them in a few holes, but never had much of a wait all day. POP ended up right at 4 hours, so looks like it was a good pace all day, with aakes90278 reporting 4 hours with a morning round.

Agree with aakes90278 on the course conditions, but wasn't in any traps. Greens were slightly bumpy, but not bad and had a good putting day. Had one of my better rounds in a long time, and attribute a portion of that to making an effort to leave approach and chip shots, etc., below/short of the hole. Wasn't always successful, but would suggest it as a strategy here when possible, as it made a real difference.

Teeboxes and fairways were all very good, and typical for the course. Got a decent amount of roll today, even though the fairways weren't cut any shorter than normal. Probably the heat of the day helped dry them out from their normal watering.

They punched the two practice greens a week ago, along with Mesa Linda. After seeing the practice greens last Wednesday after their punching, was very impressed to see how far they have come along in 5 days. Probably about 50% healed, but putted reasonably well. Normally, I'd stay away for at least 4 weeks, but am giving Mesa a go next Monday based on what I saw. The greenskeeper here does do a great job in getting the greens to heal fast after punchings. As GK has noted, Lagos will be punched next Monday and Tuesday.
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Played here yesterday for the first time in many years. We paid $33 to walk and had a 9:15 tee time. Check in was easy and the course was busy due to a tournament on their other course. The putting green was bumpy and still showing signs of recent punching's and when we got to the first tee their were 3 groups waiting and 3 groups playing the hole. We teed off a little late due to this but once we did we rarely ever waited again and finished our round right at 4 hours!!! The course was green and the weather was near perfect. Overall conditions right now are not bad at all especially the greens....The were smooth, medium fast, and held shots very well. Not at all like the practice putting greens, The sand played great and the tee boxes were level. The fairways and rough were a mixed bag of lush and spotty lies otherwise I would have rated the course about 7-10. The greens were the highlight by far and we would definitely play here again. Long pars threes makes this a good test from the back tees. Very enjoyable rough with generous landing areas.
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I play this course a few times each year and it's typically in "good" condition. After playing this weekend I'll be surprised if I ever go back. Every fairway is brown and dead. This course has not survived the summer and probably won't get better any time soon. Greens fees at Tierra Rejada are never cheap. To pay more than $80 for this course at this time is a disappointing joke. The greens weren't bad but I did land a few shots on some areas that were rock hard. I thought it was odd when I showed up and no one was really there at 8:45 on a weekend morning. It's because this course is dried out and dead. Additionally I've heard this course is in financial distress. The customer service doesn't add any value either. If a fast food restaurant was able to charge similar prices to a high end steak house and get away with poor customer service. It would be called Tierra Rejada. Not a fan.
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I played as a solo walker on Monday 10/16, without a reservation, paying the $17 twilight rate. As always, check in was friendly and efficient, and I went directly to the first tee without warming up, starting my round a little past 11:30am. Weather was very hot and dry, with light breezes. Except for a very rude threesome who hit into me as I finished the 14th hole, and again as I teed off on the 15th, I did not encounter any other players during my round.

I played from the blue tees (6568 yards/71.3 rating/124 slope).
Tee boxes were level and well covered with lush turf.
Fairways were variable, with some thin areas around the margins, but generally even, lush turf in the middle. There were a few unfilled divots, but most appeared to have been repaired.
Rough was the usual mixed bag (as it always is here), with some lush turf and some bare ground.
I only found one bunker, greenside, and it was maintained, with soft, thin sand - easy to play from. The other bunkers that I observed appeared to have been maintained and stocked with enough sand.
As usual, the best part of the course was the greens. They were generally smooth, and free of notable blemishes, with the exception of hole 11, where it appeared that several sections of turf had been recently replaced. Greens were quite receptive, and on the softer side of firm. Putts rolled true, though a little slower than I am accustomed to at El Prado.
My round was completed in 3.5 hours, but would have been quicker were it not for the rude threesome that decided to play right through me on the 15th hole.
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Early am round in a little over four hours. The staff here is always great and helpful even early in the morning! The tee boxes are in nice shape right now but could use a little trim. The fairways are very nice also with great coverage. The only complaint was several holes had a few sections that had been over watered and muddy up. The rough is thicker now than I can remember in the past years - the length and thickness made locating your balls difficult. The length also limited the distance you could hit shots from it. The greens looked great and sped up some as our round progressed. The greens were fairly bumpy but there were very few ball marks on all of them - nice! The traps were the usual mix of sand and dirt and dirt and dirt - I will add they were well groomed. Most of the traps were also very wet. I always enjoy this well kept course for it's reasonable rates and good conditions.
8 Likes.
Played here yesterday at 1:52 with dconnally and abbacat. Hot day but consistent breezes kept it quite comfortable all day. It was very gusty when we arrived, so I chose to play the white tees (6,316 yards). (They could use a tee option between the 6,316 whites and 6,829 blues.) POP was pretty good at about 4:20.

The course reopened from overseeding and aeration October 1 and is in pretty good condition. It wasn't a "Palm Desert"-type overseeding where the whole entire course is a dark green stripe show afterward, but overall the turf at Oak Valley is in good condition. Greens were mostly smooth, occasionally bumpy, medium fast and accepted full shots well. They seemed to get softer later in the afternoon. Tough to read with some subtle and not-so-subtle breaks. Fairways had good coverage, a few thin spots here and there but mostly nice lies all day. Rough was healthy with good coverage and was deep in some spots, mostly greenside. I wasn't in a bunker but they looked really nice. Tee boxes were the low point; not a big deal because you can tee it up, but several were domed and some had not grown back in all the way since maintenance. Overall conditions are quite nice, and once the sun got low, the course looked amazing in the late afternoon light.

I hadn't played out here for about 3.5 years, which is way too long of an absence. Interesting layout with lots of elevation changes, no housing on the course, great mountain views and a challenging and beautiful course.

I made a Flickr photo album of 52 photos that can be viewed here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm4sbKxd
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Out again at Soule Park this morning 10/16/2017 teeing off at 9:52am just in front of a HS girls CIF playoff. Rode the Orange Tees with my buddy Mack and his buddy Ricki and Brian. It was so hot today with temps ending our round around 100 degrees that we lost a player after 9 holes--one of the hotter mid October days that I can remember. POP was 4 hrs not having to wait on one shot.

Not much has changed condition wise since I played out here 9 days ago with buddies other then the greens were even rolling better today.

Greens very soft, receptive to irons with spin. Very little ballmarks to be fixed today. Would say maybe a 9-10 on the stimp. In very good shape. Rated 7.5/10--maybe closer to 8/10.

Fairways for the most part have full coverage with lush green grass--very few problem areas. Rated 7.5/10.

Bunkers contained some nice darker clay lake raked sand. Rated 7/10.

Some tees need leveling--number #5 comes to mind. For the most part lush very filled in nice teeing grounds. Rated 7/10.

Get off the fairways and the rough is a mixed bag of thin lies, dirt, lush grass or even some dirt areas between holes. Rated 6/10.

Their walking rates are a great deal--its gets hot out here so if you can pick a day where its not to hot this place is for sure recommended.
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I have been waiting all summer for the course to re-open. I should have waiting longer. I wanted to play now to help the new management get the course going again. The greens are absolutely TERRIBLE! They are full of weeds and have major bare spots. I can't see them recovering before next spring. The rest of the course is in okay shape but because the greens are so bad is really don't matter. I've played courses the same day they aerated and sanded and had a better experience.
7 Likes.
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