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Finally the greens are getting back to the way they were in 2001, 02, 03. There even cutting some of the trees that were just planted to annoy Golfers. The 2nd hole tree that made the fairway 16 feet wide has been taken down. Now if they can remove the Par five Tree on the left of the fairway on 13th hole that would speed up play. That is a annoying tree and serves no purpose. New Management is doing good as far as the course goes. They have quit watering so much and the course is getting some roll out and also no mud on your ball any longer in the fairway. They switched the 9 nine when new management came, which is still a problem for golfers making the turn, being that clubhouse is about 190 yards away.
3 Likes.
Played Thursday, teeing off at 1:06pm, sent out as a single amid mass cancellations due to a bit of rain. POP was 3.5hrs, with a 3some two groups ahead moving well and chose to pace my play accordingly. Skies cleared up on the 9th hole, and things started drying/warming up nicely for a lovely late afternoon.

Greens were soft, receptive and rolled very smooth at medium speed. Tees were mostly lush and good. Fairways and green aprons had some water/wash-out damage, but mostly good. Rough was not too penal. Sand was of course damp and a bit heavy, but OK.

Glad I played, course is pretty good overall. No cart lady today, but excellent service in the 19th hole with Ryan, lots of TVs to watch the start of March Madness, and a few good happy hour deals which I had to wait for - they started at 5:00pm. An older gent started playing some mellow tunes on the patio at 6pm as I left, and they were set up for Thursdays pasta night.
5 Likes.
The rise is real. The new management has done a fantastic job improving playing conditions and cleaning up a true hidden gem. Anyone who has played Soule Park Golf Course knows what a great layout it is and how affordable it is to play. Now add to it great playing conditions (which include new sand in all the bunkers), lush turf and fast, smooth greens and it’s easy to see why Greenskeeper.org users have voted Soule Park Golf Course “Most Worth The Green Fee” in Ventura County 2017 & 2018.

Teed it up yesterday with a Facebook friend Garth who invited me out to play with his outing group. I could not resist. It was raining in the morning but cleared up so take a look as some the photos I just posted. The golf course was going to originally punch the greens on March 4 & March 5 but that moved to early April. For March, although there are obviously some wet thin areas in the fairways, it was green, lush and beautiful. The only minor blemish are the tee boxes that could use a good cut and possibly a future project to make them more level.
It was 45 minute drive from Thousand Oaks that I’d gladly make anytime. I feel this golf course is must play if you are in the area and can see its popularity growing very quickly. The scenery of the Ojai Valley and surrounding is gorgeous. Highly Recommended.
12 Likes.
Played an SCGA outing in wonderfully warm conditions. Just like golf used to be 7 or so months ago. Went in with lowish expectations and Porter Valley sneaked over them with little room to spare. While par 70 it does have three par 5's and most of the par three's are over 200 yards so it rarely feels short and since it's full of huge sand filled calderas guarding tiered and tilted greens - it also rarely felt easy. Front nine was friendly enough but after the turn the walls started closing in and the houses kept inching toward the fairways until the cart path becomes and integral part of the fairway (they have special rules to deal with that).

Tee boxes, fairways, and rough all had a public course feel to them but on a slightly better than average day. The bunkers I was in had heavy sand that caught me off guard the first time I hit in one. Greens were smooth and fairly fast - with all the undulations - difficult to score on.

For me the back nine is the reason I probably won't play here again. Watching a ball travel into somebody's back yard or worse detracts too much from the fun. I kept the ball in play all day but not everyone in my group was so lucky and next time it will probably be me.
8 Likes.
Played today knowing that there were possible rain showers forecasted in the afternoon. Got in 14 holes before the steady rain hit however our group powered on and finished the round a little wet but not soaked. We were the only group left on the course. Today was cart path only.
Some small areas of standing water which we played as water hazards with no penalty. The course is green and in very nice conditions. The greens rolled medium fast surprising with all the rain. They have the Gold Card for $99 which includes a free round and discounted rounds for the rest of the year which is a good deal.
7 Likes.
Played Sat 3/16 12:52 time thru tee off.com $40 w/cart, played as a threesome with a single. POP slow, 3 hours on the front 2 1/2 on the back, glad daylights savings had kicked in. Well, if you want to experience links golf in SoCal, Skylinks is the place for you, fairways dormant, hard, firm and fast with zero rough. Balls roll forever. Great lies on the fairways, just stay down and commit. Greens sucked, soft, bumpy, slow with plenty of ball marks (they were 2 days from punching). I was hoping they would have been hard and fast, wrong. Tee boxes over seeded and green, bunker sand was pretty good, some were kinda firm. Memo, from the blue tees don't hit more than a 6 iron off the tee on #1, the water hazard is only 180, second time in a row I chased a 5 iron into the the hazard. Aim at the two trees on the right side of the fairway. After the greens recover, and the fairways turn green and the rough grows in, I'll be back.
7 Likes.
Played today in a nice 3 H POP. Course was in very nice shape. Fairways are firming up and providing more roll, in addition to better lies. Bunkers were clean and playable. Rough is up around the greens and outside the fairways and sticky. Tee boxes all fine. Greens have healed nicely from the past aeration and now the back half of all greens have been done. All pins in the front of all greens and plenty of room and speed, as the first aeration was almost 70% of each green. Customer service was excellent at check in. Quality course IMO.
7 Likes.
Played 3/19/19 1148a. Course was playing really nice. Greens are healing well from the aeration a couple of weeks ago. Tee boxes were pretty level, fairways were in great condition, rough was just a little longer than the fairway. Sand traps were the only rub on the course, a little inconsistent. The greens were a little bumpy but were rolling well. In a couple of weeks, the course will be great.
5 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6348/71.3/130) with 24hourgolf in 4H early morning using UP. Calm, overcast and chilly made for a long course. Matched up with Sebastian and Diego, 7th and 5th graders respectively. Coming from a family of golf professionals, they both had beautiful swings. The 5th grader had not hit his growth spurt yet. He played the red tees and had a really solid game. I would have guessed that the 7th grader was a college golfer just watching from afar. He was consistently 275 down the middle with a killer short game and shot a -2 70 from the Blues?!?!?!

Schmidy/Curley design that is a solid, challenging layout. Not an overly tight course, but you cannot miss most fairways here by much without bringing penalty strokes (lost ball bushes & native overgrowth) into play. A couple of risk/reward par 4's that longer hitters can have a go at the green.

The tees were at best okay. Most of the par 4/5 tees had good coverage and were decent. Most of the par 3 tees were in mediocre to poor condition with lots of divots.

The fairways were patchy with good coverage, about 50/50 thin/lush.

The rough was lush, thick and penal, especially when wet early in the round.

The sand traps were well raked. However, damp and hard packed with inconsistent depths is challenging to play out of on hard/fast greens.

The large green complexes were nicely designed with mounds, slopes and contours to challenge you whether you were on or off the greens. The poa annua greens were quick. Medium fast to fast speed and firm. Slightly better condition overall than the Legends greens IMO.

This would be a very challenging course to walk, numerous tees were a hike from the last green. The carts have nice GPS. All grass range is a plus. The customer service was excellent from everyone, no drink cart today. Recommended if you get a deal, but I would not pay rack rate for these conditions.
8 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6394/71.0/127) mid day with 24hourgolf using UP. 3H, 45M POP in overcast, breezy sometimes drizzling conditions in the 50's.

Schmidt/Curley design that has a good mixture of shorter. risk reward holes and longer holes. Overall this is a challenging layout that is a fun course to play. I slightly prefer Legends over the sister Champions layout. The large green complexes here are well designed with mounds, slopes and contours to challenge you whether you were on or off the greens.

The tees were mediocre. Most of the par 4/5 tees were okay and had good coverage. Most of the par 3 tees were not in good shape at all with large areas that had divots galore or were basically GUR where they were attempting to fix old divots.

The fairways were patchy, a mixture of thin/lush and there were alot of old divots.

The rough was mostly lush and thick. On the occasions when the ball settled down, it was whack a short iron out and get it back in play time.

The sand traps looked well manicured. However, the sand depth and quality was usually substandard. Most were more hard packed and had some rocks in them. That makes large, green side bunkers playing to firm quick greens almost impossible.

The poa annua greens did not look good at all, but putted much better than they looked. Firm and started out medium fast but had slowed to medium speed because of the drizzle later in the round. Too many ball marks to be considered good, even nice high irons rolled out.

This would be a very challenging course to walk, numerous tees were a hike from the last green. Not an overly tight layout, but you cannot miss most fairways here by much without bringing penalty strokes (lost ball bushes & native overgrowth) into play. The carts have nice GPS. The customer service was excellent from everyone, but no drink cart today. All grass range. Recommended if you get a deal, nice layout but currently in mediocre playing condition.
7 Likes.
I just copied the same review from Champions. Other than the greens being bigger on the Legends course and some great Par 3's. The conditions were the same, IMO. POP was better, as no one was on the course, due to weather conditions. 3.5 H POP.
Played today on the Undepar $50 All Day Special, with Nickesquire. POP was 3h 50 under cold, cloudy skies (what is going on? It was 80 yesterday). Friendly check in in Pro shop and with starter. Found all customer service to be excellent at all levels. Speaking for myself, I found the course conditions less than "par". While the course is green, the fairways are spotty and you will find a mixture of different lies. Also, not much roll in them either. The tee boxes, while tee friendly, did not look good at all. The rough was about an inch high and punishable. Traps are big, deep and while looking good, are not very playable (hard packed and just hard to get the club under the ball). Greens are very strange? They looked like brown linoleum and speckled green paint? I have never seen greens look like this? Yet they putted fine and had plenty of speed (go figure).
8 Likes.
Played today on the Undepar $50 All Day Special with Nickesquire. POP was 3h 50 under cold, cloudy skies (what is going on? It was 80 yesterday). Friendly check in in Pro shop and with starter. Found all customer service to be excellent at all levels. Speaking for myself, I found the course conditions less than "par". While the course is green, the fairways are spotty and you will find a mixture of different lies. Also, not much roll in them either. The tee boxes, while tee friendly, did not look good at all. The rough was about an inch high and punishable. Traps are big, deep and while looking good, are not very playable (hard packed and just hard to get the club under the ball). Greens are very strange? They looked like brown linoleum and speckled with green paint (I think my Grandmother had this floor). I have never seen greens look like this? Yet they putted fine and had plenty of speed (go figure). The best par of the day, was when we let two young players go through us and then joined them on the back 9? Diego was a seventh grader who drove the ball about 290 and his brother Sebastian a fifth grader only hit it 200? A pleasure to watch and two of the nicest young men you would ever meet. Diego wants to go to ASU or FL St. I will be watching in the years to come.
7 Likes.
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