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Was invited out by my brother in law today 4/24/2017 at 12 noon for a scramble shotgun tournament run by the local Kiwanis Club starting at 12 noon also joined by Brandon and Andrew. Our POP was 4 hours 45 minutes enjoying our day on this private track not being pushed nor pushing anyone. Weather was partly cloudy, breezy and in the low 70's.

The Old Ranch course has a beautiful clubhouse with ample restaurant space and we enjoyed a box lunch before the round and nice sit down dinner afterwards. Range was big using AstroTurf. They had a nice putting green and it looks like this private club hosts nice weddings and events. Staff and servers were friendly. Carts did not provide GPS but were nice.

I don't get out this way much to play golf because of the traffic but this was a nice invite and a chance to spend the day with my brother in law.

This course was in above average shape with a nice mix of a couple tree line tighter driving holes, some open driving holes, mid length par 3's, some water that only really comes into play on #6, #9 and #18 I believe. Nice mix of greenside and fairway bunkers. This course does not jump out at me as a course I would necessarily join if I had an opportunity to join a private club but for sure a fun, semi-challenging option.

The greens were semi-undulating and in decent shape. There was an ample amount of sand on them and they maybe were punched 2-3 weeks ago as a guess. Considering the amount of sand on them I thought they were still rolling pretty pure and were quick. Chips and irons were holding like darts due to the sand. I am rating them a 7/10 but without the sand on them I can see them being in the 8 range in a couple of weeks.

The tees were mostly all level and were nice and lush. Rated 8/10.

The fairways for a private course I felt were a little more brownish then they should have been. Had some big drives with a lot of roll out. Don't get me wrong the lies were good I was just assuming they were going to be a little greener and lush to the naked eye. Rated 7/10.

Was in one greenside bunker and one fairway bunker. They have some nice thick deeper beach sand here that must be thumped. The bunkers were raked and in good shape. Rated 8/10.

The rough was 1-2 inches and was not to penal in most areas. Rated 7.5/10.

Our group had a very fun time--I would return again in a heartbeat. Recommended.
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Walked the Blues(71.6-128-6634) this afternoon 4/17/2017 at 2pm with my buddy Mack and his buddies Steve and Brian in swirling wind conditions. POP was 4 hrs 30 minutes taking our time enjoying the surroundings. Paid $22.00 which is their standard twilight rate Monday thru Thursday starting at 2pm.

The greens are in great shape. Just beautiful rolls--semi firm greens but still accepting irons with spin or higher trajectory irons. Little to no ballmarks present. For sure along with the tees the highlight of the course. Rated 8/10.

The tees were also beautiful. Level, lush, green and well maintained. Rated 8/10

The bunkers that I were in (greenside 3 and 4) were raked, firm and in decent shape. Rated 6.5/10.

The fairways were semi-firm, a lot of roll out. Typical links harder style fairways. Firm lies in decent shape. Need more water. Rated 6.5/10.

Great greenside lush thicker rough. Rated 8/10

Fairway rough--lush in places, dry and patchy in areas--tough to put a rating on it with tons of variance.

Friendly staff, great prices, fun and challenging layout--proud to call it my home course.
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Played the Mission Club yesterday 4/10/2017 as a part of a GK Guru round with buddies Nickesquire1, JohnnyGK and RGM2525. We rode the blue tees (71.9-128-6546) in breezy conditions with a POP of 4 hours 30 minutes taking our time. For 3 of us this was a first look at this course which I believe used to be private and is now public. It's semi-tucked away winding through a very nice housing complex/development in Lompoc.

The clubhouse is small but welcoming with friendly staff and a very laid back I would say retired folk vibe. Very peaceful out here. They had a grass driving range that Ron and I discovered might not be for drivers after hitting a couple drives on the range up the hill into sloped backyards. The sloped putting green resembles the greens on the course. Their snack bar was closed on Monday afternoon. The carts were in very nice shape but did not provide GPS.

You can tell that this used to be a private course in that I felt everything was in at least above average to good shape other than maybe the bunkers which were at least average.

The greens were the highlight of the course. Holding shots like darts, putting medium speed and not a blemish on them. I thought they were in great shape. Rarely do I rate poa greens this high but I would say they were close to an 8.5/10--very well done. Some of the green complexes have some undulation to them and I thought the coolest thing about the green complexes were some of them especially on the back nine were tucked around a circle of housing complexes. Usually I don't like to see houses close to the golf course for peace of mind but these greens had a cool Palm Springs feel with a natural amphitheater vibe to them.

The fairways provided nice ample cushion, very little to no problem areas at all. Rated 7/10.

The tees were in good shape, mostly all level and only the par 3's contained some divots. Rated 7/10.

The rough was thick but did not seem that penal at all after playing La P. It was in good shape mowed between 1-2 inches. Rated 7.5/10.

Was in greenside bunker on #14 and a fairway bunker on #16. The fairway bunker was perfect with hardpacked sand to hit out of. The greenside bunker that I was in had enough sand but playing partners commented that possibly the bunkers could use more overall sand in them. Rated 6.5/10.

The layout reminded me of so many short, tight, semi-hilly dogleg courses I have played in the past. Only difference here is this course had OB or red staked areas at the perimeter or corners of almost every hole unlike some of the other dogleg courses that come to mind. Both 9's flowed well and it is a fun layout. If you like to work the ball big time both ways around treeline fairways this place is for you.

I would recommend this course to any type of player. Very unique enjoyable semi-tough and fun layout.
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Played one of my favorites La Purisma yesterday Monday 4/10/2017 for a GK Guru round teeing off with my buddies Nickesquire1 and Pedro7170 at 8:20am on a cold tee off start around 42 degrees with little to no wind for most of the day. Temps warmed up nicely on the back nine. I think our pace of play was around 4 hrs 40 minutes taking our time enjoying the day. Nick and I rode the blue tees (73.1-136-6670).

The greens were in very good shape--there were only problem areas on #2 green in the middle/front section due to the darn coots in that area. Other than that the greens are holding higher trajectory irons and irons with spin. They are quick and firm enough that if you are short sided chipping--good luck. Hardly any ballmarks to fix--a treat to putt on primarily smooth surfaces. Would say maybe rolling a 10.5 to 11 on the stimp. Greens were rated a 8/10 for me--great job.

The fairways were primarily lush with maybe exception to some spots here and there. For the most part you were sitting up nicely. The rains have done this place really good. Rated 7/10.

The tees were in good shape--mostly lush and level. Rated 7/10

Was in one greenside bunker on #14 that contained thicker/beacher sand that has to really be thumped. Thought the bunkers looked to be in above average shape. Rated 7/10.

The rough is really tough if you are in it. It's 2-4 inches deep in some places and can just be an advancement of 50 yds, 75 yds or if your lucky further--was lucky today to only be in the rough chipping or pitching today so did not get to experience the nastiness of it today on full shots. Rating it 8.5/10. I know they have the US open qualifier here coming up next month and I can see the course keeping the rough at least this height if not worse for the next month or so prior to that event.

This is probably one of if not the toughest course I have played. It has everything you could want--length, deep rough, usually wind, uphill and sidehill lies in the fairways, protected green complexes and laterals and penalty areas if you get to far off the beaten path. But then there is the scenery, quietness and great layout to enjoy. A gem,

Of note and my buddy who is a member semi-explained it to me--the yardage markers are sprinklers that can be hard to find as there is not many of them. If you are to cheap like me to bring a range finder or distance locater it can take some time to get your yardage here--can be a little frustrating--possible POP issue but this place is golf to its purest.

Highly Recommended--enjoy and for sure bring your A game.
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Rode the Blacks (73.9-137-6939) today 3/31/2017 for a GK Guru round joined by JohnnyGK, RGM2525 and ItslikeImsayin. Thanks for the round guys it was a blast. Weather was postcard around 70 degrees with a slight breeze--very comfortable golf weather. POP 4 hrs 30 minutes.

My 4th time playing the course--1st time in around 7 years(can't let that happen again). Johnny and I got there a little early to talk with the staff and test out there beautiful chipping area/bunker area and beautiful large putting green. The range is huge and they had complimentary balls for us. The staff here from the cart barn guys to the staff inside their restaurant were very friendly. They have a cool looking old tradition from the Wild Wild west clubhouse with even some horseshoes after the round for players enjoyment.

Condtions:
SO I will say RSM is back in business after this terrible drought.

The fairways were semi-lush green grass with some nice rollout. Never a terrible lie in the fairways. The rain has really helped this place out. Fairway rating 7.5/10.

The greens oh the greens. This golfer loved them. They looked to contain a small micro minor mini plug maybe weeks ago. This did not effect putting or the roll of the rock at all. The greens were some of the better surfaces I have putted on in a while. They held irons beautifully like darts especially higher trajectory irons. I did not have to fix that many ballmarks today. The super should be very proud of these greens. Rated 8.5/10

The tees were very lush, almost all level and in great shape with very few divots to be seen. So lush in spots your foot might sink in some. Even the par 3's tees were nicer than most courses par 3 tees with very little to no divot damage. Tee rating 8/10.

Was in a fairway bunker on #1 and a greenside bunker on #11. Both bunkers were raked beautifully. The sand has a marble white look with some small sparkle pebbles to it. Very nice looking. The sand was crusty on the top to the naked eye but contained some nice soft sand underneath the top level. Overall bunker rating 7.5/10.

The rough was generally in nice shape lining the fairways and greens. Rated 8/10.

Layout is super fun here--you have some long par 5's, a couple short par 4's that are tight(#3, #15), some longer 3's(#2 and #16) and a great mix of par 4's. Some great holes to let the driver rip and enough lateral's, water and high native grasses lurking to justify the almost 140 slope from the tips. I would recommend this golf course to any golfer. If it was not 1 hr 15 min without traffic away I would be here more often. Great secluded peaceful vibe and beautiful conditions. Thanks so much to JohnnyGK and RSM for a great day.
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Walked the Blues (6530-71.6-127) on Monday 3/27/2017 with my buddy Mack and his buddies Ricki and Brian. POP was 5 hours on a ridiculous windy 25-35mph gusty day. Wind was so bad had a 60 yd chip in on #7 and on #9 was green high on the left just left of the cartpath--our group was putting on #3 and the Buena boys high school team from the white tees on #3 hit a drive 3 feet from the pin--all 4 of us stared at each other, looked back at the tee and laughed--it was a minimum 3 club into the wind difference. Downwind holes fun--upwind holes hang on.

Great staff and practice areas at Olivas--paid $18.49 on a promo teeoff.com deal.

The greens were in very nice shape--super soft on chips and irons and putting medium speed. The only rock hard green on the course is #16. Fixed a couple extra ballmarks from the 3some ahead of us that cut in front of us on #10. Greens are in real nice shape. Rated 7.5/10

Fairways are in good shape--they have pretty much dried up from the rains. They are semi-lush, mostly green and we saw a lot of white GiR circles in the fairways and chipping areas. Rated 7/10

The tees are in very nice shape--very lush teeing grounds, mostly level rated 8/10

Was not in any bunkers but they looked to be in great shape- raked with thicker white beach stuff

The rough is nice and lush lining the fairways. Fairway rough rating 8/10. If you get in the deep stuff beyond the cartpath its waist high US Open stuff--probably a lost ball

I love this course--recommended.
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Walked the Blues (71.6-128-6628) this afternoon 3-20-2017 with my buddy Mack and his buddies Steve and Ricki in windy conditions 2nd twilight group out at 2:10pm. Kind of a weird wind day for Rustic--it was calm for a couple holes--then pick up to 15mph, then swirl, then stop and then pick up again. POP taking our time was 4 hours 40 minutes--keeping up with the group in front of us. Paid $22.00 which is their standard twilight time rate Monday through Friday.

The fairways are still thin but the more rounds I play out here they do improve slightly every time out. Getting some more rain this week so maybe that will get them even greener. Never a horrible lie in the fairways but there is a chance to be in a harder pan area or impression area between grass. Rated 6-10

The tees are beautiful, lush green and level. Rated 8-10.

The greens are in very nice shape. Holding irons nicely with spin. Putting medium to quick speed. Very little ballmarks to be seen. Rated 8-10

The rough is beautiful and lush around the green complexes and some fairway complexes and not so good in other fairway complexes depending on the hole. Greenside rough 8.5-10 Fairway rough 6-10.

Was in one greenside bunker that was firm compact sand that was raked nicely. Rated 6.5-10.

Another fun day at Rustic.
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Walked the blacks (73.0-130-6818) on 3-13-2017 on a TeeOff Promo special at 11:40am for 30 bucks walking joined by my buddy Mack and his buddies Ricki and Brian. Weather was perfect --high 70's little wind. POP was 4 hours 50 minutes waiting for most of the day. It was a beautiful day with great company so we did not mind much. Keep in mind that Buenaventura is currently closed and until they re-open expect a little bit more of a wait as they are owned by the same company and are only a couple miles apart. Lots of Buena regulars playing here currently which I was told by staff.

The greens were just beautiful. I was putting on the practice green rolling the first couple putts 4-5 feet by thinking boy I hope the greens are this nice and fast on the course. Seems like they were. Maybe they just rolled them--they were in great shape. Very few ballmarks, putting medium to fast speed and still holding irons with spin nicely. They for sure were the quickest greens I have played at Olivas in a while--great job rated 8-10.

The fairways have dried up some from the rain storms that we had the last several months(not as many muddy lies). Looking at the damage online that Buena endured I guess they got lucky here at Olivas. They are in nice shape--mostly lush with only muddy areas in front of most green complexes--I can only see them getting better come June, July and August during their championship months--currently rated 7-10.

The rough is mostly green, lush and healthy. They have several areas off the fairways in the native areas that are very high almost waist deep US open weeds and rough--awesome contrast and reminded me of some of the stuff I saw when this course first opened. My buddy went for the green in 2 on the par 5 4th hole and hooked his hybrid a little left of the cartpath and it took a search party to find his rock which we never found even seeing the general location it went in. Rough rating 7.5-10

The tees are all level--mostly lush with just some divot damage on the par 3's. Rated 7.5-10.

Was in one greenside bunker that contained nice white beach sand that was well raked and was easy to splash out of. Rated 8.5-10. Historically the bunkers here are all in great shape.

Overall this is such a great course when the Moorpark-Valley-LA areas are pushing into the 90's temp wise which it was on Monday. Great staff, great prices, fun layout and always above average conditions. Recommended.
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Out for a unusual for me morning round on 3-6-17 walking the blues(71.6-128-6634) with my buddy Matt joining a very nice 2-ball teeing off at 8:44am. We paid their standard morning rate of $43.00 to walk--POP was 4 hrs 45 minutes on a very cold and blustery weather morning turning into a beautiful day. Second straight round at Rustic where the weather has been unusually weird(last round got rained on--today's start was probably the 3rd coldest I have ever been on a golf course). We started on the back nine first at 43 degrees with about a 25-35mph gust in our face on #10, #11 and #13 that made it feel like it was in the 30's--was able to survive and have some nice downwind holes on 14,16, 17 and 18. By the time we were on 18 fairway the wind stopped and our 2nd nine--(front) was beautiful and time to take the layers of clothing off.

The fairways improve with each round that I am out here. Would not call them lush by any stretch but hey they are greening up some, padding up some and would rate them a 6.5-currently.

The greenside rough is probably the best that I have ever seen it. Greenside rough rated a 9-10. The fairway rough depending on the hole can either be lush, well groomed and rated a 9 also but other parts are dry, clumpy and contain problem areas. Hard to give an overall fairway rough rating with so much variance from hole to hole.

The tees are in very good shape--rated a 8-10. Level except 7 tee on the blues a little unlevel.

The greens are just beautiful--I made about a 45 footer on 17 with about 6 feet of break--started online and just took its course. The 2nd green was rock hard even with a wedge I could not hold that green. Otherwise they were receptive and in great shape as usual. Rated a 8.5-10.

Was not in any bunkers but noticed walking by hole 3 two of the greenside bunkers on the right have marble masters beach white sand. Looks awesome.

Was cool playing in the morning(for only the 3rd time ever) but if I did not have family plans later that day I would have stuck with twilight. You can't beat $22.00 walking for twilight here Monday through Thursday--enjoy.
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Rode the Black Tees (73.8-142-7012) late morning this morning 2-27-2017 at 11:44am for a GK Guru round joined by JohnnyGK and Jerinthebox. Fun day on a colder damp late morning with not much wind. Our POP taking our time was a little over 4 hours. Took advantage of Moorpark's nice chipping and putting greens before the round which were fantastic.

This is the 3rd time that I have played Moorpark in the last couple of months. Right now the course is super lush, in great shape and draining fairly well from the recent rains.

The rough was rated an 8.5-10 for me. Very healthy in places 2-3 inches green rough surrounding mostly all fairway and green complexes.

The greens had a minor topdressing that did not effect the line or speed of putts. Putts were pure and the greens were very soft holding like darts--to give you an example on the par 4 5th hole on Creekside I launched a drive from the top of the hill that landed on the back of the green on the fly and maybe moved 1 foot from its divot. The greens are usually always the highlight here and they did not disappoint today. Rated 8.5-10

The fairways were super lush, really greening up from the rains and with the cold air and lush conditions played long. Would call them perfect sponge fairways. With no rain in the forecast for the next couple weeks they should only get better and better. Rated 8.5-10

Was in 2 greenside bunkers and 1 fairway bunker that were raked and a pleasure to hit out of. Rated 8-10

The tees were very lush and level. In good shape cut beautifully. Rated 8.5-10

The layout on Creekside-Ridgeline is tough and you have to keep the ball in play to score well here. Most average-good drives on most courses might not be in play here. I love the challenge here and the conditions are awesome. Thanks to JohnnyGK for the invite and thanks to Moorpark CC for having us out!
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Was invited out this afternoon 2-25-17 by my buddy Pedro's friend who works at Tierra Rejada. He got Pedro, my buddy Matt and I out for $25.00 at 1:44pm riding. We got 17 holes in riding the blues before dark on a very cold and breezy afternoon. We had a great time. The course really held the rains and water great. This is the nicest that I have seen Tierra Rejada this early in the year. I drive by this course daily and you can tell just by driving by that the rains have really helped make the rough and fairways lush.

The fairways were semi to very lush--some great lies in the fairways. Rated 8-10

The tees were lush, mostly level with only divot damage on the par 3's. Rated 8-10

The greens held irons nicely and were soft on approach. Some poa is creeping into these greens. I thought they putted slower than normal but were in good shape. Rated 7.5-10.

Was in one greenside bunker that contained soft thick sand and was raked beautifully. Very easy to hit out of.

Some of the rough on the back bordering holes is very long and thick and balls can sit down. We could not find 2 balls that each of my buddies hit between 13-15 hills and 12-16 hills. Overall the rough is thicker and in beautiful shape. Rated 7-10.

The more I play here the more I enjoy it. It would not be my first choice in the area but its a must play on birthday rounds and rounds that you can land a deal on--especially in its nice current shape.
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Walked my home course from the Blues (71.6-128-6628) yesterday 2/21/2017 with my buddy Matt(Barkydog1). 1st twilight group off paying $22.00 their standard twilight rate during the week-total POP 4 hours. Very nice staff let us off a couple minutes early. Ever wanted to play golf so bad even though you knew it was going to rain?--well that's what we did. Front nine we had just enough golf grip for the first 7 holes--hole 8 was dicey and hole 9 was hilarious--felt like the Bishop in Caddyshack. After a beer at the turn and a hopeful 30 minute wait out period we were the only ones other than a walking 2some a couple holes behind us to play the back nine in a light rain.

The last reviewer was spot on--looking at the rough just behind the first green's fringe it looked like the Masters. There are several areas just around the green complexes where the rough is rated a 9/10--green and lush and beautiful. Rough along many of the fairways could be rated a 9/10 in spots and a 5/10 with clumpy dirt spots in others.

The fringes are in good shape but are softer than normal and won't produce the normal kick forward onto the greens. Rated 7.5/10 and in good shape.

The greens are in very good shape. Been playing here since the day it opened and these are for sure softer than normal but still putt semi-quick and are in very good shape. Fixed a couple extra ballmarks. Rated 8/10

The tees are in very nice shape. Mostly all level and very nice and lush. The course is doing a great job. Rated 8/10

In this golfer's opinion the fairways here still need a lot of loving. They are dry, hardpan in areas, muddy in areas and contain multiple kind of grasses. I agree that with some more water/rain and some maintenance maybe they will perk up into great shape come spring. This is a spring/early summer type of fairway course. Look out for this course once the grass grows in--it will be off the hook nice. Rated 5/10

The layout here always has me shaking my head--Yes the fairways are 60yds wide but the fun stops right there--you need length on the par 4's on the back, terrific touch around the greens and have to be hitting your irons to the correct distances or you will be 3 putting here all day. I love the layout--thanks Gil Hanse and Rustic for another memorable round despite the rain yesterday.
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