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Rode the Blues this afternoon 4/23/2018 with my buddy Mack, Brian and Ricki. Paid $20.49 on a teeoff 10% off deal time. Let out a little early around 1:45pm. POP was 3 hrs 30 minutes not really waiting on any shots and not really being pushed by anyone. Weather was nice scoring weather--hardly any wind, very overcast(Scotland style) with temps in the high 50's-low 60's. Very nice staff at check-in, great practice facilities.

Course was in better shape than the last time I played here. The fairways are growing in nicely--would not call them super lush yet like they are in the summer here but there are more lush lies than thin lies. Rated 7/10.

The greens have healed almost completely from their punching they did here last month. Would maybe give them another week to completely heal and be rolled. They held irons like darts and would describe them as very soft. Some minimal bounce on putts but not to bad. Rating 7/10.

The tees were mostly all level and lush and in good shape. Rating 7.5/10.

Was in greenside bunker on #6 that had perfectly raked thicker beach sand that was easy to hit out of. Rating 8/10.

The rough lining the fairways is in good shape and fairly lush in most spots. Rating 7.5/10

Some of the large apron and fringe areas around the greens contained some mud and semi-wet spots in the low lying areas which make putter the play.

Overall course is gearing up and looking good for its peak summer conditions.

Recommended.
8 Likes.
Out this afternoon 4/16/2018 walking the Blues joined by my buddy Brian paying their mid day walking rate of $29.00. POP was 3 hrs 50 minutes. Weather was laughable(thought I would chance the forecast as it called for wind around here yesterday and it was fairly calm)--we had a 30mph + hurricane swirling wind for all of the back nine and most of the front nine--it was a fun first 13 holes and the last 5 holes were crazy--hitting 4 woods into number 14 and 16 for our second shots and barely getting them to the fringe even after smoked drives--hats blowing off, etc.--lol.

The greens were quick and firm and rolling beautiful--you need to be spinning the ball here or hitting high trajectory irons. More and more poa creeping into them but still in great shape. Rated 8/10

The tees are in very good shape. Level and lush--rated 8/10.

Fairways are 50/50 lush to thin. Rated 6/10. They are playable--you do get a ton of roll still if you hit the ball low.

Greenside rough is in very good shape--lush and thicker. Rated 8/10

The rough lining most fairways is very poor, dry and hardpan in places. Rated 5/10

Rustic is fun to play even with the crazy wind conditions today.
8 Likes.
Walked the Blacks this afternoon 4/9/2018 teeing off at 2:50pm just before our scheduled 3pm super twilight tee time. Paid $17.00 to walk. Joined by my buddy Pedro7170 and RGM2525. POP was 3 hrs 50 minutes waiting for most of the day behind a couple slower groups(twosome and threesome). Weather was 80 degrees at tee off cooling down some with about a 10mph breeze for most of the afternoon. Very friendly staff checking us in. Buena has a putting green but no driving range--just cages to warm up in.

Buenaventura is a tree lined kikuyu grass course that has several doglegs that you must navigate, some wind in the afternoon and some sloped green complexes. It plays only 5800 yds or so from the back tees but the wind and doglegs usually make it play just a tad longer than that. For sure a course to work on your irons, bending your driver each way and work on your strategic part of your game.

I thought the fairways were just a tad below where they usually are or should be at Buena. They had some portions of lush grass here and there but also contained some areas of thin turf and dryness. This is a summer grass course so I am sure in a couple months the turf will become more lush and perk up. Overall rating was a 6.5/10.

The greens which we knew(thanks to GK) were punched 21 days ago. They were not perfect but they were not to bad. The honest truth would be to give them maybe a week and a half or so to set in and then be rolled. Rating today was a 6.5/10

The rough is very thick in spots around the greens and fairways. Fairly decent shape, some problem areas--but not to bad. Rated 7/10.

Was in 2 greenside bunkers on #5 and #7. Both raked and fairly good shape--softer sand. Rated 7.5/10.

The tees were VERY green and LUSH--they almost need a trim and haircut--very healthy shape. Some boxes here could use a level. Overall rating 7/10.

I have seen the course in better overall shape. Still worth a round here and there--rating will probably be close to a 6.5/7 out of 10. Monday's are their all day twilight rate--I would recommend this course for the twilight or super twilight rate but probably not more than that right now.
8 Likes.
Out this afternoon 4/2/2018 walking the Blues with buddies Mack and Brian joined by a nice single John. POP 4 hrs. Weather was epic scoring weather--other than a strong breeze the first 3 holes the remaining 15 holes were postcard--mid 60's with hardly any wind. Paid $22.00 walking--super deal. Nice staff in clubhouse let us go 10 minutes early at 2:20pm.

The fairways are making a comeback. The last couple times I have played here they were very dry. Today I saw a lot more green than in previous rounds. Sure they contain some different tuffs of grass and the fairways are not super lush but they are getting into their green spring state. This course historically has great fairways from April usually through August. Current rating is a 6/10.

The greens were in good shape--maybe a 10.5 on the stimp. Downhillers still need to be touched with precision. Not a ton of ball marks and rolling medium to quick speed. They hold high irons and chips with spin nicely. Rated 7.5/10.

I thought the tees were the highlight of the course. Super lush and mostly level. In very good shape--rated 8/10.

Greenside rough super green and lush and in great shape. Rated 8/10.

The poorest part of the course remains the rough just outside many of the fairways. Its very dry and hardpan in most areas. Rated 4.5/10.

With the fairways starting to grow in nicely and the current shape of the tees and greens I would recommend this course to anyone.

Great challenging layout that is a blast to play.
10 Likes.
2nd round of the day this afternoon 3/30/18 teeing off at 12:30pm with my buddy Nickesquire. Used the Underpar free replay voucher. We rode the Black Tees. Weather at tee off was pushing 93 degrees. POP was 3 hrs 55 minutes catching a 4some and waiting some for them mostly on the back nine.

Great layout that I enjoyed even more than San Gorgonio. Front nine here is the nine to score on with the back nine playing a good 250 yds longer. Like its sister course enough tight holes, bunkers, rough and water hazards to keep any player honest. Semi-Challenging layout that was super fun to play.

The bermuda greens looked like they had just been verticut with a minor slash that really did not affect putting at all. The greens were soft and held irons with spin. Rating the greens a 8/10.

The fairways were great. Lush, striped and looked like you were playing on the PGA tour. Rating them a 9/10.

Tees lush, level and hardly any divots--not even on the par 3's. Rated 9/10.

Rough was in great shape as well--just maybe a inch thicker than its sister course. Great shape as well 9/10.

Was in one greenside bunker raked with nice soft sand. Rated 8.5/10.

Man you guys that live out here are spoiled with great lush courses.

Highly recommended especially if you can land a deal.
7 Likes.
Out for the first round of the day this morning 3/30/18 with my buddy Nickesquire joined by 2 nice singles Larry and Paul. We rode the Black Tees. POP 4 hrs 30 minutes. Paid an Underpar voucher for $75.00 which included a free replay on their sister course in the afternoon Santa Rosa. Tee off weather nice at 68 degrees warming up to mid 90's by day's end. Great staff checking us in here. They do not have a driving range at this facility so if you start here just know that going in. Range is located at the Santa Rosa facility.

This course is not overly tight but not a cakewalk either. Several water features, bunkers, OB and rough to keep any player honest. Weird routing where 3 out of the first 5 holes are par 3's. The conditions were just stellar:

Greens were rated a 8.5 out of 10. Bermuda greens that held really nicely and were softer on approaches. You have to get used to putting the ball a little firmer here to make them. Not many ball marks and in good shape. The green complexes very in size and some of them are smaller and narrow.

The fairways were just awesome. Perfect lush green grass, ball sitting up--no problem areas. Rating the fairways close to a 9 out of 10.

Tees probably the highlight of the course. Perfectly cut and manicured level tee boxes. Super lush and green. Eve hated stepping on them they were so nice. Even the par 3's were great. Tees 9/10.

Was in one bunker(greenside where ball plugged in soft sand near the lip. Quality of sand was great--raked and in good shape. 8.5/10

Rough was fairly lush--very minimal dry spots Maybe cut down to 1.5 to 2 inches. Very playable. Rated 8/10.

I liked the layout here and I would highly recommend this course especially if you can land a deal.
8 Likes.
Out at Olivas riding the Blues today with Nickesquire. We paid $19.60 on a Teeoff promo special and got 36 holes in. Weather was partly overcast with maybe a 1 club wind for most of the day and temps in the low 60's. Overall a very nice day for golf. Not many people on the course for the morning round and a little more crowded for the afternoon round. POP around 4 hours each for each round.

Olivas is not really a winter course. The grass in the fairway is a summer type turf and I can see the turf improving in the fairways around late April into September. Currently there are many drier and brown areas. The course played longer today with the wet turf from the rains. Would rate the fairways currently a 6/10. In the summer the fairways are usually in the 8.5 to 9 range.

The greens were very healthy and very shiny green today. They putted medium to slow pace for my taste and were so soft on irons players were taking huge divots. Overall rating the greens a 7/10. I believe they are punching this coming Monday 3/26.

The rough around most of the fairways is thick and lush. In some spots its as deep as 3 inches. Rated 8/10.

The tees are all level and were really wet today from the rains this week. Overall semi-lush and nicely cut. Rated 7/10.

Was not in one bunker today so cannot rate them.

Very fun layout, affordable with deals online, great staff--expect wind in the afternoon here--after the greens heal in mid to late April I can envision this course's tees and fairways back to their usual great self.
11 Likes.
Rode the Blues today 3/19/2018 with JohnnyGK, RGM2525 and Alex326 as part of Johnny and Alex's GK Match Play. Weather was very nice high 60's with about a 5-10mph breeze at times. Teed off at 11:55am and finished around 4:20pm for a POP around 4 hrs 25 minutes. Met by very nice staff in the pro-shop. Hit a couple balls on the grass range and used there nice putting green right next to the tee box.

The lakes course is a real nice challenge that has length, usually wind in the afternoon and enough water, hazards and OB to test any playing ability. The GK coupon for $28.00 bucks is just an awesome price to walk in the morning Monday through Friday.

The greens were listed as a 11.5 but I thought they were more in the 10.5 stimp range. Hardly any ballmarks holding irons very nicely. I left some putts short and I thought for RiverRidge's standards they were slow. Don't get me wrong for most courses these would be quick. I thought they were in very good shape. Rated 8/10

The fairways were 50/50 lush to thin. Tighter lies in some spots with some dormant padding here and there. I thought there were in decent shape. You did get some roll out if you are a low ball hitter. Rated 6.5/10.

The tees were mostly all level with some minor divot damage just on the par 3 tees. Rated 7/10.

Was in fairway bunker on #3 that contained raked beach sand that was soft but still easy to hit out of. Rated 7/10.

Rough was a mix of lush grass, some dry and thin areas and everything in between. Hard to rate so I will give it a 6.5/10.

I am sure in the next couple of months into May with the rains coming this course will be in tip top shape like it usually is. They are punching the greens next month so go out and enjoy before they punch.

Recommended.
17 Likes.
Walked the Orange Tees this morning 2/20/2018 at 8:40am with RGM2525, his dad Gordon and also joined by a nice single Dan from Colorado--what a enjoyable day! We had colder but beautiful weather in the high 40's when we teed off warming up some on the back nine with maybe a club of wind on the back nine--very nice playing conditions . POP was 4 hours never really waiting that long and not really being pushed by the 3some of walkers behind us. Paid $28.00 to walk which is their standard morning rate.

The greens were rolling fairly smooth and nice with medium pace. Maybe a 9 to 9.5 on the stimp with just a few ballmarks present. I thought they were in good shape and were holding irons with spin and higher trajectory. The pin locations here on these big Gil Hanse greens make putting and chipping fun and challenging. Rated 7.5/10

The fairways for hardly any rain in the area were semi-lush providing decent lies and decent run out. Rated 7/10

The tees were mostly lush and some needed leveling. In better than average shape. Rated 7/10

The rough is dry, thin in most places with some bare spots and hardpan here and there. Rated 6/10.

Was in fairway bunker on #9 that contained just the right amount of sand for bunker shots.

FYI --this might be a permanent thing so check with the pro-shop they are now starting players on #17, then playing #18 then on to #10-16 and then #1-9 to finish up. So my tips on this site will have to be updated--Johnny might want to update the scorecard too after speaking with the pro-shop to see if this is going to be a permanent change as they had scorecards made for players with this new routing system.

Recommended.
15 Likes.
Walked the Blacks this afternoon 2/12/2018 in blustery wind conditions. POP was 4 hrs 5 min. Was joined by a nice 3some. Paid their $22.00 walking twilight rate. Great friendly staff at check-in.

Last review is spot on --greens were in very nice shape with an evidence of a past top dressing that did not effect putts. The greens rolled smoothly and were receptive for Rustic's standards. Rating the greens a 8/10.

Tees nice and level and green. Cut perfectly. Rated 8/10.

The rough around the greens is beautiful, green and lush and maybe the highlight of the course--8.5/10.

The rough just outside of the fairways really is dry and in bad shape--a lot of clumpy, dry and even dirt hardpan areas. Rated 5/10

The fairways are thin and mostly dry with some patches of lushness here and there. Pray for more rain in the area. Rated 5.5/10

Was in greenside bunker just left of number 3 that was raked and compact.

I love the challenge of Rustic--today I was everywhere so it brought me to my knees(especially in today's breeze)!--highly recommended!
9 Likes.
Walked the Orange tees with Mack, Brian and Matt this morning 1/29/2018 at 9:50am with a POP of 4 hrs 10 minutes with a 5some and then a 2some ahead of our group. Weather was beautiful with no wind and a high of 83 degrees today--can't believe its January and this warm up in Ojai already. We paid $28.00 bucks which is their standard morning walking rate during the week. It was nice playing in calm conditions in that the wind has been howling all this weekend in the Moorpark/Simi area.

The course was very lucky and fortunate to survive the fires that started up here on the evening of 12/4--several forest areas around the course right up to the course boundary line look like they got toasted and roasted by the fires.

Soule has new ownership which are super friendly people and I know care about their customers and keeping their course in nice condition.

The tees were mostly level--number 5 and the front of number 8 could use some work but other than that they were in pretty decent shape-green and rated a 7/10.

The fairways are 50/50 lush to thin. They just need some more rain or H20 on them. For January without to much rain I thought they were playable and had enough padding to them. Rated 6/10

The greens were soft on approach and putting medium speed with not to many ballmarks. Typical Gil Hanse huge green surfaces that can host maybe 9 different pin locations. Fun and challenging to chip and putt on and they have some swales around the fringes to navigate. Greens rated 7.5/10

Was in greenside bunkers on 3 and 16 which both contained newer marble white sand that looked and felt like hitting out of a Augusta national bunker. Those bunkers were rated a 8/10.

The rough is pretty spotty, thin and gross--for sure needing the most improvement 5/10.

Love to use Soule as an alternative when its howling 30-40mph in my area. Can't beat the rate sheet here as well. Fun layout with great mountain back-drop scenery and at present time a decent maintained course.
12 Likes.
Walked the Blues this afternoon 1/22/2018 at 12:10pm with Brian and a nice single Joe. POP was 4 hrs 30 minutes behind a full tee sheet for a Monday afternoon. Weather was breezy and in the high 60's. Breeze died down some toward the end of the round. Used the last of a gift card so the last couple rounds were free. Their standard twilight rate is $22.00 to walk Monday through Thursday.

The greens were in very good shape and quicker than the last couple rounds I was out here. Several green complexes and pin placements made you really think today about how you were trying to get the ball close. They were rolling medium to quick speed and were in great shape with hardly any ballamarks. Along with the tees they were the highlight of the course. Rated 8/10

Speaking of the tees they were green, lush and mowed perfectly in good shape. Some divot damage on the par 3's but not to bad. Rated 7.5/10

The fairways are dry and thinner and need some water and rain on them. Just enough padding on most lies. Rated 6/10

Was in greenside bunker on 7 and 18 that were more on the hardpan side but raked nicely. Rated 6.5/10

The greenside rough just around the fringes are nice, green and lush 8/10. Fairway rough is dry and spotty 6/10.

Rustic has some scoring holes on the front and numerous hang on tougher holes on the back nine. Great day for golf here today. Recommended for a fun round on a great layout with great greens if you can get by the current drier conditions in the fairways.
11 Likes.
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