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Played La Purisima Golf Course Monday along with 5 other GK Review Gurus. Super time with those guys. Teed it up around 8:15am in the morning and finished in just over 4 hours. Started off chilly but warmed up quick. Wind was projected in the forecast but it never came. Even without the wind, the course dished out some punishment on me as I did not bring a solid game. What a challenge and unique beautiful experience this course is. The surrounding landscape and peaceful seclusion captivates you from the start. This is beautiful piece of property. I posted a bunch of photos that do more to describe the course than I can in words.

As far as conditions, fantastic. Some of the best conditions I have personally experienced at La Purisima. The rain this season, and they just got even more rain Thursday 4/13, has made the fairways, rough and tee boxes lush and playing beautifully. The greens were NOT aerated this Spring and were smooth/fast/holding shots. The rough was a little spotty at times with some thin spots and variation in height but nothing to complain about. Bunkers rugged around the edges but quality, thick texture sand that was fun to hit from.

Regarding the staff, very professional, friendly and easy going. The make you feel very welcome.

The facilities have a big well stocked proshop, grass driving range, practice chipping area and outstanding practice putting green. The restaurant is known for its tri-tip sandwich and has a full menu to choose from. They appeared a bit understaffed on Monday in the restaurant causing an unexpected long delay on orders so we had to pass on time restraints from eating there. Looked like the person working the register was also doing the cooking. In the past, I’ve seen a cook and register person. Next time for sure.

Overall Highly Recommended.
Teed it up with fellow GK’ers rgm2525, Nickequire and GDR23 for a GK Review Guru round at The Mission Club. This was our second round of the day following our morning round at La Purisima. The course recently changed its name from Village Country Club to The Mission Club and is now open to the public. Now public but still has that relaxed CC vibe. Nice cozy practice facilities and clubhouse with friendly people. As GDR23 mentioned in his review, for you bombers, the driving range is going to be a little short so be careful.

I ended up loving this course after playing it for the first time. It had just the right amount of challenge, interesting holes, large variety of holes, elevation changes and excellent conditions. It’s a very thought provoking golf course off the tee that require well position shots that does not take driver out of your hand. Many doglegs in both direction with strategically placed beautiful trees. Green complexes were challenging yet fair and small at times. Approach shots straight forward with the occasional bunker coming into play. I think if the course could do one thing to improve, it would be a bunker renovation to make the approach shots more challenging and visually appealing.

The course was in great shape with the highlight being the greens. Super healthy dense poa, rolling very smooth with a decent pace and holding well stuck shots. Fairways were mostly lush providing good firm lies all day. Rough was cut down to 1-2 inches and pretty easy to escape being mostly lush. Bunkers greenside were very firm and close to hard packed in some I experienced. I was able to putt out of the bunker on hole #16 since the all have a ramp-like lips. One hole #17 that approach backfired – lol. Fairways bunkers were in actually better shape with firm and no hard-packed sand. Tee boxes were very good shape with full coverage, groomed and cut.

I just posted some photos and the photos Sixpez posted from November 2013 are still solid. Take a look.

In all previous visits to the Lompoc region to play golf I would just play La Purisima. But now I’m always going to try to do a carbon copy of Monday with La Purisima in the morning and The Mission Club in the afternoon. This course was the perfect complement being unique in comparison and providing a different less challenging but fun experience. Its only 10 minutes from La Purisima and can played in easily under 4 hours. Highly recommended.
Teed it up Thursday with GK Review Gurus at Los Serranos North Course. Super time as always with fellow GK’ers. One of the things I’ve noticed in my experiences playing the North Course is pace of play has always been pretty fast and today was no exception as we finished in just over 4 hours. As for the conditions, I thought iit was overall good but it could have been much better if the greens were fully healed from aeration. I was surprised they were still bumpy given the punch happened approximately 6 weeks prior. But they certainly looked healthy and were playable. I’d guess in couple weeks they are going to be excellent. What was excellent were the fairways. The kikuyu turf was already playing like it was summer time with a lush padding and the ball sitting up great. The rough was in not as good of shape as the fairways but in good condition overall. It was cut low with occasional thin spots and thick spots. Regarding the bunkers, there we some traps with fresher quality sand but most had a darker firm texture sand that I was not a fan of. My guess is they are in an ongoing sand replenishing project but I am not sure about that and will follow up. Most bunkers needed more sand. Lastly the tee boxes where mostly level and lush. Posted some fresh photos so check them out.

One of my favorite parts of a Los Serranos Country Club experience is always the friendly community vibe. Everything about the place is comfortable to me. Love how respectful the facility is to the tradition of golf, the big clubhouse, reasonable food & drink prices, commentary iced water in lobby and just good people working there.

I’d like to return the course in June to take on the South Course and maybe do 36 with another round on the North Course.
Great time on Wednesday with fellow GK Review Gurus out at the Crossings at Carlsbad on a gorgeous day in North San Diego County. I just posted some photos so check them out.

I was pleased to see the greens healed from their February aeration. Right now, being April is the peak season for spring maintenance, this is a big bonus. They ran mostly smooth, moderate speed and soft. It was an afternoon round on pao greens so they are not going to be as fast and smooth as a morning round. Overall the golf course was in great shape. I particularly liked the conditions of the fairways. Last year, this time they were mostly “blond” in color due to colder temps but this time around, light green, great padding under ball, good roll off the tee, not a bad lie out there. These are Bermuda turf fairways so their peak conditions won’t be evident until this summer but again, a pleasure to play off now. The rough, sort of in the same boat as the fairways but there is a blend of poa and rye grass clumps to go along with the Bermuda so it’s a mixed bag on the lie you will get. No thin lies but makes for some challenging shots for sure. Bunkers are a major challenge to your game and well positioned on the course. Sand quality was good to great. Pretty consistent. Try to avoid them if you want a good score as they can be deep. Tee boxes in very good shape. Lush and level.

As far as service, excellent. Lots of friendly professional staff on hand throughout your golf experience.

Ammenities, very impressive. To start with they have NEW carts with lithium batteries. They got a lot of energy for sure. Smooth ride. The have a USB charger, chrome wheels, comfortable seats, nice job on the upgrade! (see photo). The clubhouse is simply spectacular with a delicious restaurant packed with ocean views, loaded proshop and relaxing bar. One of the nicer clubhouses I’ve experienced. Practice facilities are very good with practice chipping, putting and driving range (quality mats on range).

I don’t miss many opportunities to play this course, I enjoy this layout for all its challenges, views and uniqueness. I’m a big fan of the back nine as it makes its way through the hillsides with great variety of holes, elevated tees and natural scenery.

Highly Recommended.
Just posted some beautiful photos of our GK Review Guru round at Rancho San Marcos this Friday. In one word – “Wow” – this course is back, I used to get e-mails inquiring if the course was going close given the harsh arid conditions it was experiencing from the drought … I would always reply, no, it’s not going to close, just wait for the course to get some significant rain and it will be green/lush again. What most people don’t realize is how exceptional the soil is in that location and the grass may of dried up on the surface but the roots remained. I spoke with GM about it after my round and what is also exciting is they just laid down a bunch of Bermuda seed so expect conditions to only continue to improve. The greens have always remained smooth and pure during the drought conditions and they certainly were smooth/pure on Friday. Tee boxes although needing to be leveled in places were lush and groomed. The rough was lush and cut low but God forbid you find the second cut, its knee deep long grass. The bunkers had quality sand but a bit dry and crusty. Just excellent conditions overall.

As many of the reviews already pointed out, this is a tremendous layout and location for a golf course. Secluded and gorgeous. You’re up in Santa Ynez mountains nestled into a valley next to Lake Cachuma. As you drive up Highway 154 through a sliver of the Los Padres National Forest, the views and surrounding beauty really set the stage for your round. The layout features, 7 Par 4’s, 6 Par 3’s and 5 Par 5’s – which I love. Perfect blend and not a letdown hole out there. Lots of risk/reward strategy.

Before and after the round, the western themed plantation style facilities combined with a super friendly staff complete the day. Try the breakfast sandwich, I normally get a breakfast burrito but the sandwich was calling me and it was delicious.

Highly recommended.
Ton of fun, I drove 3+ hours from Westlake Village and back the same day but Maderas is always worth it to me … especially when I can tee it up with fellow GK’ers for a Review Guru Round.

Golf course was in great shape and I imagine it will be in even better shape come late April/early May when its healed from maintenance. The course is closed for 10 days to do green aeration and shave down many of the green aprons to return the complexes more to the original design. Greens were running smooth but slower than my last visit in November (granted the greens were lightning in November). They held shots well and always a diabolical challenge to read. The fairways were firm, mostly lush and had good padding under the ball. The rough was maintained not too penal at 1-2 inches and lush. The sand traps were all in good shape with quality sand. The tee boxes had some divot damage on the smaller boxes but were all level and lush.

I had a good ball striking day from the tee and found myself in play much more than usual when I play Maderas Golf Club. We played the Maderas Tees (Green) measuring 6800. I got to experience the design much better being in play most of the time and I have to say it’s a blast. Every green complex and shot from the tees/fairways require some thinking. Lots of elevated tee shots, fairway bunkers, greenside bunkers, well placed trees, water hazards, natural hazards, this course serves it all up. To me the Par 5’s are the most impressive. All very demanding with hole 14 being an uphill beast measuring 552 but plays more like 650 yards. Posted some photos - check them out.

Service was outstanding as all staff members were accommodating, friendly and professional.

Facilities were excellent with an impressive practice grounds and clubhouse.

Maderas Golf Club is one of my favorite courses in Southern California. Recommended.
Joined GK Review Guru Krajan01 down from NoCal that doubled as business meeting. Kish was flying out Burbank so we conveniently scheduled DeBell Golf Club. Posted a bunch of photos … check them out.

It had been a while since I played DeBell Golf Club, so much so I thought Hole 10 was Hole 1. Turns out they flipped the nines some time ago and I really liked that change. I think the now back nine a far better side than the front. However I also enjoy the diversity of the front nine and precision target golf that must be played. I only took my driver out on the 9th hole but then on the back nine I used my driver on all the par 4’s and par 5’s.

The golf course was in very good shape and exceeded my playing condition expectations. Greens were running fast, true and holding shots. Fairways green and mostly lush. Rough a little spotty but mostly lush. The tee boxes were mostly lush, level and not as much divot damage you would expect on a short course. The only negative were the bunkers that were pretty firm with some debris.

After the round we hung out for lunch in the clubhouse. They have an excellent 19th hole with patio dining. Very comfortable and spacious. Good food and reasonably priced. I thought the service was excellent as well. I snapped some photos of the clubhouse in addition to the golf course. There is a GK Coupon posted and a pretty mind blowing TW special for $15 that includes cart. They are going to aerate the greens starting on 3/27 so get out there and play it soon. Recommended!
The last round of my desert visit concluded at Classic Club Monday afternoon with 7 fellow GK Review Gurus. Check out the photos I just posted.

Super time on a warm yet perfect day with little wind. I am a huge fan of this course. It beats the heck out of me every time and I don’t care. Every hole is a stern beautiful challenge to play. The conditions are always excellent as is the service and grand facilities. This was the first time I’ve played Classic Club in March. The greens were terrific, smooth, fast and smooth. The fairways, tees and first cut of rough lush and well groomed. The bunkers were pretty firm yet well cared for. I noticed they did not overseed the bunker edges, but given how warm it’s been this winter and abundance of rain the region got, the bermunda grass was hardly dormant. The secondary rough on the outside parameters of holes was also not overseeded yet was still mostly green and playable. Overall fantastic playing conditions.

When you play Classic Club, it’s a BOLD statement in every way. Everything is BIG out there, greens, fairways, bunkers and of course the lakes! – It’s an intimidating course yet very fair. It’s no wonder it was a PGA Tour stop for years for the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. But perhaps the biggest noticeable aspect of the facility is the clubhouse. Whoa, looks like a hotel resort. So big from highway 10 you can never miss it when you look over. Inside its gorgeous and outside you get a little awe struck.

I love Classic Club and will never overlook an opportunity to play it. Highly recommended.
Great time Monday morning with some fellow GK Review Guru playing a golf course that in my experience most closely resembles golf’s paradise garden. The Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort is simply stunningly beautiful. Near perfectly maintained in every way. On Monday I could only think of a small handful of times I have played a golf course in better condition in my 30+ years enjoying this game. I’ve posted some photos from the round here on that I will let speak for themselves.

Regarding layout, we played the Blue tees measuring 6600 yards which provide a perfect blend of long and short holes. Every hole on the course is unique and beautiful in its own way. It’s a tight course off the tee at times with deep exceptionally architected bunkers everywhere. The greens are challenging and undulating but not too severe. All the green complexes are heavily bunker-ed and stunning to look at. This course is loaded with little streams, ponds, fountains and waterfalls. Flower beds are present on just about every hole (free drop from them). The majority of the doglegs are right-to-left. The course feature gentle sloped terrain with same hills here and there.

As far as service and amenities, top-notch. The course personifies a high-end golf experience. The clubhouse is grand with a modern design. Facility staff are always friendly, professional and helpful.

I’m looking very forward to my next round at Indian Wells Golf Resort!
Was joined by 7 other GK Review Gurus out at Eagle Falls Golf Course Sunday. Great time!

I’ve played Eagle Falls Golf Course a few times before, always in fantastic condition, and this time no different. I just posted a few photos here on GK. Fairways were like carpet, bunkers white sand and well kept, rough was dense lush tough to escape, greens smooth firm yet typically slower than I’m used too and tee boxes groomed lush. Course is immaculate.

Got a friendly greeting when we arrived, was informed they would be replacing the golf carts very soon with a new fleet and the current carts might have battery issues, but our carts performed fine during the round. Glad they did, was pretty hot out there on an unseasonably warm day for March.

Saw the on-course service 3 times and the cart came with 4 bottled waters. I always pack a couple bottled waters in my bag when playing a desert course so no dehydration issues for me. There are no water stations on the course so be prepared on hot day.

The golf course does not have a clubhouse and is operating a couple nice big trailers. I don’t have any issues with that but if you like to experience a clubhouse environment it’s important to know. The course does however have an excellent driving range and practice putting green.

It’s a fun, beautiful, fair layout loaded with many memorable holes. We played the white tees at 6100 yards which was short for me and my only other choice was the blue tees at 6700 which was too long. Would love if they added a set of tees at around 6400.

I can never get enough of the track - highly recommended!
Teed it up with fellow GK Review Gurus on Monday 2/27. What a great time. Even on a cloudy cold day. The course was in excellent condition. The best I’ve seen it years. So lush and green. They had lightly verticut that morning and with a dusting of sand which made the putting surfaces even smoother and faster. Fairways groomed and lush. Rough groomed, 1-2 inches and lush. Bunkers groomed with quality sand. Tee boxes cut tight, lush and groomed.

We played the Creekside to Ridgeline combo which provided a formidable challenge to say the least. I still say that hole #4 on the Creekside nine, beast par 4 requiring a long carry off the tee to clear the gorge to a small fairway and then an awkward long uphill forced carry to a tight green complex, is the most difficult par 4 in all of Ventura County, and right up there in all of Southern California. My favorite combo is Canyon Crest to Creekside. The layout at Moorpark CC is spectacular in my mind. Views, elevation changes, doglegs, large variety of holes, no let downs, super challenging, well-guarded green complexes yet fair.

The clubhouse, service and amenities are all top notch staying true to the golf course's “Country Club” name yet delivering that level of experience to the public. Moorpark CC is a must play. Thanks everyone that joined me. Let’s get out there again soon!
My local executive track. How nice to have a GK Review Guru round just 5 minutes from my house - thanks everyone for driving to see me for change ;) – Teed it up around 11:30am Sunday and finished in just under 4 hours. Par 67, challenging little layout with lots of trees and occasional forced carries over water. The greens were running smooth, moderately fast and holding shots. The rest of the course given it had rained the night before basically all the way up to about an hour before we teed off resulted in wet and at times sloppy fairways/rough. Too bad because the turf was certainly lush but did not play well because of the wetness. I found a few bunkers and they were fine to hit from. Decent sand and well cared for. The only negative, which is no surprise to me having played out here many times, was the tee boxes. This course gets a lot of play, its short so quite a bit of iron play from the tee, the tee boxes are small, its a bad recipe for maintaining tee boxes. Add to that they were not that level, not too fun to play from.

Westlake Golf Course has a nice driving range with quality mats and comfortable small clubhouse. They have a small practice putting surface and a short game practice area that used to be the old #17 green complex. Speaking of green complexes, this is where most the challenge resides on Westlake GC. All the greens are undulating and as was the case Sunday there can be some very nasty pin placements. The course is good test and always fun to play. Recommended.
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