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Played the Blues (6530/71.6/127) with GKers Steve and Tony in clear, breezy conditions in the 70's. Tony & I played our GK Cup match. I got a special $29 rate with a cart for currently being a underpaid teacher, nice touch Olivas!

POP was okay for a Sunday afternoon, slightly over 4.5H. We rarely pushed the group in front of us and the group behind rarely pushed us.

The tees were lush, nicely maintained. Very few unfixed divots anywhere.

The fairways were firm and fairly lush. The few poor areas that were clearly marked as GUR.

The rough around the fairway is mostly lush. Farther off the fairway could be hardpan with patches of rough that is now waist deep or anything in between. As our group experienced numerous times, the rough can be quite punitive here. A foot apart can mean swing and advance the ball a great deal, swing and lucky to advance the ball a short distance or forget it, your ball is gone!

The traps were well maintained and have good quality sand, nice to play from.

The greens were firm, smooth and putted medium fast speed. they held well struck irons with a little run out.

If you are coming to Olivas just for the golf, everything is above average to excellent. Excellent layout to walk, very flat. Huge putting green that is usually very comparable to the course. Excellent grass driving range complete with a good chipping and sand practice area that they have expanded to include a separate chipping area off to the side of the chipping green. The customer service is always good to excellent here.

Some of the amenities are lacking however. No clubhouse and the no frills pro shop is in a trailer. Minimal food available onsite. No GPS on carts, usually no drink cart.

However, overall, considering the condition price and layout, one of the better deals around IMO. Definitely recommended.
7 Likes.
Played the Blues (6530/71.6/127) with Joo, Mike and Danny in overcast, breezy conditions in the 70's. We played three different sets of tees and moved well, this was a good group to play with. I got a replay special for $20 with a cart after playing Buena in the morning. They had me on the first tee approximately 25 minutes after I putted out on #18 @ Buena a couple of miles down the road. POP was okay for a Saturday afternoon, 4.5H.

Excellent course to walk, very flat. Huge putting green that is usually very comparable to the course. No frills pro shop is in a trailer, minimal food available onsite. No GPS on carts, usually no drink cart. However, I am play here more than any other course in So Cal because this is an above average layout almost always in above average condition @ good prices. Excellent grass driving range complete with a good chipping and sand practice area that they have expanded to include a separate chipping area off to the side of the chipping green.

The tees were lush, nicely maintained. Very few unfixed divots anywhere.

The fairways were fairly lush and firm. Good (but not great) with a few poor areas that were clearly marked as GUR.

The rough around the fairway is mostly lush. Farther off the fairway could be hardpan with patches of rough that is now waist deep or anything in between.

The traps were well maintained and have good quality sand, nice to play from.

The greens were firm, smooth and putted medium speed.

The customer service is always good here. Definitely recommended.
12 Likes.
Played the Blacks (5826/68.3/117) in 4.5H, matched up with Brian & Francisco. The weather was clear, in the 70's and fairly calm.

Because of storm damage, the entire course is CPO for the immediate future. The course was closed for a month and just recently reopened. Some areas are still subpar, but overall the course is quite playable. They are in the process of completely resodding the entire #3 fairway, so it is currently playing as a 150 yard par 3. Lake beside 3 tee and in front of 13 green over flowed and has been drained for the time being, currently a huge muddy sink hole. There are also some damaged areas along the outer edges of holes that they have no gotten to yet, but from tee to green on most holes the course was playing fairly close to normal. I was impressed that they had resodded numerous areas of the rough on many holes.

While I knew about the storm damage and really appreciated the in depth info provided when I called to make my tee time, it was disappointing to be putting on furry, bumpy greens that had been punched less than 2 weeks ago. Healing nicely, but I would have played elsewhere had I known that beforehand.

To their credit, Buena is running a special for the next month because of the storm damage. Twilight rates are AD, and you got a sleeve of Pro V's if you also got a cart today.

The tees were in good shape with almost all the divot damage already properly maintained.

The fairways that were not resodded were mostly decent. Semi lush with almost complete coverage everywhere.

The kikuyu rough is mowed down, few lost ball areas which is great for POP. Lusher closer to the fairways/greens, thinner the farther you are from the fairway.

Many of the sand traps have been refilled with nice, new sand. However, a few damaged ones were basically unmarked GUR.

The greens putted medium slow and were bumpy from the recent aeration. They held approach shots very well.

The customer service was excellent as usual from the tee time reservation to the courteous and efficient check-in. They matched me up and got me out 45 minutes before my scheduled start time. Drink cart out making numerous rounds. No GPS on the basic carts but the sprinklers are well marked. Nice snack stand with good burgers and their drinks are good AD.

Fun, shorter course that is tougher than the scorecard initially indicates because of trees, tightness and the usual 1-2 club ocean breeze. Easy course to walk, shorter, few hills, no long walks between tee boxes. No range, they only have a couple of cages to warm up in.

One of the few negatives I can say about Buena is that they are one of the few non American Golf courses that allow 5somes. We teed off @ 820a on Saturday morning directly behind a 5 some. That group seemingly never even though about letting a 3some in carts play through. When they were on 16 tee and we were on 15 fairway, I could see that the group in front of them had already finished, so they were at least 3 holes behind. Recommended again in 10-14 days once the greens are back to normal.
12 Likes.
Played the Blues (6395/71.1/127) in clear, calm conditions with temps in the low 80's. I played with Brian & Trish, a couple who played best ball all the way to the hole. The POP was dreadful, 5H. You could have used a sun dial to time the 4some in front of us.

Par 71 layout where you do not see the 2nd par 5 until the 16th hole, which I see as a minus. No GPS on the carts, average driving range. However, okay layout overall set over rolling hills with numerous fun and interesting holes.

The tees had decent coverage, were mostly level and only the par 3's needed divot attention.

I would have thought with all the winter rains that the many fairway areas they had previously resodded @ different times would be full and really blended in. However, several are still roped off and the now open ones do not play as well as they look. More thin than lush with little cushion. Many sections of most fairways are flat out hard, seems like they need to aerate their fairways?

The rough has mostly thin coverage with some lush areas mixed in. The outer edges are mostly hardpan, you can really tell where they concentrate their watering.

The large greens were smooth & putted medium fast. While firm, they still held full shots well. I find the greens here usually have more break than I read. Hardly a straight putt anywhere with lots of subtle break, and a few greens have hills or crests that produce severe breaks.

The traps even though decently maintained were at best average. They are more dark brown dirt than sand. Very inconsistent, some were crusty & thin, others soft & fluffy.

The customer service was excellent from both the Pro Shop & the Starter. No drink cart, but they do have a snack shop available @ the turn. Recommended only if you can get a deal for less than rack rate.
8 Likes.
Played the Blues (6432/70.5/125) with Brian, Sam & Jordan in 4H, 45M. Excellent guys to play with, we teed off just after 1 pm in sunny, fairly calm conditions.

Fun layout with plenty of hills & trees to keep things interesting. Somewhat challenging course to walk, constantly up/down rolling hills on the front 9, the back 9 is more flat. The recent rains have the course looking very nice.

Most of the tees were decently maintained, good coverage with few unfixed divots.

The Kikuyu fairways had good coverage but were more thin than lush.

The Kikuyu rough is more lush than thin. Deep spots around the fairways can be punitive, several times we almost had to step on a ball to find it. Farther away from the fairways you could get hardpan, wood chips, thin areas or thick lost ball rough.

The sand traps were nicely maintained with a generous amount of medium to large grain brown sand.

The greens were very good. They were smooth, putted medium fast and while firm, they still held well struck approach shots.

The customer service was good. Carts have GPS to the front/middle/back of the green and can be adjusted to measure to traps or hazards. The driving range is average, off mats. However they do have a club repair center on site. Medium difficulty course in good condition @ reasonable prices. Recommended = Yes.
10 Likes.
Played the Blues (6432/70.5/125) as a 3some in 4H twilight in windy, sunny conditions. The recent rains have the course looking nice.

Most of the tees were decently maintained, good coverage with few unfixed divots.

The Kikuyu fairways had good coverage but were more thin than lush.

The Kikuyu rough is more thin than lush overall. Farther away from the fairways, it is more hit/miss. You could get hardpan, wood chips, brown/thin areas or thick lost ball rough.

The sand traps were average with a decent amount of medium to large grain brown sand.

The greens were very good bordering on excellent. They were smooth, putted medium fast and held well struck approach shots.

Fun layout with plenty of hills & trees to keep you honest. Medium to somewhat challenging course to walk, constantly up/down rolling hills on the front 9, the back 9 is flat. The customer service was good. Carts have GPS to the front/middle/back of the green and can be adjusted to measure to traps or hazards. Medium difficulty course in good condition @ reasonable prices. Recommended = Yes.
7 Likes.
Walked the Blacks with 140ver & Greg in overcast, soggy conditions. Par 65 Executive course that is only 4454 yards, but has a difficulty factor surprisingly high for a course of this length.

My 1st time playing here. One of the most unique courses I have ever played, and perhaps the toughest walking course. It is aptly named Goat Hill... you would never believe there is a golf course carved out of a large hill overlooking the 5 freeway. Many tees and greens are terraced right out of the side of the hill. Almost every hole either plays up/down the hill, down/up the hill or around the hill.

The small, humpbacked greens were the highlight of the course. They putted medium speed, were fairly smooth and held approach shots very well after the overnight rains.

The rest of the course conditions were below average to poor. The tees were thin and chewed up. Many of the fairways had large areas of hardpan or very thin turf. The rough was very hit & miss. However, to their credit, it looked like they had recently spread seed that hopefully will take hold if we continue to get rain. The traps were poor, but I'll give them a pass there because of the heavy overnight rains right before we played.

The course routing is all over the place, without a course map you would be hard pressed to find several tees from the last green. No frills course with push carts, but the customer service was great. We were provided a course tip sheet that is a must for anyone not already familiar with the quirky layout.

Difficult to judge the distances and what effect the hills would have on shots until you played here a few times. This is likely a course you would either love or hate, with little in between. Glad I gave it a try, IF it was in good condition I would occasionally play here if I lived in the area. I would leave it up to the individual to try and see if it is their particular cup of tea.
13 Likes.
Played 36 with 140ver, Pat & Tom in a little over 8 hours total. We all had different vouchers and played the Blues (70.5/131/6292) in wet, sometimes drizzling, overcast conditions.

My 1st time playing here, I enjoyed the rolling hills and combination of holes that made up this layout. I can see the high slope rating, you rarely have a level shot with numerous blind shots over hills off the tee.

The tees were okay, adequate coverage with only the par 3's needing divot attention.

The dormant fairways were not lush but usually playable.

The rough was more hit and miss. Usually thin with patches of hardpan.

The sand traps were well maintained before the rain with an adequate amount of nice sand.

The greens were generally good. They rolled well @ medium speed and were receptive to holding iron shots. A few had bare patches around the outer edges that rarely would come into play.

This would be a very challenging course to walk. constantly up/down hills and several tees are a long ways from the last green. The customer service was excellent from everyone encountered... the pro shop, the starter and the ever present player assistant who was out roaming the course. Recommended = yes.
11 Likes.
Played the Blues (6432/70.5/125) in 4H on an overcast, rainy, calm afternoon. Matched up with Gunther, Margot & Devin for an enjoyable mid day round.

Fun layout with plenty of hills & trees to keep you honest. Nice practice putting green that is very comparable to the on course greens, small practice chipping area. Medium to somewhat challenging course to walk, constantly up/down rolling hills on the front 9, the back 9 is flat. The customer service was mediocre, not sure why they were adamant that our group could not tee off until the actual tee time when #1 tee was sitting vacant for 15 minutes at a time? Only has a few water stations, so that needs to be taken into account before you tee off here. Overall, the course is in decent condition for mid December.

Most of the tees were decently maintained, good coverage with few unfixed divots.

The Kikuyu fairways had good coverage, more thin than lush.

The Kikuyu rough is more thin than lush in most places. Farther away from the fairways, it is more hit/miss. You could get hardpan, wood chips, brown/thin areas or thick lost ball rough.

The sand traps were very well maintained. A decent amount of medium to large grain brown sand that played well.

The greens were good overall. They were firm but held well truck approach shots. They putted medium speed & were consistent from green to green.

Decent driving range with mats 5/7 days. Medium difficulty course in good condition @ reasonable prices. Recommended = Yes.
13 Likes.
Played the Blues (6432/70.5/125) in 4H, 15M in cloudy, calm conditions in the mid 60's. Matched up with Dave, Elliott & Greg for an enjoyable mid day weekend round. The course is in decent condition for mid December and was busy mid day but the pace moved well for a weekend.

Most of the tees were decently maintained, good coverage with few unfixed divots.

The Kikuyu fairways had good coverage and played better than they looked.

The Kikuyu rough is more thin than lush in most places. Farther away from the fairways, it is more hit/miss. You could get hardpan, wood chips, brown/thin areas or thick lost ball rough.

The sand traps were very nicely maintained. A decent amount of medium to large grain brown sand that played well.

The greens were good overall. They putted medium speed & were consistent from green to green. They were soft and held approach shots. A complaint I have here is the areas of encroachment from the Kikuyu collars into the edges of many greens. Can't we edge from time to time and make this a non issue?

Fun layout with plenty of hills & trees to keep you honest. Nice practice putting green that is very comparable to the on course greens, small practice chipping area. Medium to somewhat challenging course to walk, constantly up/down rolling hills on the front 9, the back 9 is flat. The customer service was good and saw the drink cart several times today. Only has a few water stations, so that needs to be taken into account before you tee off here. Decent driving range with mats 5/7 days. Medium difficulty course in good condition @ reasonable prices. Recommended = Yes.
12 Likes.
Played the Blues (6395/71.1/127) in 4H, 15M on a clear, calm afternoon with temps in the 70's. Started as a single and was a 4some, playing with Brian, Jason & John by the back 9, when we joined up with slower 4somes in front of us.

The tees had good coverage, mostly level and only the par 3's needed divot attention.

The fairways were mostly roped off and decent. Many fairways have been resodded @ different times and now have 3 or more types of grass.

The rough has many bare hardpan areas, mostly thin coverage with some lush areas mixed in.

The greens are undulating, medium fast and firm, but they still held full shots well. I find the greens here hard to putt, there is more break than I read. Hardly a straight putt anywhere with lots of subtle break, and a few greens have hills or crests that produce severe breaks.

The traps were in good condition, nicely maintained with dark brown sand.

The customer service was excellent, they got me out a little early and the friendly Marshall was out riding around. No drink cart, but they do have a snack shop available @ the turn.

Par 71 where you do not see the 2nd par 5 until the 16th hole which to me is a minus. However, good design overall with many fun/interesting golf holes. Okay course in okay condition currently.
14 Likes.
Walked the Blues (6400/71.7/126) with Greg & Mike in 4 1/2H mid day 10/26. The weather was 80ish & clear with a little wind.

The tees had mostly adequate coverage. However, several could use divot repair and a few could use leveling.

The fairways were on the verge of becoming mostly lush with much more consistent coverage than a few months ago.

The rough was generally thin, but becoming thicker than a few months ago.

The sand traps were slightly better than average with good quality sand. A challenge here is that too few players adequately rake.

They sanded the greens on Wed. 10/26. I would wait at least 10 days and they should be very good. However, as of this writing, they were poor. The 1/2 of the greens just aerated last week were bumpy. The 1/2 of the greens aerated last month where all the pins were located almost back to normal before the sanding. Mostly smooth and medium fast the day before and held approach shots well.

Excellent customer service from all encountered. Challenging course to walk, constantly up/down rolling hills. No beverage cart but they have a restaurant on the turn. Recommended = Wait at least a week on the greens.
13 Likes.
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