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Had a tee time for a twosome on Monday 3/5 at 8am. Got out early at 7:45. We had the course to ourselves. Finished walking in 3 hours and change. Perfect weather. Let me start off by saying the course is in typical winter condition for a muni. It is very playable and for $19 walking senior rate, it's well worth it. The tee boxes were unlevel in several instances and had no grass or enough grass, depending on the tee box. We played the blues. Fairways are thin and hit and miss. But for the most part, if you're in the fairway you'll have a good to decent lie. The rough is short and not penal. I was in three bunkers today. All of them had good sand. The putting greens were a bit of a disappointment. They were medium speed and many of them were bumpy. It didn't affect too many putts, but it was noticeable how often our balls would bounce on the greens after striking them. Enjoyed our time on the course.
Had a 9am tee time on Monday, 2/26 as a twosome. It was about a 4 hour round, even though we were following a "slowish" threesome. Well, the conditions of Simi Hills have deteriorated substantially since I was last here in November. We played the gold tees. Every tee box was in below average condition, with patchy grass and MANY bare dirt areas. The fairways are DRYYYYY. They have not been watering them much. There are many bare areas in the fairways, as well as some thin grassy areas. Everything is very thin and hard. The best part of the course right now is the bunkers and greens. I was in two greenside bunkers. They both had nice firm brown sand. They were a pleasure to hit from. The greens were fast and smooth. Putting on them was great. They would hold approach shots that had a good amount of spin. But other shots would roll toward the back of the green. I really like this layout, and the challenge. But the conditions of Simi Hills right now are below average. We played Balboa golf course in the Encino area last week (a L.A. city owned course) and the fairways were in better shape than Simi Hills. For the $22 senior walking rate, it was worth it. But the drought is very evident here.
Played MPCC mid morning Monday 2/21/18. Perfect cool weather with only a slight breeze. Overall the course is very playable. I played the Ridgeline and Canyon Crest nines. Tee boxes are fine. Although some were a little hard to get the tee in the ground. Fairways are in nice winter condition. They are somewhat green, but also brown. However, lies in the fairway are good. Fairways are a little thin, with a fair amount of rollout. The one greenside bunker I was in had very adequate firm brown sand. The greens rolled well and were medium fast speed. There were a couple of greens that had been lightly punched and sanded, but didn't have too much affect on line or speed. The rough can be quite thick and green in many areas. Some areas are spotty. But mostly the rough is about 2 to 3 inches and lush. I enjoyed my time on the course.
Played MPCC mid morning on Wednesday, 12/27 as a single. I was partnered with two great guys. One was a retired LAPD homicide detective and the other a retired FBI agent. Very cool. Overall the course is in good shape. Most of the grass is dormant, with a mix of green and brown. As stated earlier by another reviewer, they have dyed some of the areas a light green. However, it doesn't affect play. The fairways are not thin. They have a nice cushion to hit from. The rough is short, with some areas having longer grass. Generally about 1 - 2 inches in length. I was in one fairway bunker and one greenside bunker. Both had very adequate sand that was on the firm side. Easy to hit from. The greens were quite fast and rolled nicely. Only a few of the tee boxes were a little shaggy, but mostly they were fine. The course is very playable and enjoyable.
Played Sand Canyon on Friday mid-morning Dec. 22. There was a one hour frost delay in the early morning. So the course was a bit backed up. Our round took just about 5 hours to complete. We played the Valley/Desert nines. This is the original Valley course when this was called Robinson Ranch. The course does have a different look since its' remodel. It has a more open feel, since quite a few trees and brush areas were burned in the fire a year and a half ago. Also, some of the bunkers on the course have been removed (the first hole right side fairway area comes to mind) and there are now quite a few areas of waste bunkering that were added.

The Desert nine (original back nine of the Valley course) has a very different look than before. There used to be trees and shrubbery that completely obscured any view of holes 4 - 7 (where "Death Row" is). You can now see all of those holes while playing the first several holes of the Desert nine. Between these holes (that run in opposite direction), there is now vast waste bunker areas with some palm trees and rock work. This part of the golf course is particularly open and has an entirely different feel from what it is was before. Now onto the conditions.

Overall, the course is in fair winter condition. The fairways are thin and firm and are a mix of green and brown. They are playable. Not rock hard, but firm. There were several areas on each hole that were marked as GUR and cordoned off by green and white wooden stakes. I would describe the fairways as decent muni condition. Tee boxes are OK. The one fairway bunker and one greenside bunker I was in had plenty of firm sand. They had been watering certain areas and that was evidenced by some soggy turf in spots. The greens were medium fast without too many unrepaired ball marks. However, we experienced our balls being bounced off line a few times when putting on a few of the greens. But for the most part, the greens rolled well enough and were firm.

Although there are changes to this course. It still plays very much like it did when it was RR. This is a very unforgiving course. Many holes require a tee shot using a club other than your driver. I got a hot deal from GN for $32 with cart. It was worth that price. But the $70 rack rate is way too high for me. The course just isn't that enjoyable or well conditioned. I would much rather play a course like Simi Hills, which is more interesting and in much better shape. By the way, the Mountain nine was closed for aeration.
Played Encino golf course Monday morning 12/11 at 9am. Over the past few weeks this course has really dried out. The fairways are thin with quite a few bare areas. There are some good areas also, but the fairways are quite thin and dried out. The rough is blotchy, with bare areas and hard dirt. Although many of the areas surrounding the greens are decent, some of them were mostly dirt, and hard as a rock. I was in two greenside bunkers. One was very hard with little sand, and the other had adequate sand and was quite firm. The greens are the best part of the course. They were medium fast, rolling smoothly, and holding well hit shots. Overall, I rate this course as only fair.
Played Simi Hills Monday morning 11/13. My friend and I were paired up with a very nice couple. Pace of play was around 4 hours. Weather was perfect with a high of 76 and little to no wind. The course has significantly improved since my last time here over a month ago. The fairways are great. Mostly green and lush, with just a few areas that were thin. The rough is pretty nice at about 1 - 2 inches. Bunkers are filled with nice firm sand. A pleasure to hit out of. The greens are wonderful. Smooth, medium/fast and held shots nicely. Not too many unrepaired ball marks. The only negative is that many of the tee boxes are a little chewed up. But they are mostly level, and you can find a good spot to tee up your ball. This course has a nice variety of holes and terrain. I highly recommend it.
Another Monday morning at Balboa. $20 walking senior rate is well worth the money. The course is very playable and enjoyable. The greens continue to be excellent. They are smooth, medium/fast, and soft enough to hold approach shots nicely. Most tee boxes are fine, with a few exceptions. But we were able to find a spot to tee up properly in those areas. The fairways are a mix of lush, thin, and bare ground. However, if you are in the fairway you will likely have a very decent lie. For the most part, the fairways are just fine with enough cushion under your ball to make a good strike. Some of the rough around the greens is growing in nicely, and is good to hit from. Some of those areas are thick Bermuda, and are more difficult to hit from. You have to be careful not to dig your leading edge into the turf, or it will stop your club quickly. The two sand bunkers I was in (greenside) had plenty of nice sand. This course is a good place to have a stressless round of golf.
Got out for a quick 9 holes mid-morning on Friday 11/3 as a single. Completed 9 holes in about 1.75 hours, taking my time to work on some things. Woodley is very playable right now. The fairways are decent with plenty of good lies. A couple of tee boxes were a bit rough but, for the most part, were fine. The rough is somewhat spotty. With some good coverage and some bare areas. Not too long or penal. Some of the rough around the greens is Bermuda and really grabs your wedge on short chip shots. The last time I was here (about a month ago), the greens were very poor. They have improved greatly. They were smooth and medium fast, rolling very nicely. As a flat, wide open municipal golf course, Woodley provides a stress free round of golf at a low price. Right now, the conditions are good enough to enjoy a round here.
Played Hansen Dam on Monday, 10/16 at 7:30am. As was stated in previous reviews, the main issue with this course is the greens. The tee boxes, fairways and rough are in good shape. I was surprised at the lushness of the fairways. There are some areas that are distressed, but for the most part being in the fairway is a pleasure. Nice cushion under your ball. The bunkers contain plenty of firmly packed sand. Decent to hit from. All of the greens on the front 9 and a few of the greens on the back 9 are terrible, worse than if they had punched and sanded them. Not sure how they're going to fix this. Keeping your ball on line is a challenge. Very bumpy and irregular roll, and somewhat slow. For $19 walking it was a fun round, especially when we got on the back nine with the better greens.
Played SH on Thursday, 10/5 with a 9:39am tee time. As a single I was paired up with another single and a twosome that rounded out our foursome. We were playing behind a couple of slow foursomes. Had to wait on every hole and between shots, except for the last 2 holes. This resulted in a 5 hour round. When I play here on Mondays our group is usually done in 4 hours or less.
Onto the course review. The current conditions have deteriorated since I played here a month ago. Tee boxes are chewed up some, and a little unlevel. The fairways are only in fair condition. Last month (and before that) they were very lush and a treat to hit from. Now they are thin and blotchy. I'm not sure this is due to their recent aeration or that the summer grass is dying out. The fairways are playable, but not up to their normal standards. The rough is a bit spotty and cut somewhat short - not too penal. I was in one fairway bunker and one greenside bunker. The fairway bunker was VERY firm, which I prefer. The greenside bunker was somewhat firm and thin, but OK to hit from.
The greens are the best part of the course right now. Today they were medium to fast, held shots well and rolled smoothly, with just a few minor exceptions. I enjoy the layout of this course. Hopefully, the conditions in the fairways will improve.
Played Woodley at 8am Monday, 10/2 as a foursome. We followed a very slow threesome. But still only took 4 hours to complete our round. Woodley is a very wide open forgiving course. For $20 walking as a senior it is a very good deal. The teeboxes were just fine. The fairways and rough are quite playable. They aren't exactly lush, but decent lies are there if you hit it in the fairway. The grass surrounding the greens is spongy and a challenge to hit from. The one disappointing part of the course is the greens. They were quite soft and receptive but they rolled painfully slow, were bumpy, and had many unrepaired ball marks. That aside, it's a fun, stress free morning of golf for $20.
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