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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.
6 Likes.
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.
9 Likes.
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.
12 Likes.
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.
7 Likes.
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.
12 Likes.
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.
6 Likes.
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.
6 Likes.
Played Knollwood on Monday morning at 8:15 as a threesome. There was a threesome of older ladies and a threesome of older gentlemen in front of us. We were prepared for a slow round. But we were pleasantly surprised, as both of these groups played fairly quickly. We finished the round in 4 hours. The course is in fair shape. Tee boxes are fine. The fairways are pretty thin, but playable. Rough is spotty. Could be long and lush or bare. The bunkers had very nice soft sand in them. They were a pleasure to hit from. The greens were in nice shape, smooth and running medium to medium fast. For the walking senior rate of $30, it was worth it. Speaking of walking, the back nine has about 5 consecutive holes that are severely uphill. This is a strenuous course to walk. Overall, a nice day of golf on a decent public course.
7 Likes.
Teed off on Monday at 8:20am as a twosome. Played behind a foursome that was very speedy, as we rarely had to wait on a shot. The pace of play was 3.5 hours. During the morning hours it never got too hot. Just hit low 80's when we finished. The weather was perfect and the course is in terrific shape. This has to be the best conditioned municipal golf course in L.A. and Ventura counties.

The fairways are very lush. They are nearly perfect to hit off of. There a few well marked areas from which you can get a drop that were stressed. But they were getting water and appeared to be improving from the last time I was here. Tee boxes are OK for the most part. The bunkers looked good. My friend was in the greenside bunker on hole 9 and said it was thin and too firm. Not sure how the other bunkers are on the course. The greens ran medium fast and very smooth. They were soft and very receptive.

I really enjoy this course. It is in top shape, and has a nice variety of holes. I highly recommend playing this course.
10 Likes.
Played MPCC Monday 7/17/17 with a 7:30am tee time. Played the Ridgeline and Creekside nines in 3 hours as a twosome. The course is in wonderful shape. Tees are mostly good with a few uneven areas. The fairways are lush with a nice cushion under your ball. The rough is very nice at 1 - 3 inches and somewhat penal. The rough that is 10 - 30 yards from the green is very spongy and difficult to hit from. The greens were smooth and ran medium fast. They were excellent. The bunkers have nice firm brown sand. I highly recommend this course for its' condition and challenge.
9 Likes.
Played Sandpiper at 2pm on Tuesday 7/11. Got the $70 twilight walking rate. The front nine is a fairly benign walk. However, the back nine is a strenuous workout. I loved it! A lot of elevation changes and many uphill holes that will challenge your stamina if you're walking. The weather started out mostly sunny and 73 degrees with a constant 5 - 10 mph breeze. After about 5 holes, the skies starting becoming overcast. By the back nine, it was totally overcast, with a little fog and temperatures in the high sixties.

Overall the course is in fine shape. Tee boxes are good. The rough closest to the fairway is very lush and about 2 inches in length. The fairways are in very good shape, with a nice cushion under the ball. However, there are some areas in most fairways that had been over-watered and were damaged by carts running over those areas. But for the most part the fairways are real nice to hit from. The fringe around the greens is cut low, but they have a nice cushion. Very nice to chip from. The bunkers were firm dark sand and posed no problems to hit out of. The greens were quite fast, especially down hill. However, they did hold well hit irons just fine. Thoroughly enjoyed myself. Highly recommended, especially with the twilight rate. The rack rate is a bit high for my taste.
7 Likes.
Played Sterling Hills with a 8:46 tee time on Monday morning. I played here to escape the heat of the San Fernando Valley (103 degrees!). It was a nice 80 degree day with a little bit of humidity and very little wind. The course is quite playable. The fairways are fairly lush in the landing areas. Some of the areas between the tee boxes and landing areas, and some spots on the side of the fairways were burnt out grass. But mostly you had a decent lie if you were on or near the short grass.

The tee boxes were lush but many of them were not level. You had to poke around to find a good spot to tee it up sometimes. The rough was a mixed bag. There was some 1.5 inch areas and some bare or blotchy areas. The greens were nice. They held shots well and rolled smoothly. However, they were a bit on the slow side. It was tough getting uphill puts all the way to the hole. The bunkers are not very good. There is NO sand in them. They are full of firm dirt. I was able to get out decently from the two greenside bunkers I was in. But it is difficult to control your distance, due to the firm dirt conditions. Overall, I recommend playing here if you can get a discount.
9 Likes.
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