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Los Angeles County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; San Luis Obispo Area
What's in Kevin's Golf Bag
Callaway X2 Hot driver
MasterGrip Black Steel 3 metal wood
MasterGrip Black Steel 5 metal wood
Wilson Staff Ci7 Irons, 4-GW
Ben Hogan Sure-out sand wedge
Cougar X-Cat Putter
Last Updated: February 18, 2018
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Returning to LA from San Luis Obispo yesterday, 9/3, around 4:00 pm, I stopped by Buenaventura to catch a round based on Kviser's recent reviews. The ... » More
Returning to LA from San Luis Obispo yesterday, 9/3, around 4:00 pm, I stopped by Buenaventura to catch a round based on Kviser's recent reviews. The lady in the shop had just sent out three high school groups and suggested I head down to Olives for better pace and even called to confirm it was wide open. I appreciated her heads up and service. Check in was friendly and I paid $22 to walk on as a single at Olivas. The starter said it should be open and he hadn't sent anyone out in a while, but two guys in a cart were teeing off as I walked to the first tee. They didn't wait and were a non-issue, staying just ahead of me through the front nine and then leaving.
I have only played here a few times and not recently, so I opted to play the whites. Conditions overall were excellent. The teeing grounds were as consistently level and covered as any I've seen in a long time — really nice to just pick your spot and plant a tee. Fairways had nice, consistent coverage and I don't recall any exceptions. With natural areas in the mix, the off-the-fairway experience could vary, but where there was true rough it was very good — sometimes recoverable and sometimes more punitive, so very fair. I hit no bunkers so I have no input there. Greens were in nice shape running a medium quick that I tended to underestimate and run my putts further past the flag than intended. Actually a really nice speed, appropriate to the green contours without getting too fast. There was about a 1.5 club wind starting out that died off to almost still by the end of the round. Got around in a little under 3.5 hours — perfect timing for the time of day and all I could hope for.
A really enjoyable layout in really nice shape, I definitely recommend it, but I did have one issue. It was warm to start, I was walking and carrying, and I never saw a water station on the front nine. Maybe because I was walking and not tracing the cart paths (cutting from green to tee), or otherwise somehow missed them, but the first water jug I saw was by the office trailer after nine holes, so detoured over to refill my bottle. The first water jug I saw on the course proper wasn't until around the 12th hole. Sea breezes or not, and assuming I observed correctly, in a place like SoCal there should be more out there. Otherwise, no complaints and really enjoyed the round.» Close
I was invited by a friend to join regular playing group for Saturday, 8/10, morning tee times starting at 10:00. Apparently this group attendance vari... » More
I was invited by a friend to join regular playing group for Saturday, 8/10, morning tee times starting at 10:00. Apparently this group attendance varies anywhere from about five to 15 on a given outing, and in this case we had six, starting out as a couple of threesomes. The course was in good shape overall. Teeing grounds nice and level with enough coverage, fairways were generally well covered, a little tight and correspondingly, with better than average rollout. Rough usually had coverage and could play anywhere from an easy out to thicker and costly. I was in the bunkers too much and found them particularly challenging. The surface tended towards clumpy and a little crusty over a softer base. I can't remember playing conditions quite like it and had trouble figuring them out. The greens were in pretty nice condition as to surface, running right around medium speed that felt slower because they were clean and looked like they should have rolled a little quicker.
So conditions-wise, so far so good. The big negative was the pace. Slow from the get go and throughout. So much so that for about six holes in the middle of the round, the two groups decided to combine as a six-some until the marshals eventually caught on and had has us revert to two groups. It really made no difference. After a lot of waiting and, having an early evening engagement to get to, I had to quit after 17 which I never would have anticipated with our start time. It would have been at least 5.75 heading towards 6.0 hours to finish out 18 and it was the longest round I've played in years. There were marshals patrolling, but there was nowhere to speed things up and it makes me wonder what happened earlier to set things up this way. Cart service came around regularly and the staff was otherwise pleasant. Nice as conditions were, the thought of playing this course on a weekend again now leaves me a little twitchy.» Close
Welcome to my semi-private thread reviewing the conditions at Altadena. Ran over late yesterday, 6/24, and got out for super twilight around 6:30 as a... » More
Welcome to my semi-private thread reviewing the conditions at Altadena. Ran over late yesterday, 6/24, and got out for super twilight around 6:30 as a single. Short story is that I've probably never seen the conditions at Altadena as nice as they were yesterday. The Winter and Spring weather we've had have been extremely kind to our local courses. With the exception of a couple of tee boxes that have some less level sections to them, most teeing grounds were nicely level and all had good grass coverage of appropriate length. Fairways were green, well grown in, and consistently groomed — generally nice lies and they looked good. Rough was also generally well groomed and consistent — usually playable but lush enough to have a little grab to it, occasionally a little deeper. I avoided the bunkers but they are usually OK here, a little on the firm side, sometimes with some pebbles. Greens had a nice, healthy covering that ran at a medium pace. There were occasional, small, peripheral blemishes, but nothing significant. The greens especially looked as healthy as I can recall. For a course that typically is a mixed bag of verdant and burnt out areas, it is the overall impression of consistent green that struck me. I got around briskly with no waiting and enjoyed it very much. As always, probably not a course that merits any kind of pilgrimage, but if you are in the area, it will currently put its best face forward for you and it's worth a look for a casual, local vibe. Natural forces notwithstanding, the current management should get some props for the current state of affairs.» Close
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