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Played here at 12:00 on Sunday, June 11 as part of an all-day unlimited golf UnderPar voucher with sixpez, robule and nachosgrande. The resort was ver... » More
Played here at 12:00 on Sunday, June 11 as part of an all-day unlimited golf UnderPar voucher with sixpez, robule and nachosgrande. The resort was very busy and the Palm course was running behind a bit, so we didn’t actually tee off until 12:20. Pace seemed slow but the total was around 4:30. Excellent weather for mid-June in the desert.
Conditions are good but a minor step down from Valley due to lesser condition greens. The greens on Palm had recently been verticut or somehow treated that caused little ridges all throughout every green. It was noticeable enough that when replacing a marked ball, you’d see the ball settle down in these grooves a tiny bit, which sometimes made “touch putts” a bit bouncy. Like Valley, they were firm, accepted full shots well and ran pretty slow. Fairways were good, maybe a tiny bit thinner than Valley. Rough had good coverage, not too penal. Tee boxes good, although one hole was really messed up (I think No. 9). Bunkers were okay.
While conditions were a small step down from Valley, I preferred the layout on Palm. The back nine is good and has some holes that offer a different feel than the familiar Ted Robinson “sameness” elsewhere. I really liked No. 10, a dogleg left par 5 where the second shot plays downhill. I loved the beautiful par-3 17th, chock full of flower beds and waterfalls and with practically an island green. No. 18 is also a cool hole running right along the lake and with great views of the resort. Fun times and an unbeatable deal with the UnderPar voucher at $100 per foursome for unlimited play. ($8.33 per round for us, considering we played three rounds.)
Flickr photo album of 30 photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskWZH7p5» Close
Played two rounds on the Valley course on Sunday, June 11 with sixpez, robule and nachosgrande. We had an UnderPar voucher for unlimited golf and also... » More
Played two rounds on the Valley course on Sunday, June 11 with sixpez, robule and nachosgrande. We had an UnderPar voucher for unlimited golf and also played one round on the Palm course. Started at 6:22 a.m. on Valley, and later around 5:00 p.m. Each of those rounds was under 4:00. Got fortunate with a great weather day that was hottest around 7:30 a.m. when the early morning sun was creating humidity from the watered turf. The rest of the day was very comfortable for mid-June desert temps.
Conditions are quite good. Greens were firm but accepted full shots well. Short irons would stop quickly, while mid and long irons took a bounce or two before slowing. The greens were pretty smooth but rolled slow/medium slow. Fairways had great coverage and provided good lies. Rough was also very nice, good coverage, not very penal except a few areas where it gets really deep in the second cut. Blue tee boxes were good, never an issue. Bunkers were good.
I'd never played either course until yesterday, so the UnderPar deal was a great way to knock 'em both out. They surpassed my expectations slightly. Very typical Ted Robinson designs but a little more elevation changes than I expected, some of which seems organic and others that are obviously contrived with mounding, etc. Definitely a fun day with fellow GK'ers!
If anyone's interested, here's a link to my Flickr photo album of 28 photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHskWZjhss» Close
I had a 2:46 TeeOff.com “Deal” time (minus 25% promo code) out here on Saturday, June 10. Amazing price for the quality of course. It wasn’t too busy ... » More
I had a 2:46 TeeOff.com “Deal” time (minus 25% promo code) out here on Saturday, June 10. Amazing price for the quality of course. It wasn’t too busy out there, so they sent me out by myself, but there were two threesomes right in front of me all day. POP was still pretty good at 3:35. Beautiful blue skies, weather wasn’t too hot, and there was a decent breeze most of the day. Good water/ice machine right outside the clubhouse and abundant jugs all throughout the course to keep hydrated.
Conditions are very nice. Greens were a little crispy on top but accepted full shots really well. They rolled smooth and medium fast. They were very firm and it was very hard to make any ball marks, but like I said earlier, full shots did stop quickly. Fairways had great coverage of green grass, clean lines and cut short. They provided great lies all day. The rough was only about an inch deep and also had great coverage. There was some minimal yellowing in spots in both the fairways and the rough, but nothing too problematic. The black tee boxes were nearly perfect for the first 10 holes, but then there were some suspect spots on some of the holes on the inward nine. Overall still great, though. Bunkers were pretty good, although seemed to buck to conventional wisdom – fairway bunkers were fluffy and full of sand, while the greenside bunkers were thinner and/or had a little crust on top. Perhaps best of all, the course still felt very well manicured and doesn’t yet have that scruffy summer appearance some courses get when the temperatures rise and prices plummet.
I hadn’t played here in nearly 20 years and I enjoyed it more this time. The water holes are all captivating with Dye’s signature railroad ties bordering the lakes. Speaking of which, I wonder if they’ve replaced the railroad ties somewhat recently, because they looked very uniform and in great condition compared to courses like PGA West Stadium. All in all, the course looked great in the late afternoon sunlight.
I took lots of pictures and posted 46 to a Flickr album that can be viewed by copying and pasting this URL: https://flic.kr/s/aHskYtJbq9» Close
Played in the first group of Monday's GK Review Guru outing with JohnnyGK, rgm2525 and GDR23. Great times as always! Started a little past 11:00 and f... » More
Played in the first group of Monday's GK Review Guru outing with JohnnyGK, rgm2525 and GDR23. Great times as always! Started a little past 11:00 and finished all 27 holes in about 6:45. Huge thanks to GK for setting this up and to Moorpark CC for having us out!
Conditions were outstanding! Greens were smooth, medium-fast and accepted full shots well. Fairways and rough were both very lush. The ball sat up great on the fairways. The rough was 2-3 inches deep and sticky in spots. Definitely a premium on staying in the fairway. The tee boxes were great, a little soft underneath the surface for my preference (my tee felt a little wobbly sometimes), but that's only if I want to get nitpicky. All of the bunkers I was in were good with plentiful sand. Not sure if this sand plays tough or I was having an off day, but I had a hard time hitting good sand shots and failed to escape the bunkers several times.
This was my first time here and I absolutely loved everything about the whole experience. It really surpassed my expectations. Right when you arrive there's a private club aura to the place. Big, beautiful driving range, nice chipping and putting greens. The course itself is unbelievably beautiful, lots of fun and also quite difficult. There are ESA lateral hazards on probably every hole and often on both sides, so controlling your direction is paramount. We played the tips, which also put a premium on distance (and makes a few holes extra fun and challenging). Tons of elevation changes. Just a fantastic course all around. The guys I played with have all played it several times and had their favorite nine. I think I'd have to agree with Johnny that Creekside was my favorite, but they are all wonderful. For me, it's not one of those 27-hole facilities where you definitely want a certain two nines. They're all great.
I took a ton of photos and created a Flickr photo album of 72 images that can be viewed by copying and pasting this URL: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm23w9Mf» Close
Olivas Links Ventura, CAReviewed by: Itslikeimsayin, Aliso Viejo
I had the 5:32 a.m. TeeOff.com "Deal" time here on Monday. Checked in around 5:15 and was given a cart key and told I could go whenever I wanted. It w... » More
I had the 5:32 a.m. TeeOff.com "Deal" time here on Monday. Checked in around 5:15 and was given a cart key and told I could go whenever I wanted. It was still completely dark, so I hit some putts on the practice putting green, which had to be one of the purest, most perfect greens I've ever putted on. Then a single hustled over to the tee around 5:20, so I let him go and I played by myself behind him. He was really quick and I saw him finishing 17 as I was coming off 12. My POP was a leisurely 2:55. Cloudy, misty weather the whole round with very little wind to speak of.
Conditions are excellent! The greens were nearly flawless, although I did find a few fresh-looking unfixed ball marks on some greens, so I assume the speedster ahead of me wasn't fixing his ball marks. Otherwise they were smooth, medium-fast and accepted full shots well. Personally I feel firmer greens would suit this course better, but it's hard to complain at all about these (9/10). Fairways were also nearly perfect. Outstanding coverage and the ball sat up great. The rough had good coverage but was a little patchy, so I rated it a notch lower than the fairways. The tee boxes had fantastic grass but some were a bit spongy and lumpy, maybe due to playing so early and wet? Still very good, though. I wasn't in a bunker but they looked great.
I just love this course more each time I play it. I had so much fun being out there yesterday, just me and the course. Right now there are little yellow flowers blooming around the edges of the course (see my Instagram post) that have it looking awesome. There's also the orange-hued native areas that contrast so beautifully with the green fairways and rough. If you'd told me a few years ago that a flat, links-style course would become one of my favorite courses anywhere, I'd have told you you're crazy, but something about this place just casts a spell on me. Can't wait to get back again!» Close
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