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Los Angeles County; Palm Springs Area; San Diego County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; Las Vegas Area; South Florida
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The wife and I played South on Sunday 1/7 teeing off a bit earlier than our 10:40am time. We were paired with two very nice singles, one who was a res... » More
The wife and I played South on Sunday 1/7 teeing off a bit earlier than our 10:40am time. We were paired with two very nice singles, one who was a resident and doled out lots of local knowledge for us. Our room at the lodge overlooked the 18th on South, and it was a perfect day so we couldn't wait to get our butts kicked. I printed out the tips listed for the course, which proved to be pretty helpful. The tip that helped the most was the one about hitting an extra club on every approach...that one rang very true. I checked my ego at the door and played with Green tees, which is no slouch at a little over 6600 yds on the card, but felt more like 7000.
Everything is green, green, green. It's so lush it's ridiculous. They're shutting down for the tournament soon, and all of the tents are up. So is the rough. Holy cow. It's even longer than the rough on North, probably 5-7 inches and thicker than anything I've ever seen. The tee boxes were all perfect. I wanted to lay down on the fairways and roll around because they're nicer than the carpets in my house. I felt bad taking divots! The sand traps were a little more inconsistent than North's, but for the most part they were full of fluffy beach sand. The greens were totally different than North's. They're much softer and more receptive, and EVERYTHING breaks towards the ocean. That wasn't the case on North. They were slower than they looked, but rolled perfectly.
Torrey South lived up to every expectation I had, and then some. The layout is phenomenal, and it's a serious test of golf, especially right before the Farmers. We paid full rack, and it was worth every single penny. I can't wait to play it again...maybe next time in the summer when the rough isn't so insane.» Close
Made the trip down to Torrey for my wife's 40th last weekend...our first time to get to play either course. We played the North course Saturday 1/6 te... » More
Made the trip down to Torrey for my wife's 40th last weekend...our first time to get to play either course. We played the North course Saturday 1/6 teeing off at 9:22am. We were paired with another couple, so that was nice. I played from the Taupe's, and with the rough it definitely plays longer than the stated yardage. We had a mixed bag of weather...from partly sunny to completely socked in with fog. The ocean was nowhere to be seen.
With the courses getting ready for the Farmers, I expected things to be in tip-top shape, and they were. Tee boxes were all perfectly level and lush. The fairways were like carpets. Thick and lush, they were a pleasure to hit from. Some divot damage here and there, but most were filled in. The rough is INSANE. Easily 4 inches everywhere, with many areas in the 5-7 inch range. Unless you're standing on top of your ball, it's pretty much impossible to see it. Advancing it is a different story, and it all depends on your lie. I had every lie imaginable! The traps on North were great. The sand is fluffy beach sand and is great to play out of. The greens...oh boy the greens. North's are hard as rocks! I couldn't even get a wedge to spin or stick. Everything released through the green. They weren't putting as fast as they looked and were probably running 9.5 on the stimp, but they were smooth and true.
I was happy I played North first, because it's a great introduction to the Torrey Pines experience. Everything was spectacular, and I'm now extremely jealous of San Diego residents that get to play Torrey for less than I pay for a mediocre muni in LA.» Close
Played Ojai Valley for the first time on Saturday 11/25 teeing off at 10:30am with my wife and one of her girlfriends. I believe we paid $90 per perso... » More
Played Ojai Valley for the first time on Saturday 11/25 teeing off at 10:30am with my wife and one of her girlfriends. I believe we paid $90 per person through one of the golf site deals, and it's totally worth that price. The course wasn't extremely busy, and POP ended up being a leisurely 4:15. I'm a walker, and Ojai would be an EXTREMELY difficult walk. We rode :)
The resort itself is spectacular. Finding the pro shop/bag drop proved to be a little difficult as it's all the way around the backside of the resort, but thankfully I had read some previous reviews that mentioned to make sure we dropped our bags at the bag drop due to the huge distance to the parking lot. The attendant suggested my wife jump in a cart and follow me down to the parking lot and just load up there. Great idea! We arrived early and had breakfast at the Oak Grill. The food and service were excellent. It's pricey, just know where you're at. After breakfast we headed down to the range to get warmed up. There's a very nice short game area just to the right of the first tee, so we drove the cart down and started there. The range itself is excellent, providing unlimited Titleist balls. Since there weren't many tips on the GK site about the holes, (I read them religiously before playing a new course!) I asked in the pro shop if they had any course tips they could help me with. He handed me a sheet with tips on how to play each hole, which was great! I'll add all of this info to the TIPS section soon, because it was very helpful. Now, on to the course...
The front 9 is quite demanding, with many blind tee shots, and lots of elevation changes. Even having the info I had, it was still kinda difficult to determine where to hit the ball, and how far to hit it. The carts have excellent GPS systems in them, so that definitely helped. Playing it a second time will be much easier. The back 9 wraps around the front of the resort, and is much more in front of you. You may have an audience on the 10th and 13th tee boxes, because they're right next to the restaurants.
Overall conditions were excellent. Tee boxes were all nice and lush, and very level. The fairways were beautifully green and lush, and a joy to hit from. All of the grass at Ojai is kikuya, so the rough was a bear to play out of. It wasn't overly long, but it was still difficult to advance the ball if you got too deep. The sand traps were excellent. The sand was soft and thick...my ball plugged so deep in the face of the greenside trap on hole 1 I almost didn't find it! The greens were the highlight for me. Running around 10.5 on the stimp and smoooooooth. They were on the soft side, and wedges with too much spin were an issue, because almost all of the greens are severely sloped from back to front. I had multiple great shots spin right off the front of the green. Doh!
Ojai Valley is a challenging course with all of the elevation changes and blind shots, but it's fair. It's definitely a tough course for the ladies, as there are some forced carries into the greens. My wife and her friend had to lay up a couple of times because the diostances were pretty far for them, but they still loved it! The course chewed me up and spit me out, but I'd love to play it again. I'm looking forward to a weekend getaway at the resort someday, with a couple of rounds built in. I definitely recommend!» Close
Played Moorpark Sunday, Nov. 19 teeing off at around 10:50am. We had a tee time at Los Robles for 10:40am, but there were crazy slow tournaments that ... » More
Played Moorpark Sunday, Nov. 19 teeing off at around 10:50am. We had a tee time at Los Robles for 10:40am, but there were crazy slow tournaments that were out in front of us, and that had pushed the start times back at least 35 min. No thanks, we'd like to finish before dark! We found a 10:50am at Moorpark, pulled the rip cord from Robles and flew over there. We made it in time to hit some balls on their beautiful range, and hit a few putts on the screaming fast greens. POP was a leisurely 4:20, and we felt like we had the course to ourselves. It was a gorgeous day with light winds, so we couldn't ask for anything better. Customer service was excellent, and while we didn't see the drink cart until 9, we saw it at least 3 times on the back.
We played the Ridgeline/Canyon Crest combination, and I realized I'd never played the Canyon Crest 9 as we made the turn. The course conditions are very good right now. Tee boxes are level and lush, with some expected divot damage on the par 3's. The fairways are very lush and green, and really nice to hit from. The rough is no joke right now. It's extremely lush and thick, and your ball definitely sits down, making finding balls just off the fairway quite challenging. Rough around the greens is beautifully lush and thick. I was in a couple of greenside bunkers, and they had nice sand that was great to play from. I was in one fairway bunker, which had firmer, more crusty sand which is easier to hit long shots out of. Nice. The greens were extremely fast...I'd say 11-11.5 on the stimp and pretty firm. Most solid iron shots would hold, but even most wedges were releasing a bit. They rolled beautifully and true. I find Moorpark's greens don't break as much as you'd think, and pace is the most critical factor.
Moorpark isn't usually one of my go-to courses, but it definitely gained a lot of points with me on Sunday. The price usually makes things less crowded on the weekends, and the conditions are really great, so I definitely recommend it right now.» Close
Played Vista Valencia for the first time on Saturday, 11/4 teeing off around 10am. POP was slow at around 5 hours, partly because of tournaments in fr... » More
Played Vista Valencia for the first time on Saturday, 11/4 teeing off around 10am. POP was slow at around 5 hours, partly because of tournaments in front of us, and partly because they let out 5-somes (we had 5.) I'm a walker, and the course isn't too difficult to walk. There are a couple of decent sized hills, but nothing too crazy.
I had no idea what to expect from this executive course, and I was pleasantly surprised. The facilities are all close together...driving range is right next to the clubhouse, and two chipping/putting greens flank the range. This is definitely a busy facility, and there was a bit of a wait for a spot on the range. The range seemed to be mats only, but they were high quality and nice to hit from. Practice greens were nice, and matched the speed of the greens on the course.
The course itself is in very nice shape. Tee boxes were level with nice coverage. Most of the holes are par 3's, and as expected there's some divot damage. The fairways were very nice. Great coverage with a few brown spots here and there, but overall a joy to hit from. The rough is a mixed bag, splotchy thick grass, hardpan, wood chips. Basically, keep it in the fairway! The greens were a treat to putt on. They have tons of undulation, and I didn't see many straight putts all day. They were running around 9.5-10 on the stimp, and relatively smooth. They were very soft and accepted just about any club thrown at them. I did notice some bumps and bobbles here and there, but nothing major.
To me this course seemed to be a nice combination of Simi Hills and Debell, with some solid par 3's and greens that really make you think. It's definitely one of the best executive courses I've ever played. Couple that with good customer service and a reasonable rate, Vista Valencia is a definite recommend. I'll be back.» Close
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