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Walked the blues with my wife, and another couple we were paired with on Friday 8/11 at 1pm. The weather was a gorgeous 75 degrees, with a 15mph wind ... » More
Walked the blues with my wife, and another couple we were paired with on Friday 8/11 at 1pm. The weather was a gorgeous 75 degrees, with a 15mph wind blowing the entire round. POP was about 4:30. The staff is great at Olivas, and Friday was no exception.
The course is extremely green and lush right now, with the fairways looking like carpet. They were a pleasure to hit from, and easily the best part of the course. Tee boxes were all level and lush. The sand traps had nice soft sand in them, making them easy to blast out of.
The two biggest changes to the course since I was there a year ago are the rough, and the greens. The rains from the beginning of the year definitely made all of the rough/long grasses grow A LOT. There are places that if your ball is 1 YARD off the fairway, you won't find your ball. This definitely slowed the pace of play. I'm of the opinion that some of it needs to be cut down. I know, I know, don't hit it in the rough and you won't have to worry about it.
The biggest concern for me were the greens. The last time I was at Olivas, the greens were immaculate. Right now, well...I'm thinking of an opposite word for immaculate. Awful is too strong, but they are not in good shape at all. They were extremely slow, running approximately 8.5 on the stimp. The bigger issue was all of the ball marks. Every single green was a mess. The par 3's looked like mine fields. There was absolutely no way to keep putts on line, as they bounced and bobbled all over the place. Not good. For me, this is a deal killer. It pains me to say this, but due to the condition of the greens right now, I can't recommend it. I'll be spending my time in Oxnard down the way at River Ridge.» Close
I walked the blues on Saturday 7/28 at 9:47am with Nodoubles22 for our GK Cup match. My friend Shon and his buddy Jon joined us. The course is in grea... » More
I walked the blues on Saturday 7/28 at 9:47am with Nodoubles22 for our GK Cup match. My friend Shon and his buddy Jon joined us. The course is in great shape, with the greens being the highlight. Tee boxes, fairways, and rough are all lush and beautiful right now. The bunkers are great as well. The greens were pretty fast, running 11 on the stimp. For as fast and true as they roll, it's amazing how receptive they are. Tim hit a 4 iron from 215 into the par 5 12th green that stopped like a dart! The eagle putt unfortunately just slipped by. Great hole, Tim!
The only blemish on the day was one rogue marshal that had a serious bad attitude. We had a bad hole on 6, with multiple balls in the water, and on the 7th box the marshal, at FIRST contact, was extremely rude and telling us he was going to make us move ahead a hole. NOPE! I don't think so! Well, needless to say, that contact ruined the round of golf for us, and added an unnecessary negative element to our match. After the round, I went into the pro shop to blast this mofo. I'd resigned to never return to River Ridge. After a lengthy discussion with the head pro, Susan, she'd made it all better. Susan is amazing, and River Ridge should be very thankful they have someone of her quality working for them. She calmly got Tim and I's story so she could be clear on the situation, and promised us she would definitely address it with the marshal. She gave us her sincerest apologies, and some comps to take the sting off. This is the first negative experience I have had at River Ridge, but the true colors of their staff shone through. I'll be back there next weekend.» Close
Walked the Golds Saturday morning 7/15 at 8:50am with some friends. One of my guys is a member of the Players Club, so we all got his $70 rate, $90 if... » More
Walked the Golds Saturday morning 7/15 at 8:50am with some friends. One of my guys is a member of the Players Club, so we all got his $70 rate, $90 if you're riding. Score! The weather was a perfect 74, with maybe a club wind blowing. POP was around 4:30. Sandpiper is definitely a strenuous walk, so be prepared if doing so.
The course is in great shape right now. The tee boxes are all level and lush. The fairways are very lush. There are a few brown spots, but in general they're dark green and pleasure to hit from. I did notice there were quite a few very wet spots, especially in low lying areas. They are definitely putting a lot of water down. The rough is 2-3 inches long, and thick in most areas. There are certainly spots in the rough that are thin, and some hardpan...but it's Sandpiper, not Pebble. The greens are harder than they look. I love fast greens, and these were running around 10.5 on the stimp, faster downhill holding their lines perfectly. What was a bit shocking was the fact that none of us could get a chip to check all day...so factor in some roll-out around the greens. I was fortunate enough to steer clear of the sand, but it looked nice, and nobody had anything bad to say about it.
We had a delicious lunch on the patio after the round...there aren't many better views from a course restaurant anywhere. The staff was excellent all day, and we saw the beverage cart multiple times. I highly recommend, especially if you can find a deal. For the $70 I paid at 8:50am on a Saturday, it almost felt like stealing...» Close
The heat has officially started the yearly Oxnard swing of my tour. Walked the Lakes course Saturday 7/8 teeing off at 10:45 as a 3-some with my frien... » More
The heat has officially started the yearly Oxnard swing of my tour. Walked the Lakes course Saturday 7/8 teeing off at 10:45 as a 3-some with my friends. POP was slow to start, but picked up a bit after the 6th hole, with us finishing in 4:40. It was a perfect day for golf...82 and sunny with maybe a club wind to start, picking up a bit more in the afternoon. Wayyyyy better than 107 at my house!
The heat has browned some spots in the fairways that weren't there a month ago, but, in general, the fairways are great. Lush, but firm enough to give some roll out. The tee boxes are great, the rough is thick, but not too penal. The one trap I was in on 18 was a bit thin. The greens are spectacular. Running 11.5 on the stimp and true. They're country club quality. Actually, I feel like the entire course is very close to country club quality, at maginially higher than muni prices. The staff was outstanding, as usual. Can't say enough good things about River Ridge.» Close
Played in a charity scramble at Angeles National this past Saturday 6/24 with a shotgun start at 12pm. I haven't been to ANGC in a while, and was happ... » More
Played in a charity scramble at Angeles National this past Saturday 6/24 with a shotgun start at 12pm. I haven't been to ANGC in a while, and was happy to see conditions are quite good right now. They have put up fences around the green on 18 to handle the major coot issues they were having. No coots to be found this time.
Tee boxes are nice and lush and level, with no major divot damage. The fairways have nice coverage, but the lies are tight and firm. The rough around the greens was nice and lush, about 2" long and very playable. Sand traps were in very nice shape, and were a pleasure to play from. The greens still haven't completely healed from their punch about a month ago, and are still a bit bumpy and slow. They are nice and lush, and very accepting to well struck shots. I'd say they need another week or two, and they'll be in great shape.
I would definitely recommend Angeles right now, especially if you can find a good deal online...I still feel like the full rack rate is a bit steep.» Close
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