First time at Rams Hill and I'm realizing that I should listen to GK and ignore golf magazines on the great courses to play in California. I've never noticed Rams Hill get much love in articles on where to play but it's a darling of the GK world and now I know why. This place jumped into my top 5 by the end of the first hole.
Unlike flat ground forced into holes by pencil and bulldozers - this Fazio design uses the rolling hillside Rams Hill is built on to it's fullest. Forest green fairways and rough pop out against the the desert landscape. Bunkers are ringed in a hilighter pen of light green and brown grass.
The holes themselves are challenging, interesting and fair. Plenty of bowl shaped green complexes and friendly hillsides to keep a miss hit from traveling too far away. As a first timer - I never felt confused on the the tee box as to what the hole demanded. The couple of holes where my ball went out of sight over a ridge - there was never some secret punishment lurking - if anything it was in a better spot than I was expecting. There were no gimmicky holes - no forced lay-ups - no 3 wood or more par 3's - just great variety. Only on real property could you have and all downhill par 5 and Rams Hill has a pretty good one.
I guess my only complaint would be a hole or two have houses lining them. If it hadn't been for a fortunate ricochet off a tree - I'm pretty sure I'd owe someone a sliding glass door or perhaps my ball would have entered the open back door and taken and tour of the kitchen and invited itself over for dinner.» Close