1. GDR23 Posted: 03/16/17 7:03p Member Since: Mar 21, 2006 From: Thousand Oaks
Walked the blacks (73.0-130-6818) on 3-13-2017 on a TeeOff Promo special at 11:40am for 30 bucks walking joined by my buddy Mack and his buddies Ricki and Brian. Weather was perfect --high 70's little... Continue »
Walked the blacks (73.0-130-6818) on 3-13-2017 on a TeeOff Promo special at 11:40am for 30 bucks walking joined by my buddy Mack and his buddies Ricki and Brian. Weather was perfect --high 70's little wind. POP was 4 hours 50 minutes waiting for most of the day. It was a beautiful day with great company so we did not mind much. Keep in mind that Buenaventura is currently closed and until they re-open expect a little bit more of a wait as they are owned by the same company and are only a couple miles apart. Lots of Buena regulars playing here currently which I was told by staff.
The greens were just beautiful. I was putting on the practice green rolling the first couple putts 4-5 feet by thinking boy I hope the greens are this nice and fast on the course. Seems like they were. Maybe they just rolled them--they were in great shape. Very few ballmarks, putting medium to fast speed and still holding irons with spin nicely. They for sure were the quickest greens I have played at Olivas in a while--great job rated 8-10.
The fairways have dried up some from the rain storms that we had the last several months(not as many muddy lies). Looking at the damage online that Buena endured I guess they got lucky here at Olivas. They are in nice shape--mostly lush with only muddy areas in front of most green complexes--I can only see them getting better come June, July and August during their championship months--currently rated 7-10.
The rough is mostly green, lush and healthy. They have several areas off the fairways in the native areas that are very high almost waist deep US open weeds and rough--awesome contrast and reminded me of some of the stuff I saw when this course first opened. My buddy went for the green in 2 on the par 5 4th hole and hooked his hybrid a little left of the cartpath and it took a search party to find his rock which we never found even seeing the general location it went in. Rough rating 7.5-10
The tees are all level--mostly lush with just some divot damage on the par 3's. Rated 7.5-10.
Was in one greenside bunker that contained nice white beach sand that was well raked and was easy to splash out of. Rated 8.5-10. Historically the bunkers here are all in great shape.
Overall this is such a great course when the Moorpark-Valley-LA areas are pushing into the 90's temp wise which it was on Monday. Great staff, great prices, fun layout and always above average conditions. Recommended.
2. noeldaof Posted: 03/13/17 9:56a Member Since: Nov 4, 2004 From: Antelope Valley
This awesome course beat us up pretty good on a gorgeous sunny day, 03/12/17. The course was amazing, we just simply couldn't play that day. Our 12:20 tee time moved up to 11:40, and our round finis... Continue »
This awesome course beat us up pretty good on a gorgeous sunny day, 03/12/17. The course was amazing, we just simply couldn't play that day. Our 12:20 tee time moved up to 11:40, and our round finished 4:10- it was all a good thing, considering it's a mid day on a weekend. Nothing wrong went on this exceptionally perfect day except for our game is all.
The greens were good and well undulated but fair (wicked pins, Mr Greens Keeper- ugh!). Thank goodness it isn't as fast as I would want it. The fairways were a little wet and muddy on the first hole, near front of the green, but that's it. We were on a cart- no carts on the 18th and the par threes. The bunkers seems to be okay with sand, we were only in a couple- fairway and greenside. There's water on hazards- the locals say it had dried out before.
The tall grass along sides are a brut although both times we were off line, we lucked out with a pretty good lie. This course is a lot of fun! The feel and its looks, together with its design in each hole where they strategically place bunkers and iconic trees are just awesome. The front's length and forgiveness contrasts the back's more of a short and tighter fairways (just seems to me). It also played a lot slower, too.
Also, there in its back drop where the breeze comes from, a dramatically thick fog teases to roll in and sometimes making a hazy visibility on the course made me wonder where I was. ...well, it's on this great Olivas Links course experience!
The next time I come and visit, I promise not to come from a great wedding party before a golf round here. #Respect.
The last time I played here was a different course in the late 90's. People here nowadays, the starter, food and bev gal at the mobile building were pretty good with information, and humble about their course and a nice welcome. You just wouldn't expect a good course like this- we were so off guarded. It's far and different from the high desert, but worth every mile a drive.
We loved this course and hope to come back and play it again soon- what a gem of a course!
The good news, the hole almost always plays downwind. The bad news? it is a 480 yard par 4 from the tips with a lake left, OB right and a green that is among the least receptive to hold a non lofted club on the course.
The now dry lake on the left is reachable with a driver for longer hitters. It's OB right the entire length of the hole. The fairway is very tight if you go beyond the edge of the lake off the tee, plus everything slopes toward the lake. They have trimmed the trees in play on the right, so they do not obstruct nearly as many approach shots as they used to.
The green is very wide but also narrow from front to back. Couple that with the fact that the green runs away from the golfer on the approach shot and it is a very challenging green to get on in regulation. Missing left of your approach is the main place you can bring big numbers in play. Very tall, lost ball grass left of the green side bunker. The large bunker of the front left is a hard up/down, missing right is the play because balls right generally funnel back toward the green. Par is a GREAT score on this hole!
Short, dog leg right par 4 with OB right that comes into play on both the tee & approach shots. Position off the tee is more vital than length, many players may desire a long iron or utility wood to get the ball in the left center of the fairway. This will allow the best angle into the green for most pin locations. Off the tee, if you get too far right, you can be completely blocked by the trees &/or have a blind approach shot over the out of bounds area.
On your approach shot, do not go left or long or your ball will be in knee deep brush, almost certaintly lost or at least unplayable. The green has a huge crest in the middle that seemingly almost seperates the green into two different sides and makes putts from the other side very hard to judge. Keep it in play and get it on the right side of the green and this hole isn't as tough as most holes on the back.