1. fireballa24 Posted: 03/06/17 7:02a Member Since: Dec 19, 2007 From: Calabasas
So every year I make the trek to play RSM to get a feel for what this year's rain brings to the course. I played 36 on Sunday in pouring rain and in sideways wind and I can say that did not affect my... Continue »
So every year I make the trek to play RSM to get a feel for what this year's rain brings to the course. I played 36 on Sunday in pouring rain and in sideways wind and I can say that did not affect my rating of the course. They have yet to overseed, so the grass is green everwhere, but not the emerald green color of the putting and chipping areas.
I love this layout. It is one of my favorites. The greens were great, fairways full... only damage of note was on a couple par 3 tee boxes. Once they overseed this place will be a must play as it is almost there now. Course is 85% back to its peak glory of 5 years ago... what a treat. Go play
2. sbiskar Posted: 08/11/16 4:30p Member Since: Aug 29, 2003 From: Huntington Beach
Played here on Aug. 5th. We had bought Underpar coupons for Sandpiper and RSM a couple months ago. Had to use them by Sep 1st. We heard & read Greenskeeper reviews that RSM stopped watering the tee... Continue »
Played here on Aug. 5th. We had bought Underpar coupons for Sandpiper and RSM a couple months ago. Had to use them by Sep 1st. We heard & read Greenskeeper reviews that RSM stopped watering the tee boxes and fairways, but the greens were in good shape. The proshop confirmed the lack of watering on the phone. We decided to chance it, anyway. When we arrived about 12:30, predictably, the place was deserted. The fairways and tee boxes were brown dirt and dried grass. I had played here a couple years ago and really liked the layout. The conditions then were excellent. Last week, the pace was very fast as there were only a few other groups playing. The range and practice green/chipping area were superior to many other courses I've played. The ball just rolled out forever on the fairway cuz of the bare ground. The greens were smooth and true. I can't recommend the course in its current state. However, the round was quick and enjoyable. The extra roll sure helped my score.
Hole #18 Los Padres (542 Par 5)
It is safe to say that Robert Trent Jones Jr. saved the best for last with this beautiful par 5. This elevated tee shot leaves you with some stunning views of the property and some added distance to your drive. Three bunkers guard the left side of this fairway and a hazard runs along the entire right side of this hole. Placement off the tee is very important. The fairway narrows considerably on your approach and there are a total of five large, deep bunkers within the last hundred yards of this hole. If you are going to lay up, make sure you lay back far enough to stay out of the trouble that awaits anyone who gets a little greedy with their second shot.
Hint: The wind is almost always at your back so for the longer hitters, have a go at carrying the last fairway bunker on the left. If you succeed you will be rewarded with a nice bounce off a downhill slope leaving you a solid middle to long iron and a good putt away from an eagle finish. The approach shot always seems to play a little shorter than the yardage and a miss short or to the left side of the green will leave you a manageable up and down for birdie or par to finish the round.
RSM_HeadPro Member Since: Dec 11, 2007
Hole #17 Stage Coach (450 Par 4)
This is a great par four that runs along the edge of the mid-mesa with stunning views of the property to your left. Accuracy off the tee will aid you in negotiating this difficult par 4 that has two large fairway bunkers protecting the right side of the fairway. From the fairway you are left with a middle iron approach shot to a deep very undulating green that features a large bunker to the right and a deep grass bunker to the left.
Hint: Short is not a bad miss on the approach and should leave you a manageable up and down. If you find the pin in the back right, long is not a bad play and should leave you an uphill chip shot. “Do Not Challenge a Back Left Pin”