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There's some good holes at Quail Lodge. 10-13 is a nice stretch against the canyon wall. An underrated set of greens in my opinion, too.
[/size]The back nine at Pacific Grove is fun, if you have limited time, so see if you can just play starting on 10
Cypress Point should be on your list
Unless it's already in your plans, I'd get on the road early and play Rustic Canyon.
I would play La Purisima in Lompoc or Sandpiper over Hunter Ranch. If the weather is hot you might try Olivas Links in Ventura right next to the harbor with nice cool ocean breezes and go for some fresh seafood afterward.Where ever you go check Golf Now for deals. You can save big bucks at places like the Bayonet/Blackhorse or many others.
Someone get this man onto MPCC so we can stop suggesting places he already knows about! Matthew let me know if you'd ever like to play while in LA - I'm sure we'd have fun.
But there's sometimes value in just getting local opinion, even if it's just having a local step in and save you by saying, "Whooo, I was out at XXXX last week and their greens were dead." Or whatever.
Quote from: Tim Leahy on June 01, 2018, 04:46:30 PMI would play La Purisima in Lompoc or Sandpiper over Hunter Ranch. If the weather is hot you might try Olivas Links in Ventura right next to the harbor with nice cool ocean breezes and go for some fresh seafood afterward.Where ever you go check Golf Now for deals. You can save big bucks at places like the Bayonet/Blackhorse or many others.Sandpiper twilite is 75 m/th 90 f/s. Worth every $. If you liked Olivas you shouldlike Soule Park and it is cheap. Near Pasa you might try Pajaro. It is one of the best buys in Cali.Good recs, Tim. I have played LaP which is OK and Olivas, which I like a lot. Never played Sandpiper though I've driven by and looked. Seems like a few nice holes and a lot of ho hum, though I guess I'll never know for sure unless I play. But it's significantly more expensive than much of the other stuff. I mean, is it really 3x better than Hunter Ranch or 2x better than LaP?At a certain point, ocean views only go so far.
I played Rancho Maria in Santa Maria once and really enjoyed it. I mostly remember slick surfaces with some surprisingly extreme slopes on many greens. Also enjoyed it has no houses on it and is a good value. (Played it before I started creating photo albums of courses.)I also really enjoy Rancho San Marcos in the hills above Santa Barbara; have you played it? (My photo album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskUtU47J)Elkins Ranch in Fillmore has a couple unfortunate holes (one short dogleg par 4 with a big chain link fence to prevent people from cutting the corner), but lots of really fun holes, too. Another really nice value with no homes on the course, and several holes play right up against a mountain. (https://flic.kr/s/aHskfMRZ4N)I didn't see that you acknowledged David's Monarch Dunes recommendation, but I've played it once and enjoyed it. I think it's a little pricier, though.Before you begin your journey southward, don't overlook the TeeOff.com "Deal" times for Poppy Hills. With the 20% off promo codes, you can get some good prices out there.
Something went wrong with my reply. I meant to say that Sandpiper has really good twilite rates 75 m-th and 90 f-su. Worth every $. If you liked Olivas you should like Soule Park and it is cheap. Not far from Pasa is Pajaro. One of the best deals in Cali.