Reviewed by: stamiam, Santa Monica, CA
One of the best and most challenging courses in California. The course is in a beautiful area with rolling hills and trees if you hit your shots offline. The course looks benign but it is very tough. While the fairways and greens are in excellent shape, the rough is bumpy, can be very tough and is inconsistent. You are at the mercy of your lies when you miss the fairway. A couple tee boxes could be fixed – mostly uneven, but this is minor to me, overall they are OK. The wind almost always picks up in the afternoon making the course more of a challenge. The sand traps sometimes are firm and there are a lot of high lips so it depends where you are in the trap as to difficulty.
I wish they would totally redo the 14th hole. A 370ish dogleg left par 4 but with almost no place to safely hit your tee shot. Trees down the left and trees and a creek on the right. There is about a 25 yard wide place to hit a drive between 210-265 yards where you are safe and have a shot at the green (unless you can hit it over the trees about a 280 yard carry – and then hope you get lucky where you end up).
The 15th hole can be played safely by hitting it straight, but the hole would play better if they cleaned up (it is bare, bumpy, dusty and with a lot of burrowing animal holes) the area left of the bunkers on left side of fairway and allow a good shot in that direction.
Other than that the course is a gem. Usually only crowded (and still mildly) on the weekends. Great people work there and it is a hidden gem.