Santa Barbara, CA
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Reviewed by: Nickesquire, Simi Valley, CA
Played the Whites (6278/70.8/131) with Pat, Mike & Mark in breezy, mid 70’s and sunny weather conditions. The POP was around 4 1/2 hours.
As was noted by a previous reviewer, this course sorely needs a tee alternative between the Whites (6278) and the Blacks (6939). The par 4’s in particular are beasts from the Blacks and fairly tame from the Whites. 2-3 club average difference on the par 3’s between the two tee boxes. Black par 5’s almost 50 yards on average longer than the Whites. The Whites were definitely the more manageable of the two tee boxes for me.
The tees had good coverage, some were even lush. However, way too many tees here are unlevel for me to consider them good overall.
The fairways were generally good to play from. Mostly lush with patches of hardpan in every fairway right beside the lush areas.
The rough was also decent but more hit & miss than the fairways. You need to at least find the primary rough, because the native rough is lost ball central.
The sand traps are abundant on this layout. They had decent sand but the depths were inconsistent.
The greens had an abundance of pitch and ball marks. However, once you repaired the ones in your line, they putted well, medium fast & very firm. They were really challenging to chip on because of their firmness. You needed to be able to spin the ball to chip effectively on these greens.
The customer service was excellent in the pro shop and with the cart attendant out front. No drink cart or Marshall, but there were plenty of water stations on the course. I really liked the layout, ZERO houses nearby, just surrounded by mountains and open space. Well worth the drive. Recommended if you get a deal.