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Reviewed by: pedro7170, Camarillo
Monday May 15th. I had the opportunity to play Sandpiper golf course for the very first time. I always heard that this was one of the best golf course in Central California for us armature golfers to play. I was told that it had great views of the ocean, man o man if was in for a great surprise. Sandpiper golf course is one of the best golf course that I have played. The customer service was excellent and very welcoming especially for the first time players playing this course.
Thanks to GK Johnny for putting this event together and inviting me to play. I had a great time playing Sandpiper golf course with seven other GK members. The golf course was in excellent shape. Starting by the practice greens and chipping area it was well kept and great view to the ocean. They provided us with range balls and towels to clean your clubs. Our Tee time was at 11:00 am able we started on time. The round took us about 4 hrs and half. The tees are in excellent shape well balanced from all angles, the fairways were like carpet and easy to hit, the sand traps had plenty of sand and it was easy to get out of them, and the greens “WOW” just perfect. The ball was running very well. I had blast and enjoyed the views from every angle of each hole. If you haven’t played this golf course yet, you have to add it to your bucket list to play it. I overall scored the golf course in greens, fairways, tees, sand bankers, enjoyment and spectacular views a 9.5.
I’m playing this golf course again.
Reviewed by: gary00, San Clemente
5/15 great GURU outing with the big hitters who played from the tips–me the silver. It has been at least 25 years since I played here. And I realize it is way more scenic than I remember. One feature, the wind. Without the wind the course would have no teeth at all.
Fairways had good cover; nicely mowed giving some roll but also nice cushion. There were just a few small areas staring to get a little brown but never had a bad lie in the fairway. Rough 1-2 inches and fairly tight so the ball would not bury, but the rough still had some stickiness to it. It would both in impede forward momentum and required a clean ball-strike. Beyond the rough is either hazard–like a cliff or more native grasses that could be 1-2 feet deep in places.
Tees were level with good cover. Found 3 green side bunkers in Goldilocks condition. One was hard and packed from water and not yet groomed, one was very groomed with slightly damp heavy thick sand and one was just right groomed and slightly firm. I was also in a fairway bunker. It was nicely groomed but a little in the soft side so the ball settled down.
Greens were medium fast generally smooth. They were very tricky for me to read. Contrary to tips provided by the starter there did seem to be some break toward the ocean and with back pins the ball seemed to pick up some speed after the hole. Overall the breaks were subtle requiring the right speed.
There is a very nice grass range and good practice green. Staff members were friendly and helpful.
Bottom-line, add this one to your list!
Reviewed by: lotrgolfer48, Buena Park
Finally able to play Sandpiper with the fellow Gurus on a breezy 5/15 late morning. Tee boxes were level with very little divot damage (Not too many irons hit from those back tee boxes…). Fairways were straight up impressive. Cut nice and tight, great lies pretty much everywhere. Rough was a good, sticky rye over-seed and provided nice lies, especially green-side. I thought the green-side bunkers were great sand-wise. A couple were damp and as mpisarski said earlier, the front trap on 18 had standing water. I’m just so used to awful bunkers that this was leaps and bounds better than the norm even though they weren’t perfectly maintained. Greens were firm and quite tricky to read. I was lucky to make a few nice putts but I never felt comfortable at any point during the day. Playing conditions were extremely difficult with the 15-20 mph onshore breeze blowing. Can’t wait to be back.