Round Up: GK Guru Visit Saticoy Club
Reviewed by: JohnnyGK, Thousand Oaks
So much fun yesterday doing the first Private Course GK Guru Outing (this outing was special thanks to those writing helpful reviews here on Greenskeeper.org or making helpful posts on the new GreensKeeper iPhone App). I want to do many, many more. Thank you
The Saticoy Club was exceptional as anticipated. Beautiful weather added to the enjoyment. You could see the ocean and Santa Cruz Islands crystal clear. Golf course was in excellent shape despite the very dry summer/fall season, despite being behind on rough over-seeding and despite having been closed for a week recently due to a nearby fire. My hats off to the Superintendent.
The Saticoy Club is commonly used for US Open Qualifying. I completely understand now why. Yes from the tips it’s about 7000 yards but it’s the green complexes that bear the teeth. They are so fun yet so TOUGH. Distance and spin control are at an absolute premium. Slick smooth greens that punish you for being above the hole yet pulverize you with false fronts that commonly send your ball 20 yards back down the fairway. Miss the green and find a bunker, oh boy! Miss a green long, start praying your pitch game is dialed in to keep it on the green.
But don’t let the difficulty of this course steer you away. It is an exceptionally fun layout with a back nine I can firmly say is only second to Spyglass Hill in my personal golf experiences. It’s that special. Every tee shot, every approach shot, every putt, is interesting, challenging, beautiful and satisfying. I could play this course, especially the back nine every week. The members of The Saticoy Club have a true gem.
This is a “Golfer’s” Country Club. The clubhouse covers all the bases and them some with a 5 star staff and food. The atmosphere is relaxed yet even the small handful of members I saw on Monday had their golf game face on. You can’t wait to get out there to take it on and start a new adventure. This golf course could never get old.
Check out the photos I posted. Does not do it justice.