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Reviewed by: rgm2525, chatsworth
Reviewed by: kviser, Saugus, CA
Reviewed by: JohnnyGK, Westlake Village
Just posted some beautiful photos of our GK Review Guru round at Rancho San Marcos this Friday. In one word – “Wow” – this course is back, I used to get e-mails inquiring if the course was going close given the harsh arid conditions it was experiencing from the drought … I would always reply, no, it’s not going to close, just wait for the course to get some significant rain and it will be green/lush again. What most people don’t realize is how exceptional the soil is in that location and the grass may of dried up on the surface but the roots remained. I spoke with GM about it after my round and what is also exciting is they just laid down a bunch of Bermuda seed so expect conditions to only continue to improve. The greens have always remained smooth and pure during the drought conditions and they certainly were smooth/pure on Friday. Tee boxes although needing to be leveled in places were lush and groomed. The rough was lush and cut low but God forbid you find the second cut, its knee deep long grass. The bunkers had quality sand but a bit dry and crusty. Just excellent conditions overall.
As many of the reviews already pointed out, this is a tremendous layout and location for a golf course. Secluded and gorgeous. You’re up in Santa Ynez mountains nestled into a valley next to Lake Cachuma. As you drive up Highway 154 through a sliver of the Los Padres National Forest, the views and surrounding beauty really set the stage for your round. The layout features, 7 Par 4’s, 6 Par 3’s and 5 Par 5’s – which I love. Perfect blend and not a letdown hole out there. Lots of risk/reward strategy.
Before and after the round, the western themed plantation style facilities combined with a super friendly staff complete the day. Try the breakfast sandwich, I normally get a breakfast burrito but the sandwich was calling me and it was delicious.