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Reviewed by: kviser, Saugus, CA
Reviewed by: abbacat, Trabuco Canyon
Reviewed by: roarksown1, Playa del Rey
Tough to gauge today’s wet conditions at Westlake with the GK Guru team, but I’m going to imagine the course dried out in terms of ratings, but an honest assessment of their current state here. They’re wet, plain and simple, or at least were today after getting on just as the overnight and morning rains began to slowly dissipate.
It’s easy to imagine Westlake in just a few sunny days though being in great shape. Once the large swaths of marshland in the fairways dry up, you’re going to have some very nice, green fairways to work with, and the rough is great right now already (often times today better as it wasn’t as soaked as some of the shorter grass).
The bunkers were lagoons today so it’s very tough to tell their state right now, but looked as if they could be fine with a few hours under the blow dryer. The tee boxes? Unfortunately for me this was the worst part of the course – many uneven sections and very shaggy and unkempt on the blue tees – but that could also simply be a case of my not truly understanding course management due to the wet conditions – I wholly concede that possibility. Only reporting what I saw.
I thought the greens were very tricky and tough – soaked and expected to be slow, but were actually quite fast, despite the huge ball marks being left with most every shot onto the green. It was odd, but they ran true enough as well. Tricky greens in many areas at Westlake (and one in particular with a dodgy pin placement to boot) – the defense along with a lot of water against this shorter, par 67 executive course.
In terms of layout though, I hate to say it but it’s far more interesting and engaging than my home executive course at Westchester. This is just a condensed ‘big course’ as it does have a few par 5s to test your longer clubs, good variety of length par 4s, and many a tricky par 3 to challenge you. I would not mind coming back another day, in better health, and under warmer, bluer skies, to right some wrongs on the scorecard.
Special thanks go to all the Gurus who made it a very fun day though scorecard aside, and to Johnny for all his hard work getting us these ridiculously good deals throughout the region.