Golf Course Review River Ridge Golf Course VICTORIA LAKES Oxnard California
Reviewed by: t8fish, Altadena
Trying to be brief. GK match teeing off at 10:50 as a twosome. Course is in nice shape overall. Teeing grounds all good; fairways nice with some run-out to them; rough anything from underbrush to recoverable but overall well grown in; and green surrounds good length for short game. Bunkers were firm-ish and a touch damp to greater or lesser degrees and bit tougher to play, with some dry and more playable. I’d say the greens were medium quick on average, which wasn’t a bad speed but not near the pace customarily found here.
Usual precautions, no cart service and no water stations, but course bathrooms were open. About a five hour round, started out grey with an inconsistent one-club breeze most of the time and nice clearing and sun for the last few holes. Recommended.
Golf Course Review River Ridge Golf Course LAKES Oxnard California
Reviewed by: JohnnyGK, Thousand Oaks
Was great seeing mpisarski01, kviser, larryq2001, dsal_13 and Mattias. Put this round together on late notice and really appreciate those that could join me. I want to find a way to get together with GK’ers on just about every weekend. For me, as brutal as the high winds, cold temps, wet conditions, excruciating slow pace (due to a tournament) and very poor play on my part was … awesome time as always with GK’ers! Afterwards kviser, Mattias and I went over to the Ventura Harbor for some clam chowder and beers. Golf is best with friends no matter. Thank You.
The course, greens in very nice condition, running mostly smooth, fast (can only imagine how fast they will be when they dry out more) and holding shots. I found many bunkers and they were all in good shape. Was impressed how well they had drained. No standing water and not that moist. Fairways are Bermuda turf with sprinkles of Poa dotted only because of the wet winter season, come late spring, summer and fall when they are in season, they should be beautiful. Rough is a mixture of many grasses and varying in length, had many experiences due to being wild off the tee, it’s pretty easy to escape from. Tee boxes thin, level with some divot damage (we played the blue tees).
With the high winds coming off the ocean from the NW holes 1, 2, 6, 8, 13, 15 are super tough into the wind. Holes 7 and 12 have large water hazards on the right so that wind can grab your ball and easily deposit it into the drink. Holes 17 and 18 play straight downwind so that’s a nice almost too little too late breather. I love this layout. It destroys me just about every time. I’ve played it well over 20 times and have only had a couple great performances. I’ll be back for sure to take it on again.
Golf Course Review River Ridge Golf Course LAKES Oxnard, CA
Reviewed by: t8fish, Altadena
Went out walking Sunday morning, 9/9, with an 11:07 tee time combined with three other players into a foursome. RGM 2525 wrote a review after playing here a few days earlier and there is little I can add to it, so I will point you there since he describes pretty much the exact conditions I experienced.
The differences that come to mind are that it took us 4.5 hrs. to play with no one in front slowing us down (ouch), and the one fairway bunker I was in was perfect for executing a recovery. I also used the Greenskeeper coupon, so it was a great deal for a nice course. My dog also had a good time, although he got around with fewer strokes.
Reviewed by: bnr1986, east coast
Came out afternoon of 6/10 for a free birthday round. Walked the blacks with my trusty dog with me and my wife tagged along too as it was my birthday. Been a long time since I had played Victoria Lakes and its black tees. It’s as challenging as I recalled. A good test of golf, you use all 14 clubs over the course of the round.
Some of the black tee boxes were in poor shape, but I’ve found that throughout Southern California. Greens were great. Fairways fair and the rough thick. Traps were consistent though I was only in 1 or 2 all day.
Pace of Play (POP) could have been better but then again we teed off right around noon on a Sunday. Nevertheless, I felt the group in front of us was a bit slow and unaware of those behind them especially late in the round.
I forgot how hard of a walk this course is, especially the back 9. I was wiped after.
Despite being far from Hollywood, the ride wasn’t too bad without traffic. Next time I come out this ways I may give myself a break and play the blues, though the course doesn’t play all too long because of how firm and fast it plays. However, if you miss the fairway it can play very long from the tips. The greens are the best feature of this course, fast but not too firm and they roll true. You can play a variety of short shots around the greens which is fun too.
Even for the rack rate, this is one of the better values related to challenge and conditions in greater LA area. I think the layout is good, a bit bland, so not as strong as Rustic Canyon or Olivas Links in my eyes. Then again those were done by Hanse and Forrest Richardson respectively, so River Ridge is still a great place for a Birthday round.
Will be aerating the Victoria Lakes Course greens 4/23 – 4/26, reopening 4/27.
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Reviewed by: kviser, Saugus, CA
I played here last Friday morning, teeing off a little after 10:00. I had a free birthday round and was walking, so no charge at all!
The course was a little wet in most areas and the right side of hole 1 approach was saturated enough to have standing water despite being on a hill. Green speed displayed on the starters shed read 10’-10”, but I would say it was slower than that. No severe ball marks or damage of any kind on the greens or anywhere else. Many bunkers had to be drained and raked. I saw at least one Greenskeeper working on it; I was in several bunkers and mostly they were all drained and raked except maybe one left of hole 11. Tees were nice and level. Overall the course is in good winter condition with a mix of dormant warm season grasses and some greener poa and rye.
One of the best value courses around. Recommend you play it before aerification.
Reviewed by: t8fish, Altadena
Friday, 1.26, got out around 10:15 this morning for my free birthday round, paired up with a threesome of young Coast Guards and my dog, all of which were good company. We got around in about 4.25 hrs.
I don’t get out to RR very often, but the Lakes course is on my list of favorite all around courses. Value, conditions, layout, facilities, accessibility, dog friendly and as good a birthday deal as you will find.
I wasn’t disappointed today and the all-around conditions were very good.
Tees boxes were level, clean and well covered. The winter fairways were like hitting off a soft indoor/outdoor carpet — somewhat tight but with a cushiony base to it that made for a nice hitting surface that had a good deal of roll-out. Winter coloring not withstanding, I don’t recall any bare or thin patches as in hard-pan type thin. The rough was generally consistent on the playable side. I was in some bunkers and they were clean and groomed with a nice medium density sand. Relatively tight around the greens, you frequently had the option to chip or putt from beyond the apron. The greens themselves were rated 11.5 and that’s about how they felt —challenging and quick, clean, demanding your attention but not unfair.
Beautiful weather, temperature was perfect with a 1.5 to 2 club breeze at times. I can’t think of a negative in the conditions and I’d play it again at the drop of a hat.
Played today, teeing off at 11:18 with a GK Coupon, $28 walking by myself. It was mostly uncrowded today and after playing through a couple of groups on holes 2 and 14, I was able to finish in 3 hours and 10 minutes. I joined another walking single on holes 7 through 13, when he had to leave. Hole 13 is basically the old turn at the clubhouse and I think he had to pick up his kid. One of the marshals gave me a lift to 14 tee and that group there let me pass. After that it was wide open.
Tees: Level and lush. A few par threes and short par fours had some divot damage, but there was ample sand bottles if only folks would use them.
Fairways and rough: Not too much difference between either. Good lies and plenty of turf to hit from most everywhere except in a couple of areas of rough between holes 10 and 11 where you could find some scruffy lies. It seems like it’s always like that on this part of the course. Might be an irrigation issue because it seems like it’s up on the ridge and the ground appears dryer than other areas of the course. It’s not bad by any means and is comparable to many courses in So Cal. Everywhere else there is a lot of good turf.
Greens: You could see micro-punched holes on the greens, but it did not affect roll. Good speed; starter had a board stating they were 10′-8″. Not many ball marks were seen although the greens were soft enough for me to create deep craters with high approaches. I think the greens are great on this course and even though they were kind of medium fast, they held most shots with any spin.
Sand: I saw lots of good sand, at least in the one bunker I found on hole 17, about 10 yards in front of the green.
Overall, I like this course. I felt there were good playing conditions from tee to green. After the round I ran into t8fish, fellow GKer, and his dog. We all went to the snack shack for a bite and some good conversation; well, Kevin and I conversed while the dog was just being cool.
I have to recommend this course, especially with the GK Coupon. Thanks to Johnny and Otto to help out a fellow American!
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GDR23 Posted: 09/11/17 3:39p Member Since: Mar 21, 2006 From: Thousand Oaks
Walked the Tips at River Ridge Vineyard Golf Course on Tuesday 9/5/2017 teeing off at 8:40am with some buddies(Matt,Mack and his buddy). Our POP behind several slower groups in the morning was 4 hours 30 minutes. Used the free birthday round that River Ridge offers 2 weeks before or after your birthday. Sign up with their e-club online and provide drivers license at
Weather was beautiful-foggy in the morning and the sun came out on the back nine–mostly in the high 70’s. The Lakes course was closed due to aerification so the Vineyard course was crowded. I always enjoy River Ridge’s beautiful and challenging layouts. The staff here is always very professional. Marshall’s provided a ride up the hill to 3 tee along with a ride from 13 green to 14 tee which was appreciated!
The greens were rated a 7/10 for me.
They were listed as a 9.5 on the stimp in the pro-shop. I thought they putted medium to slow speed and were rolling fairly well with just a few bumps here and there. Very few divots and looked nice. The fairways contained very lush green Kikuyu grass and you had perfect lies in the fairways. My buddy thought they were a little thick but I thought they were in very good shape for the end of summer. Rated 8/10
Was in fairway bunker on #17 that contained raked and more compact sand which was nice. Was not in any green side bunkers so could not rate them. The tees were mostly level and lush containing Kikuyu grass. Some divots filled in with sand on the par 3’s. Rated 7/10
The rough is very healthy lining some of the fairways. Very green and a club grabber. They had some of the maintenance mowers cutting it down between #10 and #11 as we were playing. Rough rating 8/10.
Layout has some strong long par 4’s and a couple of tough par 3’s with one of them being the finishing island hole which was playing 215 to a back pin today plus a 10 mph breeze. Playing this course for free today was unbelievable. For the GK coupon walking for $28 bucks in the morning is one of the better if not the best morning coupon that GK has around. Had a blast today capped off by an eagle chip in on hole 1. Highly Recommended.
aakes90278 Posted: 09/26/17 9:11a Member Since: Dec 28, 2002 From: redondo beach
Played here yesterday with 3 others at 7:15am finishing at 11:30 walking. Paid $28 dollars thanks to GK coupon and what a great deal.
The course is still recovering from recent punching done 3 weeks ago. The fairways were still showing signs of the holes which made lies in the fairways inconsistent but very playable. The rough was pretty long and tough to get out of so hitting the fairways was key to making pars. The tee boxes were level and a little patchy but caused no problems when teeing off and the sand traps were great. The best of all were the greens. With the exception of hole number #1 (which was beat up and bumpy for some reason) the greens were smooth, fast, and held extremely well.
A great course at a great price and give this place another week to heal and it will be a must play. The Vineyard Course is now being punched so will need a few weeks.
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