RUSTIC CANYON GOLF CLUB (805-530-0221)
Orange County/Los Angeles, California golf course review
Rustic Canyon in Moorpark (about 20 minutes north of Los Angeles) is a 18-hole championship course designed in 2002 by the team of Gil Hanse, Jim Wagner and Geoff Shakelford. Nestled next to environmentally protected areas and set in the hilly Southern California terrain, this links inspired layout has been recognized as one of the top value golf facilities (for courses with rates under $60) in Southern California.
The terrain meanders next to rustic hillsides but is fairly level throughout. Expansive, open fairways present level lies - affording beginning golfers, juniors and seniors with an enjoyable venue to hone their games. The green complexes vary from extremely approachable to those protected by deep bunkers that are frequently lined with fescue and other types of gnarly rough. Golfers who hit towards these hazards should certainly hope they land in the sand!
There are about 60 sand bunkers situated near the landing zones or greenside, with plentiful waste areas also in play on numerous holes. Water is not in play on any of the holes. Though the layout is quite wide open and golfers can frequently grip it and rip it off the tee, there is a variety of holes that demand careful shot selection. Land on the mildly sloping greens in regulation and good scores can be had. Miss and the up and downs from surrounding collection areas can be tricky.
Four sets of tee boxes play to distances and slopes that measure 6988 yards/128 slope,6628 yards/125 slope, 6049 yards/119 slope and 5275 yards with a slope of 113 from the forward tees. On course, 100, 150 and 200 yard markers are posted on the fairways, and sprinkler heads are measured to the front, center and back of the green. Pin placement charts on the carts indicate the day's hole locations. Pro Shot GPS and coolers are also provided.
The clubhouse has a pro shop plus snack area with outdoor patio, and there also is putting green plus driving range with mat and grass hitting stations. Golfers will encounter some reasonable carries over desert arroyos, but the main obstacles to scoring well here are the gnarly designed sand traps.
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