Review for Olivas Links

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This is a sweet municipal course just down the road from Ventura Harbor. Built on crepe flat former agricultural land, it now has just enough contour—and enough open vistas— to remind one of a true links course. The routing is quite intuitive, with all but one tee a short walk from the previous green. The first hole is quite straightforward. Succeeding fairways are not all constricted, but most feature a line of charm—an opportunity for the golfer to take a riskier line with the tee ball to set up a more advantageous angle for the second shot. That sort of strategic opportunity also presents itself on the second shot on two of the par fives—an area where architects are prone to falling asleep.

I got a chance to practice unconventional strategy on the dogleg 11th hole where I did my best Lon Hinkle imitation driving the ball into the adjacent 12th fairway. For those of you who may be concerned about this move, rest assured that no golfers were harmed by it. It did not, however, help my score, so I won’t be trying it again.

Most greens are protected by bunkering while also providing a partially open front allowing a more conservative running approach. Greens ran at 9.5 on my stimpmeter in January 2019, an appropriate speed for the challenging contours.

Though price does not figure into my rating assessment, I must point out that all this fun cost me only $29.

Date: February 01, 2019

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