One of the great reasons to be a reader of Top 100 is to browse through page after page of courses all over the world and perhaps find underappreciated gems that otherwise would escape notice.
Olivas Links is one such gem because it is such a solid course. The routing works with the land and is links-like in that it gives you many options to attack the greens with the ground game often being a fun approach.
The course threads the needle by being both fair to the average golfer while giving the aspiring pro challenges especially in the angle of attack off the tees (the course often is a pre-qualifying site for the pro tours Monday slots). The greens and bunkers are often in great shape, which is a testament to the grounds crew considering the amount of rounds played here.
The course just "works" and while not top tier (there are a few too many parallel holes stuffed in the middle of the course for my taste) it is a guaranteed good round of public golf and definitely one not to sleep on if you are in the LA/Ventura area.
Kudos also goes to Kemper who runs a top notch operation including the ancillary items (driving range, staff, etc.) which adds to a pleasant day.
Date: February 01, 2019