The Saticoy Club is a wonderful golf course. A good blend of short, medium, and long holes. To my way of thinking, Saticoy is a fine 17 ½ hole golf course. More on that later.
A true highlight to this golf course is the condition. The fairways are near perfect for hitting golf shots of all kinds and at the same time a pleasure to walk. Near perfectly flat on almost every hole.
The greens are fast and almost firm. The many false fronts test a golfers distance control. On more than one hole Marlene and I saw what we thought to be a good shot come rolling back to us!
Bunkers are well placed and strategic. To my eye it is the bunkering that makes Saticoy a beautiful golf course.
Each nine at Saticoy Club has a number of fine golf holes.
On the first nine the third is a straight forward par four requiring a good drive and a mid to long iron to a green designed to hold such the shot. The green on the long par three fourth has enough back to front slope to receive the fairway metal most of use need to hit. Hole nine is a gem of a par three. I prefer the tee at 157. At 189 the true angle into the green seems to be lost. For me the back tee on nine is an example of an attempt to lengthen a golf hole and not having good land to do so.
On the back nine the eleventh is a wow of a par four. The drive is hit to the first fairway with any real slope. For me a left to right fade resulted in extra roll and a short iron to the green. The green is just enough up hill to demand certain distance control. Twelve is another par four requiring a fade off the tee that is rewarded with a wedge to the green. The par three thirteenth is a classic long iron shot with a fantastic vista. The inward nine continues with good hole after good hole, draw one drive, fade the next. The climax may be the second shot on the par five eighteenth. With a drive on the left side of the fairway a well hit fade just might reach the front of the green.
Earlier I said that Saticoy Club was a 17 ½ hole golf course. Elevation change can make or break the routing of a golf course. Get elevation change right and the golf course is a star. Get it wrong and the golf course is a disappointment. For me, two holes stick out. The par three tenth is too much of a down hill drop to be a good hole. The other is the tee shot on the first. Once in the fairway the shot to the green is a match for any of the approach shots at Saticoy. The getting to the fairway was not a match for the rest of this fine course.
Saticoy Club is a fine golf course and I look forward to playing it again. Many golf courses are one or two holes short of being great.
Date: January 08, 2020