Santa Barbara (Goleta), CA 
Evergreen Open Space Share
Uploaded By: timg Hole #4
3 / 358ft.   3 / 358ft. Par / Distance:
Hole #4 Tee



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2-4    3/31/2010   4/4/2010
Review By: prosmotter
Played: 46  Reviewed: 2  Exp: 5.7 Years
1 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: -Has open long shots AND wooded technical shots
-uses its elevation nicely
-cement tees
- lots of variation of difficulty
-not crowded
Cons: -not the easiest course to follow, find a local to guide you if possible
-some pads are on sidewalk and poorly marked
-poison oak
-windy often

1 of 5 people found this review helpful.

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5+    7/1/2009   8/20/2009
Review By: backswing_aplenty
Played: 64  Reviewed: 9  Exp: 9.6 Years
11 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: This is where I learned the game and was a local for 2 1/2 years. This is a great course to learn every type of golf shot with a long hole, short hole, hyzer, anhyzer, forehand, thumber, and elevation holes.

Not a very long course even for So Cal standards but requires very technical shots. Would be considered a "birdie" course as the locals have the course pretty wired in it's normal setup with a 10 or 12 down popping up here and there.

Great local vibe with regular rounds teeing off twice an afternoon (3 and 5pm when I lived there.) It was these pretty good golfers that taught me.

New layout at 10, 11, 12, 13 solves much of the crossing fairway issues, and new teepads greatly improve the experience.

Hole 8 becomes a monster through the woods, and the old easy thumber 13 is now a tough anny/flick across the disc eating forest. Much more difficult as a whole with the updates.
Cons: Can be a little crowded at peak hours. Course is 10 mins. from the college campus so you get a large mix of golfers, mostly new to the sport. Overall there's minimal problems and everyone's respectful, it's just a few knuckleheads who have disturbed the local neighborhood in the past.

The course can be a disc eating monster. Errant throws can call for ultimate punishment with man discs either sinking in the swamp, digging into the ivy, or hiding in the forests the define the fairways. Lots of tall trees to send discs into. It's an expensive lesson, but you learn.

The multi-purpose factor of the course and the ease of the lost disc are what drop the rating below a 4 for me.
Other Thoughts: I have a special place for this course as it was my first. Yes its a little crowded and the course is tough when it's wet but more people playing is more exposure for the sport and how many courses are that playable in the rain?

I go up to Santa Barbara every other month and make sure I get in at least 1 round.

Can't wait to get back and play.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful.

 

5+    5/25/2009   6/2/2009
Review By: zenbot
Played: 31  Reviewed: 10  Exp: 8.4 Years
This review was updated on 6/21/2009
12 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course requires a good range of shots. There are some beautiful narrow Eucalyptus protected fairways, a wide open hole that would benefit from a good roller (which I do not have), and some well thought out blind shots that have a high risk vs. reward factor. The course is kept clean and the locals are great.
Cons: The layout can be confusing, there are several crossed fairways, and there aren't tee signs. Several holes are swampy after wet weather. If your shot strays expect that you'll pay for it. Lots of "walkers" and kids on bikes that halt play.
Other Thoughts: This is a fun course to play. It's not necessary to have a big arm to do well. It's a great place to learn or brush up on your mid-game. Poison Oak is a factor here. Be sure you know what you're walking into.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.


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