Lompoc, CA 
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Uploaded By: Discette Hole #9 (Taken 1/2013)
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A bit repetitive, but fun

1    6/28/2013   7/10/2013
Review By: mashnut
Played: 815  Reviewed: 749  Exp: 12.4 Years
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Pros: The course is broken up into two very different sections. The front half is mostly open and plays on green grass fields with just a few scattered mature trees. There are some nice elevation changes on most of these holes, offering a couple valley shots and some tricky uphill and downhill shots with pins on roll-away slopes. This part of the course is very beginner friendly and nicely groomed.

The back half of the course is a little rougher and more technical. The fairways play on a hillside area with scrubbier grass and more trees. Most of these shots make you hit some kind of line to get near the pin, and a few have some good low ceiling shots required off the tee. Many of these holes are fairly level, but a few bring some bigger elevation changes into play with some tough uphills and a couple bigger downhill shots.

The tees are relatively small, but a fine surface and a reasonable size for most players. There are multiple pin positions on many of the holes, adding a little extra variety. I like the contrast of the easier front section of the course as a loop you can bring beginners to and the slightly tougher back half.
Cons: The signage needs some work. At the moment it can be tough to find the next tee in several places. On the holes with multiple pin positions, there's no indication of which is currently in use which means you have to walk up and figure it out anyway. There are a few spots where it's unclear which of a few baskets you're shooting at from the tee.

The back 9 has some spots where holes play way too close to one another for safety. The last hole is a fun downhill shot, but crosses other fairways and could potentially overlap with several others. The front 9 had some conflicts with other park uses that could cause safety issues on a crowded summer day.

I understand that the lack of trees on the front 9 makes it tough to force different lines, but the design could have made better use of the trees on the back 9 to balance that out. Most of the holes were pretty much straight ahead and didn't require much interesting or creative line shaping. That also means that several of the shots start to feel pretty similar by the end of the course.
Other Thoughts: Beginners will find the front of the course very approachable and forgiving, and the back of the course tough but not frustratingly punitive. Experienced players won't find a ton of challenge here, it's a nice quick round with some fun elevation but you won't find your full range of skills tested.

There was lots of poison oak off the fairways in some spots, it wasn't an issue if you stayed on the fairways but it's something to be aware of.

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