Sterling Hills Golf Club

3.6442823529 3.6 stars from 5 (532)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6813 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 72.9
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Appropriate golf attire is required. Blue jeans, cutoff pants, athletic shorts, swim suits and jogging clothes are not considered proper attire
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 71 6813 yards 72.9 133
Championship 71 6395 yards 70.9 126
Regular 71 5906 yards 69.0 121
Forward (W) 72 5482 yards 72.7 125

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 532 Reviews
5 stars:
108
4 stars:
237
3 stars:
105
2 stars:
44
1 stars:
38

recommend this course

419 out of 528 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for locals advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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"Outstanding Value"


jndonia's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you are looking for a great golfing experience at a great price, look no further. This is the best value in Ventura County.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 07/20/2018:

Thank you for sharing your 5-star experience!


miranda1999's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 07/11/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review!

"Nice Layout"


Thoyd4310231's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has a nice layout. Different elevations from Tea box to greens. Different levels on the greens with nice slopes. Obstacles of tree lined fairways and Sand traps add to the challenge. Different tee boxes make it very comfortable playing for different level golfers. The greens are in good condition . The fairways are not great but it’s acceptable. The course is challenging but enjoyable to play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/28/2018:

Your feedback on course conditions is greatly appreciated. Thank you for playing Sterling Hills!


u000003628759's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/28/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review!

"Great Course!"


chasinm's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've always been a big fan of this course. It's relatively short but the water and sand positions plays almost like a links course, you can't just bomb it off every tee. A few years ago the course condition was incredible and it has slid downhill a bit but is still in decent condition. If they didn't have some dry spots it'd be a 10/10 course. Even with the current condition it's still good value for the price


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/28/2018:

Thank you for playing Sterling Hills and sharing your 5-star experience!

"Good value for the money"


u895273168's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Several areas of ground under repair. But for $35 with cart. Hard to beat.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/28/2018:

Thank you for the review and recommendation!

"WORST COURSE EVER!"



1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Please do not believe any “good” review you see about this place, especially if you’re an actual golfer. This is the worst course I’ve ever played at. Horrible conditions and layout, management doesn’t even seem like they know how to play golf. Greens are okay but fairways are choppy and long with a lot of brown spots. Traps are hard as a rock and has plenty of pebbles in it, aka will ruin the face of your wedge.

If you’re somebody who plays golf once a year and shoots well into the hundreds but enjoys getting out on the course to get drunk with some friends then this is definitely the course for you.

If you’re somebody who respects golf and takes the game seriously then don’t show up at this joke of a course. They have really good marketing so you may get suckered in.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/28/2018:

We're sorry to hear you were not able to recommend the course at this time. Please feel free to reach out to the pro shop to discuss your experience.


btwindaddy's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/28/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review!

"Good course. Still needs work."


joebeaugolf1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I’ve played this course several times mostly for the value and location. It’s half way between my place and my partners so it makes it easy However there should be loyalty points since we do play weekly. Might be a good idea to throw in a free round. Ow and again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/28/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review and recommendation!

"Sand traps need attention"


u0000062466439's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Sterling Hills has made a 100% improvement over the last few months, new owners have taken and improved almost every aspect of the course except for the sand traps, very inconsistent, some are crusty hard and others are deep soft sand. The fairways and greens are in great shape. More improvements being made on several of the holes. But all good stuff. Looking forward to play the course when all of the management and care has materialized

Good job guys!!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/28/2018:

Your feedback on improving course conditions is greatly appreciated!


u696326314's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/28/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review and recommendation!


u9390937's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/28/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review!


u509238934's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/12/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review and recommendation!

"Good value golf"


jpfb2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good value golf @ Sterling. $40 including cart, range balls, & sandwich + chips after your round.

Sterling with its new owners are doing a lot of golf course improvements from tee boxes, fairways, bunkers, as well as the greens. Right now there are a lot of GUR's on the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/07/2018:

We're happy to hear you found great value playing Sterling Hills! Thank you for taking time to rate the course 4 stars. See you soon!


u6354658's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/05/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review!


miranda1999's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/05/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review and recommendation!


u8391667's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/05/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review!

"Good bones! Wish there was a walking rate."


CTJimV's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

For the past 10 years, my regular group and I have played the vast majority of our annual rounds (20 out of 36) at Sterling Hills. As many have mentioned, the prior owner neglected some basic course maintenance issues and it fell into a state of disrepair.

It was wonderful to see the improvements made by the new owner when we played on 25 May. One can easily see that a concerted effort is being made to get it to the standards it once had. I saw more maintenance personnel, new equipment, a greener driving range and spruced up perimeter areas to name a few. Please keep up the efforts; I applaud you for putting the shine back on this gem of a course.

My only knock is their "all inclusive" rates. Most all courses in the county have a walking rate, a senior rate and a few even offer a military rate. You get none of these options at Sterling. Prior to the new ownership, the rate was $27 to walk (and I also had a Players Club card which got an additional $10 off my green fess.) I prefer to walk when I play so I'm not keen on paying for a cart that I don't use. I understand this pricing ploy to attract new customers. However, there are many other choices within a 30 minute driving range that offer better value for the money. I'd like to keep Sterling Hill in our playing rotation but not at this price.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/05/2018:

Thank you for playing Sterling Hills! We're sorry to hear you don't find value in the all-inclusive rate. Please feel free to reach out to the pro shop to discuss walking options. See you soon!

"Continued Improvement"


jkenyon21's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course continues to improve. There is still a lot of work going on with the fairways but definately improving. the greens are in great shape. The bunkers need more attention on a daily basis but otherwise it was a good day. staff is always friendly and helpful.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 06/05/2018:

Thank you for playing Sterling Hills and sharing your course recommendation!

"Hopefully better times ahead?"


jeffinMDR's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I played the course at twilight on Sunday under a Hot Deal via Golf Now for $17 for both myself and girlfriend. There was a wedding going on, and I think they were trying to keep the greens a bit open for the reception, and were actually placing people strategically at various holes. I had actually never seen this where people were teeing off at Hole 5, so it was a bit weird. Overall, I hadn't played the course in 15 years, when it was newer and a higher value course, so I was pretty disappointed in how far the course has fallen. The twosome that we were paired with informed us that new owners had taken over, and were putting a lot of effort into improving things, so I hope that things will improve! Overall, it was great for $17, but I don't plan to pay much more to play there again unless it improves. I would love to see another great course in the Ventura County area, so I hope it does!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Sterling Hills Management on 05/22/2018:

Your feedback on course conditions is greatly appreciated! Thank you for taking time to play the course. See you soon!


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