Soule Park Golf Club
|Oak (W)||72||6806 yards||79.3||142|
|Orange (W)||71||6541 yards||77.3||139|
|Combo Orange/Avocado||72||6350 yards||70.7||123|
|Avocado (W)||72||6154 yards||75.5||136|
|Combo Avocado/Lime||72||5891 yards||68.6||118|
|Lime (W)||71||5462 yards||72.2||128|
|Lemon (W)||72||5048 yards||69.9||122|
|Oak M: 72.8/128 W: 79.3/142||395||391||145||505||495||245||431||417||333||3357||160||552||423||374||426||458||169||407||480||3449||6806|
|Orange M: 71.6/125 W: 77.3/139||380||355||135||505||475||230||424||398||333||3235||154||519||417||350||416||421||159||390||480||3306||6541|
|Orange/Avocado M: 70.7/123||380||325||135||505||475||188||424||305||333||3070||154||519||417||350||408||403||159||390||480||3280||6350|
|Avocado M: 69.5/120 W: 75.5/136||356||325||125||490||442||188||412||305||323||2966||137||507||386||342||408||403||152||382||471||3188||6154|
|Avocado/Lime M: 68.6/118||356||290||125||490||442||185||320||305||323||2836||137||507||386||342||349||329||152||382||471||3055||5891|
|Lime M: 66.9/114 W: 72.2/128||338||290||117||423||417||185||320||277||241||2608||137||455||344||303||349||329||147||350||440||2854||5462|
|Lemon M: 64.8/109 W: 69.9/122||330||210||110||402||355||163||280||269||235||2354||118||442||310||292||348||303||141||313||427||2694||5048|
The course is under new management since about 2017 and is experiencing what can only be described as a miraculous renaissance. Kieth and his team have methodically and systematically returned this course to its’ former glory and beyond. By far best course and value in the region. Playable but challenging in a beautiful parkland setting with a classic set up. No surrounding houses, views of the Topa Topa mountains, friendly staff, vastly improved practice facility, the list goes on and on, and more improvements are under way at the clubhouse and restaurant too. Great track!
Not What It Was
I used to play this course pretty regularly around 25 years ago. Since then, it has had a makeover/redesign and I believe an ownership change in the last couple of years. Frankly, I’m not a fan of the redesign and some of the “improvements” have made the course less fun. While still a beautiful looking course, I don’t find it a very fun course to play. Since the ownership change, the quality of the bunker sand has improved (there used to be little or no sand in the bunkers) and the greens complexes are now shaved to the point where it is often difficult distinguishing where fairways end and greens begin. If one misses a green, it pretty much reduces the player to putting from off the green as the lies are so tight. Additionally, greens are so quick, in my opinion, it takes a lot of the skill of green reading and putting in general, out of the game. As the course is situated in a valley, some greens are severely pitched from hillside to creek. Hitting a good shot to the middle of a green will likely lead one to a near impossible putt if above the hole. One such green is number 3. My playing partners and I all watched in amazement at putts we barely breathed on trickle past the hole and role out another 20-30 feet. So, if you know that you’re in for a day like this, then fine. I made 2 30 foot putts for birdie in my round that were severely breaking snakes. They were lucky—not a real test of my putting ability. While the pro shop staff was nice and hospitable, the barman left me scratching my head. I had a draft beer at the turn. He immediately forgot what I ordered. I gave him $6 for a $5.50 beer and didn’t even offer to give me my change, but just kept it as a tip. I might have tipped him anyway, but I thought it was cheeky to not even offer me my change. In the final analysis, I probably won’t play here again any time soon, or not until I have heard they have made the greens more puttable. For me, they just aren’t any fun.
Spectacular valley views and great layout. Challenging but not punishing, and reasonably priced. Can't wait to come back!
Soule Park tough to beat
I am familiar with Soule Park. Once one of the better experiences, over the years the recession and drought took its toll on this regional course. Know for it’s iconic views of the mountains surrounding the Ojai Valley, it was a fun course to play. I moved out of Ojai six years ago, and after joining a private club, only ventured up to play with friends in the area.
Over a year ago, Keith Brown, formerly of American Golf, took a chance and took over the lease of the county owned course.
The results of his effort to rejuvenate the course has paid off tremendously. Last week I met up with a few buddies and teed off at 6am. I’m a traditional golfer, 4 hcp, and really enjoy the look and feel of all golf has to offer. It was an iconic round, the beauty of the mountains, combined with the superb condition of the course, made it one of my favorite rounds. Even though I am a member of Saticoy, iconic in its own right, going up and playing Soule Park is truly an exceptional experience. Play has picked up quite a bit here at Soule, as it should. Play Soule Park, it’s fantastic.
Walked the Oak tees (6806/72.8/128) with RGM2525 in slightly more than 4.5 Hours for their $19 twilight rate. The weather was excellent for golf, sunny, fairly calm & around 80.
This is an average difficulty course to walk, not very hilly, no significant elevation changes or long hikes between any holes. The large lake between holes #1 & #10 is almost full again, which makes for a nice visual.
The Poa Annua tees are generally flat and were mowed close, nice to play from.
The fairways are semi lush & firm with good coverage.
The rough is thinner, hardpan in spots and not overly tall. In many places there was very little difference in being in the fairway or the rough.
The sand traps were decently maintained with fine, dark sand.
The combination Bent & Poa Annua greens putted medium speed with a normal amount of ball marks. They are firm, but still held approach shots well & putted nicely once I got the speed down.
The customer service was excellent. No drink cart, but plenty of water stations on the course. I really like this layout, it fits my eye. Only a few homes nearby, just surrounded by hills and away from things on most holes. Recommended, I would play here often "but for" the drive.
After suffering from the drought in past years the fairways are much improved. Poor lies which were common are now rare. The greens are consistent. The only rough spot remaining is the sand traps which need more sand.
I play Soule Park every time I get the chance. It's a 90 mile drive for me but always worth it. Friendly staff good food and a beautiful layout. Spread out with some minor elevation changes, tough shots over wide barancas, very tricky, well kept greens and enough sand traps to keep you honest.
Well worth the money even at full rates but there's usually a deal somewhere to lessen the pain.
Nice course lay-out
Soule Park in Ojai used to be one of my favorite courses. It still has some water issues which make it a little too dry. More watering would certainly help on the fairways and greens as well.
Best golfnow value I've seen
I golf on a budget so I'm a fiend for the golfnow hot deals. This course honestly fees like it should be out of my price range.
$12 plus service fee... With a cart... And a very scenic track situated sitting the Ojai valley, which is entertaining even without golf involved.
I've played here on a couple of holiday weekends when it isn't too busy and had a blast; one time brought my grandma out to watch and it was enjoyable for her as well given the scenery.
Girlfriend played along with me most recently; she's a total beginner but had a blast as well as they have like 5 sets of tees.
I like the course
The staff too
A bit slow but hey hats golf
Met a couple of nice ladies
I had the course to myself!
I played on a rainy day and had the course to myself. This was the first time I had played the course in about 20 years. I like some of the changes to the course, but not so crazy about others. As I recall, they lengthened number 5 and made it a par 5 and flip-flopped 17 and 18. They shortened number 7 and made it par 4. The old no. 7 was a beautiful par five with an majestic oak overhanging the green with a creek guarding it in front. It was a temptation for long hitters to go for it in two. A lovely, picturesque hole. But alas, it is gone. The greens were very bumpy, making putting difficult. Some of the greens (esp on the back nine) are rather small and undulating. I found 12 and 13 very hard greens to putt. But overall, it was a fun day in the rain. Since there was no one else on the course, the staff let me out well before my tee time. The range was closed (perhaps due to the rain). I would love to play the course again when the weather was better.
Soule Park Golf Course
It was perfect weather and I felt lucky to be able to play. There were a few things though that I think I should point out. First, the ball machine at the driving range was broken, but after going back to the pro shop and letting them know, someone came and fixed it right away. The driving range mats were worn out and uneven and the range balls were pretty old too. While the fairways were trim, the rough was a little too long, so it made it difficult to find my ball. One thing I appreciated was the ball washers actually had soapy water in them and the towels were clean. The golf cart's battery went dead at the 8th hole, so someone had to come out and give us a another one. At the 17th hole, that one started going dead too and the guy that i was paired up with had to actually get out and push the cart to get it to the last hole. It was my birthday that day and I found out after the fact I could have played the round for free, but it was so inexpensive anyway using Golfnow that I didn't mind.