Ventura County Golf Course Reviews
Elkins Ranch Golf Course Review
70.4 rating; 121 slope
Review by GolfTop18
Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Year Last Reviewed: 2013
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Elkins Ranch Golf Course Overview: Located in the relatively sparsely populated and sleepy town (for Southern California) of Fillmore, along the 126 freeway, this short golf course is sandwiched between farmland and the hills. It features a few golf holes with water and a couple of strong doglegs, but the sloping greens are its main defense against the golfer. The most memorable golf holes are reviewed below:
Elkins Ranch Golf Course Hole 3: This par five has an elevated tee shot down towards the lake at the bottom of the hill (about 250 yards from the back tee) so normally the player will try to layup short of the lake and right of the tree on the left side of the fairway. A miss to the left will be trouble but if the player can find the fairway left of the lake and right of the hill, birdie might be a real option. The green is elevated and angled, so approaches should come in high in order to stick on the putting surface.
- Sterling Hills
- Rustic Canyon
- River Ridge
Elkins Ranch Golf Course Hole 8: This dogleg right par five features a drive over small trees from the back tee so the player had to determine how much of the dogleg to bite off. From the fairway, the hole narrows down to a green that has a large bunker to the front left that will make up and down challenging.
Elkins Ranch Golf Course Hole 9: The finishing hole to the front nine has the best drive on the course as the player can layup to the right of the lake and leave a mid to long iron in, or they can attempt to fly over a little or a lot of the lake to cut off the dogleg. However, if the drive is too ambitious, it can actually go through the fairway and find trees or even out of bounds, so distance control is paramount and the golfer needs to commit to the option they choose. From there, the approach features a little trouble in the form of bunkers, but not too much.
Elkins Ranch Golf Course Hole 10: The beginning of the back nine has a another severe dogleg left, but this one has no real trouble off the tee and features a very wide fairway. The second shot has to clear a lake, but it is well short of the green, so two prudent plays can get it done here.
Elkins Ranch Golf Course Hole 12: This difficult par four is uphill with trees left and what appears to be a mound to the right. However, at the top of that mound is a lake, which should be avoided. The longer the drive, the tighter the landing area, two, which is a good design feature as the green is uphill, well-guarded and multi-leveled.
Elkins Ranch Golf Course Hole 13: From the elevated back tee, the drive seems daunting but the player can actually hit the ball a ways to the left more than they can see. Also, a well-struck drive can easily clear the lake and can even fly the bunker at the corner of this dogleg right. The green is deep and tough to putt.
Elkins Ranch Golf Course Hole 15: Another tough par four on the back nine, the drive is relatively tight with hazard right and trees left: and it features an undulating fairway. The approach is then significantly uphill to a green tucked behind the hillside and blind for any drive right of center.
Elkins Ranch Golf Course Hole 17: The signature hole has a big, downhill drive to a hole that bends slightly to the left. The prevailing wind is usually in the golfer's face, which makes this hole play rather long so the golfer needs to bring some of their best stuff to the seventeenth.
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