Olivas Links Golf Course Review
73.7 rating; 135 slope
Review by GolfTop18
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Year Last Reviewed: 2019
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Olivas Links Course Overview: A wide open municipal golf course near the Channel Islands harbor in Ventura, this "links" course replaced the Olivas Park golf course that the author played his first full round of golf on at age 9. Overall, it is a minor improvement over the prior course, with some repetition in design, but the back nine offering a good stretch of tough holes. Overall, wind is the biggest factor at Olivas as the golf course itself can be attacked when the wind is down, but when it whips, the best golfer will face a challenge. The best holes are reviewed below:
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Olivas Links Hole 2: This par five heads towards the ocean and, thus, the usual winds. It has out of bounds to the right the whole way and has a green with a partially blind putting surface and a lot of undulation and mounding.
Olivas Links Hole 3: There are many relatively short, straight par fours at Olivas and this one is the most visually pleasing with nice bunkers, and is representative of many holes that the golfer will face while playing this golf course.
Olivas Links Hole 4: This par five is fairly straight forward but for the huge tree that sits 60 yards or so short of the green. Any player wanting to hit said green (either in 2 or in 3) needs to find away around this behemoth.
Olivas Links Hole 9: The closing hole on the front nine is all about avoiding the water right on the tee shot. The player can go way left as needed and the hole is not terribly long so discretion is key.
Olivas Links Hole 11: The best hole on the course by far is this dogleg right. The lake on the right cuts in twice, leaving a layup drive between to the two fingers or a crushed drive over its entirety the only two good options for the player. The second option has better rewards for the approach, but that drive must also avoid the set of bunkers long and left of the fairway.
Olivas Links Hole 15: This short dogleg right doesn't need much distance off the tee, but the perimeter fence to the right speaks volumes. Any over correction to the left may leave a shot out of heavy rough.
Olivas Links Hole 16: Either impressively or oppressively difficult, depending on the player's state of mind, this par four is long. The lake left is only in play for the longest hitters off the tee, but the bunkers to that side are available. The OB and large trees to the right are also unfriendly, but the approach shot, that will be a long one, is made just a bit shorter from the right side.