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“My favorite golf course.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Purisima Golf Course

La Purisima Golf Course
3455 State Highway 246, Lompoc, CA 93436
805-735-8395
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Owner description: Listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Public Courses in the United States.
Nipomo, California
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“My favorite golf course.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

I have played many of the greatest golf courses in the world and La Purisima is the best. Always in perfect condition, the design is such that a golfer must place his shots in the right place off the tee to be rewarded. Review the layout before you tee off. A very friendly staff and a nice practice area. If I had one course to play the rest of my life, this would be it.

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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
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“Stunning Views, Tough Course”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2011

If you're doing a road trip down the coast and you play Pebble Beach two days before this and you STILL want to write a positive review, you can imagine how great this course is. We played on a particularly tough day -- wind was howling, but it was a pleasure. Pure golf course ... some beautiful holes and rolling hills and mountains all around. Staff was very friendly, green fees were very reasonable and there was hardly a soul around. Totally different experience than playing on the ocean, but highly recommended if you'd looking for great courses around Cali. Added bonus: smack dab in the middle of the western wine country loop of Santa Barbara!

Visited May 2011
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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“Scenic, but ridiculously hard and not well marked”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2009

La Purisima bills itself as a very difficult course, and it's very true. I'm not sure if there was a single hole that wasn't rolling hills, including almost every fairway. However, the thing I had issues with is that there were almost no markers of any kind on the course except for the 150 yard stake. If you're going to have a course that hard, you can at least give more markers on the sprinkler heads or put in 100 and 200 yard stakes. Furthermore, it was difficult to find your way around the course. There were very few signs that actually indicated where the next hole was or which way to go.

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Thousand oaks,CA
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“Remote but unique golf experience - La Purisima”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2008

Unless you want to risk complete humilitation out on the golf links high handicap golfers should probably avoid La Purisima GC on a windy, or wintery day. But for those who live for challenging a tough unique course, go for it. In my case, I live 115 miles distant - each way - but I have enjoyed taking many golfers - out of town golfers, esp. - to L.P, for an unforgetable round. Course developer, Mr. Hunter may not have inspired creation of a large # of courses, but the 3 courses he did help develop, all have a touch of golf magic - Sandpiper, L.P, and Hunter Ranch. Whenever I come across a younger high school age golfer of promise, I always urge them to travel up to L.P, to truly test themselves. There are many golfers who don't have access to the finest private clubs, and, L.P. daily public rate, gives them a feel for what a U.S. Open caliber course can offer. One of the best benefis in playing L.P. is the pure, quiet, solitude, of the surrounding rural fields, ranchs, and hills. For those who can relate, my experience of playing L.P, all 18 by myself, one quiet weekday morning, - well, it was akin to being in a cathedral of golf. Try it when you find yourself in Solvang, Santa Ynez wine country, too. Just try to absorb the local weather forecast first. And, if your are able - slowly study the course yardage book, the night before the round.


RMD, Thousand Oaks, CA

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