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“Hold onto your hat!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Purisima Golf Course

La Purisima Golf Course
3455 State Highway 246, Lompoc, CA 93436
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Owner description: Listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Public Courses in the United States.
San Clemente, California
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“Hold onto your hat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

There is more than one reason this course is nicknamed "La Piranha". I play here at least a couple of times per year and always enjoy the condition and layout of the track. Be ready, however, to play in stiff, if not outright windy, conditions. The day we played the winds were a consistent 25 mph gusting to 35. Don't be deterred...as it is a really fun, quality course on which to spend a few hours.

Visited May 2013
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Lompoc CA
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“Difficult but excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

This course has been rated the 33rd most difficult in the U.S. by ESPN. If that is the case, I'd hate to play the top 32! Long course with only 2-3 holes I would classify as easy. Narrow fairways, rolling hills, deep difficult bunkers, it all adds up to a tough day on the course. However, it is more than worth it. There aren't too many more beautiful courses that I have seen, and I've played a lot. It's rarely ever busy here, which makes standing on the tee box on #6 and looking back at the rest of the course even more amazing. A couple of my favorites were #8, a downhill curving hole coming back towards the highway that is reachable with a well-placed tee shot and a long iron, and #12, with the tee shot over a pond and a long narrow entryway to a well-gaurded green in the trees. Highly recommended. It's not the score that counts here, but the enjoyment of a beautiful day on the links.

Visited October 2012
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Pismo Beach, Calif.
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“A long tough course the PGA Qualifiers sometimes play”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

There are not too many golf courses in the San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara county area, but the PGA used La Purisima a few years ago for a qualifying round. Great views with no homes in sight. Long fairways, deep bunkers and a good workout if you are walking. It's best in fall, winter and spring, and best in the morning. You don't want to play this when the wind comes up. Just west of Bulleton and east of Lompoc in the popular Santa Rita Hills wine region of Santa Barbara County. There a lots of places to stay in Solvang.

Visited October 2011
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Lompoc, California
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“Good place for lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

Although we are not golfers, we do go here for lunch. Nice golf course views, good sandwiches, very casual, way better than "fast food".

Visited May 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Worth the Drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

Played here about 10 years ago and didn't like it much then. Stopped here again on the way from SF to LA and absolutely loved my second round. I tend to like courses in remote locations because they are cheaper and less crowded. The shot values here are excellent, not many plain jane holes here. The course is hard but playable, as always, short & straight beats long & wrong. There a few tee shots which you just to have to grin and hope you drive it straight but they don't require heroic carries. It's a very scenic course and it's walkable despite the elevation changes. I also played Sandpiper years ago, which was designed by same architect, but La Purisima is far more interesting and fun.

Visited March 2012
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