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“Phenomenal Course” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Purisima Golf Course

La Purisima Golf Course
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Owner description: Listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Public Courses in the United States.
La Palma, California
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3 reviews
“Phenomenal Course”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

This is a well maintained and very challenging golf course. The slope rating tell on part of the tale. If you haven't played here before then be prepared for a very humbling experience. The rough can be totally unforgiving, the wind adds an unexpected hurdle and the greens are slippery and treacherous. Bring extra balls, but don't be surprised if you play only one ball but finish 10 strokes over your handicap. GOOD LUCK!!

Visited June 2013
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San Clemente, California
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106 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Hold onto your hat!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Difficult but excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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132 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“A long tough course the PGA Qualifiers sometimes play”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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79 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Good place for lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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