I played Tierra Rejada on a warm and breezy Wednesday afternoon. I arrived around 12:30 or so, and was able to get on pretty quickly. I rented a set of clubs and paid my greens fees (teed off at 1, getting twilight) with a total cost of $85. Although the rental clubs weren’t the greatest set I’ve ever played, I couldn’t argue with the total price.
I quickly stopped in the clubhouse bar and ordered a turkey sandwich, which was promptly created, and I took it with me to the first tee.
I chose the Blue tees which measured 6,557, which is just about right for me. The first hole is a long par 5 that borders the driving range to the left. As you get closer to the green, there’s a small creek that runs up the left side so regardless of shot, stay away from the far left side.
The second is a slightly uphill par 3, measuring 153. I hit an 8-iron to about 4 feet and birdied it! Feeling pretty good, I drove up the hill to the third tee.
The third has a blind tee shot which goes over a hill, then slopes downward to the green. Keep the tee shot center or center-left, as the right hand-side is all trouble. Once over the hill you’ll probably have a downhill lie to the green, so be sure to club down a bit.
The fourth is an uphill dogleg right par 5, measuring 530 yards from the Blue tees. It’s also the #1 handicap hole, making a par an excellent score.
As you move up the hill, you may have a blind approach to the green. It may be worth driving up (if you have the time) to see what the green looks like. There are some bunkers on the left side to be wary of; here’s a shot:
The tee shot on 6 is all carry. It shouldn’t be too difficult, depending on the direction of the wind. Then the approach is uphill, and blind to the green. My favorite part of this hole was standing behind the green and looking back towards the tee; an unexpectedly beautiful view.
Seven is a short par 3, only measuring 130 from the Blues. The wind plays a role, but the hole also has a visual aspect that plays tricks on you (well, at least for me.) From the tee it looks like there’s nothing behind the green, forcing you to hit it short. In reality, the wind will probably hold it up but that being said, short is not a bad play either.
Eight is also a visually stunning (and confusing) hole. It’s a par 4 that only measures 355, but looking from the tee and all the carry necessary to hit the fairway, it’s a struggle not to hit driver. That being said, I’d suggest against it. I hit one, and although it was on a great line I ran out of fairway and had to drop. That being said, it was one of the best tee shots on the course.
On the front, holes 2, 5 and 7 are the only three holes that are (relatively) flat. The rest have some significant elevation changes which always make it interesting, and the ninth is no slouch. It’s a 545 yard par 5, and the tee shot is a beauty. The first fairway borders the hole on the right, with trouble left so if you have to bail, right is the only choice.
The tenth is only 345 yards, but the uphill elevation change is so significant it may add 50-60 yards to the hole. On the green, there is a slight hill on the back that will catch incoming balls, turn them around and funnel them back towards the middle of the green which is nice. The challenge here is not the green; it’s the uphill climb and blind approach. My tee shot went a bit right, into a bunker. Here’s the view of my approach:
The eleventh is a relatively flat par 3, with a great view from the top of the mountain. It measured 195 from the Blues, making it longer than most par 3’s, but still; check out the view:
Thirteen was probably the most surprising hole on the course. It starts off simply enough; a 400 yard par 4, that moves slightly right.
I hit my best tee shot of the day here, and was left with only a wedge to the green. Once you turn the corner, the hole opens up to a very large green with a waterfall behind it. You can actually start hearing it as you get closer to the hole. Some may think a waterfall on a golf course is overkill or unnecessary, but I think it really added something positive. You be the judge:
Fifteen is a 425 yard par 4, with a blind tee shot. Also if you play a draw, this is a very tough tee shot for you as there are a few trees that make it difficult. I’d suggest driving up a bit and seeing where the fairway is. Here’s a picture of the tee shot:
Sixteen is the final par 5, and the #18 handicap hole on the course (easiest), measuring only 488. Of course, it does play uphill so you can add a few yards to that.
I loved two things about this hole; the bunkering in the fairway and the elevation of the green. Here’s a shot of the bunkers:
And another picture of the green looking backwards to the tee. Truly a stunner.
The seventeenth measured only 105; easily the shortest par 3 I think I’ve ever played from Blue tees. Of course, the challenge isn’t in the distance; it’s the wind but more so, it’s the smallest green on the course and it looks like it from the tee. To be honest, I was a little concerned on this tee, and that’s rare for a 100 yard shot.
Tierra Rejada Golf Club finishes with a 406 yard par 4. The green runs lengthwise, so the distance of your approach is key here. This hole also provides one of the best views on the course; check it out.
I wasn’t expecting much when I stepped on to Tierra Rejada. The course was relatively empty, the rental clubs weren’t the best, and the price wasn’t as high as expected. In the end, it turned out to be a fantastic track and the cost of the round with the rental clubs included was less than expected. If you’re in the Simi Valley – Moorpark, California area, I’d suggest giving it a chance. If you do, leave a comment below and let me know what you think.