Marshallia Ranch Golf Course - Military Review


July 18th, 2011 15:58

Reviewer

First Name Bob
Last Name Recker
Handicap 26

Course Review and Comments

Marshallia Ranch is set several miles outside the main gate of Vandenberg AFB. It is an excellent, challenging layout with numerous eucalyptus trees, ice plane, and challenging bunkers. There are no water hazards on the course, but the ice plant serves the same purpose. It is possible, occasionally, to hit a ball out of the ice plant, but usually not advisable. The trees are a mix of pine and eucalyptus, lining many of the fairways. Often, shots struck into the trees will stay in the trees. If you leave the fairway, you are in sand dune scrub. The greens are demanding; the bunkers are sometimes ill-placed; some have been added since the original design, but they seem out of place. All in all, a very challenging course, considered to among the top 4 or 5 in the collection of military courses in the US. Has played host to US Open qualifying, and often hosts All-service and AJGA competitions. Along with La Purissima, Monarch Dunes, Sandpiper and Alisol Ranch, should be part of a multi day golf vacation on the Central California Coast.

Ratings

Date course was played Friday 18th of June 2010
Price paid for golf 38
Price comments I play for a retired military rate; the course is open to the public
Course Design Rating
Course Design Comments The course was designed by Bob Putman, but all of the work building the course was done by volunteers from Vandenberg AFB, under the supervision of Mr. Putman and his assistants
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Rating
Course Greens/Fairways Condition Comments
Course Service Rating
Course Service Comments The pro shop personnel are friendly and competent. Unfortunately, the snack bar and grill hours seem to be set for the convenience of the employees, not necessarily the golfers.
Course Facilities Rating
Course Facilities Comments Very nice clubhouse. The variety of merchandise in the pro shop is reasonable, and the merchandise prices are very reasonable. Practice range is excellent, with 2 practice putting greens, practice bunker and green, and short iron game practice green.
Course Overall Rating
Play Again Yes
Recommend Yes

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