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Hidden Gem of the Day: Soule Park Golf Course in Ojai, California

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These aren’t the traditional “top-100” golf courses in America, or the ultra-private golf clubs you can’t get onto. These are the hidden gems; they’re accessible to the public, they cost less than $50, but they’re unique, beautiful and fun to play in their own right. We recently asked our GolfWRX Members to help us find these “hidden gems.” We’re treating this as a bucket list of golf courses to play across the country, and the world. If you have a personal favorite hidden gem, submit it here!

Today’s Hidden Gem of the Day was submitted by GolfWRX member dave willie, who takes us out west to Soule Park Golf Course in Ojai, California. Soule Park underwent a course renovation led by Gil Hanse back in 2005, and dave willie gives us an excellent course description, as well as a great photo of his dog on the course, which you can see below.

“I paid $25 today (senior rate) and had a great time.  Carts are $15, although the course is very walkable.  I played the Orange tees (6,541 yds 71.6/125).  The Oak tees are 6,806, 72.8/128.  Overall in very good condition, greens were fast with lots of slopes, some greens were very large, lots of oak trees (which are definitely not 90% air), some long par fours, a couple of reachable par fives, and enough sand and trouble to make it a stern challenge.

And believe it or not, they let me take my dog on the course when I played.  He got in about 12-15 miles of roaming around, and nobody made any comments or complaints.  Friendly place, good food and everything reasonably priced.”

According to Soule Park Golf Course’s website, 18 holes around the municipal course during the week will set you back just $25, and the weekend rate is $40.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giancarlomag

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  1. Speedy

    Dec 1, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Good picks. Soule’s gone to the dogs. How about cats?

  2. Ronald Montesano

    Dec 1, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Not far away is Rustic Canyon. Here is a piece from a few year’s back on both.

    http://buffalogolfer.com/wordpress/eighteen-18s-of-the-usa-rustic-canyon-soule-park/

    I could play Soule or Rustic for the rest of my life. That Hanse architectural touch is quite remarkable.

  3. Mike Rohmann

    Nov 30, 2018 at 11:26 am

    I was stationed at Pt. Mugu NAS in the late 70’s early 80’s and I played at Soule Park weekly for over 2 years. It was fantastic public course and lots of fun. It compares favorably with it’s high profile neighbor Ojai Valley….Thanks for the walk down memory lane !!

    • C

      Dec 2, 2018 at 10:03 am

      It’s not even the same course now though, since Hanse redesigned it a few years ago.. A massive belt of flat, puttable fringe exists now around every green as opposed to the old traditional fairway where you would have to chip. The whole place is more open now too, and with new grass. The greens are unbelievably slick now when they want to run them out. Bombers can tip the place apart, they are all hitting driver wedge into every par 4, there are 4 par 5s and 3 of them are playing as Par 4s for them. But it’s the greens that make the place tricky.

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