A view over the water of a hole at La Purisima Golf Course.
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4.5
161 Reviews (161)
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.2
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4.8
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Amenities
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Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7105 yards
Slope 143
Rating 75.6
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Course Details

Year Built 1986
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Muir Graves (1986)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Banquet Facilities, Spa

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in California (2017 #25) (2016 #8)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Value Courses in the U.S. (2017 #19)

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4.5
161 Reviews (161)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 11
Watching the Game 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 37
Elevation Changes 37
Undulating Greens 37
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 45
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 36
Locals 28
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 43
In the 'Burbs 7
Near Local Attractions 7

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La Purisima

Played the blues (6670/73.1/136) with RGM2525 in 4 hours on a GolfNow Hot Deal for $24.49 including a cart. Teed of @ noon on our 2nd 18 of the day. We did not wait a shot all afternoon, in beautiful, windy, partly cloudy weather around 70 degrees.

First off, the whole course looked much better than it did the last time I played here several years ago.

The greens putted nice, medium fast and held approach shots well.

The fairways had good coverage. There were a couple of juniors out on divot damage patrol, which was sorely needed on many fairways.

The rough was mostly lush with occasional hardpan or thin lies. It would go from not too bad, to thick and hard to advance more than a short iron to lost ball or hardpan in relatively small areas.

The traps were well maintained with nice sand.

Many of the tees were chewed up and a few could really use leveling. Not up to the standards of the rest of the course.

The customer service was excellent, they got us right out when we arrived ahead of our prepaid tee time. No drink cart person.

This course is VERY unforgiving on crooked shots, you can accumulate penalty shots in bunches here if you are more than about 10 yards left or right of almost any fairway. Many holes have hazards down one or both sides. Many holes have elevation changes and forced carries over hazards, and it is often windy to very windy. This is not a course for beginners.

If you want to be challenged, this is a very picturesque course that is usually not super crowded. This layout absolutely eats me alive like no other course I have ever played. Good thing I putted very well today, or an ugly round could have been positively grotesque.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 12/07/2015

Always love the piranha

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Always a Challenge

One of the toughest courses I know... Beautiful landscape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome course

It was fun to play this course, the course was challenging, love the course layouts. Greens were pretty challenging, they rolled true.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

A beautiful challenge

La Purisima is a beautiful challenging layout. A golfer needs to think and execute nearly every shot. Many bunkers, that are well maintained, protect the holes as well as coastal Oaks. The views of the surrounding areas are stunningly beautiful. The staff is friendly and welcoming. There is also a beautiful club house and restaurant.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

So good!!!

Absolutely best course on the Central Coast. If you have not played here I highly recommend it. The greens are super fast and the layout is awesome. Best part is you don't see any homes and the changing topography really makes this a special place. I would play here everyday if I could.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

They lost what was great, still good but course is fading...

For years La Purisima was the best course in Central CA. In both conditions and design. But over the last 7+ years, the course has been on decline. The turf is a mess of dead grass, mud, mushy spots, mixed grasses and puddles. Its not as if they dont have water, the course is super wet in places and is green, it is just poorly tended. The results are greens that are variant in speed from hole to hole and the tee boxes are full of divots, dead spots and lumps. Last time I was there I watched a maintenance guy drive his cart across the 3rd green! Then get out his weed whacker and cut the edges of the bunker until they were rock, he then left the cuttings in the sand and then drive into and out of another bunker on his way to where ever he was headed directly in front of a 4some teeing it up on the tee….

In addition to the poor conditions and greens, they've made some rather odd changes to the course in the last few years. None good. Removed bunkers on 7 that were a key part of the hole's defense and its beauty. They've removed bunkers on 15, which destroyed the design of a once great par 5 and the previous hole, 14… what the heck are you supposed to do there??? So while the course is a great track, its no longer worth the drive. If you’re close, give it a round. If you’re not, spare the drive until they get this place back into decent shape. Until then, its a shell of its former self.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

I love La P but slow play

The course was lovely, we played with a really nice (& good) player, but the slow pace was killer. 5-hr round that felt longer. We had to wait on pretty much EVERY shot.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good Course

I played in a sanctioned tournament, so the course was in good shape. THIS IS NOT A COURSE FOR BEGINNERS, it is ranked in the top 50 most difficult courses in the US.
You must be accurate off the tee, and precise with your irons.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging

Great course, challenging for sure. Greens are in great shape and not played like the city courses.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Always an adventure

This course is always a fun day. It's a difficult layout with many challenges. Beautiful scenery. Nice people who work there. Nice driving range.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens were disappointing

Very challenging course. Fun layout. Was disappointed with condition of the greens this time around.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great day

Always fun to play La P. Tough course great layout. Greens were punched so they were bumpy, slow and hard for the ball to stay on line. Give it a few weeks and play it. Lots of sand on greens still

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Left satisfied but expected more

I came to La Purisima as a midway point between my drive from the Bay Area to LA. It is certainly remote but in my opinion a great place to stop if you are making the drive. Weather was perfect but some locals told me if the wind is bad the course is borderline unplayable so definitely check the weather.

This course is very well respected among golfers as a strategic and challenging course. It is used as a qualifying course for the PGA and it's layout is perfect for that. The layout is unique with rolling hills and rewards you for great shots while punishing you for bad ones. There are very few holes where you can see the pin so you need to do some research before to make sure you hit the right spots. Often a few feet can make the difference between a lost ball and a great shot.

The scenery and overall views of the course are fantastic. Rarely in the Bay Area or LA do you get this much space with virtually no parallel fairways. The greens were also in spectacular shape.

With that all said there were some very disappointing negatives. I will give them some slack as it is winter time but the fairways were in pretty horrible shape. Dead spots everywhere even within a few feet of the greens. I lost several strokes getting stuck on dirt or dead grass on good tee shots. Perhaps different time of year it is better. Also there was no marshall the whole round which could have prevented an annoying pace of play issue.

The started told me that they packed the course and would take 5 hrs to play the round and said that if I booked on golfnow they wouldn't let me out early even if there were spots. I got there early as a single and refused to let me out early even with another single which basically artificially created odd numbered groups. The group in front of me was a single which was stupid with us being a threesome, the group behind was also three. A foursome in front of us were clearly the golf to drink type and made us wait 10 minutes every hole to hit each shot with no marshall in site. Luckily they let us pass at the turn so they could reload on swing oil.

Overall while I feel like it was a good value I definitely was underwhelmed given the prestige of the course. Very simple things like letting me out earlier and having a marshall would have made a huge difference which are all decisions management makes and completely solvable. The course condition can get some slack due to it being winter.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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