There are so many great golf courses in Ventura County, from Rustic Canyon to Moorpark CC, to Olivas Links, etc. that you might be inclined to overlook a course like Simi Hills but that would be a mistake. Simi Hills is a solid and fun course with a really impressive back 9 that adds to the luster of Ventura golf.
There was a decidedly Fall crispness in the air at Simi Hills which for this East Coast boy was very welcomed indeed.
The front 9 is a pretty straightforward affair with a few doglegs thrown in to make it interesting but for the most part, the teeth of the front side is in its uphill greens. It is windy there in Simi Valley so hitting uphill to the greens into the wind often meant taking a club or two more.
Things really pick up on the backside with the 10th hole where there is a huge tree shaping your tee shot right off the bat.
Trees and streams and lakes play into the back 9 as all these natural features provide challenges for all types of golfers plus add in some strategically placed bunkers and you have a heck of a back 9.
My favorite stretch of holes had to be 14 and 15. 14 is a par 4 with a sever dogleg around a lake and 15 is a long par 3 with the lake on the right side of the hole making for a very picturesque 1-2 punch.
The downsides to SH is that the fairways are a little threadbare and there is too much emphasis on carts but I did see some people walking the fairways.
That being said, the course is in really good shape and once you get to the backside, you are in for a treat.
Simi Hills has a nice porch so after a round you can sit out, smoke a cigar and enjoy a round well played (or not well played but at least enjoyed). Add to that a HIGHLY suggested pace of play at 4 hours and you have a real solid course that should be most SoCaler's radars.
For more information on Simi Hills, check out the link! http://www.simihillsgolf.com/
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