Elkins Ranch Golf Course Review
Elkins Ranch Golf Course Review
Elkins Ranch Golf Course is located in Fillmore, CA just a little bit on the outside of Los Angeles. I started playing golf at Elkins Ranch about 10 years ago and plan to continue playing the course.
While walking to the pro shop you pass by all 3 practice spots: Driving range, putting green, and chipping area. The putting green is about as true as you can find. I spent about 10 minutes going from hole to hole and was extremely pleased with the breaks and the roll of each putt. The chipping area is equivalent in size to the putting green and is in great condition. I chipped for a few minutes and once again, was extremely pleased with how the ball rolling and kept true to the green.
AMENITIES AND CUSTOMER SERVICE
The Pro Shop at Elkins Ranch has everything you need for your daily round. The carts don’t have GPS, but I don’t expect a cart to have GPS when I play. Surprisingly, most courses I play don’t have GPS. But with the invention of handheld GPS or Smart Phone Apps, there is not much disappointment when I’m not provided with GPS on the cart.
Our tee time was at 7:20 on a Saturday morning so there were only a few employees working the Pro Shop. Everyone was extremely nice and was a pleasure to work with. When the round was over, we spoke with a few more employees and had the same great experience. Elkins Ranch employees make you feel like part of the family.
The conditions at Elkins Ranch Golf Course were excellent for a daily fee public course. The fact that Elkins Ranch allows you to come out for under $50.00 and provides these conditions is phenomenal.
The greens stayed true from the practice green. The last thing I ever want is to get a great read on the practice green and then have the course completely different. One of the things I noticed is that Elkins Ranch didn’t want to give in too much to you so they decided to vary the sizes of their greens considerably. Anywhere from pinpoint accuracy on the par 3 Hole #4 to the many elevated large greens.
The sand: Well, I have good news and bad news. The Good news … I only saw the beach once. The Bad news … that doesn’t make for an extensive review. But what I can tell you is that the sand was in excellent condition and I wasn’t hitting a bag of rocks. The ball flew right out of the sand, I raked my spot, and putted for par.
Course Design & Layout
One word comes to mind when I think about the design and layout of Elkins Ranch … Tricky. Luckily we played with 2 locals and they said nearly the same thing on about half the holes, “this one plays longer than what it seems”. With the ever so slight elevation change on many holes, you better prepare for an extra club. You can look at the 6,034 yards from the whites and think you’ve got this course in the bag, but you’ve got another thing coming. Water on 9 holes, hard turning doglegs, trees, and elevated greens are what make those yards every bit worth working for.
My favorite hole is their signature hole #17. All of those uphill holes now give you a bit of relief as you stand 110 feet over the wide fairway. Ah, relief. Well, the problem is that it is a 433 yard par 4. You get a lot of help from Elevated tee box, but if you’re off on your tee shot you can be in for a long day on #17. Luckily for me, I crushed one about 290 down the center and left myself with a short iron in and 2 putts for par. One more par and I can keep it under 90. And that I did. I shot 89 for the day, but only hit the ball about 81 times (yep, I left some balls in the water).
Overall, I will continue to play Elkins Ranch. The only downfall is that it’s 45 minutes from the house.
Greens at Elkins Ranch range from $26 to $52 with a cart ($16 to $37 without a cart). Elkins Ranch is well designed and not terribly long, so the cart isn’t necessary if you enjoy walking. We saw many people walking the course.
Elkins Ranch is priced very similarly to the other public courses in Los Angeles and Ventura County. But what you do get from Elkins Ranch is a great secluded property that is surrounded by the Sespe and San Cayetano Mountain Ranges.
Elkins Ranch Golf Course is a great place to play golf. The crowd was great, the staff was extremely pleasant, the design-layout-conditions were excellent, and I shot under 90. What’s not to like? I will be back.
Don’t forget, they also offer golf memberships that give you unlimited golf for the year.