Olivas Links, previously named Olivas Park Golf Course, is a Public, 18 hole golf course located in Ventura, California.
The golf course at Olivas Links first opened for play in 1964. The course was designed by William F. Bell, famed designer of Torrey Pines.
Olivas Park had a well-known reputation as one of the best golf courses in the Southland region. The new layout (Olivas Links), got even better with upgrades made in 2007 in an attempt to add features to the natural flow through native plant life. The 18-hole, par-72 championship course delivers coastal breezes and picturesque views of Ventura Harbor and the adjacent hillside. The 2007 upgrades were designed by Forest Richardson. Olivas Links is now a traditional links style course with rolling mounds, seaside grasses and native habitats.
The golf course at Olivas Links has an exceptional practice facility that features a large grass tee with five target greens.
The course is owned by the City of Ventura along with her sister course Buenaventura. Olivas Links was honored by Golfweek magazine by being named No. 10 on its 2009 list of top municipal courses in the country
$46 (cart included), played on Thursday, March 2017 at 12:28 PM
The pace of play is what ruins a good golf outing. This course has the slowest pace of play in Ventura County. They need a marshall, but from what I've been told, Kemper Golf is too cheap to even give away free golf to a course marshall. If you think 5 hours and 15 minutes is too slow for a round of golf...you may want to choose another course.
$71 (cart included), played on Saturday, June 2014 at 8am
Its on our yearly tournament schedule for the past 25 plus years. Always a joy and a challenging Links course.Great practice facilities. Greens are a challenge if you don't 3 putt you did well. Play early am is a must.Bring your own GPS.No clubhouse.
$56 (cart included), played on Saturday, April 2014 at 8am
Play here often. Layout is challenging enough but there can be an ocean breeze that adds to the challenge. One of my favorites in the area.
$26 (cart not included), played on Monday, September 2013 at 6am
Great course for the money.
$41 (cart included), played on Wednesday, September 2011 at 8am
Olivas Links is a great links course - wide fairways, but you still need to have control over your woods and irons. Greens challenging and fast, but very fair and in good condition. Local knowledge is helpful here, especially with green placement. Can be windy in the afternoon as it is just off the coast near Ventura Harbor. I've been with several players who eagled the par 5 18th hole (not me) and a great way to end the day. I hope the course gets a bar/grill soon as there are no food beverage options on the course. Worth traveling to as it is a lot of fun and no two holes are the same. Affordable and pace of play is always good. Good practice facilities
$26 (cart included), played on Tuesday, July 2011 at noon
$61 (cart included), played on Saturday, August 2010 at 6am
A true style links course that offers challenge and cooler weather. Olivas is a good tract, but the lack of food facilties detracts from a good golf experience.
$51 (cart included), played on Saturday, September 2010 at 8am
The course layout, the condition of the fairways and greens and the staff there are wonderful. It's a true links type course with great character and ambiance. However, the lack of any serious food and drink facilities are a complete joke and there's nothing the friendly staff and cart girl can do about it. I'm sure management would like to improve it but my understanding is the City of Ventura has tied their hands by giving them a five year lease instead of a longer lease where it would be worth making capital improvements. Great course for the golf but a minus 10 for the lack of amenities. Shame on Ventura!
$16 (cart not included), played on Sunday, August 2010 at 4pm
True Links course with winds pushing 2 clubs and the ocean just a par 5 away. Large greens, ample fairways and interesting layout. I would happily recommend this course to anyone interested in an enjoyable round of golf. Only draw back is pace of play.
$36 (cart not included), played on Saturday, February 2010 at 2pm
Front nine links style with prevailing wind is the best nine in the county. Back nine is long and tough, makes you wonder if the round will ever end...terrific value--bring all the clubs, you'll use them.
$41 (cart not included), played on Sunday, April 2010 at 10am
My husband and I play here often.
$36 (cart not included), played on Wednesday, April 2010 at 6am
Love the layout of the course. Not too long for women but challenging holes. No clubhouse!
$31 (cart included), played on Friday, September 2009 at 10am
GREENS WERE PUNCH,STILL WORTH PLAYING WHEN GREENS ARE WELL..
$26 (cart not included), played on Sunday, August 2009 at 4pm
$21 (cart not included), played on Wednesday, August 2009 at 8am
$56 (cart included), played on Saturday, August 2009 at 6am
$31 (cart included), played on Friday, June 2009 at 6am
Great course, Great value!
Guest (cart included), played on Friday, August 2008 at 10am
No map indications on scorecard or at tee box as to hole layout, distance to hazards, dogleg corners, etc. no gps on carts. Difficult to play if unfamiliar with course. Yardage markers were not very helpful, in fact they were confusing.
$31 (cart included), played on Saturday, May 2008 at 2pm
First of all, the name as currently listed is wrong. The course used to be called Los Olivas, and after a complete redesign to a links-style course, they re-opened as Olivas Links. Like many links courses, the fairways and greens are rolling and seemingly open, but disaster lurks just a few feet from most fairways. Even slightly errant shots and unlucky bounces can result in lost balls and 1-2 extra strokes. And while often gusting wind is the course's best defense, there are enough hazards to make even the scratch golfer sweat just a little bit. The clubhouse has not been rebuilt yet, and more than one staff member doubts if it will ever happen, but the trailer-home pro shop offers all of the essentials, so the only big negative is the lack of any real food and beverage options - the pre-made sandwiches in the beverage cooler just won't cut it, and cart girl is apparently frequently abducted by aliens, along with her cargo of basic F&B. But we don't keep making the drive to Ventura to eat or drink (although there are plenty of good off-course options relatively close by), we go for the enjoyment and challenge of playing a European style course at far better prices and in far better weather. And if that sounds good to you, you'll make that drive over and over, too.
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