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Hole # 7, Tierra Rejada GC, Moorpark, CA

Hole # 7, par 3, White tees, 110 yards

Three of my favourite holes are Tierra Rejada are holes # 6, 7 and 8. I don’t usually shoot a good score on # 8 but I’ve par’d # 6 and # 7 in the past so they will be my favourites for some time to come. Hole # 7 is a short par 3 where you have to hit a nice draw to. If you try to go straight at it, you have to contend with the sand bunker in the front or worst, go over the flag and cliff at the same time.

I try to hit a strong pitching wedge to the green from the white tees. If I hit it well, the ball hits the middle of the green and rolls to the back of the green where the pin is usually positioned. This is one of those holes that you want to avoid hitting the sand at all cost. Make sure you use enough club to get to the green.

I was up first so I went with my PW. I hit it hard enough and luckily got underneath it. It went up and over the sand bunker and onto the green. Phew! Waruna was up next. He also hit PW and it settled back of the green. It was a good shot. Stan was next and he made a beautiful swing. His ball ended up almost next to ours. Arlen was last and he decided to get fancy with his wedge. He got totally underneath it and his ball flew left and over the fence. From the fence, you can look for miles over Simi Valley to Oak Park.

All of us on the green putted and walked away with a par each. It was a good hole on a good day with good friends.

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Hole # 6, Tierra Rejada GC, Simi Valley, CA

Hole # 6, par 4, Gold tees, 295 yards

From the back tees, this hole will take your breath away. Playing the front 9 at Tierra Rejada GC requires courage, confidence and trust for your swing. Hole # 6 is no exception for black, blue and white tees. The Ladies’ league will play from the gold tees and has a break because they tee off from the other side of the gully. Some ladies in the league with a big swing will tee off at the white tees. Getting your ball across the gully is an achievement and it feels good hitting it over.

If you haven’t play Tierra Rejada, bring your mom there tomorrow and she gets to play for free. You’ll have to pay regular green fees but she can play for free because it’s Mother’s Day. Otherwise sign up for their free birthday round.

From the white tees, take out the big dog and hit it towards the cart path. If you have a slight fade and can drive it 220+ yards then you will have less than 100 yards into the green. If you drive it less than that, try to hit your ball to the 150 white marker. Anything clearing the gully is good.

From the other side, take an extra club to go for the green. It’s slightly uphill so you will need to make perfect contact. Depending on the pin placement which is usually in the back, hit it nice and high to give you a fair chance for birdie or par.

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Hole # 3, Tierra Rejada GC, Simi Valley, CA

Hole # 3, par 4, White tees, 425 yards

I’m man enough to admit that I’m scared of losing my ball on hole # 3 at Tierra Rejada Golf Club. I usually come to this hole after parring the last hole so I usually feel pretty good, until I have to tee up. From the white tees, the tee shot is scary. From the blue tees, it is even more scarier. Staring across the gully, you need to aim towards the hill on the right and draw your ball in to the middle. That would give you the best shot for an easy GIR. Straight shooters should always aim to hit in the middle of the fairway. Don’t try to aim for the wooden fence across the way, if you do, you will sail it past the fence and lose your ball to the 23 freeway.

I decide to hit driver and aim for the cart path. It goes across the gully safely and disappears. I suspect keeping left was a good idea because anything right is trouble. My ball ended up hitting the slope and gained some distance. My playing partner got lucky and hit his ball against the wooden fence. His ball was inches to being OB.

My second shot required a 140 yard iron shot. I had figured that my 9-iron would get me there because of the elevation drop. I was right. My ball ended up in the front part of the green. I had a 20 yard putt for birdie. Unfortunately for the undulation, I had to settle for a par.

Have you played this hole recently? If so, please write me a comment on how you played this hole.

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Hole # 17, Tierra Rejada, Simi Valley, CA

Hole # 17, par 3, Blue tees, 105 yards

After playing a long stretch of holes along the road at Tierra Rejada, hole # 17 is a nice change. From the blue tees, I used my PW and hit a knockdown shot to the green. There was no use flying it because the pin was upfront. Flying it on a windy day would not be a good idea. If you have played there before, you would remember this par 3. It is short, really short and players often use their sand wedge or even their lob wedge to get the ball close. But there’s no forgiveness when you hit the green because of the undulation. When the pin is upfront, there is no coming up short. Going over the flag is one option but count on a tricky putt.

On this day, my ball would come to rest at the bottom of the valley past the hole. I took one good look at the line and putted it close but not for birdie. I would end up with a par. My playing partners would end up with a bogey each, over sailing their shot to the back of the green.

How did you do? Please share your comments, experience, tips and adventures on short par 3’s like this hole at Tierra Rejada.