Tierra Rejada Golf Club Puts the Fun Back in Golf,
Introduces “The Players Course”
New Layout Answers Need for More Playable Golf Courses; Reflects “
Tee it Forward” Initiative Championed by Barney Adams
VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.—In response to the need for more playable golf courses and to keep recreational golfers in the game, Tierra Rejada Golf Club in Ventura County, California has introduced The Players Course. Tierra Rejada is located in the Tierra Rejada Valley, at the mid-point between three cities, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Moorpark, at the Tierra Rejada exit of the 23 Freeway, just a 10-minute drive from Westlake Village.
Tierra Rejada is the first golf club in a major golf market to launch an initiative like “The Players Course.” It is, however, a trend that has received attention from golf industry experts. Recent reports in the media and from researchers validate what will now happen at Tierra Rejada.
The 5,600-yard layout is now open at the highly regarded and picturesque daily-fee golf club and features a combination of completely new and strategically placed tee boxes to shorten the course and make landing areas more accessible, thus reducing the intimidation of long shots over ravines and lakes.
Designed by nationally renowned architect Bob Cupp (designer of Pumpkin Ridge, Crosswater and Liberty National among other modern classics), Tierra Rejada Golf Club opened in December, 1999. The course is well-known for its natural beauty with stunning views of the Reagan Presidential Library, and also for the challenge it presents to low-handicap golfers.
With the introduction of “The Players Course” and its new Green Tees, Tierra Rejada officials aim to provide the average golfer with an experience that is more fun and definitely memorable. The result is a “course within a course,” measuring approximately 500 yards less than the shortest championship tees.
“We accept the fact that a large number of those who play our Championship Course come away feeling a bit beat up,” said Ted Kruger, developer and co-owner of Tierra Rejada Golf Club. “Golf is experiencing less frequency from average golfers and is losing older players because of difficulty. With The Players Course, we are putting the fun back in Tierra Rejada. Who the heck ever said that golf shouldn’t be fun?”
Tierra Rejada Golf Club is targeting the following golfer segments with “The Players Course:”
- Older golfers who now find the game increasingly difficult.
- Mid- to high-handicap golfers.
- Infrequent golfers who play a limited number of times and then give it up.
- Players just entering the game who need a course that meets their ability.
Kruger has enlisted his friend and golf-industry veteran Walter Rosenthal as an advisor on “The PlayersCourse.” Rosenthal, who was the chairman of the Bobby Jones Golf Company before retiring at the end of last year, has been studying research on trends in golf.
Kruger said the team at Tierra Rejada Golf Club is well aware of the recent numbers released by the National Golf Foundation that show golf gained 3.6 million new players in 2010, but also lost 4.6 million players, for a net loss of 1 million for the year. According to Jon Last, president of Sports and Leisure Research in White Plains, New York, the loss of players (frequency aside) can’t be blamed on the economy, but rather on factors such as service, time commitment, health and enjoyment.
“We want to do our part at the micro level to keep people in the game, and to encourage others to take up the game for the first time,” said Kruger. “We already offer unparalleled customer service, great food and a spectacular setting. Now, with The Players Course, we offer something that people will want to return to over and over at a great value.”
The Players Club and Local Rules
For an annual fee of $125, golfers can join “The Players Club” at Tierra Rejada which allows members to play The Players Course with a $49 greens fee (cart included) Monday through Friday and $80 greens fee (cart included) Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, with a twilight rate of $60. These rates are much less than daily-fee courses of the same caliber in the area, some of which charge upwards of $200 per round.
Adding to the singularity of The Players Course are “local rule” options, designed with playability, scoring and pace-of-play in mind. Should a golfer hit an errant shot into an unplayable area, penalty strokes will be minimized and drop areas have been designed to make this possible. However, golfers who play are not obligated to utilize the local rule.
“Our local rules are in the spirit of keeping the game fun,” said Kruger. “It’s frustrating enough if you’ve just lost a golf ball in a ravine, lake or natural area. Why penalize the average to weak golfer two strokes? Golf should be fun and scores should be lower. That’s what playing The Players Course is all about.”
“Tee it Forward”
Retired clubmaker Barney Adams, the founder of Adams Golf, is championing the idea of shortening the courses golfers play. His efforts were highlighted in a May 16, 2011 article in Golf Digest by Jaime Diaz who wrote that Adams has gained important support from the USGA, the PGA of America and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America in encouraging the great majority of golfers to play courses from a shorter distance. Diaz also reports that the three organizations will soon launch “Tee It Forward” – a campaign to convince golfers to move up and to urge course operators across the nation to set aside two weeks beginning July 5 in which they ask customers to play from a shorter set of tees.
According to a May 21, 2011 article by John Paul Newport in the Wall Street Journal, a recently completed study commissioned by the PGA of America determined there are 90 million former golfers in the U.S. Of those, the study estimates, about 60 million have at least moderate interest in taking up the game again—if it can be more palatable. “That is an enormous latent market,” said Joe Steranka, the PGA of America’s chief executive in the Wall Street Journal story.
According to Newport, the golf industry this year suddenly seems a lot more open to radical solutions. On May 30, for example, Golf Channel will broadcast live a pro tournament using a new two-flags-per-green, nine-hole format called PowerPlay. Newport wrote, “Before you scoff, consider that the event will be held at the site of last year’s Ryder Cup, Celtic Manor in Wales, and that the competitors include the reigning U.S. Open U.S. Women’s Open champions, Graeme McDowell and Paula Creamer.”
“We’re beating everyone in the area to the punch,” said Kruger of Tierra Rejada Golf Club. “We think that what we’re doing with The Players Course will be a model for golf courses everywhere, not only for making the game more fun, but also as a way to speed up play and increase business. We’ve been told that Bandon Dunes in Oregon has created its ‘Royal Blue’ course for men and women with a length of about 4,000 yards. We might just be on to something with this. ”
Tierra Rejada Golf Club is nestled in the foothills of eastern Ventura County in Southern California. The club features the finest grass practice range in the area, a pitching green surrounded by sand bunkers and two top-rate practice greens for chipping and putting.
TJ's Grille, the club restaurant and bar, presents first-class food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere where dining can be enjoyed inside by the warmth of a stone fireplace or on the outside patio with a spectacular view of the 10th hole, 18th green and Reagan Presidential Library.
With its picturesque setting, Tierra Rejada is frequently selected as a location for the filming of golf infomercials and the course was featured on several episodes of Golf Channel’s hit series “Pipe Dreams.”
For more information and to reserve a tee time, call (805) 531-9300 or visit http://TierraRejada.phantomgolf.com
Tierra Rejada Course Details
Tierra Rejada Golf Club is a Public Golf facility. Opened in December,1999 and located in Moorpark, CA, it is nestled in the foothills of eastern Ventura County in Southern California. Nationally renowned architect Robert E. Cupp created this par 72 masterpiece of playability and scenic beauty.
Tierra Rejada may be played from four(4) sets of tees, (5,148 yards from the forward tees to over 7,000 from the back tees), each catering to a golfer's own ability. In preparation for your golf experience, you can hone your skills on our grass practice range, pitching green, surrounded by sand bunkers, chipping green and putting green.