The Saticoy Club - Somis, CA (William F. Bell, 1964; Bunker revisions by Thad Layton, Arnold Palmer Design Company, 2018)
Saticoy’s history dates all the way back to 1921 with a 9 hole course designed by the famed George Thomas. In the 1960s though, the club decided that they had outgrown their location and made plans to expand to 18 holes at a new site up in the nearby hills. In keeping with the Thomas lineage, they hired William F. Bell, son of longtime Thomas associate Billy Bell. While the 60s weren’t exactly a revered decade for course design, this is a very good version from that time period. The land movement is very good and interesting, the greens have some serious tilt, and the routing reaches a spectacular crescendo in the middle of the back nine.
Thad Layton of Arnold Palmer Design Company was hired by the club in recent times to put together a master plan and project work. The first major phase was to involve tree work and bunker work, and as such Thad reached out to us to help build the bunkers. Thad also promised an appealing level of autonomy, allowing us to handle the day-to-day operation of the job while also encouraging new ideas and field change suggestions. This, along with good working relationships with Thad, fellow shaper Jeff Bradley, superintendent Tim Paulson, and construction superintendent John Bolasky, made Saticoy one of the more satisfying projects we’ve had the pleasure of working.