1. sixpez Posted: 06/24/16 11:38p Member Since: Oct 16, 2003 From: Irvine
This was my last stop today once I made my way into Yosemite National Park. Cool to tee it up in such a beautiful place. I walked this round for $25. Again, steep for just 9 holes, but I wouldn't expe... Continue »
This was my last stop today once I made my way into Yosemite National Park. Cool to tee it up in such a beautiful place. I walked this round for $25. Again, steep for just 9 holes, but I wouldn't expect it to be super cheap given the location. I basically had the course to myself and enjoyed a nice leisurely stroll through the woods and meadows.
The course is in decent shape. Really from tee to green, there is really good grass coverage. The tees are way too shaggy and the fairways are a bit too long. I wasn't in any bunkers, but some looked terrible while others looked serviceable. The greens are tough to rate. They had good grass coverage and were mowed consistently. However, they are excruciatingly slow. Like putting on shag carpet. They do have a lot of restrictions being within the National Park. They can't use any pesticides or other chemicals, so they try to make the best of the grass that they have.
I couldn't really take putting seriously, but I gave the greens a pass. The course also did just open for the season yesterday, so I'm sure they'll cut them down more as time goes on. The layout is decent. It's a regulation par-35 nine with slightly different front and back nine tees. It starts out in an open meadow area by the road and then goes back into the trees. Obviously, it's a very scenic course with the trees and native grasses framing everything. Only a nutbag like me would pay the $30 to get into the park just to play a 9-hole golf course, so it's more of an additional activity you can consider during your regular visit to Yosemite. Fortunately, I finished my day early and had ample time to see a lot of the amazing scenic viewpoints throughout the park. That made me feel a little better about driving all the way out there and paying the hefty entrance fee. Of course, it felt even better to check a few more really out-of-the-way courses off my California list!