1. sixpez Posted: 12/21/16 8:46p Member Since: Oct 16, 2003 From: Irvine
This was my second round today. Course also known as Willow Creek G&CC, depending on where you look online. But come on, Bigfoot is such a better name, especially in the town where everything is named... Continue »
This was my second round today. Course also known as Willow Creek G&CC, depending on where you look online. But come on, Bigfoot is such a better name, especially in the town where everything is named after the local legend! During the winter, the pro shop is not open. They just have an honor system. You put your money ($15 for nine holes/$20 for 18) in an envelope and then put it in the mail slot. There were actually some people out on the course on a chilly afternoon, but I still played quickly and walked the nine holes in a little over an hour.
Conditions were decent and the solid footing was very welcome after my squishy morning round in Eureka. Tee boxes fine. Fairways had pretty solid coverage, maybe a tad on the shaggy side. Rough kind of a mix of grass and different weeds, but cut consistently and green in appearance. In other words, it looked better from a distance. I will say there is probably not one square yard of turf on this entire course that is not littered with goose poop. It's amazing how prolific and thorough those birds are. That was a bit gross and unpleasant to walk through. I was in one bunker. The sand was decent, but there was no rake. The greens were firm-ish and rolling rather quickly, surprisingly nice.
For a 9-holer (par 35) in a remote location, I was pleasantly surprised by this course. It's certainly a nice setting. Pretty flat overall except for the elevated 2nd tee. First few holes are fairly open and then it starts to tighten up quite a bit. Not long, but some very narrow windows between tall rows of trees. The greens are very small and domed, so they are tough to hold. Definitely not worth going out of the way for (and Willow Creek is well out of the way wherever you are coming from). However, if you are rolling through town on vacation or out in Willow Creek doing some squatchin', it's not a bad little course to check out. Unfortunately, no bigfoot sightings for me today. Someday...