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Came out to Los Serranos after a long 2 month stretch of not touching a club... we were a threesome matched up with a single. POP right at 4 hours. Looks like all the bumps from the greens being punched are gone and the greens are much faster than usual here. Even on the first green with all the morning dew (6:30 am. Tee time) it was fast. The bunkers were in great shape and filled with some fluffy sand (at least the 6 i was in). There was one bunker on the back that was filled with water, but our group was lucky enough to stay away from that one.
2 Likes.
As of April 2017, For $75 I would have gone somewhere else. People were nice, the condition of the course was great except their greens and par 3 tee boxes. The greens were bumpy and needed to be blown. I found my ball jumping up and down on short putts. Par 3 tee boxes were full of sand. I expected more for this caliber and I'm sure many others would say the same.
1 Like.
Played in a men's club tourney on Saturday, April 22. Course was in pretty good conditions. The greens were in outstanding condition likely because the aeration of the second half of the greens has been delayed twice now. The previously aerated sides have healed and the greens were pretty firm overall. I predict they will be finishing the aeration this week though.

The sand was deep and soft, the fairways are still pretty lush, the rough is hope and pray. The tee boxes are okay. It was not as clear as last week but still spectacular in terms of scenery.

The men's club is trying to crack down on pace of play so hopefully public play after the tourneys is not impacted as it has been in the past. There were a couple of very difficult pin positions (#5 and 12, par threes), though, that were not designed to speed play.
6 Likes.
Took a drive out to play Sierra Lakes with USCDodger on 4/23 at 2:30. POP right at 4 hours. 1:30 on the front and 2:30 on the back stuck behind a 5some that was at least a hole and a half behind the group in front of them at all times.

The course was in overall fantastic shape.

The tee boxes were level and lush. I'm sure if you looked hard enough you could find a poor lie, but I didn't see any. 10/10

The fairways weren't the greenest, but had excellent coverage and wasn't until 17 that we saw any real browning. 9/10

The rough was short in most areas, was a little longer in others, was dirt in spots too. 7/10

The greens rolled great. They were quick but not too fast and could be tough to read in spots. aside from some ball marks they were excellent. The greens were firm but held shots well throughout the bag. 8.5/10

The sand was.....not sand. greenside bunkers were okay but fairway bunkers were mostly rocks and hard pan. 4.5/10

Overall a fun course but not sure how often I'll make the hour+ drive out to play.
5 Likes.
Played Sunday 4/23/17 on second day off northern trip. This is a Putnam designed golf course. I have played quite a few of their courses. They are all pretty similar in design concept. This is the best one I have played. Tees some were crowned, some unlevel and most are beat up pretty well. You can find a good spot just have to look. Why on a 150 yard par 3 would the white tee box be a 10x20 foot area? No wonder it was tore up. Fairways as a rule are generally quite wide, but tree trouble is just off them. Good grass coverage with good lies. Rough a little bare spots throughout, cut short off fairways. Around greens grass was very thick combination of grass, clover and weeds? Greens are the highlight. Evidence of being plugged recently but healed nicely. Only could tell be little circles of greener grass in the holes that were punched. Rolled very fast downhill and very slow uphill. There are slopes in all the greens you really need to pay attention to. Putnam greens tend to be narrow and deep. Accuracy is the key. If you miss to the sides you will have tough up and downs as you are always hitting over something to a down slope off thick grass. Bunkers were mixed. They varied from so hard you cant leave a footprint to real nice. Fortunately you can tell the difference and plan for it. They had a fire in the restaurant so service is limited in there. A great muny course
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Played Mile Square Players Blue Sunday April 23rd, tee time 7:45 but got out 8 minutes ahead of time. Course was in good shape. Was told they aerated on the 11th and 12th, but they must have used smaller holes because the greens were pretty much healed. The grass on the greens was a little longer so it slowed the putts down a little, that and the early holes still had moisture on them. A few of them did have some bumps when the ball was rolling, but nothing that another week will not take care of. Tee boxes good and level, fairways were green and I was in 2 bunkers and sand was good. All the lakes had full water in them, POP was 4:23 for walking, not bad but not our best. Good day, just the drive back to the I.E.(91 FRWY) stunk LOL
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Played 4/22 as a twosome before a shotgun tourney. Teed off at 7:50 and got stuck behind a foursome that just didn't seem to mind playing slow and having us wait for most of the day. What should have taken us 3 hours or less took up about 4.5 hours. It's a great course, though, and the weather was perfect all day.

I played from the tips and the tee boxes were in excellent condition. Minimal divot damage and plenty of coverage. The fairways were in great condition as well. Semi-soft but still got some roll out on some of my drives. The rough was thick around the greens but less penalizing around the fairways. The bunkers had great sand and were a pleasure to hit out of. The greens were as always hard and not very receptive unless you hit it high and pure. I had multiple well hit longer irons that just didn't get the check up that I usually get. The greens had recently been verticut and also had a light dusting of sand as well. It didn't affect the speed of the putts too much, as they were rolling quite fast, but getting the breaks read correctly was a challenge. I talked to the starter after the round about the greens and he said that because of how much rain they've received they have been having some trouble keeping the greens at their regular condition, so the verticut and sanding was basically their way of punching without losing the greens for a month. Still, a very enjoyable round and I'm sure in a few weeks once the greens have recovered completely it will be even more so.
8 Likes.
Played Saturday 4/22/2017. Extremely busy Saturday. Five hours plus. Didn't mind one bit however. Went with the regular foursome and the wives and had a great time. First time here first impressions older course with big trees, dated looking clubhouse, but fine.
Small driving range that the stalls seemed to close to each other. Thought I was going to hit the guy behind me. On to the course. Tees are in good shape no problems there. Fairways were also very good. Thick and cut short goods lies everywhere. Rough was thick around the greens. Bunkers had just enough sand to be playable. On to the greens. They were slow and had a lot of slope. Local knowledge a big advantage. Hit a 50 yard wedge into one green over a mound landed 2 feet to the right of the pin and it kicked dead right and rolled off the green about 40 feet. These seemed to be a theme. The bad is they had been plugged sometime in the past and were horribly bouncy. If the holes had been filled with sand it would have rolled okay, but they were not. Short tight course very tree lined and well protected greens accuracy is definitely needed here. Holes by river our quite pretty. i would love to come back in the summer and play it with good greens. I thinks with the slopes in them it would be quite challenging.
7 Likes.
Haven't played or posted much of late. So I looked over recent reviews for Eagle and thought, hmmm - these don't seem to be consistent impressions of the same track. For context here, I love this track but it is well documented on GK by the golf director himself that they are seeking new solutions to maintenance problems here. And with drought and all, things had been pretty dry up until recently.

Driving up, course still looked pretty dry but a ted greener than of late - this panoramic view of the course conditions that you get from the club house was pretty much confirmed upon closer inspection. Turf conditioning is improved overall, with more pad under the ball and the fairways are pretty much clear of any in-growth. Bermuda all the way. That said, it's 50/50 lush versus drier so it's still on the firm side and the ball travels a long way on the ground. A few fairways were recently slit-cut in areas and that was the first sign I got that maintenance is ongoing.

Rough is pretty much non-existent everywhere except around the greens, as it has been for living memory. So there are some iffy lies to be had and no two ways about it, the reason to avoid the rough is not because it's long and penal, but because it's funky thin and penal. Hitting off dirt is not unexpected here. Tees are fine and the sand replacements on the front 9 mentioned on GK by Scott Flowers are visible and much welcomed. Most fairway traps though remain clay and hard-packed.

Either they are getting prepped for green maintenance or they are punting on doing a full aeration for now, but at least 2/3 of the greens showed a light sanding (probably applied in the last 6-10 days) and about 7 or 8 had been slit-cut (16 appeared to have been done very recently, maybe in the last few days). There were few un-repaired ball marks and they were on the firm and fast side, but I thought they were pretty bobbly with the remnant sand and slits.
Also, pins were near edges or tucked on slopes suggesting they were keeping play away from the majority of surfaces in prep for more maintenance.

Clearly they are working towards improvements. but the course remains on the dry and firm side with conditions less than ideal for the most part. I would rate about 6 overall.
8 Likes.
The course is in fairly good shape with right now and very busy this Sunday. We completed our round in a little over four hours being one of the first few groups off. The tee boxes are all in good shape with a couple of the short holes in need of some aeration - the ground being so hard that a tee could not be placed in the turf. The fairways have very good coverage but an abundance of kikuyu grass - the stuff seems to be taking over on many golf courses lately. The rough was thick and longer than usual, add the kikuyu and shots from the rough are VERY difficult. The kikuyu is not dense enough in many areas and the ball will sit down just enough to make getting your club on it very frustrating. The traps looked like they were in good shape with visible work going on. There are still a few trees down on the course that need to be removed. The greens were in nice shape and rolled well. The break on many greens here is very deceiving if you've not played the course before. The staff is always friendly and it's nice to see the same faces year after year. The course has some good specials and is usually quite busy. The location makes for a quick round if it's not too busy.
7 Likes.
I was matched up with Jon & James on the first twilight tee time, extremely enjoyable guys to play with. We played the Blues (6395/71.1/127) in clear, fairly calm conditions with temps in the 80's. The POP was a leisurely 4H, 30M, we rarely waited or held up the group behind.

The course was fairly busy today. SH is an okay layout set over rolling hills with numerous fun and interesting holes.

The tees were lush, mostly level and only the par 3's needed divot attention.

The fairways were fairly lush. The many areas they have previously resodded are filling in and becoming more and more playable with each visit.

The primary rough is about 50/50 lush/thin. The outer edges are mostly hardpan, you can really tell where they concentrate their watering.

The large greens are almost completely recovered from their spring aeration. They are still firm, but they held full shots well and putted fairly smooth and medium fast. I find the greens here usually have hardly a straight putt with lots of subtle break, and a few greens have hills or crests that produce severe breaks.

The traps were decently maintained.

An okay layout set over rolling hills with numerous fun and interesting holes. The customer service was excellent from both the Pro Shop & the Starter. Drink cart gal was very pleasant and around numerous times. No GPS on the carts, average driving range. Recommended as a slightly above average course in slightly above average condition.
5 Likes.
First off at twilight and after playing through some lollygaggers we finished in just over 3.5 hrs
The course is in decent condition, fairways OK, rough a bit mangled in spots, bunkers manicured but just raked moist dirt and the greens are doing well after being punched a few weeks back, they aren't pristine visually but roll adequately at medium speed.
6 Likes.
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