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Day two of my Scottsdale trip 06/28, I did a road trip down south to Tucson to play Sewailo.
Have read many good things about this course (thanks GK) that the drive would be worth it.
Course is in very good shape. Tee boxes are very good with the exception of #18. Fairways are lush with a few thin spots near the edges. The rough is pretty much dead due to the heat. The greens are excellent. Very soft and putted smooth. Good sand in the bunkers also.
Great practice area, large range, chipping area, and practice bunker. Large putting green.
Lots of water stations throughout the course. There is water that comes into play on the course, some you can see and some that sneeks up on you. The players playing the Oven17 in a few weeks are in for a treat. Great customer service.
Played Tues 6/27 witha 6:20 tee time to beat the heat.
Used their great Inclusive package for Seniors 62+, at $55 it can't be beat. Green Fee, cart, meal ticket for any item on the menu, and 1 drink. We use it for lunch after the round.

Course is in very good condition in spite of the heat, although they are watering several areas during our round. Tee boxes are fairly level with not many divots, fairways are green with some signs of brown from the heat and rolled well, bunkers have decent sand, one I was in was a little damp, greens were lush, on the fast side of 10 and held shots with backspin (which I don't have). Some long irons tended to run off the green.

Customer service is always great here, friendly, cheerful desk guy, smiles and assist from the starter, good service with our meal. Try their salads if you want something filling but not too heavy- char broiled steak, Asian salad, shrimp Louie is what we ordered and were tasty.
Played 6-27-17 early morning walking for $34 as a single until I was joined by another single on 8, finishing in 3 1/2 hours. Tee boxes were in good shape, lush and mostly level with minimal divot damage on three pars. Fairways were in great shape with the ball sitting up almost as if on a tee. Rough was in good shape, a few different types of grass but all cut at same height and about an inch longer than fairways. Was not in any bunkers but they looked to have nice brown sand in them. Greens were in good shape rolling medium pace, mostly smooth and holding shots nicely. Overall course is in really good shape.
Played here on 6/28 at 7 AM. No one here but the guy in the Pro Shop. Only the second time playing here.

Greens: really in great condition, smooth, holding and running at a slow to medium speed.

Fairways/Rough: a variety of grass on the fairway, not that bad. Real issue is if you miss the fairway by 2-3 yards you can end up 20-30 yards down into a valley because of the decomposed granite. If you are accurate, no problem!

Traps: well conditioned traps, some of the better traps I've been in the past few month.

Very confusing to navigate from the green to the next T box. Great "tips" sheet in the Pro shop is helpful.
Also, very hilly, tough to walk when you are in your mid 70's.
Grass driving range and two putting greens. Good to see the Pro conducting a junior golf class.
Played there 06/24/17 and the course is in decent playable condition given it's a public course. The best thing going for the course are the greens are in great shape. They're smooth with a medium fast speed so rolling nice. The fairways are inconsistent with some areas very nice and lush but then some parts thin. The rough is all over the place, some areas so thick and deep it was hard to find a ball and others thin. The sand I can't say much about because I didn't go in any traps but they looked playable. The tee boxes were a bit thick and spongy, I had to switch to extra long tees... and they weren't very level. Overall it's got a decent layout and the pace of play was reasonable, no backed up holes.
Played the Golds (6646/72.6/130) with Pat, Mike & Mark in clear, sunny, breezy conditions. Around 80, almost perfect golf weather! SP is currently in excellent shape, and you would be hard pressed to get better So Cal coastal weather conditions than we experienced.

The tees were lush, only the par 3's needed divot repair.

The Bermuda fairways were very lush and excellent to play from.

The rough was thicker closer to the fairways. The farther you got from the fairway, the conditions were much more mixed. Above average overall.

The fairway bunkers were firm brown dirt and decent to play from. The green side bunkers were maintained with thick, medium brown dirt (hard to call it sand) that was generally good to play from.

The greens were firm and fast. They held well struck irons well but run out on chips and pitches needed to be taken into account.

The customer service was excellent from the Pro Shop/Starter, cart attendants and the ever present cart gal. Enjoy the beautiful, picturesque layout. Definitely recommended.
Played the Whites (6278/70.8/131) with Pat, Mike & Mark in breezy, mid 70's and sunny weather conditions. The POP was around 4 1/2 hours.

As was noted by a previous reviewer, this course sorely needs a tee alternative between the Whites (6278) and the Blacks (6939). The par 4's in particular are beasts from the Blacks and fairly tame from the Whites. 2-3 club average difference on the par 3's between the two tee boxes. Black par 5's almost 50 yards on average longer than the Whites. The Whites were definitely the more manageable of the two tee boxes for me.

The tees had good coverage, some were even lush. However, way too many tees here are unlevel for me to consider them good overall.

The fairways were generally good to play from. Mostly lush with patches of hardpan in every fairway right beside the lush areas.

The rough was also decent but more hit & miss than the fairways. You need to at least find the primary rough, because the native rough is lost ball central.

The sand traps are abundant on this layout. They had decent sand but the depths were inconsistent.

The greens had an abundance of pitch and ball marks. However, once you repaired the ones in your line, they putted well, medium fast & very firm. They were really challenging to chip on because of their firmness. You needed to be able to spin the ball to chip effectively on these greens.

The customer service was excellent in the pro shop and with the cart attendant out front. No drink cart or Marshall, but there were plenty of water stations on the course. I really liked the layout, ZERO houses nearby, just surrounded by mountains and open space. Well worth the drive. Recommended if you get a deal.
Played the Blues (6441/71.0/127) on the Classic 2/Lake combo with Mike in around 3 1/2 H. There were only a few other groups out, it was close to 115 with a little breeze.

This is not a tight course, most fairways have generous landing areas. Many mature trees surround the fairways that are often well bunkered. The green complexes were very traditional. Average in size and sloped from back to front, falling off to each side with few tiers to contend with. 18 solid holes of golf that kept things interesting as we made our way through mostly older but very nice homes.

The Bermuda tees were mostly lush, very good. Mostly level with few unfixed divots and good coverage, only the par 3's needed divot repair.

The Bermuda fairways were nice to play from overall. Mostly lush with a few browned out areas that they were actively watering.

The Bermuda rough was mowed down, you could often play longer clubs from the rough. Not high or overly penal, very playable.

The sand traps were very inconsistent depth wise. Many were crusty and had not been raked that day.

The greens putted MUCH better than they looked. Relatively smooth and medium fast. The Bermuda has not taken back over from the winter over seeded grass in spite of the extreme heat. They were VERY firm, hardly no ball marks and you needed to take the firmness into account even on short irons.

They close at 2 pm in the summer. The customer service was excellent, quick efficient check-in and complementary range balls on the range. No beverage cart, but they had plenty of water stations and offered wet towels that were very nice smelling. Recommended, very fun course in better than average summer condition.
Played the Blacks (6716/71.8/129) in 3.5 hours as a 2some. The weather was sunny, the temp north of 115 with a little breeze.

Many of the tees had not been maintained in awhile. Decent coverage and reasonably level.

The fairways were decent to play from, they played better than they looked. Every single one had numerous areas that were burned and browned out due to the heat/lack of watering to a specific area. Same for the rough.

The sand traps were poor, not well maintained and inconsistent from trap to trap.

The greens were firm but still putted medium slow and were somewhat bumpy. Not many ball marks, they did hold irons well. Several greens had areas that had not been adequately watered recently and looked dead or dying.

During the summer they close up the place around 1 pm. The customer service was very good, complementary range balls on an all grass range is always nice. Nice even if dated facilities overall. The layout is fairly tight with a fair amount of water coming into play. A few really tough golf holes and a bunch of mediocre ones. Roughly 1/3 of the holes playing right beside the property line, bringing OB prominently into play. Under current playing conditions, not recommended at this time.
Played Tues. 06/27 day one of my annual Scottsdale trip. I put the the course in very good condition for summer, with the exception of the rough. The rough is non exsistent. I think the summer heat last week killed it. Too many bare spots. The tee boxes are lush, the fairways are very good with a few bare spots and the greens are excellent. I was in one trap and it was a little dry. Customer service was very friendly
Played June 19th and June 22nd. Greens have disease, off the fairways condition is TERRIBLE !! Hard, pan, clumps of weeds, clay, and terrible lies. Maintenance workers were edging the cart paths, ( most of them were surrounded by dirt ) ? Why ?? Two guys working ! Another guy was mowing around the greens with a hand rotary mower, ( dust and grass flying everywhere ), noise galore, ignored players hitting and putting !!
It is a shame ,such a beautiful location and layout is being run by ??? County ?? American Golf ?? or whoever?? Thursday there was a big truck pulling a wood chipper around the course running over balls in the fairways and causing big tire ruts in wet spots. Never saw the rig being used ???

Get some new MANAGEMENT !!!
Encinitas Ranch is in better shape than I've seen in quite a while, but it is still sort of average in conditions all around. The greens are look fairly good although we did have putts bouncing around a lot. Fairways are pretty good, mostly decent lies all around and only occasional bare areas. Bunkers are horrible. Every one our group found was hard and crusty, some had grass popping up, and all could use a good raking. If you're an Encinitas resident, it's not a bad value but it's terribly overpriced otherwise.
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