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Played our GK Cup team match yesterday with Itslikeimsayin, tocho261 and Andrew1. We had a 7:16 tee time, but let another group go off ahead of us and we never really pushed them since we were playing our match. Fortunately, nobody behind us either, so we enjoyed a nice relaxed 4-hour morning pace.

The course was in good overall winter shape. The tee boxes are overseeded and the greenest part of the course, while the rest has kind of a semi-dormant look that actually plays quite nicely. Generous roll-out on drives and generally nice fairway lies, though there are some bare spots around the edges and not much rough to speak of. With tricky natural slopes throughout this course and the lakes/ESA hazards in play on almost every hole, you really want to play to the high side of the fairways or risk rolling into trouble. The greens were great. They were soft and holding shots well with morning moisture, while rolling true at good, consistent speeds. My only real complaint was the bunkers. They actually had pretty good sand (different types of sand throughout the course, though). However, it's clear the course doesn't drag or rake them often and it's up to the players. Every bunker I was in and looked at had tons of footprints, bird tracks and even pieces of trash/cigarette butts. If they just took some time to maintain every couple days, they'd be fine.

Dos Lagos is a fun and somewhat underrated layout in my opinion. The conditions can vary throughout the year and maintenance issues like the bunkers can knock a few points off, but there's still plenty to enjoy with the layout that has a few different sections of terrain as you go through the whole course. It's usually not too hard to find good deals here, too.
Played on 03/16, so obviously the greens are still healing. Fws were perfect. Gorgeous day. Give it about 2-3 weeks and the greens will be perfect.
Went out with one of my monthly groups on Saturday and this time they made the call to play Balboa. This decision did not upset me in the least as my game has been so bad the last few months that I thought a confidence course like Balboa would be great. Wrong! But that's a story for another time.

Balboa was in better than average shape overall but no one is going to leave this place and swoon for weeks thinking back on it. I will say though that while the layout is pedestrian at best, the greens are in the best shape I've ever seen them and actually rolled lightning quick. It was pretty shocking to really have to rein in the speed on the downhill putts or find your ball ten feet past the pin. They also looked great with just a few ball marks or imperfections.

Rains have done the fairways good around this place, but they're still not as good as you would hope after all that water. But better than you'll often find this place. A lot of good lies will greet you after your tee shots, but you'll also be left disappointed a few times where it's thin and dry. That's life. The rough is a good option to hit from to be perfectly honest.

Bunkers were in pretty good shape and the tee boxes were not all quite level and not all very lush, but it's working, playable golf and that's what you get when you come here. POP was surprisingly slow at exactly five hours. Didn't feel that way though which was odd.

Pleasantly surprised overall at current course conditions at Balboa. Enjoy.
Wife and I played 3/17 at 11:30 a.m. ; big mistake. pace of play very slow; course not in really good shape. quit after 15 holes when we reached our four hour time limit; remember when 18 holes used to take four hours. When we went to the 16th there were two groups waiting. Went by the 18th green on the way out and nobody was on the hole.

Had a single join my wife and I on the second hole. Hit 300 yards drives but they were all over the course. Hit one more bomb onto the other fairway on the 13th hole and then drove away.

Had a another single join us the fourth hole. He quit after about his fourth beer which was at the 14th hole.

Anyway, I guess if you are first off in the morning you are OK but forget about the rest of the day.

Good a good deal on Golf Now but I am thinking that when I have to be in the area I will just break down and pay more to play Goose Creek or a course of that quality.

Starter was very nice and so was the course marshal but I won't be going back again.
Greens were just punched and sanded in the middle of last week. The rest of the course is in fantastic shape. The rough is growing out nicely and is making the course play a little tougher than it did all winter. Once the greens are back I’m sure the course will be in prime condition for the spring and summer. No comparison to the surrounding area courses, this one is the best deal for the conditions.
Played Fri mar 15th, had a 7:04 tee time so showed up at 6:20. Walked up to the club house and the lights were on and the door was ajar so went in to go to the bathroom. Almost got there and some worker yelled at me "you are not allowed in here when no one is here" , in a very nasty tone of voice, I said I was going to the bathroom and we got in a very loud verbal altercation. I said don't talk to me like that and it escalated. I had 40 minutes to calm down before teeing off, Check with Ruth was very nice and friendly, starter was nice and tried to recoup me to be a starter and marshal. The woman behind the food bar was real nice. The course was a hit and miss. Tee boxes were level but real hard, broke 2 plastic tees, fairways were hit and miss, cut short for the most part and ran, rough was just a mess, inconsistent and no real plan, just what ever grew, greens were fairly fast and rolled well. Two holes #6 and #18 need rework, both fairways slope towards the water and were cut real short and ran, balls hit 20 to 30 feet away from the water still found it. They really need to let the grass grow longer by the water, give the golfers a 10 foot a buffer so they have a chance. IMHO fixing #18 and having a golfer finish their round with a good feeling promotes them wanting to come back. PS I went back to the course Saturday and spoke to someone about this guy, apparently they know he has no filter.
Played 3-12-19 with John, Mike, and Nick getting around the course in a little over 4 hours with no waiting. Tees were level with good coverage, and had a little bit of divot damage on some of the par threes. Fairways were in really nice shape, lush with great lies and descent roll out. Rough was very lush with some minor thin areas, and nice to hit from. Was in one greenside bunker that had nice sand and was well groomed. Greens were definitely the best part of the course, rolling smooth and fast and mostly firm. Overall course is in really good shape right now and worth playing.
This was round two today. I played Paiute Snow course in the morning in much different weather conditions. So when I arrived for my afternoon tee time it was a joy to see the southend of the valley was warm and calm winds.

I had the pleasure of meeting up with fellow GKer’s JohnnyGK, Rob1563, and Kevbig. What a great group of guys. It wouldn’t have mattered what the condition of the course was in or how I played in determining my enjoyment level, because these guys were so much fun.

That being said, I was fortunate enough to also have great course conditions and had my best putting day EVER. Read JohnnyGK’s review of this round for details. I will stick to reviewing the course, which was phenominal!

Started off by having a classic dog in the reasturant with house chips. It was very good. The staff was excellent from bag drop to beverage cart. These people are very happy with their jobs and are intent on making your day a great experience based on my interaction with them.

The course was in excellent condition, I have no negative comments to share. Everything was in the kind of condition that you would expect from a course of this caliber entering into high season for Vegas golf.

Tee boxes-Great!

Fairways were lush and beautiful.

Rough was about an inch or so in length and were lush with no bare spots.

The bunkers seemed to have ball magnets in them but they were fair. A little firm for my liking but consistant.

The greens were excellent. This part of my review is slightly biased as I had that rare privledge of marking my ball and having the line visually present itself to me. I had the best putting day of my 50 years of golf. The conditions of the greens were just magical. JohnnyGK is a little more knowledgeable about this then I am, (So read his review) but there was a top dressing of something that made the greens smooth and roll so true. 10 one putts, with at least 5 of 30’ plus. It was an out of body experience.

The beverage cart came by about every 2-3 holes until she called it a day after hole 11. She was very pleasant as well.

This was a great day, on a wonderful course, with fantastic company. But since the review is focused on the course, I will end with this. Reflection Bay is a top notch golf experience and it is obvious that the management is focused on your golf experience being exceptional. If you havent been out here in since January 2018, you will find that the nines have been flipped. It is a great layout and a wonderful test of your game, while being fair and enjoyable.

I highly recommend Reflection Bay Golf Club.
We played an early morning round on the snow course. The forcast was for mid 50’s with winds nearing 20 MPH. It was brisk with a cold wind chill. The winds were still high from the day before but were supposed to calm down as the day went on. Wind at this resort is not uncommon.

We teed off right at 8am and found the course to be in premium high season condition. Looking out over the property from the beautiful clubhouse all you could see was pristine green fairways and greens. Immaculate is the term that comes to mind, looking as if not a blade of grass or grain of sand was out of place.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. From the bag drop attendants to the proshop to the starter, all were friendly and professional.

The tee boxes were lush and reminded me of the boxes you see on television on the weekends. The couse out in front of us was so beautiful that you had that giddy feeling of playing a top flight track. Very level, no divot damage.

The fairways were lush and absolutely no bare spots anywhere.

The rough was about 1 and a half inches tall, and not much of a penalty. They were perfect for keeping your ball from rolling into the desert. Very playable.

The bunkers were excellent with plenty of soft sand.

The greens were very fast and firm. Although they would hold your approach shots, they were showing the effects of the high winds. The greens are big but for the most part fairly level with subtle breaks.

The beverage cart was out and around often.

Another great day on a great course. This was my morning round on the very farthest north Las Vegas course, and I had an afternoon meetup with JohnnyGK at reflection bay on the very southeast end of the Las Vegas valley. So I was nervous about pace of play and being able to make it to my afternoon round. I was pleased that we were able to finish in 3 hours and 40 minutes. Plenty of time for me to make my 45 minute drive and still grab some lunch.

This course is top notch Las Vegas desert golf. There are 3 courses here at this resort and the snow course is my favorite of the 3. But from an eyeball test, they all looked like they were in pristine condition. As far as public courses go, this is as good as it gets in Las Vegas. In my opinion the best local courses.
I played Coyote Springs on Wednesday the 13th of March. We were the second group out at 8:20am because the wind was extream. Winds were 25-35mph gusting to 45 and there were few who dared to brave them.

The staff here is amazing. We are always greeted by a smiling face in the parking lot and the pro shop. Usually the starter is Tony at hole number one and his humor is unmatched.

My group and I are clark county residents and owners of the coyote club card. This is a great deal with local rates and allows us to bring out of town guests at our rate four times a year. This is smart marketing as it entices us to make the drive to the remote location.

The course despite the wind was in great shape from tee to green. This is desert golf with wide fairways and receptive greens. The desert is not so thick that you can’t find your wayward drives. As we are entering the spring high season he in southern NV, the course is ready.

The practice green adjacent to the first hole is large and consistant with the greens on the course. The greens were rolling fast and with the wind condition the greens were firm and dificult to keep your ball from rolling away from you after being marked.

The tee boxes were well maintained and beautiful. They were level with little divot damage.

The rough was cut short and hard to distinguish from the fairway. Little or no impact for missing the fairway, unless you went into the desert. The fairways were fantastic and very healthy and lush. A pleasure to hit from.

As I mentioned before the greens were firm and fast. The greens here are big and have a lot of undulation. We had many three plus putts because of the wind as you had to factor the effect of the wind on your putt. But the condition of the greens were excellent. Little to no divot damage and even though the wind was taking its toll on them, they would still hold a approach shot.

The bunkers here are like many in the SW USA, sunbaked, and difficult. But the amount of sand was sufficient so they were not hard pan, that you find on many courses. You could get your club under the ball and the sand was of very good quality. They were well maintained as well.

The beverage cart was out and came around often. It was a hot chocolate kind of day and it did not disappoint. The temps were about 55, but the windchill was around 35-40.

I really love this course and that is the reason we decided to play in the extream conditions. If you are in doubt about making the drive out to this remote location, take me word for it, you will not be disappointed. They will do a full course aeration on May 8th-9th and then they enter their summer rates and it is a true bargin to play an excellent course.
Unable to play my second round at Tijeras Creek and stuck in Orange County we decided to head up to Anaheim Hills and play for $20. I really wrestled with this decision, sit in traffic for two and a half hours, or golf...... This was my third time playing here. The first two times I hadn’t played a lot of courses and had come out of golf retirement so I had nothing to compare it to. They have GPS in the carts which is great. Not sure how they can have it, but Tijeras can’t? I’m not a big fan of this layout. There are many doglegs, hilly lies and blind shots. The greens are the smallest I’ve ever played. Tee boxes, fairways, rough average. The traps were above average and the greens are above average as well. It does have some nice views and it is a very good municipal course. Customer service is excellent. Their burgers are great, but we decided on Tijeras burgers and I’m really disappointed in myself for that. The rack rate is $61 on Fridays, less for members. I personally think that’s too much. Especially if you are near Ventura County courses. I know there’s a theme to my ratings today. I recommend it if you can get a deal. I’ll wait six months for my next 50 percent off. Underpar has a deal on it now and if you play both rounds it’s worth it. The Proshop will get you out too.
Headed down to Orange County Friday morning with a 7:28 tee time. Last day for my underpar voucher. Voucher included free replay, but they had a tournament and we weren’t able to play the second round. This course gets a ton of play so the replay round for the second round is hard to get. POP was four and a half hours, but minimal waiting, windy conditions don’t help. Tee boxes on the front needed cut, fairways were lush. Rough was rough, the way it should be, sand traps were fantastic white sand. As a side note, sand should be sand. If courses aren’t going to maintain them, let it go to a grass bunker. The greens however were not good, especially on the front. The front greens were the worst I’ve played. Customer service was great on all levels. Guy in the Proshop was a Buckeye so that was cool. They sold divot repair and ballmarkers in Michigan, but not Ohio State. He said no one wants Michigan and Ohio State sells out lol. We ate in the restaurant after. Again great customer service, but my burger was terrible. The rack rate here is $127 on Fridays which is way too much. I like the layout, but when you can go to Ventura county and play all the great courses for $40 or less I pick that anyday. I go to meet my friend in who lives in Orange County, but the golf down there is overpriced. Ventura courses don’t have all the bells and whistles, but I’m here for golf, not a fashion show.
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