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Had a super fun Sunday round with Johnny, Kassper7 and Mattias at Black Gold. The staff there did an absolutely amazing job taking care of us and it was well worth the drive out to Yorba Linda. We had a late tee time but ample time to finish as the long shadows began covering the course late.

This is such a very tough course where every errant shot will be penalized handsomely. There's just not a lot of room for error and club selection here is absolutely critical. Pick the wrong club and go just a bit long or too short and all of a sudden you'll find yourself in a whole lot of hurt. But when you do hit the right shots, it feels pretty great.

The course is quite green right now considering the time of year and looked very good from the visual aspect. You may find an occasional thinner lie here or there, but mostly we found ourselves hitting from very good lies in the fairways all day. Of course the rough is fairly grabby with the type of grass they have in play here, and if you're off the fairways then you never quite know what you'll get. Plenty of places to lose balls off the fairways and when you find them, it's often no picnic to get back into the fairways.

Greens I found to be in really nice shape. A few ball marks here and there and maybe not as fast as I've seen the greens here before, but they were holding shots quite well and rolling very true. Some tricky pin positions today made putting an adventure for sure, but nothing gimmicky or over the top. Bunkers seemed really good by the greens optically, but they're not as fluffy as they look when you're in them, however the fairways bunkers are the perfect type of thin sand to still be able to hit good shots. Tee boxes were level and had mostly good coverage.

We had a pretty decent POP for most of the day and were having a such a good time that it was surprising when we did actually come in right around five hours. The cart service came around numerous times and I did see water stations on a few holes, so that's good service.

All in all it was big winner of a day out at Black Gold and I would definitely recommend a trip out there if you're feeling pretty confident in your game and want to have an enjoyable round at a quality establishment while the conditions are still very good overall. Just know that this course is no cakewalk and you're in for a big challenge, but you'll enjoy every bit of it.
Played Alhambra on Saturday with a buddy and were lucky enough to avoid the rain all day with a 10:30am tee time and $51 with a cart playing from the blue tees. As much as it rained the night before, we were expecting a swamp, but the course actually drained pretty darn well and there weren't too many areas with standing water.

The course itself gets too low a rating for its short length, but there are plenty of holes at Alhambra where you can get in trouble if you're not on target. It's a shame that you can post a very good score here and that won't be reflected in your handicap at all. But I digress … the course is a fun layout with a good amount of opportunities to go for greens early.

Conditions at Alhambra despite the recent aeration are quite good. Fairways are in very nice shape overall (as usual) and the rough is also good. You won't find too many poor lies at Alhambra which is great - they really do take good care of this place. The recently punched greens are healing well and only showed minimal evidence of punching, however they were a tad bit spongy and slow from all the previous night's rain, and could probably use a flat roller pretty soon to really get the speed moving again.

Bunkers and tee boxes both in good shape as well. Always have a nice time playing this cool little track but I am a bit put off by the terrible ROI after a good round when it comes to the handicap (if you care about things like that). I will always come back here though a few times per year as they are deserving of the business and do a great job taking care of their customers.
October 13, 2018 goes on the Southern California calendar with reports of the long awaited rain which was great! The temperature was in the high 50s for the most part with some breze. I’m not sure that this playing and current weather conditions will be a fair review for the course. It was wet and soggy conditions. What’s good is that the course is covered with good grass and for the most part the rough were lush though not very penalizing.. aw wet sand and some water in it. The greens rolled real well but it’s soaked and holds the ball where it lands- that could be good news for some or not.. for some. The pace of play sucked behind a very slow tournament- over 5 hours... YIKES!!!!
Still a good golf day- better than going to a dental appointment. The kid practicing for his am tour next week was an inspiration to tee with- all day bombs and darts from him.. shakin my head.. kids these days...
I’ll need to come back here and play it again in a better weather and conditions- nice track.
Bev cart were around a few times. Staff were good and attentive including snack bar food folks.
Played Balboa 8*00 start on a Sat. Unlike 20 years ago when there would have been a hundred guys waiting around for a spot on one of the 2 courses, it was easy to sign in. We had a 3some, went out as the same. POP 4 hours 20 min, not bad for a Sat out here. The course is not in great shape, it probably never is. It's been a long time since I played here, same issues. LA City course, gets plenty of play, not enough maintenance. Greens were real nice, mid-fast, yet softened up by over night rain. Fairways very weak. Numerous GUR & many other bare spots, some really large, like 10' by 40 '. Thin grass at best, even in better fairways. Rough is ok, not crazy high, but tough enough to hit out of without being to penal. Mix of kikuyu, crabby grass & many others. Couple bunkers I was in were ok, firm but not rock hard. Tee boxes level. Overall it was fun morning, but just a so-so muni course. I will drive out of LA & spend more $$ rather than come back.
Played the Tournament course at Coyote Creek. Course conditions were excellent all around. Greens wer phenomenal with hardly a pitch mark to be found. Greens rolled true at a fast pace. Most greens are manageable but there are a couple with some major height difference between the two tiers.

Fairways were a solid 9 as well. Green lush and just short of perfect. There were a couple of fairways with some damage from the wild hogs but not nearly as bad this time around. Sand traps were fine as were the tee boxes.

I hear there's a big difference condition wise between the two coyote creek courses with the tournament course getting 75% of the attention.

We Tee'd off at 8:30 to avoid the majority of the weekend rush. Still POP was a bit on the slow side but not bad considering it was weekend prime time.

The Layout is fun and challenging. Given the great conditions, it's worth playing.
Played Fri Oct 12th, our group messed up the email for tee times and luckily I was there an hour early for breakfast, which I missed and got right off. The last review was pretty accurate, greens half punched, and half not. They put the pins on the good grass side, so if you are on the correct side the greens rolled ok, if you had to go from punched to hole, you really had to hit the ball hard to get there, found that out on the first hole (3 putt) and learned, the only other 3 putt i had was I was on the good side of the green and hit it too hard, mentally forgot grass sides, so the greens weren't good but you could adapt. The other thing to consider is the approach, if the punched area is front and you play for rollout to back flag, it won't roll out , the ball pretty much stops. I had 32 putts so they are manageable. Other than the greens the course was ok.
Rode the Blacks (6706/72.1/130) in around 3H twilight using Forelinx. Started as a single, then with Matt for a few holes and finished up with Tom & Elliott for the last few holes. Sunny, fairly calm conditions around 85.

First time I have mowed back to the Blacks here, and several holes are MUCH tougher from the Blacks than the Golds. Traditional Dye runoffs around greens with mounds, water features etc. present. This is a more fun course to play then most Dye layouts I have experienced. Lots of OB & water, but most landing areas are generous in size. Approach shots on holes 7, 8, 14 & 18 have water barely off the greens.

The Bermuda tees were very chewed up and severely needed divot repair. Scruffy, however, the rest of the course was well above average in playing condition.

The Bermuda fairways were fairly lush and well maintained with few unfixed divots.

The Bermuda rough was semi lush and not overly penal. Good POP rough, mostly mowed low, usually good to play from.

The sand traps were nicely maintained with good quality sand.

The Bermuda greens were firm and putted medium speed.

This course would be difficult to walk as numerous tees are a long way from the last green. No GPS on the carts. They could definitely use some combo tees here, as having no tee option between 6700 & 6100 yards seems too large a gap for me. Good facilities, complementary range balls although the range tops out @ 220 yards.

Plenty of water stations on the course and the Drink cart was out making the rounds. The customer service was excellent all around. Fun layout, Recommended.
Back out again this week, after finding out the tournament scheduled for today was cancelled. POP was 2.5 H. Fairways have greened up even more since last week. Still some "spotty" areas on some fairways, but not a big issue. Lots of roll and good lies during the round. Tee boxes all clean playable. Bunkers were all raked and cleaned, but still not enough sand in them (maybe a Go Fund Me account should be set up?). Found 1 that was playable and another one, not so friendly. Rough has been allowed to grow up and it is tough playing out of it (stay in the fairway). Greens have gotten better, for sure. Green/clean/smooth, good speed. Saw small issues on 9 and 13 but not causing any issues. Customer service is excellent at all levels. Course is in as good a shape (maybe better) then some in the area?
Played "The Park" yesterday first off at twilight and found the course in decent playable shape. Greens have come back fully from punching and rolled nice at medium speed. There are bare spots all around the course, mostly in places your ball shouldn't end up, including on green edges which is a bother if one prefers rolling the ball from the fringe as you will need to negotiate the bare dry spots. Bunkers were in good shape, some with new sand and the fairways were good to hit from. They are in the process of redoing some tee boxes so those tees may be moved up (it seems to counteract that many other Blue tees are all the way back). Good course for the price, reasonable to walk and with so much history . . .
Played General Old on THursday 10/11/18. Greens were almost back from aerify and the fairways have been overseeded. Everything looks to be on track for a great condition for such a bargain price. I will be back.
Booked 2 tee times for 8 of us for my buddies bday round. Right away I noticed they are getting into the maintenance process and well expected during this time of the year. A lot of dormant areas and really tight lies. The one thing that really stood out to all of us was there wasn't any sand in the bunkers at all. Also there were a lot of rocks in the bunkers as well. I've played here quite a bit and have never seen it this bad but again, maintenance season... tee boxes were nice and the greens were rolling pretty well. Won't be back for a while, until the course recovers.
Played a twilight round today and conditions are pretty much the same but the greens had been punched. The holes are not the micro holes or as big as I’ve seen but they are probably about the size of a pencil. It definitely impacted putts along with the ball marks, footprints, etc.

Like I said everything else is pretty consistent with the last review except it’s probably a little drier than last time. Overall the conditions won’t wow you but I’d certainly wait a couple of weeks until the greens are healed.
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