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Played here yesterday at 8:00am. There is never a boring story to tell when you play Rustic. The winds can blow, the greens are always tough, every hole makes you think, and you have got to hit good crisp shots to score well. I can always recommend playing here due to all the factors listed above. CONDITIONS: The course is green due to all the rains. The tee boxes were level with a few divots that needed repairs. The bunkers were definitely a little hard due to the winds and rain but played okay from the bottom of them. Rustic has many waste bunkers in play and they are mostly hard pan so staying out of them is recommended. I was a little disappointed in the fairways and rough. The rough was patchy throughout and the fairways were as well. The lies in the fairways were often a mixed bag of thin grass, unrepaired divots, and some lush areas but in no way are perfect. I love this course but feel that if it is going to be consistently rated as one of the best courses to play in California, the conditions need to be stepped up a bit.
Nice to get out and play Mr. Hansen after a 14 year layoff. Nice to get out and play period. Putts MUST be struck well out here. Any slight off center hit and the ball will tumble instead of roll true sending it on a line you never could have imagined. Why? There is lots of Poa Anna. Lots of it. But overall the greens are in good shape. The rest of the course as well. Thank you L.A city for lowering your fees, having a re-play rate, and eliminating resident rates.
Played here in an SCGA Member Outing with a 10am shotgun on a cloudy, warm day with only light breezes on Monday, 3/20/17. I had played the North Course here several times in fundraiser events >20 years ago, but had never played the South. Many thanks to GK legend weber for giving me his yardage book and letting me do some homework before the round – I really didn’t have any big surprises that I ran into. I was fortunate to be assigned to group 1B, so I got to play the course as designed. Based on my long-ago memory of the North, the South is a little shorter and more narrow, with smaller and fairly simple green complexes (no real significant tiering or crazy greens). The front nine plays south down the Coto canyon but is up on the slope on the east side of the creek, and is generally higher than the back nine, and many holes play downhill. The back plays back to the north along the west side of the creek, and has more holes that play uphill, and is considerably less open than the front, with several holes having narrow aspects off the tee and encroachment by trees, doglegs, and dense vegetation. We played Blue (70.9/130/6,336), and the markers were generally set up right on the blue plates.

This is a very nice, fun course in a beautiful, idyllic setting, with homes nearby but not intrusive, and lots of lush vegetation, hazard stakes, and sand. Perhaps because aeration has just occurred last month, or the prevalence of creeks/arroyos/ESAs throughout the course, the overall look of the course was a little scruffy, like the week before a haircut and beard trim to clean things up. Not the “groomed wall-to-wall” look you get at a Pelican Hill, for instance. Red stakes and/or water must be crossed or plays adjacent on almost every hole.

The small putting green (reserved for the South course patrons) shows the aftermath of punching 4-5 weeks ago (visual punch-hole outlines, and scattered dry-edged debris), but rolled smoothly at medium to medium-fast speeds. On-course greens are similar – they show varying degrees of the aftermath of punching, some more than others. Many greens have the scattered dry-edge debris, likely a combo of punching aftermath and mower activity. Speeds were fairly consistent over the course, although the green speeds increased as the day went on, and were especially terrifying downhill down the canyon. There was also some variation of green firmness through the course – some greens held shots well, and others were firmer. We saw only a couple unrepaired old ball marks per hole.

Fairways were green and pretty lush but did not have a “clean” look, but lies were generally very good. The course uses an entry/exit gate system, which I think contributes to less wear on the fairway margins. There were many unfilled divots – although there was plenty of fill sand containers scattered around the course. Rough was 2-3 inches deep and generally very playable; farther offline the lies could be patchy/clumpy/dense/bare. Sand was damp but generally medium texture and adequate depth, and there’s a lot of it scattered around the course. Tees were level, and very firm - some had been recently punched.

The clubhouse is large, very attractive, and luxurious. Locker rooms are nicely appointed. There was no cart girl today, but there’s a snack bar at #7/#13. Adequate water was available. For this outing we were provided with a nice box lunch, including a sizeable turkey wrap. We played in 4.5 hr (surprising for this format and the course challenges); we never really pushed the group ahead of us and never saw the group behind us.

The cart was ok – comfortable, with a cooler but no water, no ball washer (I don’t think I saw one all day!), and no GPS. A yardage book is available, and many sprinkler heads are marked. The small putting green was not conducive for large shotgun tourneys, as they can’t be accommodated on the putting green – the driving range is larger. The guests were on mats today, but they were in good condition. Unlimited balls. There was a short-game area adjacent to the range that may be marked “Members Only”. The course uses a front/middle/back flag rotation with no imagination – par-5s are holes #3, 6, 12, and 18, so all 4 of them were the same color flag. Par-3 holes are #4, 8, 10, and 16, so 3 of the 4 are the same color flag.

Very nice challenge if you get a chance to play it.
Had the chance to knock another private LA course off the bucket list today with a visit to Friendly Hills in Whittier. It was a shotgun tournament of the scramble variety unfortunately, but had a fun group and a great time on this most interesting and challenging course.

Friendly Hills is true to its name with a number of uphill and downhill holes - very few are flat at all, except perhaps on a section of the back nine. The course's main defense, besides the elevations, are sloping fairways, tight tee shots and small greens with some severe slopes to them in places. The course has a good amount of bunker coverage but not overwhelming. There are also a few water features that come into play on the back nine that are very difficult to see from the tee box in many cases. Nice finishing hole, too.

A little bit of a bummer that there are only two par 5s on the course, and one of them is the very first hole, which is uphill and long all the way, so better be ready from the range. It's a par 70 with a glut of long par 4s and some very tricky and long par 3s as well.

Conditions were pretty good overall, however the greens had been recently punched (although it didn't affect roll too much as it seemed lighter than the usual Muni punch), and there was a section chalked out around every green where the apron was rather chewed up and perhaps being redone altogether? I'm just not sure why this was the case on a few of the greens.

But the fairways were in great shape and quite lush. The rough was not too penal at all and of course the tee boxes were in great shape across the board. It's always hard to really judge certain aspects of a course when playing in one of these types of events, like POP for example, but the overall feeling was definitely of a place I would love to come back to with the opportunity to shoot my own score.

There were no photos of Friendly Hills up either from the last reviews so I took a good number of them from hole to hole and will post them later.
As noted in other reviews, this is a top notch Monterey Peninsula Golf course. It's in the Carmel Valley so the weather is a bit warmer than some of the peninsula fogged in courses. Course is a resort style course that plays a bit easier than your average top tier course. The greens while rolling smooth and fast, are fairly flat. Either I was driving really well or the fairways were pretty wide open. There are a number of fairway bunkers to offer challenges though. The challenge in the course comes from the first three par 3's. They average 190 yards from orange tees (what most courses consider the blue tee's).

Speaking of bunkers, I didn't land in one until 11 hole of the second day. What a treat!!! I almost wished I had been in more bunkers. They are every bit as good as the bunkers at Pebble.

Staff friendliness is absolutely the best, bar none. The entire staff is over the top superb.

Only complaint is that there was no beverage cart either day. I get the Thursday afternoon but no cart during primetime Friday play?

overall, it's a great course that I'm already booked to play three more times in April.
Walked the Blues (71.6-128-6628) this afternoon 3-20-2017 with my buddy Mack and his buddies Steve and Ricki in windy conditions 2nd twilight group out at 2:10pm. Kind of a weird wind day for Rustic--it was calm for a couple holes--then pick up to 15mph, then swirl, then stop and then pick up again. POP taking our time was 4 hours 40 minutes--keeping up with the group in front of us. Paid $22.00 which is their standard twilight time rate Monday through Friday.

The fairways are still thin but the more rounds I play out here they do improve slightly every time out. Getting some more rain this week so maybe that will get them even greener. Never a horrible lie in the fairways but there is a chance to be in a harder pan area or impression area between grass. Rated 6-10

The tees are beautiful, lush green and level. Rated 8-10.

The greens are in very nice shape. Holding irons nicely with spin. Putting medium to quick speed. Very little ballmarks to be seen. Rated 8-10

The rough is beautiful and lush around the green complexes and some fairway complexes and not so good in other fairway complexes depending on the hole. Greenside rough 8.5-10 Fairway rough 6-10.

Was in one greenside bunker that was firm compact sand that was raked nicely. Rated 6.5-10.

Another fun day at Rustic.
Dragonfly is a go to course in the Fresno area. Carts have GPS and the course is always in great shape. Course offers great challenges with water on a 1/2 dozen or so holes, well placed fairway bunkers and some risk/reward options (a la Pete Dye courses). Yet the fairways landing zones are fairly wide so that the average player can enjoy his/her round.

Greens roll fast and smooth with most being moderately sloped. A couple do have some big elevation changes.

Apparently this course used to be called Riverbend. If you get out in the next few weeks or so, you'll see why! The river is at it's fullest right now and boarders the edge of a few fairways. The full flowing river provides and extra delight to the beauty of this course.

It's a definite must play when in the Fresno/Madera area.
Caught Coyote Hills the weekend before punching with the Road Dawgs on a Sunday, PoP around 4.5 hrs with a 10AM tee time. Pre-paid, so I don't know W/E green fees but the M-F senior special is still working ... if you're over 60, it's the best deal in So Cal.

Course conditions: fairways seemed dry and thin lies in most areas (Bermuda) so there was ample roll out which MUST be taken into consideration when choosing your club off the tee ... rough cut short so not much of a factor. I'm not considered a long hitter and spilt most tee shots between driver and 3-metal (or long iron), and we played black tees. Bunkers were in good shape although a bit thin and dry in some areas. Greens rolled true and held most well struck shots.

I'll be back in a month or so, Bermuda comes out of dormancy and greens heal, to hit that senior special which I am eligible (the only good thing about getting older). Recommended.
While I do not play here all that often, I always enjoy my experience. The staff was great, and for $17, well worth the $$. The foursome who had the first tee time, allowed us to go off ahead of them, which was very nice of them. We zipped around until we caught a foursome on #15, then just played slow for the last 4 holes. Still able to finish in 2 hours 20 min even with the delay.

Course was actually in way better condition than I expected. (first hole still a par 3) Other than the fringe areas, which are always crappy, the actual fairways/greens/tee boxes were in good condition. Greens rolled nicely, albeit a bit slow for my taste. If you play from the "tips" on every tee, there are some good shots on this course - fun !

While I would not choose to play here every time, it was a positive experience and had a nice quick enjoyable morning of golf (And cheap too)
Joined the Guru's yesterday and had a great time. This course is quite expensive on the weekend which hurts the course rating a bit. The Course is in good condition but not great. The fairways, rough and greens are all mostly lush and green.

The tee's are the issue I had. There seemed to be a few uneven tee's and they need to be moved as divot damage and no grass is a concern.

The fairways rolled fast which helps on this course that can stretch out from the tips and its nice to have roll to flat areas.

Greens were way to firm and impossible to get some zip on the ball. I do know they are punching the greens today and that was probably why they were so firm. They did roll true and everything breaks to Disneyland no matter what it looks like.

Sand- was a nice powder and easy to hit out of.
Greens were hard to figure out. They ran slow with inconsistent speeds. Bunkers around greens had decent sand but also inconsistent.

Fairways had bare spots but for the most part coverage was decent. Tee boxes were mostly flatish.

POP was decent 4 1/2 hour round. Would have been nice if starter was a bit organized and called out groups teeing off instead of us muddling through it. Saw a twosome tee off then disappear while we were a fivesome. Would have been nice to know if some of our group would have been paired with the twosome.
Played yesterday (Sunday), 1:00 tee time, $45 riding. We had a foursome of Tony, Charles, and George, all from the Los Angeles Golf Group. Not too much to add to TBD's review. In fact, they have yet to run a mower over the fairways. All that new sod? It needs water. I just saw thousands of dollars of new sod that was just laid down poorly, then dried to the bone because of the lack of water. No reason for cart path only because of the total lack of maintenance from tee to green. The changes are nice, though. I cannot give the course a rating at this time because of this. I hope the course gets some water, because it will not be course without it. I can't recommend this course at this time.
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