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Rode the Purple tees (6507/71.2/128) in 3H, 15M twilight. The weather was sunny, fairly calm and 109. Conditions across the board were not as solid as when I played here a month ago, but still decent.

The Bermuda tees were lush and very nice to play from. Level with few divots.

The Bermuda fairways are mostly lush. There are some thin spots where the winter rye has died off and the Bermuda is still taking back over. Same for the Bermuda rough, which is mowed low.

The sand traps were decently maintained with thick sand.

The Bermuda greens putted medium speed and were firm. However, they were much bumpier than I remember from previous visits here.

Excellent customer service on every visit here. Nice GPS on carts. No drink cart person this afternoon. Nice all grass driving range with a good chipping area & practice green. Definitely recommended.
Morning tee time LS south. This course is a beast, playing the white tees and still 6700 yards. They are putting a lot of water on the course and the ball had little run on the fairways. Rough was up around the green complexes. Traps had good consistent sand and were well groomed. Greens held shots, were smooth and running medium speed. The heat is getting to areas that really are not in play.
POP was right at four hours. Staff was friendly and courteous.
Was a super fun GK Plays outing despite only 14 players and I thank everyone that came!

I had not played Laughlin Ranch since January and then it was a very nice conditioned rye turf course. This time around it would be a bermunda turf course. Not all golf courses transition well from rye to bermunda and vice-versa….I can safely to say Laughlin Ranch Golf Club transitions phenomenally. The course was lush bermunda everywhere. I only wish the night before the course did not get slammed by monsoons since this caused the maintenance to not be able to cut the greens that morning before our round. Hence we had slow surfaces to play however they rolled true and held shots great. Another thing worth noting is the golf course is currently doing a bunker renovation filling in some traps, reshaping and turning sand. Last time out that was not taking place yet. It’s an eye sore at times but nothing that significantly impacts play.

As far as an outing host, fantastic. The staff is great to work with and even handled a late night pairing change effortlessly. All the golf carts were staged correctly and afterwards we had ample room in their SLATE restaurant (delicious appropriately priced food). I liked how the driving range and practice putting green are perfectly position to both the 1st and 10th tees. The entire property is themed “Gold Miner” with authentic old mining equipment used as decorations throughout. Really brings a fun ambiance to the place.

GK will for sure be having another outing here. Maybe even as soon as early next year.

Posted some photos...check them out. Also compare them to the January photos I posted to get an idea of how different the golf course looks from Winter to Summer yet still awesome.

Highly Recommended.
Played Meadowlark in Huntington Beach Thursday 07/16/2018, with a 12:15PM scheduled tee time on a Golf Now Hot Deal @29 per player with cart, plus fee. Used my $25 discount code earned by booking an earlier round during the July promotion. My cost with fee was $7.98.
Arrived early 10:45AM driving up from Mission Viejo early to assure time to stretch, practice pitching and chipping. The parking lot was about 20% full and the course was pretty open. I practiced pitching, chipping and putting before checking in at 11:25am and getting assigned a cart which I prepped and then went to the clubhouse restaurant for a tasty bagel. I did not try to go out early however when I went back into the pro shop to get a pencil the starter told me a twosome had just gone off at 11:40 there would be another at 11:50 which hadn’t checked in yet. I could tee off an catch up to the twosome or wait for the 11:50 to check in. I tee’d off to catch the twosome at 11:45.
Upfront I have warm feelings about Meadowlark, as it is the course I learned to play golf on in 1971. I like the layout of this course and the challenges. This classic course built in 1922. (Having moved to HB in 1969 when there was very little around, I can’t imagine how this got built in 1922) wind and doglegs are it’s primary defense.

The course has ample parking, a nice pro shop, and restaurant. The practice range is OK, with mats the only option. The practice green is very representative of conditions on course both in speed and contour. Carts were neatly lined up in front of the pro shop. They are clean efficient and simple, no GPS. Weather for my round was pleasant, blue sky, fluffy clouds, and about a 5-knot breeze wind that would grow to 10 knots with higher gusts as the round progressed. High was in the mid 80’s.
I played from the whites. Meadowlark is not an overly long course playing 5,568 yards from the blues, and 5251 from the whites.
Tee boxes were mostly level, light divot damage, with few brown spots. Ground was spongey in some spots. Overall good footing was easy to find.
Fairways were mostly lush, with patches of brown grass, roll was very good. The course had been heavily watered and there were some areas of mud, soggy rough, and standing water in dips in the cart path.
Meadowlark features concrete cart paths, which the course requires carts to stay to on some holes, and they force you onto in same areas around greens. Currently there are many signs telling golfers to exit the cart path only at a 90-degree angle to their ball. You are not to drive up the fairway. Many of these are in desperate need of maintenance. Either Kidney belts or raised ground clearance are needed until they can be patched replaced. I suspect the California national guard could use Meadowlarks cart paths to test the durability of armored vehicles.
Fairway rough is thick with bare patches, sticky and penal. These are aided by a large tree population defining the fairway. There is water on the course, but it is not the primary defense of the course.
Fairway bunkers – there are very few fairway bunkers on the course, but those that are present are like their greenside counterparts, well cared for sand was compact in the two bunkers I played from requiring a chop shot exit taught by Gary Player and Lee Trevino vs the more fashionable sand explosion shot.
There are three forced carries of water, none of which are that daunting. The primary defense for this course are the postage stamp size greens and on this day the wind. The numerous trees hide the strength and direction of the wind, when the ball gets above them shots get exciting and your recovery game will be tested. The greens are Poa Annua mowed very tight resulting in very fast greens, firm with few levels lies lots of slope in all directions, and ridges. The pin placements today were most frequently on a ridge or the break of a false front. On several occasions balls that landed within 5 feet of the pin rolled to the fringe or off the greens. I felt the greens were softer than when I last played here in May, and fair, there are a couple that are best described as upside down salad bowls, but they rolled reasonable well there a number of unrepaired ball marks.
Pace of play was excellent, I was not able to catch the twosome in front of me until the ninth hole and only because they had caught up with another twosome that was walking. They asked me to play through. Essentially although the course was busy, I had the course to myself. I completed the round in exactly three hours.
I really enjoy this course. The greens are in overall good condition. The elevation changes, judicious use of water, bunkers and trees puts a premium on finding fairways. The upside-down salad bowl greens mean you want to use a very lofted wedge if you can. There is currently a lot of ground under repair, the most extensive being the eighteenth hole where it compromises the route to the hole. If the wind hadn’t been present this might not have been an issue, but as the largest section of GIR sits adjacent to the large fairway bunker and water in a natural lay up zone it made playing the hole much harder.

At the Golf Now Hot Deal price of $29 this is a very good course, at rack rate during the week can still be a good value. Right now, in this condition I recommend playing. The coastal location makes for great playing weather, and the design of the course will challenge you. Bombing driver is often not rewarded.
Now if we can get them to fix the cart path that they want us all to stay too.
Played on 7/15/18. Can't say much more about the course than the previous review. Certainly a very nice course, got the 1:00 PM rate for $60, well worth every penny. Should be a destination course if one happens to be in the area.
Played on 7/15/18. Beautiful old school course in the mountains of Oregon about an hour outside of Eugene. If there wasn't a sign at the entrance, you wouldn't even know there was a golf course there. Course was in terrific condition, layout fairly flat with the exception of the final three holes. Greens rolled well, medium speed. Not too many sand traps, but the ones they have are in good shape. Customer service was good, allowed us to take the cart out to car to load up. Was a very hot day for the area, pace was a bit slow, but nothing too dramatic. Quite a scenic drive up the mountains, well worth the time and effort to play there.
Played as a foursome on Saturday morning the 14th with a 9:06 tee time. The course was crowded and the starter informed us upon getting to the first tee that they were going to let the group in front get a little lead on us and sent us off 10 minutes late. It really didn't help and by the third hole we were stacked up on the tee box. Waited on a few shots throughout the day, and the group behind was on us. But POP was still around 4 and a half hours so not that bad.

Course is in fair shape. Fairways were in good shape, lush with few bare spots. Rough was much of the same, without being to penal. Was in a few traps and they had were somewhat hard packed, but played fair. Tee boxes mostly level and some of the par 3's had considerable divot damage, but they didn't hinder finding a place to tee it up.

The greens could use some work. They had a fungus and was told by the starter and head's up posted here that they are going to aerate a few of the greens. Ball marks not much of a problem, but the fungus caused many puts to bounce of line and they putted extremely slow for what I am used to at either River Ridge course.

I really enjoy the layout, it can be a tough walk with some of the holes being a hike between green to the next tee, and some holes having decent little hills to climb. For the next couple of weeks I would stay away with the greens problems and the Cowboys coming to town for training camp the par 5 13th hole will become a short par 3. After that I would recommend and will be back.
Played yesterday, twilight. And I was pleasantly surprised. Course is in FINE shape.

Greens rolled at medium/fast speed. They rolled true. Picked a line an hit the ball firmly and the results were predictable. Noticed the speeds varied from green to green but for the most part they rolled well and you could tell just by walking on them the speed of the greens.

Fairways had decent coverage. Nice cushion underneath. There were a few thin lies but playable.

Bunkers were ALL well stocked with nice somewhat compacted sand underneath. I prefer hitting this sort of sand where the bunker gives you a little feedback and decent bounce to hit your ball.

Rough varied from VERY thick around the green complexes to a little heavy along the sides of the fairway.

Tee boxes were level and playable.

Pace of Play (POP) a little over 3 hours as a single until the last 4 holes. Honestly playing this fast as a walking single that late in the day was FUN. The heat was bearable with a nice breeze towards the end of the day. For the money you get what you pay for and then some. I paid $19 to walk twilight. It was a workout but for the conditions of the course at present it's definitely worth the value. Recommended.
Decided last minute to drive out for the GK Event on 7/15 after some convincing by JohnnyGK and mpisarski01. I was at first skeptical about playing anywhere in Laughlin, let alone in July with the heat, but I'm extremely happy I did. Laughlin Ranch is a hidden gem and rivals many of the Palm Springs course at a much better price. I will be playing here anytime I'm close.

Mpisarski01, Kevbig, and teed of first just after 7. It was muggy but manageable with some lingering cloud cover with the storms from then night before. Considering how much it rained conditions were amazing and improved as the course dried out. Tee boxes were lush green and for the most part very flat. Fairways were almost perfect carpet like grass. I dont think I had a bad lie all day.

Rough was short and not very penal. The only time we had any trouble was if you were off in the dirt which was very soft and soaked from the rains. The only real negative to speak of all day was the bunkers. Some had a decent amount of small rocks but really weren't all to bad. Hard to tell what they are normally like because they were still very wet.

The grounds crew were not able to cut the greens before we played due to the overnight monsoons but the still looked great and roll true. They were pretty slow and soft but not to the fault of the crew at Laughlin Ranch. All in all a beautiful and challenging track that I cant wait to play again. This place is a steal for the price and conditions, two thumbs up!
Had a super time playing with GK’ers Kevbig, mpisarski01 and sdscratchorbust Saturday morning. We teed it up at 6:50am and got around in 4.15 hours. Golf course was in great summer shape and as a first timer playing it, I loved the layout. Been wanting to play here for over 10 years and the golf course met my expectations.

There are a wide variety of holes with about 4 or 5 playing next to Lake Las Vegas and others rolling up, down, dogleg left, dogleg right through canyons. Green complexes are all well protected and interesting as you would expect from a Nicklaus design. Although I did think for a Nicklaus design the greens were rather tame. Not as much undulations or as slender…this is a good thing in my book. I think where there is the most demand on your game is your approach shots. There never is an easy one and the first hole greets you with long par 4 forced carry over water for a second shot.

Conditions are very good for the Summer. With all the recent rains I will project the fairways will only get lusher as weeks pass. Greens rolling nice and not too summer bermunda turf slow. There is just no way a golf course can chance cutting greens low with average temps over 100. Bunkers in great shape with quality sand. Tee boxes lush and level. Rough was not that high but still very difficult to play from due to the sticky humid day and ball tending to sit down in the bermunda turf.

As for service, excellent. Very friendly and professional. Saw many marshals and on course beverage service.

I’m impressed with Reflection Bay Golf Club and would like to return to play it in the Fall to see what it’s like after overseed. As of now a great summer option.
Main round today was an NCGA member outing at Berkeley Country Club (formerly known as Mira Vista). This club is set atop a hillside with killer views of the entire bay. Once the morning marine layer lifted, we were treated to some beautiful vistas throughout the course. Full shotgun event. Our group started on the 8th hole and finished in just barely under 5 hours, which is pretty typically in an outing like this.

The course was in good, but not great condition. Conditions didn't quite match the quality of the course or the other appealing elements of this very historic club that has a great classic vibe. Tee boxes were good. Fairways were good for the most part with some thin/firm areas throughout. Some of the rough was nice, but it would dwindle in consistency as you got further away from the fairways. Then, there are some outer native areas that were cut down, but still provided brutal lies, gopher holes, rocks, etc. You can tell they did a major turf reduction here and let some of the less crucial areas go in recent years. Bunkers good. Greens were in very nice shape, rolling smooth but kind of slower than they looked. With all the slopes here, I can imagine them getting very challenging if made super firm and speedy.

As you might expect given the location, the course is extremely hilly. It was also quite windy today, and it seemed like the wind was against us more often than not. A lot of uphill, semi-blind shots. Greens have lots of undulation and very few flat lies anywhere on the course. This is an old course and even though there have been some renovations over the years, it doesn't sound like the layout has been altered too much since the 1920s. Fun and demanding layout with a ton of character and plenty of quirts. It's a setting and overall old school vibe most will love, but a layout that not everyone will enjoy.
Early morning round today using GroupGolfer vouchers ($25 I believe). We had the 6:00 (first off) tee time. We had to wait for the pro shop guy to open things up and bring a cart around. Meanwhile, a few walking regulars/members showed up and went off ahead of us, but we ultimately played through them. Caught some back niners, too, but we still played super quickly and finished around 2 hours.

The course was just in okay condition and pretty rough around the edges. Tee boxes adequate and fairways okay. Off the fairways things get really rough and unmaintained. Mostly just dirt. Clearly they focus their watering efforts on the fairways and greens. The greens were a little bumpy, but mostly pretty good and rolling at medium speeds. Bunkers had decent sand, but in need of some raking.

Franklin Canyon was exactly what I expected it to be. Moderately hilly, but not super tight or lengthy. Nice setting and the course would certainly present better if things were maintained more consistently. Good enough for the right price and plenty of deals can be found online.
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