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Played Camel Valley Ranch yesterday morning on a perfect sunny (bordering on hot) day. Played 36 holes getting around the course twice in 6.5 hours. Course is in fantastic shape. Carmel Valley Ranch is always a top notch course but right now it's in the best shape I've ever seen it.

Fairways are easily a 9 right now. Lush and a deep green beautiful color. Greens were rolling super fast and were a bit in the firm side. Getting shots to hold proved to be tricky at times. Tee boxes were just short of a perfect 10. Sand traps were the weak link and in speaking with the superintendent, Andy, who was very pleasant to chat with, there are plans in the work to improve the bunkers.

Course is a lot of fun to play with 12 holes being flat and 6 up in the hills. Track also has a number of water hazards to add to the challenge and aesthetics of the place. I posted a number of pictures on the GK app.

There are two transfers that would make this a challenging course to walk but other than that it would be doable.

A great layout with excellent conditions make it a highly recommended course.
5 Likes.
After a couple of days of cycling and kayaking it was time to head out to the course and play with the new GK App! Sundays during football season can be a great time to play golf on the peninsula. I tee'd off at about 11:30am which was the perfect gap. The morning crowd was already on the back nine and the afternoon folks hadn't arrived yet. I had clear sailing until the 15th when I ran into a foursome who refused to let me by even though I was on the tee box with them for 4 holes! Still it was a 3 hour round even with the delay.

Conditions are nice right now at Laguna Seca. Greens were soft and rolled smooth for the most part. there were a few pitch marks here and there but nothing too bad. Fairways were the best I've seem them in years. I noticed a few thin areas as I was driving but i had excellent lies and hitting surface on all of my shots.

I was in three sand traps and two were excellent and one was below average having thin, semi-hard dirt.

As I've mentioned before, Laguna Seca is a super fun track. Add in the solid conditions right now and it's a no brainer. It was also the perfect course for me to play around with the new GK App and post some live photo's while playing.
7 Likes.
Bayonet is a tough challenging track with nice views of the Monterey Bay. Greens are a tad easier than the sister course but still are very tough with a lot of undulations. Greens are firm and fast. Getting pitch shots and approach shots with long irons can be challenging. Getting a putt to roll smooth is not.

Fairways offered good roll and a decent surface to hit from. Not as lush as others in the area but no complaints. No issues with the tee boxes and as others have mentioned the sand boxes need some improvement. Not bad but a notch or two below what you would expect from a course of this quality.

Bayonet has tight fairways with thick tall pine trees lining the fairways. Course has a number of elevation changes to make the layout fun but nothing too dramatic or gimmicky.

I prefer the sister course (Black Horse) over Bayonet but that's a Ford vs Chevy thing. Both good quality and it's just a matter of preference.

Recommended and both are great warm up tracks before playing any of the Pebble courses.
11 Likes.
I joined DeepSea14 and Eli1488 yesterday at San Juan Oaks for their GK Cup match. Course is in fantastic shape tee to green. We played mid morning and practically had the place to ourselves. No one in front of us for several holes and it wasn't until the 17th that a twosome finally started to catch up to us.

I've always said the greens here are the perfect balance between size, shape and condition. Yesterday was no excepetion. Greens were a deep green color, perfectly smooth and divot free. Enough undulations to keep you honest but nothing too wild. The only thing keeping the greens from a 10 rating was the fact that they were rolling a bit slower than I prefer. I will add that my putting stroke was off all day so that didn't help. Having said that, I still managed 8 pars and a birdie which attests the great conditon of the greens. They easily held approach shots from every club.

Fairways were a solid 8 rating. Very green and lush throughout. A couple of areas were a little soggy from watering and there was the occassional light brown patch mixed in but overall the fairways were top notch.

Tee boxes were also top quality. Very lush thourhout and the divots that were present had been completely filled in with sand. My guess is maintenance had gone around and filled in the divots on the tee boxes.

Sand traps continue to be the achilles heel of the track. They are ok but but certainly the low point of the place. Weather was perfect but I will add that the wind does kick up in the afternoon. We had a 1-2 club wind during the back nine.

Customer service is great all around and the young gal in the pro shop is just absolutely fantastic. Her hussle, knowledge, friendliness and professionalism is top notch. Not sure if they have new carts or I just didn't remember from last time here, but the carts now have full GPS systems in them.

The only "down side" to the entire place is that during mid week the restaurant has limited hours. They are only open from 11a-3p which we missed on both ends by 20 minutes!

I highly recommend San Juan Oaks. It's a very fun track (see my previous reviews for the layout) with great conditions.
8 Likes.
Not a whole lot to add to Nick's last review. He pretty much nailed the conditions spot on. Greens are in excellent shape right now and have the perfect balance between size, speed and undulations to make them fun, challenging yet manageable.

All tee boxes were in great shape (except #14) and fairways presented good roll and lies. Layout is fun and challenging as well. Some water hazards and forced carries to go along with trees (in the fairways no less) that have to be navigated.

POP was whaterver I wanted it to be. Had the course virtually to myself. My game was off a bit so I frequently dropped a second ball to hit an extra shot here and there. Still finished in under 3 hrs

All in all it's a great course with a nice rustic style restaurant. It's worth making the drive up to the "central coast". Course is also in the middle of a great wine region. Golf in the morning, wine tasting in the afternoon... sounds like a perfect day.
10 Likes.
For the most part the course is the same as my last review a couple of months back. the main exception are the greens. They are starting to slip a bit and are in need of a dusting. I think Dragonfly only aerates their greens once a year. With this years closing of Fig Garden, the course is getting more play and it might (definitely) be time to starting sanding their greens twice a year. Other than the numerous pitch marks all was well.

Fairways, tee boxes and sand traps were good to go and in the same condition as my last review. $35 for a twilight round in the Valley (especially with the current conditions) is a bit steep. For the $39 prime time mid week specials it get bumped up to highly recommended.

Also: In the late afternoon there are a number of high school teams using this course for practice. We were stuck behind three goups who were brutally slow. Not sure why the coaches with them didn't let us through.

I'm all about getting the kids out on the course. And that includes the newbies as well as the scratch High Schoolers about to embark on the PGA/LPGA (a la Noh). I think the course should just close down for a couple of hours like they do with mini tournaments and let the kids have it to themselves. Or start the rest of us on the back nine to mix in with the earlier finishers and let the HS have the front nine to themselves for a while. Just my thoughts is all.
10 Likes.
I'll start things off and be the first to review our GK outing at Cascata. First off 5 stars is not a high enough rating for the customer service. First class and top notch service without a doubt. From the Valet parking to the well stocked water bottles in the coolers throughout the course to the locker room. Everything is well thought out and they tend to your every need. It was nice taking a shower there at the club after the round before getting into the car for 5 hours. They are so in tune with the player that they even matched my locker number to my score. Just glad I had locker 89 and not 109!

Cascata is getting ready for their annual major maintenance but you wouldn't know it out there on the course. It is a solid 9 all around. Tee boxes and fairways were easily rated at 9's. No issues whatsoever. Sand traps have some of the whitest sand you'll find anywhere.

Greens were firm and fast. Make that lightning fast. I loved the speed of the greens. They rolled extremely true and our caddy Casey was spot on with his reads.

Our group battled all day for the "Birdie Bling". Johnny and I traded blows back and forth with two birdies each but David snagged it at the end dropping a 55' birdie putt on the 18th for the walk off mic drop.

The track is super fun that is the perfect blend of challenging yet scorable, visually pleasing, great conditions and of course top notch customer service.


Some courses are a must play when in the area. Cascata is a must play regardless of where you are and worthy of a bucket list status.
15 Likes.
Kicked off the Vegas trip with a round at Bali Hai. This is definitely a first class course with valet parking and club attendant. Locker room is nice as is the overall facility (clubhouse, restaurant, outdoor kitchen). The driving net area was closed so I didn't get a chance to warm up with any full swings which I was in desperate need of. I took a forecaddie (Dan) and he was super. quite possibly a top 3 caddy I've ever had. The fact that I only lost 2 balls all day with how bad I played on the front nine is an attest to how good he was in spotting shots. He was also dead on in reading putts every time.

Course layout is both challenging and scenic. With numerous views of the strip (and the new Raiders stadium being built) you are constantly reminded that you are in the heart of Vegas.

There are some slight elevation changes throughout the track to keep it from being flat and boring. A number of water hazards also add to the beauty of the course.

They are currently doing a ton of maintenance to prep the course for the upcoming fall "prime season". As others mentioned before half the tee boxes are closed so some are moved up or back. Not a big deal really. They are also doing a lot of work on the bunkers. Some are GUR and are free relief. Others are hit and miss on quality depending on if you're in one that has been worked on already.

No issues whatsoever with the tee boxes. Level, lush, divot free and dark green. Fairways, are lush and a joy to hit from but there are a number of areas that are light brown in color.

Same with the greens. Not the darkest green in color but rolled smooth all day long and were void of pitch marks. The greens did roll slower than I expected. They were at a medium slow pace. Speaking of Pace, POP was ok. Probably made more manageable by my abismal play on the front nine that had us doing a lot of search and rescue missions looking for my ball.

Even with my 9 stroke difference between the front and back, I still quite enjoyed Bali Hai. It's situated right between the airport and the strip so it makes it a super convenient track for first arriving or just before leaving as well as "just down the road" if staying on the strip.
7 Likes.
Had time to kill so decided to play an afternoon round. Chose Boulder Creek simply because it's close to tomorrow's location. Course was decent. A bit expensive (unless you're a resident) but otherwise a decent track. Layout is wide open so the wind HOWLS through the course making club selection an added challenge. Which apparently I got right because I had more pars on the opening nine than I did all day at Bali Hai.

The course has a lot of "washout" crossings that come into play to add to the desert setting. Tee boxes were fantastic and the fairways were definitely above average. One of the last reviewers perfectly described the greens. Not the prettiest to look at, but roll smooth and fast.

Customer service was split. Kid at the counter in the pro shop can use some "people" skills. However the other kid who was the starter/cart attendant was fantastic and a joy to talk to.

Restaurant stays open til around 6:30 so I was able to grab some food afterwards.

I wouldn't recommend against playing here, but it's not a course I would put on the Vegas area bucket list.
5 Likes.
Got in a nice pre-Vegas warm up round at Ridge Creek with RGM2525. Track is in it's usual great shape with the fairways once again stealing the show. I easily rated the fairways at an 8.5-9. And I'm proud to say that I found a lot of fairways for a complete testing for that rating.

Tee boxes weren't far behind the fairways. Lush, level and good coverage. There are a couple of short Par 3's at Ridge Creek so naturally those tee boxes during our mid afternoon round had some divots. Was still able to find plenty of clean area to hit from.

Sand traps will always be the weakness of valley courses. It's no exception here. Having said that the one greenside bunker I was in I was able to get out of clean and save par. So they can't be all that bad!

Greens.... Ridge creek has the perfect greens as far as size, undulations, softness and speed. The one down side from keeping them from a 9 or 10 is that they do often get riddled with ball marks from time to time. Today was no exception. There were a few greens where my putt was effected by a pitch mark.

POP was fine. A little bit of waiting on a couple of tees. Only because the twosome in front of us were older and not hitting it as far off the tee so we would have to wait for them to clear out. Once they were on the green they cleared out quickly.

I always enjoy Ridge Creek, not only for the good course conditions but for the off course amenities. The restaurant and clubhouse are Real buildings and make you feel like you're at a top notch course. I ate at the restaurant before and after the round! Only place in the valley I'll eat fish tacos!!
9 Likes.
I'm happy to say course conditions are back to being very nice. Played yesterday early afternoon in some great peninsula weather. Bayonet is closed for the weekend due to car week and Ferrari has rented the place. There are 75-100 Ferrari's parked on the course. Don't worry, they keep them away from the holes that come into contact with Black Horse so there's no chance of hitting any of the cars.

With that, on to course conditions. Greens were firm and fast. No issues with the greens. They rolled smooth and true. No pitch marks to worry about. Chip shots would check up nice. Long irons would tend to roll out a bit but that's usual for here.

Fairways were nice and green with only a few thin areas scattered about on a couple of the holes. The first cut of rough was patchy throughout the entire course. It was only about 1-1.5 inches tall but thin and patchy leaving it a crap shoot on the lie. Tee boxes were good for the most part. Only one was semi chewed up. The rest were all a good 7-8.5 rating.

I was in two bunkers. One was ok ( a little thin) the other was great. A 6 rating on the first and an 8+ on the second one.

Pop was a little slow for an afternoon round. I thought I timed it right to miss the morning crowd and beat the afternoon twilight group. Nope! With Bayonet closed and all the car folks around it was a busy(ish) day. Still finished in just under 4 hrs so it wasn't too bad.

Blackhorse is always a challenging track that is fun to play. Greens can be atrocious out here with all the sever undulations. Yesterday the pins were in some very friendly locations however a rusty driver from not playing in 2 weeks kept me from taking advantage of "tamed" greens on the front nine.

With views of the bay and course conditions back to normal, Blackhorse is back on the recommended list for Peninsula tracks.
8 Likes.
Played Madera late afternoon yesterday. Course was in it’s typical average Muni-course shape with the exception of the greens having a ton of unrepaired pitch marks. I was routinely fixing 3-5 ball marks per green. Come on people, is it that hard to bend down and fix your pitch mark? I know I’m preaching to the choir and that most GK’ers are like me and repair not only their own ball marks but others as well.

I was talking to CenCalGolfer33 after the round and he said there had been a tournament there earlier in the morning. It might be time for course to start charging organizers a fee to send out a “sweeper” after the tournament to clean up after them.

Fairways were decent for the most part with a few thin areas here and there to go along with the wet areas caused by the much needed heavy watering during the recent triple digit heat.

First cut of rough was only about 1” and very easy to hit from. After that, it’s hardpan dirt (just like the sand traps). Tee boxes were ok. Nothing glamourous but no major issues.

POP was right at about 4 hrs. We were moving along nicely until about the 14th hole then started waiting on every shot.

My biggest complaint was the golf cart. No sand, and one piece solid plexiglass windshield. With 90+ degree heat it would be nice to fold down the windshield to get some air flow through the cart while driving. Plus, it was so scratched up we could barely see through it.
6 Likes.
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