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Was invited out by cthuyen and his friends to play GC on 3/22. Appreciate the invite and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. On a cool and very busy day, there wasn’t much wind which was appreciated as we all know the wind can blow pretty good out here. Played in just under 4.5 hours but it really didn’t seem that long.

Cannot really add a lot to the cthuyen’s previous review only to agree on how nice this course is. It is in great shape right now at all levels. Guys in the clubhouse were all great. I told them I should be getting the senior rate but one guy said he didn’t believe me. He was kidding I think . lol. Anyway we joked about being senior and had a good laugh.

The greens were exceptional. Rolled perfectly and were fast. They were not holding unless you clipped it clean. Fairways were fast as well and you can get some good roll out here. They are going to be aerating the greens very soon which will impact play but once recovered, the greens should be nice again. Go play!!
Was looking for a place to play on Wed 2/13 before the rains came and chose Green River since it is relatively close and has been a while since I had played. Got to the course and checked in around 10:00. Nice guy in the clubhouse but he wanted to charge me $33 to walk? Told him last time I was here it was $23. Rate increase? He hit his keyboard several times and said ok, $25. Never can figure what the rate is here. With nobody out there, I figured I had about 3 hours before the rain hit. Finished most of the course rain free. Played 17 and 18 in light rain but had rain gear so no problem.

This course is struggling. The County is doing river maintenance and therefore a lot of construction happening on the east side of the course. Muddy conditions on the walk between holes #2 to #3 and then between #11 and #12. Fairways are winter brown as was expected but there are way too many bare spots out there. Tee boxes are beat up as well. The rough is dormant kikuyu and really not a factor. Bunkers were damp but not hard with relatively good lies.

The greens on the front were beat up. Holes 1-5 were not good. Many burnt areas and very slow. The rest of the greens however were in good shape and some were really nice, smooth and rolled true. Can’t figure out why the first 5 greens are just not recovering.

GR has always been a nice course for me. Challenging layout, a bit scenic and the local pro Art Guevara, is one on the nicest guys. Just so disappointed it is struggling to come back. Will be back out here late spring to hope it will come back to the GR we always knew.
A little late with this review but still wanted to do so. A good friend and I went out on Friday 2/8 to play SA and had an 8:22 tee time. Got paired with a couple of cocky guys that frankly wish we hadn’t but that’s a story for another day. It was a beautiful day but there was a lot of rain the days before so I expected a lot of golfers. I was right, it was packed.

Got out about 15 minutes late following a slow 5 some. Finished in about 4:45. The fairways are still winter brown but did notice green starting to come about on many holes. I guess they weren’t able to get the mowers out yet so some of the fairways were thick and therefore not much roll out. Made the course play longer. Some bad lies out there but we were playing LCP. Not much rough to speak of. The bunkers however were hard. The rain I’m sure led to this but never seen this before at SA. Usually, they’re soft. Hopefully, they will address this when the rain stops.

The greens were better than I have seen them here before albeit grainy as usual and on the slow side. They were also hard and not holding.

Overall good conditions but I’m expecting better conditions in the upcoming spring time resulting from the rain.
Decided to get out and play on 1/31 before the rain hit. Chose El Prado, Chino course as it’s been a long time and I figured it wasn’t very crowded. I was right. Very few folks out there so I got out solo walking around 10:45. was told there was a 2 some ahead of me but they were way ahead.

The course has always looked ragged. Especially around the tee boxes with weeds starting to grow. Doesn’t look very attractive but the tee boxes themselves were in nice condition. You can see there was effective over seeding done. Wasn’t expecting great fairways but they weren’t bad. Some bad lies, browned out and thin areas but over all acceptable. The rough was pretty beat up consisting of thick grass or hard pan. Bunkers seem to be more dirt than sand but were playable.

The greens were very nice but that’s always the case here. A couple of greens had some bad burns and they ran a little slower than I expected but again, acceptable.

The rain hit when I was on #7 but I had rain gear and waited out the hard stuff for a few minutes then continued on when it lightened up. Got to #8 tee box and got some more rain but also saw lightening. The rain came early but wasn’t expecting lightening. A couple of lightning strikes right over me. Yikes! What do I do now? Hid out under a tree for a while then finished out the hole. However as I was walking down the fairway, Kevin, the GM drove out in his car (not a cart) to see if I needed any help as he knew I was the only one out there. What a class act! Told him I would finish out the round as both lightning and rain had stopped. El Prado has always shown great customer service but today was truly exceptional.

Always forget about the length of this course, over 6800 from the blues and the layout is pretty nice but it is still a challenge at a good price.
Went out to Mountain Meadows with a friend on 1/28 with a 6:52 tee time. A little earlier than we normally go out and on a cool, cloudy morning, not too many folks out there. Off pretty much on time following a 2 some and being followed by another 2 some. Nice pace out there on this day. Walked it in about 3:20. We’re bringing in MM as part of our rotation now as we enjoy the lay out.

Not much to add from my last review except the fairways were a bit more chewed up. Tee boxes were are beat up as well. Looks like the rain we had still had an impact. Many roped off areas that were very damp and muddy. You could see where people ran their carts through the wet area tearing up portions of the fairway, particularly on the back where there is some steep hills. Disappointing actually to see as it will take a while to heal and the forecast Is calling for more rain. Bunkers still in great shape with good, firm sand.

The greens however are still in great shape. Ran a little bit faster than the last time. Had a couple of 3 putts as many of my putts ran past the hole.

Conditions not as good as the last time I was here which was only about a month ago but I still think playing here is worth it.
The last time I played Royal Vista was Nov. 2015 and because of slow play, I vowed that I would never play here again. I gave in and broke that vow today as our neighborhood group wanted to play our monthly outing here. We had a 9:38 tee time, playing east/north. Noticed they were really backed up on the first tee and when we checked in, the guy in the club house said they were a bit behind, like 5-10 minutes. Duh! How about 30-40 minutes behind! This course is always slow and never learns. Wasn’t much better as we got behind the slowest group known to man. So, 5 hours and 20 minutes later, we finished. On such a beautiful day, I wish we had picked another place to play.

The course is showing winter wear which is expected at all muni’s but it wasn’t terrible. Fairways were hit and miss. Some were in nice condition while others were beat up. There really wasn’t much rough to speak of as it was all dormant grass or hard pan. Bunkers had that top layer of sand which looked good but under was hard pan.

The good news here is that greens were in very nice condition and were a bit tricky if you got above the hole. Holding shots that were hit well.

Although a short track, I have always enjoyed the layout here and weekday rates are great. But c’mon man! 5.5 hours for a weekday round of golf is just not fun! Figure it out somehow!
On a cool but sunny morning, played here Jan 2. with a tee time at 9:04. Not a lot of people out there and we got out right on time, finishing in just over 4 hours.

Fairways getting winter dormant, still had good cover and overall they were in good condition with some tight lies. Good roll out which is always appreciated. The rough was thin and really not a factor. Bunkers were in great condition. Good firm sand.

The greens were in excellent shape. Running medium fast, they rolled very true. They were hard however and wasn’t holding all shots.

Again, I was impressed with Mountain Meadows. Its pretty hilly and placement of your drives is key but the course is in such good condition, I definitely recommend.
Heading out to Palm Springs for a tournament but on the way, we decided to stop and play Shandin. I usually walk for $20 but decided to take advantage of their deal, $34 which includes golf, cart, range balls and all you can eat from the snack bar. So a little breakfast before the round and then 4 hours later, lunch after the round. Interesting deal.

I have always liked SH and was looking forward to playing. The starter said they had 2 inches of rain the day before but I always knew SH drains very well but IMO, the course is not in good shape. Aside from the fairways going winter dormant which is expected, they were many bad lies out there. Hardpan, thin grass; was not impressed. There is no rough. Its dormant grass or hard pan. Bunkers had turned to mud but attribute that to the rain the day before.

The greens were nice as they usually are here. Looked like they sanded not too long ago but still rolled nicely and a bit fast really.

I have always loved Shandin. The layout is a fun and challenging one and I remember the days when this course was the nicest around. Can’t say that now. I hope they are able to bring this back to the way to the way it was before.
Had a 9:20 tee time with an old college friend on 11/15. Paying $32, we saw that the greens were aerated late October but decided to give it a go anyway as I have never played here. On a very chili and smokey day (heavy smoke from the Camp Fire), it was not very busy and we got off on time following two other 2 somes ahead of us. Starter was a very nice guy and gave us the a thorough overview of the course.

We heard it was Johnny Miller designed and knew we would probably in for a challenge. I was right. I found EV very challenging. It starts out with a rather lengthy par 5 and then a tough par 3. Most of the fairways were pretty generous with wide landing areas which was nice and were in good condition. Some thin lies on the back 9 but overall in good shape. The rough was cut low so not much rough to speak of. Bunkers were damp but not difficult to get out of. Tee boxes looked like they were recently over seeded and were fine.

I found the greens to be real challenging. Although still in recovery from aeration, they rolled ok but had undulations which really made them tricky. Some had 2 or 3 tiers. Some were large, some were small and narrow. First timers are really at a disadvantage because it was difficult to see how they undulate or the size of the greens from the fairways.

Pace of play was brutal. As a 2 some, we were moving on the front 9 just fine but came to a screeching halt on #7. Come to find out there was a 2 some up ahead that were really struggling which made it slow down. From that point, we waited on every shot and finished just short of 5 hours. Of course the signature hole, #14 tends to slow things down as well. Beautiful, downhill par 3 over water. We had 3 groups backed up when we got there. The back 9 has some elevation changes which were really fun. It is a very beautiful setting as the course is set in among grape vineyards but we were denied some great views because of all of the smoke. I want to come back again. Definitely recommend but expect to be challenged.
Up again in No. Cal. visiting friends and family and always, try to get in a couple rounds. As usual, make a stop to play Boundary Oaks. I see I am only rater of this course for some time and don’t have a lot to add from previous reviews. On a cold morning, there were a couple of groups already out or on their way to the tee. Waited for a bit and the starter sent me out as a single paying a walking, weekday rate of $27. It was a bit tough to get warm out there. 39 degrees at tee off time with some frost on the fairways helped get some roll.

The course is showing winter is on the way. Fairways look to be going dormant but still in good condition. Some bare spots out there also but for the most part, good coverage. Tee boxes look like they have been worked on so over seeding may have taken place. Bunkers are in great condition. They have all been worked on and have good firm sand.

The greens are in good shape. Fast actually. The pins were in difficult locations today so you had to watch the speed or going downhill you could roll past the hole and down on the other side of the green.

Always enjoy playing here but have seen it in better condition. Looking forward to my next trip up north to play here again.
Was invited out to play with leef2020 and was so looking forward to it as I have never played TRanch before. Always heard good things about the course but certainly wanted to see for myself. Check in was easy enough. The starter out on the course was a very nice guy. Set a nice tone for what I was hoping to be a very fun round which it was. No one to pair up with so off we went as a 2 some an pretty much on time. POP was just about 4 hours.

I thoroughly enjoyed playing here. The fairways were just fine. Bermuda and got some roll out which is always nice to see. The rough was a bit beat up. A lot of bare spots. Bunker were very soft with white, fluffy sand. Tee boxes were a little ragged but looked like they needed a good mow.

The greens were slower than looked. Nice and green but didn’t roll out like I thought it would.

This being my first time, I was impressed. Nice layout. Good mixture of long and short holes. The fee is pricey out here. We paid $61 which was a good price I am told. Would love to play here again though and will look out for deals as they come in. Definitely recommend.
Played El Dorado on 10/29, invited to play by a family friend who got a $42 riding online rate. Was so looking forward to it as I have never played El Dorado, Eldo or El Diablo as my friend calls it. Had a 7:56 tee time and noticed it was pretty busy for a Monday morning. The starter paired us up with a couple of nice guys and were off a little late. Noticed they allow 5 somes and got concerned as the group ahead of us had 5. Not a problem as they kept up. We kept up as well so POP was a little under 4 hours. What I liked about Eldo is the starter made announcements as to who was on the tee, who was next and who was in the hole. No confusion on a busy day. Love that!

I really enjoyed the layout. Was nice to have someone with me who played here before because there is a creek that comes across a and in front of couple of the greens. Water also comes into play on a couple of holes. Fairways were hit and miss. Some were a bit beat up and some were real nice. The course is well bunkered both in the fairways and protecting the greens which makes it very challenging. Most of the bunkers were very damp however. In fact, the whole course was pretty damp.

The greens were still in recovery from aeration and need a few more weeks to heal. They had cut and mowed down the aprons on some of the greens attempting to make them larger but it’s not taking. Some are in real bad shape. The back 9 greens were in much better condition. The practice greens are very nice and thought we would get the same on the course. Didn’t work out that way.

My friend loves playing here and says it is usually in much better condition. Overall, I enjoyed playing here and want to go back again.
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