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5/29 using the palm card teed off at 800 joined by John and Kai friendly quality playing partners just under 4hr POP with no one insight ahead or behind. Finally a balmy spring am with just enough breeze to occasionally factor in for shot selection. Excellent customer service with easy check in.
Fairways are fairly firm but have good cushion the lies looking to be tighter than they are. Tees generally in good shape. Rough along fairways did not seem to be too difficult but was varied in thickness so a foot or 2 could make a big difference. However around the greens on the slopes and in the hollows it became absolutely beastly. You could miss the fringe by 3 inches and be in 2+ inches of entangled tenacious blades of grass just defying your best intentions.(and of course often being short sided did not help).
Found 2 bunkers one had lot of heavy sand the other looked to be the same but was actually thin over hard pack.
Greens were quite good and consistent thru the day rated at 10.5 for speed. Found too many unrepaired ball marks for a quality course that is supposed to attract a higher caliber of golfer.
5/24 using teeoff deal time $17 rate--POP 350 but felt longer as we waited on the 4some we caught on 6 then really waited on a deliberate "we play slow and dont care" 2some that let them through on 9.
to be fair they did offer to let us go but my partner thought we would just get sandwiched, but after watching their behaviors I was going to ask if the offer was still good as they were on the white tees on 10. I went up to the blue tee which is 15-20 yards back and 10-15 yards off to the side just check where the 4some was(already on the next tee). At that point this guy starts yelling to not stand behind him and to get back in the cart--so I guess it was not a good time to ask to play through.
Fairways remain in pretty good shape ok lies overall.
rough cut down to about an inch but still a challenge when the ball sank down. Tees not so good mostly thin and some on slopes. In the bunker on 3, looked ok but was groomed sand over hardpack.
Greens medium fast with occasional bumpiness. They have been cut but not yet rolled.
Friendly staff.
5 /20 using underpar $66 2some on a pleasant somewhat breezy am. Had 1000 tee time but Don the jovial starter gave us the option of an early start so off at 920 joined by Linda a very enjoyable playing partner who even though she reported only playing for 2 1/2 years exhibited good athletic ability and a high golf IQ being very familiar with etiquette and overall awareness.
The course itself was in overall good condition, fairways quite lush, more on the soft side so limited roll but excellent lies. #9 has some mixed grasses so the potential exists for clumps to be a factor. A few unfilled divots here and there but not bad.
Rough mostly on the shorter side but with some areas very penal. Tees pretty much level with some a little thin but playable. Bunkers varied from full with nice compacted sand to thin coverage.
Greens are very healthy, on the soft side, smooth but having some grain to factor in rolling at medium speed. Topography has a great deal of influence on this course. Greens are most often fronted by swales of various sizes and with the kikouyu shots hit short stay short. Today no sequence on flag placement and all flags are the same color. GPS does give yardage to pin as well as front and back yardage.
The layout is "interesting" with many doglegs and some blind landing areas and multiple elevation changes.
POP about 415 with some waiting. Staff is friendly and easy going.
5/17 using teeoff $19 on a really nice sunny sometimes breezy spring day. Easy check in off early with a 320 POP waiting briefly on 17. Fairways have good cover were somewhat on the soft side so mostly limited roll. Rough along fairways was cut down to about 1 inch but there were occasional areas of longer thicker grasses. Areas closer to the greens also tended to be deeper and more challenging. Tees were inconsistent and mostly on the thin side with some markers placed on sloped areas. Bunkers also varied from full and groomed to thin and packed.
Greens are at least 90% recovered with little evidence of being punched 4/29 and 30. However they were not yet closely mowed and rolled so they were a little bumpy with more grain and are softer currently. Rolling medium/medium fast.
5/15 using their Weekday palm card, on a cool calm am POP 345 with a little wait on the last 3 holes. Easy check in, smooth start, paired with a friendly casual 2some. Course conditions overall are excellent with the fairways having good roll and good cushion. Tees lush and level.
Rough was generally about 2 inches long enough to stop the ball but ok to hit full shots depending on how deeply the ball sank. Rough around and behind greens and on slopes was longer and thicker making for very challenging chips and pitches. Bunkers have deep heavy well groomed sand.
Greens were reported at 10.5 rolled smoothly and at consistent speed. Really like the 6 area designation as the variety of pin placements provide for some very interesting locations.
Great course for a very reasonable cost. Currently doing some alterations, cutting down the size of that maw of a bunker on #4 and have removed some small trees left side of #14.
Nice carts with good GPS.
5/3 using group golfer $16 voucher, pleasantly warm easy 345 POP which could have been faster except for 2 wayward shots and an excess of 3 minutes spent looking. Fairways are lush almost to a fault as they were about 1/2 inch in length--compared to the 1 inch rough--and soft with little roll. Played the whites about 6300 but seemed longer. As indicated short rough but beyond that was either bare ground squirrel infested dirt or a combination of weeds and foxtails which were unforgiving.
Tees mostly had good cover but occasionally had an uneven quality with some low spots affecting stance. Bunkers were well groomed well filled with heavy sand which was playable overall.
Greens have an abundance of poa but rolled well with only minor grain or slight bumpiness to consider. Breaks were subtle and there did not appear to be a dominating topographical influence. The greens here are small often about 1/2 the size of newer developments with no real contours or levels.
Easy casual check in provided by friendly staff.
4/29 using the palm card stating off with a little drizzle which turned into a fairly steady rain for about 1/2 the time and of course when were finishing the last 2 holes the rain stopped and the sun peaked through. Good GPS and nice carts.
Fairways have good coverage and have been closely mowed which would have given better roll out if dry. Not much rough except in areas around and in front of most greens. Tees are level and generally have good cover. Some par 3 boxes were rather worn and had divots. Bunkers were groomed and of good quality but were rapidly filling with excess water as the round proceeded.
Greens were smooth green and healthy rolling medium fast even with the rain.
There has been a lot of effort to upgrade the conditions and it is really paying off. Too bad that there are too many customers and not enough golfers who have respect for the game as there were way too many unfilled divots and unrepaired ball marks.
POP was under 3 hours as expected for a nearly empty course.
Friendly staff easy check in. If you live within 60 minutes of the course the palm card provides an excellent value and the conditions are some of the best around.
4/22 216 tee off with invite to join Leef2020, Mike and Ken. I had just completed my review and went to submit but my internet went down and when I went to reconnect I lost it all. So this is going to be brief and to the point. Had a great time with these guys with good weather and excellent scenery making the 445 POP more tolerable. Course is in good shape overall and the $42 fee was worth it. Fairways have good cover firm enough for some roll but with good cushion. Rough not overly long but presented a challenge depending on the lie. Tees level with some a little shaggy but ok. No 1st hand experience with the bunkers but they looked ok.
Green quick enough and consistent for speed, Did notice that with the later start foot traffic was evident especially with front pins leading to some bumpiness.
4/19 using underpar $80 2some 10 am tee off 440 POP with considerable waiting making the round feel much longer. Overall course conditions were quite good. Fairways for the most part were lush with only a few thin areas on a couple on the back 9. Good roll and cushion. The poa rough was just mean, quickly stopping balls from forward progress and while not looking to be that difficult to hit from, the wirery nature often grabbed and twisted the clubs. Then there were the areas at the back of the green that were longer and more lethal especially when trying to control a downhill chip.
Tees were mainly good with some thin areas and some needing divot repair, mostly affecting appearance. Bunkers looked good but did have some some areas that were overly wet leaving sand/dirt mix that did not play very well. The dry nicely compacted sand was very playable.
The greens of course were very good as they are scheduled for punching(1/2 of each at a time) 4/22 and 23 with the other 1/2s sometime in May.) Fast and smooth was the theme.
Friendly staff, frequent rounds by the snack cart. No marshal to keep things moving on a busy Friday with one morning modified shotgun tourney group on the course before us and another tourney following. According to the score card a 425 POP is the goal.
4/18 using underpar $45 2some on a coolish occasionally breezy 830 start with a 4 hr POP.
Fairways were mostly good with a rare lie that was on the thin side. Rough was generally penal, mostly about 2 inches quickly impeding forward progress and often providing a challenging shot and that describe the areas closest to the fairway. Stray further and face deeper clumpier angry grasses that 1st attempt to forever hide the ball and then try to wrest the club from your grip. It is possible that beyond these areas "there be dragons".
Tees were mostly level with a few shaggy areas and some random divot damage. Never found myself in a bunker.
Greens are in the recovery process medium speed and still a tad bumpy but not bad considering.
Staff was friendly and helpful as my son who was joining me hit bad traffic and pro shop staff suggested I tee off with the assigned 2some as there were several groups following us and he could be ubered out which he was in time to join us on the 2nd tee.
4/12 using GSC $21 with range token easy POP of 330 after passing a 4some on the turn. For the most part the course is good shape with the fairways filled in nicely, mowed and outlined by well maintained rough--very pleasing to the eye. Had very good fairway lies all day and depending on whether or not the ball sank down into the rough the degree of difficulty varied accordingly. Bunkers varied from rather thin to filled with deep mostly heavy sand both of which was playable but required a different shot choice. Tees were the weakest part as some were sloped. Most had ok cover with some divot areas on the par 3s.
Greens played better than they looked having some discoloration and intrusion of poa. Over all rolled well at medium fast speed. Front flags are downright treacherous if above the hole.
If you haven't been here in a while grab a GSC voucher and come out and give it a try,
4/10 using Golf Moose $49 2some--smooth 320 POP on a balmy am with much less wind than forecast. The river runs through it and with the last rains deposited extra sand on the lower fairways so lies here could be tricky. Otherwise conditions were pretty much ok with about 70% decent lies. Even though we had some less than ideal lies being able to occasionally execute a good strike from those lies is fulfilling. Sure its good to approach a ball that is sitting so fine that it is practically teed up. Sometimes its fun to tough it out and walk with the Scots.
Rough is mostly a factor on the slopes and areas around the greens. Bunkers have reclaimed heavy river sand that is deep but compacted which is rather to my liking.
Most of the tees are battered but playable.
The greens are really good with healthy tight grass, freshly mowed , smooth and rolling medium fast with just enough subtle break from slope and topography to provide a very fair challenge to our putting skills. The grounds crew had been out early and swept off all the debris from the night's wind storm--good job!!
Easy friendly check in.
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