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I've always liked this course but don't get out here as often as I would like. Greens are always in good shape with just right amount of undulation to make it challanging yet fun and manageable. Course has a few lakes and water hazards to keep things interesting and make you plot your way around strategically. There are only 3 par 5's on the track but hole #10 really should be a par 5. It's a 470 yard par 4 with a pond guarding the front of the green.

Fairways have numerous thin and dead spots throughout the entire course. I imagine it's just because of the time of year. Usually the fairways are pretty lush. The one sand trap I was in had nice fluffy dirt in it. Tee boxes were fine except for a coup,e of the par threes which were thin and full of divots.

Clubhouse house setting is nice as it sits overlooking several holes including the 9th and 18th greens. Carts do not have GPS but do have pin sheets on them so you know where the flag is in relation to the rest of the green at least

all in all its a fun track even with all the houses surrounding the course.
4 Likes.
I have to say, I'm dissapointed in the conditions. It's been several months since I've played here and the conditions have deteriorated quite a bit. Greens were decent and remain the strong part of the course. There were a number of fresh pitch marks on the greens which surprised me because the group in front on the front 9 were decent players and I wouldn't think they would leave unrepaired marks. On the back nine we were behind a twosome that never hit the green so it couldn't have been them!

Grass has gone dormant which is no big deal. Dragonfly up the road is the same but still very playable. Fairways on Valley Oaks, however are very thin with several dirt patches. Tee boxes were so horrible it became a joke. Some un-mowed in at least a week and all with several dirt/dead spots.

Hopefully this is just a winter maintenance issue and the course will be back to normal in spring.

As for the layout, there are three sets of Nines with the "Lakes" being the premium 9 due to a few holes with some fun water hazard challenges. Layout out of the other two Nines is nothing special, just a typical flat valley muni course. Fairways on the oaks seem to be a bit more narrow placing a premium on accuracy over length.

We tee'd off early so POP was excellent as there were only a couple groups ahead of us including the previously mentioned foursome who were decent players so they kept things moving right along.

"Clubhouse" is just a plain Jayne building, unlike the ones at Ridge Creek and Pheasant Run which actually have some nice architectural design to them.
8 Likes.
Went out and played in the rain. We had an option of rescheduling or cancelling without being charged but being that the golf gods have smiled on us with perfect weather when playing Pebble Beach, we figured we needed to pay our dues.

It rained steady for 16 of the 18 holes but the wind was manageable (actually fairly calm for the area). There was only one other twosome on the course so POP was way faster than usual

Spanish Bay Is always cart path only as are all courses in the 93953 zip code (Sans MPCC). They are designed to be walked with caddies. SB is an easy track to walk and they do allow push carts but you have to bring your own as they don't have any to rent. We actually took a cart just to have some shelter from the rain to keep dry towels in.

As others have noted the carts do not have GPS in them. It's cart path only so you're only going to get an approximate yardage and everyone these days has some type of range finder or phone app to give you yardage. Also, most peop,e get a caddie which will give you yardage

SB doesn't have a range but you're able to use the range at Pebble or Spyglass.

Greens were a lot tougher than I remembered. Severe lumps and humps to negotiate.

With the rain there was obviously a lot of standing water in spots on both the greens and fairways. Each green had a squeegee so you could clear water if you wanted to take the time.

Course conditions were very playable, especially given the weather conditions.

Customer service was excellent. They even sent the beverage cart out 3 times even though there were only 4 golfers on the course
9 Likes.
A quick update on Carmel Valley Ranch. Course conditions are still great as always. Some of the Fairways were still a bit wet from recent rain but they drained well and were easy to hit off of. Also about 3 holes were cart path only on the back 9.

Playing here on Sunday's during football season is a must. Course is virtually empty. I played in 2 1/2 hours. Range balls are included and range is grass, however It was irons only today.

Locker room has all amenities you'd expect from a resort of this nature (shower, mouth wash, etc).
5 Likes.
It's been a couple years since I played here but being that the PGA is at Kapalua this week and not seeing any reviews for the Bay course, I thought I'd go ahead and post one. Plus Kapalua is where it all started for me and I switched from being a competitive cyclists to a golf junkie.

Course conditions were superior and what you would expect from a high dollar course. Greens, fairways, tee boxes and bunkers were all in excellent conditions. Fairways were absolutely immaculate and super lush.

Course has views of the ocean from a number of holes but the show stopper is the par 3 fifth hole where you have a forced carry over the Pacific Ocean! It's one of my all time favorite holes

Customer service is top notch and you even get a bag tag with your name on it. golf in Maui is always good, golf in Maui at Kapalua is is even better!! Just be forewarned, playing here will result in catching a nasty case of Golfitis ...
8 Likes.
Laguna Seca is a great track that I always enjoy playing. Course conditions can be hit and miss. Played today and a number of the greens are in bad shape. Still green throughout for the most part but pretty bumpy at times. Also, a handful of the greens are full of disease. Fairways are in good shape and most traps are good but some are thin. Tee boxes are in pretty bad shape right now. Very uneven and full of divots.

Customer service is always friendly. As far as pace of play.... I don't know if it's because I play here as a single more than anywhere else, but it seems like no one will let anyone play through here. Many times including today, I've been stuck behind a twosome or threesome and they won't let me play through. Very frustrating.

But, as I said the track is a blast to play so I'll continue to go back.

As a side note, the elevation changes make it a challange to walk but it's doable.
11 Likes.
This is my second time playing Pebble. I played in January and somehow managed to shoot a very respectable score (for me) managing 7 pars but no birdies. Going into this round I pre-focused on wanting to better my score which was a big mistake. This is a course you need to just relax and enjoy. If the score comes then so be it.

The course plays a lot harder than the yardage suggests. Greens are small and fast. Make that very fast on downhill putts. I had a 15 footer that I hit like a one foot tap in and the ball ran 12-15' past the hole!!

If you're coming into the peninsula for a golf trip head out to nearby Bayonet/Blackhorse for some putting practice. The greens there are just as fast and challanging and will help get you used to the greens at Pebble.

Course conditions were great as expected for a top notch course. I will say that the sand in the bunkers was average with a few of them being a little thin. I was in 8 bunkers during the round (it was one of those days) so I got to test a lot of them.

My caddie and I weren't on the same page all day which began to frustrate me. Whereas my first time here, my caddy Matt treated every putt like it was the one needed to win the AT&T PB Pro-Am and every shot was treated like I was trying to qualify for the Open. This time, my caddie was more interested in talking surfing to us or walked off down the fairway ahead of us before we teed off. Not quite the service I expect and have had in the past. The caddy at Spanish Bay was absolutely a delight and that was when I had my worst round of the year

Overall it was still an absolutely wonderful day at an absolutely spectacular golf course. I didn't have as many pars, but I did get my birdie!

I'll definitely go back again!
14 Likes.
A quick update for San Juan Oaks. Played here last week before heading out of town for a So Cal golf trip. Course is still in great shape as noted in my previous rating. Booked an early AM tee time to get a round in before getting some errands done for the trip. The course had a frost delay that was expected to last a couple hours. The pro shop was super accomondating and said just come back whenever I was done with my errands and they would slide into a slot somewhere.

They were very happy to accomondate my schedule. SJO is in the top 4 for staff friendliness. I might even rank them as high as #2!
9 Likes.
Some playing partners the other day recommended this course so I gave it a shot. As advertised, there are several views of the ocean throughout the course. Other than that it's a typical muni course with decent greens.

Tee boxes and fairways need some work but were playable. The greens rolled nice and a decent pace. Most greens sloped quite a bit from back to front (I seemed to always have a downhill putt), but were fairly easy to read the breaks.

The one sand trap I was in had nice fluffy sand

Customer service was very good and pace of play was ok. A little over 4.5 hrs for prime time holiday weekend isn't too bad actually.

I was dissapointed that for $104 they don't include range balls. Again, this is a muni course with nice views. Frankly, I felt it was overpriced. Locals get a price break as do members who purchase a JC players card. For a reduced rate, I'd p,ay it again but for the public rack rate, save your money.
9 Likes.
Came back for a couple of pre Christmas rounds at one of my favorite courses. Customer service is still over the top excellent. Course is in great shape for the most part . Fairways were in excellent shape. Very green and lush throughout. Greens were rolling smooth but have a LOT more undulations than I remember. Basically the greens kicked my tail! Some Sand traps were a bit hard packed and a couple of tee boxes on the par 3's were full of divots.

Overall the course is still in really nice shape. The elevation changes mixed in with all the water features makes this track a winner in my book.

Aviara is a challenging course that eases the pain with its beauty.

Some miscellaneous info. Driving range (balls are included with green fees) is mat only so getting a correct tee height for your driver is challanging. Carts have GPS with numbers to the pins. Rounds are generally 4 1/2 hrs long. Beverage cart comes around on a regular basis.
The LPGA play here in March so can see how you measure up against the "girls" on one of their regular tour courses
12 Likes.
This was my 5th and last day of the Palm Springs trip. I hadn't played the Nicklaus Tournament course befit so I thought I'd check it out. This is definitely a players course and not a resort style course. Conditions of the playing field are solid for the most part with the fairways stealing the show. Greens rolled smooth and were the easiest part of the track challange wise.

Optimal landing areas in the fairways are narrow with steep drop offs and wasteland bunkers or moguls off to the side. A number of the holes offer water features like the peninsula green 8th (par 3) and the island Green 15th (par 5). Other courses in the area offer waterfalls and flowers surrounding the lakes to add beauty to the track. Nicklaus Tournament doesn't wow you with those type feature and puts a premium on shot accuracy.

Customer service is good with a tip of the cap to the valet kids who were excellent. Having the valet service is a nice touch in itself.


I will need to go back and play the Stadium course next time I'm in the area to see which course I prefer. For now the Nicklaus Tournament course gets the nod.
8 Likes.
We make the trip to the Palm Springs area once or twice a year. Our go to courses are the Indian Wells course which are the wife's favorite. I always like to play one or two new courses while in the area. Desert Springs was my back up choice since it was going to be windy and everyone said avoid Classic Club in the wind.

Overall I enjoyed the track. Mainly because of all the water features but also because of the hole designs which make you plot your way around the course. Most of the shorter par 4's make you decide to lay up or risk a tricky lie in the moguls that yes are the size of motocross jumps! Other holes dictate a lay up or a skillfully placed shot shape to start over water and draw around palm trees.

My wedges and putter took the day off so I had my second worse score of 2017 but I think if you played this course a couple times it would cough up some low scores.

Conditions wise, greens and fairways were great with no issues. Quick tip, the greens don't break as much as you think they will.

Tee boxes were adequate but the Sand Traps were horrible. Wet hardback dirt throughout the entire course.

Customer service was hit and miss. Some staff members were great while others ..... Yeah you get the idea.

Hard to say if I'll go back or not. With so many great courses in the area, there are others I want to experience first before going back. But I'm sure I probably will at some point.
10 Likes.
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