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Played Tehama on a picture perfect day (sans some smoke in the air). In fact the weather was so nice I was upset that after the third swing on the range I had to ditch my Ryder cup sweater. I've been waiting two months to wear it! we did a little holiday shopping in the pro shop (couldn't pass up $25 "The Clint" polos), then headed off to the range. Even the range at Tehama has perfect hitting surface and beautiful views of the Monterey peninsula and bay down below.

Maintenance workers were in the process of doing a lot of work on the fairways. Many had been verticut and top dressed and others had a light dusting of sand throughout. Obviously in order to keep conditions over the top as they usually are at Tehama, this is needed from time to time, so it was not big deal. Even with the fairways being attended to, I never had a bad lie. The surface was still lush and a pleasure to hit from. Fairways are narrow at Tehama and if you're lucky enough to escape the trees, you're usually off a cliff somewhere.

Greens were excellent and super fast. Even uphill putts were lightning fast. Because the entire course sits on top of a mountain ridge, the greens were tough to read. There's no prominent one direction putts will gravitate towards such as towards the ocean, the valley etc.

Tee boxes were level and lush. I was in numerous sand traps throughout the day and all but one (downhill lie) were fantastic.

The clubhouse is phenomenal. see previous review for details on the locker room and parking garage. Customer service is excellent. My game was off but nothing a post round beer with Mr. Eastwood didn't take care of! And to think I almost went back down to the range to work on my game after the round instead of going to the clubhouse with the others. At least that part of the course management I got right !

Tehama is as tough as Dirty Harry!
What is usually a favorite valley course, I was dissapointed in the conditions yesterday. Greens remain a strong point in that they were smooth and rolling at a medium-fast pace. Greens held approach shots well and had few pitch marks. Greens were ratted at a 7.5-8. The fairways however were a huge dissapointment. 50/50 green/brown with numerous thin and bare spots throughout.

Tee boxes ranged from just ok to horrendous. All were level (the entire course is flat) but all had thin spots and severe divot damage. Numerous bare dirt areas in the skirt areas surrounding the greens.

Sand traps were actually fairly nice. I was surprised at how nice the sand traps were actually. POP was a bit on the slow side but to be expected as this is their anniversary week and are holding $20 w/ cart specials.

I still love the layout and challange of this track with the dozen water features that come into play including the island 18th green. However conditions are below average right now.
Fig Garden is closing down at the end of the year. I've never been a fan of this course but we decided to play it one last time before it shuts down. The track is pretty boring sans about 2 holes. The 18th which used to be a short par 5 is now a long Par 4 with water on the entire left side and part of the front of the green. That's about as fun/interesting as it gets as far as layout. The rest of the track is completely flat with no water hazards. Almost all of the holes are dead straight so there's not much excitement or imagination out on the course.

The challenge of the track comes from the super narrow fairways which are heavily lined with trees. Even being on the edge of the fairway will often result in a blocked approach shot from overhanging branches. The rough outside of the fairway is almost identical to the lie from the fairway so no real punishment there and there's no such thing as a lost ball (except for the lake on 18).

Condition wise, it's on par with your average muni course. Greens were in decent shape with the fairways being ok (some thin/brown areas but overall decent lies). Sand traps were actually nice.

Again, I've never been a fan of the layout at Fig Garden but I still hate to see a course shutting down. From what I heard, they are keeping the driving range and practice green open for awhile.
First off I have to get this out of my system. They were having some type of kids tournament (ages 5-10) at Laguna Seca so every kid and their parent was out on the course practicing. Often taking 2-4 shots from each spot and dropping balls around the green to pitch and putt from different angles. I'm all for big tournaments and growing the game with the kids. Just close the course to the rest of us. Let them have it to themselves all day. charge the organization an extra day of facility rental and I'll be happy to go play somewhere else for the afternoon.

What turned out painfully slow but fun to watch some of the little kids who were impressively good, turned out to be downright miserable. Even being at one of my favorite (low key) venues couldn't stop me from wanting

Condition wise, the greens were smooth, but slow. All Fairways had a few thin areas throughout but otherwise were lush. Tee boxes were in good shape as were the Sand traps.

No Beverage cart out which was a shame because I would have emptied it!! And I rarely drink.

Laguna Seca is a fun track... Just not this weekend.
Tee'd off at 7:45 am on a brisk morning. Waked the course to keep warm as its that time of year again. Course is in real nice shape. Greens were excellent easily an 8.5. They rolled very smooth with hardly a pitch mark. Greens were soft and receptive to approach shots. The greens were rolling a tad slow (medium-slow speed), but other than that they were excellent.

Skirt area around the greens were also in excellent conditions. Fairways offered a good hitting surface throughout. There were a few cosmetic brown spots but still easy to play from. Tee boxes for the most part were level and very lush.

Sand traps were also great. Being mostly flat the course is easily walkable with most transfers being super short. There are a couple transfers that have young across the street but nothing too major. Water comes into play on 6 holes to make the track interesting and not just a flat boring back and forth trot.

For those who don't like houses on a golf course, there's Hunter Ranch up the road a couple miles. If you don't mind some houses then Paso Robles GC offers conditions just as good as Hunter but at $25 cheaper.
Conditions remain steady at Ridge Creek. Fairways are starting to show some weathering from the summer heat in that they are 50/50 green/brown. However, even the brown areas still offer a great platform to hit from. Greens were rolling medium/fast with a bit more pitch marks than the last time but not nearly as many as from a few months ago.

Tee boxes are a solid 8, nice level and lush with very few divots. Rough is always nasty at Ridge Creek. Anything outside the first cut is game over. Same goes for the long grass around the lips of the bunkers. I lost two balls in bunkers today.

POP was ok. Given it was a weekend, I suppose it wasn't too bad. Ridge Creek is all about keeping it in the fairway and out of the bunkers. Do that and you can set a PR. Start going wide even to the point of hitting the fairway and rolling into rough and your score balloons like crazy.

Customer service is great and I always enjoy when I have the time to eat at the restaurant afterwards.
My previous review back in June covers the layout fairly well so I'll go straight to the course conditions. Greens were fantastic. They rolled smooth and true at a fast pace. Hardly a pitch mark to be found on any green. Most greens have modest slope with predictable breaks. Having said that, there were some tough pin locations today that made putting a challenge.

Fairways were green and lush for the most part. A few had some thin brown areas but nothing too bad. bunkers were nice. They offered a thick heavy sand but definitely predictable and playable.

Tee boxes were level and fairly lush. A few divots here and there (mainly on the par 3's) but nothing major.

First cut of rough was nice. Mainly lush but a bit thin in places. After the first cut, it's hardpan dirt.

As I've mentioned before, Hunter Ranch offers a little of everything; elevation changes, water hazards, tight tree lined fairways, grip it and rip it holes, forced carries and most importantly solid conditions.

Also, the bathrooms throughout the course are real bathrooms in good clean condition.
Prices have gone up a few bucks at Monterey Pines but for $20 to walk in the afternoon it's still a good deal as the course remains on great shape. Is a par 69 with only two par 5's and five Par 3's. Holes 2-9 have some elevation changes and there are two lakes that come into play on three holes on the back nine.

Most greens are single tier but have a decent amount of slope from back to front. Greens are in great shape rolling smooth at a medium fast pace. Greens are always trickier than they look. Fairways and tee boxes are a solid 8, green and lush. Rough is super lush, thick and about 2-3 inches thick.

A very walkable course.
I have no idea why I haven't played here more often. It's been two years since I've played this course (yet I ride by it on my bike often). Track is a lot of fun with constant elevation changes throughout the entire course. Mixed in with the solid conditions and elevation changes are a handful of water hazards.

Overall conditions are spot on with greens being smooth and pitch mark free. The first green was a bit on the slow side but the rest rolled at a medium-fast pace. Some of the greens are tame with only slight slope to them but others offer multi-tier challenges with some odd ridge lines. Greens were soft and held shots well.

Fairways were mainly lush and green throughout, but did have some brown/thin areas here and there. Sand traps were average (at best) and tee boxes were level and lush with only the short par 3 boxes having multiple divots.

Large boulders border a number of the greens so an errant shot can lead to disaster if you miss in the wrong spot. The flip side to that is the natural rocks add to the aesthetics of the course. Houses surround the course but for the most part don't come into play as they are set back a decent distance.

There is NO way I would want to walk this course. There are some Super LONG transfers between holes. Cart gal was out making the rounds and pro shop staff was very friendly. POP was odd. The course wasn't over crowded but there seemed to be about 4 groups (we were the last) stacked up on top of each other from the get go. After waiting for the groups in front for the first 6-8 holes we became the slow group falling 2-3 holes behind by the end. I guess that's what happens when you get paired up with retired folks... They're in no hurry. lol

Overall, Eagle Springs is a very fun course with above average conditions. I see myself playing here more often in the future.
Played the Tournament course at Coyote Creek. Course conditions were excellent all around. Greens wer phenomenal with hardly a pitch mark to be found. Greens rolled true at a fast pace. Most greens are manageable but there are a couple with some major height difference between the two tiers.

Fairways were a solid 9 as well. Green lush and just short of perfect. There were a couple of fairways with some damage from the wild hogs but not nearly as bad this time around. Sand traps were fine as were the tee boxes.

I hear there's a big difference condition wise between the two coyote creek courses with the tournament course getting 75% of the attention.

We Tee'd off at 8:30 to avoid the majority of the weekend rush. Still POP was a bit on the slow side but not bad considering it was weekend prime time.

The Layout is fun and challenging. Given the great conditions, it's worth playing.
Met up with a couple of former co-workers in valley for round in some great fall weather in the valley. Being that one of the players is brand new we were looking for an economy round. I get out to Lemoore probably 10-12 times a year and I have to say this is the best I've seen the course.

It's still a muni course with average muni conditions, but for half the price of Valley Oaks 30 minutes up the road, Lemoore is a great deal. Fairways had some bare spots here and there but overall were decent. No issues what so ever with the tee boxes and the greens were smooth and divot free. Greens always roll on the slow side and after playing Blackhorse the other day it was night and day different. The rough is generally thin to bare so missing the fairway is a crap shoot.

Again, these are muni conditions (and prices). Overall I'd rate the course at a 5.5. But for $21 with cart for prime time (using Golfmoose) it's well worth it to get in a quick round.
What a beautiful day for golf on the peninsula. I hadn't played Blackhorse in a while and I forgot how much I love this course. I also forgot how tough it is. Numerous elevation changes along with plenty of views of the ocean make for a great afternoon of golf.

Track was in great shape tee to green. Tee boxes were easily a 9. Perfectly level, divot free and lush. Fairways were fairly lush throughout with an occasional thin area here and there.

I was in three sand traps and two were excellent but the third was a bit thin. The area around the greens offers some very tight lies. As for the greens.... Think of it as putting on a frozen diamond!! Severe undulations throughout and very fast. Most have a false front and landing a shot 1-2 feet on usually will end up 20+ feet back off the green.

Full on approach shots will generally hold but short pitch shots are a nightmare and a true test of your short game.

Sundays mid morning are a perfect time to play on the peninsula during football season so POP was just under 4 hours. Cart gal was around a few times.

Blackhorse is an all around great course that will test your short game all day long!
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