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Played the ocean course at Half Moon Bay this morning. Weather was overcast but fairly warm (by nor cal coast standards ). There was a 10 mph wind throughout the day which is normal for the area. Course condition was pretty much an 8-8.5 throughout. No real weakness anywhere. Last time I avoided the sand traps, this time I got plenty of opportunities to test them. Decent sand of the light brown nature. There are several fairway bunkers throughout the course. Most are manageable to use at least a mid iron to get out unless you're right up against the lip.

Greens have a ton of undulations but still offer some flat putts here and there. They were rolling true but at a medium slow pace.

As mentioned before the layout is spectacular with views of the ocean from almost every hole. A few of the holes are perched up on the cliff right above the ocean. POP was on the slow side being at over 4.5 hrs.

A definite recommended course. Next time I plan on doing the old course in the afternoon to catch the sunset on the finishing hole.
9 Likes.
Went out yesterday as part of the GK plays event a Ridge Creek. Not sure what I enjoyed more: The golf/course; hanging out with some of my favorite GK'ers, or the food afterwards! I can say this, ALL are worth it. Course condition wise, Ridge Creek was probably slightly below it's usual standard. Don't confuse that with "bad conditions". They always keep the greens soft (but rolling fast) so naturally the trade off is more pitch marks than usual. I didn't have any affect my putts but a couple of others in the group did get victimized by some pitch mark bumps. All in all the greens are have a great balance between large landing surface, tough (but not too tough) undulations and fast smooth rolling surface.

Fairways as mentioned before are a cut tight so they are more advantage to those who compress the ball. Having said that, even with my "Tom Watson pick the ball clean" style of iron swing, I was still able to get decent contact. It is easy to hit wedges thin though.

No issues with the tee boxes and the others nailed the sand traps perfectly. In need of some re-work. Course design puts a premium on accuracy over length by all means. Get off the fairway and just take your drop and move on. Even when I found a stray shot, I opted to drop and take the penalty stroke. Others had good luck with taking a wedge and getting it back in play. That's the best you can hope for.

As far as the restaurant goes.... It's the only place not on the ocean that I'll order the fish tacos. 'Nuff said!
10 Likes.
As much as I love this course. I have to say, conditions are pretty bad right now. Overall the course is in Ok shape but for a higher end course on the Monterey bay with views of the ocean throughout the track you expect more than average.


Greens were rolling very fast but they had a ton of pitch marks and were as much brown as they were green.

Fairways were very green but also thin throughout the entire course with a number of bare spots mixed in. Sand traps were fine and tee boxes weren't bad.

POPwas excellent. I timed it right and went out after the morning rush had c,eared the front nine and finished before the afternooners showed up. Got around a twosome on hole 2 then didn't see anyone until the 12th. Once they let me through it was clear sailing all the way to the end.

Given that the U.S. open is right around the corner I would've expected this place to bein top shape or at least in its usual very good condition.

I can't say I'd recommend Black Horse right now. At least not at premium rack rate. Maybe as a late afternoon round at the twilight rate.
10 Likes.
Played Spanish Bay this morning on a chilly, foggy and breezy day. We never saw the sun the entire day but it didn't take anything away from the great views and spectacular course conditions. In fact this may be the best I've ever seen the course. When I was here a few weeks ago they were starting to dust the greens with a light amount of sand. They have completely healed and were a 9.5-10. Smooth, fast and easily holding well struck approach shot. Fairways were a excellent as well. Very green and lush throughout.

No issues with the tee boxes and the sand traps were superb. Beverage cart was out and about and for the rest of the month they are allowing carts out on the fairway but I still walked as it allows you to soak in the constant views of the Pacific Ocean.
8 Likes.
Played yesterday early afternoon after having lunch at the restaurant. The restaurant is a popular destination with the locals (non golfers ) but I was able to beat the lunch crowd and head out to a fairly open course. Every few holes I had to make my way through a group which most let me through with no issues. Course remains in its usual very good condition. Greens rolled smooth at a medium fast pace with very few pitch marks to be found. The sign at the pro shop said the greens were rated at firm and fast but I found they easily held well struck approach shots.

Fairways were lush with some brown areas here and there but still enjoyable to hit from. San traps had decent soft brown sand but one did have some pebbles in it.

Hunter Ranch is always a fun track. Wind can play a factor in the afternoon for sure but otherwise it's a fun track with nice conditions.
8 Likes.
Enjoyed a nice sunny day at Eagle Springs before my afternoon bike ride. This is a fun course set in the hills just outside of Fresno. Track has lot's of elevation changes and a few water hazards to complement the fun and challenge. There are also a lot very strategically placed trees that make hitting the correct side of the fairway for proper approach angle key. Greens are medium sized with some having moderate slope and undulations and others with severe. Greens roll at a medium-slow pace but are soft and hold shots well.

Fairways have some brown areas but they are lush throughout regardless of color. The rough was brutal. Not very tall but definitely thick and penal. No issues with the tee boxes. Level and lush though they seemed to have more brown spots than the fairways.
Sand traps were ok to need improvement. One had numerous rocks and pebbles in it.

I'm started to think the POP is SLOW here. Course doesn't see much play but those who are out there TAKE THEIR TIME. 4 1/2+ hour rounds when there is less than 20 total players out on the course is brutal. But it did cut my bike ride down to 3 hours... but that's a story for a different day.

Cart gal was out and about all day and staff in the pro shop and restaurant were very friendly. As stated before, Eagle Springs is a solid choice when in the Fresno area. Just don't expect it to be a quick round.
7 Likes.
Played Spanish Bay this morning after a bit of schedule change due to heavy rain the last few days and a tournament at Spyglass today. Soooo, off to Spanish I go. used the range up at Pebble (Spanish Bay doesn't have it's own range but you can use either Pebble's or The Glass). Range was on mats and will be until after the US Open. They do offer choice of TP5's or Project (a) balls for the range.

On to Spanish Bay on a sunny and delightful morning. Wind free for the first 8-10 holes then a bit of wind on the finishing holes. Tee boxes were excellent. An easy 9+ and that includes the par 3 tees. Fairways were also in great shape ranging between 8-9. I was in two greenside bunkers and both had excellent white semi-fluffy sand. A bit damp from all the recent rain but still excellent to hit out of.

The greens..... After the first semi easy green the rest have severe undulations. They are in the process of doing a light sanding of the greens. We had the front nine clear and they rolled smooth at a medium fast pace. The back nine had already been hit with the sand but still rolled at a medium slow speed. They were in the process of dusting the front greens as we were finishing. It probably won't take more than a week or two for them to fully recover.

I walked but for May and June they are allowing carts out on the fairways for the first time. Just not this week (due to rain).

All in all the course is in great shape and worth playing. With all the great views it's easy to forget about all (4) three putts.
9 Likes.
déjà vu - Exactly the same as my last review. Skipped my ride so wanted a course to walk. Started as a single, joined one other and course conditions are the same. A little less than what I would expect given the wet winter and spring conditions we are having. Fairways had several thin spots throughout. Greens were decent but rolling slower than normal. Tee boxes were OK, I suppose. I was in several traps throughout the day. All are just hard pan with a very very thin layer of loose dirt on top.

I normally don't mind getting out to Madera a few times a year, but I think I've hit my quota on this course for a while until conditions improve a bit.
8 Likes.
Copper River CC is one of the new private country clubs in Fresno. I have a couple of connections here and have played it a few times now. As with most nice country clubs, customer service and pro shop/ clubhouse amenities are excellent.

The course layout is basically flat in a heart shape in that each nine is in a oval shape so that no two holes are right next to each other. There are a number of lakes on the course to add to the aesthetics of the track but most are lateral hazards with no forced carries sans one of the par 3's.

Copper River is under new management and there is some serious maintenance occurring right now. Right now only fairway bunkers are GUR with other maintenance being on the side of the fairways. The did just aerate their greens so they were still heavily sanded.

Fairways were in nice shape. Green and lush. Not quite as nice as dragonfly but close to it. The two bunkers I was in had very nice soft white fluffy sand.

Overall it's a nice track with a decent layout and solid conditions. I'll make sure to take some pictures next time to add it to review.
9 Likes.
After a couple of days of playing courses with some great ocean views, it was back to the valley today. Outside of the Palm Springs area, Dragonfly is probably my favorite "flat" course. Yes, the track is flat but they keep things interesting with a mix of left and right dog legs, a handful of water hazards that all come into play, some "waste" areas that divide the fairways and some strategic tree placement that require specific shot shapes.

Add in solid conditions all around, and you have the making of a good course. Greens were in their usual top condition. Easily holding approach shots and rolling smooth at a medium fast pace. Compared to Sandpiper and Bodega, the greens were very modest in slope.

Whereas the fairways aren't the greenest in color they are definitely very lush and a pleasure to hit from. Tee boxes are level with only the par 3's having some divots (but plenty of nice areas to hit from). I was in two greenside bunkers and one had nice brown soft dirt and the other was excellent with great soft white sand.

Dragonfly has a few different price point tiers and I timed it perfectly opting to pay the higher price instead of waiting 10 minutes and going off with the afternoon masses. I jumped out in front of a few people getting ready to head to the first tee. I never had anyone in front of me until my second shot on the 17th!!! That was so worth the extra $10
6 Likes.
After a couple days up north, it was time to make the trek down south for one last great day of golf with some fellow GK'ers. I've been dying to get back to Sandpiper so there was no twisting my arm to join the others when asked if I wanted to join. I'm not sure how the folks managed to get a golf course right on the ocean without any hotels or houses surrounding it but it's just wonderful. You get out and there is nothing but a great golf course and the pacific ocean. Oh and a Hawk that buzzed us a couple of times! very peaceful and easy to just get lost in the moment.

As the others mentioned the course was in excellent shape tee to green. I met my monthly quota of bunkers yesterday so I was only in one greenside trap today and it had great sand. Fairways were near perfect, an easy 9 and greens weren't far behind. Greens are tricky no doubt. Have a downhill putt and you may actually be better off putting up the hill to let it roll back down towards the hole. I'm not joking. Challenging yet still fun.

The layout is a good mix of holes with long and short holes to keep you challenged yet present some scoring opportunities. The course finishes with a par 3 over a pond that somehow adds to the enjoyment. Yes a finishing par 3 is odd but this one doesn't seem that way. The only layout change I would have done was to reverse the tee and green on the 18th so you are hitting over the pond looking onto the ocean instead of having the ocean at your back. But with all the great ocean views throughout the day it's not that big of a deal. Plus with the green next to the restaurant, it gives people the opportunity to watch golfers finish out.

I have to disagree with the others about missing the GPS in the carts. Most of us have range finders or apps on our phones that display the course. Sandpiper even has their own app if you want to bring the layout up on your phone. Not having GPS on the carts helps keep the green fees down, and I'm good with that. Besides, with views this great we should be looking out at the ocean anyway.

I've already planned a trip to come back down next month and play it again with the wife. It helped that I blew up her phone with gorgeous pictures of the course all day long. Marketing is a wonderful tool!! :)
11 Likes.
Played Corica Park during the GK outing. It was nice to finally get to play this course as I missed the opportunity last year. Conditions of the course were solid all around. Greens rolled at a nice medium speed with some undulations but nothing too severe. Fairways and tee boxes were nice and the sand traps were excellent. And trust me I would know. I was in at least 10 traps throughout the day. All had beautiful soft deep sand. Some had not been raked but that wasn't a real surprise. There were some serious beginners out on the extremely packed course. To the point were the course marshals were calling for backup to help deal with people who were obviously first timers (unless you count their one game of wii golf).

Pace of play was absolutely BRUTAL. It reminded me why I don't play weekend prime time. We easily waited 5-10 minutes on Every shot from the time we walked onto the first tee box to the approach on the 18. It was so bad I often found myself laying up short of the green on Par 4's just so I could hit. Three groups waiting on the tee box was not uncommon.

Conditions were nice but the slow POP would keep me from coming back. At least on the weekend. Maybe midweek might be different and when the sister North course re-opens that will help things out.

Luckily I was with a great group company wise to help minimize the pain of the slow POP.
8 Likes.
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