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Played the Golds (6646/72.6/130) with Pat, Mike & Mark in clear, sunny, breezy conditions. Around 80, almost perfect golf weather! SP is currently in excellent shape, and you would be hard pressed to get better So Cal coastal weather conditions than we experienced.

The tees were lush, only the par 3's needed divot repair.

The Bermuda fairways were very lush and excellent to play from.

The rough was thicker closer to the fairways. The farther you got from the fairway, the conditions were much more mixed. Above average overall.

The fairway bunkers were firm brown dirt and decent to play from. The green side bunkers were maintained with thick, medium brown dirt (hard to call it sand) that was generally good to play from.

The greens were firm and fast. They held well struck irons well but run out on chips and pitches needed to be taken into account.

The customer service was excellent from the Pro Shop/Starter, cart attendants and the ever present cart gal. Enjoy the beautiful, picturesque layout. Definitely recommended.
1 Like.
Played the Whites (6278/70.8/131) with Pat, Mike & Mark in breezy, mid 70's and sunny weather conditions. The POP was around 4 1/2 hours.

As was noted by a previous reviewer, this course sorely needs a tee alternative between the Whites (6278) and the Blacks (6939). The par 4's in particular are beasts from the Blacks and fairly tame from the Whites. 2-3 club average difference on the par 3's between the two tee boxes. Black par 5's almost 50 yards on average longer than the Whites. The Whites were definitely the more manageable of the two tee boxes for me.

The tees had good coverage, some were even lush. However, way too many tees here are unlevel for me to consider them good overall.

The fairways were generally good to play from. Mostly lush with patches of hardpan in every fairway right beside the lush areas.

The rough was also decent but more hit & miss than the fairways. You need to at least find the primary rough, because the native rough is lost ball central.

The sand traps are abundant on this layout. They had decent sand but the depths were inconsistent.

The greens had an abundance of pitch and ball marks. However, once you repaired the ones in your line, they putted well, medium fast & very firm. They were really challenging to chip on because of their firmness. You needed to be able to spin the ball to chip effectively on these greens.

The customer service was excellent in the pro shop and with the cart attendant out front. No drink cart or Marshall, but there were plenty of water stations on the course. I really liked the layout, ZERO house closeby, just surrounded by mountains and open space. Well worth the drive. Recommended if you get a deal.
3 Likes.
Played the Blues (6441/71.0/127) on the Classic 2/Lake combo with Mike in around 3 1/2 H. There were only a few other groups out, it was close to 115 with a little breeze.

This is not a tight course, most fairways have generous landing areas. Many mature trees surround the fairways that are often well bunkered. The green complexes were very traditional. Average in size and sloped from back to front, falling off to each side with few tiers to contend with. 18 solid holes of golf that kept things interesting as we made our way through mostly older but very nice homes.

The Bermuda tees were mostly lush, very good. Mostly level with few unfixed divots and good coverage, only the par 3's needed divot repair.

The Bermuda fairways were nice to play from overall. Mostly lush with a few browned out areas that they were actively watering.

The Bermuda rough was mowed down, you could often play longer clubs from the rough. Not high or overly penal, very playable.

The sand traps were very inconsistent depth wise. Many were crusty and had not been raked that day.

The greens putted MUCH better than they looked. Relatively smooth and medium fast. The Bermuda has not taken back over from the winter over seeded grass in spite of the extreme heat. They were VERY firm, hardly no ball marks and you needed to take the firmness into account even on short irons.

They close at 2 pm in the summer. The customer service was excellent, quick efficient check-in and complementary range balls on the range. No beverage cart, but they had plenty of water stations and offered wet towels that were very nice smelling. Recommended, very fun course in better than average summer condition.
3 Likes.
Played the Blacks (6716/71.8/129) in 3.5 hours as a 2some. The weather was sunny, the temp north of 115 with a little breeze.

Many of the tees had not been maintained in awhile. Decent coverage and reasonably level.

The fairways were decent to play from, they played better than they looked. Every single one had numerous areas that were burned and browned out due to the heat/lack of watering to a specific area. Same for the rough.

The sand traps were poor, not well maintained and inconsistent from trap to trap.

The greens were firm but still putted medium slow and were somewhat bumpy. Not many ball marks, they did hold irons well. Several greens had areas that had not been adequately watered recently and looked dead or dying.

During the summer they close up the place around 1 pm. The customer service was very good, complementary range balls was a +. Nice facilities overall even if dated. The layout is fairly tight with a decent amount of water coming into play. A few really tough golf holes and a bunch of mediocre ones. Roughly 1/3 of the holes playing right beside the property line, bringing OB prominently into play. Under current playing conditions, not recommended at this time.
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Played the Golds (6646/72.6/130) with 140ver, Pat & Mark in clear sunny, calm conditions around 75. We let one 3some play through and got around in 4H, 45M.

Overall, this is the best condition I have ever seen SP in!

The tees were lush with excellent coverage. Only the par 3's needed divot repair.

The Bermuda fairways were lush bordering on excellent. The few I hit were great to play from.

The rough was very good but more hit and miss. Thicker closer to the fairways, with everything from hardpan to lush Bermuda all the way to thick Kikuyu the farther you got from the fairway.

The fairway bunkers were firm brown dirt and okay to play from. The green side bunkers were part thick, medium brown dirt (not sand) that was well maintained and generally good to play from. However, several traps had large areas of water/mud from water collecting from nearby watering and were marked as GUR.

The greens were firm and fast. Above the hole was almost unplayable at times. Alot of slope on these green complexes, not only back to front but also from side to side.

The customer service was excellent from everyone encountered. The Pro Shop/Starter, cart attendants and the ever present cart gal were all great. We had lunch in the restaurant onsite. Good food even if pricey. Always enjoy this layout. Absolutely recommended.
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Played the Blacks (6939/73.9/137) with 140ver, Pat & Mark in sunny, breezy, mid 70's weather conditions. The POP was around 4 1/2H.

RSM is a challenging diverse, fun layout with numerous elevation changes complete with great scenic and wildlife views. Many holes have places that you are likely to lose a ball if you miss the fairway by more than a few yards. Numerous forced carries, this course is well deserving of it's high slope rating.

Before I get into my description, this was a very tough course to rate because 85% is lush to very lush... however, the other 15% is poor, and there often is 1" between the two extremes with no mediocre in between. VERY playable but with more water in some rough around the edges areas it could be excellent.

The tees were generally in decent condition. Most had good coverage and some could be considered lush. However, many were unlevel and needed leveling more than most courses.

The fairways were generally lush and good to play from. However, there were patches of hardpan in every fairway right beside large lush areas.

The rough was also generally good but more hit & miss. In a 10 yard circle your lie could range from hardpan to not too deep to having to step on your ball to find it. The rough is generally penal however, because you almost never had even a semi good lie. If you missed the primary cut, it's likely a lost ball, the native rough grows wild and is very deep in many spots.

The large sand traps are abundant on this layout. The middle parts of the traps where your ball was likely to end up were well maintained but often too thin. The outer edges of the traps (roughly 2' around most outer edges) were crusty & almost hardpan. They needed more manual maintenance.

The greens putted well (** read on), medium fast & very firm. They were the best part of the course, I liked the way they rolled. They could be challenging to chip on because of their firmness. You needed to be able to spin the ball to chip effectively on these greens. **This rating would be MUCH higher if nearly every green did not have dozens and dozens of unfixed ball marks in various stages of disrepair. If you had a 40' putt, you probably needed to repair 5 old ball marks in your line before putting.

No marshall or drink cart, but there were plenty of water stations on the course. The customer service was excellent in the pro shop and with the cart attendant out front. We had lunch afterward, good selection & good food at moderately high prices. I really liked the course layout, it was well worth the drive.
8 Likes.
Played the Blues (6441/71.0/127) on the Classic 2/Lake combo with 140ver in slightly less than 4H. The course was not busy, it was around 112 with a little breeze that was welcome.

My 1st time here, really enjoyed the historic layout that hosted many Bob Hope PGA events back in the day. The course conditions exceeded expectations considering the recent heatwave. The Classic 1 nine was closed for maintenance, but we did get in a bonus 9 on the Classic 2.

Not a tight course, most fairways have generous landing areas. Many mature trees surround the fairways that are often well bunkered. The green complexes were very traditional. Average in size and sloped from back to front, falling off to each side with few tiers to contend with. While there were no holes that made you go "wow", there were 18 solid holes of golf that kept things interesting as we made our way through mostly older but very nice homes.

The Bermuda tees were good. Mostly level with few unfixed divots and good coverage.

The Bermuda fairways were mostly good with a few browned out areas that they were actively watering. Nice to play from overall.

The Bermuda rough was not high or overly penal. Mowed down, you could often play longer clubs from the rough. Very playable.

The sand traps were the only part of the course not above average. Many were crusty and the depth of the sand was very inconsistent.

The greens did not look good because the heat has killed off almost all the over seeded winter grass and the Bermuda has not taken back over. However, they putted medium fast and were relatively smooth. Only complaint would be the firmness. Almost everything hitting them from full shots to chips had more run out than you would usually expect. Almost no ball marks to contend with due to the firmness.

The customer service was excellent, quick efficient check-in and complementary range balls on the range. Only complaint would be that in the summer they close at 2 pm, we had intended to play more golf than we did. Overall, very fun course in better than average condition. Definitely recommended.
10 Likes.
Played the Blacks (6716/71.8/129) with 140ver in 3.5 hours. We practically had the course to ourselves due to the 115 degree heat and little breeze.

My 1st time here. The layout is traditional old school Palm Springs. Fairly tight with a decent amount of water coming into play. A few really tough and good holes and a bunch of mediocre ones.

The course footprint is a rectangle bordered on all 4 sides by busy streets blocked by trees and high walls. This results in roughly 1/3 of the holes playing right beside the property line, bringing OB prominently into play. The layout did about evenly split the holes that ran along the property line so that some had OB right and some OB left. Nothing remarkable about the layout, it was okay.

However, the conditions were less than okay. I realize it is mid June and there have been a string of hot days, but...

Many of the tees were shaggy. Obviously had not been recently mowed. Decent coverage and reasonably level.

The fairways were mostly okay to play from, but every single one had numerous areas that were burned and browned out due to the heat/lack of watering to a specific area. Same for the rough.

The sand traps were below average. Not well maintained and inconsistent from trap to trap.

The greens putted medium slow and were somewhat bumpy. Not many ball marks, they did hold irons well. Several greens had areas that had not been adequately watered recently and looked dead or dying.

The customer service was very good, complementary range balls was a +. However, they close up the place around 1 pm in the summer. We played on a special that was slightly over $1 a hole. Under current conditions, that is about the maximum I would pay to play here. Not recommended at this time.
11 Likes.
Played the Blues (6875/72.5/130) in 4H, 45M with Kassper7, Sixpex & JohnnyGK. The weather was sunny, calm by RR standards and in the 70's.

The Lakes course is a challenging course to play and to walk. The tee boxes on holes 11, 15 & 18 are a good distance from the last green. 2 big climbs and mostly flat otherwise, but this is not a short course and it's usually windy.

The Bermuda tees were mostly lush with good coverage. Generally level with few unfixed divots.

The Bermuda fairways have good coverage. Mostly lush, they were nice to play from.

The Bermuda rough also had good coverage overall. Not super deep, but long enough that playing anything more than a middle iron was unlikely.

The fairway bunkers were more hard packed, softer around the greens. Overall, the sand quality was good and the traps were well maintained.

The fringes/aprons were very lush up to about 5 yards off the green. The greens were mostly smooth and firm but still held iron shots well. They putted fast (listed at 13' 10" on the stimp) but did not seem THAT fast. Our group was adapting to the greens and actually making some nice putts on the back today on some tournament pins.

The staff here is always pleasant to deal with here and RR is usually relatively on time with tee times. Did not see the beverage cart today, which is unusual for a Sunday afternoon. Definitely recommended.
7 Likes.
Walked the Blues (6875/72.5/130) in 4H, 45M for $28 with Kassper7 using the GK Voucher. The weather was sunny, breezy and in the 70's... there was consistently a 1-3 club wind all afternoon. We played behind a slow 4some and took our time and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

The tees had good coverage, were generally level & few unfixed divots.

The Bermuda fairways have good coverage. More lush than thin, they played well.

The Bermuda rough also had good coverage overall. Mowed down so you could find your ball but just long enough to be a 1/2 shot penalty.

The fairway bunkers were more hard packed, softer around the greens. Overall, the sand quality was good and it was decently maintained.

The fringes/aprons were very lush up to about 5 yards off the green. The greens were mostly smooth, they were firm but still held iron shots well. They putted medium fast to fast with downhill putts almost impossible. How quick & firm were they as they dried out later in the day? On 4 of the last 10 greens I putted or chipped from the fringe and ran the ball through the green to the next fringe. On a few pins, once you got the ball rolling over the crest of a hill, it was go in or stop on the fringe below. 8' coming back was a common theme AD. I would estimate that we combined for over a dozen three putts on these greens.

The Lakes course is a fairly challenging course to walk. Holes 11, 15 & 18 are a decent distance from the last green. 2 big climbs and mostly flat otherwise, but this is not a short course and it's usually windy. The staff here is always pleasant to deal with and they generally get you out very close to your tee time. Saw the beverage cart person several times today. Definitely recommended.
11 Likes.
Walked the Blacks (6619/70.6/120) with Mrkich in 3 1/2H playing as a 2some for the standard L.A. city rate of $32. Great golf weather, sunny, in the 80's with little breeze. Thanks to Matt for a fun round!

My 1st time here. Balboa for whatever reason was the only public course within probably 50 miles of my home I had never played. 37-35 parkland layout with only three par 3's/5's. A high % of straight holes featuring tree lined fairways with mostly large greens that slope from back to front.

The tees were decent, not as many divots as I usually see on L.A. city courses.

The Kikuyu fairways were mostly lush and usually good to play from.

The Kikuyu rough was more hit and miss. Close to many sprinklers it was super lush/deep, usually semi lush with some thin areas farther from the sprinklers. But it was all Kikuyu, nuff said.

The greens were definitely the high light of the course. Smooth, medium speed and consistent from green to green. Fairly firm, but held well struck irons well.

The sand traps were definitely the low light of the course. I was not in any, but they were not well maintained.

I enjoyed the course, it was better overall than I had heard from a wide range of sources. Not too taxing and provided scoring opportunities if you played well. However, the large mature trees also provided opportunities for big numbers and the Kikuyu was just high/thick enough that Matt & I both lost at least one ball down the tree line that you would have thought was findable. The customer service was very good, the starter got us right out on time. Saw the drink cart once. Decent conditions, if the greens are as consistently good as we experienced today, I would play here occasionally to mix things up. Recommended.
13 Likes.
Played the Blues (6439/71.5/131) in slightly less than 5H with GK Guru's zgolfinman, grantar2 & dconnally. Thanks to Bob, Art & Dave for an enjoyable round. The weather was overcast with a little breeze late in the day.

The tees had good coverage, mostly level with few unfixed divots.

The Kikuyu fairways were mostly lush and generally nice to play from. A few small areas that were thin.

The Kikuyu rough was more consistently lush than the fairways. Not overly long, but it's still penal because it's Kikuyu.

The sand traps were well maintained, both the quality and quantity of the sand was very good. Love the type of green side sand they use here, excellent to play from.

The greens putted well but were firm. You needed to allow for runout on pitches and chips. Medium speed and undulating, our entire group had various challenges reading these greens on some tournament pin positions today.

The customer service was excellent from all encountered. Cart gal out making the rounds. Had a Cuban sandwich and Arnold Palmer after the round. Tad overpriced, but the quality and quantity were both excellent. Good driving range on mats. The carts have advanced GPS that measures to the pin also allows you to measure specific landmarks. Appreciate the course more with each visit. Tough layout, hilly, tight in spots, but a really solid course in good to very good condition. You cannot stray more than a little here or you will incur penalty shots in bunches. Recommended = Yes.
12 Likes.
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