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Rode the Blues (6121/67.7/115) for $23 with Bill in 3H mid day. The weather was partly cloudy and in the mid 90's.

There are no other golf courses within about 25 miles in any direction of Hawk's Landing, so I am sure it is mostly locals who play here. The course is much greener today than the pictures posted on GK from 2015.

The layout is a 12 hole course where you play one of the 6's twice to get in 18. I played the front twice, which = Par 71. If you play the shorter back twice it would = par 70. Fairly wide open with a good mixture of holes.

The tees were mostly lush, level with minimal unfixed divots.

The fairways were okay, about 50/50 lush/thin with a few browned out areas.

The rough was mostly thin but had decent coverage. The rough around the greens was mowed low, making for lots of low options on chipping.

The sand traps were nicely maintained with thick, deep, soft sand.

Not alot of undulation on the large, raised bent green complexes. No large tiers or huge breaks. The greens were smooth and medium speed, they putted well.

The customer service was excellent from everyone encountered. No Marshall or drink cart, this is a no frills course. Basic carts, no GPS. Range had mats, decent putting green. Fun course, recommended if you are in the area.
6 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6121/67.7/115) as a single in slightly over 2H mid day using a Groupon deal. The weather was completely overcast, muggy and in the 80's.

12 hole course. Interesting concept to have two 6 hole divisions, and you play one side again for 18 holes. Par 71 if you play the front twice, par 70 if you play the back twice. The layout is fairly wide open with a good mixture of holes. I did not have super high expectations coming in, but both the layout and the playing conditions were decent.

The tees were decent. Good coverage, fairly level and not that many unfixed divots.

The fairways were mostly good, with occasional browned out areas. 50/50 lush/thin.

The rough was more thin than lush but had good coverage. The rough around the greens are mowed low, making for easy chipping.

The sand traps were very good. Thick, deep, soft sand. Almost too deep, I had a couple of fried egg lies.

The bent greens were nice. Smooth, medium speed, they putted well. Not alot of undulation on the large green complexes.

The customer service was excellent in both the pro shop and the restaurant. Had a hot dog/soda, good and reasonably priced. Basic carts, no GPS. Range had mats, decent putting green. Fun course, if I have time, I am stopping on my way back down the hill tomorrow. Recommended.
9 Likes.
Walked the Whites (6148/69.3/120) as part of a SLO Co. Golf tournament. Played with my neighbor Mike and 2 other nice seniors. 4.5H POP under breezy, partly cloudy skies in the 60's. $26 to walk mid morning.

Older, parkland style course with some interesting holes that has few homes anywhere around the course. Few true water hazards but a decent amount of lateral and OB that can catch really errand shots. The courses main defenses are the sloping greens and the hundreds of 40+' tall trees that line all the fairways.

The tees were mediocre. Decent coverage, but most needed leveling.

The fairways had decent coverage, much more thin than lush.

The rough was thin and not tall. However, it was penal because of how uneven it was. Could be hard pan, weeds or lush within a 10' circle, and many more times than not, you had a poor lie.

The sand traps were decently maintained but needed more sand. Too thin around the greens.

The Poa annua greens were fairly quick, especially above the hole. I actually liked the greens even though I had a terrible putting day.

Quick efficient check-in. Marshall out patrolling trying to enforce POP. No drink cart, but they had an open restaurant at the clubhouse. Very basic carts, no roof or GPS. Course has basic 100/150/200 yard stones and stones on the tee boxes for yardages. All grass driving range. Nice layout that is a little rough around the edges, but still a fun course to play. Recommended.
12 Likes.
Rode the Greens (6320/71.1/131) in 4H with 140ver for $36 Sunday afternoon. The weather was clear, sunny, breezy and in the mid 70's.

Carlton Oaks is 60 years old, and was redesigned by Perry Dye about 30 years ago. You can see the normal Dye family design characteristics, railroad tyes, waste bunkers, raised greens with runoffs etc. Tough, challenging layout.

The tees were mediocre. Mostly thin, many were chewed up and some needed leveling.

The fairways had decent coverage but were mostly thin with tight lies.

The rough had some lush areas but was also mostly thin. Not very high with decent coverage.

The sand traps were poor. Waste bunkers basically have been let go and the green side traps were thin.

The greens were decent. Fairly smooth, medium speed and they held irons well.

The customer service was good. No drink cart, no GPS on the basic carts. You can see the bones are there for a well above average course. However, the conditions are less than average. No recommendation.
11 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6591/72.5/135) in 4H, 15M, matched up with 3 nice guys twilight. The weather was overcast, breezy and in the 70's.

A rare Palmer design near the coast. This layout contains many of the things I like about courses. Some forced carries but nothing outrageous. Challenging w/o being ridiculous. Constantly up/down rolling hills, HUGE green complexes, numerous well placed, beautiful plants/water features and many strategically placed large bunkers. The entire course is still in excellent playing condition after recently hosting the LPGA Kia Classic.

The tees were mostly lush with few unfixed divots.

The fairways were mostly lush and well maintained.

The rough was lush and just tall enough that the ball usually say down.

The sand traps were excellent. Nicely maintained with good quality sand.

The huge Poa greens were smooth and putted medium speed. They were firm, even nice high shots released.

The customer service was top notch all around, they obviously place a priority on providing customer service here. Nice GPS and complementary bottled water provided on the carts. Ample water stations on the course. Definitely recommended.
15 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6235/70.6/126) with 3 really nice super seniors. The POP was dreadful, 5H to play Friday morning? The weather was in the 70's, breezy and partly cloudy.

Interesting layout, up/down rolling hills. I would have liked to have played the course before the "turf reduction". IMO, courses with crowned fairways make poor candidates for "turf reduction" projects. The original design of CMR had balls on the outer portion on each side of most fairways funneling toward the rough. When much of the rough is removed, it creates conditions where balls often roll 40-60 yards farther than the course was designed for. Especially true on a course that is so hilly. This creates POP challenges, which further irritates the same players a course in trouble is trying to entice to play there.

The tees were okay, most had decent coverage but are getting thin from a lack of watering.

Same for the fairways and rough. Fairways were more consistent and playable than the rough that is still present.

The sand traps were mediocre to poor. Fine dirt and many were thin.

From tee to green, the course was average to below average. However, the greens were excellent. The putted fast and held shots well. Some of the best greens I have putted on this golf season.

No driving range, they provide nets beside the starter. Friendly Starter. Sorry to hear that this course is scheduled for closure. You can see the bones are there for an above average, hilly, challenging course.
9 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6666/72.9/135) with Gary for 9 holes and played 9 as a single in 3H, 45M. The weather was sunny, clear, breezy and around 110.

The Bermuda tees were a mixed bag. Most were lush and nice to play from. However, a few were in mediocre to poor condition. Only some par 3's had a decent amount of divot damage.

The Bermuda fairways were lush and nice to play from.

The Bermuda rough around the greens was very lush. The Bermuda primary rough was mostly lush, good coverage and usually mowed down, you could easily find your ball. The native rough is an almost sure lost ball.

The sand traps were very well maintained. Other than large waste bunkers, most of the sand traps here are relatively small but there are a lot of them.

The Bermuda greens putted medium fast and they are firm. Almost no ball marks due to the firmness.

Hole 5 had a large temporary lake that had one trap and much of the fairway underwater, probably from a broken water line? The customer service was exceptional from everyone encountered. Cart gal around numerous times and the Marshall was out patrolling. Nice GPS on the carts that come with complementary bottled water. All grass range included with your fee, Definitely Recommended.
8 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6578/72.4/134) in 3H, 45M. The weather was sunny, clear, fairly calm and close to 110.

Pete Dye design with mounds, waste bunkers, grass bunkers and visually intimidating sight lines on almost every hole. Many holes with forced carries and even though the lay of the land is basically flat, you almost never have a level lie after your tee shot because of all the mounds/moguls.

The Bermuda tees were lush, only the par 3's had a decent amount of divot damage.

The Bermuda fairways were lush and nice to play from.

The Bermuda first cut of rough around the fairways and greens was very lush and nice to play from. The primary rough is longer Bermuda, good coverage and is generally more penal. Numerous areas of native rough was unplayable, calf deep where it is an almost sure lost ball.

The abundant sand traps were nicely raked. However, they played poor. Thin and need more sand.

Almost every green complex is raised, some severely raised. The greens putted fairly smooth for Bermuda. Medium quick, firm with almost no ball marks.

The customer service was top notch from everyone encountered. Drink cart out making the rounds and complementary water is provided with your cart that has nice GPS. Very friendly Marshall out patrolling. Practice facilities here are good, the grass range is included in your fee. Recommended.
8 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6313/70.6/129) in around 2.5H as a single. The weather was clear, fairly calm and in the low 100's.

I have now played the new back 9 five times. After the redesign, SilverRock is an easier layout that the original design was IMO. I liked the old back 9. However, from a playability stand point for the average golfer, I think the new back 9 is an improvement. An oddity on the new back 9 is a potentially driveable par 4 as the finishing hole. Another oddity is that you finish about 1/2 mile from the clubhouse, much like River Ridge Vineyard, another course where the original layout was redesigned.

Most of the tees were near immaculate, lush with only a few par 3's needing divot repair.

The fairways were lush and firm with a few thin spots here and there.

The rough is well maintained, not high and usually good to play from.

The large sand traps are in excellent condition with a good amount of thick sand. These traps are tough to play from with large lips and high carries to firm greens.

The large Bermuda greens putted medium speed, were firm but held shots well. Reasonably smooth with alot of contour.

Excellent GPS on the carts. The customer service was very good. Informative starter and saw the Marshall going by several times. Complimentary range balls on an all grass range and bottled water in the ice chest. Excellent, fun layout, highly recommended.
8 Likes.
Played the Blues (6313/70.6/129) in slightly less than 3.5H with two Joe's. The weather was clear, fairly calm and around 100. SilverRock is easier after the redesign that shortened the back, but still a fun & pretty layout.

The tees were lush and very well maintained. Only the par 3's needed divot repair.

Both the fairways and rough were lush with a few thin spots here and there. Nicely maintained and good to play from.

The sand traps were in excellent condition with a generous amount of thick sand. These traps are tough to play from with large lips and long carries if you short side yourself.

Decent amount of contour/slope on these large Bermuda greens. They putted medium speed, were firm but held shots well. Reasonably smooth.

The customer service was very good, from the complimentary range balls and water in the ice chest all the way to the cart guy cleaning your clubs after the round. No drink cart out today, but saw the Marshall patrolling several times. Excellent layout, definitely recommended.
8 Likes.
Rode the Purple tees (6507/71.2/128) in less than 3H twilight. The weather was overcast, breezy and around 105.

Shorter and not quite as demanding as it's sister Firecliff course. Fairways are wider, probably less traps overall but more water.

Most of the tees were lush and near immaculate. Only a few par 3's needed divot attention.

The fairways are firm, mostly lush and nice to play from.

The rough is mostly lush and not very penal. Usually nice to play from, especially nice to chip from.

The sand traps were nicely maintained with thick sand.

The greens putted medium to medium fast, firm and are reasonably smooth for Bermuda.

No drink cart person this afternoon. Nice GPS on carts. Excellent customer service on every visit here. Excellent all grass driving range with a nice chipping practice green. However, they close the range around 1 pm in the summer. Solid layout, highly recommended.
6 Likes.
Rode the Purple tees (6507/71.2/128) in 3H twilight. The weather was clear, calm and 110.

Doesn't get the notoriety of it's sister Firecliff course, but I like this layout more with each round. 18 solid holes of golf. More water than Firecliff, and some risk/reward holes that provide players options. Definitely one of my most favorite places to play 36 holes.

The tees were lush and excellent to play from.

The fairways are mostly lush and play firm.

The rough is mostly lush and not very tall. Nice to play from.

The sand traps were nicely maintained with thick sand.

The greens putted better than Firecliff. Medium to medium fast, firm and reasonably smooth for Bermuda.

Nice GPS on carts. Excellent customer service on every visit here. No drink cart person this afternoon. Excellent all grass driving range with a nice chipping practice green. Highly recommended.
8 Likes.
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