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10:45 start time, right on time. Foggy and a cool. Parking lot full. Course in good shape, a couple patches here and there, even a couple on greens. Tees nice, rough cut but still plenty sticky and penal, fairways nice with a bit of run out, but not as much as my last visit, bunkers have plenty of sand in most spots some are thin but encountered lots of unraked footprints, greens, hard rolling well but a bit bumpy with lots of ill-repaired ball marks (granted the texture of the soil makes repairing ball marks a delicate matter as the ground just falls apart as you attempt repair the mark). The course seems to play much easier since the redesign. I've been playing the Green tees I guess I need to move back to Taupe (?) . . . what a silly name for a tee box color!
First off at twilight, pretty empty out there due to Father's Day and the US Open. We played at our own pace at about 4 hrs 20 minutes. Course is in good shape, greens are in great shape except I fixed A LOT of ball marks. Fairways are well covered and a bit hairy, but this course being short limiting the runout on tee balls is necessary to make it play longer. Good shape right now, rough a bit splotchy, but overall a decent play.
Played a GK Cup match vs D-Con here today, first time for me at this course. I enjoyed the layout and conditions were above average, although just about every part of the course could use a mowing.
Tees: a bit chewed up (even on a par 5 tee box?)in spots, mostly level, but shaggy
Fairways: good coverage just a few bare spots, I always had good lies, not a lot of roll out but a bit
Rough: sticky and long in spots
Bunkers: mostly brown, moist, dirt from what I saw as I was only in one fairway bunker that I had no trouble getting out of
Greens: rolling mostly smooth, a bit on the slow side of medium and pretty soft
Warm up areas: chipping/putting green in front of the clubhouse didn't go to the range but saw it on the way in way down the hill from the course no idea how to get there
Walkability: nope, not practical
Layout: very enjoyable and varied, rolling fairways, deep bunkers and multi-tiered greens, it was a fun course to play. It didn't play very difficult today even with some stiff breezes, if the fairways were running a bit more and the greens played firmer I believe it could play tough.
Recommendation: certainly, get a deal and this course is a fun one.
What a difference a week makes . . . after reading the GK Guru reviews from last week I was looking forward to getting back up there. I have always liked the layout as it is a real challenge in many spots. Well, conditions weren't exactly, (with apologies to Andrew) "best I've ever seen them". The greens (and the guy at the front desk told D-Con they would be a bit slower than last week after the Member/Guest tournament so we were warned) were overall pretty slow and I saw a few putts get bounced off line. The fairways were dry and hard, but mostly were fine to hit from as long as your ball avoided the aeration holes. Rough was rough, spotty and inconsistent. I had a few "how am I going to hit this" lies. Puffs of grass, hard pan, sandy areas, rough. Bunkers were ok, mostly groomed dark colored sandy dirt, but playable. On hole #5, the short par 3 the reeds have been allowed to grow so tall you can't see the green from the tee box at all, just the top of the flag. Not an overly hot day but the water stations were empty. POP 6 hrs, never waited and had to let some elderly ladies play through. Clubhouse is nice?
I really like this course and hope I'm not being overly picky due to the anticipation of thinking the course was in great shape and finding it dry and hard with slow bumpy greens. maybe they just hadn't watered since last week?
. . . and I will throw out the disclaimer that I played pretty well, especially playing from the Blues and won my GK Cup match so these aren't just sour grapes, just disappointed ones.

I still strongly recommend this course as a great place to play, usually an all around great golf experience from the clubhouse to the warm-up areas, course, customer service, etc. Just look for a deal and don't expect resort conditions.
This is now my favorite course, best in show. The history (for me personally and in the larger context of golf in general), the views, the layout, the challenge, the usually good conditions, the fact that mostly competent players play there, the fact that it's 15 minutes from the house and that it's a beast of a course . . . a "big boy" or "big girl" course.
Tees: level and wide
Fairways: great to hit from with a bit of roll out
Rough: sticky, gnarly, penalizing and beautiful
Bunkers: firm base with a bit of fluff on top, what seems to be the norm everywhere now
Greens: still a bit slow and bumpy from the last punching, but just a wee bit
POP: today was great, our 3:10 group was sent out at 2:50 we never really waited and never got pushed, we finished around 7
Customer service: top notch, they appreciate your business and don't care if you are a local (like me) and pay $47 for twilight or an out of towner who paid a couple hundred
Highly recommended
Finally nailed down an elusive "Hot Deal" that was there, then gone, there and then gone back and forth for a few days, apparently not the courses fault, some kinda GN glitch and I am sure glad I brought a copy of the voucher because they had no record of us and the time we got is a time a certain group gets every week. After that was worked out in a friendly and professional way by the young lady in the shop we were good to go.
I found the course to be in good condition overall and the layout varied and fun as always.
Tees: mostly level with good grass coverage
Fairways: firm with run-out and nice to play from (there were aeration holes on some)
Rough: minimal in most areas but a bit variable in others, not a huge bother but enough to effect shot choice
Bunkers: the ones I found were in good condition with mostly firm sand
Greens: the greens were a bit hard, but well struck shots would stick, they rolled at medium-fast and were mostly nice and smooth . . . very few ball marks due to the firmness
POP: we played at our own pace only seeing the group in front a few times and the group behind occasionally
Customer service: always good here
Recommended: YES!
I've been spoiled lately playing at Torrey North, Rams Hill and PGA West Nicklaus for my GK Cup matches the last few weeks. To me the Nicklaus course looked a lot like the Stadium course but much smoother, not so many geometric angles, etc. A very fun course in really nice condition, tees, fairways and greens all pretty consistent (although I just couldn't make any putts and didn't at the Stadium course either at the same time of year, bermuda?). The bunkers and green side rough were the only inconsistent areas that made scoring a bit tougher. I really liked the course, unfortunately started off going all Mickey Mantle so only saw the left side of the course on many holes.
Nice facility, great course, beautiful warm-up area, top notch all around, a "players" course.

* Not sure why my rating came out so low? I would put it a full point higher.
Great place, pace (mostly), people and way to enjoy my birthday! This place never disappoints! There was a shotgun tournament out in front of us so the parking lot was almost totally full and there were more signs of play all over the course than I have ever seen and it still was a total pleasure to play. As I said to some of the GKers this was the roughest condition I have ever seen this course in and still it was fantastic to play. Only thing a bit off may have been the speed of the greens being a bit slower than what I and some of the others are use to here . . . but again they had gotten a lot of play that day and it was the latest in the day I have ever played here. Glad to see they are doing well and keeping the course in tip top shape!
First off at twilight and after playing through some lollygaggers we finished in just over 3.5 hrs
The course is in decent condition, fairways OK, rough a bit mangled in spots, bunkers manicured but just raked moist dirt and the greens are doing well after being punched a few weeks back, they aren't pristine visually but roll adequately at medium speed.
GK Cup match with Sal. Conditions are good right now, although the greens are still pretty darn hard. Hit a towering 8 iron on 11 straight at the pin and watched it bounce off the back. The only way to get close to front holes is to play short of the green and let it bounce up. The rest of the course was hard as well as I kept finding my tee shots well past where I am use to finding them. The bunkers looked OK, but you'd have to ask Sal, he was in just about every single one of them! Greens rolled well, I made some more bombs. Short putts are harder to hole than longer ones. 5 hour POP, Well worth residents fees.
Had the first time at twilight for Balboa Park but saw a 6:50 tee time come up last night for South (I didn't even know they did times that early, and we were second off after the 6:40!) so jumped on it. It was foggy for all but the 9 through 12 stretch then it came in again on our approach shots to 13. Makes for tough sledding when you have no reference to aim for. Luckily we were all locals and knew pretty much where to aim. 16 was fun, couldn't see a thing.
Course is in very nice shape right now, rough mown down to a reasonable level (where you can actually find your ball), fairways mown tight, greens quick rolling well with remnants of a sanding of some sort? Only thing was the bunkers, they were thin, well maintained but thin. After a green side bunker shot on 11 I had black stains from hitting the liner on the bottom of my wedge . . . but overall nice conditions.
POP was just 4 hours (we were second off) as we were all walking
Snack cart came by a couple times a nine.
Everything went well except the fog which a damper on an otherwise fine mornings walk ruined!
Haven't been here in along time, too long. I really enjoy this type/style of golf course, what I call 'old-school', greens with open fronts defended and defined by bunkering, trees, not too many forced carries, with a good variety of holes. I had a 9:52 but was asked and then sent right out at about 9:20. POP was decent at just a tick over 4.5 hrs. The three I was sent out with (no Wendy I didn't have to invite myself?) were all older players (the youngster was 70) that played from the green or front tees . . . and they could play well, quick and efficient, a pleasure to play with. The course is in very good shape right now, it's not a perfectly manicured type course and doesn't ask those kind of fees. Tees, rough, fairways, bunkers and especially the greens were in great shape, I saw a few bare spots around greens, but nowhere near the hole, the fairways were a bit shaggy on some holes, but overall a very enjoyable experience.
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