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I played today using a last-minute GolfNow Hot Deal. I wasn't planning to play today but I just couldn't pass up another affordable course so close to where I'm staying.

My tee time was 7:52am. I was relieved to see that I would be going out just in front of a large tournament. I was paired with a couple of local guys who were a lot of fun to play with.

I knew right away that I was going to enjoy this course. I could see from the first tee that it was in very good condition. The fairways were lush and lined with many large oak trees. The balls sat up so high I had none of the trouble that I had yesterday at Blackhorse. The front nine is relatively wide and flat compared to the back which had hills, a couple of blind shots and doglegs. There was one hole that had two carries over water. That was actually my favorite hole. I had to plan my shots well and fortunately everything went as planned.

The tee boxes were almost all level and only the par 3s had noticeable damage. There are lots of bunkers here and by some miracle I avoided them all. From what I could see the sand look pretty good.

The greens were a pleasure. They were a little bit on the slow side but were smooth, rolled true and held shots well. A big plus was there were no unrepaired ball marks!

POP was good. We waited only a couple minutes here and there, finishing in exactly 4 hours. I like this course so much. It's a nice straightforward, no frills course that I will absolutely play again next time I'm in the area. Definitely recommended.
7 Likes.
I played here yesterday with Alex326.
I arrived early enough to have breakfast in the clubhouse. The ocean views, good food and service were a great way to start the day. Check in was easy and of course I got my logo ball. We then chipped and putted long enough for me to get an idea of what kind of punishment I was in for!

The fairways were in good shape but I had a difficult time hitting from them. The turf is a very thin layer with damp, soft dirt underneath. I kept swinging too steeply and just ended up taking divots without a good result. It seemed that my most successful shots of the day we're out of the several bunkers I was in. They had a thin, soft layer of sand that sparkled in the sunlight. The greens were crazy tough. Alex did his best to help me read them, but let's just say this was not one of my lowest putting rounds.

This course is fun, beautiful and absolutely brutal. I'm sure a lot of that had to do with my total inability to hit the ball yesterday but, after reading and hearing comments from others who have said how tough it is, I do feel a little bit better lol.

I would definitely play here again when I have the opportunity. I would also like to give Bayonet a try as well. Hopefully it will be a little better knowing what to expect.
10 Likes.
I played here yesterday. They offer a birthday deal of cart fee only so it was a good choice to play on my way up to Monterey for the weekend. My very first impression of the course was how friendly everyone is- the other players, the snack bar staff, the starter, pretty much everyone except the lady in the pro shop who was impatient and just not interested in answering my questions. One thing I thought was odd was when I asked to purchase a logo ball for my collection, she said they only sell sleeves of monogrammed balls. They don't sell singles. One to display, 2 to lose, I guess.

I was paired with 2 guys whose wives were along for the ride. They were a very fun group and we had an enjoyable time. It was pretty entertaining when I found that the guys could barely hit the ball. (and of course they were playing from the blue tees…)

The fairways were really nice- few thin spots, good cushion and a decent amount of roll out. There are only two or three bunkers on the course and no water. The tee boxes varied with some being level and some with the ball noticeably above or below my feet.
I had a tough time with the greens. They did not hold shots well and there were some unexpected and severe breaks causing what normally would have been a really good shot, to roll off the back of the green.

My playing partners only stayed for nine holes. I played the back by myself following a slow foursome. I didn't really mind as it gave me the chance to play a few extra balls here and there.

The course is fun and has some nice ocean views. I would like to play it again if I'm back in the area.
15 Likes.
A friend and I walked the course today, paired with a fun twosome. Check in was easy and we headed out on time at 8:52am.

The course conditions were good. The fairways were almost completely green and lush helping the ball sit up nicely. There were very few thin areas and even those weren’t bad lies. The tee boxes were mostly level and well-trimmed. The rough was very inconsistent, ranging from “no problem” to “I’m giving up golf forever!” The greens, damp and slow when we started, were quite fast by the time we got to the back nine. They were smooth, soft and have many subtle breaks, making them more challenging than they appear.

Even with a slow almost-5 hr POP, the course is very enjoyable. It’s a basically flat course, an easy walk, and the many water holes make it really interesting. I’ve heard that the course will be closing sometime next year which is disappointing. I hope I can play it a few more times before then. Recommended.
8 Likes.
A friend and I took advantage of a member-for-a-day offer of $20. I've played here several times before and figured that even if conditions weren't good that would be a great deal.
Our tee time was 7am and after a fast and friendly check in we were offered an earlier start. We decided to skip warming up on the range and headed out.

The conditions were ok. The fairways, while very damp early on, had good coverage and were well cushioned. There was, however, a lot of tree debris and animal droppings all over the course. There were many maintenance workers out getting things cleaned up.

I was in only one bunker. It was clean, soft, heavy, dirt - easy enough to hit out of. There has been a lot of turf reduction around the course. Most of it is around the tee boxes, creating a nice look and a longer carry from all of them. Those areas are currently all dirt but the plan is to put in drought tolerant vegetation. I was super disappointed in hole #5. All of the reeds in the lake have been cut down to the nubs and with all the turf gone from around the tee boxes, the hole just looked barren and ugly.

Many of the greens are in recovery from a fungus. They looked worse than they played, though. Putts rolled medium speed and, for the most, part smoothly.

There are so many fun and challenging holes here. I played well today and it felt so good when #9 didn't beat me up like it usually does. POP was nice at 3:45. I will definitely be back when conditions are better.
12 Likes.
I played on Monday 8-2-19 with a friend, using the GK coupon for $39 (such a great deal!)
A lot of improvements have been made in recent months. The driving range has all new mats and covered stalls. They have a new banquet facility including restrooms that are easily accessible from the outside. Check in was easy and we were paired with another twosome who were so much fun to play with.

The course was in very nice shape. The only brown to be seen on the lush fairways was the grass clippings from the mower that we followed for several holes. The bunkers were more dirt than sand but were soft and easy to hit from. The tee boxes were ok. I found a few places of uneven footing but not enough to be a problem. The greens were on the slow side but smooth and shots held well. The water features on holes 9, 14, & 18 were full and in good shape. Those on holes 1 and 16 were nearly dry.

I really enjoy this course. It has a good variety of holes and while it can be very challenging at times, it never feels intimidating (well, except for # 15- for some reason the tee shot just messes with my head). POP was a little slow at 4.5 hours but we had so much fun it didn’t matter. I highly recommend Glen Ivy and will be back very soon.
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I joined in the GK Cup Final outing and had a super fun time playing with Matt, Blake, and Greg. I've played Oak Creek a few times before and I was really happy for another opportunity. They have very friendly and helpful staff members so check in always fast and efficient. The practice facility has grass stalls, a large chipping and bunker area and putting green. There is another green behind the starter's desk.

I like how this course feels very secluded. There are no houses to be seen from anywhere on the course. Other than a little bit of street sound, it's easy to forget you're in the middle of suburbia.

The course was in really good shape. The fairways were a mix of green and brown but coverage was complete and very well cushioned. There were a couple of areas that had signs of recent punching but the holes didn't affect play.
By some miracle. I was not in any bunkers. There seemed to be more than an ample amount of sand in them.

The greens are fun and frustrating. There are breaks that you don't expect and putts don't break when you think they will. Among our group we had a dozen putts miss seemingly by just a single blade of grass.

Thank you, Johnny and Oak Creek Golf Club for a great day.
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I played yesterday morning. I arrived at 6:15 am, figuring I could get it done in time before going to work (the first time I’ve ever tried that.) I asked if the course was pretty open and I was just told that I wasn’t the first out there. He really should have mentioned that I was going to be following 2 fivesomes. When I realized this on the first tee I told myself that if it took too long, I would just bail after the 6th hole. Luckily, both groups were all no-nonsense players who didn’t waste any time. I did wait a bit on each hole but it turned out ok and I finished in 90 minutes.

This is a fun little 9 hole course with 7 par 3s and 2 par 4s that can easily played in 3 for anyone that hits longer than I do. Despite its short length, it is quite challenging. Water comes into play on 2 holes and there is a ravine to carry on the 9th. The super short 4th hole (88 yds) has the trickiest green on the course. If your shot doesn’t hold, it will take off like a bullet and run off the left side into the creek.

The course conditions have been slowly, but steadily improving over the past few months. There is new netting in several places. All of the orange trees that were between holes 1 & 6 and between 7 & 9 have been removed, giving the course a much cleaner look. The rough was in better condition than I’m used to seeing here. This was very helpful in the area left of the first green where I seem to always land. It was thick enough to keep my ball from rolling into the ravine, but my ball sat up well for an easy chip onto the green. The fairways, while a patchwork of different grasses and colors, had decent coverage. The tee boxes were chewed up but were level and big enough to be able to find a spot to hit from. The bunkers were thin and damp but I really didn’t mind – it’s good for practice. The greens were nice- soft, smooth, a bit slow, with surprisingly few unrepaired ball marks. I guess this is another advantage of early morning play.

I really enjoyed playing before going to work. It put me in a good mood for the rest of the day. I’ll be back!
8 Likes.
I played today with a tee time of 9:07. Check in was fast and friendly and we were sent out a few minutes early.

The course and practice areas are always in good condition, and today was no exception.
The tee boxes were level with a moderate number of divots. The fairways were beautiful with good coverage and only a few thin areas. The rough was short in most places but I did manage to a few spots that almost covered my ball. There were several areas around the course that had some browning but honestly I only noticed it when I was looking around to take photos or mental notes.

Early in the round, the greens were firm and fast and just kept getting faster! With the many huge undulations and even the smaller more subtle breaks, these greens are challenging! I was very happy with 35 putts today. The bunkers weren’t great. The three I was in ranged from deep/soft to thin/crusty to muddy.

We finished in just a little over 3.5 hrs. I love this course. It’s beautiful, tough and so much fun. The weekday senior rate of $47 with cart is so reasonable I will definitely be back soon. Highly recommended.
10 Likes.
I played in the GK outing on 6-30-19 with Bill, Kathy and Greg. This was my second time at Reflection Bay. I was very excited to have a chance to play here again. We enjoyed a nice pre-round breakfast in the restaurant and then headed out to the tee.

The course conditions were as impressive as last time. Everything from tee to green was in great shape. The fairways and rough were lush and well trimmed. I really liked the sand in the few bunkers I was in- soft and very easy to hit out of. Having a bit of course knowledge was helpful on a couple of holes where balls just want to keep on rolling off the green into the water. There is a good variety of holes with some elevation changes and even the par 3s were surprisingly challenging.

I had a great time and look forward to playing again. Highly recommended.
12 Likes.
I played The Journey for the first time yesterday. I used an Underpar deal and was joined by rudyclub. The customer service was great from the parking lot security guard being helpful when I got a bit turned around,to my bag getting picked up at my car, and the friendly and efficient pro shop staff.

We spent a little time warming up. This was one of the nicest practice areas I’ve seen- grass range with complimentary balls, a multi-bunkered chipping area and a very large putting green. All of these were in beautiful condition and it made me even more excited to get to the course. We headed out right on time at 8:30 am in the very comfy cart with good GPS and water bottles in the cooler.

The course conditions were as close to perfect as I’ve seen anywhere recently. There were a few damp areas in the completely green fairways but they were not problematic. A nice touch was the divot mix being green to blend in with the grass. The tee boxes were level with very few divots, the rough was lush and cut short. The bunkers had wonderful sand. It was soft and just little heavy. It was so easy to hit out of that I was actually excited when I got to. It was such a pleasure to see every bunker on the course groomed and raked by previous players. The greens were wonderful. They were smooth and rolled a fast medium speed. Tim’s course knowledge was really helpful with the many hard to read undulations.

The layout is so much fun and still challenging from the very short forward tees. There is a big variety of holes, from wide and relatively flat to extreme elevation changes and blind shots. I enjoy taking a lot of photos during a round of not just the golf holes. There were many interesting things on this course like big bridges and Indian huts.

POP was a little over 4.5 hours. We waited only a few minutes here and there. There was no one behind us for most of the round so we were able to play at a leisurely pace and hit some extra shots. The Underpar voucher included a bounce back deal so I will definitely be back. I very highly recommend The Journey at Pechanga.
16 Likes.
The last time I played here was 3-1/2 years ago. With Tee-Off + promo code I was able to play for $24. I was very early for my 11:07am tee time so they paired me with a guy who works in the pro shop, and a nice couple from Arizona. We teed off at 10:37am. The carts have good GPS (although ours quit working on the #15)

Last time I was here, conditions were not so good. It was very nice to see the improvements that have been made and are continuing. There were a couple of fairways that had sizeable areas of very thin turf, but the rest were nicely green with good coverage and cushion. The rough was consistent around the course ranging from about 1 to 2 inches- easy to hit/chip from. The greens were very impressive- smooth, somewhat soft, fast-medium roll, and only a handful of ball marks to be fixed. The tee boxes were level with few divots on any of them. The water in the several lakes is much clearer than I remember in all but #5- still enough scum on that one to support the 5 or 6 balls that were sitting on top of it. The bunkers were more dirt than sand. Some were thin/crusty, others were soft/deeper. I was in 4 of them and I was unusually successful in getting out of all them (Thank you, GDR23!). I heard that they are eliminating several bunkers around the course and shortening some on the mounds on the right side of the #8 fairway.

The layout is fun. There are several narrow holes with water including the very short but challenging #3 – don’t land right, left or long- on the green is the only safe place. The #6 par 3 has always been my worst hole. Apparently I wasn’t the only one recently to need the drop zone – there was hardly any grass left in it! The back 9 has some nice elevation changes and scenic views. POP was a little over 4 hours. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day. I won’t wait another 3 years to play the Vineyard again.
8 Likes.
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