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Played 6/15 at 9am with 6 of my buddies (in two groups) for a pre-Father's Day round. Check in easy, staff nice. Course conditions very subpar and coupling that with the fact that I think this design sucks and well...

Tees: Average, many divots. Level however. 5/10
Fairways: Some of the worst I have seen this year. Brown, divot filled, multiple types of grass growing. 3/10
Rough: Basically just slightly longer fairway. Again, several types of grass growing. 4/10
Bunkers: Thin and compacted. Fairway bunkers much better than greenside. 4/10
Greens: Really bumpy and slow, especially the front. Got better on the back. 4/10.

Again this course is just not for me. I only played because of the group decision. The conditions are just unacceptable given the amount of rain this year. Will not return and cannot recommend.
5 Likes.
Wow. Played 630 5/22. Best shape this place has ever been. The bunkers are still super thin from the exposure but it is currently in better shape than 90% of country clubs even. Won't bore with the details, just get out there.
8 Likes.
Played 3/17 at 3pm. Got through 13 holes in 4 hours before giving up. Course is a bit stuffy, employees were hit or miss with some being nice and others aloof. Conditions were great for the price paid (sub $40).

Tees: A bit chewed up in places but overall nice and flat with good coverage. 6.5.
Fairways: Great. Really the highlight of the course. 8.5.
Rough: Lush and penal. Some of the best at a public course I have seen recently. 8.
Bunkers: Was in 1 greenside and 1 fairway. Both were great with a nice depth underneath. 7.5
Greens: Medium fast and firm. Far firmer than they should be. I had wedges leaving no divot and bounding off the back on a few holes on well struck shots. I understand they were "micro punched" a week or two ago, but they look like they need a full aeration. 6.5

Overall a great public track with some kinks to work out, next time would love the finish the back nine. It would help if everyone here didn't act like they were pros. Kind of ruins the vibe when people are hacking away and then taking 15 mins to putt.
9 Likes.
Played Goose on 1/12 with POP of 3.5 hours for 16 holes. Starting pouring so hard on 17, and angled, that our 3 groups called it. Soaked through our clothes. After the rain calmed, 2 of the groups went back and finished but I had to leave. Not much to add to previous reviews. Dormant fairways? Not here. Everything about this place was top notch as always. The greens were a hair slow, running medium vs. the usual medium/fast but given the rains to be expected. Unfortunately I have to comment on the Marshall again. Not only were we allowed to tee off 20 mins early because no one was there, but after our three groups there was a 2 hole gap (I counted). He still hawked us about taking our time and being slow and that the group in front was already in the next fairway. He really needs to calm down. Despite his annoyance, this is still a must play.
10 Likes.
Started my New Year with an AM round here. POP 4.5 hours, mostly due to the 25-30 mph wind that was making quick play impossible. It was a 3-4 club wind all day until around 17 when it finally started to die. Played with a nice couple who we're on their 5th day in a row of golf (lucky husband). Staff all around was great as usual here.

Tee Boxes: 7/10. Even and plenty of coverage. Some divot repair needed on par 3s as always
Fairways: 6/10. Good lies all day with ok roll out. Brown and yellow mostly, but not thin.
Rough: 5/10. Hit or miss. In places it was thin with just dirt, and in others it was a club thick.
Bunkers: 5/10. Good sand, just way too much of it. I found it fine but other complained.
Greens: 8/10. They were pretty d%mn pure and the wind blew them out so good luck keeping downhill putts anywhere near the hole.

All and all, definitely worth the $69 I payed. Maybe even around $100. If you've never played it I would recommend. Great practice facility too (although you'll have to sell a kidney for range balls).
10 Likes.
Played on 12/24 at 11 with a hot deal for $54 or so. Staff was nice all the way around. POP was a touch over 4 hours. I began to get worried by the state of the putting greens and I was not wrong.

Tee boxes: 5/10. Adequate coverage but plenty of divots on the par threes and really uneven. There were several spots were I found the ball to be above my feet or below by a noticeable margin.
Fairways: 6/10. Probably the redeeming quality of the course atm. Good coverage, not thin really anywhere. Dormant yellow/green. Good run out.
Rough: 6/10. It was patchy but present and helped keep some balls of my playing partners in play. I would think it added about a club or a half club.
Bunkers: 5/10. Really thin on the front. Every shot had the bounce for all players in our group resulting in some thin shot. Back was complete opposite in the one I found, which had too much sand.
Greens: 4/10. Really bad. I would say the worst greens I can remember playing last year. Medium speed but pot marked, and as a previous reviewer said seemed to be infected with some fungus or secondary grass making for bumpy putts all day.

Despite my nostalgic fondness for this course and my love of the design it is in poor shape. I would come back at $50 mainly for the convenience but there is no way anyone should pay the rack rate right now, complete rip off. Save the money and go elsewhere.
13 Likes.
Big thanks to Johnny and Terra Lago for setting this up. Made the 2 hour or so trek from Seal Beach to play with Johnny, Gary and Matt for the first time. Having never played here, it made quite the first impression. The clubhouse is nice and all the customer service was anywhere ranging from good to excellent with no complaints.

Tees: 7/10. with some of the par 3's needing divot work but it was still very easy to find a nice level surface.
Fairways: 8/10. Really good, medium green. Nice cushion under the ball. The were a little on the soft side for the desert but I would prefer that to hardpan thin on a course like this to keep the ball in play.
Rough: 6.5/10. Probably the thing that could use the most work. A bit patchy and clearly dormant. That being said I bet in the spring summer months this rates out closer to an 7/8.
Bunkers: 7/10. They had adequate depth from the two fairway bunkers I found allowing for good contact. The greenside bunker I found was a little thin but still playable.
Greens: 9/10. Medium to medium fast coming off the ridges and downhill. Big undulations on a lot of these greens makes for interesting putting dynamics or as Johnny called it "rainbow" breaks. Many of the holes still had the checkerboard marks on the green from mowing and rolled perfect. Very little divots anywhere to be seen.

Overall I was thoroughly impressed with the course. I would highly recommend it and can't wait to come back. Reminded me at certain times of some of the Paiute courses and at others of Desert Willow. Great playing with those gentlemen as well so if you ever get a chance don't hesitate to join.
13 Likes.
Finally got out to play again. Wish someone told me having a wife would put such a damper in your golfing habits. Played 11/18. Golfnow botched my tee time, but the gentleman in the proshop was super nice and got me out no problem. Teed off at ~630 POP was 3.5 hours only because I slowed down dramatically at one point. There was one 4-some that let me through without issue.
Tee boxes - Far and away the worst part. Soggy, far more dirt than grass, and all tees were at the white box. I still played the tips except on the par-3s. Even the tees there need working on.
Fairways - Great. Dormant winter yellowish/green but the depth of grass was awesome. Felt like a cushion under every ball in the fairway.
Rough - Super patchy. Hit and miss about whether it existed or not.
Bunkers - Wet and thin. Too compact to do much. They need some work too.
Greens - Great. Rolling a solid 10, especially as it warmed up throughout the morning.

Overall I really enjoy this course, even with the areas that need work. As the previous reviewer said, when you walk away feeling like you enjoyed yourself, even with some conditions substandard, that is a nice round of golf and a solid place to play.
9 Likes.
Played here on 5/11. Fun track in Seal Beach but the conditions were really bad. Not what you would expect from any private club or public course charging 100+ per round (which is what they charge guests). Practice facility is pretty basic with a range and nice putting green. Layout reminds me of Oak Creek but the conditions unfortunately weren't there.

Tees: The most consistent part of the day. Level and well groomed, still greenish/brown though.
Fairways: A bit thin in places but overall pretty good to good. Also still brown/greenish. I get it was a dry year but come on you are a CC. They had spray painted in places which was laughable.
Rough: Similar to places like el do and big rec. Patchy ranging from 1.5-3 inches. Nothing too penal.
Bunkers: Was in one, had perfect coverage and depth.
Greens: Awfully slow. I get that they just aerated a week or two before but they we're some of the slowest I've played recently. Took me 4-5 holes to adjust to the pace. El Do also recently punched and there's are noticeably faster (albeit it bumpier as well). Just a big pet peeve of mine when CC's have bad greens. They were very true however, just went about 1/2 to 1/4 the distance you would normally hit.

Overall I would hesitate to play again for 100 bucks. Would rather just go play Oak Creek. I wanted to like it so bad it just felt like a waste of money. Important note if you do decide to play; it is a cash only facility for guests so stop at the bank first.
6 Likes.
Played 3/4/18 with a 634 tee time and POP of 3.5 hours. Could've easily played faster as there was no one for a few holes in front or back but we enjoyed taking our time. The course is usually immaculate and today was no different.

Tees: Near perfect. Even, level, very little divot damage outside of par 3's.
Fairways: Really good but the one downside I could find yesterday. They had a higher than usual divot damage but were lush and giving average roll-out. Divot mix on the carts were unsurprisingly full.
Rough: Typical 2 to 2.5 inches requiring a club adjustment. Ball would sit up though. Great coverage.
Bunkers: Awesome. They do a great job with the bunkers here. Pearl white with depth. Goose is lucky to be in a little valley by a river unlike other IE courses that get a lot of wind exposure.
Greens: The highlight. They were rolling as pure as the driven snow. Firm but well struck shots would hold. The lines were perfect. If you miss hit your putt at all, there goes that par save from 5 ft you were hoping for. You hit a confident putt and it would be dead center.

What else is there to say about Goose that hasn't. Top facility which rarely disappoints. I have a high level of trust that when I show up, I will get my money's worth. Full recommend.
12 Likes.
Played Morongo yesterday with a 1037 tee time. POP was 5 hours and 45 mins (!!). I love the layout of these two courses but right now the conditions are pretty sub par for them.

Tee boxes: A little beat up but level. Mowed close and wide enough to find clean spots.
Fairways: Winter thin, fairly firm, but the ball always sat up. A couple of times it bordered on too thin however. Back nines coverage better than the front.
Rough: 1.5 to 2 inches. In some places much higher. Ball would sit up though and it wasn't a huge factor in club selection
Bunkers: Seemed thin but actually played just fine. A lot of pebbles but that has more to do with how windy it is out there I think.
Greens: My major complaint. While they rolled smooth and quick they were absurdly firm. As in not being able to hold greens with short irons firm. A real issue at this course since almost all the greens are fronted by bunkers so playing punch/run shots was near impossible.

Like I said I love these courses, and conditions aside, the near 6 hour round is just crazy. I can get that in OC don't need to drive 1.5 hours thanks. Unfortunately cannot recommend the courses at this time.
16 Likes.
Played 11/25 at 652. POP was 4 hours on a beautiful day. Service was nice as always. This course is what it is: Good not great, a bit overpriced with interesting green complexes. The layout is pretty boring but definitely wide open with great bunkering.

Tees: A little long but even with only a few divots.
Fairways: More yellow than green, but I love how bermuda rolls out and there were no bad lies to be seen.
Rough: Nothing too punishing. Maybe 2 inches, I was hitting the same clubs maybe a half more depending on the lie.
Bunkers: Wasn't in any greenside but the fairways had adequate depth and were great to hit from.
Greens: The real highlight (they usually are here) as they ran smooth and medium fast. I really love the way these greens are designed. Subtle but fun breaks. Nothing crazy.

Overall I really enjoy this course and would recommend at this time.
7 Likes.
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