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Played in the GK Event on Saturday, 12/8/2018, with GKers sixpez and kassper7 – thanks to Keith and Perry for an enjoyable round. After some pretty good rain a couple days before the course was still pretty wet. We started out CPO on some holes, but an hour in got a notice that CPO was rescinded and we were able to get on the entire course. The course hadn’t been able to cut the rough after the rains and some areas were really juicy, and we had to hunt intently for offline shots. Solid drives in the fairways died quickly. Bunkers were pretty wet and sand depth varied. Overall conditions were good and the course is right there in front of you, but it played longer than the card today. However, the tees on the par-3s were pushed well forward, so those holes played much shorter than the card distances.

Greens on this course are a different grass compared to the Champions course – the turf on Legends greens is thin, and the firm greens held wedges but mid- and long-irons released quite a bit. Greens rolled smoothly at medium+ speed and in many areas are more slopy than they look initially, although there is very little severe tiering.

Staff was great throughout. The free valet parking for golfers is a must! Starter was great and on-course marshals helpful. Plenty of divot sand refills available, including a refill rack at the 7#/13 tee/bathroom. Nice GPS on the carts, although you have to work through a lot of secondary screens (notices, adverts, etc.). The GPS gives the pin position and distance to the hole.

My third time on Legends and I enjoy the course. I’d like to get back on Champions in a future GK event – only played there once, with GK last year. Nice to meet new GKers at the afterparty, and great prizes as usual – Thanks Johnny!
5 Likes.
Played the Goose with my monthly group at 10am on Saturday morning, 12/1/18, on a cool sunny day with very little wind, a couple days after SoCal got some pretty good rain. We played lift/clean/place, but really didn’t need to as the course absorbed the rain very well and was in great condition, as usual. Greens and surrounds were pretty firm and chips and pitches could run out. Greens rolled pretty smoothly at medium+ speed. Tees were in good shape; I wasn’t in any sand. Fairway lies were good, although a few holes had not been mowed and lies there were a little hairy. Rough was generally good, starting out pretty wet from rain/condensation but drying out as the day went on.

Saw the cart girl a few times, and marshals frequently. Course was pretty busy Saturday morning and POP wound up being 5 hours.
6 Likes.
Played OQ with my brother at 8:52am on Friday, 11/23/18, after recovering from Turkey Day. Weather was overcast and cool after the rain on Wednesday night, and overall the course was pretty wet after coming out of overseeding November 1st. The look is clean and trimmed, but OQ is not in fighting trim yet as greens are still pretty fuzzy, although with a firm base. They rolled only at medium-slow speed and were bumpy, and the fuzzy grass caused putts to wiggle left and right. Fairway lies were OK but could sit down. Rough ranged from thin to very juicy. Traps were damp, with fairway traps being thin and firm, and greenside having only slightly better material. All traps had lots of small rocks. Tees were OK.

No cart girl, but snack shack was open. The course should put a divot mix refill rack out by the snack shack. Many of the par 3/par 4 tees were set forward one tee box or more (we played Blue), shortening the course card by hundreds of yards.
8 Likes.
Played in the 2-day SCGA Senior Net Championship, an individual net stroke tourney with shotgun starts at noon Monday and 8am Tuesday, 10/29-30/2018. We played the Gold tees at ~6200 yards as this event is for 50+-aged golfers; there was a Senior Flight and a Super Senior Flight (age 65+), with two subflights in each, based on index. We had two mild, sunny days with almost no wind, unusual at this venue. POP was usual for this type of event, at 5+ hours each day.

Overall the course was in pretty good shape, but very wet. They are obviously putting a lot of water on the course, even though temperatures the past couple weeks have been pretty mild. Greens were lush but somewhat spongy, accepting shots with huge ballmarks, and getting very bumpy at the end of the day with all the footprints. The rolled at medium+ speeds and could be very quick downhill. Fairways were hit and miss – you could get a lush lie sitting up nicely on the kikuyu, or get a thin/bare lie on firm, wet ground. Rough was wet and where deeper could be very challenging. Many areas in the fairway and rough with little or no grass were muddy and looked to have been scrapped. Tees were in good condition – sand containers are provided on most par-3s, but the box on tee #6 was empty. Bunkers were very thin and firm, even around the greens.

I’ve been playing Los Serranos for 40 years and my experience is that the course tends to put the pins (F/M/B) fairly close to the B/F centerline of the greens. The SCGA pushed the pins to places where I’ve never seen pin placements at Los Serranos, very much closer to the edges and into some very slopy areas of the greens, making for challenging putting, especially the faster downhill putts.

Most of the water fountains on the course are not working, making it difficult to get water. Long drive to the clubhouse and back if you want to use the bathroom after 9 holes. Snack bar closed at 5pm on Monday.
10 Likes.
Signed up for a SCGA/Roger Dunn outing at the MS Classic course, beginning at 10am on Saturday, 10/27/18. We had a great day for it, with clear skies, warm with only a little breeze. Starter said greens had been punched about 3 weeks ago. Enough players to have the last group teeing off around 1130. I was hoping to see some GKers out today, but didn’t recognize any names. Was paired with 3 very nice guys and we had a relaxed, enjoyable round. Tee prize included a sleeve of Callaway Superhot Bold (their answer to the electric colors of the Volviks), a $10 RD gift card, and some small stuff. There were a few CTP prizes given out, and a gift card for low net (men/women). Play was as usual for SoCal on a weekend morning, with the round taking just over 5 hours.

Greens were in decent shape – you could still see some light sanding, and they were pretty soft and receptive. They rolled at medium speed with quite a bity of bumpiness. Fairway lies were generally good, as the ball sat up on the kikuyu. Rough could be dry and thin or lush and 2-3” deep. Sand was thin and firm in the fairways and a little more abundant greenside. Tees were OK – you could see the tee construction GKer chevelle mentioned scattered around the course.

Course was in good condition for a relaxed round.
9 Likes.
Wet kikuyu – even more fun than regular kikuyu!!

Played with my monthly group here Saturday, 10/13/18, at 10am after quite a bit of rain the previous night and this morning. Just scattered sprinkles by the time we teed off behind only scattered groups – very unusual for Lakewood on a Saturday morning. Course was very wet and we played LCP, so I didn’t rate the course. Greens were in good shape – receptive, rolling well at medium+ speeds. Wet bunkers with some standing water – no LCP there!! We were able to avoid wet deep rough areas through the LCP. Many areas with muddy ruts from carts and equipment – I was surprised they were allowing carts on the fairways. Many fairway areas squishy from pooled rain.

Overall decent conditions following the rain. We caught the group in front of us on the 17th tee, finishing in just over 4.5 hrs, which is breakneck speed here on a weekend morning.
6 Likes.
Had some business in Ontario late Thursday morning, 10/4/18, and hopped over to Goose at just before 2pm. Got the $40 afternoon twilight rate and was paired with 2 regular players having a running match/smack talk session – amiable guys and fun to play with. We never caught anyone ahead until the approach shot on #18, and never saw anyone behind us except a fast single who played thru on the #12 tee. We finished in just over 3 hours. Weather was warm with some cloudiness – no wind to start, with the breeze freshening around 3pm.

Be aware that Goose Creek’s annual heavy “maintenance is coming” – the course closes Sunday, 10/7, for a week. Everything is punched – greens, fairways, and tees. They re-open Tuesday 10/16, and it will be cart path-only till the end of October. Tees were already shaved down today and the fairways had been cut close, with scattered patches of scalped ground. I expected drier, firmer conditions as the course dried out leading up to punching, but fairways and greens were fairly soft, with little runout on fairways and receptive greens. Maybe due to the rain showers Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. Also saw a lot of tree-trimming going on throughout the course, lending a more open look everywhere. No mix containers on the carts so they didn’t expect you to fill divots – those of you who have played with me know that this resulted in an ongoing twitch in my arm the entire round!

Even as they prepare for maintenance, Goose is in better shape than many local courses in their prime season. Fairway lies were mostly good, unless you happened to land in one of the scalped areas. Rough was not as lush as usual but could be 2-3 inches deep. Tees were flat! Yes, flat – like they are supposed to be everywhere! I wasn’t in the sand, but partners played out a couple times and I heard no complaints in between the smack talk. Greens did have quite a few old and new unrepaired ballmarks.

The tightened fairways and softer turf, combined with vagaries of the wind, resulted in my leaving several approaches short, especially to front pins. Those several situations really brought out to me how pushed up many of the green platforms at Goose are to the green approaches, something you don’t necessarily see from a short-to-mid iron distance out in the fairway. I often was only 5 yards short of the green, but several feet below the level of the pin in an area where the green was running slightly away from me over the front edge. My wedge/putting game was found wanting in these circumstances!
12 Likes.
Joined the party today for the GK Cup 12 final match – congrats to Ron for joining the Cup winner fraternity. Had a great time playing with Greg, Tom, and Gus, and seeing other old and new GK acquaintances. Conditions were similar to my round last Tuesday, but the course was drier and firmer throughout. And unfortunately, the POP was much worse – overall 5.5+ hours with a lot of waiting on the back nine in the hot sun. Saw the cart girl several times, as well as a marshal driving around but not making much impact. Excellent breakfast burrito before and club sandwich after in the grille.
8 Likes.
I was looking for someplace to get some swings before the GK Cup 12 Final this coming Sunday. Many of the courses near me in south OC are too $$ or in poor shape (based on GK reviews), so I opted to go to Eagle Glen to preview the conditions for Sunday. I got a $25 rate at 2:00pm on the course website on Wednesday, 9/26/18, and when I booked Monday the tee sheet looked pretty open. But on arrival it looked like the wild west – one cart guy running around repurposing carts for players as others finished their round, no starter and the marshal was leaving for the day at 2pm. The first tee was busy and the twosome I was assigned with was not around, but a twosome scheduled at 1:30 but delayed waiting for a cart joined me. We waited on every shot and finished in 4.5+ hours. Weather was sunny and hot without too much wind.

Overall the course is in pretty good shape – it might play slightly differently for a morning round Sunday than in the late afternoon today. Greens were in good shape – receptive, rolling pretty smoothly at medium+ speed, and I don’t recall any obvious thin or bare areas on the greens. The usual number of recent and old ballmarks. Fairway lies were generally good but there were numerous scattered thin/bare patches as well as wet areas. Rough was all over the place depending on where you were on the course, ranging from bare/rocky to lush and 8” deep. Sand was in good shape but firm and thin, with many unraked areas. Many tees were lumpy or sloping (Blue).

New GPS systems on my cart and the twosome were not working. The group in front of us (1:50 tee time, in case the course reads this) was slow, loud, and were driving carts right up to and alongside greens. Many blue tees were back at the black plates today. R-W-B flag rotation, so 3 of the 4 par-5s were the same color. Adequate water available, and the refill rack on #10 had sand available for the first time I can remember. A doe and two fawns munching grass on fairway #2 didn’t pay us any attention.

Pace is often an issue here because the first 5 holes are very challenging in terms of forced carries, prevalence of ESAs, and sloping terrain. So, it’s easy to get off to a poor/slow start, backing up those behind you. Likewise, holes 16-18 also have a lot of trouble around them, ensuring a slower finish.

Recommended.
11 Likes.
Played the “all-kikuyu all-the-time” Diamond Bar GC with my monthly club on Saturday, 9/15/18, at 10am. The day was clear and hot with not too much wind until late in the round, so the 3-hr front nine, and total 5.5-hr round, were especially hot and wearying. We waited on every shot all day. The drill sergeant starter made sure we got out right on time so we could immediately join the waiting queue.

Conditioning was LA County casual. Greens were the “best” part of the course, mostly firm with good coverage, rolling at medium-fast speed. We saw some bumpiness throughout the round, and all greens had many old and new ballmarks. Fairways ran the gamut from soaking wet areas to lush and good to thin and hard to bare. Rough was the same way, with the added challenge of dry/clumpy/ball sits down. Throughout the course any lie in fairway or rough was a crapshoot regarding what you would get. Sand was generally thin and firm. Trees were mostly flat bit looked pretty ragged.

The course uses a Red-White-Blue pin rotation. Because of where they fall in the hole order, 3 of the 4 par-5s had red flags today– the course needs to use some imagination to break up that pattern and provide better variety. Saw a cart girl a couple of times - snack bar at #10 tee closed. Staff was friendly but a couple of “ambassador” carts seen around the clubhouse were never actually seen on the golf course.

Nothing we got for the round was unexpected.
12 Likes.
I was looking for a non-kikuyu location that hadn’t yet aerified their greens for a relaxed round on Tuesday, 9/11/18, and Glen Ivy fit the bill. [They are punching this coming weekend.] I found a GN deal at 2:04pm for $25. I had played here a few times in the past, and it’s a fun play that seems shorter than the yardage card from the Blue tees, perhaps because a lot of the longer holes have downhill tee shots. The clubhouse area was very busy when I arrived with many players, a couple of high school women’s teams getting ready to go out, and quite a bit of construction activity. Weather was sunny and warm with an unusual(?) NE breeze.

Greens here are generally small; some were firm, some were very receptive – you were never sure coming in how to play approaches to the greens. A couple greens had scattered bare spots along the edges. They rolled with some bumpiness at medium+ speed. Fairway lies were good – the turf was almost fluffy and could use a tightening with a mower. In most cases you won’t have a level lie, with the ball above or below your feet and/or being uphill or downhill, due to the course being pushed up against the hills to the west and interior gentle mounding. Rough condition ranged from thick/fluffy to thin/dry. Sand had good quantity, but greenside bunkers were all damp and fairly well-compacted. Many of the Blue tees were sloping, most behind a right handed golfer. Just for fun, the tee on the par-3 #5 sloped away in front of me!

There’s a big expansion underway at the clubhouse – a two-story banquet area is being added, so there’s lots of construction activity around the clubhouse and some traffic rerouting is in effect on the course around hole #9. The driving range is getting a solar roof over hitting area and they are adding access to parking right at the range. No yardage book is currently available, but many holes have colored yardage posts, and some sprinklers are marked. No GPS on the carts. The staff is friendly.

I played as a single as no one else was going out at that time. I played through a twosome on #5 and then breezed through the rest of the front nine in 1:30. But, oops, they were putting late players and golf teams out off BOTH tees at 3pm, so I ran up against the back of several groups on #10, and wasn’t waved up, so I poked around the back in 2:20, waiting on every shot. Overall pace just under 4 hours.

While the course was generally fairly dry and firm, there were many areas along cart paths and on road under-crossings where water had pooled and needed to be avoided. Ball washers are located on white tee boxes, so Black/Blue players are stuck with dirty balls. Brush growing tall in front of the #14 tee boxes needs to be trimmed down. The lake at the clubhouse on Hole #16 is still dry and ugly.

The course uses a Red-White-Blue pin rotation. Because of where they fall in the hole order, all 4 of the par-5s had blue flags today, and 3 of the 4 par-3s had red flags– the course needs to use some imagination to break up that pattern and provide better variety.

The tee shot on #18 is still a lot of fun on that “Ray Guy”-like driving opportunity. Where else can an old low-ball hitter like me move one out there 330 yards!!

Recommended for a casual, fun round.
9 Likes.
Played at San Clemente on a warm, sunny Saturday, 8/25/18, at 2pm with GKer lotrgolfer48 in our GK Cup 12 Round 3 match. It’s all kikuyu all the time here, which is why I rarely play it. Lies around the course varied from lush/soft to thin/ropey to very thin/bare/clumpy. Greens were in good shape, fairly firm and rolled well at medium+ speed - Matt obviously liked them a lot. Sand was in good condition. Tees (blue) on 5/7/12/17 were badly sloping behind a right-handed golfer – why do tees always seem to slope that way, and not in front of a r-h golfer?

Saw a cart person at #9. Friendly greeting in the shop. Adequate water available. No GPS or yard book – colored posts and plates in the fairway. Lots of subtle undulation and movement throughout the course, and you rarely have a level lie. Small greens with lots of subtle movement.

OK, but not my preferred palette.
9 Likes.
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