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Something happened today at San Dimas that only be described as a miracle of epic proportions. Tee time of noon as single on a GN hot deal of $25, got there a little early and was paired up with another single and twosome and we were on the 1st tee, balls in the air by 11:45am, shaking hands and walking back to my car at 3:00pm! Yes you read that right! A 3:15 round at San Dimas (home of the 5+ hour round), on an American Golf managed course (home of the fivesomes and 4 min spacing). Someone wake me up because I must be dreaming...

BTW, the golf was fine and conditions were same ol same ol. Greens are outstanding with minimal ball marks & rolling medium fast and true and holding well. Fairways mostly good with a few dry patches. Rough is a grab bag of lush, patchy, bare, penal, not so penal...you get the point. Bunkers fair with mostly good sand but they need a raking. Tees (blues) were poor. They had decent coverage but too many unlevel lies to contend with all day.

To recap: A 3hr 15min round at San Dimas with some waiting on the front 9! That's a typical time for 9 holes on the weekends here. Well I can say it happened once in my lifetime. Never to happen again...
15 Likes.
Decided to hop in on the Guru fun at the last minute today and boy am I glad I did! The Goose is simply awesome right now, minus a couple of bunkers. There was a SCGA qualifier finishing up before we got started and the course was in fantastic overall shape.

Tees- Lush and level with minimal damage.
Fairways- Green, lush, cut tight and rolling out well while still providing ample cushion underneath. Great lies all day long.
Rough- Lush and thick but mostly manageable and not too penal.
Bunkers- Only downside today. Greenside #3 had great soft sand. Was in 3 others, all fairway and 2 out of the 3 had many dime sized rocks in them. Not to Goose's standards
Greens- Slightly firm but held well struck shots. Rolling at med/fast speeds. Mostly smooth with some later afternoon Poa wobbles. But nothing major. Really good overall.

Customer service was spot on in the shop. Sign near starter shack said pin position 3 but we soon found out that wasn't the case today due to the SCGA qualifier. I called the pro shop on 5 tee asking if they had pin sheets available and by the time we were putting out on 5 green, we had the sheets in our cart. Awesome! Speaking of which, some of those pins were brutal today. A couple paces from the edges or tucked in corners or right behind a trap!

POP was 3:50 and the only other people we saw on the course was the first group of gurus in front of us. Highly recommended as always! Thanks Johnny!
20 Likes.
Played in the GK Event yesterday and it was another spectacular day of fun and hacking with fellow GK'ers even with Hurricane John pouring on us for a few holes. Ok, so maybe it was a light sprinkle but still, it's the desert in May!

Once again, not enough thanks can be expressed to Johnny and all that you do! Shotgun start at 2pm and our group Johnny, Ron, Ben, & myself were the lead group starting on #7. We basically had the course to ourselves as nobody was in front and we were never pushed from behind so we cruised around in a little under 4.5 hours taking our time to take some pics along the way.

I'll be brief with the course conditions since it's about to be covered another 40+ times in the near future ;)

Tees- Blues were flat with good coverage and minimal divot damage.
Fairways- Firm and fast but still very lush that provided a great padding underneath to hit from.
Rough- Lush and cut low along the fairways. Some longer areas in the mounded areas surrounding the greens but overall not very penal and easy to play from.
Bunkers- So. Many. Bunkers. And they were all great to play from. Even the ones that had been compacted due to some moisture were still soft and fluffy once your club broke the surface.
Greens- Even with the transition from Rye to Bermuda they were really rolling smoothly at consistent at medium speeds. No crazy undulations like some Nicklaus designs, but there are plenty of subtle breaks to keep you on your toes.

Customer service was a hit and a miss today. Valet and bag attendants both before and after the round were spot on and friendly.

Unfortunately there was an issue with the service at the restaurant during the prize ceremony after the round. We were sitting at a table for 4 and 2 of us ordered food. Long story short, when we tried to pay at the end, the server said that the entire group of 40+ people were all on the same bill and there was no way at all to split the bill. I might understand if this was communicated before we ordered or if everyone was sitting at one large table, but we were all broken up into several tables/sections on the patio. And what restaurant can't split a bill nowadays?? Our server brought us the (entire) bill and said to mark which items we ordered and we would have to pay cash. We gave her the cash and after she brought the change, she comes back and says "you guys calculated the gratuity and tax right?"...Oy Vey! Epic fail and I hope the F&B director address this because that's just terrible.

Thankfully the golf and all other aspects were incredible and I didn't knock off any ratings because of that but I hope to see it addressed so it'll go smoother for the next group.
12 Likes.
Round 2 was on the Mountain View Course and I dare say it was in better overall condition than Firecliff. Tees, fairways, bunkers, and rough were identical on both courses. The greens, as Sixpez mentioned, haven't been punched yet here and that was the differentiating factor as they were smoother and quicker, although didn't hold as well as Firecliff.

Fun times as always with the Guru crew and big thanks to Johnny once again!
8 Likes.
Round 1 of the Desert Willow GK Guru double dip and not much to add to the previous reviews other than the bunkers are A++ and I know because I visited so many of them that I almost went to HR after the round to ask for a job on the maintenance crew since I basically raked them all personally for them! Oh and the pins were just NASTY today. Either on top of a ridge, turtle's back, or tucked away in a corner like a Sunday pin on tour. Yikes! Just about everything else I want to say is covered by my fellow Gurus.
8 Likes.
Enjoyed a really fun round with some legendary GK'ers today as part of the Guru outing. The pace was fantastic clocking in at 4 hrs and the weather couldn't be any better with a nice breeze to keep it cool all day.

As Evil mentioned, the course was in mostly good shape with highlights being the fairways and rough which were lush and very full. Tees were mostly level with minor damage on the expected holes. Bunkers were a mixed bag of fluffy and thin and unfortunately the pot bunkers on 16 were not in good shape which is too bad since they're the focal point of that hole. Greens still need some time to recover from aeration. They were medium pace at best but were still bumpy. Another week or two and a good cut/roll will have them back in tip top shape.

Always a blast to tee it up in the guru outings and thanks Johnny for everything!
12 Likes.
Played the Goose yesterday with a 2:04pm tee time but they got us out at 1:30pm which was nice. POP was a smooth 4:20. Simply put the course is spectacular right now, even by Goose's high standards.

Tees- Flat, level, lush, minimal divots
Fairways- Highlight of the day. Looks great and plays just as well. Reminds me of most Palm Springs courses in the winter. Not too many unfilled divots. Perfect proportion of roll out on drives while still providing great lies with nice padding underneath.
Bunkers- Was in 1 fairway bunker and it was firm but playable enough.
Rough- Lush and healthy but not overly penal
Greens- Really nice right now. Holding well & putting pretty quick. Smoother early in the round and but got bumpier in the late afternoon which is normal from the foot traffic. Didn't see many unrepaired ball marks.

As usual the Goose lived up to is billing as one of the finest courses around. Best practice facilities anywhere within 50 miles in any direction. Only minor quibble was the lack of a beverage cart on this hot day and if you play here regularly, you'll know that the food in the clubhouse is about average at best. But I come for the golf not the food! Have fun everyone!
9 Likes.
Been hearing a lot of good things about Eagle Glen lately and I've always loved the course so I snatched a GN hot deal for $27 and was out there at 11am today paired with another single and a twosome all great guys to play with. It was really crowded for a mid-week round so POP was not ideal at just a tick under 5 hours.

Disclaimer, I LOVE firm and fast courses so Eagle Glen has always been right in my wheelhouse. Perhaps the course has really greened up since last week but I found the fairways to be mostly green and pretty good cushion underneath. Perhaps around 85/15 green vs bare/hardpan areas. The rain has really brought the course back to life. Rough was not much of an issue and trending toward hardpan the further away you got from the fairways. Eagle Glen is in the process of adding new sand to the bunkers so the one I was in greeted me with a nice fried egg. Soft and fluffy in the bunkers with new sand. The older ones looked to be pretty firm and compacted. Tees are really lush and frankly, could use a mow. We started on #10 today as they had verticut the greens earlier in the morning but other than the visual effect, you would never know. As others have mentioned they are so nice right now! Fast, firm, lush, and basically perfect! If you hit a good putt, it's going in. Now the one and only downside to all this rain...all the ESA areas on the hillsides would spit your ball out easily during the drought years. Not anymore! If your ball goes into one of these areas, it's as good as gone!

Gurus, y'all will have a great time tomorrow and hopefully the POP will be better for you folks!

PSA for all GK'ers and especially the gurus tomorrow. DO NOT ENTER THE ESA AREAS! Saw a marshall today with 2 dead rattlesnakes in his cart. One was from #1 and the other I'm not sure. But apparently it's wakey wakey time already for those bad boys so be careful!
16 Likes.
Played LARV yesterday with fellow GK'er Osamabinhacking teeing off at 7:30am. We played the East/North (the most preferred routing). Course was crowded even at the early hour and POP was 5 hours however if there was ever a long round with "flow" yesterday was it. We only had more than a short wait a couple of times all day and there was not any single group out of place. Just a lot of folks taking advantage of the beautiful weather.

OBH and myself both grew up in the area and you can say this our default home course and as such we've been playing it for nearly 20 years now and I can say without a shadow of a doubt, this is BY FAR the best condition that I've ever seen Royal Vista in. The * to that statement would be that there are probably a ton of courses in So Cal that are at their peaks right now as well with all the rain this winter. Course is the greenest I've ever seen it. Fairways are a deep green providing the perfect mix of firm for extra yards on your drive, yet cushioned enough underneath so that you won't have any thin lies. Rough is really healthy and JUICY in spots. Keep a close eye on your ball as there are definitely some spots that will swallow your golf ball. Tees were lush with good coverage and minimal damage but some just need to be leveled and flattened but that's been the case forever here. Bunkers are well stocked with both sand and in a couple cases, rocks too =( BUT the highlight by FAR were the greens. They were as smooth as I've ever seen here and rolling fast and pure yet will still hold any decent shot into them.

Is it Rams Hill? Of course not, let's not get silly! It's not Goose or Oak Quarry either, but for those of you that have played LARV before, you'll be hard pressed to ever find this course better than it is now. Go play now because the reality is, it won't last and in a couple weeks or months, it'll be back to our lovable home course that is just "pretty ok".
16 Likes.
After getting a bad case of cabin fever I finally made it outside over to Two Lakes this morning. No numerical rating in GK for today's round as it wouldn't really be fair given the recent storms. Surprised that only a few holes were CPO as personally I think they could use another few days to dry out. Not that many really wet spots but still quite a few soft and clumpy spots left that carts would just do more harm to. Overall though I was pleasantly surprised as the course seems to have drained well for the most part. Tees definitely need a mow but they're green and lush. Fairways and rough are a combo of dormant and semi-dormant Bermuda. Dry areas played super firm and fast and rough was non-existent and wouldn't stop a ball from rolling into or out of trouble. Only thicker areas were closer to the fringes. Bunkers had all dried out and had nice soft sand. Greens were soft and bumpy but rolled at a nice medium pace. All in all it's very playable and will only continue to get better as the temps warm up. Recommended.
13 Likes.
Been a while since I've played at my home away from home course. Had some expiring vouchers that I needed to use and I was prepared to play in the rain but to my pleasant surprise, it was one of the nicest days I can ever remember while playing up here. Close to 70 degrees and not a breath of wind, which for those of you that have played here before, you'll know how rare that is! Threat of rain caused many cancellations and I was able to cruise around solo in 3 hours while only having to wait a handful of times on a few foursomes ahead or else 2-2.5hrs would have been doable even taking my time.

As I've come to expect course conditions are darn near impeccable. I was expecting some soggy conditions after last night's rain but found the course drains extremely well. Only minor issues was the placement of the (gold) tees today. A few could use leveling but all had a great coverage and minimal damage. Fairways were completely lush and healthy and not a thin spot to be found. Rough was the same however, if you find yourself further offline in the mounds then it's a crapshoot as always. Bunkers are same as ever and possibly the most consistent out of any course around. Different type of sand than other courses but all the traps at MD play exactly the same which is nice. Greens are great right now! Rolling medium-fast and pure. #15 & 17 being the exceptions as they still have issues with thin spots and bumps which I assume is due to the lack of sunlight they receive because of the huge Eucalyptus groves surrounding them.

Service is great on all levels but no drink cart today. As others have mentioned, the layout is just so sweet. A little bit of everything regarding length, width, elevation changes, green undulations, wind (not today!) and you'll use every club in your bag. Contemplating if I should get out there again tomorrow morning? Really hope to have a return GK Event at the Old Course again one day! Happy New Year everyone!
13 Likes.
Pretty much ditto what everyone has already mentioned. Last year I gave it a 10/10. This time around is 9/10 which is of course still spectacular! Just some minor things here and there that I noticed yesterday such as the tees being a little long and a good amount of footprints on the greens but as such, these are just minor nitpicks and really nothing that affects play at all. The greens still rolled beautifully. Fairways and bunkers look like something straight out of a magazine! Can't wait to go back and try out the golf bikes.
16 Likes.
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