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I played here yesterday by myself after Cascata and again this morning with fellow GKer, jerry64. The course is a great muni-style course with friendly and helpful course personnel. I was offered a local rate both days, paying $30 late Wednesday afternoon and $60 this morning. Between both rounds, I played all three nines. Greens were medium slow and had quite a few ball marks and unrepaired and poorly repaired marks. Fairways and rough were lush and had few thin or bare areas. Bunkers were good with a consistent amount of coarse sand that was mostly groomed well. POP was 2:15 by myself late Wednesday and 3:15 with Jerry this morning. I would consider playing here again if I did not want to pay the freight of the other Vegas courses.
8 Likes.
Played in the GK Review Guru event yesterday and I have to say that the high praise that this course has received on this site is well-earned. I'll say it right now: I'm not a big fan of the steep greens fee and mandatory caddie (plus his fee of $50), but it fits in with the fully pampered private club experience that the course gives you. The facilities are very good as far as the golf is concerned, and extraordinary in regards to the clubhouse, cart barn (LOL), and restaurant. Use the locker room, but just know that there is no lock on the lockers. Maybe you could ask someone to lock yours up, but I trusted all the GKer's near my locker. Plus, I didn't leave anything of value in my locker. For a mid-summer round in the heat of Vegas (Boulder City, actually), the turf was in great shape. Greens were bent grass, medium slow speed, and rolled true. Lots of turf in the fairways and rough, so no issues there. Tees were flat (we played the blues, I think) and in great shape. Our caddie, Dan, was spot on with reads and tips as to where to hit on the occasional blind shot. He really hustled around each hole to give all four of us advice on shots and helped locate errant shots. We were all over the place, so Dan really had to work. Sorry, bud. The only slight negative was the thin sand in the bunkers, but I hear that they will be rebuilt soon (as they apparently were at their sister course, Rio Secco). We had a good breakfast before the round, and although not cheap, the food was good. The practice range had about a dozen mountain goats way up top, so that was kind of cool. The course is very scenic, with lots of elevation changes, water features, and wildlife everywhere. I look forward to playing here again.
8 Likes.
We got the opportunity to play this course yesterday afternoon. I'd like to thank the Club at Sunrise and Johnny GK for the round. Aside from a few burned out areas, the course turf was in fantastic condition. I am told that this course is 100% paspallum grass. It provided a great surface to hit from and wonderful lies, except in the case where you ended up in the deep rough or drainage channels lining the course along the right side of every fairway. The favorite saying for us was," The ditch is a (insert word that rhymes with itch). The biggest drawback on this course is that it is lined on the left by houses and on the right by a creek or wash. You really have to hit a straight drive or play a consistent fade or draw, otherwise you could end up in trouble. It's not that tight, but it could be an issue. I'm not that good, but I played OK and there were sufficient landing areas to keep most of my drives in play. The greens were in great condition. They look beautiful, however they did not roll as nice as they looked. That grass was somewhat course and grainy and it was a little bit shaggy and slow. It wasn't bad, but it definitely does not roll like a bent grass green. Good pace of play at just about 3:15. Plenty of ice and water was provided for our comfort.
9 Likes.
I played this course this past weekend 3 times. Monday morning rate was $39. Sunday's round was part of a small tournament called #TheOven17. Monsoon weather all week, but the course drains really well. Nicest greens in the area, according to many locals. The first time I have seen bentgrass greens in the desert in summer. Greens were pock-marked with many unrepaired or poorly repaired ball marks. That was unfortunate because it really detracted from the appearance, and if there was a mark in your line it might have an effect on the roll. Other than that, the rest of the course was outstanding. Great layout but some tough holes to deal with (I'm looking at you, Hole 10!). I think the devil himself designed Hole 10, because it was a beast! Overall, there was excellent grass coverage in the fairways and rough. Tees were in great shape: level and few divots to deal with. The sand was plentiful and nice to hit from, even if it was wet. Good service by the beverage cart staff. Also they have a good $6 breakfast burrito. I recommend the chorizo. I had a great experience there Saturday afternoon (I paid $21 riding), golfing by myself (dodging monsoon rain) and finishing 18 holes in just under 2 hours! This was my second under 2-hour round this year! Wonderful, scenic views of the nearby mountains and casino as well as the course itself. Many great water features, some of which will sneak up on you, so use the GPS in the cart. I recommend this course if you are in the area!
11 Likes.
Played yesterday with DKnight and his cousin. I paid $39 to walk. POP was about 4:45, teeing off around 9:20 a.m. There was some issue with the starter when we arrived as they had placed a sign in their window saying they would be with us in 5 minutes. No worries, but we did tee off a little later than our tee time.

The greens were all splotchy, like there was some fungus or uneven growth in what is usually a very consistent mix of poa annua and bentgrass. It did look poor, but rolled okay with occasional slight bumpiness; however, DKnight will tell you his birdie putt was knocked off line by this bumpiness. :)

The greens were very receptive; firm enough to not show a lot of ball marks, but soft enough to hold most shots. Green speed was probably around 8'-9'.

Great coverage of grass from tee to green without any bare areas.

Tees (we played the whites) were level and without a lot of divots.

Fairways were smooth and ran well without a lot of soggy/wet areas.

Some of the rough was getting thick and you could get unlucky if your ball settled into it. Mostly consistent good lies throughout.

Sand was all groomed nicely, but maybe getting thin in some of the bunkers. I was in one trap with a downhill lie and I thinned/bladed my shot from there. Most likely not the bunker's fault, lol.

I am concerned about the appearance of the greens; I hope it's not some fungus.

Maybe I will call and see what they say about it.
8 Likes.
We played Sunday afternoon as part of the GK Cup 9 Championship. It was a great venue for the event as the temps were around 75 degrees and the course was in super shape for the Oxnard City Championship. The only negative was the City Championship allowed golfers to play Hole 18 down the fairway for Hole 1. More than a couple of us thought that was very risky and it did slow down play a little at first. The greens were running 13+ and the rough was shaggier than normal. A couple of areas were quite penal if you were unlucky enough to find them (right behind Hole 13, for instance, was a deep grass bunker). We were a threesome and all walked with push carts. It was a good workout, especially the few big hills. The sand looked good throughout the course. I hit from a fairway bunker on Hole 12 and there was an adequate amount of good quality sand. Overall, I liked the way the course played and the firm, fast greens were very fun to putt on. We used the GK Coupon and saved a few greenbacks! Thanks to JohnnyGK for setting this up!
7 Likes.
I played here for the first time last Thursday, going out as a single just before 4 p.m. It was wide open and I finished in just under 2 hours with a cart. I paid $35 (resident rate), so big thanks to the course there. The course is really nice, except for the housing tract which lines it. I was scared I might hit a house, but they are (for the most part) far enough from the landing areas, except for hole 5. I am proud to say I did not hit anyone's property. Greens were very nice; maybe a little on the medium side of speed, but it was not super slow. They rolled smooth and there were very few ball marks as the afternoon winds seem to dry the course down a little. Lots of undulation and chances to play some break here and there, especially hole 18. Good rollout on the fairways, too. The rough was inconsistent; not too penal in some areas and somewhat heavy in others (especially around the greens). I will play the course again when in the area.
9 Likes.
DKnight and I played here Sunday morning, riding for $68 at 9:58 a.m. I paid $5 for a small bucket of range balls which we shared on their all-grass range. Four hour POP, following a foursome, waiting on a few shots near the end. Good turf coverage everywhere; the rough and fairways are a little drier than what they have on the Lakes course, but very playable with good roll. The greens are also very nice; also, slower than the Lakes greens. I was in a couple of bunkers and both had good sand. Good times and great weather. Better play in the afternoon to get the best rates. Walking will save you $15.
11 Likes.
Played Sunday, 5/28/17, with kassper7 as part of our GK Cup 9 match play. We teed off around 7:00 a.m. and finished in a little over 4 hours, waiting on a few shots for the groups ahead. The course is in lush condition overall, with good grass coverage throughout from tee to green. We played the blue tees and most were fairly level except for a couple, but I don't remember which ones. The greens were in good shape; some showed signs of recovery from aeration, but it did not affect the roll. They did roll medium fast without any real bumpiness. We fixed several ball marks, but it wasn't crazy. I think we paid $35 to walk. They gave me a push cart without the $5 charge when I inquired about one, so great customer service there. Alhambra has a nice practice area, with a two-tiered range, putting, and chipping areas. Lots of fun holes with drivable par 4's and reachable par 5's.
8 Likes.
I played here last Friday after work; me and a buddy teeing off at around 3:50 p.m. I paid $17 to ride, he paid $6 on their monthly Players Club. The course continues to be in fine shape. They have really stepped up the maintenance on the course. In the past there was all kinds of litter from the many trees all over the place, but now it looks like they regularly rake it all up. Tee to green there is good amounts of grass growing, without the drought stressed look that has been so prevalent over the last few years at many courses. The greens ran medium fast, smooth, and it looks like most of them were edged (something that few municipal courses seem to have time or resources to do). There was some hydraulic fluid damage on nine green. Tees were mostly level and had good coverage. A few were well divotized as this is mostly par-3's. Sand looked nice, although I was not in any bunkers. The pace of play was a bit slow, but it was the beginning of a holiday weekend so there were a lot of players. We finished this par 60 course in 3 hours, 45 minutes.
7 Likes.
While visiting Pleasanton, CA, I got a chance to play here with local fellow GKers Big O and S_Smith. Big thanks to Octavio for hooking us up with his GN discount, saving us $25. Great vistas from many tee boxes and nearly perfect conditions throughout the course. I was having some difficulty with some of my bunker shots, but I think it was me. The sand was pristine, sparkly, and white; just like you would see at Pebble Beach. Nice lies throughout the course, whether you were in the fairway or in the rough. Sometimes you could find some deep stuff, but mostly the ball just sat up nicely. The greens rolled great. They were fast; probably around 10.5. I am sure they could speed it up if they wanted. POP was around 4:15; very leisurely with no one pushing us as we played within a shot of the group ahead. I was impressed with the customer service. A cart attendant came out to the parking lot to pick me up. He loaded my clubs and gave me the cart. Good times seeing my old buddy, Scott and his pal, Octavio.
12 Likes.
I played this course on Friday, May 19, 2017 with my pal from Camarillo. Good to great course conditions in general. I would say they are 99.9% healed from greens aeration they did about 6 weeks ago. Lush grass from tee to green. Only the area of the fairway in front of hole 6 had thin lies and some bare ground. I found out that they have had a problem with that zone since a major flood hit there many years ago. Rough was lush, but not too penal. All the bunkers were groomed and had nice, soft sand. The greens rolled great: fast, but not too fast. I would say they rolled around 10.5. Pace of play was about 4 to 4.5 hours. Great food and atmosphere in the pub. Not cheap, but we got a good deal on Groupon paying $89, which included range, cart, and a beer.
10 Likes.
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