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Out second off with the event group with a POP just over 4 hours. Praise from everyone for the fairway and rough conditions, which were excellent all around. Greens were very good for being transitional between rye and bermuda so reactions from shots could be varied depending on the patch you hit. Rolled well at medium pace overall but could be a bit scary on the downhill/downgrain putts. Bunkers had me baffled but coverage was great with heavy sand. Tee boxes all looked very good to my eye. Overall the course is in fantastic condition for the time of year and we managed a picture perfect weather day on top of it.
10 Likes.
Played yesterday 12/1 getting off just before 1pm and managed to finish 15 holes in about 4:15 before calling it a day due to darkness. Rat-patrol's previous review is pretty much spot on. Tee boxes were mostly okay with some crowned areas on the Par 3s. Greens were quick and a little bumpy but very playable. Fairways could use a haircut but are filling in nicely. Very little roll out there between the fairway length, kikuyu, and recent rains. Front 9 POP was 2:40 due to it being cart path only and the depth of the rough. Speaking of which... my current review of the rough is as follows: AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH DON'T GO THERE! ABANDON HOPE ALL BALLS THAT ENTER THIS DOMAIN!!
8 Likes.
Played 10/25 in the SCGA 4-ball qualifier. Conditions were very good to great over most of the course. Greens were receptive, quick, and rolled true. Fairways were in very good shape as was the rough. The only real complaint was that a few of the back tee boxes were mushy and/or had thin grass coverage. Many of those were tucked near taller vegetation so thinning the herd might get a bit more sunlight to them. Excellent championship layout is always a challenge.
15 Likes.
Not much to add to the rest of the Gurus. The course was in much better shape than the last time I was here about 2 years ago. Both fairways and rough were in much better shape (In the case of the rough, it actually existed this time). Only problem I had was the upper fairway on 2 that was basically a bog 40 yards short of the green. Really takes all reward away from a risk/reward hole. Greens were pretty good outside of some splotchiness on the front of Hole 1. Had no issues with the tee boxes. It's typical canyon/hillside golf so they are small and will have some damage here and there since they can't be moved around all that much. POP was a robust 5.5(ish) with a group a few ahead of the first Guru group that was apparently the main culprit.
Still not my favorite layout in the area and doubt it ever will be but the conditions have improved greatly in the past years and it's slowly growing on me.
16 Likes.
Not much to add to the rest of the 9/9 GK Gurus. The course was in very good summer shape for the desert. The greens were the biggest surprise with them being very receptive with excellent grass coverage. With the high temps they were running medium-slow but consistent. Tee to green the course was in great shape as well; great teeing ground coverage as well as fairways. Can't say much about the bunkers as I was only in one fairway trap but they looked more than acceptable. Saw the beverage cart a few times and the iced towels on Hole 1 were much appreciated!
9 Likes.
Not much to add to David's review. Summer kikuyu is always a gamble but I think San Clemente does better than most being near the coast and not dealing with temperature extremes. You'll get some misses in terms of lies but most of those were in the rough and not the fairways. Greens were running medium with a few ball marks but overall pretty well. Tee boxes were hit and miss in terms of being level but coverage was typically good. One of the best, if not the best deal in OC in terms of price on a course with a bit of character.
13 Likes.
Played with rudyclub on 7/1 teeing off just before 11.
The course is very playable but definitely has the rough around the edges appearance. I though the fairways were good with solid coverage. Lots of roll but not what I would call thin. Greens were receptive and rolled well, but my goodness the unfixed ball marks were a plague. Not much rough to speak of except around the greens and even then it wasn't very penal. Bunkers were on the thin side and several tee boxes were quite crowned.

I would venture to say that there is an excellent golf course hidden here but it needs a dedicated effort to get to that level. Getting the tees a bit more level and figuring out what to do with the previous waste bunkers would go a long way. Curious to see what will happen in the coming years because as Nick said in a previous review: The bones are there.
14 Likes.
Played Thursday 6/14 in the early afternoon. The place was pretty dead. I played through 2 foursomes than didn't hit anyone else until the 18th fairway. I knew going in that the course had punched the previous week but the greens had mostly healed up and looked good so soon after aeration. Much like the other regulation length course in town, Oakcreek, this course puts a premium on accuracy. This course is a bit more "target golf" in comparison to Oakcreek whose main defense is narrow tee-lined fairways. Overall the course is in good shape, especially the fairways. The tee boxes were occasionally a problem, where several were crowned and tough to find a flat spot.
15 Likes.
Played today. The punched middle of last week but should be good to go in a week and a half or so. Fairways and rough were a bit sticky but very good. Bunkers are firm, which is the norm.
9 Likes.
Played with Sal in our GK match yesterday teeing off just before 2:30 and finishing around 7:15.
Sal's review is spot on. Tee boxes, fairways and rough good to great all around as I've come to expect on both courses. Fairways have a bit of sand around the greens from the recent aeration so keep that in mind on chips. Greens still showing aeration scarring but getting close. No real difference between these and late afternoon Poa in terms of roll; a few bumps here and there. Much more receptive than they were a month and a half ago. Saw the beverage cart twice and check in was a breeze.
7 Likes.
Played today walking up as a single around 10:30. Had called yesterday to get an idea of how crowded the tee sheet was going to be (busy this morning, open after 10).
Weather was partly cloudy with a 10-15mph wind on the front 9 turning into a 30mph wind on the back 9. Course was in good shape. Fairways lush with good coverage. Rough consistent and not too penal. Tee boxes flat with limited divot damage outside the shorter par 3s. Bunkers pretty good with soft, heavy sand. Greens had lots of Poa buds but were somehow consistent, just on the slow side. After years of playing here I find the fairways, rough, bunkers, and tee boxes don't change much through the year so you pretty much know what you're going to get. Greens have a bit more variance from round to round and were surprisingly receptive this time around. POP was right around 4.5 hrs, slowing down once I hit a few groups on the back 9 and the wind started to really get up.
18 Likes.
Played this afternoon; walked up at 1:25 and was first off twilight at 2:00 on resident rates (Boy, does it feel good to say that). The South is in very good shape. Not much has changed since Rat-Patrol was last here. I would say the green are in better shape than his review (but afternoon Poa is always going to be bumpy) but all else remains the same. Good tee boxes, solid bunkers and very good fairways. POP was a solid 4:30 and saw the beverage cart quite a few times. Amazing for resident rates, overpriced for out of towners (especially on weekends). Awesome first experience here and looking forward to the next bout against the South.
15 Likes.
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