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This has been a course I've always wanted to play. I didn't read up much about the course except that I knew it was a private course and that I also knew that it is somehow connected to Big Horn cc. I had a high expectations with its conditions and it didn't disappoint. Just about at every where every corner you look, the grass is healthy in emerald green with fairways that are in one of the best top playing conditions, however, they are sloped and like Ken said in a review previous to this, you'll find some with moguls and some fairways are severely sloped- a good target drive and placements are a must on those holes. Otherwise, what you may think would be a good drive down the middle may just end up on either an unplayable spot or furthermore in a hazard. The greens are undulated and it's a must that you stay below the hole- that could mean just about anywhere depending on the green. The greens rolled nice and smooth, but not as fast as anyone would think- it just has a lot of slope and I'm glad it isn't that fast. The teeing grounds were perfect, but I didn't care much for the bunker's sand- I'd give it a 3 out of 5. It's just amazing how green they are in the same deep colored tone they have all over the course. Lots of money are being poured in here just for seeding each year.

I wouldn't mind playing here once in a while just for its condition and atmosphere along with good service. I felt good being here, our caddie was good and accommodating to all of us and the food was good, too.
8 Likes.
April 30, 2017, we were there that Sunday and were joined by to gents from Sacramento who played pretty well themselves without delay- they were enjoyable.

The greens healed from the recent aeration- it looks good but the balls wobble around more than a few times from all our putts. At times, chips and pitches would take sharp turns surprisingly left or right on its first bounce on green surface. We weren't sure or we couldn't tell if we were hitting ball marks, but everything looks perfectly smooth. After a few times with this going on, it became comical and we just had to laugh. I have never experienced this sort of thing on any of these three courses at Paiute. One of the guys were real funny and quick with a joke blaming the golfer. (LOL). Other than that, everything else was just fine good and playable.

There was no one in front of us and no one behind us until the last three holes, a twosome caught up with us.

Pro shop services were good. At the bar, devour tender was all alone and huge giant restaurant/bar. So we moved up at the bar- she was thankful, and served the beers well. :)
7 Likes.
First time here with rob1563, John_T and his dad, Larry last Saturday. Always a fun group to go out with. We enjoyed the links course quite a bit- with the winds at a constant 15 miles an hour or so and it helped the feel and experience to be away from it all for a little while. The course played difficult with the way it's set up and composed with pot bunkers, winds, and greens that are well undulated and more than a few times sloping front to back as for pin locations. Our newness on the course without any knowledge didn't help either. I'm not saying the course would be a lot easier if I knew it, no, the course is tough, but it always helps to know and have the choice on what/how to play to be even more enjoyable.

The course was in good playing conditions. The greens, I would have liked it to be smoother, it seems to me that the mature coarse leafed Bermuda what they had and that makes the ball wobble some- but not bad. The bunkers are okay with sand. I was in one or two from the shallower fairway bunkers. The rough was deep in some areas and nonexistent to more than a few holes- cut low. The teeing grounds are fine. The fairways are okay and not exactly running like a links would as seen on tv- but it's fine.

There's also some maintenance that just went on with a few of its greens' apron, fresh sods but it didn't play in our round- not marked under repair looks healing pretty good- but I probably would have moved my ball if I was on it or if it was in my way.

Having said all of that, I'd like to have another try at it further on down the road. I wish they're rack rates were more affordable for me.
12 Likes.
A week ago I was invited to play here. It was such a surprise because we haven't been back here since... well, it's been quite a while. So we played here on the 12th, April, and the course was well prepared for their Member/Guest tournament for the following day. I just want to say that to be on on this course during a spring sunny day is one of the best kept secret treat anyone could imagine let alone a day before one of their bigger member tournaments.

So needless to say that the course was in tip-top shape in every aspect. Most their greens are undulating and their greens almost looks fake from how green it is in color and how smooth and FAST they were- it is amazing! All bunkers have the beautiful white fluffy conditioned sand. The roughs just been cut, but it's no bargain- they are so healthy and strong. The teeing grounds... it's difficult to find a divot and when you find them, it's filled, and not only that, you'll need to have a tee in your pocket as you won't find even a broken one on a par three. Oh, and the fairways are cut super tight and are also very good.

You all know I couldn't give a course anymore than a 10, but I'll go ahead and give it a 12 anyway!!

To add to our day, a senior caddie ("Rambo!") gave us the full treatment of his specialized expertize making the round and scoring even more so very special and fun. First ball of four was in the air at 7:10 am, handshakes on the 18th by 10:55 am. Then a lunch at the clubhouse.

The halfway house were re-done and we were all pleased at what they've done there.

A royal treatment at a sentimental place from start to finish.

Thank you.
9 Likes.
Saturday 15, April, we were down in that area. I had a choice between this course or the other two on the south side of the freeway. While I'm very glad to have played a nice round here, I wouldn't know what I missed at the other course. I played with another single and as it turned out, Dave the guy, was pretty cool and played well, he's informative when you need it, yet you wouldn't know he's around you and we both had a nice round and scored nicely in a few holes.
The course was in pretty good shape, we thought. The greens were verticut, but it rolled okay. The bunkers looked okay too, but, sorry- not so sorry, I was never in any of them. It looks like bunkers were in good conditions- it had sand. The fairways and teeing grounds from the white tees were good.

The guy at pro shop was cool. My gn deal was much later, but he let me off much earlier. $45 + 2.49, and a token cost me &51.49 for 18.

The pace of play was great- no one in front nor back- it wasn't busy so we took our time reading putts- 4 hours and 15 minutes. It was a very enjoyable round.
11 Likes.
On an invitation I was able to get on with good-good friends. It's been a while since I've been on this course, but just as expected, the greens and its layout around the club on a hill never disappoint. It's always good to play here. Smooth rolling greens, strategic bunkerings on sometimes tight driving hole can be challenging. The elevations changes drastically so you have to place and position wisely to get the better angles to score.
Conditions of the course is in tip-top shape, I mean it's in a great playing condition... no details necessary.
Thank you to my host and everyone at Spanish Hills.
8 Likes.
Forgot to submit this from last Wednesday, the 8th, March.

They had a special $33 with cart starts at 12:00pm- slow day so I jumped into it. lots of twosome out so it played without delay. I paired myself with a guy on the tee who said he wasn't good and shot in the mid-high 70s. We kept up with each other's good speed in pace with the front twosome... lots of good holes! ...so fun!

The greens were good. It rolled nice- it's poa mix with bent at mid day so that tells you pretty much about it- some subtle inconsistency, not bad at all.

The teeing grounds were fine- there are many divots, but there are plenty of areas with grass to tee it on.

The fairways are real good- no mud ball, it runs pretty good, but not dried out. It's pretty lush and looks pretty good.

The rough isn't all that consistent in height and thickness so watch out for them- it's hard to find a ball in it at times.

Bunkers have sand- it looks good. 'Wasn't in it.

Overall, I was very pleased with the course's playing conditions.

I'll be ready to clear my desk again at it's moments notice!

Thanks.
8 Likes.
This awesome course beat us up pretty good on a gorgeous sunny day, 03/12/17. The course was amazing, we just simply couldn't play that day. Our 12:20 tee time moved up to 11:40, and our round finished 4:10- it was all a good thing, considering it's a mid day on a weekend. Nothing wrong went on this exceptionally perfect day except for our game is all.

The greens were good and well undulated but fair (wicked pins, Mr Greens Keeper- ugh!). Thank goodness it isn't as fast as I would want it. The fairways were a little wet and muddy on the first hole, near front of the green, but that's it. We were on a cart- no carts on the 18th and the par threes. The bunkers seems to be okay with sand, we were only in a couple- fairway and greenside. There's water on hazards- the locals say it had dried out before.

The tall grass along sides are a brut although both times we were off line, we lucked out with a pretty good lie. This course is a lot of fun! The feel and its looks, together with its design in each hole where they strategically place bunkers and iconic trees are just awesome. The front's length and forgiveness contrasts the back's more of a short and tighter fairways (just seems to me). It also played a lot slower, too.

Also, there in its back drop where the breeze comes from, a dramatically thick fog teases to roll in and sometimes making a hazy visibility on the course made me wonder where I was. ...well, it's on this great Olivas Links course experience!

The next time I come and visit, I promise not to come from a great wedding party before a golf round here. #Respect.

The last time I played here was a different course in the late 90's. People here nowadays, the starter, food and bev gal at the mobile building were pretty good with information, and humble about their course and a nice welcome. You just wouldn't expect a good course like this- we were so off guarded. It's far and different from the high desert, but worth every mile a drive.

We loved this course and hope to come back and play it again soon- what a gem of a course!
9 Likes.
Guys, Greenskeeper.org audience, I don't normally like to mention a number rating for any of the courses I play, but Griffith Park's Wilson course deserves no better than a 3.5 at best.

No, this is not a rant- this I mean is just a very- very poorly maintained golf course to say the least. Going through each details from tee to green will be a waste of time for both you and me. This, I can confidently say without holding back, let this course be worked on and heal.

It really is very sad to see a good laid out golf course in such a pitiful condition. I'm just all sad about this all together- it's terrible.
8 Likes.
We were here the day after Thanksgiving 2016. A cool morning that got up to about high 60s without much breeze on a clear day.

The course conditions were in good shape and the course playability were pretty good. There aren't much rough, and there are some bare spots on this muni course, but it is as good as what we paid for here. In other words, I am satisfied to find it the way it is for the amount they charge- regular without the city card- (sorry, I don't remember what we paid).

I don't remember seeing any beverage cart- but that's okay with me.

We had a 7:38 tee time and finished almost 4 hours after with two of our guys on the cart and two of us walked. I thought that was an okay pace- not fast, but not slow either.

The bunker sand quality is pretty heavy type, but there is sand there. I was only in that one, the #4 hole- west side of the course- the rest of the bunkers appeared to be okay- meaning it had sand and raked smoothly.

The teeing grounds were okay, the fairways were good, but there were some bare spots as I mentioned- not bad. The greens were good and it rolled pretty good- on the average it felt like a 10.5 - 11 in speed.

This is the third time they've changed the front/back start. The current front or the west side 9 of the course generally plays a few strokes more than the back for me, and I like that I could play the west side first.

Hoping to play it again soon.
13 Likes.
Thursday, 11/10/16, my guys went out for 18 on another gorgeous day up here in the high desert area. A $30 round to walk.

The conditions here aren't much different from what I posted for the Saturday, 11/05/16 review so I'll get to what's different. The greens continues to get faster than the previous times we've been here, however, my friend and I noticed a slight discoloration on a few spots- it isn't a bad thing although as the ball slows down a slight noticeable wobble on the ball starts to happen. Again, it isn't a negative thing.

Today, I met the Superintendent and he was friendly to speak to and he entertained my question by asking how I liked the current course conditions. As I told him what I recently reported here in Greenskeeper.org , he dug in and asked what I cared for on a course. (Wow!) I was almost speechless, but I knew this was a golden opportunity to share with him some of my input. To make the long story short, he and I pretty much agreed that on the type of course and customer/players that the course have, the greens should be at about 10-11 and no faster nor slower, but smooth as silk as we both describe Hacienda cc's green. The bunkers' sand is in good quality and that it is also conditioned and not just dumped in and then leveled- we both agree with that. The one we don't agree as much are the rough. I wanted less height, he thinks it's okay and also a lot of the better players have voiced that in the committee, but he understands my point.

We then moved on as to why is the ball wobbly as it slow down to stop? His answer was that this week, they've started to cut back on watering after the new grass have rooted nicely and also the amount needed as we approach cooler months. But he assures that his course will be pleasurable to play on in just a few weeks as the grass adjust to the changing temps and as they apply what's needed for the winter play.

Just hope I did a satisfactory job in relaying this tid-bit and hope that you are as excited as I am in with what's ahead for this course in my little Q&A with the supper. I look forward to winter golf there and hopefully, I could report about a fabulous playing condition at this course.

Thanks.

No'l
9 Likes.
It's rare that I play this course, but I played here two Thursdays in a row now with a few ok guys and the weather couldn't be better both times along with good company.

I'll have to say the greens are nice- a few bumps and ball marks but overall smooth and it has recovered well from its recent maintenance- Like I said, I was here last week and it was good, but yesterday was even better. I think the greens rolled even better and the overall of the course.

I'm also happy to report that there is sand around the greenside bunkers though I did not notice it from any of the few fairway bunkers- another + for the course and I say that because I've been here when there were none or thin if any.

The fairways are mowed nicely and tight this time of year- it's in a satisfactory shape if you ask me.

Teeing grounds from the blues and the forward tees are well used by the majority of the players as its a fairly busy, however, not a crowded course, and you'll find them fairly level and grassy- it just depends where and when they moved the tees around or were you a morning or afternoon tee time. Generally no complaints as there are many good spots to tee it on.

All of these officially good conditioned daily local muni course for $38 to walk on a weekday is really a great deal without having to find an ad deal or knowing anyone- just straight forward get on a good maintained course and enjoy your day of golf. FYI- many locals buy the $99 players card that gives them a free round right off the bat and can be used on holidays and weekends that is worth $65. Not to mention points accumulations in every round, dinners/lunches and pro shop purchases towards more free rounds or use it to purchase anything.

With all that said and more importantly, it looks like the new super is handling and manning with its crew to do well for the course and it shows. Oh and he's strict about the guys who chips and pitches around the practice putting greens- don't be caught. LOL :)

I'll be back sooner than I think!



PS. Shout out to Theb Igdog's birthday round this Saturday 11/05/16. He's bringing in a few GK guys with him. Happy Birthday!!!
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