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A late AM round on the Classic, Sat 11/4/17. PoP very slow today at 5:15 probably due to the lengthy Kikuyu rough (difficult finding errant tee balls) and shaggy fairways. Don't know what's up here but the previous posts mention the same conditions ... maintenance seems sub-par for this usually decent course.

Greens were firm and fast, mostly true and decent conditions with not too many ball marks to repair, but so hard that only a well stuck iron would check up. Bunkers had thin sand over firm base but playable ... however, I did see a few flyers.

Unfortunately, I'll wait to see a good review before I come back ... at $52 walking on a weekend I think I can find better deals. If they get the maintenance crew on the course with their mowers and soften up the greens a tad, then the Classic will play like it's old self. Maybe the rain coming in next week will help with the later.
9 Likes.
Out at Candlewood Thursday morning trying to stay outta the way of some light rain. Walked it solo for $60 at a leisurely 3.5 hr pace ... not crowded so plenty of time to play a Mr. Blue vs. Mr. White match (White won +1). I'm one who enjoys this mix of traditional and quirky, as most holes are straight forward but a few make you scratch your head (#9 comes to mind where they stuff the tee box in the absolute deepest corner of the golf course).

Anyway, the course is Kikuyu rough (and I mean the super sticky kind that dconnally hates) and Poa greens just coming out of aeration (give them another week and they'll be great). Most putts were a bit unstable, not quite medium speed but manageable. Bunkers are a darker type of sand, easy to play from and well maintained.

Golfnow has public tee times available w/cart. Golf boards are available but might be for members only, not sure. I'll be back.
10 Likes.
Played the 'Wood this AM as a walking 5, got around in 4:30 with some waiting but mostly slow because were were all walking and playing serious golf ... all 5 players shooting in the '70's ... and I didn't want to lose too much dough (don't worry, we kept pace the entire round). Fun times.

Anyway, greens out of aeration but some still showed signs of punching (very light) and some had overwater fungii happening. Some bumps and bruises to manage and speed had some variance, too. GS & FW bunkers have good sand but were not maintained today, so I had some extra raking to do. Good fairway cover and the usual patchy rough ... that's what you get here at the 'Wood. Plays semi-long from the blues, nothing too drastic other than the four par 3's which total around 800 yds ... show me a So Cal course that beats that. Toss on another 100 if you go from the tips!

Flat and walkable, players and duffers abound. $30 walking is a good deal. Recommended for no frills golf in the Long Beach area.
9 Likes.
Treated a bud to a round at Strawberry Farms Saturday using a GN Hotdeal ($90), they got us out an hour early which was cool, so we teed off around 11:30 and finished in 4 hrs. Course in overall very good condition, tee to green. Bermuda fairways still mostly a lighter shade of green with the rough short but if your ball settles you had be uber precise when making contact. As A'Cat mentioned, the tee boxes were overseeded and not cut recently today, too, so a bit shaggy, sandy, and uneven. Greens were soft and rolled true, semi-quick downhill. In a couple GS bunkers which had excellent cover and easy to play from.

They drained the reservoir which takes away some of the beauty of the back nine. I enjoy this track but its high green fee only means its an occasional visit. As most mention in their reviews, the rack rate here is simply over the top. Still recommended (only with a deal though).
9 Likes.
Out early Friday AM at Rio Hondo, a walking four-ball. Course in decent Fall condition right now, Bermuda turning colors but good lies everywhere even in the Kikuyu rough. A few GUR areas properly marked (good to see). Greens were a bit soft post aeration and a tad slower than I've seen in the past here, just need a good mow. We were rolling lot's of putts just on the short side. They did hold approach shots like Velcro. I was in two GS bunkers which were raked and well maintained as was the FW bunker I played from on #3.

Can always count on the Hondo for consistent greens and maintenance. Should play here more often. Not a difficult course but the mature, tree lined fairways can reek havoc if you're not accurate off the tee. PoP was a few minutes shy of 4 hrs. Recommended.
9 Likes.
The great 60+ deal still exists here at Coyote Hills: $55 includes cart, balls, entree + drink M-F. Conditions decent with greenish-tan Bermuda fairways and iffy lies in the rough, soft greens that were rolling at a medium pace but can be very quick downhill. Bunkers well maintained but a few un-raked foot prints which I honestly do not comprehend. Hilly with some space between holes so walking would be a challenge (I prefer to walk but took a cart). Some target golf so it's no grip&rip course for sure. Shorter, par 70 design.

We got around in 4:15 with some waiting and a 7:30 tee time. All in all, a decent semi-tight track with some funky stuff thrown in, so if you know that before hand than it's no big deal. Recommended for the senior deal ... don't know about paying rack rate.
6 Likes.
Played El Do Tuesday, 10/4. A bit slow front but no waiting on back for a 4:20 PoP. Greens back from aeration and putted great with #1-3 a bit beat up. Fairways still full cover minus a few browned out areas. Rough hit-or-miss .... lots of pine needles under (you guessed it) Pine trees. Bunkers were in good shape with some footprints present.

All in all, the course is in typical El Do shape: decent Kikuyu fairways and good Poa putting surface. Flat and walkable, manageable for most decent golfers but a challenge for short hitters, new bunkering going on, too. Recommended.
7 Likes.
Out early at T-Creek today using my Creek Card ... comped M-W round. Went out as a two-ball and got around in well under 4 hours never waiting, never rushed. Found the course in decent Fall conditions, fairways and rough mostly full with some areas a bit browned up. More unfilled divots than I'd like to see and a few poorly repaired marks on the very quick greens. In several bunkers, mostly firm packed sand but very playable.

Hard to beat the back nine scenery here with the deer prancing around and geese arguing over territory. Fun round of golf ... will return.
7 Likes.
Was headed down to North County today (Friday) so I decided to get in an early round at Arrowood, great call. This Ted Robinson gem is a bit off the beaten path but I'm sure the locals like it like that. A gorgeous variety of ESA lined holes thru the Oceanside 'hood' that's well maintained tee to green, although the bunkers are quite deep (by design) and inconsistent (clay bottoms, watch it). Greens, however, were consistent and quick, just a pleasure to putt on (was told a 10.5 roll but seemed faster). Bermuda fairways are full and even, rough can be brutal if you squirt one too far away from your target.

A layout that you really need to get out and play. Not overly difficult as most fairways have more than enough room for a semi-wayward tee ball, but if you're a sprayer then you'll be taking a lot of drops next to those red-green stakes.

Recommended, for sure. With a $55 mid-week senior rate (60+), I just wish it was closer to my home in Redondo. Played a casual two-ball in a 3:45 PoP well behind the foursome of locals ahead of us. Might have to retire down here someday :-)
10 Likes.
Played an early morning round at the 'Wood today, course was fairly open so we went out earlier than planned and got around in under 4 hrs walking. First several greens were super soft Poa (#3 not looking good with fungi and pock city abound). But they rolled semi-true, a tad on the slow side. Good lies in fairways but don't venture into the unpredictable rough cuz the Kikuyu will kill ya. Only in one GS bunker, excellent sand and well maintained.

The Wood is what it is, no frills muni golf. The layout can play long, greens are straightforward, and it's flat and walkable ... definitely worth a visit. Construction continues on the clubhouse.

Added bonus: I was honored to run into Len Kennett this morning on the range and he's looking very dapper for 90 years old. A true gentleman.
11 Likes.
Back to El Do this Friday morning just after dawn, using Zing points for a freebie. Still waited on the first 5 holes before things opened up for a 4:10 round. Starter said peeps start teeing off at 5AM ... crazy. Anyway, Kikuyu grass holding up well ... thick and cushy in some areas ... never had a bad lie. Head to the rough and good luck cuz some areas are thick and heavy ... some areas very playable. Bunkers looked and played beautifully albeit some un-raked foot prints. Greens are for sure the highlight rolling fast and true, extremely soft and holding everything, and some are heavily pockmarked with poorly repaired ball marks.

All in all, easy walking, semi-challenging (tree lined fairways), and excellent Poa greens make El Do worth a visit for the low and mid hcp'er golfer. If you cannot hit a straight ball here, you're in for a long day.
7 Likes.
Late-morning round on Los Logos Friday, $35 walking, 4.5 PoP. Fairways and rough drying out significantly, lots of GUR marked for the Will Jordan tourney ... I mean lots ... especially near the fringes and further away. Greens were super firm, very shallow ball marks, and you had to take that into consideration for every approach shot. Rolling quick, mostly true. Not in any bunkers but they looked dry and playable.

This heat will affect most courses in the area if they back off on the H2O, but there's plenty of roll out so that's good for the ego ... I was hitting driver much further than norm and clubbing down on every iron. Still a decent layout and easy walk. Cart girls were out but not much drinking water on the course, so beware if you're out on a hot day.
9 Likes.
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