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Nice to get out and play Mr. Hansen after a 14 year layoff. Nice to get out and play period. Putts MUST be struck well out here. Any slight off center hit and the ball will tumble instead of roll true sending it on a line you never could have imagined. Why? There is lots of Poa Anna. Lots of it. But overall the greens are in good shape. The rest of the course as well. Thank you L.A city for lowering your fees, having a re-play rate, and eliminating resident rates.
I can't remember how long it has been since I have played here. and....nothing has changed except the added black tee on number 12 par 3. The course is in good shape. There are dry spots here and there. But the course is holding up well in this drought. The greens roll well but are very slow. My game has been in shambles lately. I highly recommend playing a wide open course like Woodley to get some confidence back in your game when in a slump. I think I did that today. The tee shot on 2, 9, and the 2nd shot on 18 require a little accuracy but other than that its bombs away. Bombs away still swinging within yourself. I am very happy LA city courses have lowered their fees and eliminated resident rates. I did a $15 replay. My boycott of these courses is over.
Fast !! These greens match any private course in speed and difficulty! For both courses your tee shots are not overly difficult but approaches are vital for uphill or somewhat flat putts. This takes course knowledge and solid iron play. I mentioned somewhat because it seems every putt out here has some degree of break. I like everything about this facility. It was worth the drive from San Pedro. Conditions in and around the greens are great. Fairways and rough are good. If you can putt well here you can putt well anywhere. They will close the course on the 6th, 7th, for maintenance, and aerification.
Anytime you come to play a course like this which is almost never you can either accept your score whatever it is and enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of such a hard course or you can try to play for a good score. But be forewarned: playing Koolau will humble you!! There are jungles on both sides of most fairways. There are numerous forced carries over ravines rich in grass, trees and plant life. Greens not hit in regulation will almost always leave tough up and downs. You can even just miss hitting a green only to find that you can't find your ball in the nasty rough. Due to the fact that this course sits right below a steep and gorgeous mountain side this place gets lots of rain. The soft conditions make it hard for your ball to roll into trouble but you almost never get "teed up" lies in the fairway. Anything slightly fat and your ball might end up in the jungle. At a 153 slope and a rating of 78.2 from the tips this course is ranked as the toughest in the world. I would recommend these tees only if you have a handicap of plus 1 or better. I can't forget the bunkers. While they looked ok from a distance most have hard pan underneath a thin layer of sand. The hardness of the bunkers and the softness of the rough near the greens created rather unfair golf in my opinion. However, I approached the round just to have fun and not worry about score. Especially, since I had rental clubs. And I really enjoyed playing here despite the conditions. Every golfer that can break 100 on an average course should at least come out and try a diabolical course like Koolau.
Fantastic shape!! I have not played on fairways this nice on a busy public course in a long time. I loved it. I played alone and was the first one to tee off in the morning. I finished before 9 am. After the round I went over to El Prado and was paired with...lets just say they were clueless
The greens are so good that they are better than those at many private courses. The fairways were bad but better than I thought. The guy I was playing with said that the new management is putting money into the course. Of course, given this courses' past I will not get my hopes up high on any long lasting good quality turf. I played on a Monday. It was not crowded. But the round took too long due to a few slow groups. Slow play reminds me as to why I don't play not nearly as much as I used to. It has ruined the game. But the greens...they were so nice!!!
The conditions here are somewhat varied. You will find very nice fairway areas and completely dried out spots. The greens are a bit slower than the Chino Creek side. The bunkers need more sand in them. You can really play darts out here. The greens hold very well. No doubt, in these conditions approaches are much easier no matter what course you play. The Chino Creek has a slightly tougher layout. However, the fairways and greens are nicer over there. Both courses are well well worth the green fee. The grass diving range is a plus. I heard the number 8 ranked LPGA player practices here.
I live not too far from this course now and decided to play it after about 17 to 20 years of not playing here. I actually went to the course at 7 and it was very crowded. I did not want to wait. So I went home did some laundry and came back. I got on right away but 9 holes took a very long time. The course is extremely lush. What drought?? The greens are very slow but the ball will not bump around that much. The layout is very good. The course is mature with character. Too bad its only 9 holes. The par 3 6th hole is tough with a blind tee shot if the pin is middle or back. The rest of the 8 holes are easy to average in difficulty.
It has been a while. What a major improvement with the greens. The ball rolls true. After the morning moisture evaporated they became rather fast. The tee markers were all in front of the ladies tees by roughly 10 yards. That ain't happening. I ended up making my own tees at the very back without disturbing the seeded areas. The rough out here is spotty with very choppy ground. Playing from the rough or even the fairway into several small greens is not easy. Short side yourself and it will be hard to get up and down.
It was good to be back at the General. I got lucky in that they had a special and played 36 holes for $28 walking. The greens were in great shape. However, the rest of the course is beat up a bit the farther you are away from the green. Fairways and rough are inconsistent with many dry areas. It is understandable. Drought conditions have taken its toll on Riverside County courses. Did I spell understandable right? Why does it look wrong? Oh, and the restrooms are much nicer in the clubhouse.
Wow, El D. is in great shape right now. The only negative is that some bunkers did not have enough sand in them. The rough is thin to very thick. In some areas you have to be right over your ball to find it in the rough. The greens are fabulous. The course should be in great shape for the Long Beach Open.
It was a quiet day today. Meaning there were not many golfers early this morning. I wonder if the recent green fee raise of county courses has something to do with it. The course was in ok shape. The greens were very nice. I will play here again this month with another set of friends. The bunkers are a bit hard. It is best to use a wedge with little bounce out of the sand. Yelling FORE! out here will have to be very loud to overcome the constant noise from the freeway. The good thing is if you have gas you won't be embarrassed if playing with a stranger.
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