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Got out this afternoon as a single @2:50 and got 11 holes in for twilight before calling it quits. There was no one in sight behind me and the twosome ahead of me moved briskly so I never got close. No wind, and really a beautiful late afternoon to get a walk in.

I'd describe the conditions overall as good but wintery, the fairways in particular. With few actual bare spots, the coverage was generally green but included patches of browned out or drier grass — all of which was generally on the firm, tighter side with the accompanying rollout. I take little or no divot so I was generally fine with it. If you take more divot or need more perched lies, you might have more issue with it. The tightness overall also made chipping more challenging than usual if you were on the fairway short of the green. Areas of rough around the green were more typical, thicker lies. Otherwise, teeing grounds were very good. I missed playing any bunkers but they seemed clean and firm based on stepping into one. The greens were quite decent, pretty clean and true, running a nice medium quick.

One has to make the personal decision as to whether tighter fairways create a disincentive. For me, it was not a big factor, the course conditions were consistent, and I enjoyed it.
10 Likes.
I've been hitting Altadena much less lately and played Friday with a buddy and a single, first off twilight @ 2:30. I hadn't played here in a while and there's been new management for a few months. To me, it's in arguably the worst shape I've seen it, maybe ever. One plus is that the driving range is grass and it looks like they are managing that well enough. Other positives are the tee boxes generally being flat and serviceable, they attempting to cut and define the fairway grass (any bare or brown stretches not withstanding) the lies are mostly decent, we're in generous rollout season (wintery), and the rough is mixed but generally OK. I hit no bunkers so no comment, though they are usually good enough here if you don't mind the odd pebble or small stone. The greens are crap — running as quick as I've ever seen them here — but crap. Practice green also. Plenty of scattered bare areas, bumpy and dinged up. Currently, because it's convenient and knowing what I'm in for, I might come out here for a practice round at super twilight if I didn't care at all to work on my putting, but more likely not. Realistically, and especially given this time of year, I will probably stay away from the course for a good while to wait and see the longer term results of any attempts by the new management to improve the place.

It's not like it's been abandoned, and there is always hope that it will improve. A local like me can drop buy, take a look and decide how badly I want to play on a given day, but even I am spending most of my golf time on other courses. There is absolutely no reason for anyone to go out of their way to play here right now.
8 Likes.
Teed off Sunday morning sometime after 9:00. I showed up as a single and as a cluster of groups arrived on the first tee line up, found I was paired with a threesome. But due to a strange bit of scheduling there was a single set to go off alone two groups ahead of us, so I joined him for a twosome.

There were a lot of pluses on the day. Mild weather, a surprisingly reasonable pace of just under 4.5 hrs. on a Sunday, the other single was excellent company, and the course is in overall pretty nice shape.

I don't recall any issues finding a suitable flat spot on a tee box all day. Of the various aspects, it was the fairways that had the minor issue of the occasional scattered bare or thin area. They were isolated and not generally a problem, with the grass and lies offered through most of the fairways being good. The one time it really affected me was when I hit a good drive on #10 and ended up on a soft, bare dirt patch on the fairway. It was situated within an area of active gopher holes (with a resident go-fare) so I took a drop and it was of no consequence. In this case, the patch was the exception on an otherwise nicely green fairway. Rough was pretty consistently green, of varying lengths, frequently kikuyu, and so recovery varied. I was in one bunker which was clean with minimal footprints and medium firm to play from. The greens were in good shape, minimal ball marks, running true and medium quick — quick enough to get frisky on some downhill puts. A nice pace for a muni, really.

Conditions provided for a very enjoyable round and I was glad I opted for Harding on the day.
12 Likes.
Went out today, Sunday 11/26 sometime around 11:00 am. To put it very briefly and consistent with recent reviews, course is in good shape all around. Fairways generally offered good lies with some occasional, thinner exceptions. There were bare, hard patches scattered about, but they were pretty consistently marked as GUR, so they weren't an issue. Bunkers were well groomed and firm-ish, while the greens were moderately quick and in nice shape.

The various residual aspects of maintenance seem to have been cleared up and everything is mown and where it's supposed to be. Pace was sluggish but consistent and probably approaching 5 hrs. All in all, an enjoyable day on the course.
7 Likes.
I went out a little after 1:00 on Black Friday as a single, walking with my dog. I had stopped by the pro shop earlier in the day to confirm that the dog would be acceptable. There was another 1:00 single in cart who headed out while I was warming up on the putting green without so much as a sideways glance, but I was happy to be playing with just the dog on the day.

As has been stated previously, it is fairly straight forward and not overly exciting layout, but is pleasant enough, set in a pretty and peaceful area with nice facilities, and not without some challenging holes. In addition to the setting, the main plus is the conditions, which were very good. In general, the grass coverage throughout was consistent and green. The rough here is as consistent in type of grass, thickness, length, and uniformity of coverage as any place that comes to mind. The variable as to how tough the recovery shot would be was how much the ball would settle down in each situation. That general consistency was particularly appreciated around the greens for chipping. Tees were level or only slightly variant from it. Fairways were nice with the above-mentioned grass conditions. Bunkers were raked and clean, with medium soft (not fluffy) sand. The greens were very nice, clean, and running fairly quick — a pleasure to putt on, actually.

It was easy to get on an seemed pretty open, but the guy in the pro shop said that was deceptive, because there were a lot of people out on the course from earlier. I caught up with the crowd around the 7th hole and things started to drag. I probably would not have finished 18 so after getting through the tenth green, I jumped over to the second tee and repeated holes two through nine, finishing 18 holes in about four hours, not too long after the light started fading. Given that it's one of the worst days of there year to try to get around a golf course due to crowds, I was reasonably happy with the compromise and the pace I played on a majority of holes. Perhaps not as exciting or dramatic as Rancho San Marcos or other courses within 40 minutes, but very pleasant course that's excellent for walking and in very good shape.
11 Likes.
A quick addition to kviser's thorough review. The GK deal, especially since most of us would classify as non residents of Burbank, would be a nice little package discount with the cart and warmup bucket. The $15 food credit takes it to another level. That amount more than covers most meals on the menu and there seemed to be no limitation as to what you applied it to — food or bar. Not your usual hot dog and a soft drink add-on. The renovated clubhouse is nice, but the upstairs bar/restaurant with outside deck and views of three fairways (and golf on the big screens) is a great place to hang after a round. I usually play and leave, but having the incentive to eat and unwind after the round enhanced the experience.

Course-wise, Kevin was right on. In addition to his comments about certain greens, the fifth fairway was particularly barren with tight, dry lies, but that was an exception.

The course always beats me up, but I'll eventually be back for more abuse. I hope this deal gets extended.

Recommended.
10 Likes.
A friend of a friend won a round for a foursome for Friendly Hills, and when someone couldn't make it on Friday, 11/9, I was available as a last minute replacement. I had never seen the course before and I can only remember ever playing private courses on three other occasions in the 40+ years I've been in Cali.

Generally, I was impressed with the facility and course. Landscaping was attractive and well kept. The edge of the driving range had a built-in strip of artificial hitting surface for when the grass was out of service, as it was that day. There is a nice, separate chipping area and a large practice putting green on the back side of the clubhouse and at least one other in the front. I used the large green to warm up and it was quick and smooth.

Everything on the course was in very good shape. Level tees with good coverage, nice fairways also with good coverage, well maintained rough, and clean, medium-soft bunkers. Greens were running about 10 on the stimp, which is a good speed in most cases. Add the amount of wave and slope on many of the greens, and they were an enjoyable challenge.

The course is hilly and visually interesting. Frequently tight for driving, if a serviceable tee shot can't be managed, there will be some kind of penalty. But if you are in reasonable control of your ball, there is nothing particularly unfair or overly quirky about the layout. The consistent challenge is probably the altitude changes. A player will definitely be hitting a number of uphill and downhill lies. While I think those are reasonable shots to have in one's bag, I didn't find myself with too many sidehill lies (vs. up or downhill). The ones I did were not overly severe and I was happy about that. I find sidehill shots in general more problematic and when I've played a course with a lot of them, I find it exhausting and frustrating. There are definitely a few holes where local knowledge is helpful, but it's a good target golf course in that if you can hit the target areas, you won't be unduly stressed. Of course, conversely, any course is going to stress you out if you're having trouble controlling your shots.

We didn't tee off until well after 1:00pm, were slow as a group, and so didn't get the full 18 in. More like 15 holes and then skipping forward to finish on #18 before dark. Given the opportunity to play here again, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
8 Likes.
For reference, the most recent review for Alhambra was only three days ago, and I posted for the front nine a week ago, so not much has changed and this will be brief. The difference since I was last there is that the greens are now fully recovered. They are generally clean, receptive, run a brisk medium quick and have some subtle, and not so subtle breaks that can make them challenging— really pretty nice. The alert can definitely be removed from the course listings.

I did hit one bunker which was firm (not hard) under a thin, looser, top layer of sand. From past experience, that seems typical here. The bunker surfaces are generally kept up and raked.

As before, the course wasn't overly busy on a Sunday and I walked up and got right out as a single with a twosome @10:45. Finished in about over 4.5 hours. Slower on the front nine with numerous but relatively brief waits, it opened up on the back nine. Pleasant little course that is well kept up.
8 Likes.
Played as a twosome Sunday, 10/15, around noon. Due to my buddy nursing a tweaky back, we only went out for the front nine by design. It's not usually a problem to get out here and we had just walked up and were put right out. It's a little unusual that an 18 hole course gives you a nine hole option during the main part of the day, and that definitely contributed to our choice to play here.

I would generally describe the course as good, late summer conditions, particularly with respect to the fairways. While generally pretty decent coverage, there were dryer, thinner patches scattered about that one would probably expect at the end of summer and well past rain season. The grounds crew had marked off many of the more severe spots around the course as GUR, so that helped. I had a layup shot in the fairway that would have been on hardpan had it not been marked as GUR and allowed me a nice, adjacent lie. Tee boxes here are generally flat and covered, although some of the par 3s were a bit more chewed up and required a quick survey to find a good tee spot. On average, rough here tends towards less severe and playable. The greens exhibited the ghost of the aeration pattern visually, but for practical purposes, they are healed. They generally ran true and medium slowish with a couple running a touch firmer and quicker. They were all soft and receptive to incoming shots, leaving deep pitch marks. I don't think my ball was more than a foot from it's pitch mark on any green I hit. I avoided the bunkers, so no comment there.

A foursome of one adult and three kids had us play through on the second fairway and we played in a bubble from then on, with the forward group a couple of holes ahead, and no-one pressing from behind. In the past, even as a single on a weekend, I have sometimes found myself in these pockets. The course was active, but not crowded. The front nine is generally short and flatter than the back nine, so on a warm, low energy day, it fit the bill for an enjoyable, low stress round.
9 Likes.
This report is going to assume you read a little deeper into this thread for the background provided by earlier reviews as reference. It had been about a year since my last visit here, and my buddy and I went out as a twosome Friday, 10.7, a bit after 1:00pm, taking advantage of an email deal that included a small warm-up bucket, cart, hot dog and soft drink, for $19.95. I can't think of a course that throws out as many specials as Azusa Greens, so in that respect they are regular source of bargain rounds while trying to get your business. With AG, the question is always whether it's worth it. In particular, after seeing the results of the wet winter on numerous other courses, and not having been here in a while, the special made the decision to revisit the place easy enough.

I think the course conditions, overall, are a bit improved. The tee boxes were generally either level or reasonably close to it. The coverage was good I don't recall ever having to hunt for a green patch. The fundamental contours of the fairways haven't changed. As far as coverage, you will see a regular distribution of some brown patches, but excluding the those patches, the fairways were green and I thought the lies were tight but in a good way. There was some cushion, the ball the ball usually presented well, and you got a good amount of rollout. I observed most of the browned fairway patches were similarly playable, vs. being hardpan or dirt. With some lusher exceptions, the rough here tends towards random grasses, dry, scrubby areas, and dirt. This is a non factor for me since I figure the rough is, well… rough. And, while far from landscaped, I noticed that they have cleared out a lot of the piles of dead fronds and plant material in the rough that had previously given the course a bit of a trashy edge in spots. There is a definite, if subtle, overall improvement to the general look of the course as a result. As an aside, I noticed the same improvement on the driving range, which used to look like a humped landfill site. You are still hitting out to predominantly dirt and dry grass, but it has been leveled out and cleaned up — and you are hitting from grass range that matches the fairways.

Bunkers varied from a bit crusty to beach sandy and the grooming was similarly inconsistent, but mostly OK. The greens are the highlight. Remembering the 17th as an exception, (it had some significant fungus-like patches) they were generally clean, had a minimum of ball marks and ran at nice medium quick pace or better. As good or better than most of the munis I've been on lately. The surrounds provided good chipping opportunities, with the fairways being tighter and more challenging in that regard.

Grading on the curve that "it is what it is", I wasn't disappointed. The people who work here are pleasant and they were flexible about when we actually started. The server at the turn was nice and the hot dog was good sized and tasty. There has been some cleanup and the course is playing well. This course is like the sibling who didn't get the looks — has to work harder to get your attention and develop a more interesting personality. If Jimmy McGill was a golf course, he might be this place. While I still won't get over here too often, it was a good deal, I had a good time, and I like to think it won't be a year before the next visit.
8 Likes.
Hit Hanson Dam yesterday afternoon, Saturday, 9/23, paired with another single. Really a beautiful day to get out and play. Getting right to the point, the course is in overall pretty nice condition with the critical exception of the greens. Many are currently multi-colored, blighted and not smooth, running a slowish medium. Dramatically different and unexpected since my last visit here about four months back. This condition was more prevalent on the front than back nine — the latter having some greens in good shape that putted correspondingly quicker. While less than ideal, the "bad" greens are ugly but playable and the main adjustment was the speed. As mentioned previously, the rest of the course is good shape. If you know what to expect, get a twilight or reduced price, it will serve in a pinch for casual play. But greens are of primary importance to a lot of golfers, and if you are looking for more optimal conditions, I'd give it a miss until they get the greens sorted out. No idea when that will be, or if aeration would improve it (whenever that happens), but a fix is needed. I like this course and will be keeping an eye out for reports of improvement further down the line.
9 Likes.
Went over to Griffith Park Sunday, 9/10, to see what was available. Wilson was restricted to some tournament play, so about 40 minutes after arrival I was actually teeing off @10:00 on Harding in a foursome composed of singles.

The conditions overall were really pretty good. Coverage on everything from tee boxes to fairways and greens reflect the effects of the wet winter — well established, thick grass, with the usual, occasional brown or worn area — nothing to complain about or detract from the overall conditions. The rough was worth an extra mention. As uniform as anyplace I've played lately, it was usually not long enough to lose a ball, (although I did in one thick stretch,) but it was grabby and would cost you. Relentless in its consistency, I never seem to catch a favorable, fairway-like patch when I ended up there. The greens were pretty clean on the whole, and ran at a reasonable, medium pace. Bunkers were generally groomed and only slightly firm.

I expect a slow round here on a Sunday, but it was worse than usual approaching a 5.5 hr round — more waiting on the early holes followed by a slow but steady remainder. I'm usually happy to spend more time at golf, but I admit that walking on a warm, slightly humid day, it started feel like a grind towards the end and I was losing focus. That said, the group was pleasant and the conditions make it worth a recommendation.
7 Likes.
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