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This course was never great but there was always a tee time available... the problem now is that it's in terrible shape. The tee boxes are beat up, the fairways are in rough shape, the sand traps are okay, they're playable and the greens are somewhat okay but many have a camouflage motif or like the color of a leopard frog, hard to describe, you'd have to see it for yourself. The greens rolled okay, definitely on the slower side but many of the greens have so many kinds of grass and color variations that it's distracting, I suppose a positive note would be that they're mostly green.
We went off the 1st tee a few minutes after 12:00 and we expect a 4 1/2 to 5 hour round. Unfortunately this last round was not enjoyable even at $29. It was a bit slow and a couple groups started skipping holes and jumping out of sequence in a bid to get in front of the slow play. The problem was it was somewhat crowded and play was slow everywhere. I think what upset our group was when we were on the 12th green and putting when a group jumped in front of us to our next tee. Words were exchanged and all they could say was they were trying to play through... except they had to wait on the group in the fairway so we had to wait on them. We called the club house to complain and they said they would send someone out but no one ever came out. To make things worse we were on hole 15 and one of our carts started dying. We called the club house and they put us on hold, then they hung up on us. When we called again we didn't get an answer. By the 17th hole the dying cart would barely move, we used one cart to push the other. After finishing we dropped off the cart and was going to speak with someone but at 5:15 the club house was locked up and dark, there was no one around. We even asked the person moving the carts and he said to go in and see the starter. We explained that it was locked up and he replied "then I don't know".
I won't be going back there until things improve...
I'm not sure what happened to all the homeless tents along the chain link fence that borders hole 9 but they are all gone so it doesn't look so trashy... on the other hand there's more graffiti everywhere (a lot more) and it looks bad... hopefully the course will be making some improvements in the near future to get this course into better shape.
It's been a while since I've played Goose Creek. The course is in great shape from tee to green and a pleasure to play. It's so lush and green everywhere for the most part so no complaints. I live in Orange County so it's a bit far but worth the drive.
I haven't played the Lakes course in number of years and I use to love both courses, it was hard to believe there was two beautiful courses at the California / Nevada state line. Every time I'd played in the past the courses were extremely well kept and in immaculate condition... like top notch resort style courses. But it appears that was back then... now the courses are kind of run down... on the Lakes course the tee boxes were good but that's where the good news stops. The fairways were marginally OK and there was dead grass clippings everywhere, not just a little, there were lines and chunks everywhere which is just lazy maintenance and looks awful. I want to see and play lush green fairways. The sand traps were the worst I've ever seen for any course. First there's the lack of sand to the point that the liner material is exposed and tore up from shots being played. That's just a sign of poor maintenance or lack any maintenance. If a course can't maintain a sand trap then just fill it in and just have grass. The greens were OK, they were somewhat smooth but they lacked some maintenance because they could and use to be so much better. Overall I would skip this course (and the Desert course looked to be in worse shape) until it gets brought back to good playable condition. I did read some bad reviews online before I booked our tee times but I didn't want to believe them because of my past experience and especially since I called the Pro Shop and was told the courses were in "great shape except there were a few sand traps" that they were in the process of renovating. After out first round on the Lakes side we canceled our tee time for the following day on the Desert side and opted to play in Las Vegas. The next day we played at Siena Golf Club which was a good golf experience especially given the last minute tee time, plus we found it at a summer discounted special online.
So it's not the nicest course around but there's almost always a tee time available on any day and if you find a cheap special then it's even better. It's a flat course with no water hazards and the layout is decent. I played there on 8/6/17 and I can't believe the conditions, I'm not sure what's happened but it's in need of some maintenance. Generally the course is in OK condition but currently many of the fairways need to be cut. It got deep in the middle of some fairways... and the rough in many areas was so thick it was almost impossible to find your ball. On the other hand the greens were not beat up, most were soft and lush although a bit on the slow side. I'll give it a month and go back and see if things have improved but if not then I'll be crossing this one off the list. Other issues not related to the play-ability of the course is all the trash bins on the course were over flowing and trash was everywhere. Also there were people (non-golfers) just hanging out on the course... some appeared to be locals and others were definitely homeless looking for some refuge from the sun and heat.
Played there 06/24/17 and the course is in decent playable condition given it's a public course. The best thing going for the course are the greens are in great shape. They're smooth with a medium fast speed so rolling nice. The fairways are inconsistent with some areas very nice and lush but then some parts thin. The rough is all over the place, some areas so thick and deep it was hard to find a ball and others thin. The sand I can't say much about because I didn't go in any traps but they looked playable. The tee boxes were a bit thick and spongy, I had to switch to extra long tees... and they weren't very level. Overall it's got a decent layout and the pace of play was reasonable, no backed up holes.
Played 09/09/16 - The course is a decent layout, fairly wide through out with various challenges. Currently they have a sign posted that explains that they have a problem with the reclaimed water that they use. From what I understand the course spent a lot of money 5 or 6 years ago putting in a reclaimed water supply system but I don't think it's working out like they had planned. The greens show the issue the most, a number of them have brown patches and look infected. Putting through these bad sections is tough to judge the speed and the good green stuff is lumpy and bumpy so from one green to another it's inconsistent. A few holes appear to have temporary greens that are in the process. The drought is definitely taking it's toll on so many courses but there are some that are fairing better than others and if course conditions are a huge issue then perhaps paying a bit extra for a nicer course might be a better choice. Hopefully this water issue will be resolved soon.
Thumbs down for me at this time... I use to like playing this course, the staff has always been great and it's got a decent layout with various challenges but the condition the course seems to be on down slide, currently it is "not good". Tee boxes have been neglected, a little beat up and the grass needs to be cut. The fairways aren't what they use to be, a lot of dead spots. The greens are kind of hit and miss, some are green and decent but others are fair at best... one green is really bad like it has blight or something. The sand is OK, a bit thin but playable, just not consistent. We went into the bar at 3:45 and it was closed... the air conditioning was off and no lights on so I'm not sure what's that all about. Over the years the course has dropped a bit in comparison to what it use to be but now it's in only fair condition. On the positive side there are specials online for cheap, like $22 which is a lot better than the $50 they get during the weekdays. Maybe some water and a bit of maintenance this course could get back to a decent playable course. For now I'd pass until the conditions improve.
The course is in excellent overall shape. They've spent some money making all kinds of improvements... sure there's still some work to do but it's in the best shape I've seen in a long time. We teed off at 7:00 am and it was a bit wet and there are quite a few bare spots on the sides of fairways almost like it's been killed off and in the process of renovation. The tee boxes are in almost immaculate condition, not many divots, d%mn near perfectly level... the downside is with it on the wet side the fertilizer or something is green and it gets on your club heads and turns anything painted white a greenish tint which should wash off but don't touch your shirt especially if it's white... hopefully that will wash out too... but probably the best tee boxes I've played in years. The greens were exceptionally smooth and just rolled so well... of course reading the greens can be tough, they say everything breaks towards the ocean which is generally true. Even the fairways were in great shape (except for the bare areas that they're working on), they seemed smoother and very lush. Now the sand left a little for desire but it was on the wet side and although the couple of traps I was in were wet they seemed very playable, just heavy... now another player in the group complained that a couple of traps seemed thin but I can't attest to that one, besides it's better to just stay out of the traps. Now one of the practice greens is under total renovation and not usable and I never made it to the driving range so no review.
At this time (August 26, 2016) I've got to highly recommend this course, it's in excellent overall shape and where else can you play for $42 with a cart and get oceans views, not to mention that it's always seems cooler with those ocean breezes.
07/09/16 Played at 1:00 on a Saturday which we got on the internet for a $25 special. There always seems to be a special if you book online. I like this course, it's a bit on the short side but it's got a variety of challenges. For the most part it's always in decent shape. The greens are green, no dead patches and roll fairly well given it's a public course. The fairways aren't the best, there are a number of thin spots throughout the course but nothing severe. The sand traps have decent quality sand, not many rocks and they're not thin so they're a fair test. Most of the time the pace of play is fairly good but weekends can get bit slow... today was 5 hour round but the weather was good, we had a nice breeze so very comfortable. Overall this is a good course to play especially if you can find a special.
Played 07/08/16 - I've always liked this course, it's usually in decent shape but today I was a bit disappointed. I haven't played Westridge in quite a while and maybe the drought is partially to blame because it's not as green as usual. The sand traps are in brutal shape... they definitely need some work, a lot of rocks and some seemed as hard as concrete... when you walk in and out without leaving any foot prints it makes me wonder why no up keep. Speed of play was OK, we played behind a tournament, there were two 3 person scrambles in front of us but they kept a decent pace of play considering the two groups playing together.
It was only $27 to play at 12:45 but I'd rather pay a little more for better conditions. Hopefully the conditions will improve soon.
I haven't played Los Serranos (South) in over a decade. I remember the course as being a good layout but I don't remember it being this nice, the course is in great shape. Generally I only play public courses and many get beat up from so much play but this course is in great shape and a joy to play. Granted it was a bit on the warm side, I think it was in the mid 90's but there was a strong breeze so the heat wasn't so bad, especially in the shade. I would definitely recommend bringing lots of water... there were no cold water coolers on the course. I like to freeze my water bottles the night before to ensure I've got cold water for the round. I will definitely be play this course again, this course goes on my recommend list.
06/04/16 - Very Disappointed in the overall condition of the course. It's been a while since I've played there but now the course needs a lot of work to get back in decent shape, it's never been a great course but I can remember when this course was in good shape and a decent course to play. Now the tee boxes are OK, the grass is a bit on the heavy side, if not beat up and they're not quite as level as I like but OK. The fairways are an embarrassment, most fairways are sort of mixture of dead and nice grass plus a lot dirt, maybe 40% live grass, 30% dead grass and 30% dirt, overall the fairways are in a death spiral. The sand is very thin and hard but once you've played out of couple it's playable but not desireable, I could live with it if the rest of the course was in better condition. The greens were in good shape, maybe even better than in the past, very lush and not beat up.
I'm not sure what's going on there, perhaps some kind of renovation... the practice range is shut down and appears to have all these pipes and and markings through out the whole thing, the protective net is in rough shape. Until this course gets brought back to life I avoid playing there, it was cheap to play but still not worth it.
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