""Our biggest fear should not be failure, but succeeding at things that don't really matter.""
66 years old
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Los Angeles County; Ventura County; Colorado
What's in Mike's Golf Bag
Taylormade R1 Driver (Black)
Taylormade SLDR 5 wood
3 & 4 Hybrids - Cobra
Callaway Diablo Edge irons 5 - Gap Wedge
Project X Shafts 6.0 flighted
Cleveland CG15 Wedges - SW (56), LW (60)
Taylormade Corsa putter
Last Updated: October 17, 2017
I started playing golf later in life. I was 52 when I started. I really enjoy the game and working at getting better. I love being on golf courses. My favorite part of the game is the short game. I could practice hitting chips, pitches and putts all day long! It has really helped my scoring as well. I've been very happily married for over 40 years. I have two wonderful grown children and 5 beautiful grandchildren. I often play as a single in LA county or Ventura county.
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Played MPCC mid morning on Wednesday, 12/27 as a single. I was partnered with two great guys. One was a retired LAPD homicide detective and the other ... » More
Played MPCC mid morning on Wednesday, 12/27 as a single. I was partnered with two great guys. One was a retired LAPD homicide detective and the other a retired FBI agent. Very cool. Overall the course is in good shape. Most of the grass is dormant, with a mix of green and brown. As stated earlier by another reviewer, they have dyed some of the areas a light green. However, it doesn't affect play. The fairways are not thin. They have a nice cushion to hit from. The rough is short, with some areas having longer grass. Generally about 1 - 2 inches in length. I was in one fairway bunker and one greenside bunker. Both had very adequate sand that was on the firm side. Easy to hit from. The greens were quite fast and rolled nicely. Only a few of the tee boxes were a little shaggy, but mostly they were fine. The course is very playable and enjoyable.» Close
Played Sand Canyon on Friday mid-morning Dec. 22. There was a one hour frost delay in the early morning. So the course was a bit backed up. Our round ... » More
Played Sand Canyon on Friday mid-morning Dec. 22. There was a one hour frost delay in the early morning. So the course was a bit backed up. Our round took just about 5 hours to complete. We played the Valley/Desert nines. This is the original Valley course when this was called Robinson Ranch. The course does have a different look since its' remodel. It has a more open feel, since quite a few trees and brush areas were burned in the fire a year and a half ago. Also, some of the bunkers on the course have been removed (the first hole right side fairway area comes to mind) and there are now quite a few areas of waste bunkering that were added.
The Desert nine (original back nine of the Valley course) has a very different look than before. There used to be trees and shrubbery that completely obscured any view of holes 4 - 7 (where "Death Row" is). You can now see all of those holes while playing the first several holes of the Desert nine. Between these holes (that run in opposite direction), there is now vast waste bunker areas with some palm trees and rock work. This part of the golf course is particularly open and has an entirely different feel from what it is was before. Now onto the conditions.
Overall, the course is in fair winter condition. The fairways are thin and firm and are a mix of green and brown. They are playable. Not rock hard, but firm. There were several areas on each hole that were marked as GUR and cordoned off by green and white wooden stakes. I would describe the fairways as decent muni condition. Tee boxes are OK. The one fairway bunker and one greenside bunker I was in had plenty of firm sand. They had been watering certain areas and that was evidenced by some soggy turf in spots. The greens were medium fast without too many unrepaired ball marks. However, we experienced our balls being bounced off line a few times when putting on a few of the greens. But for the most part, the greens rolled well enough and were firm.
Although there are changes to this course. It still plays very much like it did when it was RR. This is a very unforgiving course. Many holes require a tee shot using a club other than your driver. I got a hot deal from GN for $32 with cart. It was worth that price. But the $70 rack rate is way too high for me. The course just isn't that enjoyable or well conditioned. I would much rather play a course like Simi Hills, which is more interesting and in much better shape. By the way, the Mountain nine was closed for aeration.» Close
Played Encino golf course Monday morning 12/11 at 9am. Over the past few weeks this course has really dried out. The fairways are thin with quite a fe... » More
Played Encino golf course Monday morning 12/11 at 9am. Over the past few weeks this course has really dried out. The fairways are thin with quite a few bare areas. There are some good areas also, but the fairways are quite thin and dried out. The rough is blotchy, with bare areas and hard dirt. Although many of the areas surrounding the greens are decent, some of them were mostly dirt, and hard as a rock. I was in two greenside bunkers. One was very hard with little sand, and the other had adequate sand and was quite firm. The greens are the best part of the course. They were medium fast, rolling smoothly, and holding well hit shots. Overall, I rate this course as only fair.» Close
Played Simi Hills Monday morning 11/13. My friend and I were paired up with a very nice couple. Pace of play was around 4 hours. Weather was perfect w... » More
Played Simi Hills Monday morning 11/13. My friend and I were paired up with a very nice couple. Pace of play was around 4 hours. Weather was perfect with a high of 76 and little to no wind. The course has significantly improved since my last time here over a month ago. The fairways are great. Mostly green and lush, with just a few areas that were thin. The rough is pretty nice at about 1 - 2 inches. Bunkers are filled with nice firm sand. A pleasure to hit out of. The greens are wonderful. Smooth, medium/fast and held shots nicely. Not too many unrepaired ball marks. The only negative is that many of the tee boxes are a little chewed up. But they are mostly level, and you can find a good spot to tee up your ball. This course has a nice variety of holes and terrain. I highly recommend it.» Close
Another Monday morning at Balboa. $20 walking senior rate is well worth the money. The course is very playable and enjoyable. The greens continue to b... » More
Another Monday morning at Balboa. $20 walking senior rate is well worth the money. The course is very playable and enjoyable. The greens continue to be excellent. They are smooth, medium/fast, and soft enough to hold approach shots nicely. Most tee boxes are fine, with a few exceptions. But we were able to find a spot to tee up properly in those areas. The fairways are a mix of lush, thin, and bare ground. However, if you are in the fairway you will likely have a very decent lie. For the most part, the fairways are just fine with enough cushion under your ball to make a good strike. Some of the rough around the greens is growing in nicely, and is good to hit from. Some of those areas are thick Bermuda, and are more difficult to hit from. You have to be careful not to dig your leading edge into the turf, or it will stop your club quickly. The two sand bunkers I was in (greenside) had plenty of nice sand. This course is a good place to have a stressless round of golf.» Close
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