""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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Mike's Golf Course Reviews
Played Hansen Dam on Monday, 10/16 at 7:30am. As was stated in previous reviews, the main issue with this course is the greens. The tee boxes, fairway... » More
Played Hansen Dam on Monday, 10/16 at 7:30am. As was stated in previous reviews, the main issue with this course is the greens. The tee boxes, fairways and rough are in good shape. I was surprised at the lushness of the fairways. There are some areas that are distressed, but for the most part being in the fairway is a pleasure. Nice cushion under your ball. The bunkers contain plenty of firmly packed sand. Decent to hit from. All of the greens on the front 9 and a few of the greens on the back 9 are terrible, worse than if they had punched and sanded them. Not sure how they're going to fix this. Keeping your ball on line is a challenge. Very bumpy and irregular roll, and somewhat slow. For $19 walking it was a fun round, especially when we got on the back nine with the better greens.» Close
Played SH on Thursday, 10/5 with a 9:39am tee time. As a single I was paired up with another single and a twosome that rounded out our foursome. We we... » More
Played SH on Thursday, 10/5 with a 9:39am tee time. As a single I was paired up with another single and a twosome that rounded out our foursome. We were playing behind a couple of slow foursomes. Had to wait on every hole and between shots, except for the last 2 holes. This resulted in a 5 hour round. When I play here on Mondays our group is usually done in 4 hours or less.
Onto the course review. The current conditions have deteriorated since I played here a month ago. Tee boxes are chewed up some, and a little unlevel. The fairways are only in fair condition. Last month (and before that) they were very lush and a treat to hit from. Now they are thin and blotchy. I'm not sure this is due to their recent aeration or that the summer grass is dying out. The fairways are playable, but not up to their normal standards. The rough is a bit spotty and cut somewhat short - not too penal. I was in one fairway bunker and one greenside bunker. The fairway bunker was VERY firm, which I prefer. The greenside bunker was somewhat firm and thin, but OK to hit from.
The greens are the best part of the course right now. Today they were medium to fast, held shots well and rolled smoothly, with just a few minor exceptions. I enjoy the layout of this course. Hopefully, the conditions in the fairways will improve.» Close
Played Woodley at 8am Monday, 10/2 as a foursome. We followed a very slow threesome. But still only took 4 hours to complete our round. Woodley is a v... » More
Played Woodley at 8am Monday, 10/2 as a foursome. We followed a very slow threesome. But still only took 4 hours to complete our round. Woodley is a very wide open forgiving course. For $20 walking as a senior it is a very good deal. The teeboxes were just fine. The fairways and rough are quite playable. They aren't exactly lush, but decent lies are there if you hit it in the fairway. The grass surrounding the greens is spongy and a challenge to hit from. The one disappointing part of the course is the greens. They were quite soft and receptive but they rolled painfully slow, were bumpy, and had many unrepaired ball marks. That aside, it's a fun, stress free morning of golf for $20.» Close
Played Knollwood on Monday morning at 8:15 as a threesome. There was a threesome of older ladies and a threesome of older gentlemen in front of us. We... » More
Played Knollwood on Monday morning at 8:15 as a threesome. There was a threesome of older ladies and a threesome of older gentlemen in front of us. We were prepared for a slow round. But we were pleasantly surprised, as both of these groups played fairly quickly. We finished the round in 4 hours. The course is in fair shape. Tee boxes are fine. The fairways are pretty thin, but playable. Rough is spotty. Could be long and lush or bare. The bunkers had very nice soft sand in them. They were a pleasure to hit from. The greens were in nice shape, smooth and running medium to medium fast. For the walking senior rate of $30, it was worth it. Speaking of walking, the back nine has about 5 consecutive holes that are severely uphill. This is a strenuous course to walk. Overall, a nice day of golf on a decent public course.» Close
Teed off on Monday at 8:20am as a twosome. Played behind a foursome that was very speedy, as we rarely had to wait on a shot. The pace of play was 3.... » More
Teed off on Monday at 8:20am as a twosome. Played behind a foursome that was very speedy, as we rarely had to wait on a shot. The pace of play was 3.5 hours. During the morning hours it never got too hot. Just hit low 80's when we finished. The weather was perfect and the course is in terrific shape. This has to be the best conditioned municipal golf course in L.A. and Ventura counties.
The fairways are very lush. They are nearly perfect to hit off of. There a few well marked areas from which you can get a drop that were stressed. But they were getting water and appeared to be improving from the last time I was here. Tee boxes are OK for the most part. The bunkers looked good. My friend was in the greenside bunker on hole 9 and said it was thin and too firm. Not sure how the other bunkers are on the course. The greens ran medium fast and very smooth. They were soft and very receptive.
I really enjoy this course. It is in top shape, and has a nice variety of holes. I highly recommend playing this course.» Close
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