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Callaway X2 Hot driver
MasterGrip Black Steel 3 metal wood
MasterGrip Black Steel 5 metal wood
Wilson Staff Ci7 Irons, 4-GW
Ben Hogan Sure-out sand wedge
Cougar X-Cat Putter
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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 th... » More
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. 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. 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.» Close
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... » More
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.» Close
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 abou... » More
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.» Close
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... » More
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.» Close
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... » More
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.» Close
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