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Los Angeles County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; San Luis Obispo Area
What's in Kevin's Golf Bag
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
Last Updated: February 18, 2018
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Met a buddy for a 10:45 tee off on Friday, 11/22, and we were paired with a man/woman twosome. The woman was a weak player but tried to keep it moving... » More
Met a buddy for a 10:45 tee off on Friday, 11/22, and we were paired with a man/woman twosome. The woman was a weak player but tried to keep it moving, picking up frequently. Pace on the course was such that we were usually in position so it didn't hurt anything. They were pleasant and called it after nine holes, so we continued as a pair.
Course conditions were overall very nice for the SoCal public course category. On the front nine they were soaking sections on most of the tee boxes with sprinklers — usually the middle tees so the markers were usually clustered a bit forward, back, or split. Not an issue on the back nine. Except for a soggy one at the sixth, teeing grounds were nice — level and covered with short grass. Fairways were consistent, with the tighter coverage and rollout I've seen at multiple courses lately. There were some discolored patches scattered about but better than what I've seen other places in that there was a minimum of browned out or thin areas. Actually,pretty nice fairways. Rough varied from not punitive to a little problematic, was mostly green but had dry stretches. Bunkers were clean and I judge the sand quality as medium soft and very fair to play out of. Greens were in very nice shape and quick.
Weather was very pleasant, a beverage cart was making the rounds and, while the pace could of been quicker, it was quite bearable at 4.5 hrs. I hadn't been out there in about a year and was glad I opted to return. Definitely recommended.» Close
A few days late, but here's my wrap up of DeBell with Johnny and rgm2525 on Tuesday, 11/12. In general, DeBell is the little guy in the bar you end up... » More
A few days late, but here's my wrap up of DeBell with Johnny and rgm2525 on Tuesday, 11/12. In general, DeBell is the little guy in the bar you end up in a scrap with, thinking it will be an easy conclusion in your favor until you realize your first swing missed, you've been hit twice, you are now on one knee and the room is spinning. The first few holes in particular are teasingly short, but unforgiving if you get off line. They demand you execute strategically and precisely or you can get behind quickly and early. In the bigger picture, discounting the par threes leaves you 14 holes, on only three of which you can see the green from the tee — very few grip-and-rip opportunities here. As far as actual conditions, in the interests of efficiency I'm going to build off Johnny's report, which you should all read first. His report on the conditions is pretty much spot on. I would subtly differ from him in that I think the greens were just about as quick as one would want (my opinion) relative to the slopes and shapes of the greens there. There are already some greens that are virtually impossible to stop your ball from above the hole. I really enjoyed them on the day, but if improvement means getting quicker, they might end up inappropriately quick for the topography (again, IMHO). I've been at outings with Johnny but had never played with him directly, so I finally got to see his prowess with the putter, with which he is an assassin. He made a bunch and when it didn't go in, it never missed by much, so his threshold for putting challenge would exceed mine. All the rest was as reported. I was in enough bunkers and quickly found they were firm enough to partially deflect my sand wedge. I eventually found my gap wedge had a more appropriate bite. While some bunkers were pretty clean, many had conspicuous pebbles, and one in particular was like a mini-quarry, heavily strewn with pebbles and small stones. That was the exception to the overall very enjoyable conditions.
The additional charms of DeBell are the dramatic, aforementioned topography and the views they provide, the relative isolation of the canyon setting and resident wildlife, and the nice upstairs bar and restaurant that has a large outdoor deck with views in three directions — one of the cooler places to hang out post-round. I was fortunate to have excellent company in Johnny and Ron. Watching Ron is always a clinic. He makes it look easy — for him, at least. DeBell is quirky and challenging enough that I wouldn't want a steady diet of it, but it is a good course with unique charms that draw me back periodically. Every once in a while I have to see if I can still take a punch.» Close
Got out Sunday, 11/10 around 11:30 as a threesome on a really nice, not overly warm day. They seemed to be doing reseeding type work on some of the te... » More
Got out Sunday, 11/10 around 11:30 as a threesome on a really nice, not overly warm day. They seemed to be doing reseeding type work on some of the tee boxes, so most of the markers were moved a few yards ahead of the respective monuments. Usually not a big shift and the hitting areas were pretty level with good coverage, so thumbs up on the tees. Fairways were nice hitting surfaces on the whole, also with coverage tight enough to give some good rollout. There were scattered browned areas and isolated wet spots. At one point, I ended up in a small area of shallow standing water, took my drop and played on — no biggie. The 16th fairway was the exception in that there was an extended stretch in the vicinity of the 150 mark that was soggy — mostly playable but a little squishy. Rough varied a little between somewhat punitive to not punitive at all and was pretty green except for some bare ground in the tree lines. I missed the bunkers but they looked clean and seemed firm based on observing my companions' results. The greens were in very good shape and actually running pretty quick — fair and challenging.
The light breeze early in the round faded to still by the end of the round and the temps fell off a bit, so the nice conditions early became beautiful conditions by the finish, with the sun's angle lowering. Pace was steady and surprisingly good. With minimal waiting I think we finished our loop in something around 4 hrs. A very enjoyable round, I would definitely recommend it for the overall conditions.» Close
Played Alhambra today, 11/3 with a late morning start as a single joined by a twosome. I'll make this quick by saying the conditions here are mostly g... » More
Played Alhambra today, 11/3 with a late morning start as a single joined by a twosome. I'll make this quick by saying the conditions here are mostly good. One exception is more extended brown patches in the mix on the fairways. Mostly, those spots were playable with a tightly matted surface and, much more rarely, there was a spot of hardpan. Generally, the fairways were good lies, on the tight side with commensurate rollout — seems the norm I'm seeing for this time of year on public courses, including those patches. Tee boxes were usually level with grass, although few of them were short on coverage with a couple basically dirt. They have been punching some of the tees so they are moved around a bit. The rest is good and the greens were clean and running medium quick. Saw a beverage cart for what might be the first time I can remember in my experience there. Really nice day to be out and, while I didn't notice our tee off time, I'm guessing we got around in something under 4.5 hours.» Close
Played Saturday morning, 10/26, grouped with two other singles, and teeing off a little before 9:30 at $64 to walk. I hadn't been out here in a few ye... » More
Played Saturday morning, 10/26, grouped with two other singles, and teeing off a little before 9:30 at $64 to walk. I hadn't been out here in a few years and was looking forward to revisiting. On a calm, sunny day, overall conditions were pretty good. Tees were generally flat and green and no particular issues come to mind. Fairways had good coverage overall that was on the tight side, so good surface with a good amount of roll. There were occasional, scattered, tight, browned-out patches, but I would not characterize them as hardpan and I think in most cases they provided a decent — if perhaps discolored — hitting surface. Again, I don't recall any problems playing in the fairways. The rough mostly had green coverage and usually it was not especially punitive off the fairway unless you got blocked. Bunkers had a thinner, soft, top layer of sand on a firmer base that resisted footprints. I found them generally clean and playable — interestingly, just like Hansen Dam the previous week. The maintenance alert should be removed. The greens were clean and pretty quick. No sign of aeration. I left a lot of first putts too far past the hole, underestimating the speed more often than not, and many of the greens had undulations to make it more interesting. The exception is the 9th green complex which is getting a complete rebuild, so there was a temporary green short of it.
While not an a particularly long course, I think the yardage on this course is misleading and it plays longer and a bit more challenging than the numbers would suggest. Partially because two very short par 3's are offset by a number of good length par 4's, and partially because some of the medium and shorter par 4's are made more interesting and challenging due to hills and altitude changes. A bit pricey as a muni, but about 1/3 the cost of Sandpiper. And while it doesn't have the ocean views, it is in SB and the view of the mountains coming up the 18th makes it a pretty nice finish. I scored like crap, but had a good time and recommend it.» Close
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