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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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Looking online for a mid-morning opening for last Sunday, 6/24, things were a little tight with the exception of Azusa Greens, which seemed very open.... » More
Looking online for a mid-morning opening for last Sunday, 6/24, things were a little tight with the exception of Azusa Greens, which seemed very open. The reservations on any site can sometimes be misleading as to how busy a course is, but when I got to there it was, in fact, wide open. While AG isn't the hot choice, it is usually serviceable enough. Since we can't complain about courses disappearing if we don't support them, I make a point to play out here at least once in a great while. It may not be great golf, but being a golf slut myself, I don't think there is such thing as bad golf.
The course itself was, in what I consider, average conditions for this place. Tees were generally level overall, but a little lumpy and chewed up on occasion — typically able to find a combination of grass and even footing. The fairways tended to run firm and on the tighter side with about 80 - 90% green coverage. The rest was scattered areas of browned out hardpan and even some exposed dirt. I hit into one of these spots in the middle of the second fairway and just played it as GUR. The bunkers had a heavier grained sand, but were clean enough and groomed. The areas around the green seemed to get more water and were good for chipping. The greens themselves here are more than decent — reasonably clean, receptive, medium quick, and frequently had some challenging slopes and contours.
The rough here tends to be minimal and a bit of a crap shoot. Playability not withstanding, over time they have cleaned up many areas that used to be more unsightly. That said, the armpit of the course is where the third green, fourth tee box, fifth green, and sixth tee box meet on a corner of the course. Centrally located at that corner junction is a large, slag heap of dirt, rocks, decaying palms and vegetation — on this day set off with a couple of blue trash dumpsters for a splash of color. Add to this is the fact that the fourth hole itself is a short, tight, gnarled excuse of a hole whose fairway is appropriate for combat exercises. I choose to acknowledge but otherwise ignore the slag heap, and accept the fourth hole for the nasty little challenge that it is. Beyond this little Devil's Triangle of a spot, the rest of the course is fine, including three, five and six. Some of the surrounds are a bit low rent, but the proximity to the mountains provides some nice vistas, often framed by trees on appropriately aligned fairways. The experience you have here has a lot to do with how you choose to focus your attention.
The guy in the clubhouse as well as the starter were all friendly and helpful, with the former getting me a senior discount early. I was walking/carrying as a single. The group in front was about four holes out. The closest anyone got behind me was one full hole — briefly, around the 10th hole, when a group restarted behind me after stopping for lunch. I got around in something over 3.5 hours. It's golf, I had a good time, and any frustrations were from my play and not the environment. But then, I'm easy.» Close
Played Oak Quarry yesterday, 6/2, getting out around 2:40 as twosome for our GK 12 match. The timing was good as there was initially no one ahead or b... » More
Played Oak Quarry yesterday, 6/2, getting out around 2:40 as twosome for our GK 12 match. The timing was good as there was initially no one ahead or behind us for several holes.
I confess this is one of my favorite courses and I really can't think of a negative on the day. Arguably in peak condition. Tee boxes were fine and I was never conscious of unlevel grounds being issue at all. Fairways were in good shape, offering nice lies and reasonably good rollout. The rough was very good. Generally consistently green and grown in, sometimes allowing recovery and sometimes a bit thicker and deep enough to cost you a shot — generally very fair. I was in two green side bunkers and, while on the firm side, thought they were quite playable. I know the bunkers here are historically the weak point and I've been in some firm crusty ones int the past, but I didn't happen into that scenario today, so no complaints on that front. The greens were fine and rolled at a nice medium fast pace. I was a bit yippy on my short putts on the day and a couple of longer putts I read breaks on didn't, but that's on me. I think they were pretty clean and true enough.
It seemed the tees were consistently playing more forward, a full box in some cases. There was a tournament earlier in the day, celebrating in the clubhouse when we started, and we hypothesized that with the tourney and it being weekend, the management adjusted the tees to ensure pace of play. Seemed to work. There was a breeze for much of the round that was probably about a +1 club that did gust up at certain points, but was more often pretty steady. On a warm day, it was pleasant to have it. We caught the foursome ahead of us on the fourth hole and waited on them periodically over the course of the round, but we still probably had about a 4.25 hour pace. Frankly the pace was irrelevant because I was just enjoying being on the course with no place I'd rather be. Finishing in the early summer evening just makes the course look even better.» Close
This is a bit late, but I played super twilight last Friday, 5/16 with a buddy. The course was pretty busy and a group with young kids was on the firs... » More
This is a bit late, but I played super twilight last Friday, 5/16 with a buddy. The course was pretty busy and a group with young kids was on the first fairway with a group of teens in the tee box, so we skipped ahead to the second hole.
Similar to Altadena, the relative playing conditions were pretty good. Mostly level tee boxes, grass generally as grown in as it is going to get here in all phases, and the greens were pretty decent and clean, rolling at a medium speed. Missed the bunkers so I can't comment there. Pace was a little sluggish, but we got through it and could have gone back to play the first, but didn't.
I don't know if it encouraged more turnout, but word was out that they are considering closing the course and reconsidering it's use, possibly as a regional park. Whatever happens, it will have to go through review, comment, etc., etc. so nothing is happening soon. Hopefully, the end result won't mean losing another golf course.
Eaton has a more interesting topography and elevation changes than sister course Altadena, and could potentially be the better playing course, but the general impression is more unkempt, especially in the collateral areas of rough and between holes. Some edging, xeriscaping, and wood chip areas would go a long way towards making the course look much sharper without upping water usage, but those are my thoughts, not part of any known plan. According to my buddy (the realtor) the rumor is that the current management company is focusing on getting Altadena up to speed and then turn its resources to Eaton. Altadena has been coming around, I don't see much evidence of that sprucing up having been initiated at Eaton yet.
In the meantime it has the same advantages as Altadena of nice mountain views and a relaxed, local vibe. Don't drive too far to get here, but if you are in the neighborhood it's worth a go.» Close
Unlike the other courses I review, reviewing Altadena always gives me pause. Most of the reviews submitted seem to be mine, which at some point seems ... » More
Unlike the other courses I review, reviewing Altadena always gives me pause. Most of the reviews submitted seem to be mine, which at some point seems a little weird to me and almost makes me reluctant to write it up. AM I the only one who actually plays this course and is it worth another report? Ah, well, enough contemplative navel gazing and on to the task at hand.
So I was out there a couple of evenings ago and got nine in with another single. Building on my previous review of the place, it is rounding into maybe the best shape it's been in a while. The moisture and generally cooler weather have been good for our golf courses. In response to the greening up mentioned in said review, they've caught up with the mowing and the rough is a bit more under control. The rest is as previously mentioned except that the greens are rounding into shape and noticeably improved. There is still the occasional, rare, random scar to be found, but the general surface has grown in to a pretty consistent and healthy carpet of grass running at a medium speed.
Is it a destination course? No. But as someone who usually pays super twilight and almost never pays more than than twilight at this and sister course Eaton Canyon, I have run out of things to complain about and can appreciate it in its current state. It's a pleasant course in pretty decent condition with mountain views and a casual vibe. Nice little patio to grab a beverage and hang afterwards. If you are in the area, you could do worse.» Close
Got to play Porter Ranch for the first time yesterday in a charity scramble. I haven't since been able to find anything to indicate public access, so ... » More
Got to play Porter Ranch for the first time yesterday in a charity scramble. I haven't since been able to find anything to indicate public access, so I won't dive too deep. Conditions overall were excellent. Coverage on everything from tees through fairways, rough and green were consistently green and well grown in — nothing thin or brown. Rough could be deceptively grabby, even where it seemed more closely mown. Greens were on the quicker side of medium, firm and clean.
The course meanders through a development and offers a bit of everything — some water hazards, some elevation changes with one dramatically downhill par-4, and a mix of long and shorter par-3's. Driving range is smallish with an artificial strip hitting surface at the base. I assume grass would be available at other times. Clubhouse and facilities seem nice enough.» Close
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