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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: May 20, 2017
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Got over to Santa Anita today, Sunday, a little before 11:00 and was sent out immediately as a single for $40 walking. Preceding group was about two h... » More
Got over to Santa Anita today, Sunday, a little before 11:00 and was sent out immediately as a single for $40 walking. Preceding group was about two holes ahead.
There have been more reviews for S.A. lately and consistent with those, I found the conditions are still good. Generally well covered and level tee boxes. The fairways were lush overall with the occasional brown area —usually still a good hitting surface. Where there were actual hardpan areas, (not many and usually on the edge of the fairway or bordering rough,) they were usually painted as GUR, so the crew was paying attention. The rough was more often than not lush, offering varying degrees of recovery potential. There were good pitching and chipping opportunities presented by the area around the greens. Bunkers were firm-ish, generally clean, and nicely playable. The greens were pretty clean with a minimum of unfixed ball marks, and running at a medium speed. They never get too quick here, but they are often a bit quicker than today. Not a complaint, just an observation, and nothing to detract from the round.
After breezing along, I caught up with the pack around the eighth hole. After that, there were a few minor holdups, but it generally moved steadily and the final running time was a little over four hours. Good course, good conditions, and a good all-around playing experience.
When I reviewed S.A. last month, for the first time in over a year, my one complaint was the lack of yardage markers and the visibility of the monuments. I have no idea if that comment was noticed or if it is just coincidence, but they have added vertical, colored yardage sticks at the 100 and 150yd points in the fairway centers, with blue 200yd stakes in a couple of instances such as the par-5 third hole. For anyone over there who might actually see this, it's a simple but greatly appreciated improvement. Thanks.» Close
Went over to Harding as a single @ 10:30 this morning and was sent to the lineup at the first tee to join a twosome, third up, and teed off about 15 m... » More
Went over to Harding as a single @ 10:30 this morning and was sent to the lineup at the first tee to join a twosome, third up, and teed off about 15 minutes later.
It has to be the result of the rainy winter, because I'm generally finding better than typical conditions at the courses I've hit lately, and Harding was no exception. Tee boxes generally pretty level with good grass coverage. Fairways were pretty consistently green and lush with only a few isolated dry patches and a couple soggy spots. Nice hitting surface with decent rollout. The rough was generally lush. There were some spots where the ball would sink down and be hard to find, although in most cases it wasn't that deep. It was deep enough to be penalizing more often than not, with only the occasional opportunity for a clean recovery. Green side rough could similarly vary from nice chipping grass to a little bit longer and juicier, but generally nicely playable. Greens were receptive and generally clean, rolling fairly true at a medium speed. A few had the suggestion of a bumpier texture than the majority, but seemed to be more often a visual phenomenon than of real consequence on putting lines.
It was a pretty warm day, but there was a nice breeze (up to one club) to cool the sweat, so it was really more pleasant and less oppressive than I feared it might be. I was in hydration mode and draining my water bottle all day. Glad they have enough fountains spread around to refill. The pace was slow but generally steady for something short of a five hour round. The guys I was paired with were more into keep to themselves and not overly sociable, nor were they in any way unpleasant so, being prepared for anything, I was fine with that.
Generally speaking, a fine example of muni golf under better than average course conditions.» Close
I decided to head over to Santa Anita this afternoon to check it out. The latest reviews were positive but almost a month and half old, and I wanted t... » More
I decided to head over to Santa Anita this afternoon to check it out. The latest reviews were positive but almost a month and half old, and I wanted to see the conditions for myself. I knew it had been a while, but according to my Score Tracker record I was surprised to find out after the fact it had been over a year since I played there. I was sent out immediately as a single around 4:15, a bit ahead of the men's club, never waited and was never closer than a full hole to anyone in front of me.
I don't recall ever seeing the conditions as nice all around as I did today. The teeing grounds here are pretty consistently very level with a few slight exceptions, and the grass coverage was good and mowed to a tight length. The fairways in particular struck me as being more consistently lush than I ever remember seeing them. There were very few brown spots and the ball set up nicely but still provide good rollout. The rough was pretty consistent and green, and generally just long enough to cost a shot, but would occasionally allow recovery with a good lie. Bunker sand was good and playable, with not too many unraked footprints. The areas around the green set up well for chipping and the greens themselves were pretty clean, rolling a brisk medium pace.
Really, I was a little surprised in a good way and I will definitely have to get the course back into my rotation to play more often, especially in it's current state.
With all the positives, I did have one gripe: lack of yardage markers. With the lush grass, the in-ground markers were a little overgrown and frequently hard to spot. Often I just couldn't find a 200 yd marker, there are no stakes for any of the yardages either in the fairway or rough, and I never found a yardage on a sprinkler head. As someone who prefers to pace off yardage old school style, it made it tricky at times to select a club. The 100, 150, and 200 yd locations are enough, but I have to be able to find them, preferably without having to stand over them.
That said, if you are a fan of Santa Anita, (and I know there are a few), now is the time to visit. Otherwise, it was a beautiful warm, late afternoon with a declining breeze and I got around in under 3.5 hours. Did I mention it was $13 to walk? Good times.» Close
I played my GK Cup match yesterday, 7/3 in a foursome that included Nickesquire. His complete review is a few back in the thread, so I'm just adding a... » More
I played my GK Cup match yesterday, 7/3 in a foursome that included Nickesquire. His complete review is a few back in the thread, so I'm just adding a few of my impressions. Any brown areas in my view were really incidental. What struck me was the overall sense of lushness and green throughout the course, extending through much of the rough. Where groomed, the rough was cut to the point that you were not going to lose or have trouble finding a ball, but it was probably going to cost you a shot as often as not, especially with longer shots/irons. Similarly, the fairways were lush, sometimes to the point of cushy. As lush as I've seen in a while, the rollout was correspondingly less. Bunkers were firm, well groomed, and (I thought) nice to play out of if your lie wasn't problematic. Otherwise, it's all as Nick described. A nice, interesting course in good shape that offers very good value.» Close
I participated in a scramble Saturday, 6/24, teeing off around 2:00 on the sixth hole. Weather conditions were excellent — comfortably warm with light... » More
I participated in a scramble Saturday, 6/24, teeing off around 2:00 on the sixth hole. Weather conditions were excellent — comfortably warm with light to moderate breeze trailing off late in the round. I thought the all around playing conditions for this course were excellent. Tee boxes had good coverage and were level. Maybe one tee where I felt the need to find the most level spot, but minimal as a teeing factor. Fairways are in nice shape— green and offering good lies as well as reasonable rollout. I didn't notice an bare spots in the fairway-adjacent rough, which was generally playable and less punitive just off the fairways, and a bit fuller near the greens. Only in one bunker, it was well groomed and firmer vs. fluffy. The greens were very nice, running the quick side of medium. Probably an appropriate speed given the undulations on many of the greens would make really quick greens problematic. They were a nice surface that tracked well.
I only get to play here intermittently over the recent years, but I think it's in as good a shape all around right now as I can remember it. A shorter but interesting course that is generally flat and easy to walk. Definitely recommended.» Close
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