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Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; Oakland/East Bay Area; Sacramento Area; Las Vegas Area; Mesquite/St.George Area; Albuquerque/Santa Fe
What's in Larry's Golf Bag
Callaway XR Driver
Ping I25 - 4 wood
Callaway XR 3 Hybrid
Callaway Apex CF 16's - 4 thru A wedge
Cleveland Tour Action 54 & 60 degree wedge
Odyssey White Hot 2Ball - putter
Last Updated: July 23, 2018
Have been playing golf for several years and have always loved this crazy game. The frustration of hitting a bad shot or missing a short putt can get to you but no better feeling than seeing your drive striped down the middle or that iron shot that ends up next to the pin. I plan to play more as my perspective on life has changed a bit. Being a recent pancreatic cancer survivor made me realize the good things in life are still out there. Don't want to miss em!
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The last time I played Royal Vista was Nov. 2015 and because of slow play, I vowed that I would never play here again. I gave in and broke that vow t... » More
The last time I played Royal Vista was Nov. 2015 and because of slow play, I vowed that I would never play here again. I gave in and broke that vow today as our neighborhood group wanted to play our monthly outing here. We had a 9:38 tee time, playing east/north. Noticed they were really backed up on the first tee and when we checked in, the guy in the club house said they were a bit behind, like 5-10 minutes. Duh! How about 30-40 minutes behind! This course is always slow and never learns. Wasn’t much better as we got behind the slowest group known to man. So, 5 hours and 20 minutes later, we finished. On such a beautiful day, I wish we had picked another place to play.
The course is showing winter wear which is expected at all muni’s but it wasn’t terrible. Fairways were hit and miss. Some were in nice condition while others were beat up. There really wasn’t much rough to speak of as it was all dormant grass or hard pan. Bunkers had that top layer of sand which looked good but under was hard pan.
The good news here is that greens were in very nice condition and were a bit tricky if you got above the hole. Holding shots that were hit well.
Although a short track, I have always enjoyed the layout here and weekday rates are great. But c’mon man! 5.5 hours for a weekday round of golf is just not fun! Figure it out somehow!» Close
On a cool but sunny morning, played here Jan 2. with a tee time at 9:04. Not a lot of people out there and we got out right on time, finishing in jus... » More
On a cool but sunny morning, played here Jan 2. with a tee time at 9:04. Not a lot of people out there and we got out right on time, finishing in just over 4 hours.
Fairways getting winter dormant, still had good cover and overall they were in good condition with some tight lies. Good roll out which is always appreciated. The rough was thin and really not a factor. Bunkers were in great condition. Good firm sand.
The greens were in excellent shape. Running medium fast, they rolled very true. They were hard however and wasn’t holding all shots.
Again, I was impressed with Mountain Meadows. Its pretty hilly and placement of your drives is key but the course is in such good condition, I definitely recommend.» Close
Heading out to Palm Springs for a tournament but on the way, we decided to stop and play Shandin. I usually walk for $20 but decided to take advantag... » More
Heading out to Palm Springs for a tournament but on the way, we decided to stop and play Shandin. I usually walk for $20 but decided to take advantage of their deal, $34 which includes golf, cart, range balls and all you can eat from the snack bar. So a little breakfast before the round and then 4 hours later, lunch after the round. Interesting deal.
I have always liked SH and was looking forward to playing. The starter said they had 2 inches of rain the day before but I always knew SH drains very well but IMO, the course is not in good shape. Aside from the fairways going winter dormant which is expected, they were many bad lies out there. Hardpan, thin grass; was not impressed. There is no rough. Its dormant grass or hard pan. Bunkers had turned to mud but attribute that to the rain the day before.
The greens were nice as they usually are here. Looked like they sanded not too long ago but still rolled nicely and a bit fast really.
I have always loved Shandin. The layout is a fun and challenging one and I remember the days when this course was the nicest around. Can’t say that now. I hope they are able to bring this back to the way to the way it was before.» Close
Had a 9:20 tee time with an old college friend on 11/15. Paying $32, we saw that the greens were aerated late October but decided to give it a go any... » More
Had a 9:20 tee time with an old college friend on 11/15. Paying $32, we saw that the greens were aerated late October but decided to give it a go anyway as I have never played here. On a very chili and smokey day (heavy smoke from the Camp Fire), it was not very busy and we got off on time following two other 2 somes ahead of us. Starter was a very nice guy and gave us the a thorough overview of the course.
We heard it was Johnny Miller designed and knew we would probably in for a challenge. I was right. I found EV very challenging. It starts out with a rather lengthy par 5 and then a tough par 3. Most of the fairways were pretty generous with wide landing areas which was nice and were in good condition. Some thin lies on the back 9 but overall in good shape. The rough was cut low so not much rough to speak of. Bunkers were damp but not difficult to get out of. Tee boxes looked like they were recently over seeded and were fine.
I found the greens to be real challenging. Although still in recovery from aeration, they rolled ok but had undulations which really made them tricky. Some had 2 or 3 tiers. Some were large, some were small and narrow. First timers are really at a disadvantage because it was difficult to see how they undulate or the size of the greens from the fairways.
Pace of play was brutal. As a 2 some, we were moving on the front 9 just fine but came to a screeching halt on #7. Come to find out there was a 2 some up ahead that were really struggling which made it slow down. From that point, we waited on every shot and finished just short of 5 hours. Of course the signature hole, #14 tends to slow things down as well. Beautiful, downhill par 3 over water. We had 3 groups backed up when we got there. The back 9 has some elevation changes which were really fun. It is a very beautiful setting as the course is set in among grape vineyards but we were denied some great views because of all of the smoke. I want to come back again. Definitely recommend but expect to be challenged.» Close
Up again in No. Cal. visiting friends and family and always, try to get in a couple rounds. As usual, make a stop to play Boundary Oaks. I see I am ... » More
Up again in No. Cal. visiting friends and family and always, try to get in a couple rounds. As usual, make a stop to play Boundary Oaks. I see I am only rater of this course for some time and don’t have a lot to add from previous reviews. On a cold morning, there were a couple of groups already out or on their way to the tee. Waited for a bit and the starter sent me out as a single paying a walking, weekday rate of $27. It was a bit tough to get warm out there. 39 degrees at tee off time with some frost on the fairways helped get some roll.
The course is showing winter is on the way. Fairways look to be going dormant but still in good condition. Some bare spots out there also but for the most part, good coverage. Tee boxes look like they have been worked on so over seeding may have taken place. Bunkers are in great condition. They have all been worked on and have good firm sand.
The greens are in good shape. Fast actually. The pins were in difficult locations today so you had to watch the speed or going downhill you could roll past the hole and down on the other side of the green.
Always enjoy playing here but have seen it in better condition. Looking forward to my next trip up north to play here again.» Close
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