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Where David Connally Plays Golf
Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County; Ventura County; Fresno Area; Las Vegas Area; Mesquite/St.George Area; Central/Northeast
What's in David Connally's Golf Bag
Callaway X-20 irons
Callaway woods and hybrids, but picked up a TM M-1 driver Nov. 2015
Last Updated: June 23, 2017
More about David Connally
I qualified for super seniors recently, so the gurney should be just around the corner. I take golf way too seriously, and have a very high threshold for what I think my game should be. I occasionally yell at myself for hitting poor shots, but I do try to have fun, as we could be at work! I'm trying to enter more competitions (GK, SCGA, and others) now that I'm not working, to test my game under pressure. So far, I'm just a leaky gasbag - LOL!!
The GK experience got very personal for me in December 2013, at the GK outing at Indian Wells Golf Resort. I collapsed on the first green, and eventually wound up needing a pacemaker to correct a very slow heartbeat. Concerned GKers playing with me and in other groups took care of me until the parameds arrived, and eased my transition to the emergency room. There's not enough thanks that can be expressed for the concern that those casual acquaintances gave to me to help me move toward recovery. It's just another great aspect of the GK family.
Memorable shots: a hole-in-one I made in April 2006 at hole #16 at Sky Mountain GC in Hurricane, UT, just outside St. George. I followed that up with a career 3-wood to 5 feet for eagle on the par-5 #18. I recommend this course to anyone visiting that area for its great views and friendly playability - unless it's windy!
And I wound up winning that GK Cup thingy in the summer of 2014 - GK Cup 6. Who would have thunk it after my heart problems that past winter, and multiple first-round losses in previous Cups! I struggled in the sectional playoffs to win on the last hole a couple times, then played some better golf against the East and North (finals) champs. Now I can retire in peace!!
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Back with my monthly club at 915am on Sunday, 7/9/17. We got out a little early as the course was not crowded. My review from last week is still opera... » More
Back with my monthly club at 915am on Sunday, 7/9/17. We got out a little early as the course was not crowded. My review from last week is still operative – course is in great shape and fun to play. It was hot and humid this morning, and with no wind it was like playing golf in a sauna! Got some breeze going on the back nine to take the edge off, but we sucked down a lot of water and eased along in 5 hr. No cart girl today. Staff continues to randomly drive into or through hitting groups.
Greens were good, faster than the practice green, and still with variations in firmness. Rough as you got off the beaten path is deep, wet, and sticky. Sand is wet and heavy early in the day. Bushes in front of the blue tees on #15 still need trimming.
No rating since I did that last week. Still highly recommended.» Close
Back to AT for super-twilight during the heat wave on Friday afternoon, 7/7/17. Mission Viejo overall was pretty hot, but AT’s location down at the so... » More
Back to AT for super-twilight during the heat wave on Friday afternoon, 7/7/17. Mission Viejo overall was pretty hot, but AT’s location down at the south end in that arroyo means it gets a nice coastal breeze that really makes a difference. I arrived just after 3pm to get on their ST list (4pm), and starter Hal was able to pair me and another walk-on, amiable Nigel, with a twosome and we got out a few minutes before ST started, at 3:45. The two guys we were paired with were also likeable – one was very deliberate, the other a bomber but totally wild – he went through 5(!) sleeves during the round. If you get offline or start topping tee shots, it’s easy to find trouble here. Unfortunately, these guys also didn’t bother filling divots or fixing ballmarks, so that was disappointing. The breeze died down a few holes into the round, but some scattered cloudiness and the advancing hour moderated the temperature. We bumped around as fast as we could given the deliberate play and many(!) reloads, and finished as the next-to-last group at just after 8pm.
The course continues to be in good shape and fairly lush condition, with the caveat of some continuing issues with some of the greens (see some of the recent reviews). While some greens are very lush and surfaces are great, some greens still show significant thin/bare spots, and these are also mostly pretty soft. So you get varying green lushness, firmness, and speed as you go through the round; most rolled at medium speed, but were pretty bumpy. A couple greens were getting watered by hand as we went around. Lots of ballmarks on all greens. We also saw wet/rutted areas adjacent to several greens where mowers were not able to get – you needed to avoid those to not get sloppy/impossible lies and muddy shoes.
We had good lies in all the fairways, but popular landing areas have many unfilled divots. The course is still watering too much in the tee-shot landing area on the long par-4 #12 – you really need that rollout on this 467-yd, 2-hcp hole! Rough was lush and very playable when dry – all the ESA areas were thick and lush, and looking for balls was pretty futile.
I found the sand traps to have good coverage, but with only a fairly thin playing layer over a damp firm base. Par-3 tees were pretty torn up; all tees were mostly level – the slope problem seemed to be on holes with a narrower teebox setup.
They might have had a competition earlier in the day, as many pin positions were tucked in challenging locations or on knobs. We also noted that some pin locations on the good-graphics GPS were very off from actual locations on several holes – use of your own tools as backup is recommended. The cart girl came by on hole #3, but that was last call at just after 4pm. Plenty of water available, which was good. The course still needs to address the extensive cart path damage you find on many holes.
I enjoy this layout and conditions are generally very good.» Close
An outing here with my monthly club is coming up next week, and recent reviews on GK have been good, so I got out to SL with my brother at 9am on a su... » More
An outing here with my monthly club is coming up next week, and recent reviews on GK have been good, so I got out to SL with my brother at 9am on a sunny warm Saturday, 7/1/17. I had received an email blast from the course, and when I booked on their website the rate came up even lower than the email - $57; a great rate for Saturday morning prime time. I’ve always had a good experience here and enjoy the layout and conditions of the course – today was no exception, as conditions were very good and we had very little wind most of the day. We got off only a few minutes late, paired with a couple of younger guys who work locally and were very amiable, and we had an enjoyable round. It didn’t seem like we were poking along and we waited only occasionally on the group in front of us, but overall the round took 5 hours, longer than I realized.
Greens are somewhat firm, look great and roll great, and with no obvious thin or bare spots. We overshot the hole a couple times early on after the practice putting green fooled us into thinking about a slower speed – on-course greens started medium+ and got quicker as they dried out, and downhill rollouts could be pretty substantial. Generally, greens accepted shots well, although I noted differences in firmness between greens and even on the same green. We saw an average number of old and new ballmarks. Greens and rough were a little damp to start the morning, resulting in after-mowing dried grass debris on most greens, although it generally didn’t affect putts.
Rough was 1-2 inches deep and very playable, although early on the wet rough really grabbed your ball and made it sit down. Fairway lies were generally good, with the grass close-cropped, although we occasionally had the ball sit down pretty good in the fairway. Lots of unfilled divots in all the popular areas. I wasn’t in the sand but playing partners looked like they had good conditions to work with. Tees were level and not badly damaged on the par-3s.
Even on Saturday morning the course was not that crowded and many spots were available on the small range mats. Excellent breakfast burrito in the grill. We started out with a short ration of sand in the divot refill bottles and ran out quickly – we didn’t see any refills and the roving marshal wasn’t carrying any on his cart, so I wound up stealing a little bit on the 13th tee for our own divots. That same marshal drove into our group as we teed off on hole 18 – clueless. Bushes have been allowed to grow too high in front of some blue tee boxes and unfairly restrict hitting lines (holes 12, 15, and others).
Still recommended.» Close
Played the Crossings with Johnny and the Gurus at 1:40 on Thursday, 6/22/17. Reviews by Lee and Alex really sum up conditions well. We caught a good b... » More
Played the Crossings with Johnny and the Gurus at 1:40 on Thursday, 6/22/17. Reviews by Lee and Alex really sum up conditions well. We caught a good break on the weather – much cooler near the coast than in most inland areas, with sunshine on the front nine and encroaching marine layer chilling things a little bit on the back, with the result being a pretty steady breeze that played as a crosswind on most holes.
The course was in really good shape and looked great from all angles. Green firmness was a little variable but overall they were great. Good lies in fairways and rough, although rough could be clumpy. The usual issues – many ballmarks on most greens, par-3 tees torn up and not level, sand bottles provided but not used for the many divots in some approach areas (par-3 tees, hole 8 approach, etc.). My only bunker experience was in front of hole 6 – while groomed and smooth, there was only a bare wisp of playing layer over a damp firm base, so I opted to chip out.
Always recommended for interesting layout and challenge, and current conditions are very good.» Close
Played here at 1230 on Sunday, 6/11/17, for my GK Cup 10 2nd round match vs. Rat-patrol – thanks to Jim for making the trip up from San Diego and cong... » More
Played here at 1230 on Sunday, 6/11/17, for my GK Cup 10 2nd round match vs. Rat-patrol – thanks to Jim for making the trip up from San Diego and congrats for his steady performance. We were joined by GKers sr129 and caligolfer1031, so we had a GK group.
We’ve had a lot of very damp June gloom weather here in the south OC for the past couple weeks, and that contributed to the fairly wet conditions we encountered early in our round. The overall course was playing much slower/longer than last year when we were begging for rain. Rough could be longer, damp, and clingy. Green aprons were so damp/bushy that you rarely could putt successfully from fringes and beyond. That wet weather may have delayed/reduced the ability of the course to keep things groomed as close as usual, which may have contributed to Jim’s comment regarding the need for overall mowing. I know there were a couple of instances in the round where I came up well short of target areas that I had played to last year under drier/firmer conditions. We finally got some sunshine in the last half of the round and conditions dried out somewhat. And there was that steady crossbreeze to consider!
Greens looked great and were in very good condition, fairly firm and releasing most shots. They rolled pretty well with few bumps at medium speed. I saw very few old ballmarks and can’t remember any thin/bare areas. Fairways were cut fairly close and gave good lies, with less rollout than I was used to. There were scattered bare areas in both fairways and rough. Tees were in good shape except for the unfilled divots and consistent shagginess. Some blue tees were placed well forward. [Tee markers could use a little paint – there were several instances when we had to make sure to differentiate the blue and white tees. Also, some of the white tees had some pretty significant vegetation growing up in front of them, which could use trimming.] Sand was a mixed bag, with some bunkers looking like new sand and others looking like raked dirt. Some bunker areas were still marked GUR – bunkers here have been a WIP for many years, actually, if you look at past reviews. The large bunker fronting hole 17 looked like an active quarry operation! [And unfortunately there have been many bunkers removed here over the past couple of years, which has altered the strategic aspects of some holes.]
Simple GPS gives only basic distances. The course now uses an entry/exit gate system, which I like, except when cart users run over the gates and cart signs. The wet conditions resulted in some exit areas being a little torn up. Saw the cart girl a couple of times.
Shot of the day was from Greg (caligolfer1031), with a one-hop laser to within 4 feet of a back right pin on #17.
I like this layout and conditions now are very good.» Close
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