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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: April 18, 2018
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 two holes later 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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I played my first-round GK Cup 12 match here against Long4par on Tuesday afternoon, 6/12/18. We teed off just after 2pm on a clear, warm day with only... » More
I played my first-round GK Cup 12 match here against Long4par on Tuesday afternoon, 6/12/18. We teed off just after 2pm on a clear, warm day with only light breezes for Arrowood. It was Jim’s first time here – the course looked great from the clubhouse area, with closely trimmed fairways and rough and sharp tee boxes. We got out on time fairly closely behind a boisterous group of 3 foursomes – I was concerned about pace of play, but we only waited a couple of times and then had smooth sailing, finishing in 4.5 hr. We played the Blue tee (6,292/70.5/131), joined by a course employee and another local who were pleasant to play with – I guess we sprayed the ball around enough that we never really caught the groups in front.
I enjoy playing Arrowood because I like the variety of holes, the course setting with lots of natural areas, condition and playability, and weather. The GK Discussion Board has had threads about the reality of the returning drought and resultant course conditions in SoCal – you can see that here, as it’s only June and Arrowood has very firm and dry conditions everywhere, with long runouts down fairways and across slopes. We’ll see what grass conditions are like in August and September!
Greens were in very good shape, rolling smoothly and pretty quick with good coverage. They were somewhat inconsistent in terms of firmness, with some approaches releasing and others sticking and backing up. Unfortunately, we saw many unrepaired ballmarks on all the greens. Whereas Arrowood previously used a red/white/blue flag system, they have gone to a 6-sector pin location format – a pin map is provided on the scorecard, and the pin location is posted on the first tee. It seemed to me that this had the effect of pushing the pins closer to the edges of the green on many holes, making approaches to these locations more challenging.
Fairways were firm and pretty tight, but overall lies were OK. Many fairways exhibited large aeration holes in some areas. Rough was cut short and very playable except for the extreme course margins. Tees were level and firm - only #8, recently resodded and maybe not ready for prime time, gave unsure footing. Sand was mostly very thin/firm, making recoveries chancy – most had plenty of old footprints and a lack of players raking their mess. As a result of the elevation changes, wind, pin positions, etc., I played all the par-3 holes using the same club.
The course is doing small things to make the course more playable. They have built a low berm to the right of #4 fairway in the driving area to keep some balls in play – in the past, tee shots hit to the right tended to funnel quickly into the hazard. POP is being addressed by having clocks located on tees as you progress around the course, so you can compare your playing time versus the recommended pace for your tee time. [We were right on the recommended pace.]
Highly recommended.» Close
You know what you’re in for – the past reviews have forewarned you. About half of those are from GKer Ringworld – he must live just across the street,... » More
You know what you’re in for – the past reviews have forewarned you. About half of those are from GKer Ringworld – he must live just across the street, or he has a high threshold for pain! But I played here anyway, with my monthly club, on Saturday, 6/2/18 at 10am.
The word must have gotten around – even though it was sunny and 72* with almost no wind, the course was very uncrowded. Paid $57 and $15 for half a cart – definitely overpriced for what you get.
Driving range on good mats – no grass available. Putting green was firm and in good shape, but then on-course greens were spongy, although the were fairly quick. Runups to most of the greens were overwatered and sloppy wet – no running the ball onto the green! Fairway lies were thin. Rough could be very thin/dry/hard or lush and bushy. Sand was uniformly poor – hard base with a thin layer of sand/dirt on top – after a couple disasters, I started chipping from the bunkers.
For whatever reason, the course doesn’t provide divot repair mix in carts or on-course, so all divots go unfilled. All greens had scattered old and recent ballmarks. Adequate water available; no cart girl, but a snack bar at the turn.
I’m going to have to throttle our tourney director if he keeps picking these dog tracks. Not recommended.» Close
Played Goose Creek today, Saturday 5/26/18, going off on time at 915am, joined by my brother and paired with Mike and Bob, and we had an enjoyable rou... » More
Played Goose Creek today, Saturday 5/26/18, going off on time at 915am, joined by my brother and paired with Mike and Bob, and we had an enjoyable round. Weather was overcast and cool with almost no wind, which makes a big difference here, especially on the back nine. Paid $80 on the course website; good greeting and info from desk and starter. Great practice area, but they need a clock out there somewhere. Saw the cart girl a few times and a marshal was driving around, but we had no POP issues, finishing in just over 4 hours.
Recent reviews capture that the course is in good shape. Green speeds were consistent through the round, which is great. My only complaint is that the first 3 greens were pretty firm, and chips and pitches ran well out. We started playing for that and then greens were inconsistent in terms of firmness, so on one the ball hit firm and rolled, on the next checked up quick. Strange boundary markings – left of 3 is red, but first half of #4 is white stakes, then 2nd half is red. Right of 12 now marked as OB!
Definitely recommended.» Close
Played today, 5/12/18, at 10am with my monthly club – otherwise, I wouldn’t ever play here. Conditions are the same as they were when I reviewed last ... » More
Played today, 5/12/18, at 10am with my monthly club – otherwise, I wouldn’t ever play here. Conditions are the same as they were when I reviewed last June – small slopy greens, kikuyu everywhere, indifferent conditioning. Surprised that the round took less than 5 hours today – made my escape sooner than expected!
Noticed today that on many of the small greens with false fronts or severe slopes, a good % of the green is unpinnable, leaving few options for placement and making red/white/blue flags almost meaningless. I guess that’s why the course isn’t concerned that, since they fall in the same place in the color rotation, all the par-3 holes were red pins today. Turn off brain, take players’ money!
Not recommended.» Close
Tried to get out for super-twilight on Wednesday 5/9/18 - arrived at 3:30 but there’s a members’ skins game every Wednesday that goes off around 3:45p... » More
Tried to get out for super-twilight on Wednesday 5/9/18 - arrived at 3:30 but there’s a members’ skins game every Wednesday that goes off around 3:45pm, then eats into the first couple of ST times, so golfers beware! [This happened 3 weeks ago but I was able to get out ahead of it – I didn’t realize this skins thing happened EVERY week!] Had to wait until 4:33 to tee off with a local, a course employee, and a visitor from Denver who is playing Augusta National (!) next Monday – he volunteers at the tournament and is close to the chief of volunteers, so he plays every year on Staff Day (this will be his 5th time playing). I asked if the course was as amazing as it looks on TV – he said “Every bit!”.
Course conditions are similar to my review of 3 weeks ago. With the late start, we finished #17 in the dark and couldn’t play #18 – bummer. Heads up for those looking for ST on Wednesdays.» Close
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