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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; Phoenix Area; Southwest Coastal; Central/Northeast; Albuquerque/Santa Fe; Southern New Mexico; Houston Area; Austin Area; San Antonio Area
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Callaway X-20 irons
Callaway woods and hybrids, but picked up a TM M-1 driver Nov. 2015
Last Updated: October 26, 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 Santa Anita GC at 10am on Saturday, 1/12/19, with my monthly club. We generally play here every January. It had rained early that morning, bu... » More
I played Santa Anita GC at 10am on Saturday, 1/12/19, with my monthly club. We generally play here every January. It had rained early that morning, but the weather looked like it might clear around 9am. But, oops, it started sprinkling on #7 and pouring on #9. About half of our tourney group bailed out at the turn, but by the time we reached #11 the rain had stopped and we had clearing weather afterward. The course was not very crowded as a result of the earlier rain, and the many defections during the storm resulted in a very light crowd in the afternoon.
Greens very firm but with few ballmarks and rolled at a medium+ pace (they slowed down during and just after the deluge – LOL). Fairways with pretty good coverage everywhere. Rough could be very thin and playable or deep and juicy – we played lift/clean/place so lies were generally not a problem. Traps appeared to have adequate sand but it was obviously packed down by the rains.
Tee boxes were generally OK but #18 (we played the blue tees) is badly uneven and sloping to the left rear – this is a long dogleg right with a huge tree just to the right of a tee. A fade is almost the only play available here, but it’s hard to hit that shot off an uneven tee with the ball well above your feet!
Hole 3 doesn’t have a very well-defined fairway area – it seems like you are on deep, soft kikuyu everywhere! There are a couple other holes where the fairway definition is “vague” or where the mowers had not been in a few days.
Overall good conditions for a casual round.» Close
Kicked off 2019 at one of my favorites in northern San Diego County with a GN Hot Deal for $33 at 1130 on 1/1/19. Hadn’t played since the La Costa GK ... » More
Kicked off 2019 at one of my favorites in northern San Diego County with a GN Hot Deal for $33 at 1130 on 1/1/19. Hadn’t played since the La Costa GK outing and was trying out some new swing thoughts – joined Carlsbad locals Ralph and Chris, and we had a relaxed, enjoyable round in about 4 hours. It was pretty windy when we got started, but the blustery NE wind dropped to almost nothing by the time we reached the back nine, and we had perfect weather coming in.
The course is in decent shape. Greens were a mixed bag. Some were OK, some had light/dark areas scattered across them, some had large turf patches evident. Most were firm with good coverage, but all were bumpy and rolled at medium speed. With the windy weather there was a lot of small and large debris on all greens, but not too many ballmarks.
Fairways are dormant and tight – you get some good rollouts downhill, but we also had good strikes rolling back toward us on the uphill holes – frustrating! Many unfilled divots in all the fairways. We liberally used the sand provided on the carts, but the refill rack on #10 tee was populated with empty bottles. There is only scattered use of entry/exit gates for carts onto fairways, and the entry areas being used are badly worn down and bare. Rough was generally cut low and easy to play from, but also wasn’t much of a deterrent for offline shots running on into hazards or other disasters.
There was plenty of sand in all bunkers encountered. Tees were level, and par-3 tees were not too torn up, divot mix provided on some of these. The course has also placed sand bottles on some par-4 tees, but all of these were empty when we came through.
Carts are basic – no GPS, a cooler with just ice. The carts did have a ball washer/club cleaner, which is handy. The driving range is on grass, but the left side of the hitting area is sloping behind a right-handed player. There are few targets; the ball machine was not working. The clock at the range is a nice touch, but it was not adjusted from daylight savings time. No cart girl today, and the snack bar is a drive from the playing route.
I really enjoy the variety in this layout and the opportunity to let the driver rip on many elevated holes. As usual, #s 6 and 17 are beasts – all uphill, and into that NE wind on #6 I still had a hybrid to reach the green after 2 solid shots! There’s a lot of trimmed and untrimmed debris lying around waiting to be cleaned up, and the main creekbeds are choked with growth and debris, which would improve the aesthetics here but really doesn’t affect play. To decrease maintenance costs, the course is doing some turf conversions, primarily in the areas around tee boxes and leading out to fairways. They’ve replaced turf with crushed rock and the look takes some getting used to, but is effective.
Still recommended.» Close
Disappointing conditions here at GCRC on Thursday, 12/13/18, at 11am. It was bright and sunny and a full week after the rains in SoCal, so I was expec... » More
Disappointing conditions here at GCRC on Thursday, 12/13/18, at 11am. It was bright and sunny and a full week after the rains in SoCal, so I was expecting pretty good conditions. This course reminds me quite a bit of the ill-fated Carmel Mountain Ranch GC – great bones, a challenging layout, but one that has gone to seed and needs a capital infusion and some serious TLC to get back to being a premier venue. While several fairways and tees looked busy when I drove in, only a couple of groups teed off in the hour before my tee time, and I played as a single in about 3.5 hr, catching the foursome ahead of me on #11 and plugging along behind them for the remainder of the round. Overall the course is in rough/seedy shape – I was expecting the course to be better groomed. Conditions ranged from nicely groomed to overlain with severe scattered debris.
Greens here are fairly large, most protected by deep bunkers. Many greens are elevated and have slopy fronts that can repel short approaches or see shots spin back down the slopes. Some minor tiering on some greens, but nothing too wild – none of my putts today had a large amount of break. While the practice putting green was very bumpy, on-course greens rolled fairly smoothly at medium+ speed. Greens were pretty quick downhill. Not a great number of ballmarks, even though greens were receptive to approaches. Several greens had scattered sanded areas on them, mainly around the green margins.
Fairways and rough were a motley mix of colors and quality. Both had scattered straw-colored and green shadings that gave the look of a camo outfit and made spotting the ball difficult – I spent a lot of time on some holes searching for balls that weren’t that far offine. Fairway coverages were generally good but the ball sometimes sat tight. Rough was a mix of several grasses and ranged from bare dirt to scattered clumpiness to a deep, juicy nightmare.
Many tees had a lot of uneven surface, but none were badly sloping. Par-3 tees were not badly damaged. Sand (there’s lots of traps and lots of BIG traps!) looked to be nicely groomed but not real plentiful. Many greenside traps may be so deep they have to be hand-groomed, as a worker was doing ahead of me on the 12th green.
Carts were pretty basic – no GPS, no ballwasher/cleaner, an empty cooler. Some holes had ballwashers mounted on the hole info tower (showing yardages, internal trash can, etc.), some did not. Par-3 tees generally had divot mix containers, and there’s a refill rack before the 10th tee. Quite a bit of maintenance work going on all around the course, although it’s obvious much more work remains to be done throughout. If I was a homeowner backing to the lake along the 13th hole, I’d be pretty upset about that ugly, stinking, fetid cesspool over my back fence. The pond in front of hole #3 had an ugly fence around it. Lots of birds in play on the back nine around hole #13.
They were out of the course yardage books in the pro shop. Some sprinklers are marked, and some faiways had 200/150/100 plates. The course uses a R/W/B rotation for pin placements – 3 of 4 par-5s were white today. My old yardage book shows the greens with a 6-location clock for pin placements – this more complex approach would likely result in less repetition. I used the same club on the first 3 par-3 holes, despite them playing in 3 different directions. A local resident woman was walking 2 unleashed, barky dogs on #15 – I wonder if homeowners get course access?
This is a fun, challenging layout that deserves play but needs more resources. Maybe we can have a GK Event there to get the word out and drum up more interest.» Close
Played in the GK Event on Saturday, 12/8/2018, with GKers sixpez and kassper7 – thanks to Keith and Perry for an enjoyable round. After some pretty go... » More
Played in the GK Event on Saturday, 12/8/2018, with GKers sixpez and kassper7 – thanks to Keith and Perry for an enjoyable round. After some pretty good rain a couple days before the course was still pretty wet. We started out CPO on some holes, but an hour in got a notice that CPO was rescinded and we were able to get on the entire course. The course hadn’t been able to cut the rough after the rains and some areas were really juicy, and we had to hunt intently for offline shots. Solid drives in the fairways died quickly. Bunkers were pretty wet and sand depth varied. Overall conditions were good and the course is right there in front of you, but it played longer than the card today. However, the tees on the par-3s were pushed well forward, so those holes played much shorter than the card distances.
Greens on this course are a different grass compared to the Champions course – the turf on Legends greens is thin, and the firm greens held wedges but mid- and long-irons released quite a bit. Greens rolled smoothly at medium+ speed and in many areas are more slopy than they look initially, although there is very little severe tiering.
Staff was great throughout. The free valet parking for golfers is a must! Starter was great and on-course marshals helpful. Plenty of divot sand refills available, including a refill rack at the 7#/13 tee/bathroom. Nice GPS on the carts, although you have to work through a lot of secondary screens (notices, adverts, etc.). The GPS gives the pin position and distance to the hole.
My third time on Legends and I enjoy the course. I’d like to get back on Champions in a future GK event – only played there once, with GK last year. Nice to meet new GKers at the afterparty, and great prizes as usual – Thanks Johnny!» Close
Played the Goose with my monthly group at 10am on Saturday morning, 12/1/18, on a cool sunny day with very little wind, a couple days after SoCal got ... » More
Played the Goose with my monthly group at 10am on Saturday morning, 12/1/18, on a cool sunny day with very little wind, a couple days after SoCal got some pretty good rain. We played lift/clean/place, but really didn’t need to as the course absorbed the rain very well and was in great condition, as usual. Greens and surrounds were pretty firm and chips and pitches could run out. Greens rolled pretty smoothly at medium+ speed. Tees were in good shape; I wasn’t in any sand. Fairway lies were good, although a few holes had not been mowed and lies there were a little hairy. Rough was generally good, starting out pretty wet from rain/condensation but drying out as the day went on.
Saw the cart girl a few times, and marshals frequently. Course was pretty busy Saturday morning and POP wound up being 5 hours.» Close
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