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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: March 29, 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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Had a great time with the GK Gurus here at 11am on Wednesday, 4/19/17, on a mostly sunny, breezy warm day. Thanks to GKers gary00, leef2020, and Itsli... » More
Had a great time with the GK Gurus here at 11am on Wednesday, 4/19/17, on a mostly sunny, breezy warm day. Thanks to GKers gary00, leef2020, and Itslikeimsayin for an enjoyable day – Orange County heading down to San Marcos for the round. I played this course only once, around 20 years ago, and it seems like it’s really filled in in terms of the lushness of the vegetation in the creeks and hazards – of course, some of this may be related to the rain the past couple months. When you are on the holes bordered by the creek or heavier vegetation, the wind is almost completely blocked out – away from the creek or on the higher elevation holes the wind is much more of a factor.
We arrived in time to warm up but found the range closed for some type of grading. No practice bunker or chipping green unless it’s up by the range. The putting green was crowded as the course was pretty stacked up with foursomes going out in the hour ahead of our time, but the starter was friendly and worked to get us out ASAP after our foursome was complete. As they were crowded, the pace on the front nine was 2.5 hr, and not a lot better on the back. Pro shop was apologetic about the range availability and threw in a yardage book (ordinarily $15 ??!! – must be gold-laminated). Newer carts are basic but comfortable; no ball washer or cooler, but a very nice VISAGE GPS system that is interactive. Good graphics on the GPS, but it doesn’t tell you where other carts are, which would have been useful on a couple holes with blind shots or hidden areas beyond downslopes. Also, the pin position is shown as front/middle/back (the course uses that rotation), but often doesn’t indicate when pins are pushed well to the side of a middle line.
The putting green didn’t have much slope to it, and was a little fuzzy and bumpy – I think the on-course greens were a little quicker. The course overall was pretty wet and soft when we started, and dried out some as the round progressed. Early on the fairways were fairly wet and soft, getting firmer/drier as the day progressed. Even so, we encountered quite a few areas during the round with apparent sprinkler/drainage issues – these areas were very soft and wet, in some cases being muddy/mushy and a challenge to play from. Alternately, we encountered many thin/dry area in fairways and rough, with almost no cover vegetation. The course doesn’t play very long, but most holes have hazards along one side or are crossed by drainage structures, and the course is in hilly terrain with a lot of mounding and sloped fairways. I recall from my only previous round here that green approaches were heavily watered and soft at that time, as well.
Greens were generally in good condition – no bare spots, generally good turf conditions (some thinner areas), and rolled at medium to medium-fast speeds. They varied in firmness throughout the round, with some accepting shots well and others being firmer and less accepting. Most greens are pitched from back to front, some more steeply than others, and most are reasonably flat, with only scattered tiering and occasional low bowls. Many greens are fronted by steep rises above the fairway leading up to them, and with the wet/soft conditions that makes run-on approaches more difficult.
Fairways generally gave good lies, although we saw scattered wet or bare areas. Many fairways are significantly narrowed by traps or mounding/rough-cutting at the outer limits of good tee shots – hitting past these areas frequently encountered deeper rough, steeper slopes, and significant downslopes into runoff drainage areas. Several fairways, especially on the front nine, could slope significantly toward the vegetated hazards, so you need to be wary as you choose your hitting line. Rough was cut fairly short and very playable, although drainage margins could be much more lush and problematic. We saw lots of old unfilled divots in fairways and rough – there’s a refill rack for sand bottles on the #10 tee, and we used them liberally all day.
Tees were generally level and gave ample playing room. There are several boxes on each hole – some boxes have monuments/plates corresponding to card yardages, and even a picture of the hole features. But I only saw this on 2 or 3 holes – maybe I missed them, or maybe they were a relic of the course opening, and have slowly vanished. Traps were marginal – the fairway bunker on #18 was pretty firm with a thin crusty top layer (OK playability), but the greenside bunkers I was in had thin coverage over a wet heavy base, and you didn’t have much to work with. My playing partner said a couple of greenside traps he was in had deep soft sand – the opposite of my experience. With the rising approaches to semi-plateau greens, some of the fronting bunkers are very deep, with steep faces between you and the greens.
First tee is pretty noisy with driveway, parking lot, putting green, and clubhouse in the immediate proimity. No cart girl - there's a snack bar at the turn. Bathroom on the back nine is a port-o-pottie. Adequate water available. No ranger. Overall a fun day with other GKers, with pretty good course conditions. Recommended with a good price.» Close
Played at 10am with my monthly club on Saturday, 4/8/17, on a day that started mild and calm, but later got breezier and warm. A morning of mild temps... » More
Played at 10am with my monthly club on Saturday, 4/8/17, on a day that started mild and calm, but later got breezier and warm. A morning of mild temps, partly cloudy with minimal wind, morphed into freshening breezes and a steady west wind that had to be factored in on all shots. The course was not too busy and we went out close to time behind intermixed groups of 3, 4, and 5. Pace was pretty normal for LA County courses on weekend mornings, and we finished in just over 5 hours.
In recent years this course has had some capital inputs that have resulted in a cleaner look, more open hitting areas, several tees and greens being rebuilt, and an overall improvement in playability and ambience. The 11th green has been rebuilt since my last visit – it is much larger than before. On the 18th green a temporary replacement is coming; the main green will likely be renovated. A sand circle is currently located in the fairway about 50 yards short of the current green for the temporary green. The bathroom after hole 14 has been nicely redone.
Range on grass. There’s a small chipping and sand area near the first tee. The putting green had lots of spike marks, and some wet/soft areas. Great deals on sandwiches available in the snack bar adjacent to the bar – I didn’t even know there WAS a snack bar until last Saturday.
Greens were semi-firm, medium-fast to fast, but bumpy – all of them with a lot of old marks. The greenskeeper apparently had a very bad night on Friday night. The placement of the pins today was the toughest I’ve ever seen at this course – almost all were pushed to the green edges on significant slopes or on a saddle in the green. Combined with the firmness and pace of the greens, this made for a long day of putting. In these locations, there’s a huge amount of movement in the immediate vicinity of almost all the cups. My playing partner’s ball, from below the cup on the 10th green sloping to the right, did a slow-motion horseshoe around the cup and came back toward him – without ever touching the rim of the cup!!
The last few greens very firm/thin, and looked quite dried out. Hole 17 (a relatively new green) had an unbelievable amount of old ballmark damage. Greens here are generally small, although the rebuilt 11th and 17th are much larger than their predecessors.
Fairways were fairly tight, but giving good lies; too bad there were so many unfilled divots. Small colored posts (100/150/200) in the center of fairways are the only distance tools.
Rough was cut short and easily playable. Sand was soft and plentiful in the one bunker I was in. Tees were OK; some were slightly sloping. Several tees have been rebuilt – these are more level, look like they’ve been sodded, and are more lush. The new tee on hole 14 is welcome, as this tee especially needed rebuilding / leveling, as it sloped badly behind a right hander.
Watch out for lots of pine needles in the rough, especially under the big trees. Small tree/other debris can be blowing across greens late in round; you can’t clean it up fast enough to putt beforfe more blows in.
OK for a casual round.» Close
Had a great time with the GK Gurus at the Crossings on a mild sunny afternoon with only light breezes on Wednesday, 4/5/17. Thanks to Johnny for setti... » More
Had a great time with the GK Gurus at the Crossings on a mild sunny afternoon with only light breezes on Wednesday, 4/5/17. Thanks to Johnny for setting this up, and to GKers weber2323 and gary00 for an enjoyable round. Also had an opportunity to meet GKers grantar2 and jmo1pro2 for the first time, and to see Broomy after a long interval. Check-in was easy but they lost my towel. Range balls provided; range was on good mats, as gary00 noted (but I’ve never seen the tees on grass here). Basic comfortable carts (no ball washer, cooler but no ice or water), and a very nice interactive TKV GPS system that shows other carts in your hitting zone. Many sprinkler heads also marked.
Greens were very good – accepted shots and rolled at medium-fast speeds, although they were a little bumpy in the afternoon. We saw scattered old ballmarks on each green. Fairways looked semi-dormant but lies were very good, although we saw many unfilled divots on each hole. Rough was cut short and very playable. I wasn’t in a bunker, but playing partners looked to have OK conditions. Tees were level and in good shape, with par-3s a little chopped up. The course provides sand bottles at each par-3 tee and on shorter par-4s where you are more likely to hit an iron (but some were empty).
We burned through the divot mix canisters on our cart quickly with all the unfilled divots we found. A rack of divot mix canisters at the 8th hole parking area (for layups on the short par-4) were all empty. There’s a refill rack for divot mix on the 10th tee. I’ve always had a good experience at the Crossings and recommend the course.» Close
Played at 1:37pm on a clear, warm and breezy Friday, 3/31/17, in a GK Cup match against apisarski. First time meeting Alex and we had an enjoyable rou... » More
Played at 1:37pm on a clear, warm and breezy Friday, 3/31/17, in a GK Cup match against apisarski. First time meeting Alex and we had an enjoyable round, joined by a local retired single. Greens were punched 10 days ago but were in pretty good shape – a little soft, a little bumpy, but rolled OK at medium-fast speed, getting faster on the back nine. Many old and recent ballmarks. Lies in the fairway kikuyu were good, although you don’t get a lot of rollout. Many unfilled divots and slashes. Rough was generally pretty short and could be dry and crusty or patchy lush. One fairway trap that I was in was very firm. Tees were OK, generally level, and par-3s (esp. #13) were pretty torn up. No sand bins on the par-3s.
Pace was surprisingly good at just over 4 hours – we asked the group in front of us on #6 tee to move a little faster, as the hole was open. Despite the unhappy response, they seemed to keep up better. Saw the cart girl once; there’s a snack bar at the tur. No marshal. A solid course for $27 walking on a Friday afternoon.» Close
Played today in an SCGA qualifier. Course in good condition - greens firm, only hold wedges, roll medium-fast. Good lies in fairways, rough generally ... » More
Played today in an SCGA qualifier. Course in good condition - greens firm, only hold wedges, roll medium-fast. Good lies in fairways, rough generally 1-2 inches. Good quality sand, though damp. Tees generally OK - some issues with level, and divots on par-3s. Cart girl out roaming, snack bar at the turn. Lots of maintenance going on, and workers sometimes drive into your group while hitting. Range on mats but good quality. Recommended.» Close
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