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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 22, 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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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
Played here in an SCGA Member Outing with a 10am shotgun on a cloudy, warm day with only light breezes on Monday, 3/20/17. I had played the North Cour... » More
Played here in an SCGA Member Outing with a 10am shotgun on a cloudy, warm day with only light breezes on Monday, 3/20/17. I had played the North Course here several times in fundraiser events >20 years ago, but had never played the South. Many thanks to GK legend weber for giving me his yardage book and letting me do some homework before the round – I really didn’t have any big surprises that I ran into. I was fortunate to be assigned to group 1B, so I got to play the course as designed. Based on my long-ago memory of the North, the South is a little shorter and more narrow, with smaller and fairly simple green complexes (no real significant tiering or crazy greens). The front nine plays south down the Coto canyon but is up on the slope on the east side of the creek, and is generally higher than the back nine, and many holes play downhill. The back plays back to the north along the west side of the creek, and has more holes that play uphill, and is considerably less open than the front, with several holes having narrow aspects off the tee and encroachment by trees, doglegs, and dense vegetation. We played Blue (70.9/130/6,336), and the markers were generally set up right on the blue plates.
This is a very nice, fun course in a beautiful, idyllic setting, with homes nearby but not intrusive, and lots of lush vegetation, hazard stakes, and sand. Perhaps because aeration has just occurred last month, or the prevalence of creeks/arroyos/ESAs throughout the course, the overall look of the course was a little scruffy, like the week before a haircut and beard trim to clean things up. Not the “groomed wall-to-wall” look you get at a Pelican Hill, for instance. Red stakes and/or water must be crossed or plays adjacent on almost every hole.
The small putting green (reserved for the South course patrons) shows the aftermath of punching 4-5 weeks ago (visual punch-hole outlines, and scattered dry-edged debris), but rolled smoothly at medium to medium-fast speeds. On-course greens are similar – they show varying degrees of the aftermath of punching, some more than others. Many greens have the scattered dry-edge debris, likely a combo of punching aftermath and mower activity. Speeds were fairly consistent over the course, although the green speeds increased as the day went on, and were especially terrifying downhill down the canyon. There was also some variation of green firmness through the course – some greens held shots well, and others were firmer. We saw only a couple unrepaired old ball marks per hole.
Fairways were green and pretty lush but did not have a “clean” look, but lies were generally very good. The course uses an entry/exit gate system, which I think contributes to less wear on the fairway margins. There were many unfilled divots – although there was plenty of fill sand containers scattered around the course. Rough was 2-3 inches deep and generally very playable; farther offline the lies could be patchy/clumpy/dense/bare. Sand was damp but generally medium texture and adequate depth, and there’s a lot of it scattered around the course. Tees were level, and very firm - some had been recently punched.
The clubhouse is large, very attractive, and luxurious. Locker rooms are nicely appointed. There was no cart girl today, but there’s a snack bar at #7/#13. Adequate water was available. For this outing we were provided with a nice box lunch, including a sizeable turkey wrap. We played in 4.5 hr (surprising for this format and the course challenges); we never really pushed the group ahead of us and never saw the group behind us.
The cart was ok – comfortable, with a cooler but no water, no ball washer (I don’t think I saw one all day!), and no GPS. A yardage book is available, and many sprinkler heads are marked. The small putting green was not conducive for large shotgun tourneys, as they can’t be accommodated on the putting green – the driving range is larger. The guests were on mats today, but they were in good condition. Unlimited balls. There was a short-game area adjacent to the range that may be marked “Members Only”. The course uses a front/middle/back flag rotation with no imagination – par-5s are holes #3, 6, 12, and 18, so all 4 of them were the same color flag. Par-3 holes are #4, 8, 10, and 16, so 3 of the 4 are the same color flag.
Very nice challenge if you get a chance to play it.» Close
Played at 915am with my monthly group on a warm sunny day with very little wind until we hit those “into the …” holes #13-14, on Saturday 3/11/17. The... » More
Played at 915am with my monthly group on a warm sunny day with very little wind until we hit those “into the …” holes #13-14, on Saturday 3/11/17. The first tee looked open for a long time as our tee time approached, but a shotgun of novice golfers had gone off the back nine at 7am, and they cycled out just in front of us, and by hole #4 the lower part of the course looked like the Harlem Globetrotters in carts, weaving back and forth across the fairways and stacked up on every tee. Overall POP was a horrific 5.5 hr. But, hey, the weather was nice!
Course conditions range from nice to horribly hard/bare/bumpy. Greens were the best part of the course, rolling fairly smoothly at medium-fast speeds, although the firmness and receptiveness varied through the course. [They plan to start aerating ½ of each green beginning 3/20.] Fairways were fairly lush to thin and hard – the ball sat pretty tight everywhere. Rough was variable but generally drier and harder. Sand was fluffy everywhere – great around greens but challenging from fairway bunkers. Many tees are sloping, and par-3 tees are very torn up.
Prolink GPS that looks OK but is not interactive, and it was so dim in the bright sunlight that it was basically useless. Starter said it couldn’t be adjusted for brightness. And, OMG, please stop with the on-screen messages (and beeps!) – like 3 or 4 per hole to “keep up”, “repair ballmarks”, “wave up on par-3s”, and “thanks for playing, return carts to the barn”! STOP!! (No, you can’t adjust THAT either!). Carts are basic. Sand bottle rack on #10 was full ..... of empty bottles. We flagged down a wandering marshal to get more sand. Warm-up area is mats hitting into a net. Two fairly large putting greens will put the fear into you before the round, especially downhill.
The course is wedged into a minimal area and there are several places where trees and protective fences severely restrict lines and options of play – probably not trimmed since opening. While distances are not great, many holes are extremely narrow and hazards and OB are very close by. Be careful on the narrow par-5 #17 – left of the cart path is OB within a few feet of the path, and balls headed left of the fairway there get quickly onto very firm bumpy ground, so there’s no real margin for error. The course used a front/middle/back rotation on the front nine, the changed it up on the back to be unpredictable (but you can get pin position on the GPS ..... oh, wait! [See above!]). With par-5s coming at holes #3, #6, and #9, and with the pin on hole #12 being back, all four of these par-5s had pins on the back.» Close
Back to Arroyo Trabuco for super-twilight, 2:09pm on Friday, 3/10/17. Thanks to GKer sngernz for his invite to join him. We had a relaxed enjoyable ro... » More
Back to Arroyo Trabuco for super-twilight, 2:09pm on Friday, 3/10/17. Thanks to GKer sngernz for his invite to join him. We had a relaxed enjoyable round in warm, almost windless conditions, finishing right at dark. We were paired with a member at AT and his guest – the younger guest was constantly either on the phone or in the ESA, while the older member was hard to like. Music playing in his cart was occasionally annoying. And these guys hit out of turn, drove the cart up the side of the hole when others were hitting, and didn’t fill any of their divots.
The course is still in good shape as detailed in recent reviews. Greens were a little softer than recently, holding shots well, but really showed footprints and cleat marks badly as the day progressed. Lots of old and recent ballmarks on all greens, so greens were medium-fast and pretty bumpy. Good lies in fairways, but many unfilled divots. Stew was in a couple bunkers and sand quality seemed OK. Had a skeeter attack on the 18th hole after all the rain and next to that lake as darkness closed in - I haven't slapped that much since the last time I was in East Texas!!
Still recommended.» Close
Played Tuesday and Thursday, 2/28 and 3/2/17, in the Las Vegas World Amateur (see my forum post).
Greens were very firm, and rolled perfectly a... » More
Played Tuesday and Thursday, 2/28 and 3/2/17, in the Las Vegas World Amateur (see my forum post).
Greens were very firm, and rolled perfectly at medium-fast speed, with speed increasing somewhat as the sun and wind dried them further – you couldn’t really make a ballmark, and I think I repaired 2 or 3 old ballmarks during any of the rounds. Green speeds were consistent throughout the round, which was great, and getting the speed correct on these greens is the key to managing your round and score. Most of the greens are slightly crowned, and many are elevated above the fairways and surrounds, exposing them more to the wind and challenging players to hold greens and control their putts. We saw a few more ballmarks on Wolf on Day 4 (Thursday) – some of the greens had softer areas (were they watered?). The greens were still firm, although green speeds were fast on day 4.
We had good lies in all the fairways; most of the old divots had been filled, either by players or staff. Rough was generally cut low and very playable, but further offline you are in the desert and lies are very chancy. Sand was deep and soft around the greens; balls could easily create their own depression, making recovery more difficult. Tee boxes were all level, even par-3 tees were in good condition.
We saw the cart girl several times each day and enough water was available on all courses, as well as having snack shacks at the turn.» Close
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