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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
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: 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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Had a great time at the GK event Saturday, 5/18/19, at Desert Willow Firecliff. The weather was golf-perfect and the course was in wonderful condition... » More
Had a great time at the GK event Saturday, 5/18/19, at Desert Willow Firecliff. The weather was golf-perfect and the course was in wonderful condition. Played with 3 new (to me) GKers and we really enjoyed the round and the company. Thanks to GKers Rich, Esper, and Phil for a great time – Phil hadn’t played in several months and his game was scattered to the four winds, but he kept a good humor and even came out ahead on golf balls.
Greens were great – fairly firm, great coverage and rolling smoothly at medium-fast speeds. We saw almost no ballmarks. Fairways were like carpets and rough was very consistent, just deep enough to make you pay attention. If it gets some dampness it will be much tougher. Tees were flat and good except for a couple of par-3s that had some damage. Sand was in great shape (we all remember the event a couple years ago!!), although deeper and softer than most of us along the coast are used to!
Large grass driving range, chipping green and putting green with realistic and frighteningly fast conditions. Starter got us out on time. Saw the cart girl several times. Cart guys were very helpful as we finished up. Plenty of divot mix available on cart and refills, although they don't put containers on the par-3 tees.
Fun time seeing others at the grill afterward, although crossed signals meant that it was tough to get food or drinks as the bar closed earlier than expected. Nice prizes for all – AndewZ28 was praised from afar. Thanks to Johnny for setting up this great venue and a nice event. It's a long hump for me but love the venue and the company.» Close
Wanted to get some swings in before the GK Desert Willow outing so walked on to TC around 3pm on Wednesday, 5/15/19. Golfnow offerings for the 3pm-4pm... » More
Wanted to get some swings in before the GK Desert Willow outing so walked on to TC around 3pm on Wednesday, 5/15/19. Golfnow offerings for the 3pm-4pm time period had been running for $39, so was stunned when stoic, unmoved staff memeber in the shop told me $60! GN does not let you book a single, and I don’t have the Creek card, so I asked him to match the online rate but was told “next time book with GN”. Was able to finally get a $53 rate, which was still disappointing given the GN advertised rate. Overall an unhappy interaction to start the afternoon.
I was hoping for a nice afternoon, but the weather was cloudy and breezy, getting pretty cold as the clouds increased – where are we, Puget Sound? The wind finally dropped off some on the back nine, although you still have to be very aware of the crosswind on the narrow, challenging 12th hole. I was paired with a twosome and we were joined by amiable local Pat, who was fun to play with and we had a relaxed round, finishing in ~4 hours. Recent reviews of TC have been good, and we found the course in good shape, playing the white plates (6,206/69.5/125) – many of the blue tees were up at the white plates, or even in front of them.
Greens were in pretty good condition, with good coverage, firm but holding well-struck shots, a little bumpy in the afternoon and rolling fairly slow at less than medium speed – we continuously left putts short. Many greens had LOTS of old ballmarks.
Fairways had good coverage but the ball sat pretty tight. Rough ranged from short and benign to 2-3 inches that grabbed the club and made distance control difficult. Fairly shaggy collars around the greens made putting from off the green pretty impossible. Tees were flat and in good shape, except for a couple of par-3 teeboxes that were torn up, and there was no divot mix container or it was empty. Sand was ample and in good condition, although pretty damp out in the middle of the bunkers.
Saw a cart girl several times. Refill rack of divot mix on the 10th teebox. Basic but newer carts – no GPS, no cooler, no ballwasher. Many sprinkler heads marked. Staff started warning us on #15 green that we might not finish (carts must be in before dark), but we were able to complete the round ahead of the last couple groups. TC is pricey and the shop experience was not great for me – that’s why I only play here about once per year.» Close
Played with my monthly group at (supposedly) 9am on a warm, sunny Saturday, 5/4/19. Course was packed and overbooked as we teed off 45 minutes late, t... » More
Played with my monthly group at (supposedly) 9am on a warm, sunny Saturday, 5/4/19. Course was packed and overbooked as we teed off 45 minutes late, then struggled thru a 6-hr(!) round. MM is probably in the best shape I've ever seen it after this winter's rains. Landing areas are more receptive, rough around the edges of the course doesn't allow errant shots to run forever into oblivion on dry hard ground, and greens are receptive, although still quick.
Fairway lies are fairly tight but mostly good. There are scattered bare areas throughout the course. Tees were flat and in good shape, except for the white teebox on #13, which is lumpy and uneven. Rough is fairly low and benign unless you get well off the line of play, and can then be thick and juicy. Sand was in god condition, a little damp but with good playing depth. Greens were uniformly very good, with no bare spots and consistent coverage, semi-firm but receptive, rolling at a medium+ pace.
A couple of major changes (since I last played here) on holes on the back nine substantially change the approach and difficulty of those holes. On the par-5 11th, which wraps severely left around a tree-covered hillside, several large trees have been removed along the left side. Although blind, the drive is much more open along the left and amenable to a bold drive along the treeline, with the slope then moving the ball to the right. The second shot, uphill to a perched green, is also wide open with the removal of a couple of large trees that were about 125 yards out - the hole is now a realistic 2-shotter for the longer hitter. On the par-4 18th, a tree/bunker combination along the right side, in the landing area of tee shots, has been removed. The tree/sand previously constricted the landing area and made this closing hole very challenging - now it's a much more wide-open short par-4.
Adequate water available. We saw a cart girl several times. "Marshals" generally rode around not interacting with players. Range on good quality mats. Putting green doubles as a chipping green and has taped "putting course" laid out on it to further interfere with warmups. Recommended in current condition, but the shop doesn't care how long it takes you, so be aware.» Close
Played Redhawk at 916am on Wednesday, 5/1/19, with GKer Andrew1 for a senior rate of $45 with cart. Weather was sunny and mild with little wind until ... » More
Played Redhawk at 916am on Wednesday, 5/1/19, with GKer Andrew1 for a senior rate of $45 with cart. Weather was sunny and mild with little wind until the last few holes. Small bucket was $5 on OK mats on the range; however, the path/steps from cart parking down to the range was one of the most uneven and treacherous that I’ve ever seen. There are 4 different putting greens ranging from flat to Matterhorn. Basic carts, cooler but no ice, and no GPS, but a yardage book available. Striped poles at 150 in the fairways, and some sprinkler heads are marked. After all the rain over the winter the course generally looks lush, and rough was fairly deep and juicy.
Greens were in very good shape – full and lush, smooth and holding shots, rolling at medium speed with not too many ballmarks. Greens are surrounded by deep/steep swales and grass bunkers that were generally lush and damp, a challenge to play from. However, we did seen several areas in these grass bunkers that were dry/thin/clumpy that would make recovery challenging. Fairways were generally good, with tight turf but good coverage – we saw only scattered bare areas. Tees were generally OK, but some sloped behind a right-handed golfer. Lots of sand here looked OK from a distance, but we encountered varying conditions in 4 greenside bunkers – thin/wet/packed in one and damp/fluffy in others.
No cart girl today. No marshal. Shop does not offer a posting computer. Divot mix bottles had many small rocks (and a few bigger ones!) mixed in with the sand. Refill rack on #10 tee.
The course needs to address the huge hump in the road on the exit road with appropriate signage and paint for better visibility before a motorist leaves the entire underside of his car smeared across that hump!» Close
Played with a high school buddy on Monday 4/8/19 using an UnderPar certificate, $33 each at 1pm, which is a decent deal. The course had punched greens... » More
Played with a high school buddy on Monday 4/8/19 using an UnderPar certificate, $33 each at 1pm, which is a decent deal. The course had punched greens 2 weeks ago – the practice green showed a lot of sand-filled holes but was cut tight and wicked fast. On-course greens were found to be a little slower and the punching marks were much less obvious, but it took us a few holes to dial back our terror and start getting the ball to the hole. Some fairway areas, mainly leading up to greens, have been punched in the past few day – the holes are empty and the punch cores are laying out on the turf.
Not my favorite type of course with the wall-to-wall kikuyu, but overall conditions were OK. Tees were level – we played the white plates, as all the white markers were moved up. I wasn’t in any sand. Fairway lies were generally good but some holes were fairly wet, others very dry. Rough could be cut short or juicy and damp. Greens are small and the overall slope of the property toward the Santa Ana River prevails.
Lots of red stakes around if you stray from the line of play. Most holes are pretty steeply uphill or downhill – “flat” areas are frequently significantly sloped along the prevailing hillside gradient. Carts with a nice interactive GPS, and a yardage book is available. Many holes have some distance stakes in use.
We played as a twosome ahead of a threesome in a little less than 4 hours. Two-level range on mats hitting down into a hollow. Friendly service in the shop and the snack bar. OK for a casual round.» Close
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