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Last Updated: August 22, 2018
I've been playing golf since I was about 12, but am still not as good as I should be considering how much I play. Anything mid-80s and below I feel satisfied, but will break 80 from time to time. I love playing courses I haven't played before and recently surpassed 1,000-course mark. I'd much rather play a new course every time than play the same course(s) over and over again.
I am also an avid "road trip" golfer. I've driven up and down the west coast and played many courses in California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. I have a personal goal of someday playing golf in all 50 states and I am currently up to 43 (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV and WY). I have also played every public golf course in Southern California. You can read all about my travel golf adventures and my local golf experiences on my blog at http://bogeysacrossamerica.com and follow me on Twitter @GolfNomadBAA, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GolfNomadBAA or on Instagram @GolfNomad6pez
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Played here this morning with JohnnyGK and Nickesquire. We started around 7:20 and enjoyed a nice relax pace after letting a couple twosomes through. ... » More
Played here this morning with JohnnyGK and Nickesquire. We started around 7:20 and enjoyed a nice relax pace after letting a couple twosomes through. At the moment, both courses are open, though North is shutting down for its overseed after this weekend. South just came out of the overseed and that's why we opted to play it.
As Nick noted, the course was in pretty good overall condition and definitely better than when I was here last summer. It's still a bit rough around the edges and it may never be completely pristine like some courses out here, but the fun/challenging layout and unique desert setting help balance that out. The tee boxes were mostly quite good with just a few a little thin on the overseed coming through. Same with the fairways. There were a few small sandy/dead spots here and here, but mostly nice lies throughout. The rough mostly okay. There was some obvious storm/flood damage on the front nine where some mud and water washed through lower-lying parts of the course, but nothing too bad. The greens were good with the bermuda still holding strong as the rye starts to come in. A little slow, but should smooth out as the season progresses. I was only in one fairway bunker and it was fine. All bunkers seemed a bit hit or miss from what I observed, though.
Though this place is a little rougher around the edges than some courses in the valley, I would still recommend either TL course. I've always said that these are two of the more underrated designs. I also contend that South is way underrated compared to North, which typically gets more acclaim. Both offer a unique and mostly secluded setting with the rugged desert all around, and the layouts are very interesting, challenging and fun. Definitely far from your cookie-cutter "Palm Springs resort/community" courses, and I like that. Seems the management has this place headed back in the right direction and I'm excited to see it. Thanks to the staff for having us out today!» Close
To complete a great double-dip, our second round today (and my last for the trip--probably) was at Saddle Creek. We were originally going to play in t... » More
To complete a great double-dip, our second round today (and my last for the trip--probably) was at Saddle Creek. We were originally going to play in the afternoon to save a little on the price, but we finished so quickly at Greenhorn that we headed right over. Plus, the late afternoon weather forecast was looking sketchy. They were able to slot us in and we teed off around 10:50. Price was $80. There was a little mens club tourney ahead of us (4 foursomes playing a shamble format), so we were stuck behind them. We did play through the fourth group on the 11th hole during a torrential 10-minute downpour when they decided to take a break in their carts. Otherwise, nothing more than a light rain and we finished in just under 4 hours.
The course looked a lot better than it played. I usually say the opposite at many courses, but Saddle was looking very green and lush. However, this course simply does not drain well at all and they've had some rain lately. Tees, fairways and rough were lush but very mushy! A lot of fat shots and muddy explosions. I'm glad I had waterproof shoes on. The bunkers were in pretty good shape, though I did notice the linings exposed in a few I looked at. The greens, however, were the highlight. They were nice and rolling smooth at medium speeds. Extra receptive with the wet surfaces.
Despite the wet conditions, I really loved the layout and setting here. It's a beautiful course that reminded me at times of The Preserve in Monterey and also Eagle Springs out in Friant. Scraggly old oak trees, hills, rock outcroppings and canyons lined with golden "native" grass. Many of the bunkers were lined with deep, tangled fescue. The greens are big, but not too crazy with undulation. At least I found that nothing broke nearly as much as I read. Highly recommended as one of the best courses in the eastern Sierra foothills. I've always wanted to play here, but it just never worked out on any previous trips. However, I think it worked out that I saved the best for last in this region!» Close
Morning round today with ppark81. 7:30 tee time and we were the first ones out. Front nine went quickly and then we caught the ladies club groups who ... » More
Morning round today with ppark81. 7:30 tee time and we were the first ones out. Front nine went quickly and then we caught the ladies club groups who started on the back nine. We had to get a little creative in our routing, but we were able to avoid them pretty easily and get the whole round done in a little over 2 hours. $75 rack rate a bit spicy, but this is considered one of the best courses in this neck of the woods and we paid what we had to in order to finally play here.
Conditions were pretty good for this time of year. Tee boxes good. Fairways mostly very good with just some bare/dead patches here and there and some mushy spots after rain last night. Rough mostly lush. Bunkers damp in the early morning, but good sand and freshly raked. Greens were super firm and very fast, so they were the highlight condition-wise. Big greens with plenty of undulation, so definitely some adventurous chips and putts around here.
I enjoyed this course a lot. Beautiful setting and nice clubhouse amenities. It offers plenty of challenge with trees, hills, doglegs and boulder outcroppings in play. Great overall track and easily recommended if you are out this way.» Close
Third and final round today was at Castle Oaks. Arrived around 4:20 and was teeing off a few minutes later. Pretty empty out here. Played through one ... » More
Third and final round today was at Castle Oaks. Arrived around 4:20 and was teeing off a few minutes later. Pretty empty out here. Played through one single and a threesome on the front nine and otherwise cruised through as quickly as I wanted to. $29 twilight rate with cart.
The course was in pretty nice condition and I'd say more "lush" looking than just about every other course I've played so far on this trip. Tee boxes were good. Fairways had great coverage. A tad on the shaggy side. Not as much roll-out, but nice fluffy lies to hit from. Rough also pretty lush throughout. Bunkers on the firm side, but adequate enough for me. If they did aerate the greens last week, it was not a full-core punch. I could see some minor bumps, but it looked more like they were punched about a month ago or they just did something very non-invasive last week. They were a bit shaggy and slow, but will be nice when they can cut them down a bit more.
I was pleasantly surprised by this course. It's a solid layout. Front nine is more marshy and through the neighborhood, but solid. Back nine starts to get more interesting, especially in the finishing stretch. The last 2 holes are fantastic and unique. Ione is well out of the way and I don't know if Castle Oaks quite gets the "hidden gem" tag, but it is worth checking out and I'd recommend it right now with current tee-to-green conditions and reasonable rates.» Close
This was my main round today. I booked a 1:07 hot deal time and also used 2 GN rewards codes, so it ended up being only $32. I actually played with a ... » More
This was my main round today. I booked a 1:07 hot deal time and also used 2 GN rewards codes, so it ended up being only $32. I actually played with a guy that I played with last evening at Bartley Cavanaugh. He is a local and wanted to join up when I mentioned I was playing Rancho Murieta today. We teed off around 1:00 behind a member foursome. They let us through later and then we played through one fivesome (a fivesome containing Scott McCarron) at the turn. Otherwise a good pace of just under 3 hours.
The course was in good overall shape, but again I wouldn't say "great" for private club standards just like I said for Brookside and Woodbridge in previous reviews. They were closed all last week for aeration and maintenance (South is closed this week), so there are still some after-effects. Lots of sand on some of the tee boxes and in some of the fairways, too. Fairways mostly good with some thin spots scattered throughout. Rough mostly lush, but inconsistent throughout. The greens will need another couple weeks to recover from the punch. They were bumpy and a little slow, but not too bad. It's clear they are usually in good shape, though. Bunkers on the thin/firm side, as well.
The conditions weren't quite top-notch this soon after fall maintenance, but everything else here is pretty nice for a private club. Nice clubhouse and friendly staff. Really fun and challenging layout with a lot of elevated greens, hilly terrain, big oak trees and boulder outcroppings. Nice scenic setting amidst the gated community. It sounds like they are planning to offer public tee times most days after 11:30 through the end of this year as kind of a semi-private trial. Who knows what to expect after that, so it's worth taking advantage of while you can. In driving by the South course, it looked a little more browned out than North and North is generally considered the "premier" course here if you can only pick one.» Close
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