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What's in Keith's Golf Bag
Mizuno JPZ EZ Driver
Callaway X-Hot 3-wood
TaylorMade Burner 3-hybrid, 4-hybrid, 6-hybrid
Callaway Steelhead X-14 3, 5-PW
TaylorMade 56-degree wedge
Carbite cheapo putter.
Last Updated: December 4, 2017
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 am over the 850-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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Another great GK visit to Rams Hill. I'll never turn away any opportunity to make this drive and play this fantastic course. Thanks to the course staf... » More
Another great GK visit to Rams Hill. I'll never turn away any opportunity to make this drive and play this fantastic course. Thanks to the course staff, Johnny and Andrew "Mr. Linksoul" for such a fun event and amazing prize table.
As others have noted, the course was in very nice condition overall. It's been a dry winter so far, but they keep this place plenty lush and green. As others have mentioned, this was easily the softest I've ever seen this course. The greens have matured and are much more receptive than they used to be. Definitely changes the approach on some holes here because you can fire at the pins more often, though the crazy green complexes and tricky slopes will always have influence (sometimes helpful, sometimes not). The practice green was definitely firmer and faster than on the course. I was timid all day as I normally am here, and left a majority of my putts short (even the usual scary downhillers). Bunkers all seemed to have brand new sand that was super soft. Too soft in some instances, but it will eventually settle down and be ideal.
I don't know if you can call Rams Hill a hidden gem anymore because the secret is pretty well out. Despite being well off the beaten path, it's always worth the drive. It's the crown jewel in the more-golf-rich-than-most-people-realize Borrego Springs community!» Close
After Watson Ranch, I wiggled my way across the back roads over to Sunset Bay for a quick nine. Another one to check off the list, but again another r... » More
After Watson Ranch, I wiggled my way across the back roads over to Sunset Bay for a quick nine. Another one to check off the list, but again another really pleasant surprise. Hardly anyone out there, so I was able to get around quickly. Price was $20 to walk 9 holes, but I sprained my ankle pretty bad when walking down the slippery steps to the first tee. The pro shop guy was nice enough to comp me a cart for the round because I may have not made it around otherwise. Played through one group early and otherwise had the place to myself for a very quick limp-filled round.
The course was in pretty good shape for winter. Definitely wet and mushy throughout a lot of the course, but again not too bad considering the heavy rain the past few days. very lush and green throughout. Tee boxes and fairways were pretty well kept and the rough was cut low, so not much of a factor. I was in one bunker and just took my ball out because it just looked like hard-packed mud and I didn't want to damage my ankle further. All the bunkers I looked at seemed iffy at best. The greens were soft and shaggy, but rolling fairly smooth at slow speeds.
This is just a small, out-of-the-way nine hole course along the coast. However, it is regulation length and they do have slightly different front/back nine tee boxes for an 18-hole round. It's mostly flat and pretty open with trees really only coming into play on the final few holes. There are creeks and some water hazards meandering throughout to help shape the fairways and force careful shots. Nothing overly exciting, but a peaceful/pretty setting for golf and in relatively good condition.» Close
Finally made my way out to Watson Ranch. I intended to play here last winter, but was frosted out that morning. Today, I came through town later and i... » More
Finally made my way out to Watson Ranch. I intended to play here last winter, but was frosted out that morning. Today, I came through town later and it worked out perfectly. Not too busy when I teed off a little before 11:00, but the course was fairly busy by the time I left. It was a rare picture-perfect winter day, so everyone came out I guess. The pro shop guy was one of the nicest I've ever encountered as he got me set up to play. I played by myself and played through a few folks along the way for a quick round. Price seemed a bit steep at $55 ($40 to walk and then an extra $15 for solo gas-powered cart--normally $17 to ride solo, but he gave me a slight discount).
Like other courses on this trip, I was very pleasantly surprised by mid-winter conditions. Plenty of wet/soft spots with a lot of rain the past few days, but really not too bad. Otherwise, everything was lush and green throughout and well-kept. I was in three different bunkers and they all had different types of sand. However, all were decent to play from, soft but damp. The greens were in excellent shape. Soft but not too soft and rolling at medium/quick speeds. Being above the hole here is not a good idea.
This is definitely a locals' course, but it offers plenty to like that would make it a good add-on for anyone planning a Bandon trip. It's just a half hour north and it's almost on the level of Bandon Crossings as a secondary 18-hole course outside of the resort. Really fun and interesting layout with a lot of variety. Front nine is more tree lined with some creeks and hazards in play. Back nine a bit more open playing through a marshy area. All the par-3s are really cool, highlighted by the signature 16th which features a severely elevated tee hitting over a pretty water hazard to the green. Several very memorable holes here and this is a course that deserves more attention than it gets. Truly a hidden gem along the Oregon Coast!» Close
With much of the area still under ice after Sunday's surprise snowstorm, Three Rivers turned out to be a good option for a round yesterday. I arrived ... » More
With much of the area still under ice after Sunday's surprise snowstorm, Three Rivers turned out to be a good option for a round yesterday. I arrived around 10:45 and was teeing off a few minutes later by myself. A group on the first tee let me go ahead and then I zipped around with nobody in front of me after that. The pro shop guy was super nice and gave me the twilight w/cart rate of $27.50 that would normally start at noon.
The course was in solid overall condition for winter. This is one that really promotes the benefits of having volcanic ash in the soil, which allows it to drain very well. That's certainly a helpful trait in this area! The tee boxes were fine and the fairways were overall pretty consistently good. The rough was a bit more inconsistent, but had solid coverage throughout and was never too much of a factor. I think it's primarily a fescue turf here like you'll find on a lot of NW coastal courses, so it does well in harsh conditions. The greens were soft (but not too soft) and rolling smooth at medium speeds. A few greens still had some small patches of ice/snow. I wasn't in any bunkers but they looked pretty damp/compacted.
The layout here is pretty simple and forgiving from tee to green. A few small changes in elevation to add some variety, but nothing too significant. Part of the course run right along the river, but it doesn't compare to the prettiness of Lewis River. The fact it drains so well makes this a good option for bad weather golf, but it wouldn't be my top choice in the SoWa area.» Close
The true definition of a "hidden gem."
Played here today. Hardly anyone out there on a clear, but very cold and windy day. Played by myself, ... » More
The true definition of a "hidden gem."
Played here today. Hardly anyone out there on a clear, but very cold and windy day. Played by myself, teeing off a little after noon. Finished in under 2 hours, playing through one other single along the way. Cart path only restrictions after heavy rains yesterday. $30 was a fair rack twilight price.
Again, I was pretty impressed by the conditions overall for this time of year. Tee boxes and fairways were generally nicely kept. Rough had lush coverage. Everything well maintained with just some soft/mushy spots here and there. Still not too bad. Several of the courses in this region benefit from a lot of St. Helens ash in the soil that helps the turf drain well. Greens were soft and slow, showing signs of a fairly recent aeration. Will probably be better in another couple weeks and you can tell they take good care of them here. The bunkers are interesting because it's a really dark sand (perhaps some ash in it, as well?) and looks like it's going to be hard-packed and wet. However, it is surprisingly soft and nice to play from, though it was still pretty heavy and damp.
Really didn't know much about this course, but my brother recommended it as one of the better Southern Washington options. I ended up really liking this course a lot. It's pretty much a traditional parkland layout with no changes in elevation. All fairways lined with tall, beautiful evergreens. Then, there are a few holes that really stand-out. The side-by-side 16th and 17th green/water hazard complex is really cool and one of the neater spots on a golf course I've seen in awhile. The blue skies and afternoon shadows really lit this place up and I was taking pictures like crazy. Really happy I decided to play here today because it blew away any expectations I would have had.» Close
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