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Last Updated: June 29, 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 am nearing the 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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Joined Rat-Patrol for a twilight round on the North Course yesterday. I've been wanting to come back and play it since it was renovated. He had a 3:14... » More
Joined Rat-Patrol for a twilight round on the North Course yesterday. I've been wanting to come back and play it since it was renovated. He had a 3:14 tee time booked and I was on board. We teed off a few minutes late because of some confusion in the two groups scheduled in front of us. It was slow going on a surprisingly hot and humid evening, and we were finishing in the dark on 18, but at least we just barely finished in just under 5 hours. $66 non-resident walking rate for me.
The course is in good, but not great shape at the moment. The tee boxes were nice. The fairways were good for the most part with the (mostly) kikuyu turf cut tight. I generally had good lies, though I did notice numerous thin spots throughout. The rough was much less consistent. Most of it was cut down, though a little patchy, so lies would really vary. Then there were still some very thick/deep patches mixed in randomly. I was unfortunate with most of my lies in the rough. Always seemed to find one of those deep patches or just a clumpy spot that made for a tougher recovery. The sand traps were nice with soft sand and we had a couple fried eggs in the group (seemed to be softest near the lips, which is not ideal). The still fairly new bentgrass greens were very firm and hard to hold. I don't think I was ever able to make a ball mark myself. However, for being so super firm the greens were very pock-marked throughout the course. The were often bumpy and rolling on the slow side. I have to say I was pretty disappointed in the greens. I'm glad they kept the poa on South. It just seems better suited to the seaside environment and the amount of traffic these courses get. They do have two separate practice greens side-by-side by the clubhouse, so you can practice on the appropriate surface for either course.
I am glad I had Jim with me as a tour guide to point out a lot of the changes that were made. He noted which holes were lengthened, shortened or altered in various ways. I did notice immediately they switched the nines, and I actually like that decision as it puts the more signature oceanfront holes on the back nine now. However, if you teed off any later than us you may not like this decision because you may not get to the awesome 14-16 stretch before dark! We got them during a perfect sunset, which was sweet.
The other thing I couldn't help but notice was how many trees were removed and how much more open the course plays now. It seems a large reason for this was to open up more ocean views. I do get that, but it also made many of the holes feel much more plain than I remember on my first visit. They really changed the look of some holes like what is now 14 and especially 16 overlooking the ocean. They removed a bunch of trees on this hole (including that entire huge row of beautiful trees that was along the cliff on 16 (formerly 7). I have very mixed feelings on how many trees were taken out. It's not like the course was lacking in beautiful ocean views before.
It was interesting to see the changes and I still haven't fully digested it all yet, but I definitely felt like I liked the course a little less overall than I did on my previous visit before the renovation. It's still a beautiful place and anyone who hasn't played either course at Torrey will want to keep both courses on their bucket list. For out of towners, though, I'd recommend a visit closer to the tournament to get the best possible course conditions.» Close
This is the course I wasn't expecting to play while I was in St. George. It is technically a private club and I couldn't find much helpful info online... » More
This is the course I wasn't expecting to play while I was in St. George. It is technically a private club and I couldn't find much helpful info online to see if it was accessible, nor could I find any good contacts to send an email in advance of my trip. I wasn't sure I'd have time for it anyway, so I just figured I'd play it by ear. In talking with multiple pro shop workers at other courses, they all said I probably wouldn't have any problems getting out during the offseason (especially in the afternoon). Ultimately, I had plenty of time on Friday 8/3, so I called over and they said they could set me up with a "member for a day" rate of $50. I went out there, played by myself around 12:30 and was finished a couple hours later.
The course, like the rest, was just in okay shape. However, I'd say conditions (at least from tee to green) at Bloomington were more comparable to the low-end munis than the mid-level courses I played on this trip. It was pretty dry and crusty out here with plenty of thin spots throughout the tee boxes, fairways and rough. I saw some sections of new sod being put down, so it seems the course will probably be in much nicer shape in season. The bunkers were pretty nice and the greens were also quite good. These were the firmest greens I played all trip, and they were rolling smooth at medium/fast speeds.
They were doing some maintenance on the 18th hole. Normally it is a par-5, but it was playing up as a par-3. They had temporary scorecards printed, so I assume it's been that way all summer. The hole looked to be in the same shape as everything else here, so I do not know why it is currently altered. Also, the par-3 17th was shorter than listed on the signage, so I don't know if that's a permanent change to the tee box locations or if it's temporary, as well. It seems like they're doing a lot of construction around here and I heard someone mention them building a resort, but I don't know any other details.
Other than the "private club" tag making it feel a little special, this may be the least interesting course layout in town. It's pretty flat, wide open and basic. There are some water hazards in play and a few good hole designs, but overall it's pretty forgettable. It doesn't even offer much of the great scenery, though there are some pretty backdrops on some sections of the course. Really not worth going to too much trouble to play at the moment. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed with this one.» Close
If you spend any time talking to local St. George golfers and course employees about the courses you have played in the area, almost everyone of them ... » More
If you spend any time talking to local St. George golfers and course employees about the courses you have played in the area, almost everyone of them will ask "Have you played Dixie yet?" This is just that local course that everyone has a soft spot for, and it is very easy to understand why. It's a pretty neat little old 9-holer in the middle of town.
I played here Thursday 8/2 in the late afternoon and the course was pretty empty. I saw/heard a few people out there, but never caught up to anyone. The price was $20 with cart.
Conditions were pretty solid and fairly comparable to most of the mid-level courses I played on this trip. It was looking pretty lush and green, but a little spotty the closer up you get. Mostly good with some weak spots here and there. The greens were in nice shape and rolling well at medium speeds. I wasn't in any bunkers and there really aren't that many on the course.
This is a par-34, kind of right on that border of regulation vs. executive with only one par-5 and three par-3s. Otherwise, it's a legit mix of hole lengths. It's not long, but it's not short either and many holes have significant doglegs that can make things play longer than the scorecard suggests. The first half of the course is stunning as you play right along the bright red canyon walls. There are a lot of trees out here, too, so it's kind of a moderately hilly parkland style with the desert mountain surroundings. The latter half of the course goes down into a valley and isn't as captivating visually, but it's still a fun layout. It is a fairly quirky design with some funky holes, but you almost don't care. It's just an enjoyable little course that will bring a smile to the faces of most people playing it. If you have time to squeeze in an extra nine while in town, do yourself a favor and check it out.» Close
Just one notch above (in my opinion) St. George GC is the other low-end muni in town: Southgate. This course is located right off the freeway on Dixie... » More
Just one notch above (in my opinion) St. George GC is the other low-end muni in town: Southgate. This course is located right off the freeway on Dixie Rd. It has the feel of an older local course that was there before the city grew up around it, so it's been squeezed in, altered and rearranged over the years to fit the changing surroundings. I guess it's fitting in St. George as this is another course that kind of has multiple personalities, but again not necessarily in a bad way.
This was my second full round on Friday 8/3. I called ahead and they said it was wide open. I arrived a little after 10:00. Price was same as SGGC at $33 with cart. It was a bit of bad timing as I got there right behind a couple groups going out. I also noticed a back-up on the 10th tee. However, I could see most of the front nine looked empty. I asked and the guy said I could start on the 3rd hole, which also happens to be right by the clubhouse. I breezed through the front nine (including going back and playing holes 1-2). On the back, I caught up to a slow foursome of older dudes who seemed determined to not let me play through, but eventually they relented and then I had no more obstacles after that.
I'd say the conditions here were very similar to St. George GC, just maybe a slight notch above. The greens were probably a tad nicer and so were the fairways. Rough, bunkers and tees just OK, but adequate enough for the hot summer season when the course doesn't get too much play.
The flatter front nine suffers from its surroundings as the course feels shoehorned in between the streets, driving range nets, etc. Part of it is located across the street. There are a number of water hazards on the front nine and the hole designs are actually kind of interesting. It plays more interesting than it looks at first glance. The back nine totally changes as you go up into the hills and through the houses. This side is kind of fun with a hilly layout, a few nice elevated views and several unique holes. I think if this course were cleaned up and the overall aesthetics were improved (unfortunately, not much they can do about the front nine surroundings), it could be more appealing than it is in its current state. Even at its best, it's not one to go out of your way for with so many really good options in the area.» Close
Thanks Johnny for adding the additional courses I played while in St. George. St. George GC is one of the local munis. It was the second round I playe... » More
Thanks Johnny for adding the additional courses I played while in St. George. St. George GC is one of the local munis. It was the second round I played on Thursday 8/2. I called ahead and they said it was pretty wide open. I arrived around 9:45 and was teeing up a few minutes later. $33 summer rate with cart. I played through a couple groups on the front and then caught up to a twosome on the back, but they moved along well and I didn't feel the need to push much. Still another very quick round overall.
The course was in okay shape. Mostly pretty dried out and crusty, but also lots of soft/muddy spots too. It's that summer desert turf that's somehow kind of thin and fluffy at the same time, and I encountered pretty similar conditions at several courses on the trip. The tee boxes were fine and the bunkers were decent. The greens were solid. A few burnt spots here and there, but mostly good surfaces that were soft and rolling reasonably well at medium/slow speeds.
They were doing some work on the back nine. The normally par-4 14th was temporarily playing as a par-3 while they lay down new sod in the fairway. Also, the tee boxes for 15 were being worked on. Still a par-5, but all the tees moved up and playing shorter than usual.
Nothing too exciting or special, but the course has some character and is not bad at all. Probably the course I would rank last of all I played. However, that speaks more to the overall quality of the golf in this area. Just an affordable local course that won't attract much play from out-of-towners, and I think the folks here are just fine with that.» Close
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