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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
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TaylorMade 56-degree wedge
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Last Updated: July 27, 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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I was able to arrange a round here on Tuesday after Oakmont, so it worked out perfectly for a mid-afternoon round. It wasn't crowded at all, so I zipp... » More
I was able to arrange a round here on Tuesday after Oakmont, so it worked out perfectly for a mid-afternoon round. It wasn't crowded at all, so I zipped around the course. I ran into one member on the course who told me a few things about the 9-hole (technically 10) layout. The one tricky part is the 6th/15th. Here, they actually have two separate criss-crossing par-3s, one you play for the 6th and the other you play as the 15th. On that same note, don't be fooled by the "practice" green straight ahead of you on the 2nd/11th hole. The actual green for both holes is to the right across a little canyon.
Conditions were decent, but somewhat of a letdown after super plush conditions at Oakmont earlier. Little more dry and thin over here. Tee boxes and fairways mostly a bit dried out, but played fine enough. The rough was thin in some areas and thicker in others, especially around greens. Bunkers were nice. The greens were also in very good shape, rolling smooth at medium speeds.
It's kind of unfair to compare Chevy Chase to Oakmont because I played them back-to-back and they are near one another. Oakmont is obviously a higher-end club. Chevy Chase just redid their entire clubhouse this year, so the facilities have been very much upgraded as they're looking to attract new members. The layout is fun and quite challenging. It's not long, but it is hilly and very narrow in places, with slopes that can sometimes be helpful and sometimes be not-so-helpful. It's one of those old courses where the quirks add some character. I enjoyed the course for what it is and everyone at the club was super nice.» Close
Played here on 11/6 as part of an NCGA member outing. This is their big outing at the end of every year, and in the past few years they've scheduled t... » More
Played here on 11/6 as part of an NCGA member outing. This is their big outing at the end of every year, and in the past few years they've scheduled two Lake Merced visits that always sell out immediately. Finally got in on one and it was worth it. The clubhouse and facilities are nice with a traditional feel and the staff was very friendly with a big outside group. Continental breakfast and boxed lunches were provided. Pace of play was slow at just under 5 hours, but this a place you don't mind taking your time to play.
Conditions were stellar. Everything was super lush and green. Tee boxes and fairways were nicely kept and the rough was thick. It wasn't super duper deep, but certainly more than we're used to in SoCal these days. It was more than enough to make you work hard for a good recovery. Bunkers were fantastic and the greens were excellent. They were firm and rolling very fast. The natural slopes here are very hard to read.
Though originally built in the 1920s, this course has been through several major renovations. Several holes had to be removed at one point to make way for the 280 freeway, so the routing has been changed around. They were redoing one of the par-4 greens when we played, so there was a temporary par-3 set up on that hole. Still, this place has a very classic feel with the Bay Area setting (lots of hills and trees like Harding or Presidio). It's got some modern touches, as well. However the course has taken shape, it is a fun, challenging and beautiful layout. Highly recommended if you ever get a chance to play here.» Close
Johnny recently added some courses I've played in the past couple months that weren't in the GK database. Thanks! I played here on 9/18 while in Sacra... » More
Johnny recently added some courses I've played in the past couple months that weren't in the GK database. Thanks! I played here on 9/18 while in Sacramento. It wasn't too crowded out there. I played around one group and came back to replay the hole I skipped. Otherwise, I was done with 9 holes in a little over an hour. The price was around $22 for 9 holes with a cart.
The conditions were pretty decent. They had a bunch of small marker flags throughout the fairway that seemed to signify some kind of upcoming maintenance. I am not sure, but the fairways were fine otherwise. The greens were also in very good shape for a course of this caliber. I was in one bunker. It was firm and crusty, but manageable.
This is a solid little 9-hole par-34 course set in a public park. Pretty flat and straightforward with tree-lined fairways. Not much else to note, though better than I would have expected.» Close
Had the pleasure of playing here yesterday. A friend of mine was celebrating his 1000th course played and the SCGA helped arrange a special round at O... » More
Had the pleasure of playing here yesterday. A friend of mine was celebrating his 1000th course played and the SCGA helped arrange a special round at Oakmont. I was lucky enough to be invited as part of his foursome, which was treated to a round and lunch at the club. We teed off a little after 8:00, just ahead of a ladies member tournament. We never caught up to anyone ahead and never had anyone behind, so we enjoyed our own relaxed yet brisk pace of around 3 hours.
The course was in excellent condition, highlighted by perfect greens. They were rolling super pure and very fast. The tee boxes were great. The fairways were also really nice. The grass here is some sort of bermuda hybrid (I think), so it's not deep green color in the fairways but plays really well with plenty of rollout and a fluffy pad of turf under every shot. The rough is super lush and deep green. It is thick and nasty. Balls were sometimes hard to find and it was just punitive enough. It seems so rare to see deeper rough in SoCal these days, so it was fun to have some real rough for once. The bunkers were beautifully maintained, as well. They did some massive turf reduction here in recent years, so there are also a lot of coarse desert sand waste areas here. It's not too hard to play from unless you find a bush, but adds a different look that what I imagine used to be wall-to-wall grass throughout the property.
The facilities are nice and traditional as you might expect at an old club like this. The staff was wonderful and treated our group so well all day. We definitely felt like members for the day. The course layout is fun and challenging. Parts of it feel a bit shoehorned into the property that has obviously been encroached upon by civilization in the past 100 years. There is a big cement canal that runs through the middle of the property a la Brookside and also a number of power towers/lines in play. These take away a little from the otherwise great aesthetic presentation. The layout is fairly tight with plenty of trees in play and some tricky doglegs. It's just a nice classic SoCal course that has a few old school quirks, but still holds up well in the modern game. Highly recommended if you ever have a chance to play!!!» Close
Our last stop of the trip was Concord as we made our way home from Mesquite on Sunday. Mark had found a killer hot deal here for $20 (again, booked wa... » More
Our last stop of the trip was Concord as we made our way home from Mesquite on Sunday. Mark had found a killer hot deal here for $20 (again, booked way in advance when NV prices seem to be much cheaper than closer to the date). The course was busy, but the twosome that was supposed to be paired with us never showed. We just played as a twosome, teeing off on time and finishing in just under 4.5 hours.
The course was in decent shape. Again, about what I've come to expect from mid-level Southern Nevada this time of year. Many of the gold tee boxes (especially the par-3s) were very chewed up. The fairways were a deep green in color with the overseed, but not always consistent up close. Some super fluffy lies and a few that were a bit tight. The rough is semi-dormant bermuda that is left just long enough to be a challenge. The ball really sits down and it's so clumpy that you really have to strike the ball well to get out cleanly. The bunkers were firm and had the coarse/rocky sand that I can't imagine anyone likes, but is so prevalent throughout NV and AZ. The greens were in decent shape. They were pretty soft and a number of them showed small needle-tine aerations that didn't affect play much. Overall, they were running at medium speeds and at times a bit bumpy.
The conditions weren't particularly that impressive and the cloudy skies all day didn't help the appearance. It wasn't bad out there. Again, just kind of what I've come to expect from NV courses in this shoulder season, even though their prices go way up after the overseed. Fortunately, we had a killer deal that helped make this visit much more enjoyable.» Close
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