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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: 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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Final round of the day was at Coldwater. I saw online their tee sheet was pretty wide open in the afternoon, so I headed over and was teeing off by my... » More
Final round of the day was at Coldwater. I saw online their tee sheet was pretty wide open in the afternoon, so I headed over and was teeing off by myself around 2:30. The twilight rate reduction goes down at 3:00, but the kid in the pro shop was super nice and gave me a deal when I mentioned it was my third round of the day. The course was actually busy, though. I ultimately joined up with the twosome in front of me and another single joined us later. They all left after nine and then another single joined me on the back nine. Total pace around 4:10 and just finishing before dark.
The course was in pretty good condition and in some respects, actually the best of the day. The overseeded tee boxes were decent. Par-3s a bit chewed up and not always level, but never had too much trouble finding a flat spot to tee it up. The overseeded fairways were really nice overall with just some inconsistent spots here and there. The rough was interesting. A handful of holes were completely overseeded and had really nice rough. Almost all holes had overseeded rough around the greens that looked and played great. Then, a majority of holes had completely dormant/hardpan rough along the fairways that bled into bare dirt areas on the outer edges of the course. It was interestingly inconsistent because the overseeded areas were so nice and the dormant/dead areas were so less-than-appealing.
I wasn't in any bunkers, but they looked okay. Couldn't tell from afar if they were loaded with AZ pebbles or not. There really aren't many sand traps on this course at all anyway. The greens were firm, yet moderately receptive and rolling pretty well at medium speeds. A tad bumpy/grainy at times, but probably the best surfaces of the day.
Coldwater is mostly a grip-it-and-rip-it paradise with generous fairways and mounding along the edges that can be helpful at times. There are a few places where homes can come into play, but mostly it's pretty open. A few greens are really tricky with lots of undulation while others are more mild. Most have some minor humps and bumps that can be difficult to read. Only a couple water holes and, like I mentioned, very few sand traps that are any threat to your score. Fairly decent mid-to-low-end locals course in above average shape.» Close
This was my main round for the day. I had a 9:50 tee time, prepaid on TeeOff deal time with a promo code. Ended up being about $67 out the door after ... » More
This was my main round for the day. I had a 9:50 tee time, prepaid on TeeOff deal time with a promo code. Ended up being about $67 out the door after tax, which is a really good price here this time of year. I was paired with a twosome and we teed off on time. They space the tee times pretty well here and the staff is organized. There was a marshal roaming each nine to keep things moving. We rarely waited on the group ahead and were never pushed by the group behind, so it was a good relaxed 4-hour pace despite it being such a busy day. Can't ask for much better than that.
The golf course is in good overall shape, though maybe not quite as nice as I would have expected for March in Arizona. The tee boxes were great. The overseeded fairways were excellent and easily the highlight of the conditions. I always had very nice lies. The rough is semi-dormant bermuda. It's cut down, but just enough to grab your clubs especially on touch shots around the greens. I was in a few bunkers. The sand was raked and maintained, but most of the bunkers had plenty of pebbles in the mix. I'll just never get Arizona bunkers and why even some of the nicest courses will have this type of sand. I was also a little disappointed in the greens. They were fairly soft and receptive and rolling well at medium speeds. However, many were pretty pock-marked with old ball marks and every previous hole cut from probably the past month or two was overwhelmingly visible. Hard to describe and they didn't really affect anything, but circles everywhere and it was to the point of distraction at times. The old holes were so much more noticeable than any other course I've ever played on, so I can't help but note that here.
The Golf Club of Estrella offers a very good layout that requires accuracy and also length at times. Most tee shots are relatively forgiving, but the greens are tough and the bunkering is downright evil in places. The greens are pretty small and oddly shaped, so you have minimal room to work with around where each pin is placed. The layout is less dramatic than I expected with only a few significant changes in elevation, but then each nine finishes very strongly with some of the best holes on the course (especially holes 9, 16, 17 and 18). Definitely one of the best courses on the west side of the valley, but I'd personally rank it behind Wickenburg Ranch, Quintero and both Verrado courses based on my experiences.» Close
Took a day trip out to AZ yesterday. Tres Rios was my warm-up round in the early morning because they are one of few courses around that have affordab... » More
Took a day trip out to AZ yesterday. Tres Rios was my warm-up round in the early morning because they are one of few courses around that have affordable morning rates this time of year ($35 with cart). I booked a 6:30 tee time online. There were a handful of other early birds there, but they all could tell I was ready to be the rabbit and I had no problem getting first off by myself. Teed off in almost-dark around 6:20 and finished right at 8:00!
The course was in decent shape. The overseeded tee boxes were generally fine. The fairways also had a nice overseed. The grass had great coverage, though the ground underneath was not always level so the lies weren't always necessarily consistent under the ball. The rough is dormant and shaved down to almost nothing—basically hardpan. I wasn't in any bunkers, but I took a look in a few and the sand actually looked quite good (as in freshly dragged/raked and not all full of pebbles like so many AZ courses). The greens were firm and slow with a lot of grain with the overseeded turf. A tad bumpy here and there.
I came in with pretty low expectations and this course and this course was just enjoyable enough. The relative affordability and being able to play as quickly as I wanted/needed were certainly part of the enjoyment. The conditions were adequate and the layout is decent. No homes (or many signs of civilization at all) around the course. The course is fairly flat and runs back and forth with a parkland style. Though there is plenty of room for error on most tee shots, the fairway cuts are rather narrow here and that is emphasized with the contrasting overseeded fairways against the dormant/dead rough areas. Not the best course around, but friendly and affordable.» Close
Finally got to play this course today. Whereas all other SoCal military courses are accessible (some simpler than others), this one can be tough if yo... » More
Finally got to play this course today. Whereas all other SoCal military courses are accessible (some simpler than others), this one can be tough if you don't have Navy connections. I signed up for a charity tournament benefitting the Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation. A bit expensive for this course, but at least most of the money went to a good cause and I just wanted to check it off my list. Shotgun scramble at 9:00 and we finished around 2:00, so pretty typically for a tournament format like this.
Course conditions were good overall for winter. The tee boxes were very nice. The fairways were good for the most part. The closer you got to any water hazards, though, the more thin (and poopy) it would be thanks to a lot of coots and ducks hanging around. The rough was decent with kinda clumpy kikuyu and some other grasses in play. The bunkers seemed pretty well maintained, but maybe a tad thin and seemed to have some pebbles and maybe some crushed seashells in the mix (never played any sand shots, but retrieved a few balls). The greens were very nice, soft and rolling at medium speeds. Not everybody in the tourney was fixing their ball marks, so I spent some time making repairs. Otherwise, they were nice surfaces to putt on.
This course is almost exactly what I expected. Pretty straightforward layout. Front nine has quite a few water hazards in play and very reminiscent of the Navy Course in Cypress. Has plenty of similarities to Coronado GC, as well. Then, the best part of the course is holes 13-16 where you play somewhat close to the beach and get some decent views. No real stunning ocean vistas from the course itself because there are no significantly elevated spots, but it still adds some flavor being near the beachfront. Of course, lots of aerial activity overhead with Naval helicopters and planes/jets coming in for a landing and flying right over the course fairly low. We got buzzed by a group of F-18s (several times) and that was pretty cool (and loud). Thanks to the retired Navy pilots in my group for identifying what type of jets those were along with some of the other unique military aircraft that we spotted!» Close
Second round yesterday was at Silverado. I thoroughly enjoyed the North Course last year and made arrangements to come back and play the South Course ... » More
Second round yesterday was at Silverado. I thoroughly enjoyed the North Course last year and made arrangements to come back and play the South Course without having to stay at the resort. Was supposed to play in early November, but the wildfires changed our plans for that trip. Glad to say the area seems to be on the road to recovery. Fire damage is definitely noticeable on the hillsides surrounding the courses, but nothing significant happened to the courses or resort itself.
We had an 11:30 tee time, but they had a major frost delay in the morning, so we relaxed and enjoyed breakfast at the grille. We were still able to get off early around 10:45. I don't know if there were that many groups booked on the South and I'm sure there were some cancellations during the delay, so it wasn't bad in front of us. We played through a few groups and eventually caught the morning foursomes on the back nine. Still, a good overall pace of just over 3 hours.
Conditions were definitely winter thin, but consistent and playable. Well, it would have been more fair playability without the strong winds that made this course extremely difficult to manage. Tee boxes and fairways have primarily a bermuda base that was tight, firm and a little dappled in color. From afar, the fairways on the North Course looked much more lush as they have different grass in play. The rough had really good coverage throughout and wasn't too penal. The bunkers were immaculate with blindingly white sand. The greens were super duper firm thanks to the dry winter and windy conditions. Almost impossible to hold any approach shots without a ton of backspin. Best bet was to try and run it up, though that was easier said than done because of many false fronts and deep protective bunkers. Putting surfaces weren't as crazy fast as when we played the North Course just a few weeks before the tournament, but they were still fast. Anything downwind or downhill was very difficult to stop by the hole. Anything downwind and downhill was likely off the green unless you went in the hole!
Design-wise, the South Course has a lot of the same characteristics as its more famous big brother. It's probably less demanding than North, but still quite challenging. I was speaking to the Golf Director after the round and he was mentioning some long-term renovation plans for the South. They want to try and bring it up to the same level as North, which could mean redoing all the grass to keep the more year-round lush appearance. As it is now, the South is still a really great course that most anyone should enjoy if staying at the resort. I'd easily recommend it, especially if you can play it on a day that isn't so dry and windy.» Close
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