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What's in Keith's Golf Bag
TaylorMade Burner Superfast Driver
Callaway X-Hot 3-wood
TaylorMade Burner Superlaunch 4-hybrid, 6-hybrid
Callaway Steelhead X-14 3-PW
TaylorMade 56-degree wedge
Carbite cheapo putter.
Last Updated: December 5, 2016
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 approaching the 800-course mark. I'd much rather play a new course every time than play the same course(s) over and over again. I
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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Yesterday afternoon, the second GK Guru round was at another desert favorite: Classic Club. What a great day, even though it was rather warm out there... » More
Yesterday afternoon, the second GK Guru round was at another desert favorite: Classic Club. What a great day, even though it was rather warm out there for March. I played in the first group at 1:20 with JohnnyGK, larryq2001 and Itslikeimsayin. Slower pace as the course was rather busy, so we finished in just over 4.5 hours.
This course was also in tremendous shape. The tee boxes and fairways were cut tighter and had a little firmer base than Indian Wells, which some people will likely prefer. Definitely a little more roll-out on drives. The rough was cut low and the ball was almost teed up for you, so no punishment at all unless you found the occasional patch of chunky bermuda (and there are a number of places you'll see it used strategically). There are some outer "native" areas throughout this course that were shaved down throughout and a little browner/patchy looking. It detracts a little visually from the beautiful aesthetic presentation of this course, but really doesn't impact play much at all. The greens here were very firm and I had trouble keeping any approach shots on them. They were excellent to putt on, though, rolling a little quicker than Indian Wells and super pure because ball marks were few and far between because of the firmness. The bunkers were the only weak spot, playing rather thin and firm.
This is such a great course that has a unique feel compared to most other Coachella Valley courses because of the pine trees throughout. Especially with the snow-capped San Gorgonio in the background, it feels like you are in Central Oregon or the Sierras at times. Really good, interesting and challenging Palmer layout with a ton of water in play and some tough green complexes. Excellent facilities and friendly staff, plus huge coolers full of drinking water every third hole. Just a top-notch experience on all levels.» Close
After over a month off of golf, it was a treat to come back to a course as gorgeous as Celebrity—one of my favorites in the desert. Took advantage of ... » More
After over a month off of golf, it was a treat to come back to a course as gorgeous as Celebrity—one of my favorites in the desert. Took advantage of the GK Guru deal. I was in the first group off at 7:10 with Itslikeimsayin and sparky14, and we were finished by 10:30.
The course was pretty much immaculate from tee to green. Pure and pristine. Tee boxed and fairways perfectly manicured. Rough cut fairly low and also perfectly maintained. I was in a few bunkers and the sand was very soft. The greens were very receptive with some early morning moisture. Some looked a little pock-marked in places, but all my putts rolled smooth and true. At times, it seems the green speeds varied a little, though that was more likely the subtle breaks and slopes here that can be tricky to see/read.
Not much else to say other than an amazing golf experience on a stunningly maintained course, not to mention the great company of the GK Gurus. Thanks Johnny for getting these kinds of deals and to the folks at Indian Wells Golf Resort for having us out in peak season!» Close
Played in the SCGA outing here today and just so happened to get paired with fellow GK'er kassper7 and his brother-in-law, so that made the day more e... » More
Played in the SCGA outing here today and just so happened to get paired with fellow GK'er kassper7 and his brother-in-law, so that made the day more enjoyable even if we all played crappy. 10:00 shotgun start, and we began on the 8th hole of the Masters nine. Then, US Open was the other in the preferred rotation for this outing. Decent pace of around 4.5 hours. I was really happy that they then allowed me to complete the circuit by playing the Western nine afterward. Thanks to the very nice guy in the pro shop. I zipped around that nine by myself, playing through one threesome along the way.
The course was in good overall condition. Greened up because of all the rain, but also a bit soft/muddy in many of the low areas throughout. In fact, it was cart-path-only for us today. Tee boxes were nice. Fairways in general were very good and will get better once the excess water recedes. I will say the fairways were noticeably weaker on the Western nine, though still pretty good. The rough was very nice and lush throughout. Balls tended to settle in and definitely made you work just enough for a good recovery. I was in two bunkers and they both had nice soft (beachy) sand. The greens were the highlight, receptive and rolling very quick. Downhill putts were very tough to stop anywhere near the hole, and there are really no level putts on this entire course. Stay below the hole!
I enjoyed this course more than I expected to, though I can easily understand why many won't like it. It definitely fits my target golf preference and the setting is very pretty in the hills. From everything I've ever heard about Braemar, it wasn't quite as funky as I expected. That said, it is a challenging layout relative to the short overall length. And, it does have some quirks that may add or subtract from its character (depending on your personal preferences), but that's true of many of the older LA area clubs. There were too many uphill approach shots that are semi-blind (or sometimes completely blind) and tough to judge. A bit of a guessing game at times for a first-time player. Western nine is definitely the funkiest of the bunch and it is well detached from the clubhouse geographically, so it feels like its own world that's a bit more of an adventure. I enjoyed it and the price was very good for a private club outing, but it is not a course everyone will enjoy.» Close
Played here yesterday morning. They are offering limited tee times through StandByGolf in January, with 7:45 and 12:45 shotguns on Mondays ($75 a play... » More
Played here yesterday morning. They are offering limited tee times through StandByGolf in January, with 7:45 and 12:45 shotguns on Mondays ($75 a player). I signed up for the morning one as a single. A little disorganized from an outsider's perspective. Most people seemed to know the drill with getting paired up and heading out to their tees, but they didn't give me anything beyond my hole assignment (14). Luckily, the scorecards do have course maps, so I was able to find my way there and meet up with the rest of my group. Otherwise, it was a good overall pace of around 4:15.
The course is in very nice condition. Very lush, green and pretty throughout. Tee boxes were nice. Fairways and rough looked fantastic, yet the ball always seemed to sit down just a little into slightly chunky spots. So not quite perfect carpet-like turf as it appeared from afar, but still great by any standard. Bunkers had nice sand. The greens provided ideal putting surfaces, super smooth and quite fast. They were very firm, though, so approach shots did not hold at all. It was almost impossible to make ball marks (just a tiny dent at most), which explains why the surfaces were so pure.
Overall a very enjoyable course. It's a Ted Robinson course in the desert, so it has a very "familiar" look with the palm trees, tiered greens, water features, etc. In fact, water comes into play on almost every hole and the layout is both fun and moderately challenging. It's well worth playing if you have a chance. I was hoping they would let me replay the executive Challenge Course afterward, but they are oddly more protective of the little course than the big one when it comes to guest play. No luck there this time, though I heard it is quite fun with a ton of water in play.» Close
I stopped and played here yesterday during my long drive home. Got there a little after 3:00 and the course was reasonably busy on a really nice winte... » More
I stopped and played here yesterday during my long drive home. Got there a little after 3:00 and the course was reasonably busy on a really nice winter afternoon. $12 to walk 9 holes. I teed off behind a couple of other walking singles. They ultimately joined up together, but kept a great pace and I never had to wait too much.
Conditions were not too good. It was nice to have some solid ground to walk on and hit from after the supreme squishiness of Oregon. However, it was very spotty here to say the least. Pretty much a lot of bare dirt/mud mixed with varying lumpy patches of mostly dormant brown grass. The greens were also mostly dormant and brown in appearance. They were soft, slow and bumpy. The one bunker I was in was actually okay, but they looked to be very hit or miss based on what I saw.
Pretty basic 9-hole regulation (par-36) layout. Flat and tree-lined. Nothing too memorable and the conditions weren't pretty, but the price was acceptable and the pace of play was good when I wanted to play quickly.» Close
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