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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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Keith's Golf Course Reviews
After such quick rounds earlier because of the gloomy weather, we had a ton of daylight left and of course we played more golf! Off to Old Brockway we... » More
After such quick rounds earlier because of the gloomy weather, we had a ton of daylight left and of course we played more golf! Off to Old Brockway we went and it was wide open out there. We saw a couple other players finishing up as we were just getting started, but otherwise it was only us out there. $40 with a cart. We only played 9 holes, but I believe we could have looped around again for 18 if we wanted to for that rate.
The course was in nice overall shape. Very lush here. Tee boxes, fairways and rough had good nice coverage with soft turf. Then, there is this outer green rough that lines the holes and pops up around the greens in interesting ways, kind of like knee-deep native grass bunkers in some places. Only a few sand bunkers on the course and they are very unique wide (but skinny) trench-like cuts that run in front of their respective greens. I wasn't in any of them, but they looked to have good sand. The greens were firm-ish and hard to hold, mainly because they are rather small and domed on all sides. A bit shaggy and rolling decently at medium/slow speeds.
I was hoping we might squeeze this course as it is an old course with a ton of history. It was the original site of the annual Crosby Clam Bake tournament back in 1934-1935 and it definitely retains a very old school feel. The first couple holes are pretty basic and then you turn back into the woods, where the course offers a ton of simple/classic character. It is such a neat little grove of mature pine trees. Not a course that will blow you away and a little overpriced as just a 9-holer (regulation length par-36), but a little slice of local golf history and just an wonderful experience for me.» Close
We had a 12:10 tee time originally and were somehow able to still make that time despite squeezing in the Mountain Course first. Again, hardly any pla... » More
We had a 12:10 tee time originally and were somehow able to still make that time despite squeezing in the Mountain Course first. Again, hardly any players out here with the threat of rain and thunderstorms that never really materialized. Just cloudy and gloomy with the sun peeking through every once in a while. We played through a couple groups on the front nine and then had the back nine to ourselves for a surprisingly quick round. This was also a great GolfMoose deal that saves big $$ over their normal weekend rack rates. 2 players for $199 (plus a GK cert to knock even more off the price) was well worth it for this course!
The course was in nice condition as they are still kind of in transition into the summer season. The tee boxes were nice. The fairways had lush coverage and were just a bit shaggy. Rough not deep, but the grass in the rough and fairways is very grabby and sticky (especially on a wet day). Bunkers were beautiful. Fairway bunkers have a more firm tan sand while the greenside bunkers have the ultra-white super-soft stuff that looks great. It was a bit damp and compacted with the moisture today, but still looked and played nicely. The greens were very firm and fast. The grass is kind of dappled in color (multiple grasses?) which made it hard to read breaks sometimes, but consistently cut and rolled for smooth/quick surfaces.
This is one of the rounds I was looking forward to most on this trip and it didn't disappoint. Fun mountain course that is fairly forgiving off the tee and then get's really tough around the greens with big RTJ Sr. bunkers and false fronts guarding them. A few nice views of Lake Tahoe in the distance that I am sure look even better on a clear day. Just a fantastic and fun golf course that encapsulates the Tahoe spirit.» Close
We were slated to play both Incline Village courses today, and originally the plan was to play Championship first. However, the weird weather (that re... » More
We were slated to play both Incline Village courses today, and originally the plan was to play Championship first. However, the weird weather (that really didn't turn out bad at all) scared all the resort players away and both courses were really empty. We ended up going to Mountain first. We played through one group and then caught another twosome on the final few holes. Total pace only about 1:20 as we zipped around in the gas cart! Also a GolfMoose deal we used here ($99 for 2 players, which is a bit much for an executive course, even one as fun as this).
The course was in decent shape, but not as nice as I would expect with the Incline Village name attached. Tee boxes and fairways mostly fine with some weak spots throughout. Rough a little inconsistent, but okay. Greens firm-ish, but still kind of thin and bumpy this time of year. Bunkers pretty good from what I recall.
This is the sister course to the main Championship Course at Incline Village (with a separate facility a couple miles up the road), also designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. It's an executive 18 holes with 14 par-3s and 4 par-4s. Wide variety of distances and you will use most clubs in your bag. Hilly and often tight with small-ish greens and lots of trees, native rough areas, etc. to keep you on your toes. Fun short mountain course and recommended if you get the right price.» Close
This was our first round this morning. We had a 7:30 tee time, which is first off as they build in a slight frost delay still this time of year. The s... » More
This was our first round this morning. We had a 7:30 tee time, which is first off as they build in a slight frost delay still this time of year. The staff here was fantastic and made sure we got off first and around fast. The weather forecast was bleak all day today and it rained on us a little bit, but not bad at all and it freed everything up for us on all the courses we played. We used a GolfMoose deal ($99 for 2 players) along with a $25 GK prize gift card to make it a great deal.
The course was in decent condition as it rounds into summer form. Playing better than it looked with kind of a dappled brown/green spongy grass throughout. Tee boxes good. Fairways generally provided nice fluffy lies with some mushy sections thanks to the rain. Rough not super deep, but the grass is tangly and the ball can easily sit down to make for a tough recovery. Bunkers good. Greens spongy, but still kind of playing firm with big bounces and roll-outs, rolling fairly well at medium speeds.
The gloomy skies and dappled colors didn't really showcase the course's best visual presentation, but the playability was very good and the layout is enjoyable. The front nine is more out in a fairly open meadow section to get you warmed up before you make the turn and into the mountain side of the course with all the trees and hills to provide a dramatic setting. Not quite top tier in this region, but a very good second-tier option and a nice value play compared to some other resort options.» Close
This was our afternoon round today sandwiched in between a couple inconsequential short course fillers after Edgewood in the morning. We had a 2:45 te... » More
This was our afternoon round today sandwiched in between a couple inconsequential short course fillers after Edgewood in the morning. We had a 2:45 tee time, but they actually asked us to go out at the 2:35 time because that group hadn't checked in yet. We enjoyed the first few holes without anyone ahead and then caught the groups. Still a solid pace of 3:45. Price was very reasonable at $39.
The course was in decent overall condition. Early on it kind of had that very dried out "US Open" sheen under the bright afternoon sun, but it felt like the course got better as the round went on (both in terms of conditions and design). Tee boxes were fine. Most fairways were pretty good with some thin areas throughout. Rough more inconsistent. Good grass coverage, but bumpy ground underneath and uneven cuts. Some deep nasty spots and some tightly mown sections. Bunkers mixed. Some firm, some soft, most with plenty of pebbles mixed in. Greens good overall, somewhat receptive and rolling smooth at medium speeds.
Early on, I was unimpressed with this course. It felt kind of plain for the first few holes, but then you start going into the "Hills" as the name would suggest. Then, it gets more and more entertaining with an open desert canyon setting. Lots of big changes in elevation. Interesting pot bunker complexes with rough-hewn fescue faces help give the course some character throughout. Hale Irwin designed the course.
One thing to note is how crazy windy it was here, just as it was yesterday at Somersett. Similar unprotected canyon and ridgeline setting that swirls the wind all around. I don't know if today represented the prevailing winds here. If so, I question some planning to have several really steep uphill holes straight into the wind. One par-5 on the back was around 485 from the blue tees, but seemingly playing more like 700 with the straight uphill design and 20MPH winds dead in your face all the way up. However, the finishing stretch made up for it with some big downhill/downwind holes that made me feel like a king (I had very un-sixpez-like drives of 280 and 320 yards thanks to some gravity and wind assistance!).
Not a top-shelf course for this region, but very enjoyable overall and the price was great for a Saturday afternoon round. I think they alternate which course at Red Hawk is public/private on any given day, but it seems like they are more toward the public side of things nowadays.» Close
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