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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
Carbite cheapo putter.
Last Updated: June 14, 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
Purposely saved this one for last so it would stay on top longer. What a fun day at Yocha Dehe with the first really big Norcal GK Plays event. It was... » More
Purposely saved this one for last so it would stay on top longer. What a fun day at Yocha Dehe with the first really big Norcal GK Plays event. It was great to meet the folks that BGarcelon was able to wrangle up, along with seeing some familiar SoCal GK'ers who made the trek up. Incredible prize table, thanks largely to a very generous contribution from LinkSoul. Pace was a bit slow with the big group and it was hot out, but we all still had fun!
The course conditions were very nice. Maybe a tad disappointing as they have definitely experienced a hotter-than-normal summer and there is some heat damage. A few big sections of fairways are roped off and played as GUR as they work to repair the damage. I appreciated that they were upfront about this as the starter gives you the info on the first tee. Otherwise, there were a few small burnt spots scattered throughout that you might not normally see here.
That's just being a little nitpicky because we have such high expectations from this course. Overall, everything was very lush and green. Most fairways were great and the rough was beautifully kept. The bunkers were amazing with soft, bright white sand. The greens were firm-ish and rolling at medium-fast speeds, just getting a little bumpy as the day went on and footprints showed late in the afternoon. I'd say 90% excellent with 10% of areas that need a little TLC to get back to the usual high Yocha standards.
The service is excellent here. Truly top-notch, especially considering there are so many moving parts from the bag drop to the pro shop to the staging area to the practice area and first tee. The team was hustling and helping keep us organized as much as they could. Food service excellent afterward, and we had a nice little private room for the prizes. Great overall experience at one of Northern California's best public courses!
It's such a beautiful setting and a fantastic layout that gets better and better as the round goes on, culminating in a spectacular back nine. The only other time I played here was in the winter and it was before they had done any turf reduction. Then, it was lush and green from wall to wall with all the hillsides being green, as well. Saturday was a different look with more contrast between the green fairways and the golden hills. I wish they would do something nicer with the turf-reduced areas, though. Not as pretty with a bunch of big bare dirt patches in between holes.» Close
This was our second round on Sunday morning. We had a 9:29 tee time and used a Costco voucher for a good price, but they ran a little late and it was ... » More
This was our second round on Sunday morning. We had a 9:29 tee time and used a Costco voucher for a good price, but they ran a little late and it was closer to 9:40 by the time we teed off. They said there was to be a single or another twosome to join us, but they never showed up when we were announced on the first tee. So, we played as a twosome amidst wall-to-wall groups on a super busy Sunday morning. We just jumped from shade to shade, sitting in the cart and watching the end of The Open in between shots. It was brutally slow on such a hot day, as we finished in just under 5 hours.
Conditions were also pretty mediocre here. You can definitely see how the drought took its toll and they haven't quite recovered, as it is very rough around the edges. Tee boxes fine enough. Fairways had okay coverage. Lots of inconsistencies with shaggy sections and plenty of bare spots, too. Rough was a mixed bag, with some decent areas around greens and the rest being very spotty. Greens were firm and rolling pretty well. Definitely the best part of the course condition-wise. I wasn't in any bunkers, and that was probably a good thing based on what I observed.
At first glance from the clubhouse area, this looks like it will be a really plain muni-style course. Those holes closest are kind of plain (9 and 18 are decent finishers with water in play). However, everything in between is fairly interesting as you get into the more wooded areas and lots of natural hazards are brought into play. Some fun/funky short holes for risk-reward opportunities. It's the type of course you probably have to play a few times to figure out. Layout was ultimately better than expected, despite lackluster conditions. Only worth playing if you get the right deal and you have plenty of time to spare.» Close
Played here Sunday morning with ppark81. Bought a GolfMoose voucher (with a $25 cert won at a GK Plays!), which was already a good deal at $50 for 2 p... » More
Played here Sunday morning with ppark81. Bought a GolfMoose voucher (with a $25 cert won at a GK Plays!), which was already a good deal at $50 for 2 players (extra $10 each to play weekend morning, though). We had a 6:29 time and went off first. Not a huge early bird crowd here. We did have to skip through some back-niners after we made our turn, and we finished in a little over 2 hours.
I'd say the conditions were mediocre. The tee boxes were okay enough, though a few could use some leveling out. The fairways were inconsistent with plenty of spotty areas. The rough even more so. The greens were moderately receptive and were the best aspect of the course. Maybe a little bit bumpy at times, rolling at medium speeds. There aren't many bunkers on this course, but the one I did find on 18 was crazy soft on the upslope. My ball plugged and buried about 4 inches deep.
The conditions were a bit disappointing, but I enjoyed the layout. It's a very pretty and secluded setting with some wonderful views. The layout is somewhat hilly and there are a number of interesting/tricky holes. Auburn Valley isn't close to being in the class of Darkhorse or The Ridge, so look for a deal or be sure to play one of those if your time in the area is limited.» Close
Played here Saturday morning with ppark81. The guy in the pro shop was super nice to get us out early behind a few member groups (a little before 6:20... » More
Played here Saturday morning with ppark81. The guy in the pro shop was super nice to get us out early behind a few member groups (a little before 6:20) after our super early tee time at a different course wasn't in the system. We had to scramble and Wildhorse really helped us out. We skipped around at one point on the back nine to avoid a slower threesome ahead of us, and we were able to finish in a little over 2 hours.
The course was in good overall shape. Tee boxes fine. Fairways were mostly nice. Everything was very wet and overly saturated with watering, so no roll-out and some sloppy divots. Certainly would play better a little later once dried out some. Rough a bit spotty in places, but adequate where it mattered. Greens very soft and rolling well at medium speeds. Bunkers wet and compacted early with okay sand.
I thought Wildhorse was a pretty solid course. Not too many homes around the course after the first few holes and a pleasant setting. Overall pretty forgiving, though there are a few good strategy holes with hazards in play.» Close
Trying to get caught up on my reviews from Norcal. I also played here on Friday evening after getting into Woodland at a decent time. It was $15 to wa... » More
Trying to get caught up on my reviews from Norcal. I also played here on Friday evening after getting into Woodland at a decent time. It was $15 to walk a little after 6:00. I wanted to rent a cart, but they wouldn't let me at that time of day. The teenage kid in the pro shop wasn't very helpful and had all sorts of "policies" and excuses (none of which held water). Really, he just wanted to avoid any extra work and close the shop early. Funny thing is he was just leaving as I finished up on 9, and there was another guy still working in the cart barn cleaning up other returned carts. Makes no sense they wouldn't rent one out with that much daylight left. Oh well. Kind of ticked me off, but I got to enjoy some extra exercise in a very stuffy 95 degrees with no shade on the course!
As for the course, it was decent on all levels. Solid 9-hole layout that is kind of spread out through a residential community (some long walks in between holes, which added to the misery). Two holes/flags on every green for front and back play, which is not something I am fond of. Would rather just have two sets of tees or just replay the same nine. The greens are rather large, though, so the holes usually don't infringe upon one another.
Conditions were also pretty decent. Tee boxes fine. Fairways had good coverage. Plenty of roll-out and mostly good lies to hit from. Rough a little spottier, but mostly fine. Wasn't in any bunkers. Greens were receptive and rolling at medium speeds. A bit bumpy late in the day showing footprints and lots of ball marks.
Overall, a pretty solid 9-hole regulation course. Twilight service left something to be desired. Someone that young probably shouldn't be running the pro shop. That said, it was slow out there and I can understand if they want to close up early in the dead of summer, even though I still finished (walking) before they really closed shop!» Close
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