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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
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TaylorMade 56-degree wedge
Carbite cheapo putter.
Last Updated: April 1, 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 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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Somehow, I've always avoided the crazy wind at Desert Dunes. Well, that is no longer the case as it was insane this morning. I booked 6:56 hot deal fo... » More
Somehow, I've always avoided the crazy wind at Desert Dunes. Well, that is no longer the case as it was insane this morning. I booked 6:56 hot deal for just $12 and knew some wind was in the forecast, but wow! My drives ranged from 140 yards to over 300, depending on which direction I was hitting. I saw balls go sideways in the air and even backwards a few times. It was silly, torturous and kind of fun to finally get the real DD windy experience.
Unfortunately, the experience was marred a little bit before I even teed off. I arrived a bit early and expected it not to be crowded. I saw a twosome up by the first green when I got there about 6:20 and checked in. The kid in the pro shop wanted me to wait until my tee time and for the twosome I was paired with to show up. I stood down by the first tee for a half hour with nobody around. It was painful. I finally called the shop and asked if I could go off by myself, but he said I had to wait. By 6:56, nobody else came to the 1st tee. I did see two singles head over to the 10th about that time, so I'm not sure if that was the people I was supposed to play with. Either way, the second the clock struck 6:56 I was waiting no longer. I just went. I caught and played through the twosome on the 5th hole and then caught up to those other two guys (who started on 10) on the 16th. I can understand if the tee sheet is somewhat full or if there is maintenance on the course. Usually this place is kind of a free for all on the first tee, so I was surprised he wanted me to wait. Oh well, good to know I guess.
Conditions are going south as the course heads into what will likely be a very slow summer season. Tee boxes were decent. Fairways had some fluffy sections and some thin/bare sections. Rough was everything from hard pan to weeds to some really thick/lush stuff around the greens. Everything just felt quite rough around the edges, dried out and unmaintained. I was in one fairway bunker and it was very firm. Glad I wasn't in any greenside bunkers because they looked similarly devoid of sand. Any sand that was in there was likely blown away this morning! The greens were firm-ish, a little lumpy/scruffy and rolling at medium/slow speeds.
The service and conditions were a bit disappointing. The wind made things more interesting. And, the price was right for this course at the moment. It's too bad because I really like this layout and I root for it to succeed. Just feels like it is continuing on a downward trajectory. The good news is that it is cheap and uncrowded in the offseason, but unfortunately you get what you pay for.» Close
Enjoyed a nice 36-hole day here with Itslikeimsayin. I had bought the SCGA voucher for a round plus free replay. We played the Classic #1 and #2 combo... » More
Enjoyed a nice 36-hole day here with Itslikeimsayin. I had bought the SCGA voucher for a round plus free replay. We played the Classic #1 and #2 combo for the first round, and then played Lake + Classic #2 for the replay. It was nice to get all 27 holes in plus a bonus nine. First round (8:52 start) took about 3.5 hours and second round even quicker with only a little waiting on the last couple holes of our front nine.
Course was in good overall shape. Nice tee boxes. Fairways mostly quite lush and nice, with just a few small brown spots here and there. Rough mostly dormant and shaved down in most places. Some areas were very thin and firm underneath. Bunkers had decent sand but were VERY firm and compacted on top. The only nice lies were when the ball ended up atop a recently raked area. All the bunkers can use some fluffing up. Greens were very firm. It was hard to even make so much as a dent on the surfaces. However, because of that they were rolling quite smooth at medium speeds. We sure had a hard time figuring these greens out and the Indio effect never seemed to make an impact. If anything, it seemed a lot of putts pulled the opposite direction and we were thoroughly baffled.
I had played here once before a few years back, but only got to play two of the nines then. It was nice to complete the set and revisit the course now that I've played a lot more private/semi-private valley courses since then. It's a decent layout with a lot of history relating to the Bob Hope tournament. There isn't anything overly exciting about any of the designs. Only a handful of truly memorable holes out of the 27. I actually like the Lake nine best with hillier overall terrain. Solid course, but nothing I'll be rushing back to play again without another great deal.» Close
Enjoyed a nice day yesterday with the GK Gurus. This was only my third time playing this course, and I find myself appreciating the layout more with e... » More
Enjoyed a nice day yesterday with the GK Gurus. This was only my third time playing this course, and I find myself appreciating the layout more with each visit. There are a number of great holes here and it's a fun and challenging track.
Not much to add to the other reviews about conditions. A little dry and firm out there from tee to green, with kind of a semi-dormant light color throughout. However, pretty good playability and I personally enjoyed the lengthy extra roll-outs when playing the blue tees. Tight lies, but still good turf to hit from on fairways. Rough more hit and miss with coverage, but generally not much of a factor. Bunkers had good sand. Greens soft and receptive and rolling at medium speeds.
Thanks to Johnny and the course for setting up the Guru deal. We had a blast out there on a nice day!» Close
After loving the experience on the Canyons course at last year's SCGA outing, I was eager to sign up and play the Mountains course outing this year. W... » More
After loving the experience on the Canyons course at last year's SCGA outing, I was eager to sign up and play the Mountains course outing this year. We had a 9:00 shotgun start with 120 players, so it was a sluggish pace of almost 5 hours. Still, when you pay this much and get to play a course so nice, you don't mind taking your time! It was especially fun playing with an all-GK group along with kg1791, bsparks1961 and sbogey.
The course, as expected, was in exceptional condition. It didn't seem quite as pristine as last year on the Canyons Course, but that was setting the bar at near-perfection. There was little to complain about today. Tee boxes and fairways were green and cut super tight. Rough lush and provided good lies (I actually preferred it over the tight, yet sticky rye fairways). I wasn't in any bunkers, but they looked beautiful with soft white sand. The greens varied a little in firmness, due to the transitional nature of the season. Some were more overtaken by the summer bermuda and thus firmer. Others softer. They said they were running 11.5 before the round and I would have guessed slower. They were definitely a touch slower than Toscana yesterday, so I left almost every putt short today. The slope off the mountains and down toward the valley has a MAJOR impact on putts here, so the greens are tricky to read.
They are still in the midst of building the massive new clubhouse here. I guess at some point awhile ago they switched the nines. We actually started on the 10th hole, so we played what would seem to have been the original routing. Though beautiful and fun, I was a little underwhelmed on our front nine (actually the back nine) because I had heard this course was more dramatic and target-oriented than Canyons. My expectations were met in abundance when we made our turn and played what is currently the front nine. It is very entertaining with major elevation changes and some serious target golf holes. I loved this side of the course and I was ultimately glad we started on the 10th hole to play what felt like the proper routing with a build up to the more dramatic holes. That said, the current 18th hole will finish with what figures to be an amazing new clubhouse overlooking the green. Ultimately, those plans are probably what dictated and nine flip whenever it happened. When done, the Mountains Course will have its own full practice area and range. It will all be impressive. I hope I have the chance to play here again someday, so I can see it all completed.» Close
A friend of mine who was playing in the SCGA outing was able to arrange for a second round on the South Course. I am grateful he was able to include m... » More
A friend of mine who was playing in the SCGA outing was able to arrange for a second round on the South Course. I am grateful he was able to include me as a guest. We teed off at about 1:45 and basically had the course to ourselves on a gorgeous afternoon. We did play through a slower twosome at one point. We had to have a forecaddie with us for this round, as well, but our guy, Scott was great.
Like the North, the South was in equally amazing condition. Lush, green and perfectly manicured throughout tee boxes, fairways and rough. The greens were more receptive on this side (older course, more matured turf), but rolling at similar speed and smoothness as North. The bunkers here use a beautiful white sand that's softer than the more standard sand on the North. The bunkers on both courses were a pleasure to play from. The South just looks prettier because of the brighter sand and the amount of bunkers on this course (120-something according to the caddie).
The bunkering is a big part of the story on the South Course, which is a very different overall design style than the North. It is awesome that they have to courses here that are different from one another. Whereas the North is more desert style, South is more lush with wall-to-wall greenery. There aren't any rugged desert "native" areas on this side (except for the 10th hole that parallels the 18th on North). Here, those areas are fully landscaped with shrubbery and flowers and they are much further away from any fairways. Otherwise, there is more rough and wide expanses of grass throughout the course. This gives you a little more room for error. However, there are a ton of bunkers and they are all to be avoided if you want a good score. Also, this course is hillier. No big elevation changes, but a lot of rolling terrain. Probably a tad less water in play compared to North, but there are a handful of killer water holes on this course, too. I loved both courses at Toscana almost equally, but may lean slightly toward South if I had to pick only one. This course reminded me at times of The Bridges in Rancho Santa Fe, largely due to the pretty landscaping and cool Tuscan-inspired homes/clubhouse surrounding the course.
One thing I really liked about both Toscana courses was that they seemed fairly laid out for both fade and draw hitters. Most holes here favor one shot or the other with some big doglegs, risk/reward angles over water and those pesky diagonal greens that Jack loves. However, the distribution is pretty even between shots that favor a draw or a fade. Many holes require both for the ideal play (for example, a draw off the tee and then a fade on the approach or vice versa). They are real shot-makers courses, yet still more forgiving than they appear. You can play conservatively and still score well as long as you avoid trouble. In case you can't tell, I really enjoyed everything about this place!» Close
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