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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: July 27, 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
This was our second round today. We teed off at about 9:35 and were paired with another twosome. I imagine this course is always busy and slow, and th... » More
This was our second round today. We teed off at about 9:35 and were paired with another twosome. I imagine this course is always busy and slow, and that was the case even on a Monday. It seemed slower than it was at times, and we still finished in a little over 4 hours. We used a GolfMoose deal for $49/2 players (plus an additional $25 off thanks to a GK prize voucher!!!). So for $12.50 each, not too shabby.
I was pleasantly surprised with the conditions as a fairly low-end muni course. Much of the "grass" from tee to green is a mix of different grasses, clovers and weeds. However, it is all cut down consistently and it plays fine enough. Tee boxes okay. Fairways decent. Rough okay. I was in one bunker and it had nice sand. Once again, I was very impressed by the greens. My number rating may skew a bit high because I scored the greens an 8. I fixed a few stray ball marks here and there, but they were pretty well-maintained despite the quantity (and quality) of players this place gets. They were soft/receptive and rolling smooth at medium/fast speeds.
Course isn't anything too special. Pretty standard old school parkland muni. Flat and tree-lined. What you see is what you get. After the main round, I went and played the Express 9 (par 29) course here. They let me go around for free and let me use the cart from the first round. Decent little practice/learning course with enough challenge on a few holes to keep you entertained.» Close
First round of the Sacramento leg of my trip. ppark81 and I played our dawn patrol round here and were first off as a twosome about 6:40. We zipped ar... » More
First round of the Sacramento leg of my trip. ppark81 and I played our dawn patrol round here and were first off as a twosome about 6:40. We zipped around the course easily with minimal encounters with maintenance. Rack rate was $45 with cart for weekday.
The course was in nice overall shape, though playing pretty soggy first thing in the morning. Tee boxes were good. Fairways were mostly quite good. Rough also pretty good throughout, not too deep with the ball sitting up most of the time. Bunkers were on the weaker side. Only in a couple, but they were kinda thin. The greens, like most of the ones encountered on this trip, were excellent. They were very wet and soft, so you had to fly it to the pin. However, as squishy as they seemed underfoot, there wasn't a lot of moisture sitting on top. The surfaces ran super smooth and quite quick. I can only imagine how they would be once dried out a bit more.
I didn't come in with any expectations and I enjoyed the course overall. Nothing overly spectacular, but a very solid mid-level option in the area. Funny that the two local courses it reminded me of most were Wildhorse and Wild Wings, so I guess the Sacramento "wild" trio has an unintentional theme. Not too long and fairly forgiving with the most memorable holes 16 and 18 providing a very strong finish.» Close
Second round today. Played with ppark81 and two other singles, and we teed off around 2:15. We started off with a nice cushion in front of us, but the... » More
Second round today. Played with ppark81 and two other singles, and we teed off around 2:15. We started off with a nice cushion in front of us, but then caught a log jam of really slow groups. Ended up taking just under 5 hours to finish, with the back nine (or is it the back ten here?) seemingly taking forever. Price of $45 for a twilight rate still seemed a bit steep.
Course was in pretty good overall condition. Tee boxes solid. Fairways were mostly quite nice to play from with just some scattered thin spots. Rough a bit more hit or miss. Some areas nice and others not so much. Greens were firm-ish and rolling very well at medium-fast speeds. Had I not experienced near-perfect greens at Silverado in the morning, I might have felt even more impressed with Eagle Vines. Still I rated them an 8+. The bunkers here are the weakest aspect. Some adequate, some way too thin and hard.
This is a very fun and interesting layout and certainly a good complement to Chardonnay next door. I don't know exactly what holes used to be a part of the original Chardonnay 36 routing, but there are definitely quite a few at Eagle Vines that have a similar feel and then a few others that feel kind of like filler. Overall, I'd say if you like one of these courses, you should enjoy the other. I felt like Eagle Vines was a notch down from Chardonnay in terms of conditioning, and I would say Chardonnay is a stronger full 1-18 layout. Both are recommended, especially if you can find a deal, but I would put Chardonnay on top of EV.» Close
A friend of mine won a free foursome at Silverado at a charity tournament, and he was nice enough to include me in the group. We had an 8:20 tee time ... » More
A friend of mine won a free foursome at Silverado at a charity tournament, and he was nice enough to include me in the group. We had an 8:20 tee time and it wasn't super busy on the course. We enjoyed our own pace and finished in about 4 hours. The staff is super friendly and treated us well.
The course was in really nice shape with the Safeway Open just a few weeks away. I think they are shutting down soon to get it fully ramped up before the tournament. Course was cart-path-only today. Things were extremely lush and green throughout, though everything from tee to green was very soft and damp on a cool, overcast morning. Tee boxes great. Fairways really nice other than a few mushy spots because of the wetness. Rough was thick and nasty as they get it tournament-ready, and it's a brutal mix of grabby kikuyu and sticky rye. Was hard to find the ball at times, and recoveries were very difficult. The bunkers had super soft sand and were fantastic. Then, there were the greens. Dang!!! They were firm, pure and lightning fast with some evil Sunday pin placements. Perfection. Just a tiny taste of what the pros will see, though they will only get them faster and firmer as the tournament approaches!
I've been looking forward to this round, especially getting to play without staying at the resort. Silverado has gone back to being totally semi-private in the sense that only members and resort guests can play the courses. Hope to find a way onto the South course in the future after such a wonderful experience on North. Much more interesting layout than I expected (based on what you see on TV). Challenging, unique and beautiful. Really reminded me a lot of The Greenbrier Old White TPC in various ways, which I certainly wasn't expecting. Excellent course on all levels.» Close
Thought I might have time to squeeze in one more round this evening, so I called over to Blue Rock Springs and they were super nice. They let me know ... » More
Thought I might have time to squeeze in one more round this evening, so I called over to Blue Rock Springs and they were super nice. They let me know it wasn't too busy and I'd have a good chance of finishing before dark. They suggested I play the West Course because they just aerated the East this week. However, they also let me know the East was more wide open because of the aeration, so I would be much more likely to finish. I sucked it up and decided to take the safe bet to finish. They only charged me $16 with cart, so it was a good deal. I played through a couple groups, but otherwise zipped around in about 2 hours.
The aerated greens were tough, but you can tell they are normally in very nice shape. You gotta have maintenance to keep them nice! Otherwise, the course was in pretty good shape. Fairly lush and green throughout. Fairways a tad on the shaggy side, but mostly good lies to hit from. Tee boxes, fairways and rough were all fairly nice in general. Bunkers pretty well kept, as well. Give the greens a few weeks and they will be just as good as the rest of the course.
I enjoyed the layout overall. Has that East/North Bay kind of setting that offers pleasant scenery. Very hilly with a few tricky holes. Good overall course and I could see enough of the West course to know it also looks perhaps even more fun and interesting. I look forward to coming back. Staff super nice and good facilities. Recommended.» Close
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