Braving the heat, I headed to El Prado for the second time in 3 days. Arriving around a quarter to noon, I chipped and putted on one of the two open practice greens (there are 3 practice greens at this facility, as well as an all grass driving range). The practice green seemed very representative of the greens on the course. Without a reservation, I went to the clubhouse, where Greg gave me the option of which course to play, and honored the rate that I found on their web site.
Playing from the blue tees (6850 yards/126 slope/72.5 rating), I teed off at 12:15pm as a solo walker, and finished my round at 3:30pm (I let a cart riding single play through on the fifth hole, then kept pace with a quick group of 5 in carts). It was hot, with only intermittent light breezes. As is common these days (or so it seems to me), a member of the group ahead left several clubs at the side of the first green, which I gathered and handed off to the cart driver who returned from the second green, seeking his important tools.
The golf course was in decent shape, as is pretty consistent with both El Prado courses, given you don't come expecting "country club" conditions. Tee boxes were level, well covered with lush turf, and mostly well maintained. Kikuyu grass on some tee boxes was fluffy, but never too thick. There was always a good place to tee it up. Fairways were mostly good, except for some random areas where turf was thin, or weedy and barren. Turf was mowed, and balls generall sat up. I did not notice many divots that were not repaired. Rough, as usual, was variable. There were broad swaths of lush, grabby turf, some of which left balls sitting up, and thin, weedy stuff, and bare dirt, too. I had to play from only one greenside bunker, on the first hole. Sand there was wet, heavy and compact, but playable. All bunkers appeared maintained, some though looked fluffier than others. Greens were, as usual, the highlight of the course, and served to confound me, even though I seemed to have chipped and putted well on the practice green. Some greens still exhibited the obvious look of "recent" aeration, but they were smooth, and rolled quite well at medium-fast speeds. I consistently rolled putts 3 and 4 feet past holes. Best here to keep approaches below the hole to maximize scoring. Greens held well struck shots, and were firmer as the day progressed.
If you can accept that things are a little scruffy around the edges, El Prado is a fine value. Give them your business if you will.» Close