"I am perfectly happy to ruin a good hike/walk by playing golf in the middle of that hike/walk - my take on an old quote from Mark Twain."
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Where Michael Irwin Plays Golf
Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County; San Luis Obispo Area
What's in Michael Irwin's Golf Bag
RBZ Stage 2 Driver (9.5 degree) from TaylorMade
RBZ Stage 2 3 Metal (15 degree) from TaylorMade
Mashie 3 Hybrid (20.5 degree) - Cleveland Golf
Irons 4 thru DWedge - Cleveland 588 TT
54 and 58 degree wedges - Cleveland 588 series
Classic 10 putter from Cleveland Golf
Titleist Pro V1 - preferred
I'll play other balls too, when I find them and they're in good shape - Srixon, TaylorMade and other Titleist balls
Purple plate for good luck
Ball mark fixer tool
GK "man hole cover" ball marker
Some foreign coins to use when the man hole cover is just too big
An illustrated rules guidebook
Sometimes a good course guide for the course I'm playing
Last Updated: April 30, 2016
I love this fascinating game of golf, having learned to play as a youngster with a course in my backyard! I hope to continue playing for the rest of my days. Competition isn't of much interest to me, but I always try to play my best each time I tee it up. Enjoying the great outdoors is always part of the game's draw for me. Whenever feasible, I love to walk while playing. It is my great fortune that my loving wife recognizes the good that the game does for my well being.
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I played as a solo walker on Monday 10/16, without a reservation, paying the $17 twilight rate. As always, check in was friendly and efficient, and I ... » More
I played as a solo walker on Monday 10/16, without a reservation, paying the $17 twilight rate. As always, check in was friendly and efficient, and I went directly to the first tee without warming up, starting my round a little past 11:30am. Weather was very hot and dry, with light breezes. Except for a very rude threesome who hit into me as I finished the 14th hole, and again as I teed off on the 15th, I did not encounter any other players during my round.
I played from the blue tees (6568 yards/71.3 rating/124 slope).
Tee boxes were level and well covered with lush turf.
Fairways were variable, with some thin areas around the margins, but generally even, lush turf in the middle. There were a few unfilled divots, but most appeared to have been repaired.
Rough was the usual mixed bag (as it always is here), with some lush turf and some bare ground.
I only found one bunker, greenside, and it was maintained, with soft, thin sand - easy to play from. The other bunkers that I observed appeared to have been maintained and stocked with enough sand.
As usual, the best part of the course was the greens. They were generally smooth, and free of notable blemishes, with the exception of hole 11, where it appeared that several sections of turf had been recently replaced. Greens were quite receptive, and on the softer side of firm. Putts rolled true, though a little slower than I am accustomed to at El Prado.
My round was completed in 3.5 hours, but would have been quicker were it not for the rude threesome that decided to play right through me on the 15th hole.» Close
For my first round of golf in a very long time, I joined 3 childhood friends for an afternoon of fun. One in the group organized using a Groupon deal ... » More
For my first round of golf in a very long time, I joined 3 childhood friends for an afternoon of fun. One in the group organized using a Groupon deal at $19 per player, including cart. Checkin was efficient, and we were given the first tee a little ahead of our 1:10 tee time, playing behind a group of 5 that included a young boy, but they kept pace with the group ahead. Play was slow, but we weren't in any rush - a relaxed vibe was the order of the day. We played from the white tees.
It was a hot, breezy day, and as usual on this course whose fairways are lined with cottonwood trees, any balls hit in the rough were a challenge to find among the shiny, fallen leaves. Tee boxes were in decent shape, generally well covered, with some unlevel ground, and some chewed up areas. Fairways were lush and well covered. I didn't play from any bunkers, but they appeared to be maintained. Other members of my group noted that sand was thin and hard. Rough was variable (lush at the edges of fairways, thinner away), with lots of rodent burrows. The greens were disappointing. I knew of the recent maintenance, but several greens still had sand and obvious punch holes. Some small bare areas were evident, and there were many unrepaired ball marks. For my taste, there was just too much variability in the condition of the greens from one hole to another.
In any case, this course has potential to be good, but on this day (Sunday 10/15) it could have been better. Note the quirky layout, in which you play away from the clubhouse until the 12th hole, then pass the clubhouse in the middle of a very long trek to the 13h hole. There is a refreshment shack convenient to the area around the 3rd tee and 11th green, but it was closed at the time we played. Also lacking was reliable water fountains - only found 2 on the entire course, and their flow was little more than a dribble.» Close
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