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Where Perry Kass Plays Golf
Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; Bakersfield Area
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Last Updated: November 8, 2015
Many years ago I found a Red Dot book that showed all the public courses in Southern California - at the time I had just started to break 100 regularly. I set myself a quest to play every public course in LA, Ventura, Riverside and Orange County and to break 100 on all of them. I'm to the point in this quest where the courses left are too expensive, too hard, or too far away (often all three) for me to rush out to check the remaining courses off - but I still love the thrill of teeing off on a course I've never played.
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Greens punched on Monday - but no maintenance alert on this sight so felt a little tricked when I showed up to play golf. Paradise Knolls feels like ... » More
Greens punched on Monday - but no maintenance alert on this sight so felt a little tricked when I showed up to play golf. Paradise Knolls feels like an ironic naming - like Panorama City - or Hawaiian Gardens - because there is little paradise to be had. You get what you'd expect for your 19 dollars to walk - very scruffy tee boxes - hard fairways - almost no distinction between fairway and rough - and dense or hard packed bunkers.
I like the layout fine - and only 3.5 hours to play a round at 9:30 in the morning is good as well. Other reviews had made me expect the conditions to be better and with punched greens - that's not going to help anyone's mood.» Close
Ok Oak Valley - let me sharpen my pen and let you have it.... Hmm what do I remember that I can pick on... Ok, some of the tee boxes were a bit chew... » More
Ok Oak Valley - let me sharpen my pen and let you have it.... Hmm what do I remember that I can pick on... Ok, some of the tee boxes were a bit chewed up and a couple could have used a quick visit by a steamroller to flatten them out. The rest? Honestly, I can't think of a better golf experience I've had. Fairways, rough, greens - all perfect to me. Every hole visually interesting, challenging in some way, and yet playable and forgiving enough that not every poor shot meant a big number. Even the beauty of the driving range adds to the cool factor - that's pretty rare.
I could have had a worse experience if I didn't bring a gps since the carts don't have one and I would consider the course to be very poorly marked for yardages - but being my first time, maybe I missed something. If I cared about such things as cart girls, I might care that I didn't see one.
Ok, I know what the worst thing about Oak Valley is.... Beaumont. Has anyone considered moving it about 45 minutes west of there?» Close
Decided I needed to pump the brakes on my handicap careening from 14 towards 17 or 18 - so I headed to Balboa to settle my game down. While the cours... » More
Decided I needed to pump the brakes on my handicap careening from 14 towards 17 or 18 - so I headed to Balboa to settle my game down. While the course played mostly normal, Balboa is still recovering from the rain and winds from the previous months. A about six trees have fallen over at various points on the course. The one on 18 is blocking most of the tee boxes - so you have to play from the most forward tees. The driving range looks like it's been transported from the poorest part of the lush deep south. Deeply overgrown where it isn't completely bare with a fallen tree caving in a portion of the retainer fence.
Balboa is grassy. The fairways are patchy as usual but mostly grassy and I thought provided good lies the whole day. The rough is grassy - cut to the exact length where you have trouble finding your ball but can still get a club on it and hit a good shot - as punitive as anyone running a muni would want. There are some nice grassy lies in the fairway bunkers... you heard me. Didn't get to play one but enjoyed the odd visual - add that one to the "to do" list along with chopping up fallen trees. Greens were in good shape and a bit faster and more difficult to read than I remembered. I thought I used to just aim at the hole and hit it....» Close
Played a free Makeup Round with free range balls given to us by the GM John as a result of our review from last visit. It was a more than generous ap... » More
Played a free Makeup Round with free range balls given to us by the GM John as a result of our review from last visit. It was a more than generous apology and a great excuse to get back out to La Mirada - the perfect course for a 13-20 handicapper.
We teed off on-time for La Mirada which meant only 20-25 minutes late and finished in around 5 hours I think. The combination of flooding and drying out means that the course in currently in only fair shape. Tee boxes were a bit chewed up, fairways were tightly mown and hard. Areas where the grass drown in pools were sanded dirt. Course had been cleaned up a lot from before but still a couple of fallen trees impeded progress of terribly executed drives. Greens accepted shots well but rolled faster and more subtle than our group could cope with. There was also lush areas and a sense that in a couple of month this place will be in much better shape.
All that put aside, I have and always have had only two actual complaints about La Mirada. It's too far off any freeway and (despite the first problem) it's too popular. The more surprising that we were given a free round because La Mirada doesn't need our business. It's got plenty. With the rest on the golfers that go there, I too will put up with the drive, the time issues and any dips in conditions to enjoy a round there at a fair price. So please, stop going there so often - so I can go in your place.......» Close
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