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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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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
Quick quiz! How many hours after my Saturday 11:40 tee time did I begin my second nine at La Mirada? 2? not quite... 3? I wish... try 4HOURS!!!! Unf... » More
Quick quiz! How many hours after my Saturday 11:40 tee time did I begin my second nine at La Mirada? 2? not quite... 3? I wish... try 4HOURS!!!! Unforgivable - it had never occurred to me that I might not finish my round due to light when I drove into the parking lot, but here I was at the 16th green, putting in the dark and calling it a long ass day.
When we complained that we weren't able to tee off until 45 minutes after our tee time - we were provided vouchers for a free meal and drink at the snack bar. Would have rather been able to play two more holes or be charged twilight rates instead but it was better than nothing.
The course was nicely green and in pretty good shape considering the rain we've had. All off the "U" shaped holes were pretty soggy in the bottom on the swale. There was standing water around, sitting water and even water laying in a pool just off the green on 7 - put playable areas were all nearby. Hole 6 did have a swamp all along the left rough that needed to be drained but even if someone promised to do it - I wouldn't believe them. Hole 16 must be in charge of water drainage for the nearby neighborhood because it looked like a glacier had moved through with piles of debris containing rocks the size of oranges scattered about. Didn't notice any pools in bunkers and the greens rolled as well as I could have imagined.
I like this course - I feel like the layout rewards good shots and punishes bad shots but not overly. I think the variety of holes is nice for a sub 120 slope course. But I don't get why La Mirada consistently can't get it's act together on providing a positive experience for those who pay good money to play there.» Close
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