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Where Arthur Grant Plays Golf
Orange County; San Diego County
What's in Arthur Grant's Golf Bag
Dirver - Callaway Razr Hawk 9.5 degree
3 Wood - Callaway Big Bertha
5 Wood - Taylormade R5 dual
7 Wood - Callaway 20 degree
4 Hybrid - Callaway X - 24 degree
4-9/PW/SW - Callaway Big Bertha Irons
36 degree - Lynx Blackcat Chipping Iron
Putter - Probe 20/20
Last Updated: June 21, 2016
I'm a casual golfer a.k.a. hacker. I play for the fun of playing, not for the competition, betting or bragging rights. I just play because the results are completely dependent on me, it's hard to do well, which makes doing it right so much fun.
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Played Friday with a 10:30 tee time. Played as a five some which broke into a threesome and twosome on the back 9. Course was pretty much empty, tempe... » More
Played Friday with a 10:30 tee time. Played as a five some which broke into a threesome and twosome on the back 9. Course was pretty much empty, temperatures were in the upper 80's light to no breeze. $27 with cart.
David L. Baker is largely a flat course, measuring 3802 from the blues. There are no par 5's. Course is made up of 8 par 4's all of which feature water, the longest of which is 306 yards. The course is straight forward and honest, there are no blind tee shots, significant elevation changes, or sever slopes. Trees and bunkers and water provide the defense.
The staff as always is friendly, and the food in the snack bar acceptable. Before the round we had to go to the cart shed to fill our own divot bottles, none of the ready golf carts were equipped. Had to go to the pro shop for a score card and pencil, the box by the first tee was empty, and there were none on the carts. Assume they were down a person today.
Tee boxes were acceptable, lightly chewed up, but very level.
Fairways were in very good condition with full coverage, very little divot damage.
The fairway rough is a couple of inches at most and usually only becomes penal on the few slopes along the trees. (Trees bad, fairway good). The first cut around the greens are about an inch, second cut about two inches but don't depend on it to hold your balls if you come in to low on the greens.
Sand traps - was in a couple and there was adequate stand, neatly raked, very dry and crusty. The bunker on the 16th hole had a large fist sized rock in it, and several smaller pebbles. Not something I have seen here before.
Greens were medium early, medium fast later in the day. In very good condition, firm with few pitch marks. Rolled a little rough and bumpy but not bad for a course that sees this volume. I holed a 30 footer I can't complain.
Overall the playing company was good, but three of the four guys I was with play league against each other, and regular Saturday matches. One is a single digit handicap, the others are 12 and 14 respectively if I remember which makes it a little harder for a double bogey player like me when the single digit handicapper wants to play mind games with everyone else. One of the few times I have had to shut someone down by pulling the USGA rule book.
Won't likely accept an invite to play with this group again, but overall enjoyed my round.» Close
Played Los Amigos in Downey on Golf Now Hot Deal at $33 with cart. Tee time was 11:28 am and we got off on time as a foursome pared with the nicest co... » More
Played Los Amigos in Downey on Golf Now Hot Deal at $33 with cart. Tee time was 11:28 am and we got off on time as a foursome pared with the nicest couple I have ever played with and they were single digit handicappers which made them fun to watch, as well as play with.
The golf course shares a parking lot with a Juvenal hall, and probation center, making parking tight early in the day.
The course is undergoing some upgrades and repairs that has construction going on near the first tee.
The driving range is adjacent to the first tee, expansive, very neat, mat only. The far fence has collapsed and is at 45+ degree angle, but this effects neither driving nor play.
Check in was straight forward, pleasant and quick. The carts are basic no fills muni standard. Clean, ran well, basket, normal stuff.
Tee boxes were mostly level, thin cover but in good shape. There were a number of divots, but most were not bad, not an issue. Some tee boxes had divot mix on hand, it appeared to be used sparingly. I liked the tee boxes, found them easy to find good footing on.
Fairways are well covered with some thin areas, but none that came into play for me or my partners. The fairways are protected by trees that curve creating doglegs, and fairway bunkers most of which have hit embankments preventing a good recover. Tree limbs often compound the penalty of entering a fairway bunker. Several holes feature doglegs, on three occasions bounded the other side by water. Straight is very useful, as is the ability to shape shots left and right. I found myself using 3 wood and 5 wood to lay up more than any round I can remember.
The majority of trees on this course are older mature trees with significant height and breadth. The ability to flight down and or run the ball improves the ability to recover from the occasional errant shot.
In addition to the trees and fairway bunkers, the 16th hole features a creek crossing at around 220 yards depending on tee, and is the break point on the dogleg with another 160 yards in to the green. There is a small goal post size opening for a person who can shape the ball, otherwise it's a layup.
Quick note this course rewards someone who uses a laser rangefinder. My GPS was helpful, but the rangefinder gave me the information to pull different clubs. I ended up using my driver far less, and for the first time in serious play, using my 3,5,7, woods, and 4 and 5 iron.
Bunkers were in good condition. Topcoat of sand was dry and fine, however I was in two bunkers, on of which had a heavy, dense layer of wet sand just below the surface dry sand, and did not allow an effective sand explosion.
Most greens were well covered, no thin spots, several still suffered from having recently been punched offering very bumpy rolls. Add in pine straw, slope, ridges, multilevel greens and proximity to the pin made a big difference in determining par vs. bogey or worse. Unfortunately there had also been a sunflower seed spitting golfer, and butt tossing smoker out playing today.
Pace of play was awful. Our round took a little over 5.5 hours. From the first tee we were backed up. The two foursomes in front of us often met up on the tee. The pace wasn't so much the pace of the players in front of us, rather they were just over stacked, and spacing was too close. Add to this a twosome directly in front of us, that had one player teaching another player, sharing one set of clubs. Well they wanted to believe they could bomb driver this course won't allow it unless your laser straight. In nine holes that we followed them before they quit, the were straight once. On one occassion my partner hit up to what looked to be an empty green, only to find out they had parked their cart by the other foursome on the tee, and were behind the green out of sight taking several minutes to hit back up onto the green. They were annoyed we had hit up to the green, but it was our second shot into the par 4. They had been hidden that long. Behind us we had a group of walkers who first came over onto our tee box and stood in our view well we tee'd off and his party finished putting out. Then the sent their self propelled push carts over the hill toward our tee box. I am usually pretty understanding but had to correct that, though they still would let their bags chase up on us.
If it hadn't been for Paul and his partner whom we had been paired with the slow pace of play, the tractor aerating a section of fairway in our target line would have ruined an otherwise wonderful to play course, but we clicked as a foursome and it wasn't an issue.
Well the starter was efficient, the snack bar which was only partially open was not. They held us up even though they knew we were continuing on. When we stepped in there wasn't a person there, then as we were walking out she came in. We ordered three dogs and soda's which she started then stopped to answer another persons question on soup, even though we explained we had to get moving. There were no onions, a nearly empty bottle of mustard. (not a great experience).
Bathrooms were clean, neat and modern, and available about every four holes.
Long drive for me coming up from Mission Viejo, but would gladly play the course again. If this is how slow it is on a Monday and how stacked up, I definitely would not play a weekend.» Close
I was told by a friend whom I play with often that Black Gold was just OK, not exceptional. I am working to schedule an appointment with a mental heal... » More
I was told by a friend whom I play with often that Black Gold was just OK, not exceptional. I am working to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional, because he’s crazy this course is wonderful.
From the time you drive past the driving range, to the bag drop off in front of the club house there is the feeling of a premium golf club. There is very nice pro shop, restaurant and lounge. For members there is a private locker room.
Check in was pleasant, and efficient. Once checked in you can load your bag on the cart and head for the range. Carts are equipped with the nicest GPS I have seen on any cart so far. Distance from the cart to the hazards, and pin are constantly updated. The distance to the hazard, and to clear the hazard are both displayed. On fairways with blind spots the distance and position of the carts for the group in front of you is also displayed. If you know how long you carry a club consistently this knowledge significantly aids you’re club selection. Carts are also equipped with ice chests that were filled with ice. The seats are among the most comfortable I have found on any golf cart. As I was using a laser range finder this round in addition to my GPS watch, I was impressed with the overhead baskets provide in the cart. It gave me a place to put the rangefinder that made it readily available well allowing the wrist leash to hang down and remind me not to forget it. My only complaint with the carts and it’s a big one, is how often I hit my head on the hand grab getting into the cart. Most carts this feature is molded into the roof, at Black Gold, the handles are bolted to the bottom of the roof, inside the roofline. May be that I am just too tall at 6’4” but I took a couple of good shots to the head.
The Range is spacious, clean, with clear targets, and bunker areas. Each station has a combination of mats for irons, and grass for tee’d shots. Using my Leupold laser rangefinder I was able to establish the distance to targets and hazards enhancing my pre round warm up.
The course itself is picturesque, with elevated tees, greens, undulating fairways running through canyons, surrounded by beautiful homes. There are a range of wildlife to include, rabbits, road runners, and snakes.
The designer used tree lined tees to create a tunnel that gives the illusion of much narrower fairways. Many holes feature fairway bunkers on opposite sides of the course that requires the golfer to play within their capabilities. Most fairways appear narrow from the tee’s but wide when you enter them.
Being a high handicap player, I played from the whites. 400 yards on the first hole, a par 4. The complexity and challenge seems to build with each hole. There was one fairway bunker, and one greenside bunker on the first hole. There were four on the second 255 yard par 4. The 342 yard Par 4 third hole featured 5 bunkers including a 70 some yard fairway bunker that reached into the middle of the fairway. The architect uses dog legs; blind tees and OB to challenge the golfer, but all are fair. Some tees feature hints on aim points, and the GPS on the cart give distances.
The ability to place you’re tee shot in specific points on the fairway is the key to a good round. Fairways are undulating. Built in a canyon, a shot that is too far left or right can lead to the ball being severely above or below your feet, often in thick sticky Kikuyu rough.
At this point it’s worth saying, despite the GPS in the carts, the pro shop sells a course book for $4, it’s worth buying. It has distances to different peaks in the fairway, and the dimensions of the green. The Leupold Laser rangefinder was great in that it took care of the adjustment for slope.
Tee boxes are well covered, a little thin on some, and one still showed signs of aeration, none of this impacted play. There were boxes of divot mix on every tee, there were few divots especially considering our afternoon tee time.
On a housekeeping note, most tees had trash cans, some had ball washers, and there were two bathrooms on course, a couple of vending machines, and some water. The drink cart made two appearances during our round, both times she was patient, made sure she was out of the line of sight of those playing, and friendly. The cart stocked ice cold O’Doul’s and a tasty hot dog. At $9 I thought it was reasonable.
Out of bounds was searchable if a ball went that way, but rattle snakes could be heard, they were active.
Bunkers were among the most playable I have encountered. The fairway bunkers ranged from long and flat, to long and deep. Greenside bunkers were deep, large and in excellent condition, and a test. There were a number of rakes. The quality of the sand was excellent, the coverage was superb. Too an extent the location of the bunkers seemed more a visual obstacle to put the player under pressure than a physical obstacle that was difficult to engage. Combined with the shoot of trees or OB off the tee box, the location of the fairway bunker could be intimidating. The key was using the GPS to know the distance to lay up or play over.
Fairways were fully covered, and beautiful. Despite the morning rain the fairways, like the bunkers were dry. This course will test your ability to handle an uphill or downhill lie, unfortunately not a strong point of my game. The back nine is more challenging than the front nine in this respect.
Rough is an appropriate name. The first cut was 1” and in very playable condition. The second cut was 3” plus, sticky, diabolical, and pervasive.
Greens were fast, hard, sloped, meaning balls often did not hold. Overall conditions were excellent. My group was convinced despite that excellent condition of the greens that there was force field around the hole, given the number of one roll short, or lip outs we had. Many greens featured sever uphill walks back to the cart path.
After I get my friend some help, this is a course I am going to have to play again soon. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. The course plays longer than the numbers, and begs for course management, not grip it and rip it. Scoring a Par on this course for me was extremely satisfying. Being a canyon there are numerous elements to challenge the player, arroyo, water, bunkers, wind, elevation, and slope. It’s an excellent risk reward course. The price is reasonable given the condition and level of challenge of the course; I would even rank it as a bargain. Would I recommend this course as a high handicap player, yes.
This is a course where you can use a driver, fairway wood, and mid iron all on the same hole.» Close
Played Monday 22nd, 11:30 pm tee time, $13.00 rate with cart on Golf Now. Played as a threesome, behind a foursome. We let a single play through on th... » More
Played Monday 22nd, 11:30 pm tee time, $13.00 rate with cart on Golf Now. Played as a threesome, behind a foursome. We let a single play through on the second hole.
Pro-shop was very pleasant and let us out early. Round took a little under 4 hours. Course was busy, but pace of play was very good, with only one really loud group for a minor distraction.
Tee boxes were level, but a couple were spongy and damp. They were playing a couple up quite a bit to give the rest of the box time to heal.
Fairways were in very good condition but a little dry.
Rough mostly around the greens was lush and about 2" + in depth. There isn't much rough along the fairways the trees do the job of making you pay for bad shots.
Bunkers were full, fluffy and thankfully I only visited one.
Greens were in very good condition, most groups seem to be repairing the ball marks, but the phantom sunflower seed spatter had been playing ahead of us and cost me a rare birdie when I didn't notice the empty shell in my line.
Pace of play was good, groups around us were friendly, the rate was incredible, the weather was warm but we had a wind to cool us and make the course challenging.
This is a really fun little course, and you can use just about every club in your bag.» Close
Played Friday morning 5/26/2017 7 am tee time as a single. Had a twosome in front, two some in back, we were trailing a senior 5 some. Really had to w... » More
Played Friday morning 5/26/2017 7 am tee time as a single. Had a twosome in front, two some in back, we were trailing a senior 5 some. Really had to wait very little.
Played on my players club rate of 5 dollars using the gift card my daughter gave me for my birthday. Should keep me playing through June.
Pro shop was friendly and efficient. Walked on at 7am. Tee boxes didn't appear to have been changed from Thursday and were badly chewed up.
Fairways which you really shouldn't have to hit from except on 5 and 9, were in good shape, with good coverage
Very little rough, one inch if that. Bunkers were well groomed but wet and crusty.
Greens were in very nice shape, with a few unrepaired pitch marks, and one green had sunflower seeds on it. (by the way sunflower seeds on the course, especially the greens is really becoming a hot button for me).
Round took about an hour, was fun. Hard to complain given the price and location a 1/4 mile from my house.» Close
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