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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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Arthur Grant's Golf Course Reviews
Played Monday morning 10:03 am tee time, playing as a foursome. My three playing partners Mark, Matt and Gary were wonderful to play with. Gary is a m... » More
Played Monday morning 10:03 am tee time, playing as a foursome. My three playing partners Mark, Matt and Gary were wonderful to play with. Gary is a member, and was very helpful with tips that made playing the course much more enjoyable than my last round at this course, and I was able to get two pars, and had a look at an additional birdie.
I played on the courses birthday promotion, meaning the round was free, but there was a $25 cart fee. The new carts are nice, but slow, the GPS is very nice, but I prefer in most cases to use my IZZO Swami GPS on my wrist.
The course beat me up pretty badly last round so I decided to play the gold tees, rather than the whites. Overall likely a good decision, but it had it's pitfalls, as my drives on 1 and 3 found the fairway bunkers. On Three you can't see the bunker as it's on the down side of the hill into a blind green. A drive stripped perfectly down the center of the fairway ended up plugged in the face of the bunker which looks like it was designed to hold make marines.
Conditions on arrival at 8:45am check in cool, clear, sunny. The attendant unloaded my clubs from the car and sent them ahead of to the cart barn. By the time I got to the practice chipping area my bag was on the cart and waiting for me. At tee time 10:03 the sky's were overcast, gray, and the wind was blowing 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 20. The overcast would burn off by the back nine, the wind would stay with us the entire round making the narrow landing areas this course offers and diabolical greens even harder. Gary's local knowledge made this a challenge rather than a disaster.
The course offers a free chipping, pitching, and sand trap area. The sand trap has just been redesigned and the sand is so soft that repelling gear is needed before entering to be sure you can get back out, there is no shallow entry. The area around the chipping green overs hills, valleys that very much mirror the course where not a level lie is to be found.
Other than the tee boxes there really are few level areas on this course. Your playing the contours of the fairway, the ridges and shelf of the greens is essential. On this day besides the wind, overcast the temperature drop that came with them, we would be challenged by water flowing down the fairway (unexpectedly) on the 8th hole, Matt called it in to the pro shop and they sent out maintenance well we completed to the hole, to the a helicopter landing and hovering over the fairway on the ninth hole par 3. Matt and Gary had tee-d off, I was tee'd up when we were stopped well a Robinson R44 with four people aboard which had landed on the practice green well we were putting out on the eighth hole, landed on the ninth, and then hovered well dropping two large buckets of balls from about 20 feet on an X painted on the grass. Well the was fun to watch it slowed us down about ten minutes allowing the group behind us to catch up. We would have them on our tail the rest of the round. Penn State was hosting an event on course. The tee's were in places my club member had never seen before, with really tough pin placements as a result. There were signs for one kind of prize after another on numerous holes.
So on to the course. I have developed an S&M relationship with this course. I love to play it, even though it hurts. I only lost five balls today vs. the more than a dozen last round despite the wind.
Tees are level lush, and your often blind as to the hole location or the landing zone when teeing off. The view of the fairway and hole is almost always worse from the gold tee's vs the blue or white tees.
Fairways are fully covered but drying as the weather warms. They are in excellent condition but not thick. There is some rough on this course, very spiderweb like. There is so much OB that there is little room for rough, and there is only one hole the 8th that has water. Arroyo carries of more than 160 yards are common however.
Most OB is protected area and searching for balls is not allowed. Rattle Snakes have been reported, my playing partner claimed to have seen four so far this season, on the back nine we passed over one snake that have been run over by a cart on the path still wiggling.
Bunkers are deep mostly fluffy but a couple were compacted. Fairway bunkers often deep enough that a view of the target area is not available once inside the bunker.
Greens are in excellent shape, rolls are true, the greens are drying and wicked fast, combined contours and shelf. Only 18 green is without a shelf, and it's anything but level. As mentioned with Penn State getting ready to go out , and significant cash and prizes being attached to various holes, the pin placements were challenging to say the least.
In addition to GPS and charging stations (bring your own USB coord) the carts have ice chests. The snack bar will fill them with ice. There are numerous very clean rest stations with ice water around the course, and the cart girl came by twice well we were playing once on the front nine, and once on the back nine.
Service on arrival, pro shop, starter, drink cart, snack bar, to cart barn, club cleaning and transport to the parking lot were friendly, efficient and appreciated.
This is a challenging course and a visually beautiful course with canyon and ocean views. If your a good golfer this course will give you a sense of accomplishment. If you think your good and your not, this course will expose you in a New York minute. If your a crappy double bogey golfer like I am but you have someone who knows the course intimately advising you, than you can collect your pars, have a look at some birds, and have fun.
I really like the atmosphere at this course and the challenge, I will be back.» Close
Casta del Sol
Played Friday 04/14/2017 – tee time 6:36am as a threesome following a single, trailed by a foursome. Round was booked through my p... » More
Casta del Sol
Played Friday 04/14/2017 – tee time 6:36am as a threesome following a single, trailed by a foursome. Round was booked through my players club $9.97 with cart. Service at the clubhouse was friendly and efficient. We were the fifth group off for the morning.
Weather at tee time was 48 degrees, and we completed the round in just less than 3 hours, temperature was up to 62 degrees.
Tee boxes were level, lush and in good condition. Many were set this morning at evil angles relative to trees, hazards, and pin placements.
Fairways were a mixed hue of colors, lush, damp (watered not dew), and were in generally good shape. Carts were permitted on all fairways except the 10 which is a 100 yard downhill par 3 (where they are never allowed). There are an abundance of baby geese and ducks on the course.
Water hazards, the main water hazard between the fourth and sixth holes remains a mud bog, but the creeks that crisscross the property are moving well, and any ball hit there quickly disappears.
Rough was lush when encountered however there isn’t very much rough on the course; there are a lot of waste or OB areas.
Bunkers were uniformly in good condition, full, fluffy and raked allowing for a good up and down when in the bunker.
Greens were in good condition. They showed indications of having been punched recently on a couple of greens and were sandy, but I overheard that the course is supposed to be aerated in late April. The sand and bumps were only noticeable on a couple of holes on the back nine.
The morning on the course from sunrise through early morning was spectacular; this is a visually appealing course, especially in the early morning as steam rises off the pond between the 10 tees, and 18th green. This is my home course and I never tire of playing it.» Close
Lake Forest Golf and Practice Center
Thursday 04/13/2017 – Tee Time 2:30 pm walk-on. Pace of play for 9 holes chasing a twosome followed by a sing... » More
Lake Forest Golf and Practice Center
Thursday 04/13/2017 – Tee Time 2:30 pm walk-on. Pace of play for 9 holes chasing a twosome followed by a single, 1 hour 10 minutes. Temperature during the round was 68 degrees. Player’s club rate of $5, drink included.
Looking out my home Zen room window around 2:00 O’clock in the afternoon noticed that the wind had started to come up, I decided to head over to my home course Lake Forest Golf and Practice Center to get some work in with my wedges and distance control in the wind.
The course was not very busy, the driving range however was full. I was able to get out as a single.
Tees were thin and significant divot damage. As I was working on my wedge game and was not using tee’s this presented a challenge. Diviot mix on most tees were empty and indications were that the early crowd had been using the divot mix. Tee boxes were level.
Fairways were brownish, winter looking and alternately thin and lush with a wide variety of grass types, and weed types. This only becomes an issue on holes 4 and 9, as the fairways are not supposed to come into play on the rest of the holes.
Rough, there really is no rough on the fairways. Rough around the greens and bunkers were lush at 3-4 inches in spots.
Bunkers were full with soft sand. I was in a pair of bunkers, both were in good shape, however the bunker to the left of the 8th green had some fairly large rocks in it that had to be removed before I would play my ball.
Greens were in good shape clean with some ball mark damage as one would expect towards the middle of the day.
The fourth hole is back in operation. During the rebuild post rain they have made it more diabolical with a defined slope towards the creek, and it seems to be narrower.
The attendant in the pro shop was friendly as was the marshal at the first tee. The restroom facilities could have used a little attention as could have the divot mix bottles on the tees, but in all I am very appreciate to have the course and range less than a ¼ mile from my house, and open until 10pm.» Close
Played the Crossings with a 1:30 tee time.
As this was a Guru outing their will be multiple reviews of the course. My review is from the persp... » More
Played the Crossings with a 1:30 tee time.
As this was a Guru outing their will be multiple reviews of the course. My review is from the perspective of a double bogey, hi-handicap golfer who in fact wasn't playing anywhere near his best on this day.
The Crossings at Carlsbad is situated near the outlet mall at Carlsbad and in the backyard of Callaway Golf. You can play, eat and shop.
The course follows the topography of the canyon it was built around, and surrounds a large tracts of environmentally protected wildlife habitat.
The club house at the Crossings is impressively grand and commands a wonderful view of the first, eighteenth holes and the ocean. Arriving at the club there are members of staff waiting to take your bag, check you in and get your bag to the cart. If you wish to go to the practice range there is a shuttle to and from the range.
I arrived early, and explored the club house, pro shop, restaurant and facilities. The quality of each is befitting a high end private club. The pro shop is well stocked and has a trained club fitter on staff. Well I did not dine at Canyon's restaurant a look at the menu, and what others were having indicated a very sophisticated dinning environment. Canyon's could easily be considered a destination of it's own, with a view of the hills and ocean worthy of visiting.
I elected to have a hot dog with fresh diced onions and an ice tea before warming up. The hot dog was $4 served on a fresh bun, and tasted very good. The seating area adjacent to the chipping area overlooks both the chipping and putting green and was very relaxing.
There are two chipping areas one located in a bowl, the other siting in a group of mounds and flat areas. The rough around the practice greens is deep much like that found around the greens on the course. The pitching area features multi-tiered greens similar to those found on course. A small bucket of practice balls appear to be intentionally left to practice with. (no lob shots allowed) Just east of the chipping practice area is the main putting practice green. This is large, features multi-tiered features but was not really as representative of the greens on course as the chipping greens were. All are in excellent condition.
The aforementioned shuttle regularly runs from the practice green out to the driving range, and back as well as to the parking lot.
It is important when going to use the driving range that you have gotten the code from the pro shop. The driving range itself is compact, it was not clear what the distance to the fence was, or to the three posts. I am estimating around 200 yards. Mats are used but will accept a tee.
Recent e-mails from the Crossings have touted their fleet of new carts and they are nice, pretty blue, featuring a USB plug. The carts feature a cooler which the snack bar will fill with ice to complement drinks purchased at the course. If you like to be sure you have a cold one, use this option. We only saw the drink cart once on course and as our group was a tad behind the pace of play we were unable to stop between holes to avail ourselves of the service. There was water available at the driving range, I did not see any water on course although we did not stop at the on course restrooms where they might have been a fountain.
The carts feature GPS. The quality of the image in direct sun light was very good. Using the touch screen you can get the distance from the carts location to the hazards, and the target. You can also get the distance to the pin, not just the front / center / back of the green, as well as the distance from a point on the green say the front to the pin so you know how much room you have to work with. What you don't know without course knowledge is the contour of the green. You are not allowed to walk this course.
Given my handicap I chose to play this course from the whites. (on some holes such as the 10th I should have just played from the drop zone) This course favors long hitters, and straight hitters. I hit driver with a average 198 carry. There were areas where a 165 carry was required but at the same time a very accurate shot was also required, well exposed to wind. Misses were in the previously mentioned protected habitat, and balls were irretrievable.
My play was sub par and as a result I lost a dozen balls during the round.
To my eye the tee boxes were lush, and overall very level. The only complaint might be how far away the whites were form the ball washers. The first tee if very honest and representative of this course. Standing on the tee it is hard to see the flag, the architect used the natural contours as the courses primary defense. At my distance the landing zones were alternately wide, or very very narrow. Visually this is intimidating off the tee. The use of protected habitat as expansive hazard means at times dropping into a shorter more controllable club is not an option. In many cases the target direction and landing zone are not clear from the tee or even from the fairway on long par 4's and par 5's. Tee shots are critical, get it wrong and recovery is very hard. The views and vista's from the tee on each hole are worth playing this course.
Fairways. San Diego didn't not get anywhere near the rain that ares north of San Clemente did, thus the fairways are not as lush as we are seeing in other areas. The top soil was soft, I seldom take a divot and I took more than my share on this day, but the grass felt a little on the dry side. (all water hazards are full). Overall the fairways are very good, well covered, well maintained. Rough is penal as would be expected and given the amount of OB on this course was on occasion a welcome sight.
Many if not all of the fairways on this course are sloped meaning even when I found the fairway I often had a shot where the ball was above or below my feet.
It is worth mentioning I have played this course before, at that time I was paired with a father and son who play the course weekly. The son is a high school golf coach. The advantage of having a playing partner who knows this course inside and out is huge. Course knowledge is critical in my opinion to enjoying this course. The father son duo essentially acted as a caddie, giving my target and distance info that made the course easy. Yesterday I played with three very good players, far better than I, but without the detailed information. The GPS well it shows the layout of the hole, doesn't provide the insight (really would be an ask for it too) I suspect even if my ball striking hadn't deserted me, my score would have been higher than my previous round. In the challenge category this course ranks high on my scorecard.
Fairway bunkers are deep, for me they required a lofted club out despite being as much as 200 yards from the hole. Green side bunkers were also very steep, the condition and quality of the bunkers were good and a fair test of the players sand skills. Add the multi-level nature of the greens and pin placement visiting the green side bunkers could drive the score high.
Hazards (are everywhere) The amount of protected habitat means the most balls hit OB cannot be looked for or retrieved. This course demands a conservative strategy and confident execution. Hidden behind the heavy brush were large pools of standing water, this manifested itself in several concentrations of mosquito's and other bugs.
Greens. I enjoyed the greens and the challenges they produced. I found the greens on course were playing substantially slower than the practice greens, but the condition of the greens on holes one through 13 were very good. 14 seem to show evidence of having recently been punched, and the remainder of the holes the surface was very soft, such that walking left very visible spike marks. You had to be very careful not to step in your playing partners line which because of break could be very wide of the obvious line.
This is a wonderful course with even better service. From arrival to departure where the staff cleans your clubs and takes them up to the front door everything is first class. This is what I call a destination course. The total experience is the reason to come, not just the are tee to green. Having said that this is a course to play with a local, someone who plays it regularly.
I am not competent to do so, but if I could recommend The Crossings at Carlsbad do one thing, it would be to have their teaching pro, write a series of tips for the low, mid, and high handicap player for each hole and post it here on GK. Having that information in my pocket would have helped. Golf is a game of confidence, and it's hard to be confident when even from the white tees you can't see the hole, it's a dog leg and you can't see the landing area.
I hope to be back later this month to play on my birthday, they have a great deal for birthdays.» Close
Perfect morning, playing with a great partner as a twosome on a well prepared course. Payed the Players Club Rate for early morning $9.97 with cart. P... » More
Perfect morning, playing with a great partner as a twosome on a well prepared course. Payed the Players Club Rate for early morning $9.97 with cart. Paired with a gentleman named Ron, excellent very low handicap player, great attitude, pleasure to play with. Hope we get paired again.
Tee'd time was 6:28 am, we went off on time, following a foursome, followed by a twosome some time later. We never waited, were never pressed and by the back 9 couldn't see the group in front, or the group behind. Pace of play for 18 holes was 2.5 hours.
As always the carts are basic, but they were clean, and the divot mix was stocked.
Tee's were among the best I have seen them, and lush, largely level, some evil sight lines, but a little dense. They should be aerating the course by mid April.
Fairways are as always a patchwork of colors, but the grass was lush in most areas. Little to no mud in areas of play.
Rough was more lush than usual, clean, no built up clippings, more fluffy than usual. The rough around the greens were lush.
The bunkers as usual were fluffy, clean, machine raked and hand finished. I had the misfortune of working on my sand game extensively this round, and can attest that traps are penal, but well maintained.
Greens were uniformly good. The group before us was leaving ball marks which is a shame for good players. I think they might want to reduce the premium they have for speed (they had tee'd off in the dark) and put a little more care into the course, they are all regulars here. Greens were very clean, few leaves, grass clippings, or twigs. Pin locations seemed a little kinder today despite the number of trips I made to the bunkers.
Weather at tee time was 53 degrees, weather at completion was 72 with only a hint of breeze. There were several new families of baby geese on course, and a nice collection of duck species.
Staff was very friendly and helpful as always. In fact one of the grounds crew retrieved my playing partners cell phone and rushed up to the 18 green to return it to him, quietly waiting until we had putted out.
As always I enjoy this course. By the time we came off the course the leagues both men and women's were tee'ing on course or waiting to get out on course and the lot was busy. Hopefully the two nice ladies who stopped and asked how the course was found all those birdies I left out there for them.» Close
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