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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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Los Amigos Golf Course
Played Los Amigos with my friend using the GK discount coupon, [12-2pm Monday through Friday] for $27, round, cart and ... » More
Los Amigos Golf Course
Played Los Amigos with my friend using the GK discount coupon, [12-2pm Monday through Friday] for $27, round, cart and lunch. Check in was easy, but not as expected. I arrived about 45 minutes before our 12:20 tee time so that I could hit the range and warm up. On check in rather than charging us $27 per person, they charged us $22 per person, gave each of us a sleeve of Noodle Long & Soft balls, and the cart key. They told us to ask for the $5 special at the snack bar. Range balls were $5 for a small bucket. I had made my tee time reservation online at the course website, Sunday night at 9pm for a Monday match at 12:20am. Despite the online price showing $30 waking they gave me no hassle when we showed up with our GK coupon. As for lunch we were told just to ask for the $5 hot dog and soda special which we did at the turn, fast service, good dog, and Dr. Pepper.
We were sent out to the tee, and paired with a wonderful retired couple who were walking. As we waited on the tee it looked like it was going to be a very long round. There was a foursome of walkers on the green, a foursome of walkers around 200 yards out waiting for the group on the green, and another foursome that had just tee’d off on the tee #2. There was another foursome forming just behind us as we waited to tee off. Surprisingly by the time we hit the third hole, we were spreading out nicely, and by the time we hit the sixth hole we were moving along like a well-oiled machine. The group in front of us was gone, and the group behind us was a hole behind. We completed the round in exactly four and half hours, on beautiful 73 degree day with a light breeze.
With perhaps one exception the tee boxes were in very good condition despite the volume of players. There was divot damage, but a clean lie, or tee spot was easily found. Driver is used on so many holes that the tee’s don’t see much in the way of damage. Most tee’s were level, and lush, with a touch of brown.
Fairways were uniformly in good condition, good coverage no bare spots, a hit of brown in some spots but with good coverage. Roll out was generous. Most fairways are large, however poor shots placement is penalized by tall mature trees. You have to know which side of the fairway to play on many holes to make par.
Rough on this course is very penal. The rough is spidery, sticky, often among tall trees, with low hanging branches. I had more trouble hitting out of the fairway rough on this course than any I can remember recently. Warning the rough can hide roots that are further away from the tree than one might expect. I am going to be nursing a sore wrist for a couple of days. The rough along the fairways is often four or more inches tall, similarly the second cut around the greens are very deep. On the 18th hole my playing partners saw my ball land in line with the pin at the back of the green and roll through. With all four of us looking we could not find it. My partner had almost the same thing happen on 16 with a shot just 10 yards off the green to the right of the fairway. After taking a drop and walking back to the cart we just saw the ball below the grass in a fried egg lie that we had missed even with all four of us looking. He played his ball, but the deep lie made for a tough shot, and poor result.
Bunkers are in excellent shape, albeit some groups before us did better jobs of raking than others. Greenside bunkers tend to be deep with steep faces. Sand is medium heavy, with good depth. Well in excellent conditions these are not friendly bunkers, and layups are likely better than challenging the bunkers.
Greens were in overall good condition playing fast but fair. Some greens are terraced, and some slope back to front or right to left. The roll on a number of holes was bumpy, but straight. The greens are very (rock) firm, leaving indentations more than pitch marks, and were very difficult to stop or back spin the ball unless it dropped straight down. The coverage on the greens is excellent, with very few damage areas, none affecting play.
The course is largely flat, trees, bunkers, doglegs, are the key defenses, until the back nine where water adds to the pucker factor. Perhaps the hardest is 16 which is a dogleg left, that has a twenty yard lading area just short of the cart bridge. Land it short of this area and trees block the approach, of about 150 yards. Go long and you’re in the water the bridge crosses, a very tough par four. Seventeen plays long over water into the wind and severely sloped green, 182 yards from the whites.
Service in the pro shop and snack bar were fast and friendly. We did not see a refreshment cart on the course at all, did not see an ambassador or marshal. Relief stations were strategically placed. There is construction on a new starter stand and what looks like an outdoor grill going on.
The driving range is very nice, the fencing has been repaired since the last time I was here. The range boarders the 18th hole which made locating my yellow golf ball a pain well playing the 18th as that is the color used for range balls. One of the nice features are a USC, and UCLA shield about 100 yards out that you can hit to.
At the rack rate of $30 walking and $40 with cart I find this course a good value. For $27 dollars with cart on the GK coupon it’s a great deal. Given they threw in a sleeve of balls, all the better. I hope to get back and play the course again before the coupon expires at the end of the month.» Close
Marine Corp Memorial Golf Course
Played Marine Memorial Thursday 09/28/2017 teeing off at 9:20 am, playing as a twosome.
Started our day... » More
Marine Corp Memorial Golf Course
Played Marine Memorial Thursday 09/28/2017 teeing off at 9:20 am, playing as a twosome.
Started our day off with breakfast at Mulligan’s. Prices are very reasonable, and quality and quantity were very good. Atmosphere is on the patio, the inside is simple. Unfortunately the marine layer had left the patio to damp to use and enjoy the view.
The pro shop staff was very helpful. We were sent to the 10th tee to open on the back nine, giving me a different perspective of the course than starting on the first hole. Since I booked by phone, was not really aware of the price. The round ended up costing us $50 per player with a cart which is extra.
Breakfast took us a little longer than I expected, as such did not get a warm up on the range. Tee’ing off on number 10 a slight dogleg right up hill, I took the drive down the right side into the second cut of rough and trees. These boarders the driving range which also uses yellow balls. I found my ball easily enough, but will need to add a mental note.
We did not see any foursomes on course, most of the other players were twosomes, with a couple of threesomes. Pace of play overall was quick at 3.5 hours.
Tee’s. Last week when I played the GM told us that they will be releveling the tee boxes shortly. I didn’t find the tee’s an issue, however this round playing from the whites which we located very differently than last week, I seemed to find a depression or poor footing on about half the tee boxes. The coverage was still lush, very little divot damage, but the lack of level and the softness of the ground where a problem.
Whereas last week I didn’t find any wet lies, and mud that I saw was limited to the end of the cart path on a few holes, today’s round had more mud, and every fairway was wet. Clearly the course had been heavily watered. This made the thick rough extremely difficult. The fairways consistently showed a much more pronounced brown cart trail down the middle of the fairways than I recall as well. Grass coverage was still excellent, just brown, and damp.
Rough was thick, penal, with no thin spots. The fairways are generous on this course so if you are in the rough it’s on you. The second cut is often surrounded by mature tree’s making the pain all the greater.
Bunkers both fairway and greenside are in excellent shape consistent bright white sand providing fluffy lies. Only a couple of bunkers early in the round show signs of being damp, there rest were very dry in contrast to the fairways.
Greens were in excellent shape, and played extremely fast. Pins were on ridges, false fronts, and edge of terraces making for an extremely challenging day on the greens. Unlike the fairways the greens were green, tightly mown, hard, dry and fast. Even lightly struck 15-20 uphill puts could run six feet by the hole. The comebacker was a white knuckle experience. Very few ball marks, excellent shape.
Teeing off at 9:20 am with a heavy marine layer along the coast, I was not expecting much wind. The Marine layer was not visible on the course, however by 11 am as we finished the back nine the wind was rising. The front nine are a completely different experience playing into a strengthening wind then what I had previously experienced. The downhill par three guarded by bunkers presented a special test. Eighteen required a long drive into the teeth of the wind.
I really like the layout of this course, and look forward to playing it again after the greens are punched and the tee boxes leveled. Until then however I am likely to pick Big Rec over Marine Memorial, based on both drive and cost, as I live in Mission Viejo, and my regular playing partner lives in Long Beach. If I were playing San Diego courses Marine Memorial would be higher on my list of regular plays.» Close
Recreation Park 18
Recreation Park 18 isn’t a layout that scares the golfer, there are no water or wasteland carries, there is very little out... » More
Recreation Park 18
Recreation Park 18 isn’t a layout that scares the golfer, there are no water or wasteland carries, there is very little out of bounds, unless you hit it over the fence to the highways that boarder the course. Rather the course is comprised of long holes featuring wide fairways bordered by mature trees, moderate rough, fairway and greenside bunkers. Many holes feature elevation changes and doglegs, but nothing hidden. The course is fun, fair, affordable, and friendly.
Played Tuesday with my best friend on a Golf Now Hot Deal. Two players with cart for $66 1:22pm tee time. The course was virtually empty and we were able to get out more than 45 minutes early. The round took just over 3:15 minutes.
The starter was friendly and got us out early. The temperature was a very pleasant 84 degrees at 12:40 when we tee’d off light 5 knot wind providing comfort and some challenges. We were chasing a single that was playing behind a twosome. We wouldn’t have anyone behind us until after the turn.
Carts feature GPS, and provided very good yardages from most locations.
Tee boxes were lush with some divot damage, minor soft and unleveled areas. Overall footing was good, and a number of tee’s had divot mix boxes available. We played the whites. Most tee locations were honest and did not set the golfer up for a bad angle or make use of visual tricks.
The fairways have a mix of grasses, color of turf, but all areas I was in were in very good condition with lush coverage. The recent dry conditions provided for some truly remarkable rollout on downhill drives. I did not have a bad fairway lie the entire round.
Rough – Fairway rough was a mix of length almost as if it had not been mown in the last week. This presented some significant issues, as much of the rough is found under the mature trees, with a mix of pine needles to add to the complexity of the shot and stance. The fairway rough ranged from spidery weed at two inches to tall grass of five to six inches. Rough around the greens were immaculately groomed, with the second cut less than two inches to three inches.
Bunkers are in excellent condition with most being reasonable. Sand is generous and well settled.
Greens were fast to medium fast, with excellent coverage, with an unfortunate number of unrepaired pitch marks, and damage from prior pitch mark repair. On this day there was an overabundance of forward pin placements three to six paces on.
The barbeque was going at the turn for a good hot dog or burger just feet from the tee box. The course features a more than adequate number of relief stations. Each hole had working ball washers, and trash cans. During the round we say an ambassador observing play on almost every hole. We wouldn’t run into traffic until the fourteenth hole where we joined the single that had joined with another single after the twosome between them dropped out. Couldn’t have been much better.
This is my second time playing “Big Rec” and as with the first time I found it completely enjoyable, in better condition than my last round, and well worth the price.» Close
Usually when I play a course I look forward to sharing the conditions, service, and experience with the GK community. I played the Marine Memorial Gol... » More
Usually when I play a course I look forward to sharing the conditions, service, and experience with the GK community. I played the Marine Memorial Golf Course on Thursday afternoon teeing off at 1:30pm with Johnny GK and a fellow Guru Evan, and I really, really do not want to post this review. It may have been the early morning rain that was dissipating as I arrived an hour before my round, or this might be normal for this course, but we virtually had the course to ourselves. This gem is virtually unknown to the public, and the greedy side of me would like it to stay that way.
Marine Memorial is located on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Base, behind the armed entry. The drive to course is down a nice winding road, which is lightly traveled. It is worth remembering that the base is federal property and any traffic offense will be contended in federal court. (Something I learned when I worked at Edwards Air Force Base). The course is ensconced in the base away from distractions common on other courses open to public play, the exception being the occasional sound of machine gun fire, and Cobra attack helicopters off at the distance.
The club house is very nice, the pro shop is well stocked, and items purchased at the store are tax free. The restaurant and patio area are very nice, simple, pleasant with new awnings being added. The bar is basic, but again this is an active duty military base. They are about halfway through with the new awnings. Everything is very clean, neat and in working order. I found the pro shop staff very helpful, and friendly, I even found a new head cover for my dirver. Check in was simple and straight forward, golf carts are assigned by number. Rack rate for civilians is $40, with a $20 twilight rate starting at 1:30pm.
I will save the suspense, I love this course, and in fact I have a tee time booked for next Thursday with my best friend who has never played the course. By the third hole, my threesome was playing virtually alone. I know there was a twosome, single and the other Guru foursome ahead of us and through eighteen holes no one behind us.
The tee boxes are lush, level, with very little divot damage. The course GM told us the tee boxes will be releveled soon, making very good tees outstanding. Well my playing partners played from the blues, I played from the whites. In a number of cases these tees are on different levels and in some cases not even adjacent providing different looks and requiring different shot shapes. The course opens with a 508 (from the whites) yard downhill slight dogleg right off the first tee. The view of the fairway is really beautiful, green, and lush, with inviting fairways, bounded by strategically places fairway bunkers. On our way to the first hole we were greeted by a very handsome well feed coyote.
I usually cover the fairways after the tee box, however since I found the rough on my first and second shots; I feel it’s appropriate to mention this component of the course first. Rough is deep, don’t go there. If you do, other than a few wet areas, whether from watering or the rain the course had gotten over night and in the morning, it was dry, lush, and made it hard to get the club face on the ball. I was in the rough more than I would like to admit, and in almost every case my ball sank into the rough making contact that much harder. (What rough is supposed to be/do).
I did manage to find the fairway quite a bit, and each time had a perfect lie. There were unbelievably few divots on the fairways. At the divide between the paved cart paths and dirt cart paths there were some mud bogs, but nothing that should come into play. Well there are some patches of different types of grasses, and colors, I would rate the fairways perfect and the best I have played on this year. My typical drive is a 198 yard carry, as such I am sensitive to rollout for the extra distance. I was fortunate to get excellent roll on most fairways. There are four holes on this course that play over 500 yards from the whites, two more over 400 yards, leaving me long irons, hybrids and then a wedge into a number of holes. The shortest hole on the course is 148 yards, and I used an iron off the tee a total of three times. Fairways are for the most part wide, tree lined, with scrub bush out of bounds.
The main defense of the course is its fairway and greenside bunkers, combined with wind, elevation change, subtle ridges in the greens, and a couple of tiered greens. The bunkers have recently been replaced, and feature the same sand used at Augusta National, home of the masters. They can best be described as blindingly white. As part of the bunker and greens team at the Farmers Insurance Open I have had what good bunkers should be like explained, and as such I tend to be hard on bunker condition, and maintenance. The bunkers at MMGC are every bit as good as those on the north course as Torrey. Essentially they are as good as they get, perhaps a little fluffy. Sounds sick I know, but I enjoyed playing out of them, and on a couple of holes where I was concerned with going long, I used the bunker as a target knowing I would have a chance to get up and down.
Greens are the sparkling jewel of this course. They are nothing short of beautiful. Pretty sure that you would need to put down Astroturf to have greener, smoother cover. There were some bumpy spots, that were hard to see, but the ball could find, overall rolls were true, smooth and quick. There was a moderate amount of variation between the greens on roll speed from medium to medium fast. The greens that appear flat tend to have spines, and hidden ridges. There is also a hill effect in play when reading the breaks. There are at least two, maybe three greens that feature distinct tiers, and right to left slope.
It’s worth mentioning here that the course features a large number of eucalyptus trees especially around the greens. It’s notable that despite being the beginning of fall, there was very little detritus on the greens, virtually no leaves. Combined the near perfect cover with the very low number of ball marks, and you have country club greens on what is now a public course playing under $50.
The driving range has better cover than most muni’s in Orange County. The distance marked are pretty close to accurate from a range of stations, and the simulated pins have an elevated green so you can clearly see how close you get. There are two practice bunkers, and they are every bit as good as the ones on the course. The putting green is spacious, and well represents what you will find on course. Range balls are $2 per 20 balls.
There is a restroom about every four holes, all very well maintained. There are frequent water stations along the way, those I tested were full. There are clean, well maintained ball washers at each tee with a clean towel. The carts had full divot mix bottles, and some tee’s had divot mix boxes as well. There are also plaques at each tee commemorating a Marine Corp mission, from the liberation of Soul South Korea, to the liberation of Kuwait. This is a Memorial Golf Course.
From my house in Mission Viejo it took right around an hour to get to the course. You basically are coming in the back entrance of the base, not the entrance visible form the freeway, so it takes a little effort to get there.
As I mentioned at the opening of the review, I really want to keep this course for myself, it’s a wonderful, affordable layout, and has for now replaced the Golf Club of California as my favorite. It avoids the forced carries of California, and the Crossings, doesn’t ask the high fees of Riverwalk, and I could rattle off more than a dozen courses in Orange County that cost more and can’t touch the condition. Isolated in a canyon, it seems a world apart; there are no houses, with music or dog noise, you don’t have to worry about a slice hitting the house. There are no roads, other than the road to course which is very lightly traveled. Being a stone’s throw from the ocean the temperatures are moderated.
The one negative if there is one, would be the old style reservation system. To book a tee time you have to call the pro shop, and that means getting a busy signal, or being put on hold, the way it used to be before the internet. I can live with that, and I look forward to teeing up Thursday at 9;24 am.
Conditions couldn’t be better, yet based on the conversation we had with the general manager the course is going to get better, with planned tee box and green work. I want the course to be successful in reaching enough of the public so that it can continue to offer our military an excellent venue to relax when home, but not so successful that it gets chewed up like the Destroyer and Cruiser course have gotten in Los Alamitos.» Close
Casta del Sol
Played Casta del Sol Wednesday 09/13/2017, with a 9:24am tee time. Played as a foursome with a group of great guys, Jim, Greg, and M... » More
Casta del Sol
Played Casta del Sol Wednesday 09/13/2017, with a 9:24am tee time. Played as a foursome with a group of great guys, Jim, Greg, and Mark. Rate was $18 including cart and drink using the American Golf Players Club.
At check in, I received sad news that long time starter Doug Houston is leaving, his business is keeping him fully occupied. Doug has been the starter I have seen most often over the last couple of years, and always makes you feel welcome, wanted and a friend. I am really going to miss having him there in the morning.
Teeing off at 9:24 the course was full. We were chasing a number of foursomes, well-being politely followed by a twosome. The course was in excellent condition aside from being very damp on the first four holes. The first fairway had been heavily watered, and was walking only in some areas, and the first green was being watered as we tee’d off. Funny the first was my only par of the day.
The tee boxes were mostly level with the exception of #11. The grass was lush, and there were very few divots. The divots that were present, my one playing partner was diligent to fill well we waited on the tee for the group in front of us to move out of range. It is worth mentioning that these three guys were the best I have ever played with about fixing ball marks and fairway divots.
Aside from the first three holes the fairways were dry, lush and easily playable. The tone was green and brown, but the coverage was excellent.
Bunkers were in very good condition and the groups in front of us did a good job of restoring the bunkers after playing out of them. Greenside bunkers were fluffy, fairway bunker was clean and compacted. The two I played from were very good condition, although I did find one rock on entry to the greenside bunker on #3.
Fairway rough was lush, and difficult perhaps because the situations I was in, the rough was damp. I find damp rough harder to play out of than dry rough.
Pin locations were challenging. Greens were in good condition, with fewer unrepaired ball marks than recent rounds, however a number of pins seem to have been placed in recently used locations that showed a lot of wear. I wasn’t putting particularly well, but had four three putts, and missed nine putts inside four feet, a number of which were moved by the lumpy surface of recently repaired ball marks. This was more prevalent on the back nine than the front nine. The par three 12th hole was again playing host to a charity challenge, this time to benefit hurricane relief, all four of us participated.
Casta del Sol is a fun, challenging par 61 layout featuring elevation changes, trees, creeks, ponds and bunkers at a reasonable price. Length is 3670 yards from the blues.» Close
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