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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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Costa Del Sol – Played Wednesday 05/16/2018 using my American Golf Players Club twilight rate of $5. Price includes 18 holes, cart and a drink. Tee ti... » More
Costa Del Sol – Played Wednesday 05/16/2018 using my American Golf Players Club twilight rate of $5. Price includes 18 holes, cart and a drink. Tee time 3:00 PM. Played as a single joined by a single and twosome. Three great guys.
Check in was quick, and friendly. Facilities were in good condition; the practice green is healing form the recent aeration and is very representative of the green on course. They were running unusually fast today. Cart was clean, score cards are available at the first tee. The course was busy and the round took just over three hours. There were only two holes where we had a wait of any real substance, roughly 3-5 minutes.
Tees were playing alternately very up front, or from the tips. Lies were mostly level with good coverage. Whoever laid out the tees also decided to try and move them the extreme right or left of each tee box, and at really odd (Challenging) angles.
Fairways were in good condition, good coverage very few bare spots. Fairway rough was sparse.
Bunkers were a mix of firm sand, and hard pack. Not sure where the sand that was there a few week ago went to.
Greens were in good condition, with excellent coverage, however still very bumpy as the aeration heals. At this point they visually appear like a quilt, with a light topcoat of stand. Even the best puts are jumping on the bumps. Greens are firm but will hold a shot that has spin. There were a moderate number of un-repaired ball marks. Green-side rough was very short, and splotchy, almost weed like.
Pace of play was good at just over three hours with a full course. At the turn my partners wanted a beer, the bar was closed, the snack bar and outdoor grill were closed.
At the rack rate I consider this a good course, at the club rate it’s a deal, and at the twilight club rate it’s a steal.» Close
Played Meadowlark in Huntington Beach Thursday 05/10/2018, with a 12:15PM scheduled tee time on a Golf Now Hot Deal $35 per player with cart, plus fee... » More
Played Meadowlark in Huntington Beach Thursday 05/10/2018, with a 12:15PM scheduled tee time on a Golf Now Hot Deal $35 per player with cart, plus fee.
Arrived early 10:30AM driving up from Mission Viejo early to assure time to stretch, practice pitching and chipping. The parking lot was about 20% full and the course was pretty open. I mention this to note that Meadowlark is one of those rare facilities (at least that I have found) that will not send a Prepaid player out on course early even if there is room available. I don’t believe I saw a single golfer tee off between 10:45 and 11:45 with a foursome went off. My partner and I were called to the tee at 12 noon along with a single.
Upfront I have warm feelings about Meadowlark, as it is the course I learned to play golf on in 1971. I like the layout of this course and the challenges. As such I will share some complaints from my best friend who has a different view of this classic course built in 1922. (Having moved to HB in 1969 when there was very little around, I can’t imagine how this got built in 1922).
The course has ample parking, a nice pro shop, and restaurant. The practice range is OK, with mats the only option. The practice green is very representative of conditions on course both in speed and contour. Carts were neatly lined up in front of the pro shop. The are clean efficient and simple, no GPS. Weather for our round was perfect, blue sky, fluffy clouds, and about a 5-knot wind that would grow to 5 to 10 knots as the round progressed. High was in the mid 70’s cooling off by 4PM to the low 70’s.
Chris our single played the course to an 8 over from the blues, my playing partner played to 10 over from the whites, I played from the whites. Meadowlark is not an overly long course playing 5,568 yards from the blues, and 5251 from the whites.
Tee boxes were mostly level, light divot damage, with some lush brown spots. Ground was neither too hard nor too soft. Good footing was easy to find.
Fairways were mostly lush, with patches of brown grass, roll was very good. The course had the sprinklers on at 11:00AM for a short period. As we reached the back nine, my partners had trouble on the right side of the fairways in areas that significant shade and as a result were more marsh than fairway on #12. There were several other small muddy spots. They did not affect me but were a problem for my partners. (unkind words were spoken about the course watering during play).
Meadowlark features concrete cart paths, which the course forces you onto in same areas around greens. Many of these are in desperate need of maintenance. Either Kidney belts or raised ground clearance are needed until they can be patched replaced.
Fairway rough is thick with bare patches, sticky and penal. These are aided by a large tree population defining the fairway. There is water on the course, but it is not the primary defense of the course.
Fairway bunkers – there are very few fairway bunkers on the course, but those that are present are like their greenside counterparts, well cared for and filled with fluffy sand.
There are three forced carries of water, none of which are that daunting. The primary defense for this course are the postage stamp size greens. The greens are Poa Annua mowed very tight resulting in very fast greens, firm with few levels lies lots of slope in all directions, and ridges. The pin placements today were most frequently on a ridge or the break of a false front. On several occasions balls that landed within 5 feet of the pin rolled to the fringe or off the greens. I felt the greens were very hard, but fair, my playing partner described them a upside down salad bowls, and again did not have kind words for them, despite them rolling reasonable well even late in the day, and with few unrepaired ball marks.
Pace of play was good, it could have been a little better but we had a foursome of twenty somethings playing in front of us, that were playing multiple shots, and tended to wait until the green in front of them was clear despite not being able to get a shot straight down a fairway or over 200 yards at any time during the round. They did mange to hit a tree and almost hit me and hit balls into some yards on shanks. This brings up the point that well we say the cart girl at least four times during the round, we did not see a single marshal. Pace of play was 4.5 hours.
I really enjoy this course. The greens are in very good condition. The elevation changes, judicious use of water, bunkers and trees puts a premium on finding fairways. The upside-down salad bowl greens mean you want to use a very lofted wedge if you can.
At the Golf Now Hot Deal price of $35 this is a very good course, at rack rate during the week can still be a good value. Right now in this condition I recommend playing. The coastal location makes for great playing weather, and the design of the course will challenge you. Bombing driver is often not rewarded.» Close
Played Costa Mesa Country Club Los Lagos course Monday 04/30/2018 on a Golf Now Hot Deal for $25 with cart less a very generous $20 Promo Code provide... » More
Played Costa Mesa Country Club Los Lagos course Monday 04/30/2018 on a Golf Now Hot Deal for $25 with cart less a very generous $20 Promo Code provided by abbacat . Round cost $8.34.
The Pro Shop is very nice, well stocked if you have forgotten anything, and friendly I checked in about 45 minutes early and they just gave me the cart key and sent me out. There was a starter at the Mesa Linda course with a line, and there was no starter and no line at the Los Lagos Course. I practiced my putting at one of the three practice greens and rolled up to the first tee met my playing partner Matt, and off we went. There is a very nice driving range available, since my back and hamstring were sore, I chose not warm up. Carts are clean but basic no GPS, no ice chest.
Conditions were mostly overcast, cool, and windy to approximately 15 knots.
The first tee and every tee was lush, virtually no divot damage and level. Matt and I played from the whites playing to a total yardage of 6,238 yards.
Fairways were mostly green with some brown, mostly lush with some areas of bare dirt especially along the cart entry point for each hole, and at some locations to the sides of the fairways were shade from the trees retards grass growth.
Rough wasn’t a major factor, mostly thin and patch along the fairways and littered with seeds, pine needles, leaves and twigs. Rough around the greens was deep approximately 4” and very even presenting mostly good lies.
Fairway bunkers were in good shape, with full coverage of heavy sand and played fair. Greenside bunkers had the same heavy sand, but where filled deeper than their fairway counterparts. All bunkers were in good condition. Players who had been in the bunkers were using the abundant rakes to repair the bunker, always a good sign.
Greens had excellent grass coverage, many slope fronts to back, or side to side, with a few featuring pronounced tiers. The greens had been recently punched and sanded so good rolls were difficult to obtain. Most rolled well but some in the late afternoon rolled like a motocross track. To the credit of players before us they were doing a very good job of repairing ball marks, and there were no sunflower seeds to be seen.
Pace of play was incredible at just under 3.5 hours. We could have played faster but virtually having the course to ourselves, we played at a steady pace well enjoying conversation. The Snack bar by the club house was closed, there was a stocked beverage cart sitting out front when we teed off, but there was no one attending it, and we never saw it on course. The locker rooms at the course were nice and clean though of older design. My one complaint of the course is the long stretch between comfort stations. We did have some begging sparrows, and squirrels, but none were obnoxious.
Last year I played the sister course Mesa Linda and come away unimpressed, Los Lagos is a very different course, and I look forward to playing it again as soon as I can.» Close
Thursday 04/26/2018 Played Casta del Sol on an American Golf Players Club Twilight rate of $5 with cart and drink. Tee time 3pm, pace of play 3:30 min... » More
Thursday 04/26/2018 Played Casta del Sol on an American Golf Players Club Twilight rate of $5 with cart and drink. Tee time 3pm, pace of play 3:30 minutes. The facility was humming but as usual the pro shop was pleasant, and the marshal friendly. The bar is currently closed as the area is under renovation.
Carts are basic, clean and do their job. The practice green was busy with juniors and coaches but they kindly made room for others. It was not posted on the American Players Club website, however the greens at Casa del Sol have been punched, which would be the Bain of my round as they were not evenly sanded, there were clumps of sand and it was impossible to get a rhythm on the greens.
Played as a foursome with a charming couple and a friend of theirs following a high school match between Mission Viejo and Tesoro High Schools. We were then followed by a couple of foursomes, followed by a Junior PGA competition. Well first nine holes were somewhat slow with us having to wait for the first seven holes, the back nine was wide open as the high school match was only nine holes.
Tee boxes were lush, relatively free of unrepaired divots, and configured to create challenging sight lines and distance that I had not seen before at what I consider a home course. All but the eighth tee box were level.
Fairways were lush, mostly dry and rolling well. Perhaps because of the unusual tee placements and angle there were few if any divots in the landing areas.
Rough was thicker than it has been recently, a little spotty in places more like a patchwork but effective at creating stress. Most of the rough around the greens was cut short.
Bunkers were clean, with abundant sand that was particularly heavy feeling. Several bunkers were unraked.
Greens as I mentioned were punched, they should be back to normal on the front nine in about two weeks, and on the back nine which is in better condition in a week to ten days.
I would still like to see the course add a relief station at the fifth tee.
Punched greens or not it’s hard to complain in any way about 18 holes for $5, with a cart and drink. I had fun, the warm weather 74 degrees at start gave way to about 70 degrees and a nice half, to one club breeze by the time we finished up 18. As is normal this time of year there were an abundance of squirrels, water fowl, and bugs, none of which were particularly annoying. The high school teams were consummate gentlemen, my playing partners were very enjoyable, and the overall course condition was good.
If you have to pay rack rate, I would hold off on playing here for a couple of weeks. If you can play on a discount it’s a great deal.» Close
Played the nine-hole Par 3 course at Lake Forest Golf and Practice center Tuesday 04/24/2018, as a single, on a sunny still afternoon, teeing off a li... » More
Played the nine-hole Par 3 course at Lake Forest Golf and Practice center Tuesday 04/24/2018, as a single, on a sunny still afternoon, teeing off a little after 12pm. The course was busy but played quickly in just over an hour.
Upon arriving the range was moderately busy, the practice green was full, and the chipping area unused. The pro-shop had a couple of golfers waiting to get out, and the staff was very efficient and pleasant.
This is a walking course comprised of two par fours, and seven par 3 holes. Today the par threes were playing from 55 yards, to 120 yards.
Porta Potty’s at the first tee, 7th tee crossover were clean.
Tee boxes were mostly level, and lush, with moderate divot damage as would be expected. Ball washers were full and working.
Fairways seem to be patchwork of every type of grass imaginable in Southern California. The coverage is good, and honestly you should only be in a fairway on the fifth and ninth hold anyway.
Rough is penal, but choppy with some bare spots, the main defense for the course are small greens, and nearby out of bounds.
Bunkers were surprisingly good, with decent coverage of soft sand. I was unfortunately in more than a couple of them and was able to get up and down. I did find one sizeable rock and a root in the bunker on the par 4, 5th hole.
Greens were in very good condition and have healed from being punched nicely there few un-repaired ball marks. Pleasantly there were no sunflower seeds on any of the greens.
At the $5 dollars this costs me on my American Golf Players Club, (with a drink) I still consider it a value and this afternoon it was a great way to spend my birthday.» Close
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