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San Francisco/North Bay Area; Oakland/East Bay Area
Ping G400 LST Driver
Ping Anser 4-Wood
Srixon ZU85 2-Iron
Ping i200 4-PW
Cleveland GW & SW & LW
Scotty Cameron Studio
Last Updated: September 28, 2018
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I have been to Monterey plenty of times & played many of the other offerings on the peninsula, but I have only been to Pebble Beach once – during the ... » More
I have been to Monterey plenty of times & played many of the other offerings on the peninsula, but I have only been to Pebble Beach once – during the 2000 US Open. I remember rolling up to Pebble thinking I wouldn’t ever consider paying $500 to play any golf course & after walking the course, I would pay 4x that amount. The place is simply stunning.
Smash cut to 18 years later – I won a free round at Pebble Beach in my Golf Group’s Annual Member-Guest tourney in March of this year, so finally got a chance to play it on 11/10. First off the tee at 6:40am & our 4-some was set up with a caddie for each person. Just an amazing morning – zero wind, about 60 degrees & climbing and no fog. There was definitely smoke from the fires up in Northern California, however the air quality was okay.
Being first off, we set the pace at around 3:45. We were about 2-holes ahead of the next group throughout the round. They are hosting the Taylormade Invitational this week, so the conditions were immaculate: from the tee boxes to the greens & everything in between. Soup to nuts, a solid 9.5. Caddies were really knowledgeable & fun. We finished our round with the obligatory lunch & drinks in the Taproom & it is everything it’s cracked up to be & more. The food & service were outstanding & the ambiance is second to none. Just an amazing, Bucket-List Day!» Close
Played 10/7. I had received an email on Friday with the "Come play our Great Course Conditions." With the discussion about this type of marketing on ... » More
Played 10/7. I had received an email on Friday with the "Come play our Great Course Conditions." With the discussion about this type of marketing on the message board, it should have been a red flag.
The Good: It was a beautiful, warm morning & I tee'd off early, paired with a great 2-some. PoP was around 3:30. Staff was really friendly from check-in to cart guy to the person behind the bar. The bunkers & rough were in decent shape & definitely playable. Unfortunately, that is where the good ends.....
The Bad: The fairways & greens. The overall condition of this course is generally average, with really nice greens. However, currently the greens are in the worst non-aerated state I've ever seen them. Evidently, they have a fungus and it has devastated 80% of the greens. It was just awful to putt, with huge portions of the greens cratered like really large, unfixed ball marks. Putts would bounce like a pinball through these & no way to read a putt in terms of speed or line. Very Frustrating! The fairways are very thin overall. Many times I was in the middle of the fairway, with zero grass under the ball. Not good. The tee boxes were chewed up & thin as well. Several severely not level. I didn't see a single maintenance worker on the course, which is very odd for teeing off before sunrise & disturbing as the course is in DIRE NEED of maintenance.
I understand that courses encounter issues like fungus & other "natural" disasters. However, my issue is the clear lack of transparency from the course. Sending out the "Great Course Condition" email and charging full Rate ($74 w/Cart - Just for comparison: I can play Corica South for only $4 more prime-time weekend), to me is just plain deceptive. A big, old Game of Thrones SHAME! to whomever is responsible for their digital marketing.
I've played this course for over 20-years & I love the layout, but will not be back until major changes are made to both course conditions & messaging. Total bummer.» Close
Played Sunday 9/30. Teed off at 7:50, PoP was right on 4-hours. Like the previous review from Johnny, this was my 2nd time playing here & I enjoyed i... » More
Played Sunday 9/30. Teed off at 7:50, PoP was right on 4-hours. Like the previous review from Johnny, this was my 2nd time playing here & I enjoyed it even more than the first go around. The layout is just fantastic, with the back nine being my clear favorite.
The fairways, rough, tee boxes & sand traps all remain in great condition. The greens, however are just fantastic. Big, undulating, smooth, fast & firm.
They offer golf boards, which is like a combination of golf cart & skateboard, so I decided to try one out this time around. It was a blast, highly recommended if you're in to that sort of thing.
The staff there is really friendly from check-in to the starter to the on-course marshals. The only downside is that PoP is brutal out there if you don't tee it up early. Other than that, Top Notch: Quickly climbing the list of favorite Bay Area courses & highly recommended!» Close
Played 9/21 for $57/w cart on Friday Prime Time is well worth the price of admission! Chamber of Commerce Day: Just amazing weather hovering around 7... » More
Played 9/21 for $57/w cart on Friday Prime Time is well worth the price of admission! Chamber of Commerce Day: Just amazing weather hovering around 70* with not a puff of wind.
As I parked, a guy from the pro shop brought a cart right to my car & greeted me with a smile. Extremely friendly people in the pro shop as well. I had a 7:50 time, but they told me to tee off when ready. I had a single join up with me on the tee & off we went.
PoP was right around 2-hours, as we both had carts & both play quick. We passed a 4-some on #3 & after that it was like we had our own private course! The greens are in the best shape & the quickest I've ever played them: Firm, fast & very challenging. The fairways are mostly lush green carpets, with a couple random wet areas (we chased the maintenance guys, so likely from sprinklers) & a few minor brown spots. The rough, tee boxes & bunkers were all well maintained. Overall, the conditions are fantastic right now.
As with any seaside track, the conditions really effect the playability & enjoyment of the course. I've endured Bodega in frigid temps, debilitating fog & Howling winds. Getting to play here on a beautiful, warm & calm day is close to a religious experience & I am super stoked to have had the opportunity.» Close
2nd Round of the day with JohnnyGK & Alex326. Unfortunately, BGarcelon had to bow out. Started off by getting lunch at the restaurant. The food was... » More
2nd Round of the day with JohnnyGK & Alex326. Unfortunately, BGarcelon had to bow out. Started off by getting lunch at the restaurant. The food was excellent , it had a great atmosphere with ample seating, a huge bar (lots of quality craft beers on tap!) & lots of TVs - Great spot to reminisce about a round or watch a game. The staff are very friendly & attentive. A+
I agree with the previous posts that the course is not quite as spectacular as Rancho Solano, however it provides juxtaposition to the layout & the greens of its sister course. Variety is the spice of life! It definitely seems to get more play & it showed in the tee boxes, fairway divots (no sand provided on carts!) & unrepaired ball marks on the green, but to be fair, we did play it in the afternoon.
Overall, a solid choice with some great risk/reward holes & seeing Johnny hit a bomb on 13, then proceed drive the green on 14 was a sight to behold. A great way to end a wonderful day!» Close
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