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Palm Springs Area; San Diego County; San Francisco/North Bay Area; Oakland/East Bay Area; Fresno Area; Monterey Bay Area; Santa Cruz Area; San Luis Obispo Area
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Last Updated: November 8, 2018
Cyclist turned golfer 3 years ago after playing Kapalua. I now ride just enough to stay in a size small golf shirt (they are always on sale). I have no problem playing the dirt cheap courses to get in some extra playing time and to offset the cost of nicer courses.
2018 Goal - Get a birdie at Spyglass. It's the only course (which I've played more than once) that I haven't had one at. Mission accomplished 6/19/18!! Time for a new goal. Hmmm, Maybe an Eagle at Pebble.....??? Or how about just vow to wear less colorful outfits the rest of the year. Yeah, I don't see that happening anytime soon.
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Played Tehama on a picture perfect day (sans some smoke in the air). In fact the weather was so nice I was upset that after the third swing on the r... » More
Played Tehama on a picture perfect day (sans some smoke in the air). In fact the weather was so nice I was upset that after the third swing on the range I had to ditch my Ryder cup sweater. I've been waiting two months to wear it! we did a little holiday shopping in the pro shop (couldn't pass up $25 "The Clint" polos), then headed off to the range. Even the range at Tehama has perfect hitting surface and beautiful views of the Monterey peninsula and bay down below.
Maintenance workers were in the process of doing a lot of work on the fairways. Many had been verticut and top dressed and others had a light dusting of sand throughout. Obviously in order to keep conditions over the top as they usually are at Tehama, this is needed from time to time, so it was not big deal. Even with the fairways being attended to, I never had a bad lie. The surface was still lush and a pleasure to hit from. Fairways are narrow at Tehama and if you're lucky enough to escape the trees, you're usually off a cliff somewhere.
Greens were excellent and super fast. Even uphill putts were lightning fast. Because the entire course sits on top of a mountain ridge, the greens were tough to read. There's no prominent one direction putts will gravitate towards such as towards the ocean, the valley etc.
Tee boxes were level and lush. I was in numerous sand traps throughout the day and all but one (downhill lie) were fantastic.
The clubhouse is phenomenal. see previous review for details on the locker room and parking garage. Customer service is excellent. My game was off but nothing a post round beer with Mr. Eastwood didn't take care of! And to think I almost went back down to the range to work on my game after the round instead of going to the clubhouse with the others. At least that part of the course management I got right !
Tehama is as tough as Dirty Harry!» Close
What is usually a favorite valley course, I was dissapointed in the conditions yesterday. Greens remain a strong point in that they were smooth and ... » More
What is usually a favorite valley course, I was dissapointed in the conditions yesterday. Greens remain a strong point in that they were smooth and rolling at a medium-fast pace. Greens held approach shots well and had few pitch marks. Greens were ratted at a 7.5-8. The fairways however were a huge dissapointment. 50/50 green/brown with numerous thin and bare spots throughout.
Tee boxes ranged from just ok to horrendous. All were level (the entire course is flat) but all had thin spots and severe divot damage. Numerous bare dirt areas in the skirt areas surrounding the greens.
Sand traps were actually fairly nice. I was surprised at how nice the sand traps were actually. POP was a bit on the slow side but to be expected as this is their anniversary week and are holding $20 w/ cart specials.
I still love the layout and challange of this track with the dozen water features that come into play including the island 18th green. However conditions are below average right now.» Close
Fig Garden is closing down at the end of the year. I've never been a fan of this course but we decided to play it one last time before it shuts dow... » More
Fig Garden is closing down at the end of the year. I've never been a fan of this course but we decided to play it one last time before it shuts down. The track is pretty boring sans about 2 holes. The 18th which used to be a short par 5 is now a long Par 4 with water on the entire left side and part of the front of the green. That's about as fun/interesting as it gets as far as layout. The rest of the track is completely flat with no water hazards. Almost all of the holes are dead straight so there's not much excitement or imagination out on the course.
The challenge of the track comes from the super narrow fairways which are heavily lined with trees. Even being on the edge of the fairway will often result in a blocked approach shot from overhanging branches. The rough outside of the fairway is almost identical to the lie from the fairway so no real punishment there and there's no such thing as a lost ball (except for the lake on 18).
Condition wise, it's on par with your average muni course. Greens were in decent shape with the fairways being ok (some thin/brown areas but overall decent lies). Sand traps were actually nice.
Again, I've never been a fan of the layout at Fig Garden but I still hate to see a course shutting down. From what I heard, they are keeping the driving range and practice green open for awhile.» Close
First off I have to get this out of my system. They were having some type of kids tournament (ages 5-10) at Laguna Seca so every kid and their parent... » More
First off I have to get this out of my system. They were having some type of kids tournament (ages 5-10) at Laguna Seca so every kid and their parent was out on the course practicing. Often taking 2-4 shots from each spot and dropping balls around the green to pitch and putt from different angles. I'm all for big tournaments and growing the game with the kids. Just close the course to the rest of us. Let them have it to themselves all day. charge the organization an extra day of facility rental and I'll be happy to go play somewhere else for the afternoon.
What turned out painfully slow but fun to watch some of the little kids who were impressively good, turned out to be downright miserable. Even being at one of my favorite (low key) venues couldn't stop me from wanting
Condition wise, the greens were smooth, but slow. All Fairways had a few thin areas throughout but otherwise were lush. Tee boxes were in good shape as were the Sand traps.
No Beverage cart out which was a shame because I would have emptied it!! And I rarely drink.
Laguna Seca is a fun track... Just not this weekend.» Close
Tee'd off at 7:45 am on a brisk morning. Waked the course to keep warm as its that time of year again. Course is in real nice shape. Greens were exc... » More
Tee'd off at 7:45 am on a brisk morning. Waked the course to keep warm as its that time of year again. Course is in real nice shape. Greens were excellent easily an 8.5. They rolled very smooth with hardly a pitch mark. Greens were soft and receptive to approach shots. The greens were rolling a tad slow (medium-slow speed), but other than that they were excellent.
Skirt area around the greens were also in excellent conditions. Fairways offered a good hitting surface throughout. There were a few cosmetic brown spots but still easy to play from. Tee boxes for the most part were level and very lush.
Sand traps were also great. Being mostly flat the course is easily walkable with most transfers being super short. There are a couple transfers that have young across the street but nothing too major. Water comes into play on 6 holes to make the track interesting and not just a flat boring back and forth trot.
For those who don't like houses on a golf course, there's Hunter Ranch up the road a couple miles. If you don't mind some houses then Paso Robles GC offers conditions just as good as Hunter but at $25 cheaper.» Close
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