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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 28, 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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Wet, Wet, and then some wind. The sun was out but make no mistake it's still winter conditions. The greens were excellent. Completely smooth and ... » More
Wet, Wet, and then some wind. The sun was out but make no mistake it's still winter conditions. The greens were excellent. Completely smooth and probably mowed for the first time in a few days. Rarely a pitch mark to be found and it goes without saying with all the rain we've had that the greens were soft. Tee boxes were also of top notch quality. Lush, level and divot free.
And then there was the rest of the course. Soaked!! Fairways were ok at best. Some thin areas mixed in with what would normally be mostly lush. However, about 50% of the fairways were soggy swamps. To the point they had some sump pumps out pumping water out of the low spots. Off the fairway and it was pure quagmire. No carts were allowed out at all but kayaks were!! Seriously, it was that wet. MY guess is carts won't be allowed out for a few days maybe longer if additional rain comes in.
There were only a handful of groups out so POP was fine. Overall, it wasn't too bad. Chilly for sure when the breeze/wind kicked up but walking helped keep warm.» Close
Played Spyglass this morning while Mickelson and Casey finished up their little match around the corner. Traffic was a zoo inside Pebble but that w... » More
Played Spyglass this morning while Mickelson and Casey finished up their little match around the corner. Traffic was a zoo inside Pebble but that was my only complaint for the entire day. Weather was absolutely gorgeous with sunny skies and virtually no wind. This is the first time I've played The Glass when it hasn't been cool, damp and foggy.
As mentioned before, Spyglass is all about the golf. Make that about great golf! No fancy hotel or clubhouse. Just great course conditions mixed in with a picturesque setting. Yes the first 5 holes are right on the ocean, but there are plenty of views of the pacific from other holes. Who knew? With the sun out the views of the pacific through the Del Monte Forest are numerous. It was a bit of an offshore breeze so the sound of the waves crashing down below were absent, but still no complaints.
As far as course conditions go. It's exactly what you would expect from a world class and PGA tour worthy course. Greens were excellent rolling at a medium fast pace. With all the rain, they were super soft easily holding shots. Fairways were lush and surprisingly dry for the most part. They too were soft offering little roll out.
Rough was rough!! very wet, muddy, dense and tall. A two club difference in some cases and a minimum of one extra club in all situations.
Tee boxes and sand traps were also of top notch.
Spyglass has all the ingredients for the making of a top course. Ocean front holes, pristine conditions, elevations changes throughout, 4 water hazards to negotiate on the course and good solid customer service throughout.
A very enjoyable walk and obviously highly recommended.» Close
I skipped my ride yesterday so I needed a course that was easily walkable. Madera Muni fits that bill as it is completely flat with most transfers be... » More
I skipped my ride yesterday so I needed a course that was easily walkable. Madera Muni fits that bill as it is completely flat with most transfers being short. The gentleman in the pro shop said it was wide open. Well it was until the third hole when I caught a single in a cart in front of me. We joined up as a twosome and by the seventh hole we were waiting 2+ minutes on every shot. I have no idea why, but Madera is always slow going.
Greens still remain in decent shape with only a few pitch marks. They offer good challenge with moderate slope and some being two tiered. Speed was medium.
Fairways were 40% decent with the rest being thin with some brown dirt areas throughout.
Skirt areas around the green ranged from thick deep lush to patchy and thin. Sand traps are always thin. I will say they are improved in that before, they were solid hardpan. At least now there is a thin layer of sand.
Tee boxes were average. Overall conditions are definitely "Winter". Madera is always average muni conditions with above average greens. Right now the greens are still slightly above average but the fairways have fallen a few notches down.
For $21 it's a good course to get out and stretch your legs while working on your putting. I would expect conditions to improve in the next month or two.» Close
After 2 days in a row of having my arse handed to me at Aviara I headed to The Crossings today for an afternoon round. I figured with the great weat... » More
After 2 days in a row of having my arse handed to me at Aviara I headed to The Crossings today for an afternoon round. I figured with the great weather and being a weekend there would be little chance of completing all 18 holes with a 1:12 pm tee time. I was right as we only got in 16 holes but that was fine. I mainly just wanted to preview the course before coming back down in June to play it as part of a 3 day tournament.
Greens were in fantastic shape. They rolled very smooth at a fast pace. I'd say the speed of the greens were even faster than Aviara's. Most greens are double tiered so paying attention to where the flag is placed is crucial.
Fairways weren't the greenest but I never had a bad lie. Course has a lot of less than driver holes with preferred landing areas so there are a few fairways with a lot of divots.
Sand traps were very nice. Cart gal came around a few times on the front nine.
Layout is fun with a number of "thinking" holes demanding shot placement over distance. The back nine in the canyon has some interesting routing but with all the elevation changes and forced carries I admit I liked it for the most part.» Close
Aviara is one of my top 3 favorite courses so I may be a bit biased when I say this course is nothing short of amazingly fantastic. Played with John... » More
Aviara is one of my top 3 favorite courses so I may be a bit biased when I say this course is nothing short of amazingly fantastic. Played with Johnny GK on a beautiful sunny January day. Course was in great shape as always. Greens rolled absolutely perfect. Greens are challenging with all having some tricky undulations to them. Uphill putts were slower than expected and downhill putts were lightning fast.
Fairways were excellent for the most part, though there were a couple of thin brown spots on a couple holes. I did notice that the grounds crew was out replacing some patches of turf so they apparently are clearing out the thin areas.
Tee boxes were great all around as were the two sand traps I was in. Customer service is the best in the business. Everyone on the property bends over backwards to make your experience positive.
Range was grass but I did hear that they were on mats a few days ago so apparently it just depends on the weather (like most places). Carts have GPS to the pin along with yardage to front and back.
Course layout what makes this place really stand out. Numerous elevation changes mixed in with several water features keep the fun meter pegged. The water falls are spectacular and most holes sit off by themselves so you don't feel like you're right on top of other players.
A highly recommended course.» Close
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