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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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Played the ocean course at Half Moon Bay this morning. Weather was overcast but fairly warm (by nor cal coast standards ). There was a 10 mph wind ... » More
Played the ocean course at Half Moon Bay this morning. Weather was overcast but fairly warm (by nor cal coast standards ). There was a 10 mph wind throughout the day which is normal for the area. Course condition was pretty much an 8-8.5 throughout. No real weakness anywhere. Last time I avoided the sand traps, this time I got plenty of opportunities to test them. Decent sand of the light brown nature. There are several fairway bunkers throughout the course. Most are manageable to use at least a mid iron to get out unless you're right up against the lip.
Greens have a ton of undulations but still offer some flat putts here and there. They were rolling true but at a medium slow pace.
As mentioned before the layout is spectacular with views of the ocean from almost every hole. A few of the holes are perched up on the cliff right above the ocean. POP was on the slow side being at over 4.5 hrs.
A definite recommended course. Next time I plan on doing the old course in the afternoon to catch the sunset on the finishing hole.» Close
Went out yesterday as part of the GK plays event a Ridge Creek. Not sure what I enjoyed more: The golf/course; hanging out with some of my favorite ... » More
Went out yesterday as part of the GK plays event a Ridge Creek. Not sure what I enjoyed more: The golf/course; hanging out with some of my favorite GK'ers, or the food afterwards! I can say this, ALL are worth it. Course condition wise, Ridge Creek was probably slightly below it's usual standard. Don't confuse that with "bad conditions". They always keep the greens soft (but rolling fast) so naturally the trade off is more pitch marks than usual. I didn't have any affect my putts but a couple of others in the group did get victimized by some pitch mark bumps. All in all the greens are have a great balance between large landing surface, tough (but not too tough) undulations and fast smooth rolling surface.
Fairways as mentioned before are a cut tight so they are more advantage to those who compress the ball. Having said that, even with my "Tom Watson pick the ball clean" style of iron swing, I was still able to get decent contact. It is easy to hit wedges thin though.
No issues with the tee boxes and the others nailed the sand traps perfectly. In need of some re-work. Course design puts a premium on accuracy over length by all means. Get off the fairway and just take your drop and move on. Even when I found a stray shot, I opted to drop and take the penalty stroke. Others had good luck with taking a wedge and getting it back in play. That's the best you can hope for.
As far as the restaurant goes.... It's the only place not on the ocean that I'll order the fish tacos. 'Nuff said!» Close
As much as I love this course. I have to say, conditions are pretty bad right now. Overall the course is in Ok shape but for a higher end course on ... » More
As much as I love this course. I have to say, conditions are pretty bad right now. Overall the course is in Ok shape but for a higher end course on the Monterey bay with views of the ocean throughout the track you expect more than average.
Greens were rolling very fast but they had a ton of pitch marks and were as much brown as they were green.
Fairways were very green but also thin throughout the entire course with a number of bare spots mixed in. Sand traps were fine and tee boxes weren't bad.
POPwas excellent. I timed it right and went out after the morning rush had c,eared the front nine and finished before the afternooners showed up. Got around a twosome on hole 2 then didn't see anyone until the 12th. Once they let me through it was clear sailing all the way to the end.
Given that the U.S. open is right around the corner I would've expected this place to bein top shape or at least in its usual very good condition.
I can't say I'd recommend Black Horse right now. At least not at premium rack rate. Maybe as a late afternoon round at the twilight rate.» Close
Played Spanish Bay this morning on a chilly, foggy and breezy day. We never saw the sun the entire day but it didn't take anything away from the gre... » More
Played Spanish Bay this morning on a chilly, foggy and breezy day. We never saw the sun the entire day but it didn't take anything away from the great views and spectacular course conditions. In fact this may be the best I've ever seen the course. When I was here a few weeks ago they were starting to dust the greens with a light amount of sand. They have completely healed and were a 9.5-10. Smooth, fast and easily holding well struck approach shot. Fairways were a excellent as well. Very green and lush throughout.
No issues with the tee boxes and the sand traps were superb. Beverage cart was out and about and for the rest of the month they are allowing carts out on the fairway but I still walked as it allows you to soak in the constant views of the Pacific Ocean.» Close
Played yesterday early afternoon after having lunch at the restaurant. The restaurant is a popular destination with the locals (non golfers ) but I wa... » More
Played yesterday early afternoon after having lunch at the restaurant. The restaurant is a popular destination with the locals (non golfers ) but I was able to beat the lunch crowd and head out to a fairly open course. Every few holes I had to make my way through a group which most let me through with no issues. Course remains in its usual very good condition. Greens rolled smooth at a medium fast pace with very few pitch marks to be found. The sign at the pro shop said the greens were rated at firm and fast but I found they easily held well struck approach shots.
Fairways were lush with some brown areas here and there but still enjoyable to hit from. San traps had decent soft brown sand but one did have some pebbles in it.
Hunter Ranch is always a fun track. Wind can play a factor in the afternoon for sure but otherwise it's a fun track with nice conditions.» Close
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