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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: January 16, 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.
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Always a decent course on the Central Valley stop. Cencalhack did an excellent job describing conditions and the layout of the course. Greens remain ... » More
Always a decent course on the Central Valley stop. Cencalhack did an excellent job describing conditions and the layout of the course. Greens remain the strong point of the course. They are fairly large with some challenge but predictable breaks. Carts offer pin sheets with greens broken down into thirds so the pin sheet will just give you a front , middle or back location.
Fairways are dormant but still very playable. Tee boxes on the par 3's were all in need of some Maintanence. they were horrible. All of the other tee boxes were decent. I agree, the course plays harder than it suggests. The main thing here is keeping your tee shot in the fairway and out of a fairway bunker. as long as you do that it's a very scoreable course in that there's not much trouble around the greens outside the traditional bunkering
Ridge creek also makes you feel like your actually at a GOLF course and not just a random field with 18 flagsticks. By that, I mean, they have a nice rock waterfall entrance, a great practice area (grass range, multiple chipping and full wedge stations) and the pro shop & restaurant buildings actually have some nice architectural design to them.
Yes, this course is in the middle of nowhere but it doesn't feel like it once you enter the grounds» Close
I've always liked this course but don't get out here as often as I would like. Greens are always in good shape with just right amount of undulation t... » More
I've always liked this course but don't get out here as often as I would like. Greens are always in good shape with just right amount of undulation to make it challanging yet fun and manageable. Course has a few lakes and water hazards to keep things interesting and make you plot your way around strategically. There are only 3 par 5's on the track but hole #10 really should be a par 5. It's a 470 yard par 4 with a pond guarding the front of the green.
Fairways have numerous thin and dead spots throughout the entire course. I imagine it's just because of the time of year. Usually the fairways are pretty lush. The one sand trap I was in had nice fluffy dirt in it. Tee boxes were fine except for a coup,e of the par threes which were thin and full of divots.
Clubhouse house setting is nice as it sits overlooking several holes including the 9th and 18th greens. Carts do not have GPS but do have pin sheets on them so you know where the flag is in relation to the rest of the green at least
all in all its a fun track even with all the houses surrounding the course.» Close
I have to say, I'm dissapointed in the conditions. It's been several months since I've played here and the conditions have deteriorated quite a bit. ... » More
I have to say, I'm dissapointed in the conditions. It's been several months since I've played here and the conditions have deteriorated quite a bit. Greens were decent and remain the strong part of the course. There were a number of fresh pitch marks on the greens which surprised me because the group in front on the front 9 were decent players and I wouldn't think they would leave unrepaired marks. On the back nine we were behind a twosome that never hit the green so it couldn't have been them!
Grass has gone dormant which is no big deal. Dragonfly up the road is the same but still very playable. Fairways on Valley Oaks, however are very thin with several dirt patches. Tee boxes were so horrible it became a joke. Some un-mowed in at least a week and all with several dirt/dead spots.
Hopefully this is just a winter maintenance issue and the course will be back to normal in spring.
As for the layout, there are three sets of Nines with the "Lakes" being the premium 9 due to a few holes with some fun water hazard challenges. Layout out of the other two Nines is nothing special, just a typical flat valley muni course. Fairways on the oaks seem to be a bit more narrow placing a premium on accuracy over length.
We tee'd off early so POP was excellent as there were only a couple groups ahead of us including the previously mentioned foursome who were decent players so they kept things moving right along.
"Clubhouse" is just a plain Jayne building, unlike the ones at Ridge Creek and Pheasant Run which actually have some nice architectural design to them.» Close
Went out and played in the rain. We had an option of rescheduling or cancelling without being charged but being that the golf gods have smiled on us ... » More
Went out and played in the rain. We had an option of rescheduling or cancelling without being charged but being that the golf gods have smiled on us with perfect weather when playing Pebble Beach, we figured we needed to pay our dues.
It rained steady for 16 of the 18 holes but the wind was manageable (actually fairly calm for the area). There was only one other twosome on the course so POP was way faster than usual
Spanish Bay Is always cart path only as are all courses in the 93953 zip code (Sans MPCC). They are designed to be walked with caddies. SB is an easy track to walk and they do allow push carts but you have to bring your own as they don't have any to rent. We actually took a cart just to have some shelter from the rain to keep dry towels in.
As others have noted the carts do not have GPS in them. It's cart path only so you're only going to get an approximate yardage and everyone these days has some type of range finder or phone app to give you yardage. Also, most peop,e get a caddie which will give you yardage
SB doesn't have a range but you're able to use the range at Pebble or Spyglass.
Greens were a lot tougher than I remembered. Severe lumps and humps to negotiate.
With the rain there was obviously a lot of standing water in spots on both the greens and fairways. Each green had a squeegee so you could clear water if you wanted to take the time.
Course conditions were very playable, especially given the weather conditions.
Customer service was excellent. They even sent the beverage cart out 3 times even though there were only 4 golfers on the course» Close
A quick update on Carmel Valley Ranch. Course conditions are still great as always. Some of the Fairways were still a bit wet from recent rain but t... » More
A quick update on Carmel Valley Ranch. Course conditions are still great as always. Some of the Fairways were still a bit wet from recent rain but they drained well and were easy to hit off of. Also about 3 holes were cart path only on the back 9.
Playing here on Sunday's during football season is a must. Course is virtually empty. I played in 2 1/2 hours. Range balls are included and range is grass, however It was irons only today.
Locker room has all amenities you'd expect from a resort of this nature (shower, mouth wash, etc).» Close
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