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Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County
Wishon 919THI driver, Graphite Design YS-FIVE Nano Reloaded R shaft
Custom Callaway V-series fairway 3w - Fujikura Speeder 565 shaft, 5w - Mitsubishi Bassara E52 shaft
Callaway Alpha 815 17, 23 degree hybrids, Fujikura 85g Speeder 565 Shaft
Wishon 770cse 4I, UST Recoil ES760 shaft
Wishon 771csi 5-PW Nippon NS Pro 950 GH shaft
Wishon 565 AW Nippon NS Pro 950 GH shaft
Wishon HM Micro 55 degree SW KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 shaft
Callaway 58 degree Mack Daddy PM-grind lob wedge, w/KBS Tour V wedge shaft
Wishon SR1 putter, w/Pure grip
Last Updated: February 4, 2018
Have been playing golf since about 10 years old, peaked at age 13... and have been going downhill ever since.
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Played Friday afternoon, 5/18, teeing off 15mins ahead of our 1:00pm tee time on a cloudy, windy day, paired last-minute with another twosome. POP was... » More
Played Friday afternoon, 5/18, teeing off 15mins ahead of our 1:00pm tee time on a cloudy, windy day, paired last-minute with another twosome. POP was 4 3/4 hours, waiting on most shots on each hole, but not backing up badly on the par 3s.
Sometimes, I'm happy to tee off ahead of schedule. When I checked in at the pro shop immediately upon arriving, 20 minutes ahead of our tee time, I anticipated having a few minutes to practice putting and to warm-up, not being sent straight to the tee. So, be advised, as my playing partner later told me is typical here, to make sure you're 'ready to play' when you/your group pay in the pro shop.
I last played here six weeks ago, which was a month after the greens were punched in March, when they were in very good shape. In spite of being 'rolled' earlier in the day, according to staff, they were now showing significant bumpiness. Greens were well-watered and held shots well, so I guess with an abundance of watering the grass growing in the aerated holes is thriving to a fault. Speed of greens were medium-paced.
Everything else is about the same from my last visit in early April, representing a hodgepodge of grasses, cut lengths and firmness of turf in fair/good condition. We were nearly hit by errant shots twice. Cart girl was by a several times.» Close
Played The Goose Tuesday afternoon with the GK Gurus, teeing off about 1:45pm with JGK, larryq2001 and breangolf for a fun afternoon on a pretty good ... » More
Played The Goose Tuesday afternoon with the GK Gurus, teeing off about 1:45pm with JGK, larryq2001 and breangolf for a fun afternoon on a pretty good weather day, albeit with a steady west-to-east wind that both helped and hurt at times. Great to see these guys bomb the ball from the blues, while I played the whites, which were in great condition and were barely used on the day.
In short, course conditions were excellent all-way around, and highly recommend playing right now.
White tees were cut short, and were very level. Only issue was to be able to push a tee down enough into the dirt a few times!
As for the firmness of the rest of the course, let me just say that I LOVED the firm fairways, aprons and greens! As a short-hitter, my drives got plenty of roll, maybe 50 yards+ on some holes. On a handful of mis-hits from the fairways, the ball still rolled out enough so that I didn’t lose too much position from the distance of a well-hit shot – probably lost just two clubs at worst.
The one fairway I missed all day, ended up in the right fairway bunker in the middle of the 10th hole fairway. The wind helped and hurt on the same drive! The sand was a little looser than I’d prefer, but got out OK and squeaked out a par. Found the massive greenside bunker left of #17 green, and the sand was perfect, with a nice soft layer with about 1” depth to firm sand. Still, managed to murder the ball from 100ft away. Got a very lucky bounce, and somehow, it popped out of the trap and not too far off the green.
As reported by others, the greens were very firm. I did see light ball divot damage and in contrast to most others, I thought the greens were mostly a medium-fast past pace, based on my recent experiences at Black Gold and The Crossings. The ball would easily run past the hole on medium-range and any downhill putts if not careful. But, did have a number of 4-foot putts where a firmer stroke was ideal to hold the lines. They rolled very true, but we were all fooled by mis-reads a time or two...or, was it the wind?
After the round, in addition to discussion about the great day and very good course conditions, there was some debate about if the blue tees were placed beyond the normal blue tee markers. Well, according to the information at a California Amateur tournament website, they were indeed on 7/18 holes. They were longer on #s 3, 4, 8, 10, 14, 15 and 17. The tournament blue tees for the day played to about 6839 yards, v. 6556 yards normally. The course rating was 72.4 v. 71.0 and slope was 129 v. 126. So, be sure to make the adjustment when you post your scores! :)
So, you weren’t crazy to think the blue tees played longer than normal, though the jury may be out on if you were crazy to play them ;-)
If you click on any player’s name at the link below, you can see the individual hole yardages for the day. And, it looks like only a few of those shooting 72 actually made the cut!
Finally, I really love the practice facility here. Got in enough short-game chipping/pitching practice to make a modest difference in the round. Have previously made the trip from Huntington Beach to spend a few hours practicing my short-game, including the sand bunker left of the tees. Highly recommend right now!» Close
Played Thursday, 5/10. Friendly greeting and efficient service in the pro shop and the friendly starter got me out ahead of my tee time by 20 mins, wi... » More
Played Thursday, 5/10. Friendly greeting and efficient service in the pro shop and the friendly starter got me out ahead of my tee time by 20 mins, with no one else around.
Went out as a single at 1:25pm, chasing a twosome with a hole head start and moving at a good pace. Didn't see another group behind me until I was on 6th tee, and that group was in the fairway on hole #3. Finally caught the twosome at the 7th as they were waiting on a 4some ahead, playing from the black tees. Pace was a bit slow from there, waiting on every hole. POP was still pretty decent overall for this course, at 4hrs 20mins.
White tees were probably the worst aspect of the course yesterday, but I still rated them a '6'. Nicely cut, but grass coverage is on the thin side. Found unlevel areas within the marked teeing areas on about 1/2 the wholes. Still able to move to a level spot, but I think this is an area they should address to keep the course in 'great' standing.
Fairways were cut very nicely, provided decent roll-out and very good lies. Still some evidence of the spiking in April in the healing process in just a few places. Didn't really have a problem with the rough, ball sat up nicely for the most part and was able to get the club through it with no real penalty.
Was in two greenside bunkers, right front on #3 was very nice, medium-weight fluffy sand, 1" or more over a firm base. Massive front bunker on #6 was a little firm on the upslope. Was also in the long fairway bunker on #12, and was nice and firm, probably less than 1/2". All were raked and thought they provided very good and fair shot-making conditions.
The greens looked great from far and up-close. They were a deep, dark green and had very few unrepaired ball marks. Much darker than the fairways, the greens have received some large doses of water. This softened them up significantly, at least for the day's play. I wonder if they do this purposely ahead of the weekend's play, or if it is what they do daily? They held shots very well, but they did not roll smooth from the days's foot-traffic, and speed was medium-slow. Putting was a challenge and all of us left putts short most of the time.
Course overall is in very good condition right now, and definitely recommend playing. Hopefully, the greens will speed up. Cart girl was by just once and never saw a marshal. Good service by Alex in the bar after the round.
Was able to get a great $35 'Black' member rate via my 2018 Crossings Club membership. It's a pain, as you need to get someone from The Crossings at Carlsbad call the pro shop at Black Gold to set it up, but saving $20+ was certainly worth the trouble. First time I've taken advantage of that benefit in two years, and will now try to do it again. This perk will go away in 2019, with JCGolf now managing things at C@C and KemperSports still managing BG.» Close
As always, had a great day out with Larryq2001 on a sunny and warm Monday afternoon, joined by two nice young men. Friendly greeting in the pro shop a... » More
As always, had a great day out with Larryq2001 on a sunny and warm Monday afternoon, joined by two nice young men. Friendly greeting in the pro shop and starter. Teeing off at 12:08pm, POP for our group was about 4hrs, 15/20mins, with minimal waiting throughout the round.
Course conditions a bit better than 5 weeks earlier, most notably, the greens were darn good finally! Cut well, they rolled nicely at medium to medium/fast pace at times. Good, green coverage, best I've seen the greens since October 2016. My putter was very happy, setting a personal best with an insane 14 1-putt greens, so no complaints from me on the greens, but the cups were a bit beat up on a few holes.
White tees and Green tees were together at the Green tees marker for 16/18 holes. Very good coverage, cut nicely and level lies. Fairways were cut short, very firm and provided excellent roll-out off the tees, and very good lies. Rough was lush and a bit penal for me, as the ball sat down a few times. Course was very green for the most part, but did see some small browning areas in both the fairways and rough at times. Will likely continue as we head into the summer.
Was in one sand trap behind the #4 green - advise against EVER going in that one, as the shot back to the hole is a bit unnerving. Sadly, it seemed that at least 3 people and one sasquatch were in the trap without raking their prints. Sand was otherwise decently soft, but I still had my usual sand troubles.
Cart lady was by twice, and saw a marshal several times as well. The lovely Martine took good care of us in the bar after the round.
As Larry had indicated, we were able to grab a $52 pre-paid deal on TeeOff.com, which is even better than the typical creek card senior rate. First time I've seen a rate that low here besides when the course was punched. Recommend golfing here right now.» Close
Played Thursday, May 3rd at 2:24, teeing off as a 3some with a hole open in front of us. Friendly greeting by pro shop staff and starter, who got us s... » More
Played Thursday, May 3rd at 2:24, teeing off as a 3some with a hole open in front of us. Friendly greeting by pro shop staff and starter, who got us straight out in front of a 4some that were not ready to go, though they had an earlier tee time than us - they actually suggested we go ahead. Lovely, sunny day with a 1-club wind. Waited a bit on the 4some in front after we eventually caught up to them on the 6th hole on-wards, but POP was a very acceptable 4hrs 15mins!
Main point of the review is to say that the greens, aerated on 4/9 & 4/10, are slowly coming along, but still likely need a full 2 weeks to be close to 100% healed. Greens were very bumpy and very fast, so putting was an adventure.
Course was otherwise in pretty good shape, a little better than the norm for this course, with only real issue for me was the severe R-L slant for the white tee box on #4. Fairways were pretty lush, with the normal or slightly less marked GUR. Rough was was cut short and not penal.
Bunkers looked good to me - had the best view by staying out of them the whole day. One of my playing partners visited multiple ones, and though he had his struggles, the sand seemed like it had a nice fluffy layer. He made a great 'out' on a plugged like in a front bunker on #17, so it was manageable.
The enjoyable Trixie was around 3 times, but never saw a marshal. Really do enjoy the variety of shots/challenge on this course. It's nice when POP moves along like it did.» Close
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