""Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle.""
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Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County
Wishon 919THI driver, Kuro Kage 2nd Gen HBP 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
Odyssey Works Versa #9 putter, w/Ping PP60 grip
Last Updated: August 15, 2017
Have been playing golf since about 10 years old, peaked at age 13... and have been going downhill ever since.
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Teed off as a 3some at 2:15pm on Monday, with the next group a full hole in front. Caught up to them in a few holes, but never had much of a wait all ... » More
Teed off as a 3some at 2:15pm on Monday, with the next group a full hole in front. Caught up to them in a few holes, but never had much of a wait all day. POP ended up right at 4 hours, so looks like it was a good pace all day, with aakes90278 reporting 4 hours with a morning round.
Agree with aakes90278 on the course conditions, but wasn't in any traps. Greens were slightly bumpy, but not bad and had a good putting day. Had one of my better rounds in a long time, and attribute a portion of that to making an effort to leave approach and chip shots, etc., below/short of the hole. Wasn't always successful, but would suggest it as a strategy here when possible, as it made a real difference.
Teeboxes and fairways were all very good, and typical for the course. Got a decent amount of roll today, even though the fairways weren't cut any shorter than normal. Probably the heat of the day helped dry them out from their normal watering.
They punched the two practice greens a week ago, along with Mesa Linda. After seeing the practice greens last Wednesday after their punching, was very impressed to see how far they have come along in 5 days. Probably about 50% healed, but putted reasonably well. Normally, I'd stay away for at least 4 weeks, but am giving Mesa a go next Monday based on what I saw. The greenskeeper here does do a great job in getting the greens to heal fast after punchings. As GK has noted, Lagos will be punched next Monday and Tuesday.» Close
Got out yesterday, Friday the 13th on a mildly hot day with lingering Anaheim Hills fire smoke in the air, creating a hazy blue sky. Was able to grab ... » More
Got out yesterday, Friday the 13th on a mildly hot day with lingering Anaheim Hills fire smoke in the air, creating a hazy blue sky. Was able to grab a $49 rate via their website. We did not get out on-time. We teed off at 1:50pm, instead of our 1:35pm tee time. Though our group waited on the group in front most of the round, we finished in 4.5 hours after our delayed start.
Last played here probably over two months ago, so was looking forward to the greens and overall course challenge. Compared to The Crossings greens, which were punched at the same time as Black Gold, BG's greens rolled a little faster (starter said they were a 10 on the stimp meter), but were not nearly as lush. They also have been verticut recently, which did not seem to affect the putts. There were a handful of greens that still had visible punch holes from 5+ weeks ago, and a few that had sandy bare spots that will seemingly take at least 3-4 weeks to completely resolve.
Some areas around the greens were in a state of resodding/repair.
Fairways were generally very lush, but also very, very wet from overwatering. Ended up with a muddy ball on 4 holes, and maddingly on the 18th, my ball ended up 2 feet from it's landing divot. Wish my sand wedge shots would stop that quickly, but not my drives!!! Otherwise, there was slight to moderate roll-out for me. Others in my group got better roll-out, as they were not landing in the wet spots.
Ball tended to sit down in the Kikuyu rough, about 2 inches in length and just un-lush enough to leave soft spots for the ball to sink into.
Remarkably, avoided all bunkers, some narrowly, but did seem that the sand was in good shape, per my playing partners results.
Tees were mostly decent, not green or lush to be sure, and cut short. Large areas of the 7th and 8th tees were closed for reseeding, where the grass seemed to be about 1 1/2 inches long and growing in nicely. This created for longer than normal tee shots from the whites markers. On the back, #16 tee was being reseeded, and appeared to affect the blue markers.
Didn't see the cart lady, except at the turn, parked in front of the snack bar, where she was counting her wares up and closing down for the day. The course REALLY needs to add a water jug before the 14th tee. 11th tee would be perfect.
Though a notch below The Crossings at Carlsbad right now in terms of playing conditions, I do look forward to a return very soon. With other courses punching right now, this is a very good option.» Close
Part of the GK Gurus on Tuesday, 10/10. Great to meet several people I've had the pleasure of reading their course reviews and golf comments on the bl... » More
Part of the GK Gurus on Tuesday, 10/10. Great to meet several people I've had the pleasure of reading their course reviews and golf comments on the blog. Had a great time playing with three of the smoothest-swinging golfers you will ever see, zgolfinman, gary00 and larryq2001. Great guys and great golfers!
Agree with the others on course conditions. Have played here a number of times over the last 12 months, and the greens were the best-looking and most lush I've seen in that time. Fully recovered from the punching five weeks ago, they were very smooth, no thin spots, very few unrepaired ball marks, and rolled true at medium speed. The main challenge for me was over-reading breaks. Perhaps the dense grass kept the greens online?!?
Really enjoy playing on these fairways, as the Bermuda grass is a great break from kikuyu grass on a number of other Southern California courses, and is truly carpet-like and very lush. Always had a good lie after a good amount of roll-out. Rough was tough around the greens, grabbing the clubhead too often.
Great $8 burgers w/fries on Tuesday, fast and fun service from the cheery and efficient bartender/server and fun conversation on the outdoor patio overlooking the driving range and putting greens. Great to get to know Bob and Larry better. Such fun and interesting gents, to go along with their golfing prowess.
Thanks for setting this up, Johnny. Highly recommended right now.» Close
Very friendly greeting at the pro shop and starter box.
Teed off today at 12:16pm with two very nice playing partners. We started out a bit b... » More
Very friendly greeting at the pro shop and starter box.
Teed off today at 12:16pm with two very nice playing partners. We started out a bit behind the previous group, but caught up to them on the 5th hole. We then waited on most shots, with a POP ending up at 4:45hrs (sigh), giving us just enough time to catch most of the pre-game warm-up of the Pats-Bucs NFL game while having a few bevvies.
Tee boxes were well-watered, a bit long with soft footing. Fairways were generally firm/burnt-out with a fair amount of some roll. Rough was really hard, burnt out, cut short, and splotchy on nearly every hole. Lots of roll towards hazards as my playing partners found out on #4 and elsewhere.
Bunkers were a mixed bag. I caught one on the first hole that was well-raked and soft, no problem. Also, the front bunker on #8 was fluffy. But, otherwise, the rest for myself and my playing partners were very firm and crispy, typically resulting in air-mailing the greens.
Greens were really pock-marked. A shame, really. Bumpy putts throughout.
Cart lady came by twice. Marshals were around plenty. A short visit to TJ's after the round - they were closing at 6pm for a private event. Eric and Martine are always great.
Overall, was expecting better conditions based on the uptick I saw 12 days ago. Pretty disappointed in conditions, but still had a good time due to the weather and company.» Close
Friendly greeting by Andrew in the pro shop. Got out right away on Mesa Linda, at 2:00pm as a threesome. We started out about one hole behind the grou... » More
Friendly greeting by Andrew in the pro shop. Got out right away on Mesa Linda, at 2:00pm as a threesome. We started out about one hole behind the group in front, finally catching the pack that was playing behind a pokey and seemingly large golf outing on the par 3 sixth hole. From there, we waited the rest of the day on pretty much every shot. POP 4 hrs 40 mins, finishing at sunset.
Tees were level but a bit long. Fairways were pretty lush, better than six weeks ago, with some bare spots filled in, but not perfect. Rough was patchy, sometimes about 2-3 inches, but with the ball sitting up well, other times tight or bare lies.
Was in one greenside bunker on the par5 11th. Terribly firm and uneven sand, spots unraked by previous golfers. Things did not go well.
Greens looked pretty good, held shots decently for the most part (4, 5, 9, 13 excepted) and were predictably medium-speed except on some of the severely sloped pin placements, where the ball gained speed. Generally, due to the day's heavy foot traffic, there were too many bumps for the ball to navigate on the way to the hole.
No cart girl today and no marshal. Lovely weather, and good times with my regular playing partners. This course can be a tough challenge, particularly if your short game and putter are not in sync.» Close
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