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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, 3/16 at 1:30pm, $39 w/cart twilite rate via their web site. My playing partner and I were joined by another twosome and teed off a litt... » More
Played Friday, 3/16 at 1:30pm, $39 w/cart twilite rate via their web site. My playing partner and I were joined by another twosome and teed off a little ahead of schedule, teeing off about 1:25pm. Had short waits on most holes/shots. Things picked up a bit on the back 9, as two players dropped out ahead of us, and we finished in 4.5hrs.
Course conditions were very good overall. White teeing areas were generally good and cut nicely, but a few had unlevel areas to deal with, including #s 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15. Worst feature of the course. They did resolve the unlevel teeing areas on #s 14 & 18 last year, and those areas are really nice, notwithstanding the divots on the par 3s.
Fairways were pretty typical condition for the course - good, generally cut shortish. A little softer than usual due to the recent rain, but still provided good roll-out and decent lies. Well-marked GUR areas in most cases. Rough was cut short, so not too penal when you were just off the fairway. Further away, the rough became unkempt, dry and bumpy, and provided challenging lies.
Was in a good sampling of bunkers, including on #s 2, 5, 6 (fairway) and 8. Sand was very consistent and good. A little deeper than I would like before you got to a firm base - about 2", the sand was medium-weight. Needed a little more clubhead speed for a good shot (I will try to remember this point for next time, as I ended up barely getting out of a few).
Greens weren't the smoothest I've seen here, nor the fastest (thankfully). But, they were in very good shape, very green, and held shots well. Medium-fast on the day, really a pleasure/challenge to putt on. Made some, missed some.
Trixie, the notorious and enjoyable cart lady was by several times. Always a pleasure. The friendly starter was making his marshal rounds later, and saw him on the 11th. Weather ended up being nice enough - no rain on the course, certainly chilly for parts when the wind was 2-3 clubs at times, but when the sun was out, had to take off a layer.» Close
Played Monday, 3/12, teeing off about 1:30pm, first off for the new twilight time. Finished in 4hrs 40mins, with short waits on most holes, beginning ... » More
Played Monday, 3/12, teeing off about 1:30pm, first off for the new twilight time. Finished in 4hrs 40mins, with short waits on most holes, beginning on the par3 7th. May have been an outing earlier, as the 10th tee was packed w/6 carts when I drove in to the parking lot.
As for course conditions...oh, what a difference the rain makes. Course conditions were OK, but not great overall. Mainly, the greens were slowed down to medium-speed and were fairly soft and bumpy. Ball did not roll straight often. Much different than the last few times I've played here and on the smaller Mesa Linda course last week. As to be expected, they held shots a bit better.
White tees were the norm, pretty decent, but two were chewed up/thin (8 & 15). Fairways did not roll as much due to the damp conditions, meaning longer 2nd (and 3rd) shots. Rough was a bit penal, as it is growing longer and thicker.
Was only in one bunker, in front of the par3 17th. Was very damp, mud-like heavy sand. Got a report from one playing partner that the other bunker left of the hole was the same condition. Others I was nearby in the round looked much better.
Have not seen a posting for greens aerification, but expect that will be coming within the next month or so.» Close
Played here on Thursday, 3/8 with Larryq2001, teeing off a few minutes late, about 12:15pm, on a warm, mostly sunny afternoon. $50 rate via their webs... » More
Played here on Thursday, 3/8 with Larryq2001, teeing off a few minutes late, about 12:15pm, on a warm, mostly sunny afternoon. $50 rate via their website. We shared a small bucket, that was only $4. Paired up with two singles, one of whom was getting a practice round for the Yorba Linda city championship. The nice young gent possesses a very solid game and hope he does well this weekend! POP was slow, with waits caused mostly by a group two ahead of us, with the final bell at 4hrs 50mins.
Course was in very good winter conditions overall. Similar to my last review in January, but the greens were fantastic this time.
White tees were cut short, level but were very thin and scruffy at times, making footing sometimes a challenge. Fairways were cut short and provided for very good roll and pretty good lies. Not the most lush, but it is the 'winter'... really? it is March now! ;-)
Rough was a mixed bag of dormant and clumpy grasses. Not the toughest to hit from, but not a good place to be due to the inconsistencies and the ball sitting down in it.
Had my share of bunker adventures early, and the fairway bunkers were how I like 'em - firm footing with a 1/4" or so layer of sand, allowing for crisp contact. The greenside bunkers were soft, medium-weight white sand, about 1 1/2" - 2" to get to firmer footing. Rated a 7.
Greens really were nice and smooth, deep green, firm and medium-fast to putt. Lots of undulations and breaks to deal with. I had challenges getting approach, sand and chip shots anywhere near the pin, and getting them to bite/sit on the greens. Noticed that the front-left portion of the 3rd green was having some issues, perhaps an over-watering and/or fungal problem. Overall, I rated them an 8 on the day.
The course beat me up pretty well early and late, with some unlucky bounces and bad swings, but did manage a decent stretch of holes in the middle of the round. Enough good holes to bring me back before their aerification in early April, however. My thanks to Larry, who is always great to play with, even if I am enduring a rough round, which unfortunately seems to be the norm for me the past six weeks. Staff, as always is very friendly, and the cart lady came by 3 times.» Close
Played Mesa Linda on a lovely, sunny 70's Monday, with a slight wind from the west.
Teed it up about 12:40pm as a 3some and finished a few minutes... » More
Played Mesa Linda on a lovely, sunny 70's Monday, with a slight wind from the west.
Teed it up about 12:40pm as a 3some and finished a few minutes over 4hrs. A few waits here and there, but things moved along pretty well. Just a gorgeous afternoon.
Course was fair to pretty good condition, mostly firm and cut close throughout, which meant lots and lots of roll in the fairway and even the rough. Blue tees were mostly nice and lush, level and also cut short.
Was in the fairway bunker on the par5 #5, and it was very firm with a nice thin layer of sand, as I prefer all fairway bunkers to be, allowing one to make pretty good contact. Made par from it, so it clearly wasn't penal.
Greens really were firm and were putting fast, with some crazy, crazy roll away from the holes due to pin placements on severe slopes - seemed to be at least two that were very unfair. They held some shots fairly well and a few not so well. The kikuyu fringe around the greens was cut much shorter than usual - same as the fairways - and were also very firm and dry. So, approach shots landing short of the green had a much bigger first hop than usual, with the kikuyu not playing 'catch and grab' with the ball, as it is wont to do.
Saw the cart girl twice. The marshal once. Hit a 240-yard drive to end the day (40 more than usual). I did say that the ball was rolling lots and lots today!» Close
Played Hidden Valley for the first time with Orangegolfer and Larrryq2001 on Wednesday mid-morning for $44 including cart, I believe their standard we... » More
Played Hidden Valley for the first time with Orangegolfer and Larrryq2001 on Wednesday mid-morning for $44 including cart, I believe their standard weekday rate. These two guys are friendly gents, and great golfers, and both had nice rounds from the blues. I hacked it around from the whites. We waited on the tees throughout the round, and forgot to notice when we finished. It must've been close to a 5 hour round. You could see lots of golfers on every hole from the many panoramic views this course provides.
White tee boxes were pretty rough, with divots galore on most. A handful had mounds and slopes to deal with. The whites/blue markers were paired together on the par5 15th hole, presenting us with a downslope for the entire legal teeing area.
Fairways were in winter condition, a bit wet from rain, and had evidence of a recent punching on a few holes. Inconsistent grasses and thin at times. But, generally, the ball sat up well and were easy to take decent shots w/divots. On three holes, had approach shots land and then roll backwards 20-40 yards before finding a comfy spot that pleased it. Had other sideways kicks that went plenty more. Between this feature, various blind shots and several ill-conceived/placed forced carries (imho) reminded me of the now defunct Champions at the Retreat course on multiple holes. Rough was inconsistent in length. Water in several bunkers.
Thought the greens were in very good/great condition and certainly the best feature of the course. The putts on the practice green were lightening fast, with the ball rolling down slopes, 20-30 feet before finding a spot to settle in. On the course, a little less stupid, and the greens held shots fairly well. They were actually soft to walk on, which helped them to not be a total menace to putt. They were still very fast, and with the many undulations and slopes, the ball could easily end up 4-6 feet past the hole on a downhill 10-footer, or take the ball 30 feet plus away from the hole as it took the slope away from the hole. Greens were indeed lush, and in spite of a number of repaired divot marks, ball rolled excellently and smooth, with few bumps along the way.
Saw the cart lady on both 9s. The course could use toilet facilities on the front, and more water jugs throughout. GPS on carts worked very well, allowing you to pick a spot on the hole to measure hazards, etc. Of note, the GPS provides front/back of green and a target marker in the center of the green, that is indeed for 'center of green', not the flag location.
Would like to come back in late spring/early summer and try the course again. Great scenery and views almost make up for my minor gripes about the course design. For my short-hitter game, this course presents an extra challenge and required a few silly layups with wedges, even after good drives (210-220yds) from the whites, to avoid hazards that I would have a very tough time carrying with a 5 or even a 3 wood.» Close
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