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Last Updated: May 14, 2016
Serious golfer, but not competitive with others, unless you piss me off! Looking for guys to go on golf trips. My friends either work too much, are too cheap, or their wives won't let them go because they can't trust them.
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I played with the GK Gurus this afternoon with Nick, Larry, and Kevin. I didn't play the early round because I didn't want to wake up before 5:00 to ... » More
I played with the GK Gurus this afternoon with Nick, Larry, and Kevin. I didn't play the early round because I didn't want to wake up before 5:00 to make the 2-hour drive. Friendly, professional staff, nice driving range (balls included), and a top notch clubhouse give the golfer a nice feeling before heading out to play. The weather was perfect: mid-70s with very little wind.
The fairways were idyllic, and as others have noted, the rough is generally dormant. Generally the rough was thick enough to slow wayward balls from rolling completely through and out of play. The downside of that is the rough was thick enough to hamper ball striking at times. The bunkers were a little uneven. Some were a little thin, leading to some wayward bunker shots from our group, but others that were fluffy and easy to judge how to hit. The tee boxes were in great shape, and the greens were immaculate, although the breaks were a little difficult for the first timer to judge. I tended to see more break than there really was, and never did figure them out. Speed was about medium and very consistent.
The layout was varied, with some wide open fairways, others that it is prudent to leave driver in the bag, and a good mix of long, medium, and short par 4s. Fortunately Nick was familiar with the course. Without his advice it could be frustrating for the first timer, as there are numerous holes where it is not obvious where to hit the ball and how far. POP wasn't a problem at all until the last few holes when it slowed down.
I'm not in a position to judge how good a deal the rack rate is because I haven't played many courses in the area, and because the Gurus get a nice discount. But the course was pretty crowded, an indication that it is priced competitively. Overall, a good day on the course. Many thanks to Johnny for setting this one up.» Close
I played the course yesterday for the first time in several years. I remembered it as being one of my favorite course in the OC, along with Monarch B... » More
I played the course yesterday for the first time in several years. I remembered it as being one of my favorite course in the OC, along with Monarch Beach (well, that I can afford to play). Fairways and tee boxes were in good conditions for the time of year, but not pristine as I remember. The greens were immaculate, and the bunkers that I was in were nice and fluffy, although wet in spots.
The snack cart and marshal came around regularly. POP was fine, with our threesome not having to wait as I recall. It has a nice driving range with a short game practice area and two very nice putting greens. We played midweek at prime time on a Costco coupon for $80, which I thought was a good deal. The rack rate of $135 is not crazy compared to other similar courses, but most GKers would probably look elsewhere. The senior rate (over 55) of $95 weekdays before 9:00 is actually not too bad, if you like playing early and are willing to fight traffic.» Close
I played here again today on the second day of a stay and play. Having played the course for the first time yesterday I found the course much more pla... » More
I played here again today on the second day of a stay and play. Having played the course for the first time yesterday I found the course much more playable today. Knowing where to hit the tee shot made a huge difference. The greens are still too large, with the potential for 75-100 foot putts, but this time around we were better able to judge speed and read the break, so there were a lot fewer 3- and 4-putts.
As others have said, the service is top notch, and the course is very scenic and serene. The rough is too long, which slows down play. Even with the coupon it’s pricey. I can’t see myself ever paying the rack rate, And don’t think I’d play again without as good a deal as the UnderPar deal we got. If we use the bounce back coupon it’ll be during the summer when conditions should be better.» Close
I played here yesterday on a stay-and-play coupon. My wife stayed with me in the hotel for the night while my buddy and I played yesterday, and will ... » More
I played here yesterday on a stay-and-play coupon. My wife stayed with me in the hotel for the night while my buddy and I played yesterday, and will be playing again today.
I know that just about all of the reviews of this course are good, but I was disappointed with the course. The course was in overall decent shape, but the rough was so long that it was difficult to find your ball, which slows down play. The greens are humongous and lots of undulations. It would take numerous rounds to learn the subtleties of the greens, but who can afford to play this course more than occasionally? The ball might land on the left side of the green and roll all the way to the other side. Or trickle by the whole and roll another 25 feet. Very frustrating. We’ll see if having one round under my belt helps for today’s round.» Close
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