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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 here again this week. The conditions were about the same as my last review a few weeks ago, with a few exceptions. First, I was in a bunch ... » More
I played here again this week. The conditions were about the same as my last review a few weeks ago, with a few exceptions. First, I was in a bunch of bunkers, and the experience was uneven. Some had deep sand while others were thin, which let to a few fliers that overshot the green, which was disappointing. Some were damp and some were dry, so it was hard to judge how to hit it. Second, the greens were not lumpy like last time. They were a little slow, but rolled true.
Other than that, it was the usual top notch service and enjoyable round.» Close
I played with Guru's Lee, Gary, and Vince yesterday. This is the second time I've played here, the first being more than 10 years ago. The reason I ... » More
I played with Guru's Lee, Gary, and Vince yesterday. This is the second time I've played here, the first being more than 10 years ago. The reason I did not return was that the course was a little rough around the edges. Since I live about 10 minutes away and the reviews from a Guru visit in August were favorable, I thought I'd find out for myself.
The differences between now and my last visit are notable. The service was about average. The pro shop was professional, but there was no starter or marshal, although as Gary says POP was not a problem, and the snack cart came around regularly. They could use a few signs directing you to the range and to holes #1 and #10. Afterward, Mulligan's (the restaurant) was closed, but the bar was open. Not much atmosphere in the bar, with acoustics equivalent to an echo chamber, but the patio was quiet and peaceful and the beer was cold and reasonably priced.
Now to the course. The practice area was above average, with a grass range, a sizable putting green, and a short game area with a bunker. For those of us who don't want to wear ourselves out prior to playing, or are just plain cheap, they sell range balls at 20 for $2.00, which is just about the right number for me to get warmed up.
The two things most important to me in a golf course are the setting, and the conditions. The setting is well above average, in my book, with no other buildings for at least a mile or two, and appeared to be on a road with only golf course traffic. Mature palms and eucalyptus are plentiful, but are not placed inconveniently, like between my ball and the green (well, most of the time). That made for a very peaceful setting.
The greens and bunkers were in particularly good shape, both among the best I've played this year. The fairways had generally good coverage, but did have a few bare spots. Since it's normally dry this time of year, the fact that the fairways were damp suggests that management is working to improve the fairways. The fairways did seem to have multiple types of grass in spots, and getting it down to one variety of grass would be a plus.
The layout was pretty traditional, with only one kinda quirky hole that I can think of. The course seemed fair, and played long. Not much roll in the fairway, but you didn't want to hit it too high because there was a fair amount of wind. That put a premium on club selection and the ability to hit various types of shots, an ability I do not possess. The several elevated tee boxes were enjoyable. Interestingly, our group managed to play the course without any of us losing a ball. I attribute that to the fact that the other three golfers in my group hit it straight, and I didn't generally hit it far enough to get into much trouble. Or it might be the generous amount of space between the fairways and the big trouble spots on most holes.
The place is a bargain, particularly if you like to walk, because carts are priced separately. There are a few hills, but for the most part is very walkable, with no long stretches between holes.
All in all, an enjoyable day and course. I expect this will become a part of my regular rotation.» Close
This was the 4th and final stop on our central CA golf trip. We got a rate of $59 on GolfNow, which I thought was a terrific deal for a Friday mornin... » More
This was the 4th and final stop on our central CA golf trip. We got a rate of $59 on GolfNow, which I thought was a terrific deal for a Friday morning. We teed off at 8:40, which in my book is early (Weber is usually done by that time), so we could drive home afterward.
Like Bayonet, its sister course, the rough was kept long for a tournament. But we were in luck, sorta, because the rough was being cut down to normal length. We didn't see the freshly cut grass until the back nine, but my game improved significantly with the shorter grass. Like Bayonet, conditions were very good, and these greens were even trickier than Bayonet's. Bunkers, fairways, and tee boxes were all in great shape, and POP was fine, although we had to wait from time to time.
I would definitely play this one again on my next trip, along with Bayonet.» Close
This was stop #3 on the central CA golf trip. We played on a Golf Moose coupon for $80, which seemed like a pretty good deal. I'd never played here ... » More
This was stop #3 on the central CA golf trip. We played on a Golf Moose coupon for $80, which seemed like a pretty good deal. I'd never played here before so I was at a severe disadvantage. Finally, we get a course where the rough is manageable, but we still had a lot of wind to deal with. Very professional service, with warm up balls included. Immaculate practice area. In fact, the conditions were like that of an upscale private course, with hardly a blade of grass out of place.
We played the back nine first, and as other reviewers say, it's totally different from the front nine. Hilly like a roller coaster, with numerous elevated tees, almost to the point of going a little overboard. The front nine is a more typical parkland course: generally flat with more houses lining the course. The flyover video on the cart is a nice touch, but totally worthless. It would say something like be sure to use enough club on the uphill approach shot, and would neglect to say it had OB on the left and a hidden hazard lining the right side.
Don't let the yardage fool you. It's pretty short, so we played the back tees (I think they have only three sets), but I corrected that mistake by moving up to the middle tees around the 8th hole. Many of the holes are fairly narrow, and with so much wind I again made little use of my driver. Greens were fast and difficult to read, but toward the end I started getting the hang of it.
I'm neutral on whether I'd play it again on my next trip to Monterey. A little quirky, particularly on the back nine, but now that I know the course I think I'd have a fair chance to have a decent round.» Close
This was stop #2 on the central CA golf trip. This is about the fourth time I've played it, but the first time in 6-7 years, so the first time with t... » More
This was stop #2 on the central CA golf trip. This is about the fourth time I've played it, but the first time in 6-7 years, so the first time with the redesign. Like stop #1 (La Purisima) the rough was long and punishing. Apparently it was set up for a mini-tour stop, or something like that, and they let the rough grow long to make it more challenging. Add in the constant wind, the fact that I hardly knew the course, and boy, did it play tough. Again I used driver sparingly because it was too penalizing to miss the fairway.
I never saw a marshal, but POP was fine, especially considering the amount of time needed to look for balls in the rough. The greens were in good shape but tricky. It took 10 holes or so to figure on the speed and break, so I did not score well at all. Fairways and tee boxes were in good shape too, and I don't recall seeing any bare spots.
I would certainly play it again when I'm in the area, along with Black Horse, its companion course, but it would be more playable for this 13 handicapper if the rough was cut down a bit. Very professional service at a first class outfit.» Close
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