1. leef2020 Posted: 10/14/17 11:49a Member Since: Mar 26, 2016 From: Huntington Beach, CA
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 o... Continue »
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.
2. mr8656 Posted: 10/12/17 10:31a Member Since: Mar 27, 2013 From: San Bernardino
Played 10/11 at 1025. Great weather.
I found the course to be in very good condition. A few tee boxes were closed, signs of getting needed repairs done. The tee boxes that were open I had no probl... Continue »
Played 10/11 at 1025. Great weather.
I found the course to be in very good condition. A few tee boxes were closed, signs of getting needed repairs done. The tee boxes that were open I had no problem with. The course is a challenge. A few blind shots either hitting over a ridge in the fairway to an elevation change and a tucked away green. Speaking of elevation change. Everywhere! Club selection is very important. Fairways, rough and greens were just about where you'd exspect them to be at the end of summer. No real negative issues. The bunkers had enough sand fill to make them playable. The senior rate of $55 is a plus. Customer service gets a big high five. I got stuck in traffic, we called the course and they obliged me with a tee time which afforded me an extra 45 minutes to get there. That gave me time for some quick nutrition. Really came in handy. The round plus travel time from the I.E. was right at 10 hrs. POP was good at 4.25. Traffic is a real issue.
Fun finishing hole. From the tee box, target left of the right fairway bunker. From there, lay up left for a good angle into the green. Water could come into play on 2nd shot if you go too far right. Green slopes toward the water for sure on the green here.
Downhill from the tee box, then a severely uphill approach. Compensate for +10-20 yards depending on where you're hitting into the green from. Do NOT miss left on the approach. It's OB left and the green also breaks right to left severely.