1. leef2020 Posted: 05/30/18 3:58p Member Since: Mar 26, 2016 From: Huntington Beach, CA
Played after the holiday yesterday, 5/29 with a 2:32 tee time, $49 via their website. Pleasant greeting and got a mini-bucket to warm up. Seemed to be a bit of a slow afternoon, no starter at his post... Continue »
Played after the holiday yesterday, 5/29 with a 2:32 tee time, $49 via their website. Pleasant greeting and got a mini-bucket to warm up. Seemed to be a bit of a slow afternoon, no starter at his post, and went out as a single about 10 minutes ahead of schedule, with no one around. On the fifth hole, paired up with a friendly single, who turned out to be another GK'er, so that was fun. He left after the 11th for some tacos with his wife - it was Tuesday, afterall! A hole later, joined up with 3 gunslingers behind me, with POP coming in at 4 hrs 15 mins total.
Caught the course on a day where they punched a lot of the white teeboxes. Not really an issue, just messy. The rest of the course seemed like the grounds crew had most of the day off. Fairways were uncut and hairy, producing inconsistent lies. Easy to get a nice divot, though. Rough was OK, and managed to avoid all bunkers.
Not sure if the greens were cut in the morning. The greens were pretty slow, and grass appeared very long. Rolled smoothly enough, but it was a struggle to get longer putts to the hole.
Love the course, and though it wasn't in tip-top shape for the day, really did enjoy the round. Course requires good ball striking and a bit of 'strategery' to score well.
Played Thursday, 5/10. Friendly greeting and efficient service in the pro shop and the friendly starter got me out ahead of my tee time by 20 mins, with no one else around.
Went out as a single at 1:25pm, chasing a twosome with a hole head start and moving at a good pace. Didn't see another group behind me until I was on 6th tee, and that group was in the fairway on hole #3. Finally caught the twosome at the 7th as they were waiting on a 4some ahead, playing from the black tees. Pace was a bit slow from there, waiting on every hole. POP was still pretty decent overall for this course, at 4hrs 20mins.
White tees were probably the worst aspect of the course yesterday, but I still rated them a '6'. Nicely cut, but grass coverage is on the thin side. Found unlevel areas within the marked teeing areas on about 1/2 the wholes. Still able to move to a level spot, but I think this is an area they should address to keep the course in 'great' standing.
Fairways were cut very nicely, provided decent roll-out and very good lies. Still some evidence of the spiking in April in the healing process in just a few places. Didn't really have a problem with the rough, ball sat up nicely for the most part and was able to get the club through it with no real penalty.
Was in two greenside bunkers, right front on #3 was very nice, medium-weight fluffy sand, 1" or more over a firm base. Massive front bunker on #6 was a little firm on the upslope. Was also in the long fairway bunker on #12, and was nice and firm, probably less than 1/2". All were raked and thought they provided very good and fair shot-making conditions.
The greens looked great from far and up-close. They were a deep, dark green and had very few unrepaired ball marks. Much darker than the fairways, the greens have received some large doses of water. This softened them up significantly, at least for the day's play. I wonder if they do this purposely ahead of the weekend's play, or if it is what they do daily? They held shots very well, but they did not roll smooth from the days's foot-traffic, and speed was medium-slow. Putting was a challenge and all of us left putts short most of the time.
Course overall is in very good condition right now, and definitely recommend playing. Hopefully, the greens will speed up. Cart girl was by just once and never saw a marshal. Good service by Alex in the bar after the round.
Was able to get a great $35 'Black' member rate via my 2018 Crossings Club membership. It's a pain, as you need to get someone from The Crossings at Carlsbad call the pro shop at Black Gold to set it up, but saving $20+ was certainly worth the trouble. First time I've taken advantage of that benefit in two years, and will now try to do it again. This perk will go away in 2019, with JCGolf now managing things at C@C and KemperSports still managing BG.
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.