1. leef2020 Posted: 07/20/17 9:45p Member Since: Mar 26, 2016 From: Huntington Beach, CA
Played here Thursday at 12:48pm on a $40.00 Teeoff.com special with two friendly guys, one I've played with before at Black Gold. Plenty of room in the parking lot, a light day on the course. POP was ... Continue »
Played here Thursday at 12:48pm on a $40.00 Teeoff.com special with two friendly guys, one I've played with before at Black Gold. Plenty of room in the parking lot, a light day on the course. POP was was just under 4 hours, which, considering the pretty warm weather and course, was fantastic today.
Course is still in very good condition, but off 1/2 a notch below six weeks ago. Nothing too serious, but greens not quite as smooth, too many ball marks, cups were rounded and chewed up from at least 1 day's play, cups from previous locations were not either above or below green level...oh wait, maybe more serious than I thought!
Fairways were great, however - ball sat up nicely all day - and rough wasn't too penal, except in a few spots around bunkers, etc., where the mowers were not nimble. Was in one greenside bunker, nice semi-fluffy white sand, and got a nice clean shot out on the green. Tees were pretty good, but a few with uneven footing for the white tees.
A lovely warm and sunny day on this mostly green and lush course, with just enough wind to cool things down. Cart lady came by early in the round, but never to be seen on the back nine when we really could've used her services. Water jugs still had cold water. Marshal was very friendly, saw him twice. POP was good, so he was happy. Bar staff was efficient with prompt refills on my Arnie.
Still good. Saw a mixed foursome riding the golf boards on 18 as we were teeing off on 10. Looked like they were having fun!
Got out Thursday with 7 other GK Gurus, make that 8! – was fun to see roarksown1 surprise appearance in the proshop and after the round teeing it up with his buddy John. So a bonus GK Guru review!
Black Gold Golf Club continues to impress me with every round. It’s a layout that never gets old for me and continues to challenge on every hole. You have to be accurate on all shots yet you don’t feel the course is target golf. But most of all, you need to putt well. Every hole interesting and unique. Some great views as well.
Conditions are excellent right now. Very impressed with the Kikuyu fairways so lush and dark green. I love the way a golf ball sits up on a lush Kikuyu fairway. As far as the Kikuya rough, lush with some thin areas yet torments me so it was nice to see Black Gold Golf Club had it cut lower than previous rounds I’ve played there. Don’t take it from granted that it is short, it will still grab your club all day. The bunkers are in outstanding shape compared to the majority of golf courses I’ve played in Southern California this year. Quality sand, well maintained. Tee boxes lush, some divot damage (but repaired and I attribute that to the good practice of them having divot mix on the tees). Greens, to me always the highlight of the course and once again I could not figure them out. They seem to always break more than I read, be more uphill or downhill than I anticipate. However they are in great shape, firm, smooth and moderately fast.
Service was super throughout the day with frequent sightings of on course food/beverage service, friendly professional attitude of proshop staff and starter.
I snapped some photos and posted them. Check them out.
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.