1. roarksown1 Posted: 07/18/19 9:22p Member Since: Jan 6, 2013 From: Playa del Rey
Just a quick review after last weekend's GK Event at the usually very solid La Costa resort. Like most of the others have stated, it was not in the ideal shape that usually greets you when you get dow... Continue »
Just a quick review after last weekend's GK Event at the usually very solid La Costa resort. Like most of the others have stated, it was not in the ideal shape that usually greets you when you get down there. And to make it worse, the three-hour drive in inexplicable Saturday morning traffic already got things off to a bad start.
We got out to the first tee though (in our case the third hole for our shotgun) and were greeted with burned out fairways, poor bunkers and far too many Cart Path Only holes which was all the more frustrating due to the less-than-ideal course conditions.
Greens were in pretty good shape though and very tricky to manage. Plenty of tiers, false fronts and severe slopes to test the best of putters. This was a PGA course for a reason. Routing is very strong though and some of the holes are pretty awesome, just a shame that they were visually so disappointing.
Cart service was good though and the staff did a good job taking care of us. Always a fun time to join up with fellow GK'ers, in this case new GK stud Matt and the terrific father-son duo of Ken and Kendrick. Special thanks as always to Johnny for getting us out there.
2. JohnnyGK Posted: 07/18/19 11:12a Member Since: Dec 30, 2002 From: Thousand Oaks
Thanks everyone that came out to our GK Plays Omni La Costa Resort outing on Saturday. I posted a recap on the GK Events page. Some mixed feelings about the experience. Obviously the playing condition... Continue »
Thanks everyone that came out to our GK Plays Omni La Costa Resort outing on Saturday. I posted a recap on the GK Events page. Some mixed feelings about the experience. Obviously the playing conditions were not up to Omni La Costa Resort standards which was very surprising. I later find out they had issues with the water pump a week before that prevented watering for almost 5 days. Hence why the golf course was abnormally so dry. I do my best to time these outings when golf courses are in great shape. In every prior GK Plays at Omni La Costa Resort that was the case.
On the flip side, as an outing organizer the staff did a great job preparing and staging our event. I really appreciated that they were willing to delay our start to wait for others to join due to the heavy traffic on the South 5. I like the extra touches they do with golf cart signage and scorecards. Staff is great to correspond with prior and during the outing.
We played the Champions Course and despite conditions not as good as expected I still had a great time. It’s a layout I always find challenging and loaded with fun shots. And teeing it with fellow GKers makes it even better. I expect the conditions to improve rapidly and might play another round there in August to see.
After play, although I was not pleased with not enough tables set up by the Vue restaurant staff and not allowing us to use more tables due to current reservations, I was ecstatic about the good times we had giving out Linksoul and Golf Moose gear. And how cool of Golf Moose to also give out polos in addition to their gift cards. In all fairness it was a Saturday night at a packed resort so I get them needing tables to accommodate guests.
Overall, fun outing, and I will be returning to do another. Likely an early morning outing to beat traffic.
Short drive in cart through a tunnel to the up hill par 4 dogleg left. Finding the fairway is very important on this hole. Green is very tuff, slopes hard back to front. Bunkers protect cutting the corner to the left, uphill hole so only long hitters should try this. Wide fairway hit it . Keep your 2nd shot under the hole trust me.
Up hill par 3 under 200 yards. Green is shallow in middle with lots of room to right and left, bunkers gaurd short get used to them. Hitting the green is just the beginning, 2 put and you will have earned a par on this hole.