1. rgm2525 Posted: 09/03/18 7:13p Member Since: Jan 24, 2005 From: chatsworth
Played 8-30-18 in a Guru outing, going out in the second group with Keith, Jim, and Sal teeing off around 7:40 and finishing a little before 11:30. The whole course was in pretty good shape. Tee boxes... Continue »
Played 8-30-18 in a Guru outing, going out in the second group with Keith, Jim, and Sal teeing off around 7:40 and finishing a little before 11:30. The whole course was in pretty good shape. Tee boxes were in great shape, level with good coverage and cut tight. Fairways were very nice, great lies with descent roll out. Rough was not that long but the ball would sit down a little in the healthy Bermuda. Was not in any bunkers, but playing partners said the were a little inconsistent in depth and firmness. Greens were really nice rolling very smooth at medium/fast pace and semi-firm. I played on one of the golf boards which I have used before and always have a lot of fun on them. For me the golf boards let me get a better feel of the course, close to as if I'm walking. For some they might take a little getting used too with having to use more of your body to turn them instead of just steering it. But once you get used to it,it is just a blast surfing the contours of the fairways. Thanks to John and La Costa for setting up such a fun day.
2. JohnnyGK Posted: 09/02/18 10:16a Member Since: Dec 30, 2002 From: Thousand Oaks
Last Thursday was a unique fun golf experience with fellow GK’ers at La Costa. The Champions Course was in the best shape I’ve ever seen it…of course starting Monday 9/4 – 9/7 they aerate the greens a... Continue »
Last Thursday was a unique fun golf experience with fellow GK’ers at La Costa. The Champions Course was in the best shape I’ve ever seen it…of course starting Monday 9/4 – 9/7 they aerate the greens and do their Fall maintenance. What I found out although is they have a new superintendent that immediately addressed the issue of the greens being too soft and susceptible to ball mark damage. On Thursday they rolled smooth, ran medium fast and were mostly firm. I loved them. The rest of the golf course was mostly lush bermunda turf. Ball was sitting up great in the fairways. Rough was thankfully cut lower but still posed some challenges if you found it. Only conditions knock, and to me not that much so, are the bunker not containing quality sand you would expect from a high end resort. They were certainly playable, as found many and played well from them, but not up to Omni La Costa standards.
As much I love this golf course, the real fun for me was riding a GolfBoard and Phat Scooter for the first time. I was very eager to finally ride a GolfBoard so jumped on one for the front 9. Man, they are a blast. I was not much of skateboarder or surfer as a kid, I liked to JetSki (the standing up kind) so I immediately took up that posture on the GolfBoard. Well, not the same machine! – LOL – I needed to adapt and eventually got into a groove around the 5th hole. Still even during the learning process of riding I was having fun. I also have to say I like very much how it slowed/stopped automatically allowing me to simply step off as I approached my ball or ever felt a little out of control. I felt very safe on it. Cons were it works out muscles my arms and legs not normally used so I was experiencing a little bit of soreness after my round. Also it’s not good at tight turns. On a JetSki you can dig into the water or slide out the back – not the case with a GolfBoard obviously.
On the back nine, I tried the Phat Scooter. That was a blast also but let’s be very clear, this is a two wheeled motor vehicle and with it comes many of the same risks as if you were riding a motorcycle or street scooter. It’s my understanding a 3-wheeled version of the Phat Scooter is coming out which I think would help the safety of this ride a lot. To the Phat Scooter’s credit, it’s pretty safe IMO. Not as safe as a GolfBoard but safe. And although I enjoyed the GolfBoard much better, most of our group enjoyed the Phat Scooter much better. The Phat Scooter is easy to get the hang off, handles well and is a smooth ride. It’s got a place to hold your drink and extra golf gear. Your bag fits well on the back. It’s even got a USB port to keep your phone charged but please don’t text while riding – lol.
I highly recommend playing Omni La Costa Resort and now even more so with the additions of the GolfBoards and Phat Scooters. This place is fun. Thanks to everyone that came out to enjoy it with me!
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.