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Played a solo round at Skylinks this weekend after booking online with GolfNow. I knew in advance that this course won't deduct the price if you choose to walk instead of riding, so I left my cart at home and decided to ride.

When I arrived around 40 mins early for my 9:10am tee time, I asked for a medium bucket of balls and leisurely got them, found an open stall and began stretching out. As I was just about to hit my first ball, they called my name on the loudspeaker to go to the first tee. This was about 15 mins before my tee time, which is normally not an issue, but if you they knew we were going out early, why let me waste the money purchasing a bucket of balls? I also had no time time to hit the practice putting green so we were off to a poor start.

I normally really love this course but I was already in a down mood after that start, and then found the course to not be in the kind of shape that justifies premium pricing just under $100 on a Sunday morning. In good shape, no problem paying that price. But yesterday the fairways were pretty thin and had lots of dry spots, while the rough was often very thin or just mud/dirt. There were of course some good areas as well so don't think it's all a mess.

The greens were in good shape for sure so no complaints there ... they were at nice medium-fast speeds but took me a few holes (and two 3-putts) to get the speed down after not having any warmup reps. Nothing overly tricky on Skylinks greens so you get what you give. Good lines, nice coverage and holding shots well if we're being honest.

The bunkers were very disastrous though. Mostly incredibly thin and just miserable to play out of while giving every golfer there minimum confidence to make the shot. I don't ever recall the bunkers here being as poor as they are currently. Very tough pill to swallow when you're constantly finding them with every errant shot on an erratic back nine. Tee boxes were also just average or slightly above.

No cart service throughout the day which is kind of wild on a busy Father's Day Sunday, but at least there's a quick and easy snack shop at the turn. POP was really great for the first 5-6 holes as we were all alone, but we caught the group in front of us eventually and things slowed down for the rest of the round, but nothing too horrific in the end.

So overall it's tough to give Skylinks a great rating after yesterday's many disappointments, but I have no doubts that my next visit will be far better. I would just personally wait until you hear that the bunkers have been reloaded with some actual sand.
Played in the men's club on Sat and figured I would update my last review from a few months back. The course is in fantastic shape overall. You can tell they are putting in the time and money to make this place a top-notch facility. Check-in was easy and carts were staged as there were 2 shotgun tournaments going out this morning. The range has trackman launch monitors at each bay but the range was quite full due to the two shotguns happening. POP was slow as the course was full. We finished just under 5 hours but it was a beautiful day on a beautiful course.

Conditions keep getting better and better here. Tee Boxes, Fairways, and rough were all lush and very nice to play from. The farther offline you go the nastier the conditions get. The course has some natural creeks that have giant reeds and eat your errant shots so do your best to avoid those. Greens were soft yet fast to play. While fixing ball marks the grass itself was very healthy and had a deep root system. The good news was that we didnt encounter any ball marks, im glad people are doing their part. The only part of the course that needs work is the sand. They have started working on them but I guess its a long process for the course.

I highly recommend playing here if you get a chance. I have the player's card so if you want to tee up with me I get a $75 rate on weekends for Myself +3 guests. The rack rate is $125.
Played 6/15/24 1:40 POP 4:10 $99. The course is in overall great shape. Definitely on the dry side, but playing very well. Fairway's green with good roll and good coverage. A little on the dry & tight side, but still very nice to hit from. Greens here can be the challenge of the course. They were in great shape. Very firm, only perfectly struck shots had any stopping power, so you need to play for some roll out. And DO NOT short side your self. I still love the new green complex's. They were running a little on the slow side. They look fast, but ran at a medium pace. Bunkers & tees in good shape. No cart service. Temps were warm, but not too bad. Easy Recommend!
Early morning round as usual on a surprisingly uncrowded Sunday. Guess everyone was staying home to watch the U S Open? Course is really nice condition right now. Greens have nice pace, but are still very receptive, even for my mediocre iron shots. Fairways are excellent, as are the bunkers, tee boxes. Truth is, the course is what it should have been all along. Hope they can maintain these conditions throughout the summer.
Played Weds 8AM. Very nice and accommodating staff. $95 was I thought a bit steep --but whatever-- conditions were nice so worth it in that regard. Lady in pro shop did mention only 25 people booked for the maybe look at the ask rate to drum up some additional biz. Fairways lush, greens for the most part rolled well. A few brown spots here and there ...but it's almost Springs 100* plus so that's to be expected. Better condition than Westin Pete Dye that we played the following day. Only gripes were very unlevel tee boxes......let's flatten those out guys-- very easy fix.
We played an additional 9 holes on a replay rate of $40 which I thought was a bit steep.
I'll be layout and really nice views.
Played Torrey North on Wednesday as the last round of the San Diego swing. Overall the conditions are pretty good. Fairways are great. Nice and lush throughout without any thin or brown areas that I saw. Greens, were flowering but still rolled fairly smooth albeit at a much slower pace than Aviara. Not sure if Aviara greens were that fast or Torrey was that slow but a huge difference between the two. Tee boxes were level with ample coverage. Bunkers were also great as you would expect from a course of this quality. Rough was absolutely BRUTAL! Not that deep but super sticky and would grab your club.

I’m not a huge fan of the layout as there are only a few interesting holes. Most are just dead straight with little to no trouble. I get the no trees between the fairways as it keeps the view opened up to enjoy the scenic ocean below. But some dog legs here and there would hurt. Put in a water hazard on the par 5’s for a forced carry on second shot? Something to make you think. Just my opinion is all.
Not many recent reviews for a long time on here, so here we go. RTJ2 course and I thought it was good. Much better than a super forgiving resort course so it fit my expectations. Pace of play was great, 4hrs on the button and we were a group of 3. I’d say for the price, play it. Many enjoyable and challenging holes with good views of ocean and volcano. Fair amount of elevation change. Tee time 9:26 and started very windy making it difficult. Wind stopped at 10th and back 9 scoring was easier due to this. I don’t know what’s up with the sand traps, they are some sort of fine gravel. Still pretty coarse to the point I’d look at the bottom of my wedge for damage. I played with visitors, they played a lot of golf in the islands and never seen anything like it. All my gravel shots were simply “picked out clean” since I couldn’t figure out how to play the gravel. Price is right and I’ll likely play again. Course staff was super nice and informative. Keep in mind though, this is like a nice muni or semi-private you’d play at home but in Hawaii with great views and warm weather. Hope this helps
Played 6-10-24 in the GK/Vivid outing in a shotgun start at 11am and finishing in a little over 4 1/2 hours. Course is in really good shape from tee to green, with very lush conditions all around. Tee boxes were level and nice to play from. Fairways had great coverage with the ball sitting up very nice, and decent roll out. Rough was playing 1-3 inches, in great shape, and not to difficult to hit out of. Was in one greenside bunker that was in great condition with a good layer of soft sand. Greens were rolling very true at medium/fast pace, and playing semi-soft. Real fun day with John, Gary, and Kyle. if you get a chance to play here, take it.
Nice to get back out to Santa Anita, one of my favorite walking courses. Love the setting, and the interesting layout. Greens better than expected. a bit too firm for my liking, but still playable. Decent coverage in the fairways. Both bunkers I found had thin sand coverage. Rough was inconsistent. Sure, wish we had some of these old style traditional golf courses in Orange County. Also wish that we had a few courses with senior rates like LA County offers.
Played this AM. Most of what I said in my last post of June 2 still applies. The biggest change is the greens. Either someone cut them to short or over watered and the sun dried them out because they are not as nice as after aeration. Not all but some are dry and patchy and # 14 has a lot of brown spots. And they are very very slow. Greens in this condition also do not absorb divots very well and there are many that have a lot of divot damage and left unrepaired. So now you "know before you go" what to expect. And the traps need help.
Played 6/11 with 9:50 tee time in middle of the players in Sr Series NCGA event. Hottest day of the week sunny mid 90's by time we finished with 4.5+ POP. Comfortable in the shade.
Course is in consistently good condition and like last time (10/4/23) the pins were in the same position. The greens are large and in great shape rolling mid-speed mostly flat subtle breaks. Made a few mid range missed more. Rough around the greens had me fooled thicker bermuda like hard to get a crisp strike and control distance. Fairways are tight and preferable to the manageable rough.
City owned and under new management since the last visit. Did not use the restaurant this time but that was an area they wanted to improve on. According to the local paper Dec'23.
Ample driving range using mats and the grass area looked healthy.
An easier course to walk and play in good shape what's not to like?
Opened in 1993 housing around it never in play. A few holes with water in play. I finished with the same ball I started with. Too many blows glad I didn't add penalty ones to my score. Still FUN...
No trip to San Diego is complete without a round at Aviara. Tee’d off at 8AM in the thick overcast marina layer which never lifted all day. As anyone who has read my reviews, knows, I absolutely love Aviara and it’s a top 10 personal course. Course layout is challenging yet fun. Full of beauty with great conditions to back it up. Today was no exception. The course is just short of perfection.

Greens which are large in size, rolled perfectly smooth at a nice fast pace. Greens held well struck approach shots well. Fairways were super lush and a nice deep emerald green throughout. Because fairways were wet from the morning dew and watering, they didn’t offer superior roll out but enough.

Tee boxes were laser level with perfectly mowed lush grass. Sand traps had ample sand that was a bit wet early on then dried out nicely, presenting a perfect bunker shot opportunity.

Initial rough was decent enough but about a foot in it got a bit patchy. The one blemish on the course. Customer service is always top notch at Aviara.

I can’t wait to play it again soon!
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