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Played with my monthly group today at Glen Ivy and, after finally returning for a second play, remembered what a very fun layout this course has and the conditions were mostly good as well. Our group got some nice perks like free range balls and our five groups were accommodated very well with a few of the guys coming in a bit later than expected.

We played from the blue tees with a first tee time of 10:40am. The cart service was excellent and frequent - much needed for a very hot day in Corona. I think there were water stations around but I brought my own HydroFlask and bottles so I never needed to double check them.

One complaint about the GPS in the carts ... while it's a good system when it's working properly, there are far too many times when the cart reaches an 'illegal' area and the carts come to a halt. A few times we followed the cart exit signs just ahead of the greens and on the path THEY carved out we would get stopped and have to back up. Very annoying and unnecessary.

Course conditions were mostly good with a few observations of note. The green on the par 3 5th has a lot of damage, some section blocked out with white chalk squares like playing hopscotch, and lots of dirt. After that one though, the greens were in pretty nice shape overall and rolled medium-fast with true lines. Nothing too funky in terms of breaks or slopes on these greens.

The tee boxes were mostly in playable shape but nothing too special about them. Fairways mostly provided very good lies despite the intense heat down here recently, so that was a nice bonus. The rough was not too penal but there were some thin areas and of course lots of places to lose balls, be it water features or in the runoff areas off the fairways. The best part of the course? The bunkers. They have the best white, fluffy sand and play incredibly well if you find yourself in them. Maybe the best I've seen anywhere in SoCal all year.

If you like a lot of varied terrain, a nice selection of narrow and wide fairways (mostly wide to be honest), some big carries down the stretch and some super views of the valley below, then Glen Ivy is definitely worth a visit.
Went out Friday 9/18 as a two-some. I've written some full descriptions, as have others, that are still accurate so I will address the anomalies here. They are doing some maintenance in the form of green punching and letting some tee boxes grow out. The greens look to have been punched with tines leaving small holes I would guess to be about 1/16" with no sign of sanding. Their impact on putting is minimal, if at all, and the greens ran at a nice medium quick speed with a firm surface. The back tee boxes for holes six and eight were roped off so as to grow out and let the grass re-establish itself. Otherwise the conditions were very nice and as previously reported. It was surprisingly mellow for a Friday afternoon. We went off as a two-some following a two-some, who ended up joining the group in front of them and let us play through on the third hole. It was also the first time I've been there and no wait, much less the usual backup, on the sixth hole. While not currently available anyway, I observed the practice greens have been sanded. Nothing going on here that I would say impacts the overall experience and I enjoyed the round. Now you know before you go, but still definitely recommended.
Played 9/10/20 @ 10 am. POP was under 4 hours. Tees good, fairways good, greens slow and bumpy, on 4 or 5 holes theres a strange looking white weed thats growing on the poa annua greens, not sure what it is. Doesn't realy effect the putting surface, how the super will remove this? I wish they could get some speed on these greens, a little to slow for my liking, I just wish there were more affordable courses in South OC, dream on. I hate that drive to Goose Creek.
I haven’t played either Bayonet or Blackhorse since the COVID restart but have used the all grass range a few times. Played Black Horse yesterday with an 8:50 AM tee time. Weather was absolutely beautiful with the sun out early and no wind. The excellent views of the bay were like looking out on a lake. Blackhorse is always a tough track with fast greens that have several undulations. With two three putt bogey in the first three holes I went into defensive mode right away. Greens are firm, fast and roll true. There were 2-3 greens with some top dressing on them, but they didn’t affect the putts at all. Fairways present a lot of tight lies but on the flip side offer decent roll out. Fairways do have some thin areas. You have to be comfortable with hitting off a tight lie at Blackhorse.

Tee boxes were all in real nice shape. No issues with the bunkers. Some gorgeous white sand some brown but all very playable. The area I was disappointed with was the skirt areas around the greens. They are cut down super short so putting (Texas wedge) from 4-5 feet off the green is usually very doable. Unfortunately, most of the skirt areas were chewed up pretty bad forcing a chip shot.

Blackhorse is a tough but scenic track. There are views or peaks of the ocean on 16-17 holes. Every hole has some sort of elevation change. There is still some tree work going on so if you play mid-week be prepared for some occasional chain saw noise in the background.

COVID – Only two people allowed in the pro-shop at a time. Pro shop has plexiglass barrier between employee and customer. Putting green open with mini-flagsticks in, Range balls pre-stacked down a the range. Single rider carts. Foam noodle in the bottom of the cup, no rakes in bunkers, no sand bottles in carts.
Played Friday, 9/19, with John_T and his dad. 9:30ish tee time. $65 with Arroyo/Siena card.

Course is improving from 2 weeks ago. Rough is absolutely gnarly, long, almost wrist breaking. Fairways are showing improvements but there are still spots on a handful of holes that need some extra attention to get the new grass to come in. The greens are in exceptional shape and showing no signs of the aeration 3 weeks ago. They were rolling smooth and medium-fast.

C-19: Shared carts are preferred and have a plastic curtain divider, but single carts are available on request. Masks indoors. No rakes but divot bottles and coolers on carts. Restaurant is open, all bars will be open starting Monday morning.

Arroyo is a fun course with a nice mix of risk/reward. Most holes are straight forward with no hidden hazards.
Played Friday Sept 18th at 7am, check in fast and friendly. Putting green is still closed?????? We followed 2 2 some and after the 1st hole never saw them, POP was 410 and that was all us, there was no one in front of us and no one behind us. Since that was the case my partners lost many ball and spent allot of time looking for balls. The course was very empty. The course has a sign and says it will be closed Monday Oct 5th for aeration. The course was just way too wet, fairways muddy spots and greens were so soft and wet it was impossible to fix your ball marks. Balls would plug in the greens to the top of the ball. I know I am over weight at 197, but I would walk on the greens and leave 1/8" to 1/4" foot prints and then you could see the water seeping into the foot print. They had their BBQ going when we finished at 1110. The parking lot only had about a dozen cars in it when we left. I still like this course and will be back, just hope they dry out the greens a little.
Played a quick 9 with the boys at this classy almost 100 yr old + track. Gotta say the conditions here are really pretty dAmn nice for a sub $10 9 hole track. #2, #6 and of course the BEAST OF THE IE #9 as always are not easy holes. Fairways pretty lush, well cut and watered. Sand in bunkers better than many of the so called "daily fee" goat farms out there that just cant or wont rake em and or put in sand. No weeds in these guys. Putting surfaces rolling at a 10-11 --very comfortable to putt on. Get out there --just do so before 4pm as that is their last TT.
I went to Palmbrook for probably the last time today on a 130 tee time. As the previous reviewer noted this is a value course but a great place to play. I have to say the guys in the clubhouse are the most helpful and welcoming employees. They are always positive and friendly to my son.
Great value like I said with range balls included, great carts with GPS, and good course conditions. As Jamesg18015 said, the course won’t kill you with a forgiving layout but is a fun place to play.
A definite place to play especially now with so many courses in the valley getting ready to oversees.
Played back nine early 9/15/20. Shocked to discover that greens were severely damaged with many bare spots. Furthermore they were heavily sanded. No warning about this condition when we checked in and still charged full member rate. Very surprising development as the course had been in superb shape since coming back from Covid lockdown.
Rode the Eagle tees (6715/72.8/133) in 3H, 55M with Shaunstorm123 mid morning. Thanks to Shaun for setting up a fun round! The weather was hazy, muggy, fairly calm and around 110 when we finished.

Really fun par 72 layout. Three par 3's, three par 5's and twelve par 4's. Excellent mixture of risk reward, medium and longer par 4's. Definitely keeps things interesting. On most holes, if you miss the fairway, you hope the rough catches it, because there are native areas that they play like a water hazard penalty where your ball is likely gone. There is also a generous amount of water hazards on this course. Almost no holes where penalty shots are not just waiting to jump up and bite you on anything crooked.

Bermuda tees were lush and well maintained. No challenges with level lies.

Both the Bermuda fairways and rough were lush with occasional brown patches. Very good considering they will be over seeding soon.

Sand traps were okay, the only part of the course not well above average. First course I have played in over 6 months that had rakes in the traps.

Bermuda greens putted medium speed and were firm with few ball marks. Many greens had some pin placements where you could expect some fairly severe breaks.

The customer service was exceptional. Cart staff is great. Quick, efficient check-in with the pro shop. Drink cart around several times. Complementary range balls and bottled water are included with your golf fees. The carts were newer with advanced GPS including a video tour of each hole with tips on how to best play the hole. The course was in excellent late summer condition overall. Definitely recommended.
Out early not only to beat the heat, but also to get ahead of the course closure due to the 2 day "Windmill Classic". As expected the course was in very nice condition, with green speeds a bit quicker than typical. Green still very receptive. Fairways have great coverage, yet remain "tight" Overall the condition is very good, which means is typical because beginning October 5th, they will be closing the course for about one month to over seed and aerate the greens.

While I appreciate this is a needed to maintain the good conditions, that means we will have over 1000 members vying for just one course with limited tee time availability and shorting daylight.
played as a single joining a very older 3some on a very warm turning hot by the time we finished on thursday 9/17...tee time 840..price 34.00 including my own unshared cart..pop was 415..check in very easy/starter assaigned you a cart and 1st tee here we shop and first tee are about 30 yards apart(that helps when you are running behind and only have 4 minutes before tee time after you check in) putting green is fairly large next to 1st tee..played the blues 6315/slope 127.. fairways are mostly sloping one side more than the other..most are fairly narrow 30 to 40 yards wide a few browning spots but mostly good coverage..they are trying to keep every thing green which causes overwater sections of the fairways, over half had a spot or two of muddy fairways grade 7..bunkers were not consist and very wet/muddy(saw maintance working on 2 during my round and only the 18th greenside had grass clumps/weeds growing in it..grade 5..greens very very good with above average speed/again most of the collars around the greens were overaly moist..grade 8
quiet/nature/no homes on the front nine/rough was spotty and most areas were habit sensitive so if you hit it in there just wave to your ball as you drive by..snack bar was nice and large/no cart girl on my visit/no water stations/bathroom on the course was porta pots
overall a real country feel and a great value for the senior price of 34.00 with cart/about a 50 min drive from sdsu...highly recomend
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