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Fun round out at Rio Hondo with a buddy yesterday. We had a 3:32pm tee time and rode with a $45 greens fee - a very good value for a fun course in very solid condition right now.

Fairways are in good shape with the occasional thin lie but mostly very good, while the rough is generally playable but makes you think about club selection. Most of the bunkers had good sand in them but could be a little thicker in that department. Tee boxes were flat and mostly in good shape.

Greens have healed up nicely from aerification and while you're still going to find a few lazy ball marks out there, for the most part they're running quite true and holding shots well. Speed seemed to vary a little bit depending on the hole as some greens seemed to be mowed down a bit tighter than others, but that might just be my perception based on my strokes.

Course is narrow and tight on the front nine, much more open and forgiving on the back nine, but always quite fun and challenging. Unfortunately there was no cart service on the course but a convenient snack shop at the turn. POP was pretty darn good as the group in front of us moved at a solid pace and the twosome we were paired with were a lot of fun so all in all it was a pretty nice little Saturday.

Keep up the good work, Rio Hondo.
Rode the Greens (6537/71.3/137) in less than 4H. 95 with little wind and humidity was actually quite comfortable.

Fazio layout that is fun to play. Featuring little water but native hazard areas on both sides of more holes than not. Depending on tee choice, many forced carries. More holes play downhill than uphill and some greens run away from the golfer.

Tees lush/level with a few brown spots. However, with a skeleton summer staff, they do not manage the divots nearly as well as high season.

Fairways nice to play from. Cut tight with a few brown spots, firm with lots of roll.

Bermuda rough getting thicker and can be punitive even a few inches off many fairways and greens.

Greenside sand traps nicely maintained with plenty of thick, soft white sand. Fairway bunkers firmer and not as well maintained.

Large Bermuda greens are firm and rolling nicely again. Smooth and medium fast.

Excellent all grass practice area that includes multiple chipping and putting greens. Nice GPS on the carts. Very friendly customer service is always top notch here. On course services only on weekends in high season, but snack shop @ the turn and a nice restaurant onsite. Recommended.
Played today at dawn as first off. Fantastic sunrise on Maui Nui. They refer to this as the poor man's golf club in Maui. That's as close as poor as it gets. Nice mixture of holes with elevation changes throughout. All bermuda so the rough is nasty. Good tee boxes. Traps all clean and playable. Fairways were damp on front 9 so good lies little roll. Back 9 they had dried out so now they rolled great. Greens are not overly large but undulating so they can be tricky. They all break to the ocean. Had good speed and chipped and putted well. Good service from the pro shop but the starter needs new employment. I told that to the pro in the shop . Hope he takes action on it. Reasonable rates and a great course to play. Recommended.
Played here today. First out at 6:30, paying $75 to ride. The course is under new ownership and is undergoing reconstruction of the back nine. Hole 8 is also under construction and you skip this hole, playing Hole 9 as Hole 8, the Hole 18 as Hole 9. Yeah, it’s wonky. The scorecard reflects the proper yardage and par. I’m told that they expect to get it all up and running by November 2023.

Overall the course is playing well. There’s some new turf here and there and maybe some areas that looked a little dry. Maintenance personnel were scrambling ahead of me, working on bunkers and setting up the course. Greens were aerified a couple weeks ago and they are healed in already. The bunker sand was nicely groomed and was pure white and soft.

It will be nice to see this course come to life. They are offering public tee times. Great customer service. Everyone I had contact with was friendly and helpful.
Played yesterday in very windy conditions. Made for a fun and long round. Course was in great condition. Tee boxes perfect. Fairways lush and good lies and roll. Bunkers deep but nice sand and well conditioned. Very little rough but it's Bermuda so can be tough. Large undulating greens. Thank goodness they had good pin placements. Terrific customer service from everyone. Highly recommended when in Maui.
Wife and I always play Native Oaks when we get away to Valley Center. Course in good shape and is just a fun place to play, back nine is as fun as you could ask for, like playing in the middle of a forest. Only bad part was the long par 5 9th had a lot of water damage between 150 and 75 yards into the green. Also the 10Th, a great hole has terrible water damage and has been shortened from being one of the best holes on the course to a mess for now.
Early Friday morning round in under four hours on an always improving course. Staff is very friendly and professional in person and on the phone. The carts still have not been upgraded yet though. I'm always tempted to grab a cart from the member's side (much nicer units) and actually did a couple years back, only to be scolded and educated that I had placed my clubs on the wrong cart. The tee boxes all have very nice coverage but a few placements were not on level ground. The rough (where it exists) is just a few inches long and will keep your ball in play. Most of the area alongside the fairways does not have any rough but is red staked at least. Losing a ball into those sections becomes frustrating at times though. The fairways are in excellent condition with great lies on the abundant green bermuda from start to finish. The fairways turf is just long enough with the fluff to set your ball up for good strikes. The traps in the fairways are compact redish dirt/sand and not difficult to hit from. Most of the green side bunkers have excellent white sand with a few being a little damp but not bad. The greens are also in very good condition with slightly slower speeds on the front nine compared to the back nine. The greens were holding shots well and putting lines good with a great sound when the ball drops. The group(s) in front of us this morning did NOT know how to fix their ball marks at ALL. Every hole we arrived at had fresh marks that were NOT repaired. Other than that the greens had very few ball marks. The overall conditions are better every time we play here and should continue through the summer hopefully.
6/1 712 using teeoff dealtime $41 with a 330 POP with consistent waiting on the 3some ahead and being closely followed by a 3some. !st time playing the new revised layout which now starts on the otherside of the tunnel on what was recently #9 and previously #10. Staring this route will make sense when the club house is open as the practice areas and staging will be adjacent.
#! has a new er tee box open less than a year since it opened and if the markers are near the back adds about 10 yds in length. #2 is now back its oriuginal par 5 design at 523 yds and narrow with ob left and penalty area rt for the entire length of the hole. #3-9 remain as they have been tho 7 (old 16) has suffered from the left hillside collapsing so about 1/2 the fairwqy is gur.
#10 par 3 has a new tee box and now plays at 200 from the blues. 11 has a new tee box adding about 30nyds as does 12 adding about 20. 13 and 14 are basically unchanged. 15 is a new hole layed out in the canyon withb 4 sets of tees playing about 300 nfrom the tips. 16 and 17 are unchanged. 18 is now a par 4 similar in design to the original 39 but about 50 yds shorter. Now is set as a par 70 69.0/125.
Fairways have some areas that are in excellent condition with some patches that are still in recovery mode. 80 % really good lies and the rest from marginal to 1 or 2 sketchy. Rough 1-2 inches but very thick what lands there stayes there and could present a challenge to advance.
Bunkers looked ok as I only observed them in passing today. Tees mostly ok with the newest being really nice.
Greens had evidence of recent verticut and surprisingly showed the pattern from past plugging but were mostly smooth but early on were slower than expected.
Staff very friendly and helpful. Overall the majority of the work on the course is complete with the exception of some irrigation lines and some draiage projects still work in progress.
Not the country club/troon experience but a good test of your game with overall improvement in conditions.
Out early on another overcast morning. Very busy today as only one course was open due to the ladies having a member-guest on the North Course. The South is in very nice condition right now. Greens not as quick as I expected, but still had decent pace and were receptive to well struck shots. Good coverage in the fairways, tee boxes and bunkers excellent.

Since we have had zero hot weather this year, the fairways are holding up very well. Let's see what happens if/when we get the "normal" summer weather typical to Coto
Arrived today and met up with a former colleague now living here in Maui. Was able to get me a good rate for an afternoon round with him and I had some Troon points to throw in as well. Weather was somewhat overcast like back home but some 20 degrees warmer. And we had no high winds which was nice. The course is one of my favorites to play because it never disappoints me whether I am playing poorly or good. Of course the tee boxes are immaculate. Fairways had nice firmness to them and many of the downhill ones gave great roll out. I felt like I was 20 years younger. Having a local play with you is great as it helps you avoid the areas off the tee that you are not aware of and there are plenty of them. Traps were all playable and the two I was in were groomed expertly. Greens were around 11 but they are large and can easily bring 3 putts into play and chip/putt great. Wonderful customer service from all employees. I feel blessed that I can come over here and play and will keep coming as long as I am able.
I'm delighted to leave a positive review for this gem of a course. It's been a favorite since the 80s and 90s but at some point new owners came in and quality deteriorated. Now they're taking good care of the course and it's back in its old form. The RTJ design is great; every hole offers a different look and a different challenge. Brilliant white sand is being added to the bunkers but right now it's damp and very heavy. They look great but are difficult to play from and harder still to rake. Perhaps they'll get better after they dry out. Pace of play was excellent. Thanks to a couple nice groups who let us play through we finished in 3:20 (11am midweek tee-off). Great practice area. Snack bar is minimal but adequate.
Played on May 23rd, the course was in great shape. We started at 10:40 am and finished in 4 hours and 15 minutes.

The greens were rolling true and fast for a public course.

The bunkers were not horrible, although some could use some additional sand.

The rough was just long enough to be penalizing.

Overall challenging course, I will play here again.
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