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Played out with my regular Saturday group at LS South. Haven’t been able to play with my group for a while but it was good to get out. Had 7:30 time and we usually walk which as a player’s card member, paid $54. Pretty cold morning but walking helps to warm up quicker and it eventually turned out to be a nice day.

Course surprisingly is in pretty good shape. I say surprisingly because I fully expected more dormant areas. Fairways were in pretty good shape and the lies were great . Some thin areas but not many. The rough was thick but very playable. Further off the fairway and you got hard pan. Not good. I was in a couple of bunkers and the sand was excellent.

The greens were smooth, rolling very nicely and holding. Even long irons or hybrids would easily hold.

Both courses here at Los Serranos get a lot of play its nice to see it remain in good condition as we approach the winter months. Thumbs up! Looking forward to playing the North course soon.
Invited to play Glen Ivy on 11/16 with my son-in-law and his friends. He got a golf moose deal – 2 for $80 teeing off at 11:00. A lot of golfers out there at this time including a tournament which was just about done getting out as we arrived. On a beautiful, warm day, we finished in just over 4.5 hours. Never really waited on any hole until we got to #16, 17, 18. But those are pretty slow holes for some reason.

Can’t really add much more that what the previous reviewer writes. Fairways are getting dormant and the roll out is incredible. Always nice to get a few extra yards. As stated, not hard pan yet but definitely firm lies. Tee boxes are just fine. A little chewed up but the over seeding is taking place. I was in a few bunkers but didn’t find any problems with them. I found them in good shape. The rough, not thick and very playable.

Greens are in good shape and rolling very nicely. Didn’t encounter any bumpy rolls and they rolled true, especially on the back 9.

I enjoy playing here. Not a real fan of crazy high elevations like on holes 15, and 18 (except for nice pictures with the camera) but the rest of the course has some neat holes. A lot of improvements have been made since I was last here. Nice driving range for one. Definitely recommend.
Was invited out to play Oak Valley with an old friend on the morning of 11/15 and had a 7:04 tee time. Paid $45 senior rate. A cool morning and not too many golfers out there so we finished in a little over 3 hours but was really looking forward to playing here. The layout here is so much fun. Real nice guy serving as starter at the #1 tee box who warned us that the bobcats are out there but they don’t bother anyone. He was right. Found a couple hovering on the tee boxes and wasn’t about to get too close.

Winter wear is starting to show. Bermuda is turning brown on the fairways and getting thin. Fairways will continue to play thin I am sure as winter evolves but you have to expect that. The rough was lush and thick but not penal. Bunkers were in great shape. A bit damp but no problems getting out of them.

Greens are rolling well. Many undulations on the greens which make them tricky to read and putt.

Love this course. Very challenging but fair. Some water out there on the back 9 but generous fairways. The challenge comes on the shots to the green. Definitely a shot makers course. Just wish I lived closer as I would be playing here more often.
Met an old friend out at Mile Square Classic for a 7:52 tee time, today 10/21. Cool morning but it warmed up nicely and really was a beautiful day. Not very crowded that early and followed a slow 4 some (that had no business teeing off from the blues) but it was fine as I got a chance to catch up with my friend. Sill finished in just under 4 hours.

Check in was easy enough but paid $54($54 seemed a bit steep for this course. $39 to walk and always do but we decided to ride). Wanted to inquire more about the announced closing of one the courses but the guys in the clubhouse were busy to talk with so no news to report there.

The course is in good condition. For the most part, good coverage in the fairways. Some bare spots where they were aerated but not many. Rough was that kikuyu stuff and wasn’t too thick. Bunkers were in nice shape. Good firm sand but c’mon Mile Square players, rake your bunkers after use. Hint: That’s why they leave a couple of rakes by each bunker. Many deep foot prints in all the ones I was in.

Greens were in pretty good shape after being aerated with little holes a couple of weeks ago. They just were not very fast. Not at all as fast as they looked. They should be rolling better in about a week or 2.

I always enjoy playing here even though I usually face freeway traffic to get out there for a morning round. Not the most challenging course but the layout is fun.
Played 3 rounds at Boulder Creek as I played in a tournament the weekend of 10/11. Practice round was played first and they gave us the resident rate which is always appreciated. Very nice folks in the club house. Zach, one of the nice guys there and added to what was to be a lot of fun this weekend. I play in this tournament every year mid-October and so look forward to it. Weather was perfect – high 70’s and no wind. Very dry tough – about 3% humidity making the skin (particularly the hands) dry and chapped.

The course is in great shape however. All of the over seeding has been done and the fairways are great. The Bermuda rough is going dormant and hitting from there means you get a tight lie. Bunkers are filled with heavy sand and are in good shape. No problems getting out of either fairway or green side bunkers.

Greens are still recovering from over seeding and rolled a little bumpy but still held the line. In a couple of weeks, they should be rolling pretty fast. Greens were hard though and weren’t always holding. Had to hit very clean to get it to hold but once you figure that out, you need to make the adjustment.

Love playing here. A great, desert style golf course with some great views. Generous fairways but some shots you need to think through. Highly recommend. If in the area, make it a point to stop and play.
Was out playing #2 on 9/29 as part of a tournament. On a rather cool morning, off at 7:30 shotgun start and unfortunately, about a 5 hour round. Not sure why so long but what are you gonna do?

Fairways were pretty good considering there was some thin spots out there. Fairways were wet and damp which meant no roll out and the course played much longer than the 6025 listed on the card from the blue tees. Was hitting it pretty well off of the tee and still had long irons into the green. The rough was that dang, thick kikuyu. Ugh! Really thick. Wasn’t in any bunkers but they looked wet.

The greens rolled pretty nicely even though they were aerated about a month ago. A couple of holes like 11, 12 haven’t recovered fully from aeration but the others have. So not bad all things considered.

If ever playing Brookside on a weekend, you’ll see a lot of activity around the course. Joggers, walkers, bicycles and of course once month, the swap meet at the Rose Bowl. Fun actually to see all this activity so it is a fun course to play. They lowered their rates which is something you never see so give it a go.
Played OQ on 9/25 with fellow GK’er cthuyen and a couple other close friends getting an online rate of $45. Wasn’t going to review this course as it was recently reviewed just a couple of days ago but it has been about 5 years since I last played here and I just had to comment on such nice conditions. On a warm but very pleasant day of we went with a 10:00 tee time finishing in just about 4 hours.

Fairways were excellent and with that good Bermuda grass, got lots of roll out. Didn’t find any brown areas out there. The rough was not super thick and very playable. Bunkers were a mix – green side bunkers were in good shape however, the fairway bunkers were pretty damp and hard.

Greens were rolling really nicely. Not fast but true. In great condition also as there were very few un-repaired ball marks.

I had forgotten how nice this course was. The layout is fantastic. Not tricky but there are some elevation changes so you do have to think through most of your shots. Love the challenge. Had a great time and looking forward to getting out here again.
On the way back to the SAC airport, we usually stop to play Teal as we enjoy the layout here. Played 8/18, had a 10:50 time with two other friends. Couldn’t find any online deals so $68 was our fee which is a bit steep for this course but we definitely wanted to play. Very nice guys in the club house and they got us out a few minutes early following a ladies 4 some.

I think this course is in really good condition right now. Bermuda fairways were good. Some brown/dead spots but not many. For the most part green with lots of roll out. Bunkers were in good shape with soft sand and could have easily plugged. The tee boxes were a bit shaggy but no big deal. The rough was also shaggy in a lot of areas.

Greens were in good shape and rolling nice and smooth however there were many un-repaired ball marks. I repaired at least 2-3 fresh divots in addition to my own on just about every green. Clearly still an ongoing problem as they have a basket of divot tools on the #10 green encouraging golfers to take and use them.

Pace of play was a bit slower than usual, about 4:30. The ladies in front us kept up but the group ahead of them did not. I thoroughly enjoy playing here. Nice layout completely enclosed and bordered by large trees through the greens. Pretty scenic really. Right next to the SAC airport, we usually hear the jets but not on this day. Peaceful on this day. They’re scheduled to aerate the greens at the end of this month but definitely recommend and worth a stop.
Played Bidwell with a group of college friends on 8/16 and noticed I played/reviewed it about 2 years ago. Not much to add from my last review except for a couple of surprises. The fairways were really nice – bermuda lush. Bunkers were great with good, firm sand.

The greens however were just aerated and sanded beginning on 8/12. They made no mention of this when we made the time which was pretty disappointing. As such, they were in repair and not puttable and had we known, we would have played elsewhere. There were still a lot of players which was surprising.

Secondly, the marshall they had out there was a bit weird. When we got to the 3rd tee box, she drove up to us and asked if we were as bad as the group in front of us. What? I mentioned to her that the group in front of us were very good friends of ours and they were not playing slow at all. She backed off her comments. Then when we got to the 16th hole par 3, she reminded us that the green was open. Yes, we see that. She was bizarre and later found she was just hired. Well, good luck.

Despite it all, we had fun but a lot crap going on here on this day. Get it together Bidwell.
Up visiting some old friends in No. Calif and played River Oaks on 8/14. We last played RO about 4 year ago and liked it so wanted to give it another try. Took advantage of Golf Moose, 2 for $49 getting an 11:15 tee time and it turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year. We were prepared though with plenty of water and energy food and as the day progressed, we were literally the only ones on the course.

I was impressed with the conditions. The fairways were in really nice condition and despite all of the heat, very few brown spots. The rough was cut just right. Bunkers were a mix of sand and dirt but playing just fine.

The greens were really nice and smooth but rolling on the slow side for some reason. They were damp and therefore holding shots but they still rolled true.

I enjoyed playing here. Relatively flat, I like the layout although we had to figure out where the next box was on some of the holes. The map on the back of the scorecard helped. Check in was easy enough but the folks in the restaurant weren’t very friendly. Peaceful and serene, still very much worth the fee and recommend if you’re ever passing through East Nicolaus, CA, it’s worth the stop.
Once again, up visiting family in the East Bay and as always, stopping in to play Boundary. Out early on 8/1, playing solo finishing in about 3 hours. Noticed that Boundary was hosting the Walnut Creek Open for the Golden State Tour. This day was the final round with 18 players and it was a real treat to watch these young professionals smack it. The leader’s scores were in the mid 60’s. Talented.

As such, you might expect the course was in great condition. It was! Fairways were cut down allowing for some really nice lies. The rough was not real thick but was green and lush. Bunkers were as good as I have ever seen at any course.

The greens were very fast which made them very tricky, particularly on the greens that had some undulations. Noticed that the maintenance crews were rolling the greens and their work was paying off. Amazing! Some greens were browning out in some areas and there were many ball marks but it did not affect the roll.

This course is usually in good condition most times but clearly, I caught it at a great time. Truly exceptional. The only down side was the goose droppings which was more prominent on holes/greens where there was water. Regardless, definitely recommend. The course is somewhat hilly with a few doglegs but is a fun and challenging layout for sure.
Got out early on 7/30 at MM with a good friend trying to beat the heat. Out as 2, we followed a very slow 4 some that let us play through on hole #5. Pretty much clear sailing from that point and finished in about 3.5 hours.

The course remains in good shape from the last time I played it a few months ago. Fairways are all pretty much kikuyu but cut down so we got really nice lies. Although lush and green, the rough was way too thick. We spent a lot of time looking for balls just off the fairway. They were cutting it down as we were playing but the mowers were following us, not ahead of us. Bunkers are still hit and miss. One I was in was rock hard and another one I was in was great with firm sand.

The greens still are the hit here as they are in great shape. Not many undulations but most greens seem to break from front to back. Holding shots and rolling very nicely and true. You hit it there, it went there.

A bit hilly particularly on the back but the course offers a good challenge. The folks inside the clubhouse and the restaurant are always great and on a clear day, you can get some real nice views of the San Gabriel mountains. Definitely recommend playing.
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