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Played Crazy Horse this morning with a 7:30 AM tee time. This track is a great hidden gem of the peninsula. Course doesn’t play long but has enough tight tree lined fairways and small greens to keep you honest. Overall conditions were very nice. Greens are still recovering from recent aeration and are a good two weeks out from being fully healed. Having said that they rolled fairly smooth. It was just hard to gauge the speed as some were quite a bit slower than others.

Fairways were nice and green. Some of the fairway’s present a tight lie but nothing to complain about. Tee boxes were lush but there were a couple that had some unevenness to them. A step or two back was all that was needed to find a nice flat area. I managed to avoid the sand traps all day but the sand looked real nice. Maintenance was out raking all of the bunkers and the sand looked nice and fluffy.

POP was a great 2 hours flat and that was taking a couple of extra shots here and there. I was the third group out and both groups let me through right away. Customer service was great as check in was quick and efficient.

Restaurant is open and worthy of sticking around for a bite or a drink post round. Food is average (a good average) but the friendly service is awesome.

Crazy Horse is a locals “good ‘ol boys” club where everyone is super friendly and the conditions are on par with the second tier courses in the peninsula
Played Poppy HillS this morning with a 10:20 AM tee time in what was an absolute brutal pace of play. 5 1/4 hours to play on a Monday morning is ridiculous. I saw a couple of marshals out early but not sure they attempted to pick up the pace at all.

They switched the nines back to the original routing. The reason for the original switch and starting everyone on the back nine was to help with the pace of play. They might need to go back to that routing.

Greens aren't quite completely healed from recent aeration in March but they're getting close. Greens rolled smooth at a fast pace. Still just some visual signs of the aeration. Greens are large with several undulations and are tough.

Fairways are a,read showing signs of the drought. Fairways are in that 8-9 range and yes they are in very nice shape but they are a starting to slip from the previous month (Feb) of being a near 10.

No issues with the tee box. Sand traps were a little thin but ok. Customer service: I had issues with my online booking account and had to call the pro shop. The kid (20's) who helped me was excellent. The on course staff today was 50/50

Poppy is a fun, challenging layout with fairly nice conditions. Just plan to make a day out of it with the slow POP and customer service will be hit and miss.
Finally got a chance to tee it up with Cencalgolfer33 in over a year of attempting to coordinate our schedules. We tee’d off at about 8:30 AM in sunny and very warm day with no wind at all. Ridge Creek remains in great shape and as RGM2525 stated the fairways are starting to green up. Customer service has always been very good to excellent but it just keeps getting better and better. They agreed to order a logo shirt in my size. I told them to pick the color just wanted a logo shirt to show support.

Greens were rolling at a fast pace. It might be due to the mid to high 80’s temperatures lately but the greens were faster than normal (I thought at least). Greens held well struck approach shots but short chips, even decent one’s would run off. Greens at Ridge Creek are large with a few lumps and bumps in them so it can be easy to 3 putt if you are on the wrong part of the green.

Fairways are on their way back from being dormant. Still plenty brown but have a lot of green showing through. No issues hitting from the fairway. A lot of the nasty 12” + tall rough is cut down right now making a stray ball a 50/50 chance in finding it. Once it all grows back to normal foot plus deep it’s lights out for sure on errant shots.

No issues with the tee boxes. I did notice that the tee markers are now getting narrower and more consistent with other courses. In the past the markers were 50’-75’ apart

Sand traps are ok at best. Better than they were a couple years ago but could still use an overhaul. The tall grass around the edges of the bunkers are cut down to manageable (2-4 inches) height.

POP – Well we were behind two sets of fivesomes…. Once we got around the second group on hole 9 the pace picked up with no to very little waiting.

Ridge Creek is always an enjoyable track and as soon as my shirt comes in I’ll head over and play again while there!
Went out and played 36 holes at La Purisima with RGM2525 on a picture perfect (weather wise) day. This was my second time playing here and I really like the course. The layout is tough, scenic yet a blast to play. There’s plenty of variety throughout the track especially on the par 4’s. A number of the holes require strategic placement off the tee with less than driver. Add in elevation changes throughout the entire course, a few lakes and several oak trees lining the fairways and you have winning combination.

Greens are probably 95%+ healed from their spring aeration earlier this month. Greens were obviously in excellent condition and rolled very smooth at a medium fast pace. Greens held well struck approach shots and even some poorly struck shots! The greens at La Purisima sneak up on you and bite hard! They look fairly tame but trust me they are hard to read with several subtle breaks that as soon as the ball looses speed make an about face and run!

Fairways were nice and green. Mainly lush with an occasional thin area here and there. Most of the rough was manageable and only a couple inches thick. No issues with the tee boxes and the issues I had with the sand traps had nothing to do with the quality of sand! Most traps had a medium depth of sand in them that allowed plenty of room to get a club under.

POP was fine. We waited on few shots on both rounds but still finished the two rounds in about 7 hours. Customer service was excellent. La Purisima is definitely highly recommended. I plan to get out and play it more often.
I was down the street for a business meeting that wrapped up early so I popped across the way to see if they could squeeze me in. Groups were 3 deep waiting on the first tee but the gentleman said he had an opening in 25 minutes. I hadn’t played Riverside in a couple of years so I thought what the heck. Knowing it was going to be a loooong day due to the course being crowded helped ease the wait on every shot. As stated before, this place is very reasonable $27 to walk prime time during the week so it’s going to get packed. My last review detailed the course layout so I’ll stick to the conditions on this one. Riverside aerated the greens at the first of the month. I don’t play here often enough to know what their standard is but I’d say they were rolling a bit slower than normal? Greens were in decent shape and rolled true at a medium-slow pace. Greens have modest slope and I got caught out more times than not thinking there was a break when there wasn’t.

Fairways are between winter thin and dead. Brown and ugly. Pure and simple. I’d say the tradeoff is extra rollout but the moguls in the middle of the fairway kill any roll out on drives. Bunkers were decent enough. About what you would expect from a valley course. Thin layer but playable. Most of the tee boxes were in nice shape. Only a couple were heavily riddled with divots.

The star of the show was the skirt areas around the greens on the back nine. Super lush and green. The front nine wasn’t quite as good but the back nine was super to chip from.

I’m still not a fan of this place but that’s just me not liking getting penalized for being in the fairway. Other than that it’s good to go. Conditions are a little off right now because of the fairways but for $27 on a course that’s easy to walk, it's worth putting another notch in the Birdie Belt!
Played Bayonet this morning with good friend DeepSea14. Some opening statements that I left out of last week’s review of the sister course. The practice putting green in in horrible shape. It is scheduled for aeration at the end of the month. Don’t worry about it as the greens on both courses are in nice shape. Driving range is open (currently on mats) as is the practice area that consists of some sandtraps, a bona fide green and chipping area that includes an area out to about 65-70 yards on some tight lies to get you prepared for what you’re about to endure.

Bayonet is pretty much in identical shape as BlackHorse. Tee boxes were in excellent shape and the fairways while offering tight lies are in very nice condition as well. Greens at Bayonet are a bit tamer than BlackHorse. Greens all have multiple tiers and humps but not as severe as the sister course. It also helped that the pin placements today were in some friendly locations. Get on the wrong side and it can be a torture chamber trying to save bogey for sure. Greens are definitely on the firm side.

No issues with the bunkers both greenside and fairway. Both presented quality sand and consistent conditions.

Bayonet has one advantage over Blackhorse in that in doubles back to the clubhouse at the turn. Both courses offer numerous views of the ocean (see posted photos on the GK app) and elevation changes throughout.

Midweek prices are respectable but weekend prices are a bit high IMO for a regular weekly play. For a tune up round in the peninsula during a once-a-year golf trip? I’d say weekend prices are adequate. POP seemed a lot quicker than the just under 4HR actual time. Weather was brisk for sure and the beverage cart was around a few times.
After recommending San Juan Oaks to Long4par last week, I realized I hadn’t played it in quite some time so it was time to head out to Hollister with an 8:40 tee time. Weather was absolutely beautiful. Sunny low 60’s and little to no wind. SJO can get chilly in the morning often resulting in frost delays and the afternoons are super windy, especially in the summer. It was nice to time it perfect today.

Course conditions did not disappoint at all. Conditions ranged from real nice to excellent. Greens were in super condition rolling smooth at a medium-fast pace. Greens are spacious and offer a nice balance between challenging but manageable.

Fairways were great. In fact they were just under perfect. I was pleasantly surprised to see how green and lush the fairways were. Rough was also in very nice condition. Rough was only about 2” thick or so but plenty lush. Tee boxes were a mixed bag. All in decent shape but some had some crowning and others had a few too many divots. I was only in one greenside bunker which was a little thin in the sand department but playable for sure.

I love the layout of this track. The first 11 holes are flat yet there are four water hazards (only two really come into play) to add to the aesthetics and challenge. Holes 12 through 18 are up and down the side of the mountain to throw some elevation changes into the mix.

Another reason to like this course is that all four par 5’s are completely different from each other as are 3 of the 4 par 3’s.

I walked and saw a handful of others doing the same. It’s doable but the back nine is a bit of a kicker if you’re not in decent shape. Based on some of the other groups it looks like single rider carts. Unknown if they charge a premium for solo carts or not. Standard covid rules in place. Facemasks inside the pro-shop, flagsticks remain in with a plastic ring halfway down the cup, no rakes in the bunkers. Range and putting green open.

Customer service is very friendly making San Juan Oaks a definite recommended play.
This review of Blackhorse is almost identical to my review of the course last month. Greens are showing some signs of being ready for the upcoming aeration at the end of the month. They rolled a little slower than normal but still rolled true at a medium-fast pace. Fairways always present tight lies here but they are currently in normal condition. Tee boxes are already getting their annual maintenance with some in the 5-6 rating and others in the 10 depending on if they already received some upkeep.

Bunkers were all in real nice shape. Given the amount of rain we had the previous night the course drained very well with no standing water or wet spots

Range was on mats. Customer service was 50/50. 50% excellent (pro-shop) and 50% poor (starter). The starter made us wait 30+ minutes for our tee time even though no one had tee'd off for almost an hour. We finished in just under 3 1/2 hours with no waiting as we never got the group in front of us that was about 4 holes ahead.

The weather was clear but cool. Blackhorse is a tough track but has beautiful views of the bay on several holes. Definitely a recommended play.
Played The Glass yesterday with Long4par on a nearly picture perfect day. We Tee’d off on my traditional 9AM tee time allowing the morning fog to clear out for beautiful views of the bay. Wind kicked up in the afternoon on the last few holes which is normal for here but still manageable.

Greens were a perfect 10 rolling nice and fast as expected for this place. Greens at Spyglass look docile, but make no mistake they have some serious bite to them. Breaks are subtle but serious!

Fairways are about as perfect as you could imagine. Completely lush throughout offering perfect lies all while providing decent roll out. Rough is designed to be penal and it is. Only about 3” tall, the rough at Spyglass is like Velcro! Grabs your club and holds on. Frequently requires an extra club.

Bunkers were excellent as well. The tee boxes while being great (rated at a 9) were the “weak” link of the course. They were level with great coverage, but I have actually seen them in better shape.

I will say that the range balls are starting to look pretty beat up. Range balls are TP5/x balls and with Taylormade releasing their new 2021 version this week, I would hope that Pebble Corporation is planning on replacing the range balls soon with the new generation TP5/x models.

The only thing that wasn’t picture perfect was Long4par walking away with the TBC (though I would imagine Jim sees that differently)! I mustered up 4 pars in the last 6 holes but couldn’t get any of the birdie putts to drop. Still it was an absolute pleasure to tee it up with Jim and I look forward to the our next round!
This weather has been too great not to play golf! Tee’d off at Spanish Bay with our usual 9AM tee time. Course remains in top condition tee to green. Greens were fast, smooth and wicked! Water coolers were back out on the course and beverage cart made it’s way around a number of times early on. As stated the other day, caddies still can’t carry clubs just yet.

I noticed that there are new DG walking paths from the tee box to the “beginning” of the fairway. If you remember a couple months back, they let the grass die from the tee box to about 75-100 yards out in order to conserve water. With the minimal rain we’ve had this year, those areas are back to being green(ish). This won’t last much longer.

I walked buy my buddy took a cart. He was allowed to access most fairways utilizing the 90 degree rule. I saw a couple others doing the same, so I assume they are letting everyone on the fairways right now because of the dry conditions. The hotel is back to being open so that will help with water.

Spanish Bay is all about the views which help make you forget how tough this course is!!
Played Pebble Beach today with my good friend Bob with a 9am tee time. Weather was in rare form in that it was so warm the wind was welcomed to keep things cool. Being that the PGA was just here a couple weeks ago, obviously the course is still in fantastic shape. About the only thing that wasn’t in perfect condition was that most of the tee boxes had been punched and some had been lightly sanded. No issues at all when teeing up a driver. None of the boxes on the par 3’s were affected.

A few updates on the covid protocols. Things are starting to open back up. Caddies still can’t carry bags and no rakes in the bunkers. Snack shop between the 9th and 12th greens is open as is the snack tent next to the 4th tee box. Also the drink cart was out early but never saw it after the 9th hole. Restaurants are open for outdoor dining and the hotel is open again as well.

There was an issue with the check in at the pro shop that frankly I was quite disappointed in the poor customer service. I’d chalk it up to everyone has a bad day, but based on comments the gentleman made last month when I was here, I’d say it’s time to move him to a different position.

Anyway, the weather was perfect and the course was fantastic, even if I did miss all my birdie putts. I would say that the greens were rolling a bit slower than normal but still at a medium-fast pace.
I played Sherwood Forest this morning with a 10:30 tee time. I’ve only played here a few times and the last outing the course was in complete shambles. I was looking for a course I hadn’t played in a while, was easy to walk, and I could get in several reps with my 3 wood.

Naturally, being a weekend with a prime-time tee slot, it was busy. Check in is down outside on a table, tent area. Unlike other places, Sherwood has their pro staple supplies out on the table as well. So if you forgot a glove, need some tees or run out of golf balls at the turn, you can easily purchase them right there at the check in table.

I took a picture of the first green as it looked like a tie die dye shirt it had so many different colors and patterns to it. So I casually rolled my 20-25 foot “birdie” attempt up towards the cup, and to my surprise it rolled true at a fairly decent (medium-fast) pace. Throughout the round the greens were similar in that the looked horrible, but the ball actually rolled fine. I was pleasantly surprised at both the smoothness of the greens and the speed.

The greens at Sherwood are pretty tame. Most are small in size (think Del Monte and Pacific Grove) with minimal slope to them. In fact we kept getting fooled thinking there was some break in the putt when most of the time it rolled straight.

Tee boxes were in good shape on the Par 4’s and par 5’s but were pretty beat up on the Par 3’s. Fairways were what you would expect for a muni course in the valley. Winter then and spotty. Having said that, the fairways at Sherwood were probably slightly better than Valley Oaks.

I was not in any bunkers all day. Looking at them as I walked past they seemed Ok and on par with what’s in the valley.

Layout is tight with tree lined fairways and the greens heavily guarded by trees. Being on the wrong side of the fairway will often require a punch shot onto the green or if you are far enough back, hit it short and let it roll up.

Customer service was great and the beverage cart was out making the rounds multiple times throughout the day. For a busy Saturday morning POP was right at 4 hours.

Overall, the conditions, though below average muni, were better than expected. Would I recommend it? Depends on what you’re looking for in a course. It’s certainly not a destination course by any means, but not so bad, I’d avoid it
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