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Had the pleasure of playing Marine Memorial on Friday 7/10, teeing off just after 10 AM.

It had been about a decade since I last played here and I really have no idea what took me so long. They have made quite a few improvements, to the course and the facilities since I was last year and I was really impressed by everything.

The course itself is a traditional layout, really straight forward with everything in front of you. There are some slight elevation changes on the back nine but for the most part it's a relatively flat course, working it's way through a valley with the holes bordered by big trees. The green complexes and bunkering here are nothing too extravagent but just really solid and require good shotmaking. There are enough doglegs and angles that need to be taken (due to trees) to keep you thinking. It's really a great layout that would play well for all handicaps depending on what tees you play.

The conditions of the course were really, really good. Right now I think that all coastal courses with kikuyu are playing about as lush as I can remember. This course was no exception. The lies in the fairways were fantastic but you could end up with some pretty juicy shots from the rough, especially around the greens.

The greens were absolutely perfect. I would say the speed was probably a 9.5-10 on the stimp, picking up speed as the day went on and the breeze kicked up, drying them out a bit, but they were super healthy and rolled really true. I feel like players do a good job of fixing ball bruises out here because when you hit the greens you left some big marks but I never had any issues with them or even saw many outside of my own.

The staff was awesome as well. They had re-done the restaurant and patio and it sucked seeing it not able to be enjoyed. Its just a good space and all the ladies in the snack bar were super friendly. Definitely see it as a great place to hang out.

On top of all that I think this place might have the best practice facility around. A really pure all grass range, big chipping and putting green with practice bunkers and even a par 3 course back behind the range. Seems like you could spend a couple hours there working on the game and have a great time.

We walked as a 4 ball in just under 4 hours so the POP was awesome! The crazy thing is the course was pretty packed but people just moved. Golf at it's best!!

I would highly recommend Marine Memorial right now. It's such a good layout and in excellent shape.
18 Likes.
Played my second round today, teeing off at about 12:30.

I played yesterday morning and the rough, fairways and green surrounds were kind of long, super lush and spongy. Apparently Wednesday is a mow day because after a good trim the place was looking pure!

Two things for up to date reporting.

1) Small tine punch today. We played right after and not much of an effect, but it did. Member-Member tourney 27-28th which is kind of a "major" for the Goat club so that's the goal to make the greens as pure as possible. I'd say they were rolling about 8-8.5 and pretty true. Held great.

2) #15, new mow job. They've cut down the area between the bunker in front of the green and the green to fairway length. I'm a huge fan of shaved areas around greens for run up shots and when you used to hit a good shot there and end up in long kikuyua rough it pissed me off. Love the change.

We played 18 holes in 2 1/2 hours. Pretty rad.

I think there's a big disc golf tourney there this weekend, so if you go to play call and check on that. Otherwise, the conditions are great, its a good value and POP is always pretty stellar.
11 Likes.
Me and a buddy went out around 6:45 AM this morning as a two-ball walking. $28 city resident rate.

WOW! That's all I can say after playing Muni for the first time in about a decade (?). Wednesday seems to be one of the "mow" days as we were more or less behind the guys tending the greens, fairways, and tees (most we were there before they had a chance to put the markers back. We just played at the marker). Whoever the Super is here deserves a raise. No joke. Fairways were exceptional. Like high end country club for the most part. There's a few patches of weird stuff but mostly it was off the charts. The crazy thing is once you get off the fairway, literally BY INCHES, it was about 57 different kinds of grass and weeds and stuff. Kind of crazy but in a weird way, pretty cool.

The greens were AMAZING. It was a misty-ish morning so there's some moisture there, but I'd say they were running about 10.5 and PURE. Held perfectly. Probably the best greens I've played this summer.

Tee boxes were completely fine. There's a short downhill par 3 on the back where it's a bit chewed, but that's it. Otherwise, level and great.

I was in 5 bunkers and I loved them. Good soft sand on top but a bit firm below. Best thing to play out of. Had to place out of one foot print but that's the world we live in.

This is a pretty fun layout. Tons of doglegs, some long par 4s on the back with some teeth, lots of big mature trees and this overwhelming sense that you should have scored better but for some reason didn't. Kind of like that.

If there's one thing I would say as a negative is that early in the morning, before the marine layer burns off and there's any breeze, there's a lot of stagnant water on the course in creeks and stuff and that kind of freaks me out a bit (couple funky smells too). But I'm splitting hairs here.

All in all, Oceanside is pretty much killing it with golf right now. This place is in such great shape and the layout is fun, challenging but a great spot for all handicappers. If you go out and play here right now it's going to be well worth your money.
14 Likes.
Played Friday 6/12 with the GK crew teeing off around 12:30. Arrowood is one of my favorite courses in San Diego county and it seems like they are just getting better and better. The course is probably in the best condition I have ever seen it, and that's saying something since they always have pretty high standards when it comes to conditioning.

I'll piggyback a bit on Johnny's review regarding what the team at Arrowood is doing to create a fun, relaxed and engaging atmosphere. Even in these interesting times they've gone ahead and re-did the snack bar into a really cool restaurant/bar area (will be great when it's fully operational again). They have some music playing around the clubhouse and practice areas which I always like and the staff is always super welcoming. After the round they had a farmers market-type thing going on, which I've never seen before and thought was really awesome. They've kind of realized that the whole community around there was lacking a main hub and they've created that at Arrowood. It's really a fun place to hang out.

As for the course itself, you get a really diverse variety of holes at Arrowood. I think the one knock I've always had is that the par 3s tend to be a bit similar to each other, but what they do (or at least did on Friday) is space out the tee markers across the entire tee box, literally giving about 20-30 yards width on some holes, which was kind of fun. You could really change the angles of attack and I think that's beneficial to all golfers, offering them perspective that can fit their eye a bit better.

The sign at the front said the greens were stimping at 10 and that seemed right. Definitely really healthy greens that held great but still rolled smooth. Fairways are tight and firm but no problem at all taking nice divots. Absolutely LOVE fairways like this. I actually don't know what the rough was like as I either hit my drives in the fairway or out of bounds :) But it looked pretty good.

All in all I can't say enough good things about Arrowood. They have some good loyalty programs and it seems every time I go out there they keep getting better and better at what they're doing. Highly recommend anytime! Go play!
12 Likes.
Played about 12 holes late afternoon yesterday. Still walking only at Goat Hill so it's really, REALLY important you know what you're getting into. It's definitely not just a leisurely stroll. They do have a couple signs up stating that and giving some tips like bring water and to lighten the bag (take clubs out...which I did and is key here when walking). Honestly, it's the perfect course to play with only a handful of clubs and get creative.

There is a cool sign up stating that six feet is about the length of an extended arm and a driver. Nice visual :). All the rest of the covid guidelines are in place and it's running very smoothly. I'm pretty impressed at how well people are respecting them. It does make me sad to see all the tables and chairs removed from the deck and fire pit. That's my favorite part of the course :)

As for the conditions themselves, I've never seen the Goat better. Tee to green things look and play fantastic. The greens rolled smooth but were a bit on the slow side still as they were punched about a week after shutdown. They are going to continue to cut and roll so in a week or so it's going to be perfect!

There were a few projects done while it was closed down and you can tell. The 12th green is looking great, there's some new landscaping and cart paths and overall it just looks great.

Definitely a great time to get out there and the staff is always super helpful and fun. Just prepared for a bit of a workout when walking 18.
12 Likes.
I played this past Friday afternoon, teeing off about 1 PM on an absolutely PERFECT day.

First thing to note, Goat Hill Park just finished a complete renovation of the 12th green so there's a temporary green right at the aiming pole (215-ish yards?). When you drive/walk from the temp green up the hill to 13 you get a look at the new complex. This is my home course and I absolutely LOVE the change. I hated that green and in my opinion, the new design knocked it out of the park. I asked and it's probably going to open around early April.

As for the rest of the course, the main thing I can say is the greens are awesome. I know that a local high end private course donated a green roller and other equipment and it absolutely shows. Greens are the best I've ever seen them out there. They are quick and pure and still hold. There was a good breeze going and at the end of the day they were almost too good. Being in the wrong spot was deadly.

There are 4-5 new tee boxes and the turf is fantastic and level, but like most new turf installations, it's a bit firm to get a tee in the ground.

I never had a bad lie in the fairway but it's a bit dry as we haven't had much rain. I hit some wayward drives and found areas where the addition of turf about a year ago saved my tail. Really a good add to the design.

The Goat is what it is. A funky layout (absolutely fantastic for Match Play which I was playing) but it does what i feel ALL muni's should focus on....have exceptional greens and playable conditions otherwise.

The POP at the Goat is always off the charts. We went through as a four ball in about 3 hours and then hung out with some music playing, the firepit going and a bunch of people laughing and telling stories.
8 Likes.
Playing the GK Plays out at Rams Hill on 12/8. I absolutely love the setting at Rams Hill and it seems every time I play there I find something else that's pretty cool (the room we met in after was great and then there's a little patio area off the driving range over looking the creek/waterfall behind 18). Although the conditions were pretty blustery when we got there, I really loved it. I guess I'm strange that I prefer playing in conditions like that. It just lends itself to being a bit more creative I guess.

As always, every staff member I came across was super friendly, attentive and a pleasure to work with. Rams Hill always has fantastic customer service and it wasn't any different this time around. On top of that they have a nice GPS on the carts which maps the holes and allows you to get exact yardages to hazards, landing areas, etc. This really helps with the strategy of the course so that is a nice feature.

This is the second time I have played Rams Hill right after a rain storm and this time it seemed to be the most "soggy" I have played it. That being said, I think the overall condition of the course is really good. I did happen to have some pretty wet lies (it seemed most were around the greens), but I don't recall ever having it cause too much trouble. The greens were way softer than I can ever remember and with the prevailing wind yesterday, that course played LONG!

It seems to me that our current weather patterns are about 3 months behind where they traditionally are so the overseeding and overall condition of the course felt "young". I think with a bit more time, some sunshine and hopefully higher temps out there the course starts to fill in a bit. Maybe they will end up keeping the course open later in the year too, as June seems to be a bit cooler too :)

Anyway, love the layout here, the course is going to be in prime condition in the next few weeks and I had a great time with the whole GK crew. Definitely an experience out at Rams Hill and I'd always recommend it.
10 Likes.
I'm a bit overdue for this review as I played Pronghorn for a tournament September 29th-30th.

Pronghorn is such an incredibly cool place. With two courses that are distinctly different it's a great place to hang out for a couple days.

First off, the location of Pronghorn is absolutely gorgeous. Its more of a high desert feel than mountain and the long drive in to the property gives you a feeling of seclusion. The golf facilities at Pronghorn are some of the best I have ever seen. The range is HUGE with just perfect grass, high quality golf balls and more targets than you need. I could hit balls there all day! Nearer the pro shop and snack bar is the Nicklaus course short game area and it's more of a zen garden than anything. With the trees and landscaping you can't help to want to practice all day.

As for the course, I have never played in better conditions than what we had at Pronghorn. This was tour level quality with tight bent grass fairways that were unreal to hit from. It was so cool to take those big pelt-like divots. Even though the course played extremely firm with tons of roll out, it was still easy to work through the ball on iron shots.

The tees were basically tees, flat and perfect grass. I never make a big deal out of tees unless it's something really bad seeing as you can do whatever you need to give yourself a good lie.

The rough could get a bit thick in places but it wasn't absolutely penalizing. The bunkers had a totally different kind of sand than the Nicklaus course, darker in color but lighter in texture. REally an interesting feel and I wonder if it was some sort of local sand as I've never played sand like it before.

As for the greens....AMAZING! They were rolling 12.5 on the stimp and were super firm. You'd leave small bruises on higher shot and could hold shots, but the firmness and speed really lent itself more to playing some roll with the mounding and undulations. I have never putted on greens that were this smooth. If you got the ball rolling it never went off line. Just the best thing I've ever putted on.

After playing the Nicklaus course the day before I was really looking forward to the Fazio. While the Nicklaus was more or less your standard Nicklaus course, the Fazio felt like each hole was unique and presented an almost unlimited amount of ways to play them. With greens open in the front, routing that took advantage of the landscape and greens with some crazy mounding and shaved surroundings you could get really, really creative on every shot. I spent the entire day almost laughing at how much fun it was. This is my kind of golf! On top of that, #8 is possibly the most amazing par 3 (not next to the ocean) that I have ever played. At about 160 yards you hit over these two massive caves from old lava flows, surrounded by cliffs. Just spectacular.

While the Nicklaus course was great, I can't remember having as much fun playing a course as I did the Fazio. I would HIGHLY recommend Pronghorn to anyone but I'd recommend playing the Nicklaus first and then enjoying the masterpiece that is the Fazio.
7 Likes.
Played a late afternoon 9 (Back 9) here on August 24th. We got to Reno later in the day and only had time for 9 but this course was really enjoyable.

There are two things that stood out to me about this course:

1) The greens are diabolical. They don't look too severe but they were FAST, and the ball would roll all over the place. Downwind, front pin you had no chance. I absolutely love greens like this....just not the first time you play them.

2) We didn't see any marmots. Was really looking forward to that.

As for the course conditions, I thought they were really solid. There were quite a few really wet, soft spots in the fairways and I'm guessing this time of year, for that type of grass, they really need to soak them A LOT to keep them alive. But outside of those spots I had nothing but really pure lies.

As I mentioned, the greens were really fast and firm, but they rolled pretty true. I have to imagine earlier in the day they are pretty close to perfect. After a day of play and wind in the afternoon they got a little bumpy. I will say that I can't remember a course having as many unfixed, BIG ball marks as Wolf Run. My playing partner and I couldn't figure out why but my guess is that a lot of the time when you land on the green your ball would roll out 20-30 feet away (even on wedges) and maybe people couldn't figure out where they landed (?). But outside of that, great surfaces.

What I really enjoyed was the layout. We played the back and while the first couple holes are pretty basic, there's a lot of good shot values out there and I think the course was designed well to take into account the terrain, the weather and the type of turf they have. It was really a lot of fun!

We paid $30 for the 4 PM twilight rate and I think we could have finished 18 if we turned and burned. But we were practicing for a tournament the next day and just wanted to hit some shots, have a couple beers and see some marmots.

Next year when I'm up there I'll definitely try and go back. Everyone at Wolf Run was great and the setting is pretty cool. Deifnitely give it a shot when in the Reno area. I think you'd really enjoy it.
9 Likes.
Little late in posting my review but played Grizzly Ranch on August 25th & 26th for a tournament. Grizzly Ranch is one of my all time favorite courses and this year didn't disappoint.

I think recent reviews hit on some of the design features pretty well so I won't go into too much. I will say that this year I went in having read some of the recent reviews and I really paid attention to the playability of the course and the amount of different shots I had to hit. This course will require every club in the bag but never seems unfair or overly difficult. It's just a true test of golf.

Grizzly is always in fantastic shape and this year was no different. I did notice that the long grass off the holes seemed much thicker than years past and I have to attribute that to all the rain/snow they had up there this year. It wasn't a good place to be.

The other main difference I noticed this year was the speed and firmness of the greens. For our tournament they double cut and rolled the greens three days in a row and by the final round they were lightning. It was so much fun!

The fairways, tees and bunkers were immaculate. There were a few areas with some minor browning as summer comes to an end but I actually like it when the course plays a little firmer. But even if you ended up in a "dry" spot, the lies were perfect. I always have so much fun playing off the turf there. You can take some really cool divots :)

To me, Grizzly Ranch is a must play. The surroundings, the conditions, the layout, and the staff make it a destination worth seeking out.

Already counting down the days until next year....
9 Likes.
Played in the GK Cup Final yesterday and had a great time. I was super excited to play Oak Creek since I hadn't done so in about a decade and I"m so glad I did because I was really impressed.

First off, everyone on the staff I came across was great. From the dudes in the shop to the guy at the range, the beverage cart attendant and the guys in the grill, I thought everyone was super nice and did a great job. It was really cool being able to hang out there for the day.

I really, really liked the practice area. The range seems huge with good turf and a killer chipping area. Those are the kinds of practice areas I can spend all day at so definitely worth it to make a day of good practice there. It was nice having the putting green down by the starter as well.

Another area that I don't remember but was really impressed with was the overall grounds and facilities. The shop, restaurant and other buildings create a really cool vibe and I could see people having some awesome events there. Really good space.

As for the course itself, I think Oak Creek is classic Fazio. Landing areas off the tees are pretty generous (once you get up there) but from the tee the sight lines, bunkers, trees give a visual of being a bit tighter. Most slopes help funnel the ball into play and if you take the time to either play the course a lot or use the GPS you can really be aggressive off the tee and in position to attack pins.

I found the green complexes to be the highlight of the course. They required being on the right side of the fairway for good approaches, offered different shots to be played into them and had just enough trouble to put up a good defense. Really fun to play.

As for the course conditions, I thought they were really, really good. I didn't have a bad lie all day and the greens rolled great but weren't getaway fast which helped with scoring. I wasn't in any bunkers but the practice area bunker was great.

I think one really cool feature of Oak Creek is that even though you're basically right near a freeway and major streets, you feel pretty secluded. The water features on the course really add to that feel and it was cool to spend the day out there.

I'd definitely recommend Oak Creek as I thought the thoughtful design, really good conditions and awesome staff made for a fantastic day.
13 Likes.
Played just a couple holes walking the other night after work. Just wanted to report that all the new sodded areas are now open for play! It's amazing how well the sod took and the course has never been this lush. I can't decide if it makes the course easier or not. The placement of the sod in some places was genius as it stops some run off on shots that aren't very far off line. On the other hand, some rough grown up holds the ball and can make shots that normally provide good bounces some unreal chips/pitches around the greens (i.e. left of 5 and right of 13).

Greens are super healthy right now. Rolling smooth but a bit slower than usual.

Overall just a good time out there. Kind of crazy how good the place looks. Definitely worth a shot.
6 Likes.
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