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My second round was at Sterling Hills Golf Club at 1:47pm with GKers GDR23, rgm2525 and sbarajasjr. Great time!

Worked out perfect to play Soule Park in the morning to beat the Ojai heat and then play in the afternoon in Camarillo where the weather in the Summer is almost always perfect. We left Soule Park around 1:00pm with the temps in the mid-90s. Got down the mountain to 101 in Ventura/Oxnard and the place was still cool/overcast in the low 60’s but upon arriving at Sterling Hills low 70’s, sunshine and perfect. Tell you what, could not plan it any better. Soule Park in the morning and Sterling Hills in the afternoon is great day of golf in Ventura County.

Conditions at Sterling Hills are very good with the greens in exceptional shape. The greens are always in great shape at Sterling Hills but Monday they might have been the best I’ve ever played them. Fast, smooth and mostly firm. So fun. The turf through the green is in good shape with the fairways, rough and tee boxes mostly lush Bermuda/Kikuyu with some browning. There are bare areas on the golf course but they are in sections of the golf course where it is highly unlikely a ball will go (such as just off the tee). The bunkers are mix between firm wet sand and good sand. I noticed some sod replacement work going on which to always good to see a golf course investing in improvements. The most notable is the front right side of the #9 green.

Sterling Hills is a moderately hilly golf Par 71 IMO. I chose to walk it and I got a great work out but don’t recommend walking if you are at all physically challenged. It’s a long walk from the 9th green to the 10th tee so its good idea to pack a snack/water so you don’t have to stop at the turn for bite. Afterwards by all means hang out for a bite. They’ve got good food at a decent price. I posted some new pics so check them out. Recommended!
Fortunate to play 36 holes of local golf Monday that started with a 7:20am tee time at Soule Park joined by GKers GDR23, rgm2525 and Pedro7170.

Last year Soule Pak Golf Course for second straight year won GK’s “Most Worth The Green Fee” for all of Southern California. This track has always been a hidden gem with its excellent fun design surrounded by the gorgeous beauty of Ojai. The course deserves all its praise and wonderful to read all these positive reviews. With traffic much less than pre-COVID-19 on the 101 make plans to experience this golf course. It’s currently in great playing condition with moderately fast, smooth greens that hold shots, lush fairways, mostly lush rough, excellent white sand bunkers and mostly lush level tee boxes. You’ll experience friendly service and fast Pace of Play. This golf course checks all the boxes. Check out the photos I just posted. Highly Recommended.
It had been 12 years since I played Mojave Resort Golf Club and in that time frame I have read the reviews and driven by the golf course periodically on my way to Bullhead City. It’s had its ups and downs in that time frame. I visited the golf course last year after they made a management change and again in March. It’s definitely trending upward so I decided to do a GK Plays outing there despite the typically very hot temps in Laughlin NV in late July. I’m glad I did. The golf course was in very good summer shape and I forgot how fun the layout is. We have a GK Coupon posted here on for just $25 for 18 holes w/cart – that is a fantastic bargain to play this golf course.

Our GK Plays outing had a small turnout but we definitely enjoyed ourselves on Sunday. My first outing there and certainly will plan on more. Staff treated us very well and since we teed off early we did not feel the effects of the heat much. I really like the Par 3’s out there which 3 of the 4 feature have forced carries over water. The Par 5’s are a blast too with many opportunities to get home in two. Throughout the round we were treated to beautiful views of the surrounding Mojave Desert. Another nice plus is they have a beautiful grass driving range to warm up on. I posted some photos so please check them out.

The only drawback is the trailer used as a clubhouse if you wanted to do a big outing. However they will make arrangements for temporary structures to accommodate large groups.

As far as conditions, the golf course was summer lush with excellent fairways and deep rough. I’m still having nightmares trying to find our groups golf balls on hole 10, LOL. The tee boxes for the white and some gold tees were predominately closed due to a level/sod replacement project taking place. We played most of our round from the green tees. Next time playing the course I want to experience it from the gold tees. The greens were slower than expected but I’m guessing that is out of necessity this time of year with average high temps around 110. I’d like to experience the greens when they are rolling faster however they did roll smooth. Bunkers is where the golf course needs the most improvement and upon talking to the management this is a main focus. Many of the fairway bunkers are being removed this summer which explains why some of them had grass currently growing in them during play Sunday. Greenside bunkers had decent sand but there is room for improvement as far as grooming. Overall, considering the time year I was very happy with the shape of the golf course.

Laughlin/Bullhead City attracts lots of water recreation visitors being right on the Colorado River. It’s definitely worth your while to bring your golf clubs for an early morning round at Mojave Resort. And if you are a group organizer it’s worth your while to have an outing there as well.

THANK You everyone that came out our GK Plays!

GK Plays Reflection Bay! – Here’s a review from a group organizer’s perspective.

Reflection Bay’s group/tournament services and team were excellent lead by Head Pro Kevin Eng and Tournament Director TJ. Organized and professional from the start with a straight forward group sales agreement. Prior to the outing TJ provided prompt replies to all my questions as there were many given this was my first outing since COVID-19 started. On the day of play I arrived to find everything set up perfect as I requested. This was a straight tee times outing because of COVID-19 precautions (no shotguns allowed). All players had their own golf carts and needed to sign a waiver in the proshop. Carts and contest signage was accurate and had our logo on it. We were pleasantly surprised by a special coupon the golf course gave to each player prior to the outing for a deal on merchandise. Due to COVID-19 there was no on course food/beverage services however the golf course provided free bottled water/ice prior to teeing off and at the turn. Players were encourage to take as much as liked. During play their GPS system regularly reminded groups that were falling behind pace their status to keep our outing flowing better. The GPS system is excellent with accurate yardages and no advertising to distract. After play they set up a separate room for our group with tables social distanced and an outing menu. There was wide variety of choices to eat and drink. The food was delicious and served quickly. Unfortunately one of our players suffered heat sickness but the staff of Reflection Bay promptly provided the proper care to help with the situation. The entire staff was dedicated to making our day excellent. After last year’s outing I said I would come back the following year for another…that holds true again.

As far as the golf course, fantastic design to play that appeals to all skill levels. Challenging yet fair. Very scenic with beautiful surrounding terrain. Always kept in excellent shape although this year due to COVID-19 the golf will not be overseeded so come winter/early spring it will be dormant. This is an exception not the norm. What this does mean is the golf course will be in excellent warm weather turf conditions all the way through October and not have to close down for overseeding.

The only drawback was there is no driving range at Reflection Bay. On a positive note they have a nice practice putting green located near the 1st and 10th tee to keep things organized. They also have some hitting stalls to get your swing loose.

Check out the photos I posted from our outing. They are beautiful. I’ll also be doing an outing write up this week in the forums about the day.

THANK YOU to everyone that came out to play!

Highly Recommended.
Our fantastic weekend of Southern Nevada golf started at Cascata for a GK Guru outing. Fantastic as always. I snapped and posted some beautiful photos to go with the many reviews being posted by GKers – Thank You!

As a total golf experience only Pebble Beach beats it out for me because, well, it’s Pebble Beach! Cascata is a must play for any golfer that can afford it (it’s worth it!). As you’ve read in many reviews prior to mine and have heard, if golf had a desert Disneyland, it would be Cascata. Even though some of the ride attractions were suspended due to COVID-19 precautions, like complementary snacks/fruit/drinks in the clubhouse and locker rooms, the rest is open. I always make sure to get to Cascata at least an hour ahead of my tee time to enjoy a delicious breakfast and without question the most beautiful practice facilities I’ve experienced. Nothing like walking through the doors of Cascata to hear the sound of rushing water cascading through the clubhouse that starts at the top of the mountain of the driving range. Staff is beyond friendly and helpful. You’re treated top shelf from the moment you enter to the moment you leave. This is a very special golf experience.

Golf course was in outstanding shape in the heat of summer. Exceptional greens running fast, holding shots, smooth with a Cascata caddie to help you read them. So fun! Fairways besides the new Bermuda sod that was fine to hit off, lush and beautiful. Rough lush and particularly difficult greenside. It’s a mix of Bermuda and Poa with the ball always sitting down. Bunkers simply perfect. Beautiful white sand kept up by the golf course and caddies. Tee boxes lush and level.

As far as the layout, please check out the photos I posted and those posted from my visit last year. No way can I describe it better. Try not to drool – this it desert mountain golf at its finest.

Part of the Cascata experience is a caddie. Due to Covid-19 everyone had a separate cart including our caddie. Made it more difficult for the caddie to give his full attention to each player but David did a great helping us with putts and tracking down errant shots.

I’ve only played Cascata during the summer rather than overseeded and in season. Still more than satisfying and I don’t know many desert courses golfers can feel that way about it.

Highly Recommended!
First off a big thanks to those that came out to support our GK Cup 15 final Saturday and to Crosscreek Golf Club for hosting it. Congratulations to dconnally in winning GK Cup 15. What a great match he and kassper7 put on!

It’s been a record breaking number of rounds for CrossCreek since they opened back up from COVID-19 closure in April. Saturday was no exception. I was impressed right away that they did not hesitate to offer golfers the ability to ride as a single at no extra charge despite being low on carts. In addition the staff was very friendly and taking COVID-19 precautions. Masks were required in the clubhouse but not on the driving range or practice putting green. On the golf course the flagstick was equipped with the pool noddle insert to prevent the ball from dropping to the bottom of the hole but provided ample room for it enter the hole unimpeded.

It had been some time since I played CrossCreek GC and soon after the losing my first tee shot into the hazard on the right I remember how tough this layout is. A gorgeous setting with a fantastic variety of golf holes. Please check out the photos I posted.

Conditions were about what I expected and the previous reviews from those in our group describe them well. Overall the greens ran smooth, medium-fast and mostly soft. The greens being mostly soft was the biggest surprise of the day for me because in all previous times playing CrossCreek the green were very firm. Great job over there to make them more receptive. Fairways were mostly lush but a mixed bag in that on golf holes where there was lots of slope they were thin to lush but holes mostly level lush to thin. The best fairways were on the closing 5 holes which were entirely lush so it was nice to end the round on an up note. Rough was very inconsistent and mostly thin. However there are thick patches out there mostly greenside. My accuracy was off Saturday so in all honesty anytime I was not in a hazard I was happy! – LOL. As far as bunkers, very thin borderline dirt in the fairways. I saw a couple bunkers designated as GUR and others that could have been. Around the greens mostly in decent “COVID-19” shape with acceptable sand. Tee boxes, this is a tough one to evaluate because the white tees are by far the most popular given the forced carries from the blue tees. It was my first time playing the white tees at CrossCreek and they were heavily worn on most holes with repair mix, not very level and some divot damage. I’m not too sure what they can do about those being the tee boxes are pretty small to begin with and they can’t really move those white tees back to the blues. Blues tee looked to be in much better condition. Overall the golf course is in very good condition with the greens the highlight for sure.

Note; besides a shot of data you get on the 12 green and 13 tee box there is no cell phone service on the golf course. They do have free wifi in the clubhouse.

I continue to be big fan of Crosscreek and know one day I finally play well on it. Highly Recommended.
Out with GK Gurus on Wednesday 7/9 1:45pm to play Enagic Golf Club at Eastlake for the first time. Very enjoyable. Thank you everyone that came and my group Gary (gary00) and Steve (sparky14).

Since launching back in 2002 I’ve followed Eastlake (former name) with curiosity in the beginning reading mix reviews and eventually with sympathy as reviews about the overall playing experience greatly deteriorated over time. A sad story to be honest with you. The place has great bones.

Then about 18 months ago I heard of a new owner, this now being Enagic USA (drinking water company) with lots of money being put back into it. Could they seriously turn this place around I thought? After over 15 years of significant neglect? Answer a resounding yes already with still much more to do to. This October the Enagic Golf Club at Eastlake will host PGA caliber players as the revival of the San Diego County Open.

We played the golf course under summer turf conditions Wednesday and enjoyed it. It’s important to know this course is going to overseed with rye grass in September which impressed me. You know an owner is serious about maintaining good conditions year around when they dropping that kind of money on rye grass seed. I’m already looking into booking a GK Plays outing there for November. Anyway for summer turf conditions and knowing they still have work to do to I was very pleased with the conditions.

Greens were in good shape, rolling 10.5 according to a sign posted, held shots and were mostly smooth. We seemed to catch the most popular pin placements that day as the surface around the holes certainly had many more ball marks, new and old, than most other areas of the greens. Also on many greens you can see the completed enlargement of the surfaces that had me scratching my on how they could have been so small to begin with. Good work there. Great improvement.

Fairways were all bermunda/kikuyu with remnants of some thin spots as result of recently transitioned rye grass. Look for the fairways to fill in more as the summer goes on. Bet next month they are going to be in excellent shape. Still I had good mostly lush lies all day.

Rough is a mix of bermunda/kikuyu that can get thick at times greenside. Overall not very penal through the green and adjacent to the fairways. Mostly lush.

Bunkers, already 9 new bunkers (as in were not there before), looked to have good quality sand. I found one fairway bunker and no greenside bunkers so don’t have a lot of firsthand experience with them. COVID-19 no rakes as expected but you can tell they make sure to rake them all before each day of play.

Tee boxes, we played the blue tees, by far the most popular with some thin areas and divot damage I only noticed on the blue tees. The black tees looked to be in much better condition and those new gold tees coming will look even better once installed. Got a sneak peak at the new scorecard for the gold tees ... 6961 yards. And get this, for the San Diego County Open, hole 9 (525 par 5) and hole 18 (510 par 5) will be playing as par 4s! – next time teeing up here I want to try the black tees. No thanks to the gold tees – LOL

As for the layout I really liked it especially as a first time player there. Never do any holes parallel each other, lots of elevation changes, doglegs in both directions, beautiful water features, risk/reward holes, well protected greens, some nice views on the back nine and great variety of short and long par 4’s. Rather than go on about the layout I snapped a bunch of photos so please check them out.

Service all day was very friendly and professional. I really like that they have someone out there in addition to the on course food/beverage service offering free Enagic water and refills on divot mix.

I live in Ventura County so this golf course is special travel treat for me but if I lived in San Diego County I’m for sure getting over to play this track it multiple times a year. How cool it is for San Diego golfers to have a comeback golf course story unfolding like this. Go check it out. Highly Recommend.
Played Black Gold yesterday with fellow GK Gurus 6/25 as well as a GK Cup Match. Been about a year since playing this course. I normally don’t like to space it out that far apart given how much I like it. Felt great to be out there. My foursome was dconnally, gary00 and aakes90278.

From the onset this place was busy as you could tell the local community of Yorba Linda was happy to have the full facilities open again. Driving range was spaced for COVID-19 precautions and face masks were required while in the proshop.

As sparky14 noted in his review and I agree, the fairways were as lush as I’ve ever seen them and I have been playing Black Gold Golf Club since 2003. I have to applaud Black Gold once again for making the decision years ago to go through the painful long transition from a bermunda/rye grass fairway turf to an all kikuyu as it has certainly paid off in the long run.

Greens in very good shape as expected however not as firm and fast as I normally experience. Most golfers probably like that as these greens are very challenging and your short game has to be spot on to negotiate difficult bunkers and most of all tough lies out of the kikuyu rough. I was greenside in two on hole 4. Had a tough delicate in kikuyu downhill lie, thinned it a little, ran through the green, another difficult pitch, two putts, walked away with a 6.

Rough, lush and my comment above pretty much sums it up. Hit the greens in regulation to avoid the super tough kikuyu pitch shots is a premium.

Bunkers, greens side sand, fluffy white and beautiful. Fairways bunkers, little firm and in good shape. This is exactly how I like a golf course bunkers to be. I need the soft stuff around the greens and the more firm stuff in the fairways.

Tee boxes, we played the white tees, my first time playing the white tees there, they are certainly the most popular tees at Black Gold. They were in good shape, not great, mostly lush and level. However when I glanced at the blue tees while driving by they were more lush and level.

Final note: 18 is simply one of the best finishing holes around. Not just because of its risk/reward par 5 design and beauty but because you finish with a gallery from the clubhouse patio looking on. Gary00 got an applause when his shot from the fairway looked like it was going to roll into the hole. Loved that. Its not every day daily fee golfers can get that rush of hitting shots with onlookers cheering. Heck we got more fans watching us than the PGA Tour now! – LOL

Check out the photos I posted.

Highly Recommended.
This review is 10 years in the making. I’m serious. It’s been that long reading great review after great review on yet somehow never finding the right opportunity to play Arrowood. Well it did not get much better than yesterday Friday 6/12 teeing up with GKers gary00, mpisarski01 and AndrewZ28. Good times was an understatement.

Arrowood Golf Course actually exceeded my expectations from an overall golf experience. I knew the golf course would be in excellent shape and a blast to play. However the atmosphere there is all about FUN. The place does not miss a beat there. From the relaxing Sinatra tunes on the range/putting greens to the live band Friday afternoon community fair on the patio afterwards. Super friendly staff and good vibes from everyone. What is it with Oceanside? First Goat Hill with its cool unique vibe and now this place. Nailing it.

Conditions, outstanding. Greens smooth poa, holding shots and running medium speed. They used the pool noddle for COVID-19 precautions with ample room for the ball to drop. Fairways, practically perfect with only a few blemishes. Little firm (which I like), great lies and green. Rough, after playing Ridge Creek Dinuba Wednesday and then this place I was like “What Rough?” – LOL, but its there, lush, about 3 inches high and can be grabby at times. Tee boxes level lush and interesting as gary00 noted, the markers were set from edge to edge of the tee box providing a wide nice selection of spots to hit from. Really liked that. Bunkers, COVID-19 no rakes but still maintained well. You can see they are in the middle of replenishing sand beginning with the greenside bunkers.

I will be back here to play sooner than later. Loved this place.

Check out the photos I posted.
Catching up on this review from Wednesday 6/10. Good times out at Ridge Creek Dinuba with rgm2525, CenCalGolfer33 and Deepsea14. It’s a great location for a meet-in-the-middle for SoCal and NorCal golfers. It’s also a great course that has yet to ever disappoint me. Personally I think it’s vastly underrated as far as rating and slope, this golf course has some serous teeth. Fairways are generous for the most part but miss them and almost always pay a steep price in deep rough, hazard or a nasty bunker. Greens are large but no push over. And if the wind kicks up this already long golf course, 7482 from the tips, will have you for lunch.

We teed off at 11:30 and finished in just over 4 hours with no waiting. Greens in great shape, holding shots but a touch slower than times I’ve played them in past. Their COVID-19 precautions pins were the only negative as they hardly let the ball drop so you need to agree upon prior to the round with your group what a good or not good putt is just in case. Fairways played fantastic. Last year the fairways were more lush and green but were also soft. Aesthetically they looked better then but they play much better this time allowing release on golf shots you would expect from the links style course. Plus the lies were great all day. Love fairways like this. Rough was beastly if you found the second cut. Hit and miss, well mostly miss, at finding your ball. The first cut was about an inch above the fairways and easy to hit from. Greenside rough varied in length and let me give you a word of advice, take an unplayable drop if you are in it wherever you are on the golf course. I took an 8 on hole 4 because it took me 4 lob wedge hack shots to escape it. Tee boxes in good shape but a little dry. Bunkers, COVID-19 conditions with no rakes and I believe they allow you take a free drop from them. Sand is old, hard and compressed. My guess is this has a lot to do with COVID-19. Personally I think they should fill in some of the bunkers in that need extreme work. Would be a cool look on some of the holes.

Amenities at Ridge Creek Dinuba as well as service are excellent. It’s a must that you experience the massive decked out practice facilities when visiting and enjoy the food from Jack’s restaurant if you have time. They are doing take out for golfers making the turn or you can now dine in on the patio social distanced. Bummer I did not have time after the round to grab a bite there as I normally do.

Check out the photos I posted. We might be doing an outing there in November.

They punch the greens 6/22 & 6/23 so try to get up there before that but if you don’t once the greens heal the golf course will be in excellent shape in July. Highly Recommended.
My first round in 9 weeks and my first experience with golf COVID-19. Teeing off at 12:30pm Monday 5/10 joined by GDR23, Kviser and RGM2525 we had a super time.

Pulling in I’ve never seen so many cars in the Sterling Hills Golf Club parking lot on a Monday non-holiday weekday. Upon walking up to the clubhouse I noticed it was closed off the public entrance with open doors and check-in taking place at the cart staging area. We chose to walk but had someone in our group had a physical issue they could have opted for a cart. Range balls were available for players with mats and spacing on the range. At the first tee was a staff member with mask and gloves on giving us guidance. Out on the golf course mask was not required and pins had the foam pool noodle insert about halfway down the cups to allow the ball to drop. No rakes in the bunkers nor ball washers as expected. Personally I hardly felt COVID-19 disrupted all day as a walker plus I got great exercise on a golf course I almost always ride. Felt amazing to be playing with friends on a beautiful day on a fun track.

Conditions were overall very good. Greens mostly soft, rolling smooth at about medium speed. Fairways mostly lush with some minor dry areas and good coverage all around. The fairways were a blend of warm and cool temp turf so I would expect a minor transition period moving into the summer months. The rough is mostly kikuyu with mixtures of other grasses and mostly lush. There are many elevated greens and tight pin placements so be glad you spent all that time in COVID-19 backyard quarantine with your lob wedge! Bunkers had quality sand with some containing non-raked footprints (no rakes makes that understandable). Tee boxes (played the blues) had good coverage. Little inconsistent from box to box as far as levelness and turf height but overall in good shape.

4 ½ hour pace a play with a little bit of waiting.

I took a bunch of photos of the golf course I encourage you to check out here on GK.

Looking forward to my next round at Sterling Hills already.
Thank you everyone that came out to GK Plays Sun City West AZ. I brag about Sun City West Golf Courses always having great playing conditions and being an exceptional value … the Deer Valley course certainly lived up to it with our outing. Greens were firm yet pure, smooth and ran at good pace. Fairways provided perfect lies all day. Tee boxes in excellent shape as well. The bunkers all well kept with quality sand. The rough was left to be dormant in the winter but still had plenty of padding to hit shots from. We hardly waited during our outing while playing. Afterwards we hung out on the patio for some drinks/food while we gave out raffle prizes and had fun. I know for sure we’ll be doing another GK Plays Sun City West Golf again. Maybe even another this year. Big thanks to GKers SeveB who happens to Pat, the Operational Manager of the golf courses. How cool is that? Big supporters of our GK Community. Highly recommended. — Photos to be posted soon!
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