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Ahh, the beauty of! Booked my tee time 5 days prior with Creek Card rates. I figured the course closure yesterday was to do a little maintenance post their weekend tourney. Nothing on the course website about aeration of the greens, and still nothing today! Should have looked at Greenskeeper!

Needless to say, greens are covered in sand. Fairways, tee boxes, rough all in great shape. Probably needs some time for the greens to come back.
Played 1/2 with a 9:15 start. Pace was decent but a tad slow. Oak Creek has a great range but the grass tees there were pretty beat up. Overall course is in OK shape but certainly not worth paying over $80 for with other options in the area. We got out with a $80 coupon and Costco has a decent deal now. I wouldn't pay more than that.

Tee boxes were in poor shape, either divots, uneven ground or bare spots. Fairways were better than decent but not great. Traps were above average but as posted before, people just dont rake them. Whats up with that?!? Best part of the course and the saving grace were the greens. Greens were pure and in great shape.

Staff was fantastic as well as service. Starter let us know they will have an open qualifier in the near future so they are growing out the rough. I think they need to focus on other areas prior to the qualifier. Also disappointed that they have removed so many trees on the back 9. This used to be a course in the middle of Irvine and but you felt like you could be in the remote suburbs. Now there are 2-3 holes that look out onto the 5 freeway. So sad.

Bottom line, the Costco deal is probably worth it, but with green fee price increases in 2020, Id consider other options before coming back.
Played 3-JAN with an $85 Golf Moose coupon. Very strange day. Tee time was for 9:04. Arrived at 8AM and was told due to a frost delay, everything was pushed back 30 min. Went to the range where I was told I could only hit off the mats until further notice. After stretching, waiting a bit and hitting a few, we were told at 845 that the first tee was now open, they were all caught up and we were third up. We rushed and teed off at 8:55 only to be backed up after the second hole. Saw the marshal on 7 who said the group ahead of us had one or two open holes in front of them and would push them. We were on them again at 9 and never saw the marshal again. Two or three groups on top of us as well but no where to go. Never saw a beverage cart the entire round.

Course was so so. I'll offer my ratings similar to the previous post:

Tee Boxes: 4/10. Uneven and in need of coverage. A LOT of sand divot repair marks. Gopher holes on several of them!
Fairways: 6/10. Good lies with ok roll out. Brown and yellow mostly, but not thin. One or two holes (hole 5) were completely soaked/water logged close to the green. Sprinkler or drainage issues
Rough: 5/10. Agree, hit or miss. In places it was thin with just dirt, and in others it was a club thick.
Bunkers: 5/10. I was in them all day. Decent sand on some but a few others with exposed netting. Traps on 9 on the left side were beyond horrible
Greens: 7/10. They were pretty pure but A LOT of ball marks.

Also noticed a lot of downed trees and un-raked leaves between holes. With the recent winds and rain, I'll cut some slack, but if I were paying the rack rate ($135/$180), I would be furious. I see Underpar now has an $85 rate with free replay. Makes sense as I think it will take a few months to get the gopher issue under control, tee boxes back and Oak Creek back into the shape it once was. Even $85 might be too much to pay at this point.
Played Wed 12-19 around 7AM and finished under 4 hours with a gift certificate. I came in with low expectations based on word of mouth from the locals over the past few months, but the previous review gave me a reason to try. The recent rain may have done wonders and the course definitely appears to be back. Greens were very good. Rolled even and true and ball marks were at a minimum. Fairways were good although a few bare spots in areas which were meant wet clay. Traps were thin and shallow and could use some work. Never saw the food/beverage cart nor any marshals, but the staff was certainly cordial and friendly. I would come back back for sure while the getting is good.
Played 9/14 around 10AM. Was scheduled to tee off earlier but they were backed up. Was met in the parking lot by an attendant with a golf cart. Left it for my friend and I to load up and head in to the club house. Staff was friendly and welcoming.

Range was nice, hitting off real grass. Has a separate area for chipping with a ball collector included. While targets are measured, they are only valid from one distance, so you may want to bring your range finder.

Overall course was in nice shape, considering we are in another drought. Agree with the previous review that despite being aerated 3-4 weeks ago, greens ran fairly smooth. The back greens did seem a tad slower than the front, but overall they seem to be about 90% back. Fairways were hit and miss. A few dry spots, but then a few very wet spots causing a few plugs at times. Rough was fair. Would also agree the layout is challenging. Really only needed the driver 3-4 times playing from the blue tees due to a lot of blind tee shots and severe dog legs. Cart GPS was incredibly helpful making the round a bit easier on the blind shots, but local knowledge is a plus. Hit through one or two fairways. The sand traps were above average. None too dry, wet or shallow.

I saw the beverage cart about 2-3 per side, a greens-keeper came by to ask our opinion on the greens, and the marshal about twice as well.

All in all, I think this is a fun track and appropriately named. Wild turkeys on just about every hole as well as a few deer, squirrels and rabbits. People were friendly and I would be happy to return.
Played 8/8 in the morning. Not much to add to previous reviews. I would summarize by saying the conditions on the front 9 vs the back are night and day. Front has bunkers under renovation, beat up/uncut tee boxes, and a lot of greens with divot marks and/or bad fertilization. Greens on the front were incredibly slow. Fairways were hit and miss throughout both 9's. Rough was fine.

As a Creek Card holder, rate was $65. I dont think I would pay any more than that right now, and if youre thinking about making the trip from out of town, I would certainly consider other tracks first. Not horrible, but the course needs some time and healing.

Staff was friendly, saw refreshment cart 2-3 times, and Clubhouse temp was fantastic on a 93 degree day.
Played 4/18 in the AM with a $82 green fee. Overall, course is in good shape. Forgot how open the course is now that they have removed or cut back so many trees. Greens were fantastic, but fairways/rough are still getting some work and some traps were essentially sand-less. One group threw everyone off, so the Marshall was scrambling to try and get groups back on pace. Still finished in 4:15. Saw the cart girl twice. Apparently they are tuning up for a US qualifier first or second week of May.

Overall, I wouldn't pay the rack rate of $135 midweek or $185 weekend here, but at a discount, no issues.
Played 12/29 in the AM. Beautiful day. POP was just over 4 hours. Had to pay holiday rates which with a Creek card was $90. A little steep, but for Orange County on a Friday during the holidays, fair enough. Overall conditions were very good. Tee boxes were in great shape although the blue tees were all the way back, even sharing with the tips on a few holes. I rate the greens about 8.5 out of 10, as everything held, but fast and pure. Just a few spots here and there. Fairways about the same, maybe a tad lower. I included a picture of the worst fairway hole 17 (in my opinion) which was taken right smack in prime position just over 100 yards out in the middle of the fairway. Signs of the course getting ready for winter, but overall, still in great shape. The 7.5 rating maybe be a touch high.

I would agree the Creek card value is not what it once was but for South Orange County, Im still not sure there is a better value. Would love to hear from others in the forums if there are better player card values in the area.
Played 12/21. Apologies for late review. Will review the course for regulars and those who haven't played. Will start off by stating the Santa Ana's were in full force at 830am, probably 30mph. Made for an added challenge but still fun. Overall course conditions are fantastic. It was cold and windy which is probably why greens were so hard and fast, but greens, fairways and tee boxes all in great shape.

For those that haven't played, well worth the green fees and trip. Layout is pretty open, greens are huge, but depending on pin placement can be tricky. Some "quirks" to consider. Online green fees tend to be cheaper, but no price differences are given online (senior rates). You have to call if you want any discounts and book accordingly. There is no cart GPS or hole maps on the course. There are a few holes where course knowledge is worth while but not required, but if you bring GPS or play with a local, even better. Customer service from the entire staff was fantastic as well.
Played 11/20 around 630AM. A buddy treated so I didn't pay green fees. We got the email claiming "Their Back" after over seeding, etc. They may be back but need at least another week. Fairways are in terrific shape. Best part of the course. Holes 1 and 3 the greens were pretty beat up, as if the mower was off as their were some bad grooves in the greens. Tee boxes weren't cut on most holes. After putting out on the 4th hole, the greens crew followed us and threw a fresh coat of sand all over the green. Sure enough, the remaining holes of the round were played on fresh sand in morning wet conditions. I was a bit disappointed with that.

Overall course looks like it will be in great shape within 1-2 weeks, but not worth full rack rates right now unless your in a pinch.
Played Friday with a Golf Moose voucher at 7AM. Pace of play was fast, less than 4 hours. Overall, course is in great shape for the value. My only complaints: traps were wet for the first hour (spent too much time in them), a few tee boxes were a little off level, and range balls are rock hard. Other than that, no complaints as overall conditions are great including greens (ball marks repaired - thank you!!!!).

Only saw the drink cart once on 16, but passed. If you fill out the customer service survey, you earned a free drink at the clubhouse. Not bad! Still a great value in North County.
Im a Creek Card member so got out on dawn patrol for $65. A lot of fog for the first 4-5 holes which added some additional challenge (visibility and moisture), but finished in about 4 hours. All in all, I still think the course is one of the best values in South Orange county. I was excited to get out for my first time since the aeration.

Similar to a few other reviews, I too am a little worried about the greens. They were cut close, held shots well, medium/fast-speed, but unfortunately a lot of ball mark damage. Not much damage left from aeration. Some rare dark green polka-dots of grass are still visible, but I don't think it affected putting as much as the ball marks and some burns on a few greens (hello Arroyo Trabuco?). I agree they are still not up to their lush quality, but getting there.

Fairways were in great shape, lush, and divots repaired. Couldn't ask for much more.

Tee boxes were hit and miss. Some boxes were cut, others not. Some with un-repaired divots, some had the markers aiming a good 20 degrees off into the rough, other not. A real mix match. First time I had seen that here.

Traps were wet and mushy. Agree with others that it would be nice if they could get this right one day.

We saw the cart girl once on 17, although it was 10AM at that point, and the marshall about 3-4 times. I think the course is in great shape. Beautiful scenery on the back with no shortage of deer, rabbits, squirrels and other wildlife. Still a great value and probably my go to course in South OC for the near future.
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