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Back out again today. It's good to see that they continue to maintain the course despite the imminent closure on Sept. 7, 2020. DKnight and I played from the white tees with another twosome. We arrived a little late and were sent out right away and caught our group on 3 tee. Check in was slow. We each received a cart and the senior discount. Calling the course is also quite the challenge. Several of my calls were routed through some outside service.

Everything is green here: tees, fairways, rough, greens. It's pretty much every bit the muni course it has always been, with kikuyu grass/Bermuda grass fairways and rough. Greens are bent/poa with occasional bits of Bermuda grass or kikuyu encroaching in from the edges. They rolled true and were soft enough to hold any kind of shot. Speed was medium-I would venture to guess around a 9. I wasn't in any bunkers, but Dean was in a couple. One was dry and soft. The other was wet and firm.

Good times today, although I did not play well. Pace of play was just over 4 hours. We did wait a little at times, but it seemed like a decent pace. Due to COVID 19, there are no rakes, sand bottles, or water jugs. Wear the mask when interacting with staff. You know the drill. I do plan to come back as often as possible before closing, so look for more reviews from me.
9 Likes.
Played here today with my buddy, Dean. The course looked to be in good shape. Everything was mowed and it looked like there was no debris under the trees; I don't think I have ever seen the course so manicured. A couple of fairways had irrigation running in some hot spots, but mostly it was not a problem. The check in process was typical C-19 protocols; maybe a little over the top with the signage requiring masks, no cash, no sharing of carts-no exceptions (we shared a cart). I had a confirmation from Teeoff.com for a 10:10 tee time, but he did not have me down. In fact, that foursome was booked; however, the starter got us out in an earlier group so kudos to him.

Greens: running medium fast, no bumpiness, and nothing unusual happening there. I would say it probably doesn't get too much better for a muni.

Fairways and rough: They were mowed and you could see a discernible difference in height between the two. Great roll out in the lower cut of the fairways. The rough was not too penal either.

Tees: We played the white tees and I did notice that many were very firm and sometimes it was difficult to stick a tee in. For the most part, it was all very level across the board from black to blue and white.

Bunkers: I visited a couple. No issues with the conditions. They both had ample sand; maybe a little firm, but easy enough to hit from. No rakes, obviously, but there were not many footprints to be seen.

I can honestly say that for the money we paid, it was worth it. I would prefer to walk, but my buddy wanted to ride since he sold his Clicgear about two years ago when he was not golfing. The power carts here have a decent gps with hole maps, so it was a benefit to ride. I think the rate is $29 to walk and $47 to ride. We did see a lot of walkers in when we got there, but as the morning went on it became mostly riders. Pace of play was just okay; we finished in 4.5 hours, but the front nine was agonizingly slow at about 2.5 hours.
11 Likes.
I played here last Saturday. Course personnel were all wearing masks and gloves. No real requirement for golfers. That was nice. My brother and I each paid about $30 to ride at 6:20 a.m. tee time. Great pace of play and we finished in about just under four hours.

Overall course conditions are on the dry side. Decent grass coverage most everywhere. It appeared that they recently aerated the fairways. I only hit a couple of fairways and I can say the rough was not too penal and I was able to hit decent shots from it. The ball will roll out no matter where you hit it. I saw a few balls motor through the rough, into, and out of bunkers. Even mediocre shots could run out to a decent yardage.

The tee boxes were nice and level. We played the Gold tees, but they all looked good.

The greens were nice. They rolled smooth and true. It did take me some time to hit it firm enough as they were on the slow, grainy side. I fixed a number of ball marks, but it was not terrible.

Sand looked decent and we were able to hit good shots from it. Not too many footprints at the early hour and there were no rakes.

For the $30 rate and good pace of play, I'd do this again. We did see the beverage cart attendant several times and I have to say that the prices were on the high side. A small bottle of water was $3; domestic beer was $6. Ouch! You should definitely bring your own water as all the water stations are down for COVID.
11 Likes.
Played here today with roarksown1 as part of the GK Cup 15. Check in was quick and easy. We both used the driving range. Not a lot to add to the previous review. Good overall conditions. Mostly lush grass everywhere with a few exceptions in the rough and beyond.

POP was 4.5 hours. Great beverage cart service; we saw her a few times. I paid $24 to walk at 1:40 p.m.

Greens were medium fast. No a lot of ball marks. I liked them, but I was hitting good putts all day.

Fairways were lush, cut nicely, and had decent roll. I saw very few areas that had divots that needed filling. It's mostly kikuyu and Bermuda here, so it was a nice mat of turf to hit from.

Rough was very penal in some areas; if you were somewhat lucky, you had a good lie with your ball sitting up. Many times my ball seemed to sit down and it was a challenge to get good contact. Also, shots from the rough seemed to be under trees or had uneven lies which made it more difficult.

Tees were good. We played the Gold tees, similar to Blues at 6381 yards. No problems at all to find a level lie. Good turf coverage and not a lot of divots, even on the par 3's.

Bunkers needed some raking, but due to C19, we all have to deal with the footprints. I was in a couple and it wasn't bad. Mostly, I struggled due to my abilities to hit from the sand.

Overall, I like this course and now I know I can walk for $24, I think I will return soon.
11 Likes.
I agree with and don’t have a lot to add to Gary’s review, but I’ll give it a try. I like the layout of the course and it was an easy walk today. The course does come close to a few houses at times. There’s room but an occasional errant shot could hit a house or back yard, so on there are times that you have to be aware. That’s all I have to say about that.

Greens are nice overall. I fixed quite a few ball marks though. These are fairly large greens with lots of undulations and subtle breaks. Speed was on the medium side, maybe running around a 9, if I had to guess. You will do yourself a favor by trying to hit the pin and not worry about going too long.

Tees were nice with good turf coverage. A couple had some minor issues with level but you could always find a good spot to hit from.

Fairways were a real treat. Great coverage of turf grass most everywhere. Lots of rollout on most drives. Lots of great landing areas that just beg for you to rip it. It looks like the fairways are recovering or fully recovered from a recent aerification.

Rough was decent. There were areas that you would wish were cut more, but nothing crazy. It’s mostly kikuyu with some Bermuda and ryegrass. I am usually about 35% on fairways so the rough can really make or break my score. Today it was nice.

Sand was nice in the one bunker that I was in. They all looked like they got a grooming from the sand pro and I didn’t see a lot of footprints.

We had a good walking pace at just under four and a half hours, waiting on a few shots here and there but falling off the pace on the final two holes. The parking lot looked pretty busy when I arrived at 12:15, and it appeared that they were busy, but really I had no issues with the pace. I’m learning to take it easy now.

Big thanks to Sterling Hills for opening up and having this nice venue. Also I thank Johnny for making this Guru outing available to us. Good times today with three great fellow golfers. I recommend this course and I look forward to coming back.
8 Likes.
I played here again today. What a difference; sadly, the course is back to its somewhat good-to-mediocre standard. Too bad, it was really nice that last time here in mid March. The starter said they are about 50% staff, so no way will they be able to keep on double cutting greens or keep such a high level of maintenance. Folks showed up with masks, but nobody was required to wear one as everyone was basically more than 6 feet apart.

That said, it was all walking due to C19. This is definitely a course to walk, although the back nine has a little climbing from Hole 12 tee to 17 tee. Thankfully, they were doing a back nine start; my guess, most likely for that reason alone. Get the bigger climbs done before heading to the relatively flatter front nine.

Greens were decent. A little slow in the morning, but not really getting much quicker as the day progressed. They were definitely slower than usual. Maybe, if I had to guess, around an 8 or 9.

Fairways and rough were as green as can be. The fairways had great coverage and had a thick mat of turf in almost all areas of the course. The rough was somewhat penal. It was deep enough to lose site of your ball in some areas until you were upon it.

Bunkers were okay, considering there are no rakes. I did see a guy driving the sand pro around and some bunkers were nicely groomed. I hit into the bunker On Hole 13; it was groomed but was wet and hard.

We played the white tees; mostly they were directly in front of the blues on the same tee box. They were level for the most part and the ones that were not level were not overly so.

Overall, I think we paid a little too much. It was $50 to walk at 7:10 a.m. Unfortunately, the only times I could find the day before was on TeeOff.com. The course had nothing available and the phone system put me on hold for 15 minutes when I called the them on Thursday. On a more positive note, the beverage cart came around a few times and the nice, young lady was friendly and seemed to enjoy being out there. I might come back, but there are other options around now.
7 Likes.
I played here today at first light. One threesome ahead of our four; as you know, due to the C19 protocols, everyone is walking. It made for a great pace, at least for the group ahead of our 4. We might have been faster than the four hour round if not for the extra practice swings by one in our group. Hint: Not me! Notwithstanding that nonsense, I found it to be totally zen and watching the sunrise light up the course was icing on the cake.

I have not played here in quite some time; not since 10/2016. Wow! What a difference three and a half years makes! Green grass everywhere! Large aprons and collars around the greens, very much like Rustic Canyon! That's a good choice for this course as it can be long at times.

Other than the above, I don't have a lot to add to mdames' review. The greens remains on the medium-slow side. There were a couple of subtle breaks, but nothing crazy.

The tees ( I played the Avocado tees) were level and had good grass coverage. Some were very firm about an inch and a half down. There was some maintenance ahead of us. A couple of guys were fertilizing tees and the long cut from the tee to the fairways. Nice to see crews working and keeping the course as nice as possible.

Fairways were a joy to hit from. Great coverage everywhere. Soft enough to take a divot, but firm enough to run a ways on a low trajectory shot.

The rough had good coverage as well. It ranged in height from about 2"-3" to knee deep native areas. Best to stay away from that stuff.

Bunkers had great amounts of fluffy beach sand. A couple had a thin layer of sand over some hard pan, but mostly those were in the fairways.

Greens and approaches were really nice, but on the slow side. We thought they would speed up, but no significant change in speed happened by 10:00 when we finished.

Overall, I think I got a great bargain at $30. I booked on their website and it appears that the tee sheet is pretty full up all week long. I might try to get back there in two weeks on my next Friday off.
10 Likes.
Played today with Alex326 for our GK Cup 15 match. It was nice to find a golf course open and Alex got us a 10:00 for $25 riding, so that's a big plus. This is really a big parkland style layout and it would be difficult to actually lose a ball OB. There were many large trees lining most fairways. Very lush conditions throughout. The grass in the rough was so thick and sticky, it could grab your club and make it difficult if you weren't able to hit clean, ball first contact.

Greens were medium slow, but they rolled true and has no discernible bumpiness. Sometimes, the downhill putts toward the river could get away, but uphill putts needed a firm stroke. They were also somewhat soft and I fixed many a ball mark, most of which were made by the groups ahead of us. Covid19 protocol called for a round piece of foam at the bottom of the cups to prevent balls from going all the way to the bottom. No flag sticks were touched.

Fairways and rough were very similar. Lots of variety of grasses growing all over the fairways and rough; some of it was clumpy and having a good lie was almost a matter of luck. The fairways could be cut more and the rough was pretty thick if only 1"-2" in height.

Tees were mostly level and finding a good place to hit from was easy. We played the white tees, but the difference was minimal and more often than not were were just forward of the blues by a couple steps.

Bunkers were okay to look at, but hitting from them was iffy. They had some soft sand in a thin layer over some well packed hard pan. I think we both had difficulty at times. No rakes; again, Covid19 protocol. Hopefully most folks who enter the bunker would smooth their footprints and divots with their feet, but that was not always the case. We smoothed out ours and we never landed in someone else's footprint.

Overall, I liked the course. It's right off the Kern River at the foothills of the Sierra. There is a campground nearby and the river looks really full now. I think the campground is closed due to this Covid19 hysteria anyway. The green fee we paid was as good as you get for a full length course riding. Definitely, you could walk. There are a couple of lengthy par 3's of over 200 yards. That was challenging. It's lush now, but I don't know what summer will do. I did see there were others from Southern California here, so if you are in the north part of LA County, then it's doable for a day trip.
9 Likes.
I played here yesterday, 3/19/2020; I found an online tee time at the course's website, www.elkinsranch.com, for $30, including a cart at 1:04 p.m. Add in a small service fee of about $2.45. Check in was Coronavirus/Covid19 protocol: "Slide your card through the reader, magnetic strip facing me. Cart 54 has been sanitized and ready. If you can help it, don't touch any flagsticks. USGA is allowing a gimme within 2 feet. If you get in a bunker, just use your foot and not any rakes. My course personnel will rake all bunkers in the morning. There is a small rain shower that will pass shortly and you are free to go. Have fun!"

It was relatively uncrowded, but I jumped from Hole 1 to Holes 6, 7, and 8 before going to Holes 2 through 5 to avoid any groups ahead of me. It worked and I finished the front nine in 59 minutes. I then followed a twosome through the back nine, hitting additional shots here and there to stay loose. Back nine took only another hour and 15 minutes.

The course is as green and well maintained as I have ever seen it! I have been coming here for decades and it is in great shape right now. The greens were double cut in a nice checkerboard pattern. That really makes for a smooth putting surface in addition to looking awesome!

Greens: 8/10; rolling medium fast. No bumpiness or excessive ball marks. They were on the soft side.

Fairways and rough: 7/10; good roll out on most shots. It's mostly kikuyu grass throughout the course and despite it being the end of winter, it had a nice medium green color. No bare areas, at least none that I encountered. Maybe in the forest between Holes 17 and 18 you will find some thin grass. Hole 17 fairway and rough is (and always has been) covered with some white flowering weed which makes your ball hard to find. I used a green ball here.

Bunkers: 9/10 I found one on 12. It was great sand and easy to hit from. All the bunkers looked well groomed and the edges were neatly trimmed.

Tees boxes: 6/10 I played the blues; they were relatively level. I think Hole 2 was slightly tilted but moving around, I found some level ground.

In regards to this Covid19 virus hysteria, I can think of no better place (other than mountain biking) to practice social distancing. A trip to the market will bring you into contact with quite a number of folks, so golf is a great way to comply with the new protocols.

Thank you, Elkins Ranch GC! I cannot say enough good things about my afternoon there yesterday. I will be back very soon. Hopefully, other courses will see that staying open is a great way to stay safe and maintain a sense of normalcy during this crisis!
11 Likes.
I played here on Friday, 3/6/20, Valley and Desert nines. I checked in at about 2:40 p.m. for the $35 at 3:00 rate. I was told it was wide open, but that wasn't the case; pace was not bad, but I did skip three holes on the Valley nine to avoid some slower groups as I was a single. I figured I could skip around, but there were groups scattered all about. For the rate, I was just there to practice and check things out. I'd like to give Oscar, at the counter, a shout out. He's been with the old Robinson Ranch and continuing with SCCC and has always provided great customer service.

Greens: The looked like they needed mowing, but rolled medium fast. Slower putts at the hole sometimes would take the grain and run off line. Mostly it was decent. Lots of ball marks to be fixed as the greens seemed on the soft side.

Tees: I played the whites on the Valley and Blues on the Desert nines. I had come up on a single player at Hole 11 on the Desert and we played together behind another two. We eventually joined them on Hole 13 and finished as a foursome. All the tee boxes I played had been aerified recently and pushing in a tee was a matter of finding a spot between the holes.

Fairways: Oh, so shaggy looking; however, they were nice to hit from with lots of turf under your ball. They also ran well, so I guess it wasn't as shaggy as it looked. They did look green, but not a very dark green; more like a thin overseed of winter rye. Many fairways were punched with small hole aerification.

Rough: Cut almost as low as the fairways, allowing errant shots to run into the wilderness or hazards. My ball did sit up nicely, though. Like the fairways, it had been overseeded this past winter and the rye grass was fairly sticky at times.

Bunkers: I was in four bunkers. Two of them were fairway bunkers. In the past they did not all new sand to the fairway bunkers, but now there was at least a thin layer of sand. I was in one greenside bunker on the Desert nine. There was a decent amount of sand and it was nice to hit from. There were unraked footprints in all of those bunkers. I raked those out as well as my own.

I like the course is watering more now. They overseeded and it appears that SCCC is trying to get the course back on track. That's a good thing as the golf options around Santa Clarita are scarce. I will be back. I can recommend this course.
9 Likes.
Played last Saturday with t8fish. We had a 10:56 time; I arrived early and used the chipping and putting greens as well as the range. We paid $39 to walk, but they do have carts available with a decent GPS. It's winter still, but the weather was nice with temperatures in the low to mid 60's. The kikuyu and Bermuda grasses are mostly dormant but still have a faint tint of green. As t8fish noted, the white tees (many of which have been constructed in front of the older tee box area within the last couple of years) are firm but level with the exception of Hole 10 where the whites were moved up to just behind the old red tees.

Practice areas: The range has lots of targets (some metal signs and a stack of barrels) and approximate yardages. There are stalls with mats (some are covered), but the right side was moved up to the grass; maybe for lessons. It's a downhill shot to about 150, then it goes uphill to the end of the range as you are basically hitting into the slope of the dam itself.

Greens: Nice conditions on most every green. Good quality bentgrass with some evidence of poa. There were some micro punched holes that are healing nicely, so it did not affect the roll. They played medium fast. Very few ball marks to fix, which was nice.

Fairways and rough were mostly dormant, but plenty of turf and root zone to allow for nice full shots. There was an occasional tight lie, but I did not find any. Only a few areas were overly wet or dry.

Bunkers: All seemed to be in good condition. They were raked and the edges were crisp. Some looked like they could use some fresh sand, or more sand, but overall no real complaints.

Tees: As noted above, the tees we played were fine with the exception of Hole 10. That tee was tilted forward and was overly wet. Hole 5 tee seemed to be rebuilt/releveled and had evidence of newly placed sod (kikuyu grass that was most likely cut from the course and placed onto the leveled teeing ground). The newly built tees were mostly very firm and one of our foursome actually had trouble pushing in his tees.

I like the course and recommend it highly. It's a muni. It's fairly cheap to play. My only issue was the pace of play; we finished in 5 hours and 15 minutes. That's too slow in my opinion. Overall, though, it was a fine day. The greens are in good condition right now. Go get some!
7 Likes.
Played match play today with kassper7. We paid $47 to walk with a 9:48 tee time. Lots of winter dormancy and some tight fairways made for some good roll out. Overall conditions are fine to good. POP was over 5 hours with a lot of waiting.

The greens were medium fast; getting faster as the day warmed up. Not a lot of ball marks and they rolled true without a lot of bumpiness.

Fairways and rough were thin to lush at times. Lots of good roll in the fairways. The rough is kikuyu grass and sometimes will check your ball up, especially if you are trying to run one up from the rough, so be aware.

Tees (we played the Silver) were a little on the firm side and thin at times. Overall, they were mostly level and finding a good place to hit from was not an issue.

Bunkers: I was in two; The back bunker on 6 was raked nicely and had a good amount of sand. The fairway bunker on the right side of 10 was okay with a little bit of soft sand over a firm subgrade.

The beverage cart came by several times throughout the round, but we did not buy anything. I like the course and I had heard that conditions were good. I agree, but it's all relative. There is winter dormancy, so it does not look very green. However, the course is playing nice right now and the greens are rolling very well.
8 Likes.
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