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Played CH on 6/22 with a neighbor. 11:00 am tee time which is a little late for me to play but what the hec. Nice guys in the clubhouse and I see the price tag has increased to play here. $65 senior rate but does include lunch and a drink. Used to be $55 pre covid. Single carts are optional. Decided to do single carts and was paired up with a very nice husband and wife couple. Teed off right on time and finished in just under 4 hours. A little slower on the back as we waited on a slow group on the back nine. Not to mention helping my neighbor look for many of his errant shots. Lol

Overall, the course is on good shape. Fairways are in good shape but on the thin side. So expect to have some tight lies out there. Not dry, just thin. There was light rough just off of the fairway. Not thick at all. Bunkers were in good shape and without rakes, did my best to smooth them out with my feet and club.

The greens were in very good condition. Rolled very nicely and were holding.

A hilly course with many elevation changes from the tee boxes and plays relatively short. We played it from the blues which is only around 5,600 yards but target golf on some holes so driver not always needed but do keep it in play. As previous reviews indicate, they have these EZ lift thingys which weren’t working very well. Pull it up with your putter and the whole pin comes out with it. Useless. They need to be cleaned or something. Aside from that, we had a good time out there and would definitely recommend.
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Played IH with fellow GK’er, cthuyen (previous reviewer) and a couple of his friends and yes, I am the one he mentioned who got a hole in one (#9). And we will appropriately celebrate the occasion sometime in the future. Single carts moved us along nicely. Finished well under 4 hours sometimes waiting on the slow group ahead of us.

I am always impressed with this course and this day was no different. It was in great shape. Fairways were as good as they can get. I imagine we played not long after they were mowed because in the fairway, the ball sat up perfectly. The rough was lush and not too high. Very playable at a couple of inches high. Bunkers were damp and hard. Worst I have ever seen here but understandable as not many courses are maintaining the bunkers very well if at all.

The greens were really nice. On the hard side but rolled very nicely.

I can’t say enough good things about IH. It is one of the premier, challenging resorts/venues I play. The price tag is always a bit high and that’s the down side but if you ever get a chance to play, save your pennies and plan on it.
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A little late with this review as I played on it 6/1. Actually played it 3 times as we stayed up there to play in a college alumni tournament. Beautiful weather up there each day. Also glad to see Keith (sixpez) another GK’er getting up here to play Bailey. He described it very well actually. Not many folks out here playing so pace of play wasn’t an issue as never waited. Really nice folks in the clubhouse and in the restaurant.

The course had been open for about a month from the winter and the fairways are in pretty good shape. Some patchy areas filled with sand but not many and actually it looked like poa annua was growing in. Tee boxes are in good shape as well. The rough was about 2 inches high. Not real thick and playable. Bunkers have a red looking sand but were in good shape. A little damp but easy to get out of.

Greens for the most part were in very nice condition. Two greens, #’s 8 and 13 got hit with a fungus and were still in repair but only half of the greens were impacted. The other halves were just fine and that’s where they put the pins.

This is one of my favorite places to play for a lot of reasons. I always get to play it with some good friends which is one reason but the course is usually in great condition and has a beautiful setting. The course is carved into the mountains with many beautiful pine trees with generous fairways. I play it at least once a year and so look forward to it. Noticed the price tag has gone up - $80 rack rate. You can get a get a better price on Golf Moose or even the course website usually has a couple of tee times that are discounted but do give it a go if you’re up in the area.
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Played Table Mountain passing through No. California. Long story but we were supposed to play a private course in Marysville, CA using a Golf Moose voucher but the course changed its policy to members only because of Covid 19 so we hustled to get a time here. Not my favorite place but what the hec! As a 4 some, had a 12:30 tee time and off we went right on time. Place was empty and was told this was because of the hard rain earlier in the morning. Missed all of that and we had a beautiful day. Really nice folks in the clubhouse and in the restaurant however.

Again, not my favorite place - flat course and a fairly boring layout but it was in good condition. Fairways were fine. Not many bare spots and in the fairway, you got a good lie. The rough was down but you can see some weeds growing in. Bunkers were in good shape however. A little damp but better than most courses I have recently played.

One thing nice about this course is the greens. Always in good condition and this day was no different. Flat greens with not many breaks but rolled true.

TM is an old course and not real challenging but if you’re in the area (not many are), looking for a place to bomb the driver, give it a go!
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Heading up again this year to No Cal to play in a college alumni tournament and making a few stops along the way to play a few more courses. First stop was on 5/29 with a good friend in Stockton to play the Reserve at Spanos. Never played here before and what a treat this was. Check in was easy enough with a well-organized, friendly staff. It’s a little pricey it seems but we paid $45 late rate and as a 2 some, had a 1:40 tee time, joining up with another 2 some. Nice folks from the Bay Area. Got out right on time and finished in just under 4 hours.

The fairways were in great condition and offered nice roll out with the driver. The rough was a couple of inches long and very playable. Tee boxes were great as well. Was only in one bunker and it was fine despite not being raked (no rakes out there). Sand was a little damp but otherwise just fine.

The greens were in excellent condition. A little hard so you had to hit it good to get it to stop. Not real fast but rolled true.

I really enjoyed playing here. Most fairways are pretty generous but there are quite a few fairway bunkers so some strategy is required off the tee. Nice layout and pretty flat with water on some holes. Some nice dog legs guarded by bunkers. Make it a must play if you’re ever up this way. Just wished I lived closer as I would put it in the rotation.
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Played Big Rec for the first time with some old friends on 5/20. We had two times tee times - 7:00 and 7:10. Check in was very well organized and the starter was using the microphone to announce who is on the tee and who was up next. I like that. Masks were required around the club house area and on the course. I wore mine but noticed many not wearing them out there. I was the only one walking in our group but we still finished in about 3.5 hours. Very little waiting.

Fairways are heavy Kikuyu so not a lot of roll out. The rough was not thick but if you hit in there, it didn’t go very far. Bunkers were like concrete, many just unplayable. That seems to be a consistent theme of a lot of courses since they’ve recently opened. Tee boxes could have been cut down a bit but overall ok.

The greens were in good shape. Not fast but rolled out well. Never could figure out the breaks.

I found Big Rec a fun course to play as it has a park like setting with generous fairways so I wouldn’t call it difficult. Some slight elevation changes particularly on the back but nothing severe. Thoroughly enjoyed playing here and look forward to another opportunity to come back.
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Was invited by fellow GK’er cthuyen to play Eagle Glen with his brother and friend. On a beautiful but windy day, we had a tee time at 10:30 on 5/19 paying $46 using Golf Now. Since we prepaid, only had to go into the clubhouse to sign the cart waiver which gave me a weird feeling. There was nothing in the clubhouse; no apparel, golf equipment, lights on very low, eerie actually. Anyway, got off right on time and finished in less than 4 hours. Riding single carts was kind of nice. Speeds up play, no question.

I really enjoy playing here because of the challenge but know that fairways are pretty thin. Looks like some of the fairways were sprayed with green color dye. Gave it a good look as I think they would have been dormant brown without it. Lots of roll out though with the driver which is always nice. Not much rough but it is starting to grow back. The bunkers weren’t as bad as they looked, just full of wet sand.

The greens were in very good condition but pretty slow. Used to seeing them much faster here.

EG is not in the best shape but not horrible either. I would definitely go back largely because of the layout and the challenge. Can’t be spraying it out here.
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We had two foursomes at HV on 5/13 – 7:20 and 7:28. Got off about 30 minutes late because of a good crowd wanting to get out and play. They have a person organizing everything before you can check in. Well controlled however, Riverside County has eased off on the covid 19 protocols and Hidden Valley has followed along. No masks required, two to a cart unless you feel uncomfortable riding with a partner. Wasn’t feeling real good about this but with some hesitance, I did ride with a partner but wore my mask anyway and brought plenty of alcohol wipes and sanitizer. Credit card only to pay but they were having problems with the card connecting. Took a while.

The previous review from Abbacat was spot on. Fairways were in really good shape but am I seeing Kikuyu growing in there? Never seen that before. They were cut down and lush but noticed not a lot of roll out. Tee boxes were fine. Lush actually but some of them were becoming invaded with Kikuyu as well. Bunkers were like concrete. Don’t go in them. The rough was cut down so it wasn’t a real factor.

The greens were nice and lush but were really grainy. Medium speed but heavy poa and have seen the greens a lot faster. They took out the foam inserts in the cups and put in some metal devices in there which does the same thing.

We had a good time out there on a beautiful day despite it all. Finished in just over 4 hours.
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Brookside just opened up on 5/8 so our regular group got two early times on Sunday to accommodate 8 of us – 7:01 and 7:11. It had been 8 weeks since I last played and was a bit reluctant to do so but everyone was so gung ho to play, I decided to give it a go. As Abbacat indicated in her review of course #2, covid 19 precautions are well in place. Masks are required for common areas/when you pay but not when on the course. We walked and kept our masks on anyway. If you don’t have a mask, you can buy one there for a $1.00. Credit card only for green fees. Range is open however but the practice putting green is not. POP was just under 4 hours.

Course conditions were good but I guess was expecting more. There were a lot of browned out areas and areas that were green were really thick. Not much roll out with this thick kikuyu. Rough wasn’t too thick, about like it always is. Bunkers were in good shape. No rakes so tried my best to smooth them over with my feet.

The greens were in good shape. Smooth but just not running very fast. Medium speed at best. Not a lot of ball marks which was expected and nice to see.

IMO, Brookside #1 is still a beast and will play a lot longer when the kikuyu is thick and not cut. I’ll give it a thumbs up however and for $44 on weekends to walk, it’s definitely worth the play.
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Went out to Hidden Valley on 3/12 as a group of 2 foursomes beginning at 8:00. We heard the rain was going to hit us around noon so we were able to get out a bit earlier at around 7:30. We did just beat the rain as it hit us on 18. Still had some light rain off and on throughout the day but nothing very hard and got around in just about over 4.5 hours.

I thought we would were going to have cart path only because of the week’s rain but the starter said nope, 90 degrees. A couple of holes are CPO but they have always been; areas where they are thin with grass. Overall however this course is very good condition. Except for a couple of holes, the fairways had excellent coverage. I was impressed. If you got a bad lie, it was just a tight lie but not hard pan. The rough was not thick and was playable. I wasn’t in any bunkers but some of my playing partners were and they report they were very hard and I could see they were pretty yet. Tee boxes have been over seeded and was growing in nicely.

The greens were very good shape. Not real fast but rolling true ( I have seen them much faster here). Some of the greens have some major breaks in them so pin placement is good to know here.

I have always enjoyed playing here. It’s a real challenge with all of the hills and elevation changes. Turned out a couple of my playing partners have never played here so I became coach and tour guide advising on where to hit it. It definitely helps to play here a couple of times as it is tricked up a bit. The views are incredible from the higher elevations.

No deals on the tee times so we got the weekday rate of $45. There are some better deals on their website however. I am definitely coming back.
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Went out with my monthly, neighborhood group today but because of a mix up, we were unable to get a time at our usual course and therefore looked to quickly get a morning, local tee time elsewhere. Plenty of tee times here at River View so we decided to give it a go as I and the others in our group have never played here. Got a 7:45 time but we had 5 and so when we checked in, we asked if we could play as five (hate to play as 5 but thought it was the best for us). The young starter said no because they were very busy today. What? We respected his words and played as two groups until I looked ahead and saw a group playing as 6!! Crazy!

This is a very weird course. Many of the holes border the Santa Ana River which didn’t have much water in it but had lots of sand. Fairway weren’t too good. Still recovering from winter I realize but there were not many good lies out there. The lies had thin grass with a sand base. No rough to speak because it was dormant so not a factor. Bunkers had thick sand in there but were in good shape.

The greens are the best thing about this course. Thick poa annua, holding shots and rolling very smooth. Many courses would love to have these greens.

Ok, well I have now played River View and did so in just under 4 hours. Noticed that when we finished, the place had many golfers waiting to tee off which was great to see but River View is just not for me. Cheesy layout, not very good lies. Some friends told me when you play River View, you get what you get. So true!

They do have a nice little grill so we stayed to have a couple of beers and a very good lunch. Not on my “can’t wait to play again” list assuredly.
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Was invited to play Tijeras with a group of guys on 2/20 for an 8:00 am shotgun and like the previous reviewer Mr. Weber says , how can I pass it up. Was cool at tee off time but turned out to be a beautiful day. Check in was great and as it turns out, I got a chance to say hi to an acquaintance, one of the Asst. Pros who is working there. Pace of play was just over 4 hours. Very little waiting except for the par 3’s.

Not much to add from Weber’s review as the course is in great shape! Lush and green. Every fairway had excellent coverage with no dead or bad areas that I saw. The rough was thick and although I didn’t lose any balls, we did spend some time looking for balls that landed in there. Tee boxes were excellent. Bunkers were also in good shape, not real soft and a bit firm.

The greens were smooth and rolling fast. They're not real tricky but I had some trouble reading them and found my putts going past the hole many times.

This is a challenging and fun course to play. Most of the fairways are generous but they’ve got some big bunkers in the landing areas that make you think about where you need to hit iT. The price tag is a bit much to play regularly otherwise I would. Fortunately, we got a very good rate to play and I couldn’t pass it up. If you haven’t played it, look for a deal and get out here!
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