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Played here on Tuesday with the GK Gurus. We were in the second group out as a threesome and enjoyed a nice pace of under 4 hours. Customer service great as always here, and such an excellent practice area to warm up before the round.

Not much to add to the previous reviews. Conditions were fantastic as I've come to expect here in season. Everything lush and green throughout. Greens definitely on the firm side and hard to hold anything without a lot of spin, rolling medium fast and hard to read. I wasn't in any bunkers. Tee boxes, fairways and rough all great.

It's been awhile since I played this side and I enjoy it almost as much as Firecliff. Solid track and great golf facility. Thanks to the staff for having us out and to Johnny for setting up these great deals!!!
Dusted off the clubs for a couple rounds at the old home course during the holidays. My brother and I played here twice last week. It's nice to see this course open once again after being closed for a year or two. It's nothing special, but obviously has sentimental value for me as one of the rural courses I grew up playing.

The new owners are great and clearly care about the course. That is encouraging, but no major renovations on the horizon as far as I know. They basically just resurrected what was already there. Not much has really changed. Conditions were what they always are in winter. A little muddy and rough around the edges (with way better drainage here than Salmon Run), but plenty playable. Never going to be a pristine course, but it is what it is and it's fine enough as a small town option. $30 for 18 holes with cart was a decent price. Nothing amazing to highlight. Nothing major to complain about. Just good old Del Norte back in the land of the living and that's good enough for me.
It took the long-awaited resurrection of Moreno Valley Ranch to get me out of my semi-retirement from golf and put clubs in my hands for the first time in 2020! This has always been a personal favorite of mine. I was sad when it closed and excited (and disappointed) with every tease of a renovation and reopening over the past 5+ years. Thanks to Johnny for setting this up and convincing me to come out yesterday afternoon.

The course was in good overall condition and definitely much better than I expected after the opening that kept getting pushed back this year. It was so nice to see this place looking green again because it was in very rough shape by the time it had closed down. The tee boxes were great. The fairways were lush. The rough was mostly good, getting a little thinner or "weedier" as you strayed from the fairways and into the wash of the front nine or the native areas of the back nine. The traps had good soft sand, but that also meant tons of huge footprints with no rakes. The greens were soft and rolling well at medium speeds, getting a little slower and bumpier in the evening as we finished up.

We had a good pace of play on the front without ever having to wait, but then it backed up on the back nine and we waited on most tee shots. We were too busy taking pictures on the back nine (formerly the Mountain nine) to worry about waiting too much. I always thought the Lake nine was underrated of the original three, but if they were only keeping two I'm glad it was Valley and Mountain. I firmly agree the spectacular Mountain side should be the back nine, even if it is a little odd ending on the new par-3 18th they built from the shortened original hole. Sounds like what's left of the Lake will ultimately be made into a nice hiking trail and also a foot golf (boo) and disc golf (yay) course.

It was nice to see Johnny, Mark, Ron and Nick again, as well as my other old friend now known as Rancho Del Sol. This is a fantastic course (and a difficult Dye design) with views for days and it's so good to see it back open again. Everyone should make it a point to get out here and support this place!

Now back into hibernation...
My brother and I played here this afternoon, $25 for the twilight rate with cart. We basically had the place to ourselves with one other single out ahead of us, but it was still slow going because it's cart path only and the course is extremely wet with a lot of squishy walks up and down all the hills!

The course looks nice and green with good coverage, but it's just so wet. They just didn't build the original drainage right for Southern Oregon winters and they haven't been able to maintain this place to the level it deserves. After a few days of rain, it was pretty soggy and sloppy throughout. The tee boxes were a bit shaggy. However, they weren't too wet and have a better sand base than the fairways/rough. The greens were also decent and not overly soft. Just a bit slow and fluffy since they probably can't mow often this time of year. The handful of bunkers that remain looked pretty much like wet concrete, so I was glad to avoid them.

I have a soft spot for this course. It's a fun target layout in a beautiful setting. I just can't endorse it during the winter when it's so wet and cold. If you are around here in the summer, give it a look. The city runs it now and it seems they have put some more work in, but there's only so much they can do without completely redoing the turf base to achieve better drainage for the area's wet winters. The 2nd hole is now permanently a par-3 and the signature 4th has forever moved its tees to the side, though you can still walk up to the top of the hill on "Lombard Street" if you want the original/best tee view. It also seems that hole 8 green was moved since last time I played. Still a fun and picturesque course. It just never became what they intended it to be when it was designed.
Played here yesterday on my way up north. I booked a 10:30 hot deal the day before for only $17, but arrived closer to 9:30. Place was pretty much empty on a cold, dreary day, so I teed off right away and finished pretty quickly. I played through one group and leapfrogged another single at the turn. Hardly anyone out there, which was just fine with me.

Course conditions were decent considering it's winter and this course is slowly coming back to life after it was closed for some time a couple years back. Sounds like they have been putting a lot of work in here. It's pretty rough around the edges right now, but playable enough and not really too soft or wet. Definitely some mushy spots and had to be careful where driving the cart, but not bad for this time of year. Tee boxes kinda shaggy. Fairways mostly pretty good. Rough kind of hodge podge with dormant sections, thick green stuff and some weeds, too. Bunkers damp and not great. Greens looked kind of rough and had some ugly spots. However, they rolled surprisingly quick and I never had any putts thrown off line too much. Several of the water hazards were dry and others had low water levels.

For all the hubbub of bringing this course back to life and the fact it's a Peter Jacobsen layout (I've liked all of his courses I've played). I was expecting something a bit more distinctive. Front nine fairly flat and open. Back nine has more character, but still nothing that memorable. It's an OK course in OK winter condition, but at least it is open again. That's about all I can say!
I was in the lead GK Guru group this morning and we teed off maybe a couple minutes before 7:00 on a beautiful day for golf. We enjoyed a nice relaxed pace. The sun came out and lit this place up. For my money, I don't think there's a more picturesque public course in the Coachella Valley!

Conditions, as always, were exceptional from tee to green. This place is ridiculously lush and perfectly manicured, it's such a pleasure to play. It was pretty soft and there was a lot of moisture, though, with some wet weather lately and plenty of watering overnight. Bunkers full of super soft/deep sand. The greens had quite a few old ball marks showing, but nothing that affected putts too much. They were definitely on the slow side, especially first thing in the morning when still very wet.

Always one of my personal favorites, so I enjoy any excuse to play here. Even better when in the company of the GK Guru crew!
Enjoyable GK day at Rams Hill yesterday! We had a fun time as the lead group. We were behind another 30-player tournament, so the pace was a bit slow with waiting on most shots and some back-ups on a few holes. To echo what others have already said, the conditions were rather soft after plenty of rain here lately. Very windy with the course playing longer than usual.

Some repair being done on some fairways, but overall in great condition as always. Greens softer than ever and a bit on the slow side by RH standards. I actually miss the early days when they were lightning fast! The sand was super soft, which was nice in greenside bunkers but very tough in fairway bunkers. Overall, everything was very nice and the service was great as we've come to expect here. Delicious cookies handed out when we finished, too! If you haven't played out here, make the trip and enjoy this hidden treasure.
Playing Gray's Crossing the evening before also allowed us to squeeze in a bonus round and take advantage of a GolfMoose voucher for Squaw Creek. Technically, I did play one more round after this at the Tahoe City 9-holer, but that one is not on GK yet. As for Squaw Valley, I wouldn't pay rack here, but the GM deal was pretty solid for a round in season. It was busier than we expected and we were too worn out to slow-play behind other groups, so we did have to get creative with our own layout. It wasn't ideal, but we eventually got all 18 holes in as the groups out on the course were kind of scattered and it allowed us to jump in where we could find openings and play a few holes at a time.

Conditions here were disappointing for a "resort" course. It seems clear the golf course here is somewhat of an afterthought and I'm sure it's difficult to maintain given its location on a major ski resort and a short summer season at the resort. The tee boxes were sometimes OK and sometimes just dirt and weeds. The fairways were generally fine. The rough was a mish-mash of a bit of everything. Then there are some deep native areas (swampland) that you'll want to avoid because it's almost guaranteed a lost ball. The holes up on the hillside had a greener look, but were also pretty soft and chewed up from tee to green. Bunkers were okay enough. Greens weren't too bad. A little thin in spots and sometimes a tad bumpy, but mostly rolling decently.

The lackluster conditions mar what could be a pretty good golf course. The layout is very challenging and unique, and though they bill it as a "links" it really isn't because there aren't many ground-play options. There are a lot of forced carries and false fronts lined with thick grass, so you still have to keep the ball up in the air if you want to have a chance at scoring well. It also got pretty windy as the round went on, which added another level of challenge. In terms of quality, Squaw Creek doesn't come close to measuring up to the region's other great resort courses. It just feels a bit run down and in need of a good renovation.

Also, I should mention the parking situation is rough right now as they are doing a lot of construction outside the resort. You can valet up top or just drop your bags off, then it's a long walk from the self-parking to the pro shop. The signage is lacking here, so there really are no signs to direct you to the pro shop. I wandered around awhile before finally finding it and then it took them about 20 minutes to get my bag from up top to the starter area. Again, golf seems to be an afterthought, especially for those not staying at the resort.
After playing Greenwood on Monday evening, we moved up our Old Greenwood tee time to 7:30 on Tuesday. This was the most expensive round of the trip at $175. They do combo deals with Gray's Crossing and NCGA rates, but because we paid only a twilight rate at Gray's, we weren't able to get any discounts on the round here. Ultimately, it was a wash because the two rounds together were right about what we were planning to pay for the original package deal anyway. They put us out as a twosome behind three foursomes. We ended up playing through 2 of them and then caught up to the other on the back nine and they didn't let us play through. We all caught up to maintenance anyway soon after that, so there was really nowhere to go and we just slow-played the final few holes behind them.

The conditions here were great as this course had the deepest green look of all the courses we played on the trip. Some minor issues when you looked really close and got really nitpicky, but otherwise lush and nicely manicured throughout. Thick rough that provided extra challenge. Fairways also a bit on the soft side with all the watering and morning moisture. Greens very nice. Soft and receptive with the moisture, but rolling great at nice speeds that obviously got quicker as they dried out.

I really liked Old Greenwood, too. Though the course has its demanding qualities and the tricky Nicklaus greens, it wasn't quite as tough as I expected it to be. I was expecting another Montreux, but there aren't really any significant elevation changes at Old Greenwood and thus the diagonal/undulated greens aren't quite as brutal. The back nine is tougher than the front, I thought, with a few more somewhat-elevated greens and blind approach shots a la Nicklaus design. Still a fairly difficult course (especially if you play the longer tees), just maybe not as much as a butt-kicker as I expected. Either way, it's a beautiful track with a great setting in Truckee, so I would easily recommend it to just about anyone.
Was originally planning to play here Tuesday morning, but we finished so early at Grizzly that we decided to come over here Monday evening and take advantage of better twilight rate. Still $75 with an NCGA twilight rate, but Tahoe/Truckee golf isn't cheap. We saw a group going off hole 1 as we got over there and hole 10 was wide open, so we decided to start on the back nine. It was a good move because we played the entire back nine without running into anyone. We did play through a few people on the front and had to wait at times, but it worked out to be another quick round to cap off an incredible 72-hole day in the mountains.

The course was in very good condition. Tee boxes and fairways were in really nice shape. Still on the soft side, but definitely better than most of the overwatered courses we played. Rough cut down and not too much of a factor, but great coverage throughout. Bunkers good and greens great—firm and rolling well at medium speeds.

I enjoyed this course on all levels. It's fairly forgiving off the tee and it's not overly tricked out, but there are some fun holes and the greens are quite undulated. Some big bunkers guarding the greens too, so the green complexes are definitely the course's biggest defense. Otherwise, a great resort-level course in a beautiful setting—yet another wonderful Tahoe area course!!!
Of course, you know I was going to finally hit up Grizzly Ranch on this trip. Heard so many great things about it on GK over the past few years, I've been dying to play here. It did not disappoint! The timing worked out well for us because they had a huge ladies' tournament shotgun that started mid-morning and they were just starting to clear the course when we arrived. We were able to get out as the course was emptied (kind of). Somehow, a few other people still scattered out and jumped to different holes ahead of us, so we did have to play through a couple singles on the front and then a back nine group. Still, it couldn't have worked out better to get out after the shotgun cleared. $85 rate a bit expensive, but worth it here and their rack rates are pretty much in the range of what you'll pay at all the other local courses if you don't have some sort of deal. That makes Grizzly a no-brainer if you are in this neck of the woods!

Conditions were great here and it probably played the best of any course on this trip. It wasn't all over-watered like so many other courses we encountered, so it was nice to actually get some roll-out on the fairways. Tee boxes and rough also nicely kept throughout. Bunkers excellent. Greens firm and fast.

The layout is also very enjoyable and the scenery is great. The fairways are fairly wide and forgiving (in other words, not a super narrow-feeling mountain course), though there are some forced carries and plenty of strategic elements to challenge you. Many of the greens are elevated and well-protected, so there is definitely a premium on hitting good approach shots. Friendly staff and a high-end feel. I was wondering if Grizzly would live up to the hype after playing all the other local courses that were generally pretty good to great. It did. I would easily recommend coming out here, though don't overlook some of the others when planning a trip out this way. Such a neat area with plenty of good golf to pair with Grizzly, which will be at the top of your list!
This was round 2 on Monday and it's been a long time coming. I've been wanting to play "The Dragon" for so many years, even though I knew it isn't now what it once was in terms of challenge and conditions. Still, with the great GolfMoose deal, it was finally time to get to Nakoma on this trip. We had a 10:20 tee time, but arrived closer to 9:30. There was a shotgun on the front nine at that time, but the pro shop lady was super cool about squeezing us in right away and starting us on the back. We played through a couple groups along the way and ultimately caught up with the shotgun groups for much of the back nine. Nonetheless, it was another good pace at under 3 hours.

The conditions were definitely a little scruffy around the edges as this is no longer a pristine resort course. You might say The Dragon is a bit "scaly" these days. Overall, it was still fine with decent tee boxes, fairways that were usually more good than bad, and decent rough. Just some patchiness, thin spots, lumpiness and inconsistencies throughout to make it less nice than you'd like it to be given the setting. Also, they water a lot here so there were a number of super mushy spots (especially on the back nine). The greens were playing well, firm and rolling a medium speeds. Bunkers also kind of inconsistent. Some better than others.

As much as I enjoyed the roller coaster of a layout here, I do wish I had played it back in they day before they removed a lot of bunkers and "softened" it up. It is still a very demanding layout with lots of hills and undulations in play. Target layout, though can also play extremely long if you play the big boy tees. Greens are on the small side and they are very undulated/tough to read, so they still provide plenty of challenge. Really fun and dramatic course with some incredible scenery. Even being softened up, it may still be too tricked out for some to enjoy. Either way, I'd love to see this place redo the turf and get back to a more high-end presentation. It could be something special again.
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