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Last Updated: November 12, 2021
Cyclist turned golfer 5 years ago after playing Kapalua. I now ride just enough to stay in a size small golf shirt (they are always on sale). I have no problem playing the dirt cheap courses to get in some extra playing time and to offset the cost of nicer courses. I fully admit that I am a bit of a Golf Course snob, in that the further I drive, the nicer the course needs to be. Also, Dress for Success.
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Played La Purisima yesterday with RGM2525 in their RWBB tournament. First off, hats off to La Purisima for having Very reasonable tournament rates! ... » More
Played La Purisima yesterday with RGM2525 in their RWBB tournament. First off, hats off to La Purisima for having Very reasonable tournament rates! Check in was friendly and fast. Course layout is excellent with the entire course winding through the hillside. A number of water hazards add to the serenity of this track that sits a few miles outside of town and his house free.
Conditions were spot on from tee to green. I was pleasantly surprised at how green and lush the fairways were. Some were even soggy in the early morning. Yes there are a few brown spots here and there throughout the course but very few compared to most courses right now. Rough was super lush and only about 1-2 inches deep. Either I was lucky or the rough was that nice because I always had a great lie in the rough.
Greens are in excellent shape as well. They rolled smooth at a medium-fast pace and easily held well struck approach shots. Green complexes are tough but not severe. In fact they are undulated enough that you can fairly easily read the break, yet not so severe they are ridiculous.
Sand traps and a good amount of high quality sand in them. Throughout the day we played from all four sets of tees at one point or another and all were in good shape. Level and easy to get a tee in.
Have no doubt, La Purisima is a tough track, but it’s enjoyable to play for sure. Definitely worth the 15-20 minute detour off of highway 101 if in the area, and even worth making a special trip.» Close
A quick update on Spanish Bay. Fairways are starting to show signs of the drought. Most fairways now have some brown areas. Per staff water has been... » More
A quick update on Spanish Bay. Fairways are starting to show signs of the drought. Most fairways now have some brown areas. Per staff water has been cut in half and on top of that we are having an unseasonably warm summer so far with little morning fog/dew to help out
Having said that the fog did come in on the last 2 holes yesterday so maybe help is on the way
Customer service is always excellent and POP was a bit slow as a twosome three groups ahead of us were holding things up but no worries as it delayed us just long enough to catch the bagpiper!» Close
Played Maderas this morning on a picture perfect day. Nice and warm but not overly hot as it often is out in Poway. Course was in pristine condition ... » More
Played Maderas this morning on a picture perfect day. Nice and warm but not overly hot as it often is out in Poway. Course was in pristine condition as usual. This was about my fifth time playing Maderas, and I’ve always found the course to be in top condition with excellent service.
Bag attendants were there at entrance to take the bags and load them up on your cart for you. There is some construction going in the clubhouse but other than having to use a side entrance, no big deal.
Range was on mats, and they use a traditional range ball as opposed to a premium ball like some high end courses have gone to. Very minor and not really an issue. Carts are high end with plush seats and GPS.
Course was in top shape tee to green. Greens rolled true at a medium fast pace. I actually expected them to roll a tad faster but they were very acceptable for sure. Green complexes can get tricky but there were plenty of manageable pin placements today.
Fairways were nearly perfect. Very lush and green throughout. Just short of a 10. Tee boxes were level and lush as well. Bunkers were very nice with high quality sand in them.
Layout is awesome with some unique holes that are fun but not gimmicky by any means. There is a ton of variety in the holes which makes the track anything but boring.
Definitely a recommended track.» Close
No trip to San Diego is complete without a round at Aviara. Like Ko said, it’s a favorite not only in San Diego but an all time top 5(ish) course for... » More
No trip to San Diego is complete without a round at Aviara. Like Ko said, it’s a favorite not only in San Diego but an all time top 5(ish) course for me. So after playing Torrey Pines North in the morning, I headed to Aviara for lunch and an afternoon round.
Yes, there is some serious course construction/maintenance going on but the course is still so fun to play. Currently holes 6 and 7 are completely closed while they put in all new grass. About three other holes are cart path only. Holes 10 and 17 have been broken up from par 5’s each to both holes now incorporate a par 3 and a par 4. The two temp greens on the makeshift holes are regular grass shaved down super tight. Other than that the course played normal.
Fairways were super lush and green except for one that is set to get re-done in a month or so when the other holes are finished. Greens looked a little shaggy but were very deceptive in that they rolled true at a medium fast pace.
The layout is so fun with three of the most gorgeous par 3’s anywhere. Water features galore and the absolute best staff anywhere, bar none. Joe is my favorite starter anywhere.
I love Aviara and am glad I went out and played.» Close
Joined Long4Par today at Singing Hills. First time playing here and I thoroughly enjoyed the course. We played Willow Glen which had a bit of elevat... » More
Joined Long4Par today at Singing Hills. First time playing here and I thoroughly enjoyed the course. We played Willow Glen which had a bit of elevation change and some water hazards mixed in throughout the layout. Conditions were solid all around. The greens were excellent all around with moderate amounts of undulations and most having two or three tiers. Greens rolled at a nice medium-fast+ place and held well struck shots. Bunkers were decent enough with a moderate amount of sand in them. Bunker complexes were modest in that the lips were fairly low and easy(ish) to escape from.
Fairways were fairly lush and certainly presented a nice hitting surface. Only a few thin spots throughout the course. Just off the fairway was the rough which was nice and lush and predictable to hit from. Not overly penal, just enough to cause you to think.
Overall, the course conditions were very acceptable and I had no problem paying the weekend rack rate. POP was ok, We had a fivesome in front of us that was slowing things down but still finished in around 4-4:15. Definitely recommend this course as I enjoyed it a ton.» Close
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