1. dconnally Posted: 09/05/20 9:50p Member Since: Oct 6, 2003 From: Mission Viejo, CA
Joined the GK Gurus at the Legends course in the short-hitters group at 12:06 pm on a warm, sunny Thursday, 9/3/20. Really enjoyed the round with GKers gary00, caligolfer1031, and sr129. We all encour... Continue »
Joined the GK Gurus at the Legends course in the short-hitters group at 12:06 pm on a warm, sunny Thursday, 9/3/20. Really enjoyed the round with GKers gary00, caligolfer1031, and sr129. We all encouraged, dissed, and kidded our way to an easy round in just under 4 hours.
As others before me have noted, course conditions were good. Greens had a light dusting of what looked like fertilizer but held solid shots and rolled well at medium speed – the greens looked a little faster than they played. Fairway lies were very good and the ball sat up nicely. Rough varied from a little drier and easier to play from to damper and pretty juicy – this grass type can really pillow the ball and don’t count on much run when you get into the rough. It looked like a couple of larger trees might no longer be adjacent to some holes, based on my faulty memory. Tees were mostly good and sand was playable, although around the greens I would like to see a little more depth.
Carts are newer and have comfortable seats, GPS, ball washer and cooler with ice. However, my GPS unit never booted up. Starter was friendly but we didn’t see a course employee after that. Many holes were CPO inside the 150 marker, with notification on the GPS. Water and ice available at the clubhouse and at the bathroom that services several holes.
The big difference today for me, compared to several earlier rounds at La Costa, was understandably related to the current COVID measures in place. The resort is spread out and bag drop, parking, and golf shop are well-separated. Today there was no valet parking and no one handled your bag, so you had to drop your bag at the drop and head back to self-parking. It’s a good hump back to the bag drop. Then down 2 flights of stairs to the cart area. After the round, you have to do it all backwards, except it’s all uphill – LOL. For an old guy with a bad knee, this was the most stressful part of the day!
Still recommended for conditioning and GK camaraderie. Once the world gets back to normal, access will be a lot easier.
2. rudyclub Posted: 09/05/20 1:31p Member Since: Aug 6, 2011 From: San Diego
Played in the GK Guru round with Jim, Matt & Johnny. Lots of laughs and just a darn good time. Third time playing this side and I enjoyed it. Pretty straight forward design with a couple of change ups... Continue »
Played in the GK Guru round with Jim, Matt & Johnny. Lots of laughs and just a darn good time. Third time playing this side and I enjoyed it. Pretty straight forward design with a couple of change ups mixed in. Concur with the previous course reviews. Course was in over all great shape. I thought the fairway's were fantastic. Ball sat perfectly and gave you great confidence to swing away. Some of the best that I have played in a while. Found many traps on the day. A couple in the fairway and a couple greenside. They were all consistently firm compacted sand and some were wet as well. The greens were in fine shape, but had been sanded not too long ago and were putting really slow for my taste. They were firm, but pitches and shots still checked and they ran fairly true. You just had to give the ball a pretty good wack to get the ball anywhere near the hole. They looked faster and that added to the chore of convincing yourself to hit the ball harder. I suspect they will improve quickly. The home stretch from the blues challenges your game, with most of the Par 4 over 400 into the prevailing wind. A fun course in very good to great shape.
Ok kinda a goofy hole here? Par 4 331 from the blue, with 3 areas seperated by a stream. The tee shot comes from the first area, over the stream to the landing area. Be as far right as you can be here so as not to be blocked by very tall trees blocking the left side. 215 yards to reach the bunker on the right. The second shot is the most demanding shot !130 yards up hill into the wind to a skinny green with bunkers all around .
Long par 3 , 211 from the tips. A stream is only in play if you hit one really fat. Elevated green with 4 very large bunkers all over the place. Be a pro for one shot and hit the green! Tuff up and down from any of the bunkers.