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Played yesterday, twilight. And I was pleasantly surprised. Course is in FINE shape.

Greens rolled at medium/fast speed. They rolled true. Picked a line an hit the ball firmly and the results were predictable. Noticed the speeds varied from green to green but for the most part they rolled well and you could tell just by walking on them the speed of the greens.

Fairways had decent coverage. Nice cushion underneath. There were a few thin lies but playable.

Bunkers were ALL well stocked with nice somewhat compacted sand underneath. I prefer hitting this sort of sand where the bunker gives you a little feedback and decent bounce to hit your ball.

Rough varied from VERY thick around the green complexes to a little heavy along the sides of the fairway.

Tee boxes were level and playable.

Pace of Play (POP) a little over 3 hours as a single until the last 4 holes. Honestly playing this fast as a walking single that late in the day was FUN. The heat was bearable with a nice breeze towards the end of the day. For the money you get what you pay for and then some. I paid $19 to walk twilight. It was a workout but for the conditions of the course at present it's definitely worth the value. Recommended.
2 Likes.
Decided last minute to drive out for the GK Event on 7/15 after some convincing by JohnnyGK and mpisarski01. I was at first skeptical about playing anywhere in Laughlin, let alone in July with the heat, but I'm extremely happy I did. Laughlin Ranch is a hidden gem and rivals many of the Palm Springs course at a much better price. I will be playing here anytime I'm close.

Mpisarski01, Kevbig, and teed of first just after 7. It was muggy but manageable with some lingering cloud cover with the storms from then night before. Considering how much it rained conditions were amazing and improved as the course dried out. Tee boxes were lush green and for the most part very flat. Fairways were almost perfect carpet like grass. I dont think I had a bad lie all day.

Rough was short and not very penal. The only time we had any trouble was if you were off in the dirt which was very soft and soaked from the rains. The only real negative to speak of all day was the bunkers. Some had a decent amount of small rocks but really weren't all to bad. Hard to tell what they are normally like because they were still very wet.

The grounds crew were not able to cut the greens before we played due to the overnight monsoons but the still looked great and roll true. They were pretty slow and soft but not to the fault of the crew at Laughlin Ranch. All in all a beautiful and challenging track that I cant wait to play again. This place is a steal for the price and conditions, two thumbs up!
4 Likes.
Had a super time playing with GK’ers Kevbig, mpisarski01 and sdscratchorbust Saturday morning. We teed it up at 6:50am and got around in 4.15 hours. Golf course was in great summer shape and as a first timer playing it, I loved the layout. Been wanting to play here for over 10 years and the golf course met my expectations.

There are a wide variety of holes with about 4 or 5 playing next to Lake Las Vegas and others rolling up, down, dogleg left, dogleg right through canyons. Green complexes are all well protected and interesting as you would expect from a Nicklaus design. Although I did think for a Nicklaus design the greens were rather tame. Not as much undulations or as slender…this is a good thing in my book. I think where there is the most demand on your game is your approach shots. There never is an easy one and the first hole greets you with long par 4 forced carry over water for a second shot.

Conditions are very good for the Summer. With all the recent rains I will project the fairways will only get lusher as weeks pass. Greens rolling nice and not too summer bermunda turf slow. There is just no way a golf course can chance cutting greens low with average temps over 100. Bunkers in great shape with quality sand. Tee boxes lush and level. Rough was not that high but still very difficult to play from due to the sticky humid day and ball tending to sit down in the bermunda turf.

As for service, excellent. Very friendly and professional. Saw many marshals and on course beverage service.

I’m impressed with Reflection Bay Golf Club and would like to return to play it in the Fall to see what it’s like after overseed. As of now a great summer option.
5 Likes.
Main round today was an NCGA member outing at Berkeley Country Club (formerly known as Mira Vista). This club is set atop a hillside with killer views of the entire bay. Once the morning marine layer lifted, we were treated to some beautiful vistas throughout the course. Full shotgun event. Our group started on the 8th hole and finished in just barely under 5 hours, which is pretty typically in an outing like this.

The course was in good, but not great condition. Conditions didn't quite match the quality of the course or the other appealing elements of this very historic club that has a great classic vibe. Tee boxes were good. Fairways were good for the most part with some thin/firm areas throughout. Some of the rough was nice, but it would dwindle in consistency as you got further away from the fairways. Then, there are some outer native areas that were cut down, but still provided brutal lies, gopher holes, rocks, etc. You can tell they did a major turf reduction here and let some of the less crucial areas go in recent years. Bunkers good. Greens were in very nice shape, rolling smooth but kind of slower than they looked. With all the slopes here, I can imagine them getting very challenging if made super firm and speedy.

As you might expect given the location, the course is extremely hilly. It was also quite windy today, and it seemed like the wind was against us more often than not. A lot of uphill, semi-blind shots. Greens have lots of undulation and very few flat lies anywhere on the course. This is an old course and even though there have been some renovations over the years, it doesn't sound like the layout has been altered too much since the 1920s. Fun and demanding layout with a ton of character and plenty of quirts. It's a setting and overall old school vibe most will love, but a layout that not everyone will enjoy.
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Early morning round today using GroupGolfer vouchers ($25 I believe). We had the 6:00 (first off) tee time. We had to wait for the pro shop guy to open things up and bring a cart around. Meanwhile, a few walking regulars/members showed up and went off ahead of us, but we ultimately played through them. Caught some back niners, too, but we still played super quickly and finished around 2 hours.

The course was just in okay condition and pretty rough around the edges. Tee boxes adequate and fairways okay. Off the fairways things get really rough and unmaintained. Mostly just dirt. Clearly they focus their watering efforts on the fairways and greens. The greens were a little bumpy, but mostly pretty good and rolling at medium speeds. Bunkers had decent sand, but in need of some raking.

Franklin Canyon was exactly what I expected it to be. Moderately hilly, but not super tight or lengthy. Nice setting and the course would certainly present better if things were maintained more consistently. Good enough for the right price and plenty of deals can be found online.
8 Likes.
Played Port Ludlow today after an absence of a couple years. The course is in excellent shape. This was once the premier public course in Washington. A few other courses have passed them on all the lists but the condition was as good as I can remember. The only minor gripe was somewhat rocky sand traps.
4 Likes.
I Walked the Blacks this morning 7/16/18. Played with Mack, Brian and Ricki on a beautiful morning to play golf. Humid mid 70 temps with a 1 club breeze for most of the day. Paid $28.00 using the walking GK coupon. POP was 4 hrs 25 minutes.

The Lakes course from the blacks is the longest course in Ventura/Santa Barbara counties and you really get a work out walking up holes 1 and 2, green from 14 to 15 and from 15 green to 16 tee.

Very friendly staff, marshall, cart ladies. Nice practice range, 2 separate chipping areas and 2 big putting greens for both the Lakes and Vineyard Courses.

The greens were listed as a 11.8 on the stimp. They were flat out beautiful. Rolling pure and quick without any blemishes. Best of both worlds as they took to high and soft iron approaches. Rated 8.5/10. Some of the better greens I have putted on in a while.

The fairways were semi-lush with really nice padding and still some roll out for players that like to hit it low off the tee. Rated 7/10.

Was in 2 greenside bunkers on #5 and #16 that contained nice softer sand that was raked and a pleasure to hit out of. Rated 7.5/10

Tees were mostly all level and semi-lush and in great shape. Rated 7.5/10.

The rough around the fairways have grown up and there were some thicker lies for our group today. Challenging and in good shape. Rated 8/10.

I love the back nine here it has so much character-did something today that I have never done and that was reach #14 in 2 shots(from the blacks) with two absolute bombs. We had a back left pin today on the next hole #15(par 3)--that might be one of the tougher greens around when they put the pin where they did today.

This course is very recommended--had a great time today.
6 Likes.
Early morning tee time on the Brookside Nay course. Check in and first tee went with no issues. First time playing this course, don't let the yardage fool you. Need to think your way around this course. Green complexes are elevated and well bunkered, rough was very deep around the greens. #10 par three was ridiculous if you were anywhere but below the hole.
Tees, fairways and rough had good coverage. One bunker I was in had good sand. Greens are small and pin placements were on the crests of hills and if you were above the hole there was no stopping the ball.
POP was a little under four hours. Course is in really good shape
8 Likes.
Played the GK event on Sunday, 7/15. Always a splendid time with fabulous people. Well done Johnny!

Course was phenomenal. Very comparable to Wickenburg Ranch, which I heard they were inspired by LR. Tee boxes in great shape. Fairways were lush and carpet like, just incredible considering Laughlin is 5-10 degrees warmer than Vegas. Rough was minimal and easy to deal with. Bunkers were hit in miss. I was in 2, both on 18. Front left was filled with plenty of good side stones, the right side was clear of rocks, with some heavy sand. There's maintenance being done (removal, re-shaping, letting nature take over) to bunkers throughout the course. Greens were slow and hadn't been mowed, and I can imagine they are dastardly when fast, with all the contours and large areas.

Only bad point for me was the food and drink area. Grill did not open until 9, so no pre-round food. Drink cart started around 8:30, and we met her on 8, with no food in the cart, just drinks. The "outpost grill," near the practice area and between 9 and 10 holes, was closed for remodeling. I will give the cart girl kudos for taking our food order on the course, calling us so we could change it, and then delivering it out to us. I later checked their website and saw they don't have a breakfast menu and usually don't open until 11, except brunch on Sundays. Just be prepared if playing an early round.

Overall, I LOVED the course. Challenging but rewarding, great scenery (even though I missed the burros), and a great layout of holes. Already have the next round planned and will be here at least twice a year.
11 Likes.
Played on Friday, 7/13, with Famed02 and Mpisarski01, getting out early (7:30ish) before any threats of thunderstorms during this monsoon season. Paid $39 online rate.

A little bit of changes from playing it 2 weeks ago. Fairways are thinning out and bare dirt in a few areas. Hopefully they don't lose them completely and the rain helps. Greens were running smoother and a little bit faster, now a whole month after being punched.

Drink cart was around 3 times after starting around 8. Played in about 4:15 after letting a 2some through as we grabbed food at the turn. Course runs through a residential neighborhood but houses are well hidden by plenty of trees. Wide open fairways, little elevation changes, and some deep bunkers. Nice variety of par 3s, with 2 over water. Course was 27 holes originally, but they kept 1 nine, and combined the other 2 for 18. You have to detour to the clubhouse if you want to grab food between 9s. Carts have a decent GPS attached.
8 Likes.
Played ANGC Monday (7/16/18) at 6:30am as a threesome. Pace of play was excellent at 3 hrs. 20 minutes. Overall, the course is in very nice shape. The fairways are firm, but have excellent coverage. They are nice to play from. Tee boxes were fine, with the exception of hole 17. The tee box had been aerated. So it was covered in dirt/grass plugs everywhere. The greens were smooth and held shots pretty well. My only complaint is that they were on the slow side. But they held their line well. I was in two greenside bunkers. One had plenty of firm sand. It was good to hit from. The other had 1" of firm sand over hard dirt. Not good to hit from. I got the Monday/Tuesday senior rate of $65. Along with a gift card I had ($30), it only cost me $35 with cart. That is a great rate. I do think the rack rate of $85 is a bit high for this course. But that, of course, is only my opinion. ANGC is in good shape to play right now. I recommend it.
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Played Eagle Springs twice in the past couple weeks (discounted rate). Course is in really good shape! Especially with the triple digits we have had out in the valley the past couple weeks. There are a few patches here and there of yellow dry grass, but overall, the course conditions are really good. Fairways are lush and pure! Greens are soft and hold shots well. Biggest thing with this course, there is a lot of greens that have a lot of undulations on them. Missing in the wrong spots can cost at least one extra shot. Biggest thing within this course is to keep it in the fairway! The rough can be tough to judge getting out, I had more shots come out dead than I did flyers but playing an extra club or two helped out at times. There are some great tee boxes that have serious elevation changes that give unreal views. Just in the summer and in the dry grass, watch for rattlesnakes! Overall, this is one of the best courses in Fresno, but its a pricey one for full price.
7 Likes.
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