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Finally checked Edgewood off the bucket list this morning, and it was worth every bit of the wait. Definitely expensive at $220 rack for a Saturday morning tee time. One annoying thing that happened was we booked our tee time 60 days in advance and reserved the 7:00 "first time" out on purpose. However, we found out as our play date came closer that they sometimes add earlier times based on demand. We were able to move our tee time up to 6:36 during the week, and we ended up second out behind a threesome of members. Otherwise, day-of service was great. They really don't want morning rabbits out here anyway because of their high maintenance crew standards, so we enjoyed the relaxed pace behind the other group and it was just fine because I was taking a ton of pictures. Around 3:45 pace on a beautiful clear (though fairly windy by the end of the round) morning.

Conditions were spectacular, even in this shoulder season. This place is just so nice. Thee tee boxes are great. The fairways are excellent. The rough was maybe a little inconsistent in terms of length/lushness, but still really good throughout. The bunkers were crazy nice with super soft white sand that was perfectly maintained for us early groups. Then, there were the greens. Pro-quality is all I can say. Firm, super fast and true as true can be. Very demanding green complexes and probably 2/3 of the pin locations were in the back this morning for some reason, so that made for some very intimidating approaches over the deep bunkers.

Other than the slight scheduling issues, I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this experience. Beautiful course with such a scenic setting on the shore of Lake Tahoe. 16-18 is an incredible finishing stretch as you may know if you watch the annual celebrity tournament every year. They were actually starting to put up the grandstands around the signature par-3 17th as we played. Course has some mountain golf elements, though there aren't any huge changes in elevation. Then, there are some meadow golf elements. A lot of big water hazards, plenty of trees and deep native rough areas lining most holes. Very challenging, beautiful and lived up to my "bucket list" status.
11 Likes.
played as a single on friday morning(6/15/18) 615 tee time, checked in and sent right to the 1st tee...was joined by a single and a twosome.played the whites and finished in just under 4 hours. friday was just the perfect weather mid 60s with alittle overcast..plenty of sprinklers going on in the fairways while we played..the fairways were very nice with good coverage plenty of grass and very few GURS(grounds under repair)twenty feet in front of the greens the grass was pristine(like carpet)greens were very good/putted very smooth..greenside bunkers were mostly good sand(the 2 I were in were soft/white and a few pebbles...but very playable.
3 areas that I need to point out are the rough and tee boxs and waste bunkers...waste bunkers are just that...hard firm dirt/sand some weeds growing in them, not a place you want to be but really no high lips...tee boxs (whites) were rather chewed up and most of them were kinded rounded so finding a flat spot though not impossable took a little effort, which brings me to the rough..on the front 9 a creek runs along all but the first 2 holes so so you need to stay in the fairway because they do not have a maintained rough...if you are in it you can play out but it will be a crap shoot,most the times 15 yards of the the fairway is no different then mt.woodson,carmel mountain ranch or any course that does not have side to side fairways.
Overall I highly recomend carlton oaks, it is in very good overall shape!
7 Likes.
Played here a couple of times this past week. Walked on a couple of afternoons as a single and there was no one out here. Played by myself all 3 times actually.

They actually were watering the greens during the afternoon so they were always real soft. Not a lot of release after hitting the green. Since there wasn’t a lot of play they weren’t too bad but if it got more traffic I could see the ball marks, spike marks and footprints becoming a problem.

Fairways are good. Since this is a short course there can be a good amount of divots in the fairway. I actually only hit driver on 3 holes due to some trees that can be in the way if you get too close to the green.

Rough has changed a bit. Looks like they took some of the rough out and put bark out as part of a turf reduction effort. Still the rough itself it not bad but you will probably be blocked by trees and have to work the ball accordingly.

Sand looked very hard but surprisingly was really good. They need to be raked but still very good to hit from.

Customer service was great. I got the gold membership which gets you a free round and another one in the month of your birthday. Mine is in June so I thought the $80 which is $40 for 2 of the rounds and the twilight rate is pretty good so I thought this was a good value.
5 Likes.
Where are all the golfers? Arrived at the course just prior to 5am, my usual time, and there were no cars, no people, nobody ? Maybe everyone is staying home to watch the Open ?

Course is in very nice shape right now. Greens rolling well, fairways green and lush. Bunkers are perfect. Still a few spots in the rough which need attention, but otherwise, no complaints.

Just learned they will begin punching greens/fairways/rough within the next week or so, which always seems to happen when the course is looking it's best?
7 Likes.
Played Fri Jun 15th at 708, I try to play here once or twice a month, our 4 some rotates between los serranos and mile square and goose, they live in OC and make me drive the 91 once a month and they come out here against traffic, and since I only live 3 miles from Goose it is nice, check in staff is getting to know me since I use the driving range allot. Course was as usual great shape, grens were a little slower because I think the heat made them over water them, fixed allot of ball marks. POP was ok at 405, and I always walk.
7 Likes.
We arrived in Vegas for Coyote Springs tomorrow (Sat 6/16/18), earlier than planned so we stopped by Primm to play 9 holes for a warm up. Was a little surprised when we pulled in shortly after 2 pm and found only a handful of cars.

Two courses here, so we decided on The Lakes and we were not disappointed! The course was in great shape! The wind made it a little more challenging (US Open Thursday type wind...lol), but it played well. As long as you were paying attention, the water rarely presented a problem. Sand traps were playable as was the rough. If you weren’t accurately in the middle of the fairway on your drive, we were presented with some interesting lays. Most the fairways, and greens for that matter, had some undulations one way or another. The greens seemed to roll pretty true. Overall a fun time - can’t wait to get back again and play both courses.
6 Likes.
Third and final round today was at Toiyabe (formerly Thunder Canyon, formerly Lightning W Ranch). This was another Groupon deal that ended up being about $35 and change each after a 20% off promo code. The staff was great here, letting us know they had a big tournament earlier in the day and it wasn't open golf as usual. However, they were happy to still make sure we got out as efficiently as possible. We teed off around 4:40 and the pro shop guy drove us out to the 12th tee to start because that's where the tourney shotgun gap was. Super nice service here. Any groups ahead of us finished by the time we completed the 18th, so when we made the turn back to the front it was wide open and we zipped around the rest of the way. Total pace around 2.5 hours.

Conditions here were pretty similar to Somersett as the summer turf comes in. Overall good with some fluffy sections, some thin spots and some patchy areas. Rough had good grass coverage with lumpy ground underneath that could really provide some difficult lies. Bunkers good. Greens very nice. Firm-ish, but receptive enough and rolling well at medium/fast speeds. Smooth putting surfaces.

This again was a different kind of golf course than the earlier rounds we played today. More of a gently rolling meadow style with some nice mountain backdrops and a much more forgiving layout overall. Lots of water and little hidden creeks cutting across, so pay attention to the GPS. Pretty windy here, as well, so that added some challenge. Friendly staff and solid course.
5 Likes.
Second round of the day was at Somersett. This is technically a private club, but they have a Groupon going right now that is very reasonable. I think it ended up being about $55 each after using a 20% off promo code. The course was fairly busy. They had everyone starting on the back nine today. We were stuck behind a dreadfully slow couple most of the first nine, but thankfully they quit after 9 holes. We still caught up to some foursomes on the second nine and there was nowhere to go. It felt slower than a sub-four-hour round, but that's what it ended up being. Not really that bad.

Conditions were very good overall. Not really a lush green here as it seems some of the turf may still slowly be coming out of winter dormancy. However, it was really nice to play from throughout. Tee boxes were good, fairways had a nice pad that provided decent roll-out and good lies to hit from. Rough cut down. Ball would sit up, but the grass was still quite grabby underneath. Greens were the highlight. They were firm and very fast. Also big greens here with plenty of undulation. All the bunkers I was in were pretty good. However, some didn't look as great and a few Phillip hit from had a lot of pebbles.

I actually liked that we played the back nine first because the front nine is really the star on this course. The back nine does have a few really nice holes, but the front has one memorable one after the other. This course was the polar opposite from our morning round at Coyote Moon. Really no trees as it is more of a desert/canyon style course with some links inspiration, as well. Runs through a community, but houses rarely come into play. Plenty of elevation changes and interesting features. The design really grew on me as we got deeper into our round and I would definitely recommend it as a change of pace from the mountain courses in the area. I will say that it was crazy windy throughout our round because there is nothing to block the wind, so that definitely made things interesting.
6 Likes.
This was the first round of my Tahoe trip this morning with ppark81. We had a 7:00 tee time (first off) and the staff was super nice. Really just us and one other twosome ready to go that early. Unfortunately, it was kind of weird that they also sent the maintenance guys out on the course to mow the greens right at 7:00 and we were asked not to push them too much. We watched as the poor guy frantically mowed the 1st green with a small push mower, and I should mention that the greens here are massive and undulated like crazy. We felt bad for him and there were a couple other guys out on the course ahead. Eventually they started to jump around and we didn't run into them too much after awhile. It was just strange they wait until the first tee time to start the mowing of the gigantic greens and then do them in the slowest way possible!

Otherwise, we REALLY enjoyed ourselves and still finished with a good 3:15 pace. The price we got was great with the GolfMoose voucher minus a gift certificate won at a GK Plays. Ended up being $87 each compared to the normal weekend morning rack rate of $175 during this shoulder season.

The course was in good overall condition considering it's still pretty early in the season for Truckee's mountain courses and the summer turf is really just coming in. Tee boxes, fairways and rough were mostly pretty good with some fluffy spots, some thin spots and some patchy areas. Not pristine, but pretty nice. Bunkers had great soft sand but could use a little professional raking/dragging to level out a lot of lumpy spots, animal footprints, etc. The greens were kind of the same story as the fairways. Still a little patchy, but holding shots well in the morning and rolling at medium speeds with a few little bumps here and there. In another month, I can imagine this place is super nice.

As for the layout, I fell in love with this place from the moment we pulled into the parking lot. I love mountain courses and this is mountain golf to the max. Tight, hilly and demanding, but not unfair in any way. Good scores can be had on any hole with proper strategy/execution. There are tons of trees and big boulder outcroppings, which are often integrated with some of the elaborate bunkering. The greens are huge and full of significant undulations. It's simply a stunning setting for a golf course. The long, skinny and diagonal 3-tiered 18th green is something to behold in person and it's pretty much the first thing you see when you drop your clubs off with the cart staff. Speaking of the staff, great service all around, especially the starter who was very friendly and helpful as we waited to tee off. I'd like to see their early morning maintenance plan handled better, though! That was the only minor blemish on an otherwise awesome golf experience at Coyote Moon!
8 Likes.
Rode the Purple tees (6507/71.2/128) in less than 3H twilight. The weather was overcast, breezy and around 105.

Shorter and not quite as demanding as it's sister Firecliff course. Fairways are wider, probably less traps overall but more water.

Most of the tees were lush and near immaculate. Only a few par 3's needed divot attention.

The fairways are firm, mostly lush and nice to play from.

The rough is mostly lush and not very penal. Usually nice to play from, especially nice to chip from.

The sand traps were nicely maintained with thick sand.

The greens putted medium to medium fast, firm and are reasonably smooth for Bermuda.

No drink cart person this afternoon. Nice GPS on carts. Excellent customer service on every visit here. Excellent all grass driving range with a nice chipping practice green. However, they close the range around 1 pm in the summer. Solid layout, highly recommended.
4 Likes.
6/15 quick 320 POP using teeoff deal time $18--fairways range from quite good to thin but had acceptable lies through out. Limited rough along most fairways but where present was rather juicy but playable--some thicker areas on approaches on sides and back of greens.
Tees mostly thin and depending on marker placement not so level.
Sand in front bunker on what is now #6 was still a little wet but deep enough and playable.
Greens rolling smoothly at medium/medium fast--receptive to full shots and rolling out nicely for chips. Some poa starting to invade which is more of an aesthetic issue.
Golfer friendly staff.
5 Likes.
Nice to get back out on my "home course". As always out before dawn to sray ahead on maintenance. Despite no cut greens, they rolled great and were still pretty quick. Fairways very green and lush. Bunkers remain perfect.

Love this time of year, - warm, not busy, less maintenance, less people, etc. Nice to finish the round (walking) before 8 o'clock, particularly this week so I can go home watch how real golfers play. ( U S Open )
6 Likes.
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