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Played in the Thursday night twilight shotgun. Next Thursday 8/23/18 is the last evening. Course is really in fantastic shape for summer. Fairway's are mostly in great shape. Greens can get a little bumpy in the afternoon, but are soft with good pace. My favorite twilight course in SD by far.
5 Likes.
Played the back nine on 8/5/18 Summer has taken a pretty big bite. Fairway's are mostly green with many dry/brown areas mixed through out. The green areas are great. The dry areas are hard pan. I'd say it's somewhere around a 65/35 that you find the good grass from Tee.
Green at SVR have always been very slow. This day they were berber carpet slow and very bumpy. Nothing a good mow and roll wouldn't solve! Were very receptive and mostly in green lush shape. Bunkers were very firm, but looked consistent. If you can find a deal fun can be had.
4 Likes.
Played Thursday, 8/16 with Famed02, paid $55 late summer rate. Due to my own delay, our 7:40 tee time was pushed to 8:40. We played in 4 hours exactly, playing through a slow 4some on 9 after stalking them most of the front.

For late summer and with reseeding just weeks away, the course was in great shape. I loved how it played being dry with some brown areas, but nothing thin or hardpan. Rough varied, from 1 to a potential lost ball 4 inches in some areas. Bunkers seemed a little heavier than past experiences. The greens were absolutely phenomenal the best I've seen them. About a year of the renovations, they have grown in nicely and no longer super firm. They held shots and were smooth as glass and fast (posted at 9.5 stimp).

Definitely worth it before the maintenance downtime and a steal of a price. Absolutely loved it. NOTE: my ratings came out 7.9, but should be closer to 9.
5 Likes.
Played Tustin Ranch on 8/16/18. My first time out here since 2004. My prior visits here were underwhelming considering the price to play. And I've never been a big fan of Ted Robinson designed courses. Had an affordable chance to come back, so I decided to erase my brain and have an open mind.

First off, the staff and facility are top notch. Well run. Carts were nice, comfy, and had a nice GPS system that actually had correct pin placements. Water stations were well stocked. Beverage cart came by several times. The course itself is a much better layout than I remember - a really good mix of holes, not tricked up, and not too punishing.

Conditions - they are definitely putting water on the course. For August, it was surprisingly green and soft. The greens are a strange mess. Really really soft, to the point of being spongy. Really bumpy as a result, and it is hard to putt a straight line. Ball marks are huge and deep, so there are several left over marks everywhere. Several greens are having fringe replacement, so large patches of fringe are bare, marked off, waiting for sod replacement.

Fairways and rough are ok. Most of the lies are good, but lots of places where grass is having problems. Sand is pretty good, bordering on a bit thin in spots.

I am really torn on this course. On one hand, it is a top rate facility, and the course itself is really a nice layout. But the conditions are quite strange for August, and I can't tell if it is fall maintenance beginning or just general poor conditions in many spots.

I have hopes that TR will shape up nicely and be more worthy of the mid-upper class of public golf courses. But right now, there are many options within 30 miles that are just as good and half the price of TR (or even less). But this last visit at least gives me incentive to come back much sooner than the last 14 year gap.
8 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6761/72.3/131) as a single in 2.5H twilight. Partly cloudy, fairly calm and in the low 100's.

The Bermuda tees were lush, maintained long with few divots.

The Bermuda fairways were mostly lush, nice to play from.

The Bermuda rough was mostly lush close to the fairways. Get away from the fairways and you could encounter hardpan to knee deep lot ball rough.

The sand traps were playable, but thinner and firmer than would be my preference.

The Bermuda greens had been vericutt and were lightly sanded. They putted better than the Valley greens that were just vericutt. Medium speed, firm with hardly any ball marks because of the firmness, they rolled okay.

This is a fun Ted Robinson layout. Up/down rolling hills with some raised green complexes featuring numerous tiered greens. Nice water features with a generous amount of water to avoid. Also a decent amount of sand to avoid. You cannot spray the ball around too much, but Palm is not an overtly tight course. The customer service was excellent from all encountered. Cart gal out making numerous rounds, ample water stations every few holes on the course. Carts have GPS. Good course layout, above average course for the greater Palm Springs area.
11 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6627/71.9/130) as a single mid afternoon in 2H. Conditions were overcast, fairly calm and in the low 100's.

The Bermuda tees were lush and maintained long. Level with hardly any unfixed divots.

The Bermuda fairways were mostly lush and well maintained, nice to play from.

The rough is hit and miss. The Bermuda close to the fairways is long enough for the ball to sit down. Away from the fairways you could get hardpan to calf deep.

The sand traps were poor. Both green side bunkers I was in were very thin, and numerous fairway traps were raked but looked like they had not been trimming around the edges in months.

The Bermuda greens had just been vericutt, and it definitely affected putts. They were bumpy, medium-slow and firm. Hardly any ball marks because of the firmness.

Ted Robinson design that is not overtly tight overall, but there are places you need to be precise around and over water. Constantly up/down rolling hills with many raised green complexes and numerous tiered greens plus a generous amount of water & sand to avoid. The customer service was excellent from all encountered. Ample water stations every few holes on the course. Carts have GPS. Better than average course for the greater Palm Springs area.
9 Likes.
Played Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, 8/13-14/2018, in the SCGA 4-Ball Senior Net Championship. I hadn’t played here in ~10 years and had good memories of the course and layout (and had seen many positive GK reviews!), so was eager to get back and was not disappointed. Conditions were very good and the weather cooperated with sunny, mild temperatures and not too much wind.

Greens were in great shape – good turf, pretty smooth and running at medium+ speed. Only the many recent ballmarks on most greens detracted from the greens. Fairway lies were great; lies in rough were OK in the close-cut stuff but don’t get into the longer native areas. The dry native rough is tough to escape; the lush stuff is just a ball eater! Most greens had shaved areas surrounding the greens where you could putt or bump the ball easily, but beyond the shaved areas the rough was grabby and you had to focus while chipping. All the water features are dry and you can frequently play from within the red lines. Tees were usually OK but par-3 tees were all torn up and lumpy/unlevel/sloped (we played from the White markers). Sand was in good shape.

Large driving range with grass and mats – on mats for this tourney. Large putting green with realistic contours, although a little slower than on-course greens. Large chipping green with sand bunker. Adequate water available. Divot sand bottle refill rack and bin on #10. Single bathroom building but located at perfect intersection to service both nines. No clubhouse, just a trailer office. The trailer bathroom module needs attention – one men's toilet stall for the entire staff and shotgun tourney.

I wish I lived closer so I could play this fun, well-conditioned course more often. Highly recommended. But #16 is a beast!
9 Likes.
Played 8/14 with a 7:15 tee time on a overcast cool day. We never saw the sun until the 14th hole and then it was still quite cool. I was paired with two local guys and a friend of theirs from out of town. Really fun threesome. We got out on time and breezed around in 4 hours flat. They were having the mens club championship later that morning so the course was in top shape with some very tough pins.The greens here are relatively small without any big undulations but there are some slopes to deal with and they can be very deceptive.
Tee boxes where level and without too many divots.
The kikuya fairways were cut short and good to hit from. The rough made you work and could grab your club.
There are only two bunkers on the course and of course i found one! The sand was a little heavy and damp but very playable.
The greens were in very good shape with hardly a ball mark to be seen. They rolled medium fast and very smooth. I was told everything breaks towards the bay and yes it does. Some putts that looked like they had to turn ended up straight due to the pull from the bay.
This course is built on the side of the hills which makes for some sidehill lies in the fairways with most holes running either up or down hill. A couple of the par threes are just over 200 yards and when you add it being sea level and damp made for tough shots. Lots of trees along the edges to make you pay for a wayward shot.
The staff at checkin was great. No cart this day. Not sure if this is normal but you came back to the proshop at the turn so you can get anything you need then.
Overall a very enjoyable round and money well spent.
9 Likes.
I always enjoy playing this course. I find the "mix" of holes so very much fun and interesting. There are several holes which I look forward too even before starting the round. While I like the entire course, I find the back nine particularly interesting. Hole after hole is so different from one another.

Condition of the course was better than expected, given the recent heat wave, the course has held up very nicely. Greens rolled well and were fairly quick. Fairways had plenty of grass. Most of the bunkers I looked at appeared well maintained and had decent amount of sand.

Staff is always friendly and accommodating. While a bit pricey, because I like this place so much, I tend to over look the cost.
10 Likes.
Generally play Telega twice a week. As many nearby courses the heat and humidity has taken its toll on the putting greens and Telega is no exception. Greens are in very very poor condition one would think they are putting on greens of a course that’s going out of business. Yes the greens are that bad your putting on dirt and dried mud. Will the greens come back? Probably yes they always do but when...... Unless you enjoy these type of putting surfaces you might want to play elsewhere for a while.
11 Likes.
Played Monday 8-13-2018 with buddies. POP was 4 hours 40 minutes behind a packed tee sheet. Paid $25.00 to walk which on Monday's is their all day twilight rate. Weather was very nice in the low 80's and a bit humid. Staff here are so friendly. Hitting cage to warm up in--no range. Nice big sloped putting green--no frills bar and restaurant.

My buddy who had not played in over a year was visiting from the Midwest and Buena is such a nice course to get back into the game--we had a great time.

The fairways were lush, tightly mowed turf with only a few brown spots here and there. This is a summer course that is always very well maintained in the summer. Rated 8/10

The tees were mostly level and very lush. You needed a long tee peg here. Good shape. Rated 8/10.

I was only in one bunker on number 13 that had nicely raked sand. I dropped some balls in some of the bunkers with some of my buddies on a few holes and the last review was correct some of the bunkers seemed thin but not to bad. Rated 7/10

The rough is green, lush and around the greens is a nice challenge. Its not to high but a great way to describe it is sticky. The aprons here are not meant for bump and run and are sticky as well and they are in good shape. Rated 8/10.

The greens are super soft and are really holding shots well at this time. They are rolling medium speed. Uphillers can be a bit slow. Rated 7/10.

I always love the weather and the all day twilight rates are great on Monday especially if you can get out early in the morning. Some parkland holes here with a awesome mix of shorter treeline doglegs. A very fun short layout that is well maintained. I would recommend this course to any golfer. Have Fun.
9 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6669/71.9/128) as a single in 3H mid day. Basically had the course to myself under partly cloudy skies and 108 degree temps.

Considering how many straight days the temp has been 100+ locally, this course is in phenomenal shape! Par 35-37=72 layout with five par 5's and five par 3's. The front is stacked with par 3's, 4 of your first 8 holes are par 3's. Generous landing areas and the difficulty factor would make it a good choice for players of all skill levels. Some forced carries and water comes into play on many holes, but moving up a tee(s) could negate that for shorter hitters.

The Bermuda tees were lush and well maintained.

The lush Bermuda fairways were some of the best fairways I have played from in awhile. Nice cushion, the ball sat up like it was on a tee.

The Bermuda rough is lush and just deep enough to make the ball sit down.

The sand traps were decently maintained with good quality sand.

The large Bermuda greens putted nice, medium speed and firm. More undulations on these greens than the sister Santa Rosa course.

The customer service was good but limited. No drink cart today. Not a course to walk, many holes are a long ways from the last tee. No GPS on the basic carts. Definitely recommended.
9 Likes.
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