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I played today using a GN Hot Deal. It had been several months since I last played what is still one of my favorite area courses. I had a 7:44 am tee time but after pairing with another single, we got out about 20 minutes early.

The course is in decent condition. I expected (hoped) it would be better after the recent over-seeding, but it needs a couple more weeks. From a distance it appears to be all green and lush but underfoot, it’s not quite that good. The fairways are thin which did get me some good roll out, but also gave me a few unlucky bounces. The rough was in good shape, well on its way to its usual long, thick, ball-hiding condition. The tee boxes were in need of mowing but were all level. The bunkers were terrible- all mud with good sized ponds in several. My playing partner landed in a couple of them but fortunately was able to fish her ball out with the rake. Sadly, the greens were very disappointing. They were slow, thin and bumpy- kind of like putting on Berber carpet.

As far as the lay out, I just enjoy it so much. It’s very peaceful with no houses and only occasionally a bit of freeway sound. There’s a lot of wildlife around the course. I love the huge playful roadrunners. Other than the big drop offs from the fairways on holes 1 & 3, it’s pretty straightforward and there is water on only 3 holes. It’s the only course on which I can score so badly every time and still look forward to my next round to try to do better.
There was no one in front of or behind us the entire round. POP was great at 3 hrs. I wish I could’ve stayed for a replay. I will try to get back again soon. Recommended.
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I played yesterday, for the first time, using a GroupGolfer deal. I’d wanted to play here for such a long time and finally decided to go even with the predicted high winds. Fortunately, the weather was near perfect with strong breezes only on the last 3 or 4 holes.

Check in was easy and I was told I could start whenever I was ready. A threesome ahead of me asked me to join which was perfect as it was all foursomes ahead of us. I was so glad that I wouldn’t be waiting on every hole!

Despite my lousy play, I enjoyed the course a lot. Visually it was really pretty with lots of desertscape along most of the holes. The fairways were in very good condition. All were completely green, but several were CPO as the turf was still a little thin. The fairways are all quite narrow so, being CPO wasn’t any problem. The tee boxes were level and lush, but most were in need of mowing. I was in only one bunker. The sand was damp but clean and plentiful. The rough was just plain nasty- long, deep, thick and sticky…. and I was in it in all but about 2 holes. The greens were firm and and a little bumpy from recent punching. The speed was very inconsistent from one to another so that was a bit frustrating.

I would like very much to play here again. If I can get a good deal during good weather, it would definitely be worth the drive.
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I played today using a last-minute GolfNow Hot Deal. I wasn't planning to play today but I just couldn't pass up another affordable course so close to where I'm staying.

My tee time was 7:52am. I was relieved to see that I would be going out just in front of a large tournament. I was paired with a couple of local guys who were a lot of fun to play with.

I knew right away that I was going to enjoy this course. I could see from the first tee that it was in very good condition. The fairways were lush and lined with many large oak trees. The balls sat up so high I had none of the trouble that I had yesterday at Blackhorse. The front nine is relatively wide and flat compared to the back which had hills, a couple of blind shots and doglegs. There was one hole that had two carries over water. That was actually my favorite hole. I had to plan my shots well and fortunately everything went as planned.

The tee boxes were almost all level and only the par 3s had noticeable damage. There are lots of bunkers here and by some miracle I avoided them all. From what I could see the sand look pretty good.

The greens were a pleasure. They were a little bit on the slow side but were smooth, rolled true and held shots well. A big plus was there were no unrepaired ball marks!

POP was good. We waited only a couple minutes here and there, finishing in exactly 4 hours. I like this course so much. It's a nice straightforward, no frills course that I will absolutely play again next time I'm in the area. Definitely recommended.
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I played here yesterday with Alex326.
I arrived early enough to have breakfast in the clubhouse. The ocean views, good food and service were a great way to start the day. Check in was easy and of course I got my logo ball. We then chipped and putted long enough for me to get an idea of what kind of punishment I was in for!

The fairways were in good shape but I had a difficult time hitting from them. The turf is a very thin layer with damp, soft dirt underneath. I kept swinging too steeply and just ended up taking divots without a good result. It seemed that my most successful shots of the day we're out of the several bunkers I was in. They had a thin, soft layer of sand that sparkled in the sunlight. The greens were crazy tough. Alex did his best to help me read them, but let's just say this was not one of my lowest putting rounds.

This course is fun, beautiful and absolutely brutal. I'm sure a lot of that had to do with my total inability to hit the ball yesterday but, after reading and hearing comments from others who have said how tough it is, I do feel a little bit better lol.

I would definitely play here again when I have the opportunity. I would also like to give Bayonet a try as well. Hopefully it will be a little better knowing what to expect.
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I played here yesterday. They offer a birthday deal of cart fee only so it was a good choice to play on my way up to Monterey for the weekend. My very first impression of the course was how friendly everyone is- the other players, the snack bar staff, the starter, pretty much everyone except the lady in the pro shop who was impatient and just not interested in answering my questions. One thing I thought was odd was when I asked to purchase a logo ball for my collection, she said they only sell sleeves of monogrammed balls. They don't sell singles. One to display, 2 to lose, I guess.

I was paired with 2 guys whose wives were along for the ride. They were a very fun group and we had an enjoyable time. It was pretty entertaining when I found that the guys could barely hit the ball. (and of course they were playing from the blue tees…)

The fairways were really nice- few thin spots, good cushion and a decent amount of roll out. There are only two or three bunkers on the course and no water. The tee boxes varied with some being level and some with the ball noticeably above or below my feet.
I had a tough time with the greens. They did not hold shots well and there were some unexpected and severe breaks causing what normally would have been a really good shot, to roll off the back of the green.

My playing partners only stayed for nine holes. I played the back by myself following a slow foursome. I didn't really mind as it gave me the chance to play a few extra balls here and there.

The course is fun and has some nice ocean views. I would like to play it again if I'm back in the area.
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A friend and I walked the course today, paired with a fun twosome. Check in was easy and we headed out on time at 8:52am.

The course conditions were good. The fairways were almost completely green and lush helping the ball sit up nicely. There were very few thin areas and even those weren’t bad lies. The tee boxes were mostly level and well-trimmed. The rough was very inconsistent, ranging from “no problem” to “I’m giving up golf forever!” The greens, damp and slow when we started, were quite fast by the time we got to the back nine. They were smooth, soft and have many subtle breaks, making them more challenging than they appear.

Even with a slow almost-5 hr POP, the course is very enjoyable. It’s a basically flat course, an easy walk, and the many water holes make it really interesting. I’ve heard that the course will be closing sometime next year which is disappointing. I hope I can play it a few more times before then. Recommended.
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A friend and I took advantage of a member-for-a-day offer of $20. I've played here several times before and figured that even if conditions weren't good that would be a great deal.
Our tee time was 7am and after a fast and friendly check in we were offered an earlier start. We decided to skip warming up on the range and headed out.

The conditions were ok. The fairways, while very damp early on, had good coverage and were well cushioned. There was, however, a lot of tree debris and animal droppings all over the course. There were many maintenance workers out getting things cleaned up.

I was in only one bunker. It was clean, soft, heavy, dirt - easy enough to hit out of. There has been a lot of turf reduction around the course. Most of it is around the tee boxes, creating a nice look and a longer carry from all of them. Those areas are currently all dirt but the plan is to put in drought tolerant vegetation. I was super disappointed in hole #5. All of the reeds in the lake have been cut down to the nubs and with all the turf gone from around the tee boxes, the hole just looked barren and ugly.

Many of the greens are in recovery from a fungus. They looked worse than they played, though. Putts rolled medium speed and, for the most, part smoothly.

There are so many fun and challenging holes here. I played well today and it felt so good when #9 didn't beat me up like it usually does. POP was nice at 3:45. I will definitely be back when conditions are better.
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I played on Monday 8-2-19 with a friend, using the GK coupon for $39 (such a great deal!)
A lot of improvements have been made in recent months. The driving range has all new mats and covered stalls. They have a new banquet facility including restrooms that are easily accessible from the outside. Check in was easy and we were paired with another twosome who were so much fun to play with.

The course was in very nice shape. The only brown to be seen on the lush fairways was the grass clippings from the mower that we followed for several holes. The bunkers were more dirt than sand but were soft and easy to hit from. The tee boxes were ok. I found a few places of uneven footing but not enough to be a problem. The greens were on the slow side but smooth and shots held well. The water features on holes 9, 14, & 18 were full and in good shape. Those on holes 1 and 16 were nearly dry.

I really enjoy this course. It has a good variety of holes and while it can be very challenging at times, it never feels intimidating (well, except for # 15- for some reason the tee shot just messes with my head). POP was a little slow at 4.5 hours but we had so much fun it didn’t matter. I highly recommend Glen Ivy and will be back very soon.
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I joined in the GK Cup Final outing and had a super fun time playing with Matt, Blake, and Greg. I've played Oak Creek a few times before and I was really happy for another opportunity. They have very friendly and helpful staff members so check in always fast and efficient. The practice facility has grass stalls, a large chipping and bunker area and putting green. There is another green behind the starter's desk.

I like how this course feels very secluded. There are no houses to be seen from anywhere on the course. Other than a little bit of street sound, it's easy to forget you're in the middle of suburbia.

The course was in really good shape. The fairways were a mix of green and brown but coverage was complete and very well cushioned. There were a couple of areas that had signs of recent punching but the holes didn't affect play.
By some miracle. I was not in any bunkers. There seemed to be more than an ample amount of sand in them.

The greens are fun and frustrating. There are breaks that you don't expect and putts don't break when you think they will. Among our group we had a dozen putts miss seemingly by just a single blade of grass.

Thank you, Johnny and Oak Creek Golf Club for a great day.
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I played yesterday morning. I arrived at 6:15 am, figuring I could get it done in time before going to work (the first time I’ve ever tried that.) I asked if the course was pretty open and I was just told that I wasn’t the first out there. He really should have mentioned that I was going to be following 2 fivesomes. When I realized this on the first tee I told myself that if it took too long, I would just bail after the 6th hole. Luckily, both groups were all no-nonsense players who didn’t waste any time. I did wait a bit on each hole but it turned out ok and I finished in 90 minutes.

This is a fun little 9 hole course with 7 par 3s and 2 par 4s that can easily played in 3 for anyone that hits longer than I do. Despite its short length, it is quite challenging. Water comes into play on 2 holes and there is a ravine to carry on the 9th. The super short 4th hole (88 yds) has the trickiest green on the course. If your shot doesn’t hold, it will take off like a bullet and run off the left side into the creek.

The course conditions have been slowly, but steadily improving over the past few months. There is new netting in several places. All of the orange trees that were between holes 1 & 6 and between 7 & 9 have been removed, giving the course a much cleaner look. The rough was in better condition than I’m used to seeing here. This was very helpful in the area left of the first green where I seem to always land. It was thick enough to keep my ball from rolling into the ravine, but my ball sat up well for an easy chip onto the green. The fairways, while a patchwork of different grasses and colors, had decent coverage. The tee boxes were chewed up but were level and big enough to be able to find a spot to hit from. The bunkers were thin and damp but I really didn’t mind – it’s good for practice. The greens were nice- soft, smooth, a bit slow, with surprisingly few unrepaired ball marks. I guess this is another advantage of early morning play.

I really enjoyed playing before going to work. It put me in a good mood for the rest of the day. I’ll be back!
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I played today with a tee time of 9:07. Check in was fast and friendly and we were sent out a few minutes early.

The course and practice areas are always in good condition, and today was no exception.
The tee boxes were level with a moderate number of divots. The fairways were beautiful with good coverage and only a few thin areas. The rough was short in most places but I did manage to a few spots that almost covered my ball. There were several areas around the course that had some browning but honestly I only noticed it when I was looking around to take photos or mental notes.

Early in the round, the greens were firm and fast and just kept getting faster! With the many huge undulations and even the smaller more subtle breaks, these greens are challenging! I was very happy with 35 putts today. The bunkers weren’t great. The three I was in ranged from deep/soft to thin/crusty to muddy.

We finished in just a little over 3.5 hrs. I love this course. It’s beautiful, tough and so much fun. The weekday senior rate of $47 with cart is so reasonable I will definitely be back soon. Highly recommended.
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I played in the GK outing on 6-30-19 with Bill, Kathy and Greg. This was my second time at Reflection Bay. I was very excited to have a chance to play here again. We enjoyed a nice pre-round breakfast in the restaurant and then headed out to the tee.

The course conditions were as impressive as last time. Everything from tee to green was in great shape. The fairways and rough were lush and well trimmed. I really liked the sand in the few bunkers I was in- soft and very easy to hit out of. Having a bit of course knowledge was helpful on a couple of holes where balls just want to keep on rolling off the green into the water. There is a good variety of holes with some elevation changes and even the par 3s were surprisingly challenging.

I had a great time and look forward to playing again. Highly recommended.
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