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Teed off today as a foursome, about 10 minutes late at 12:40pm. $43 rate via their website, so happy about that. Sadly, POP was abysmal, 2:45hrs on the front, plus 15 minute wait on #10 tee. There were two outings today, according to the marshal. Played only 14 holes total in 4 hours.

Compounding things, was a 4some husband/wife combo that should not have been playing this course in front of us, along with a father/son twosome who skipped #9 to get from behind us to in front of the aforementioned 4some. Unfortunately, there was no place for them to go, so we were then also waiting on them. We skipped #11, played #12, then gave up on #13 tee and skipped ahead to #16 tee, which was open, as the father was giving his son lessons on #13 tee, which were not helping, as he hit balls wildly out of play. Everyone reading this likely knows... but folks, this is not a place for beginners (sigh)!!!

Too bad, as the course was in very good condition. Greens were awesome, much better than my last time here in October. Other than a small patch here or there, very smooth and super lush, medium-fast today. A few small areas on the fringe around the greens are still in a state of healing/repair.

Tees were good, level and green, but not great. Fairways were generally lush, but did provide for decent roll. Rough was penal and the ball did sit down at times. Was in both a fairway and greenside bunker on #1 - a great start! Sand was medium-weight and nice.

Saw the cheery cart lady twice on the front and marshal multiple times. Course is in great shape now, jump on it - but hopefully not when there are outings holding things up.
9 Likes.
Played here Monday for the first time ever. Friendly greeting by staff in the pro shop, who promptly told me about their 'club' to join for about $40/month. One of my playing partners is signed up for it, and loves the free range ball deal. I did not join and paid $35 for the senior rate, including a cart.

Teed off about 12:40pm as a 4some and finished at 5:10pm, just after sunset on a good weather day for golf. Had short waits throughout, and a major bottleneck at the par3 8th that seemed to be the norm. 2.5hrs on the front, and about 2hrs on the back.

Regarding course conditions, very much agree with the previous review by jjrauen from September. As I was fore-warned by my playing partners on what to expect, I did not have high expectations, and they were met. Tees were a bit beat up, but mostly level.

Fairways and rough were a hodge-podge of good, short bermuda, longer kikuyu, plenty of thin areas and bare spots, lush areas, wet spots, weeds, etc. Something for everyone. Roll was sometimes good, but did end up with a muddy ball off the tee a handful of times. Usually had a decent lie. Rough for the most part wasn't too penal, not much longer than the fairways, and similar traits.

The undulating course is pretty wide-open, not that many trees, so people who spray it long off the tee typically weren't penalized too much. Water does come into play on a few holes, which helps makes it interesting. JJ is spot-on regarding sight-lines off the tees. It was helpful to have someone with local knowledge to help point me in the right direction.

Was in a few bunkers, and really liked the medium-weight sand. The base seemed to be about 1 1/2 inches below.

Thought the green complexes were by far the best part of the course. Greens ranged in size from medium to massive, with a few that had very interesting bowl-shape undulations designed into them. Pin placements Monday were near the bottom of the bowls, so long lag-putting offered several options/sides of approach to get the ball within 3 feet of the hole. Interesting. Greens held shots well enough, putted at medium/medium-slow pace, and break on many holes was accentuated due to this slow pace as the ball lost speed. Greens were mostly smooth, with some bumpy spots, as typical for a course getting so much play.

No cart lady, and very few drinking water options on the course, so stock up. Snack bar available at the turn. Marshal was seen a few times, and engaged with golfers.

All-in-all, a fun day on the course. There are just enough attractive, interesting and challenging holes here, to spice up an otherwise mundane tract to justify a return visit.
14 Likes.
Played here Friday, taking advantage of a fantastic deal on GolfNow, $15.49 including fees for golf and a cart. Friendly greeting by Sean in the pro shop. Got out on time, as Sean kept up on group tee-pairing announcements. In spite of it being a busy day on the course, with a few 5somes (including ours from holes 6-16) sprinkled in, POP was pretty good, with only minor occasional waiting. Finished just after sunset, POP @ 4hrs 15mins.

Good course conditions overall today, with the greens now completely healed from their recent punching. Was in a handful of greenside bunkers today on hole #s 4,5,10,15, so a good sampling from bad shot-making. Very consistent, with a thinnish medium-layer of sand over a very firm base. Tees, fairways and rough pretty much the same as last week.

Saw the cart girl a few times and saw the marshal doing any number of things unrelated to keeping the pace moving, once again. Very happy to take advantage of the GN deal. Probably saved about $25 over rack twilight rates.
8 Likes.
Played here as a 3some on Monday, 10/30, teeing off at 1:50pm. Pleasant greeting at the pro shop, and our group was called about 15 mins prior to tee time. POP was great, 3hrs 35mins with no waiting on the 4some in front. There was a quick, walking lady 2some that seemed to always be lurking behind us, so everyone was moving at a good pace on this cool and comfortable afternoon. They are usually pretty efficient getting people out on time, and golfers here keep POP moving along.

Tees and fairways were fairly long kikuyu, with not a lot of roll-out. Had a wet, muddy ball at least 5 times for a 2nd shot. Did not visit any sandy beaches today, but my playing partners had some good shots and 'sandys' out of them.

Greens seemed to be pretty much healed from their punching over 6 weeks ago and mostly decent. But, there were 3 or so greens that just seemed unhealthy, with large splotchy, uneven and bumpy areas. Otherwise, they were medium to medium-slow most of the day, with an annoying number of bumps and older ball marks in the way of my lines. A bit of a disappointment, to be honest.

I remember playing the 'Classic' course when it was the only course here back in the 80's and early 90's. The new 4 holes (14,15,16,17) are OK, but I've never really thought much of them and today didn't change my opinion. They just seem like an afterthought, squeezed in, or 'oh, btw' and the fairways are still struggling to take hold (as with all of the Players course) 20 years later.

Cart girl was by twice. Never saw a marshal, but they weren't needed on Classic today.

Playing from the whites is 6415 yards. Probably a bit long for my games these days. The gold tees are 5755. Something in-between those two yardages seems in order. I do enjoy the layout on most of the holes on Classic. Fairways are pretty wide, so grip it and rip it.
12 Likes.
Played Thursday, 10/26, using my last Crossings Club free round ticket and teeing off from the whites (others played the blues) a few minutes early at 1:15pm as a 4some on a lovely, sunny day. Nice ocean breeze kept everything moderate in terms of temp, but wasn't too much in terms of hurting shots made into the wind, and seemed very helpful when it was at our backs.

Never waited, except on #15 teebox, as the marshal typically holds you up until the group in front has made their 2nd/3rd shots to the green. With only ourselves to blame really (quite a few lost balls by several in the group - 1st time there), POP was 4:40mins. But, a very friendly and fun time, and no one pushing us from behind and still had the group in front within sight the entire round, about 3/4 hole behind them.

Course conditions are mostly the same as 2 weeks ago. Tee boxes were nicely recovered from the scalping. They did have the black/blue/white markers together on 6 holes (1,3,5,13,14,17) and were letting the grass fill in on the most typical teeing areas.

Greens held shots well, were still smooth, and medium/medium-fast speed. As I've seen happen here before, several spots in the greens had a wavy/untightened carpet look. It is odd, but did not seem to affect putts.

Bermuda fairways were lovely as usual, rough was cut a bit shorter, show not as penal and the one greenside bunker I was in (#14) was firm and thin sand, but not hard/crispy.

Saw the cart girl three times, and my playing partner was thrilled with his chicken caesar wrap, ordered via the touch screen on the cart on the 8th hole. Overall, a great day on a great course, and somehow managed to set a new 9-hole best score here, shooting 1-over 37 on the front, coupled with a more normal 43 on the back.
9 Likes.
Teed off as a threesome at 1:40pm on a very hot Monday. POP was a remarkable 3.5 hours, finishing at 5:10pm, only waiting on the 17th tee for a few minutes.

The greens were punched 2 weeks ago and are pretty much healed, just a wee bit bumpy in spots. Pace was medium speed, lush and held shots well.

As Los Lagos was actively being punched and top-dressed today, the grounds crew did not get around to mowing the fairways. They were firm enough to provide decent roll, but were long and inconsistent. Rough wasn't too penal.

Was in two greenside bunkers. On the 17th, the sand was firm and crispy. And, on 18, the right greenside bunker had good, medium-weight sand.

Tee boxes were the worst feature of the day. They mostly had everyone teeing from front tee positions that were thin, worn out and sandy - terrible footing. On the par 3s, they had us teeing off from the very back of the tees, on all except for hole #2.

Cart girl was by twice. Really impressed with how good the greens were, considering they were punched just two weeks ago.
10 Likes.
Teed off as a 3some at 2:15pm on Monday, with the next group a full hole in front. Caught up to them in a few holes, but never had much of a wait all day. POP ended up right at 4 hours, so looks like it was a good pace all day, with aakes90278 reporting 4 hours with a morning round.

Agree with aakes90278 on the course conditions, but wasn't in any traps. Greens were slightly bumpy, but not bad and had a good putting day. Had one of my better rounds in a long time, and attribute a portion of that to making an effort to leave approach and chip shots, etc., below/short of the hole. Wasn't always successful, but would suggest it as a strategy here when possible, as it made a real difference.

Teeboxes and fairways were all very good, and typical for the course. Got a decent amount of roll today, even though the fairways weren't cut any shorter than normal. Probably the heat of the day helped dry them out from their normal watering.

They punched the two practice greens a week ago, along with Mesa Linda. After seeing the practice greens last Wednesday after their punching, was very impressed to see how far they have come along in 5 days. Probably about 50% healed, but putted reasonably well. Normally, I'd stay away for at least 4 weeks, but am giving Mesa a go next Monday based on what I saw. The greenskeeper here does do a great job in getting the greens to heal fast after punchings. As GK has noted, Lagos will be punched next Monday and Tuesday.
12 Likes.
Got out yesterday, Friday the 13th on a mildly hot day with lingering Anaheim Hills fire smoke in the air, creating a hazy blue sky. Was able to grab a $49 rate via their website. We did not get out on-time. We teed off at 1:50pm, instead of our 1:35pm tee time. Though our group waited on the group in front most of the round, we finished in 4.5 hours after our delayed start.

Last played here probably over two months ago, so was looking forward to the greens and overall course challenge. Compared to The Crossings greens, which were punched at the same time as Black Gold, BG's greens rolled a little faster (starter said they were a 10 on the stimp meter), but were not nearly as lush. They also have been verticut recently, which did not seem to affect the putts. There were a handful of greens that still had visible punch holes from 5+ weeks ago, and a few that had sandy bare spots that will seemingly take at least 3-4 weeks to completely resolve.

Some areas around the greens were in a state of resodding/repair.

Fairways were generally very lush, but also very, very wet from overwatering. Ended up with a muddy ball on 4 holes, and maddingly on the 18th, my ball ended up 2 feet from it's landing divot. Wish my sand wedge shots would stop that quickly, but not my drives!!! Otherwise, there was slight to moderate roll-out for me. Others in my group got better roll-out, as they were not landing in the wet spots.

Ball tended to sit down in the Kikuyu rough, about 2 inches in length and just un-lush enough to leave soft spots for the ball to sink into.

Remarkably, avoided all bunkers, some narrowly, but did seem that the sand was in good shape, per my playing partners results.

Tees were mostly decent, not green or lush to be sure, and cut short. Large areas of the 7th and 8th tees were closed for reseeding, where the grass seemed to be about 1 1/2 inches long and growing in nicely. This created for longer than normal tee shots from the whites markers. On the back, #16 tee was being reseeded, and appeared to affect the blue markers.

Didn't see the cart lady, except at the turn, parked in front of the snack bar, where she was counting her wares up and closing down for the day. The course REALLY needs to add a water jug before the 14th tee. 11th tee would be perfect.

Though a notch below The Crossings at Carlsbad right now in terms of playing conditions, I do look forward to a return very soon. With other courses punching right now, this is a very good option.
10 Likes.
Part of the GK Gurus on Tuesday, 10/10. Great to meet several people I've had the pleasure of reading their course reviews and golf comments on the blog. Had a great time playing with three of the smoothest-swinging golfers you will ever see, zgolfinman, gary00 and larryq2001. Great guys and great golfers!

Agree with the others on course conditions. Have played here a number of times over the last 12 months, and the greens were the best-looking and most lush I've seen in that time. Fully recovered from the punching five weeks ago, they were very smooth, no thin spots, very few unrepaired ball marks, and rolled true at medium speed. The main challenge for me was over-reading breaks. Perhaps the dense grass kept the greens online?!?

Really enjoy playing on these fairways, as the Bermuda grass is a great break from kikuyu grass on a number of other Southern California courses, and is truly carpet-like and very lush. Always had a good lie after a good amount of roll-out. Rough was tough around the greens, grabbing the clubhead too often.

Great $8 burgers w/fries on Tuesday, fast and fun service from the cheery and efficient bartender/server and fun conversation on the outdoor patio overlooking the driving range and putting greens. Great to get to know Bob and Larry better. Such fun and interesting gents, to go along with their golfing prowess.

Thanks for setting this up, Johnny. Highly recommended right now.
9 Likes.
Very friendly greeting at the pro shop and starter box.

Teed off today at 12:16pm with two very nice playing partners. We started out a bit behind the previous group, but caught up to them on the 5th hole. We then waited on most shots, with a POP ending up at 4:45hrs (sigh), giving us just enough time to catch most of the pre-game warm-up of the Pats-Bucs NFL game while having a few bevvies.

Tee boxes were well-watered, a bit long with soft footing. Fairways were generally firm/burnt-out with a fair amount of some roll. Rough was really hard, burnt out, cut short, and splotchy on nearly every hole. Lots of roll towards hazards as my playing partners found out on #4 and elsewhere.

Bunkers were a mixed bag. I caught one on the first hole that was well-raked and soft, no problem. Also, the front bunker on #8 was fluffy. But, otherwise, the rest for myself and my playing partners were very firm and crispy, typically resulting in air-mailing the greens.

Greens were really pock-marked. A shame, really. Bumpy putts throughout.

Cart lady came by twice. Marshals were around plenty. A short visit to TJ's after the round - they were closing at 6pm for a private event. Eric and Martine are always great.

Overall, was expecting better conditions based on the uptick I saw 12 days ago. Pretty disappointed in conditions, but still had a good time due to the weather and company.
8 Likes.
Friendly greeting by Andrew in the pro shop. Got out right away on Mesa Linda, at 2:00pm as a threesome. We started out about one hole behind the group in front, finally catching the pack that was playing behind a pokey and seemingly large golf outing on the par 3 sixth hole. From there, we waited the rest of the day on pretty much every shot. POP 4 hrs 40 mins, finishing at sunset.

Tees were level but a bit long. Fairways were pretty lush, better than six weeks ago, with some bare spots filled in, but not perfect. Rough was patchy, sometimes about 2-3 inches, but with the ball sitting up well, other times tight or bare lies.

Was in one greenside bunker on the par5 11th. Terribly firm and uneven sand, spots unraked by previous golfers. Things did not go well.

Greens looked pretty good, held shots decently for the most part (4, 5, 9, 13 excepted) and were predictably medium-speed except on some of the severely sloped pin placements, where the ball gained speed. Generally, due to the day's heavy foot traffic, there were too many bumps for the ball to navigate on the way to the hole.

No cart girl today and no marshal. Lovely weather, and good times with my regular playing partners. This course can be a tough challenge, particularly if your short game and putter are not in sync.
8 Likes.
Played Thursday, 9/28 at 12:48 as a 4some. Group in front of us was a 2some, and had teed off about 20 mins earlier. We finally caught up to them and the pack at the 6th hole. POP ended up being 4hrs:30mins, so pretty good.

Course conditions are generally the same as my last time here a few weeks ago. Greens are pretty smooth and very fast when going downhill. Several of us, even knowing this, ended up with 2nd putts longer than our 1st putts too often. Uphill putts against the grain need some extra umph!

Was in too many sand traps, and though my results weren't great, the sand was pretty nice, medium-weight, not too thin.

Fairways had been watered very recently, and there were some wet spots to deal with, affecting both roll and some chance of hitting fat shots.

No cart lady to be seen all day :( but the marshals were around often enough. They've finally relocated the pro shop/check-in to the new building. A bit sparse and nothing to write home about. Friendly greetings both there and with the starter, however.

As an administrative note - They've implemented a new software reservation system, and it is a piece of garbage, imho. It no longer discerns for 'single' golfers and does not accurately reflect available tee times. Last week, it billed me for four slots even though I did not hit the 'reserve' button. I called the pro shop to make my reservation this week, instead of being able to do it online previously. The site indicated they were fully booked from before 10am until 2:43pm. However, upon showing up 30 minutes before my tee time, they only sent out a twosome before my group teed off. Seems it is costing them some revenue, and is 'user-unfriendly'.
12 Likes.
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