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Played yesterday, 12 July on a lovely sunny afternoon. Friendly greeting in the pro shop and starter. Went out with two friendly guys as a 3some about 10 minutes ahead of our 1:57 tee time. Short waits throughout the round, POP ended up being 4hrs, 20mins.

Main improvement in the course since last month are the that besides a few unhealed punch holes, the greens are fully healed and rolled pretty nice overall, at medium speed. A few too many footprints for my liking, creating bumps, etc., around the hole on certain soft greens, however. It was late in the day. Greens were well-watered, held shots well. A few greens do have some spots with inconsistent grass coverage.

Fairways and rough pretty typical for the tract, and generally good roll-out and lies. Did notice a bit more non-kikuyu growth in the fairways and rough. Seems to be natural weed growth winning a war.

Was in a few greenside bunkers. In a rarity for me, sand presented no issues, so I guess it was good. Medium-weight, good base and mostly well-raked. Was in the fairway bunker on #13, and it was a bit wet/muddy.

Course is a decent value, $39 incl. cart via their website. Good food, great service and a decent solo singer/guitar player on the patio for happy hour after the round. Was singing a Bob Seger song upon arrival. MGOBLUE!
10 Likes.
First time at Arrowood GC, a nice Ted Robinson Jr design. I like a number of his father's courses, so was very much looking forward to the round.

Played on the 5th w/Larryq2001. A bit of a mix-up with their own website booking system. Oddly, booked and confirmation sent for a 1:18pm tee time, but their printed tee sheet had us down for 1:27pm. Slowed the check-in at the pro shop and w/starter, where things seemed a bit disorganized. Things were running an additional 12-15 minutes late. Not a big deal, but glad I had my confirmation ready. Friendly enough guys, we did get out just about 1:40pm. POP seemed slow while we were playing, we were waiting throughout, w/POP at 4hrs 20mins, I guess about all you can expect on a busy afternoon.

Overall, really enjoyed the course and the layout. Thought there'd be more water, only recall 16 and 18, both very picturesque and challenging holes. The 16th green complex, with a far right pin placed behind a bunker and very close to the water hazard, is particularly gnarly to deal with on your approach shot! Found the back9 a little more interesting than the front.

Very much agree with the two most recent, mostly favourable reviews on course conditions. Fairways still showing signs of punching, not much affect on lies, but they were very dry and provided excellent roll-out, too much, really, if that is possible. Of course, one level area just short of a par3 green, was heavily watered, leaving my tee shot well short, as it rolled nowhere.

Tees were very green and level. Rough was not too long nor penal. Greenside bunker on the 1st was medium-weight sand and good condition. Was in a fairway bunker later, and sand was very thin and easy to hit an iron out of to the green.

Greens were very nice, rolling mostly smooth and medium-fast. Firm, and holding shots moderately well for level approach shots. If the approach was to a green below, they held very well, and less so for uphill approach shots. They are fairly large greens, with ample undulation. Really liked them overall.

Overall, a good day on a hot day on the course. Cart lady only came by once early, and saw her by the clubhouse at the turn, but never on the back9. Friendly Jack came by with a bucket of ice water on the 10th, and we later came across an empty ice water bucket, perhaps at the 14th tee. Became a bit of a grind in the heat. Several loos in key positions were handy.

After the round, the guys in the grill were very friendly, and in spite of just shutting down the wood-fired brick-oven, 10 minutes later, they re-stoked it and made us and another group a few $10 pizzas, which were very tasty, and went well with their $15 pitcher deal.

Looking forward to heading back to Arrowood soon. Biggest negative was the 90 minute drive from Huntington Beach (60 miles), most of the time consumed over the last 15 miles. If it wasn't for this, I probably would've bought their Palm Card on the day.
11 Likes.
Played Mesa Linda on Monday, 7/2, going at as a 2some at about 1:40pm on a sunny, 70s day, with up to a 1-club wind. Friendly greeting by Andrew in the pro shop.

We breezed through the first 8 holes at a good pace, but caught a very pokey foursome on the 9th hole. They had let two other 2somes and a single in front of us through, but decided to not let our 2some play through for 4 holes, in spite of us being right behind them. As we finished the 13th - they were only 75 yards off the 14th tee - we noticed a 3-hole gap back to the 9th tee, and decided to go back and restart the back 9 to be at a better playing pace. Worked out great, as we got to enjoy a few extra holes, with no waiting, until play was backed up on the 17th tee, with the pokey group still on 18. POP for all that (22 holes) was 4hrs 15 mins.

Course is mostly in pretty good shape. Blue tees were great. Rough typical, not too penal, bunkers were medium-weight. Fairways provided decent, but not great roll-out, and were actively being re-sodded in parts, with at least 3 holes where fairly large portions of the fairways were 'under repair', including most of #14. Easily the worst part of the course on the day. Noticed they have lost some more trees since I was last here in April, and still no clue what their plan is for the crappy bare-dirt mound they created six months ago, left side of the par5 5th hole.

Greens were fantastic yesterday. Cut pretty close, they were rolling mostly smooth at a medium-fast pace. No visible remnants of any punching. Greens also held shots well.
10 Likes.
Played The Crossings on Thursday, 6/28, teeing off about 1:40pm with larryq2001 on a lovely, mostly sunny and 70s day, mostly calm, with up to a 1-club wind at times. Friendly greeting in the pro shop and by the starter. $40 Crossings Club member rate.

Teeing off as a 2some, we were then paired up with the 2some behind us, as the starter sent them up to join us as we teed off. A nice couple, he had a real good scoring day, but they were both a bit pokey. Hubby had an excessive pre-shot routine that got pretty tiring to watch. A single played through at the turn, and our POP ended up at just about 4.5hrs. Although no one was pressing us, should've been less, as we lost sight of everyone in front by the 12th hole. :(

Course was in very good overall shape. White tees - all good and level. Fairways rolled out very nicely, and provided good lies. Only issue for me, with a few approach shots landing short of greens, the aprons were over-watered up to 30 feet in front, meaning no extra bounces, leaving plug-n-play, muddy balls, squishy turf and tricky chip shots to front pins.

Rough in a few spots was very dense and grabby, at least a club penal, and in other areas was a more typical choppy coverage, where the ball would sit down, but the grass/shot was a bit more manageable. Was in 3 greenside bunkers, which was good, as I was trying out a newly-modified SW. Sand was pretty decent, mostly a new, fine sand, but with not too much - about 2 inches, to get to the base. Had one 'fried egg' lie on the par3 14th.

Seemed that about 1/2 the greens have been re-punched a few days earlier, with slightly smaller holes than a full punch, but not the tiny ones. No sanding was evident, I can't say that putting was affected too much, but greens were slow putting uphill, and medium-speed overall.

Great service after the round by Katie in the bar, with good food, too. A fun round, and it was fun to watch Larry play a very good scoring, and consistent round. I estimate the greens will be fully healed in 7-10 days.
13 Likes.
Played here for the first time on Thursday, 6/21 with Larryq2001, taking advantage of a 1-day special, 2 golfers for $50, incl. cart. Check-in was smooth, but when we got to the 1st tee, there was a line of 3 groups waiting in front of us. So, we ended up teeing off about 25 minutes after our 11:14 tee time. POP after playing through a slow group on #7 ended up being about 4hrs 15mins overall, not counting the initial wait. Putting green was verticut, but greens on the day were not, but did putt at similar speeds.

Course overall was in good condition. Other than one crowned tee box on the 2nd par3 on the front, thought the rest of the white tee boxes were pretty level, with good enough coverage. Thought the fairways were really good, providing plenty of roll. Rough was bit inconsistent, and a few times had a tuft of longer/different grass sitting behind my ball.

Was in 3 bunkers and three un-raked footprints! Aside from golfers not cleaning up after themselves, they were generally damp and not cared for in the morning by the grounds crew.

Greens were very green, soft and generally receptive from lots of watering. A Typical number of unrepaired ballmarks on the day, but otherwise rolled very smooth and at medium speed on average. Several of the greens have some wild up/down slopes to contend with, and putts were of course pretty fast coming downhill.

No cart lady on the course, and they could really use another water station on the back9. It was low-90s with a wind helping, but really was getting beat up by the sun by the 16th hole. Bring extra water bottles!

Very much enjoyed the Dye (not Pete himself) layout, and though there were maybe 2-3 holes that are a bit too tight or uphill too much, found it pretty playable and fun. Had a great time with Larry of course, and look forward to a return visit.
10 Likes.
Got a $50 Sr. rate via their site for Tuesday at 1:44pm, amongst a hap-hazard array of lower and above-normal pricing on consecutive tee times. This price included $10 for 'Taco Tuesday' for a pair of small tacos, and a beer or margerita, making it a great value.

Was paired with a nice h/w couple, they were sending everyone out on #10, and POP ended up at 4hrs 15mins, keeping pace with the group in front, and with no one pushing us.

Course is undergoing bunker maintenance now until August. And, it's a mess, frankly. They did have yellow 'crime scene' tape around bunkers only on the 8th and 9th holes, which I took as an opportunity to 'go for it'/ignore the hazards (free drop). However, I was in two other bunkers and got a good look at many others, Frankly, it seemed that they have stopped daily maintenance on all of them - some looked like they had not been touched in at least a week, probably more. Water-caused trenches in many, ungroomed, mostly firm and ugly. Hopefully, the grounds crew is just sorting things out, and that this is not the norm for the coming months!?!

The tees were very nice, green and level. Rough was cut short 1-2", not penal, nicely green and decent to hit from. Fairways were good overall, mostly firm with good roll-out and decent lies. Alternating patches of wet, well-watered green areas with browning/thin areas. Some punching in spots evident attempting maintenance. CPO only on #s 3 and 6.

Greens were kinda OK. Mostly good grass coverage (a few thin spots evident) well-watered, very soft and holding shots well. Rolled decently at medium-speed, but plenty of unrepaired ball marks due to their softness. Have played much worse here.

Cart girl and marshal were by a few times. Very good service after the round, with free chips/salsa as part of the 'taco tuesday' deal.
10 Likes.
Played Glen Ivy for the first time Tuesday, as part of the GK Guru group. Great time with the guys during and after the round. POP was just 3.5 hrs, and really, the time went by too fast - I wanted to keep playing the course! Really enjoyed the course overall, and playing from the white tees, felt it was a good, but fair challenge for a short-hitter.

White tees were mostly very good - level and nicely cut and green. Only exception were 3 of 4 par threes with mounds and bumps to deal with in the entire teeing area. I find this to be a common problem at a few courses. Really needs to be addressed here.

Fairways were pretty good overall, getting very good lies and very good roll. Caught a few tight/thin downhill lies on approaches and did not play those well.

Rough around the greens was nice and easy enough to get a wedge through it and on line.

Departing from some other views, I did not enjoy the sand in the traps. It was a thin, crispy dried clay/sand combo and I air-mailed two shots back/back. Hmmm... wonder why i didn't care for it!?! These were just different enough so that my poor sand-skills were amplified. :)

Found the greens to roll very nicely, not many bumps and bobbles. Held shots decently. Green and well-watered, they were a bit slower than I expected, and left a few too many short. Very good overall.

Burger and service in the bar afterwards was great. And, wandered over to the pro shop later and scored a great deal on a rare 100% cotton golf shirt in my size for $19.99. Got two! Gent in there was very friendly and helpful.

Don't know when the putting greens and/or driving range will be open, but it looks to be well off into the future months, imho. They do have a small, but good-looking bit of putting green turf in place, so perhaps they will have that open sooner? Thanks to Johnny for setting it up! Hope to be back soon!
9 Likes.
Played Thursday, 6/7 at 3:07pm with 3 others. POP was a very good 4hrs, 10mins with mild waits on the first 5 holes, then waiting only on each par3 the rest of the way.

Though the course is overall very good condition, the white tee boxes were easily the 'worst' part of the course. Unlevel lies on 7 of 18 holes, with the worst bumpy and mounded areas on the par3s - 5th, 8th and 13th. The par3 15th was level.

Fairways were mostly good, cut a little long, but provided decent roll and lies. Was very happy to see that after 20+ years they have finally made significant progress on the 'new' fairways for the new holes #s 14, 16 and 17. They have clearly added a significant amount of white sand in their efforts to improve the condition of these fairways. 14 is nearly perfect. 16 is at least 75% better coverage in the landing area and 17 is probably 40% better. Glad to see it.

Rough was penal, about 2-3 inches. Was in two greenside bunkers, #8 had white sand and #15 had brown sand. Other than lack of raking in one, the sand in both was good quality and depth.

Greens are totally recovered from their punching and were mostly smooth and firm. Did not hold shots easily, providing 15-30 feet of roll-out for the group on well-struck shots. Putted medium-speed and was tough for all in the group to hole 6 to 10-footers, as the grain / subtle breaks were tough to read. And, I missed a 2-footer that looked straight, but missed by 3 inches! (sigh).

This is a great course to walk, mostly a flat course. Particularly since the cart fees for a single rider is $18. Twilight starts at 1:30pm and Super-twilight at 5:30pm these days, which does provide a decent deal on greens fees when walking.
6 Likes.
Played Monday, teeing off as a 3some about 10 minutes after our scheduled tee time. POP was 4.5 hours, waiting on the 3some in front most holes, which was waiting on the 4some in front, etc., etc. Still, a good enough pace on a mostly warm afternoon.

Since playing here a month ago, really seems about the same except the greens are nearly healed. Not sure why, but the greenskeeping staff seems to ignore a number of aeration holes which did not receive sand initially, and pretty much each green now many weeks later have a few spots where a number of punch holes still exist, perfectly round and empty of grass or sand. Very odd. Unrelated to this, the greens were a bit wobbly on putts, caused by the afternoon growth. Speed was medium-fast and generally held shots well.

Was in a few greenside bunkers this time, including #s4, 8, &10 and the sand was nice, perhaps a little deeper before hitting a base than I like, with about 1 1/2 - 2" of fluffy sand.

Found the rough and even the greenside fringe to be inconsistent in cut lengths/grasses.

I enjoy this course due to the use of a number of clubs in the bag. I find the front to be tougher than the back due to more elevated 2nd shots into the greens. Instead of 'adding one club', it seems I need to add two for the elevation difference. Don't miss the tree that used to be in the middle of the fairway on #10 at all. Noticed that they have now cut down a number of others to the right of the hole, creating a more open area to bail out to off the tee, when considering the tight OB markers on the left side of the hole.
11 Likes.
Played Friday, teeing off as a 4some 15 minutes behind our 1:57pm tee time. POP was just under 5 hours, with a bit of waiting on about 4 holes throughout, but we moved at a decent pace with no backup on most holes.

As I was just here a week earlier, really the main point to say is that the greens have improved/smoothed up on the front side. Much slower than the practice green, they did roll true. Back side greens were a bit quicker and very smooth. Overall, medium-speed on average.

Ball rolled out in the fairways and sat up nicely. Rough was choppy and diabolical at times. On the par3 14, put the tee ball left of the green along with another in our group - that's the one place you don't want to be (similarly - don't be left in the gully of #12 green). We caught a break in that they had recently cut the grass there, so our lies weren't sitting down in horrendously tough grass. Neither of us got it close, but we did get on the green for two-putt bogies.

Was in a bunker behind #15 green. Sand was nice enough, but there were three sets of un-raked footprints (sigh).

Overall, the course is looking and playing nicely right now.
7 Likes.
Played after the holiday yesterday, 5/29 with a 2:32 tee time, $49 via their website. Pleasant greeting and got a mini-bucket to warm up. Seemed to be a bit of a slow afternoon, no starter at his post, and went out as a single about 10 minutes ahead of schedule, with no one around. On the fifth hole, paired up with a friendly single, who turned out to be another GK'er, so that was fun. He left after the 11th for some tacos with his wife - it was Tuesday, afterall! A hole later, joined up with 3 gunslingers behind me, with POP coming in at 4 hrs 15 mins total.

Caught the course on a day where they punched a lot of the white teeboxes. Not really an issue, just messy. The rest of the course seemed like the grounds crew had most of the day off. Fairways were uncut and hairy, producing inconsistent lies. Easy to get a nice divot, though. Rough was OK, and managed to avoid all bunkers.

Not sure if the greens were cut in the morning. The greens were pretty slow, and grass appeared very long. Rolled smoothly enough, but it was a struggle to get longer putts to the hole.

Love the course, and though it wasn't in tip-top shape for the day, really did enjoy the round. Course requires good ball striking and a bit of 'strategery' to score well.
12 Likes.
Found a great pre-paid rate on teeoff.com at $13.50/pp for Friday, 5/25 after a promo code discount.

Having played here just once previously, and not at all impressed, decided it would be a decent option for myself and female playing partner, who doesn't play much golf these days. And, the price was right. Turned out to be a good enough choice, a great value for the course on a lovely sunny, windy day, and she handled the course well enough, in spite of some rust.

Very friendly greeting in the pro shop and he got us out in about 10 minutes after checking in, which was great. We ran a bit late, and arrived just a few minutes ahead of our scheduled 1:30pm tee time, and was paired up with a nice young man who generally hit the ball long and straight - his first time there. POP ended up at 4 hrs, with a short waits here and there. Given the convoluted re-tracking that is now necessary to get to the new #5 tee (old #7) due to the closing of the cart path alongside the abandoned 5th/6th holes, and throttled-down cart speeds, very happy with the POP.

Was glad to see their scorecard now reflects the actual course layout, including the map on the back.

Course was in decent shape overall, but don't get your hopes up. White tees (5318 yards, w/6 par 3s) were very inconsistent, with several providing only un-level options. Fairways were pretty good, about on par with the Costa Mesa public courses. Main issue I felt was hole #18 did have a fairly large 'wet spot' from about 70 yards to just in front of the green on the right side of the fairway. Rough was inconsistent and dubious. Was in a few traps, and other than the lack of raking by patrons, the sand was decent enough to get out of.

Greens were nicely cut, green, firm and did not hold shots well, but rolled pretty smoothly - just a few bumps and at medium speed. Certainly the best part of the course. The two previously 'temporary' greens - now #s 7, 10 are looking good, just a tick below quality the normal ones, and also very firm.

Aside from the course generally, the clubhouse bathrooms could use some investment. Would be nice if they also updated the signs on each teebox to reflect the new hole yardages/numbering. They also could improve the signage on getting to #5 tee back past the #3 teebox, though we did enjoy their sense of humor with the 'You made it' sign, acknowledging once we finally found the 5th hole! A good day out, and was pleased with the choice.

If you ever want to try to straighten out a slice or hook, this is the place to force the issue.
13 Likes.
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