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Played with the Gurus yesterday and had a blast as normal. Course was very soggy due to the morning rain and the course was cart path only and rightfully so. I had a few lies where id hit the ball and get a face full of water and mud. Course is in good shape mostly all green with a few bare areas. Tee's were the worst part of the course with a lot of divot damage and not a lot of places to tee up. Greens were very tough as the pins were put in the most sloped parts of the green. The greenskeeper must have had a bad night and decided to take it out on the players.

In all a fun little par 67 and I would play again if in the area.
16 Likes.
Joined up with Dave, Ron, and Matt for a little midweek fun at the quarry. Dave somehow got a very nice $38 rate for 10am It was very hard to pass up. The staff was super friendly from when I arrived and the staff picked up my bag from my parking spot. The lady at the desk was happy to see us and got us checked in very fast. I purchased a small bucket and the cart barn guys gave us a large and said here have a few more to warm up with.

We got out about 6 mins early and were out on our way. Course is still stunning as usual. Overall I would rate the conditions very good.

Tee's - the tee boxes might have been a little disappointing as the grass was a little long but they were wide enough to find a good area to tee it up.

Fairways - were cut short and were running very fast which is nice on such a long course. They also provided some nice fluffy lies and it was very nice to hit from. One little down side is there are a few poa cancer spots on 3-4 fairways but only about a square yard in size.

Sand- sand was a little firm still due to all of the rains and the sand on hole 11 had a nice puddle in it that Matt found.

Rough- The rough was in good shape and very few bare spots. The grass varied from area to area but was mostly consistent. I did fine one muddy area on the side of a hill where my club dug in deep.

Greens- Green were decent but had some bumps due to foot traffic and easily knocked your ball off line. After having one i started to hit a little harder and pounded the putts into the back of the cup. Speed was running medium fast but nothing special.

I do believe the greens keeper was having a bad day this morning as all of the pins were in tough locations. There were 3-4 pins that were no more than five feet from the edge of the green and on an upper tier. (not a lot of ball marks up there).

In all a fun course in great shape right now and I recommend as always.
21 Likes.
Played Sat 2/11 with the men's club tournament. It was 53° and raining. Course is looking better and better every time i go by. The rain is helping out a lot and everything is green and the ground is soft which is a lot better then the hard pan that I have seen there before. All lakes are back to full and the greens are perfect right now.

The are working on a new Gray water pump for the course so It looks like things will continue to go up from here.

By the Way it was NOT CTP as the ground was not muddy. so enjoy while you can.
14 Likes.
After playing here many many times in high school and college I had not returned to Newport due to poor conditions and way over priced. After 5 years I finally returned and to my surprise the course has improved nicely. I was told 13 months ago a new own took over and revamped the whole property and lowered the Price. $25 to walk 18 on a sat morning is much more reasonable than the 38 that they use to charge.

The tee are still mats but new and nice conditioned mats with tee holders on longer holes which is a nice touch. Obviously id still prefer real grass but its a budget course.

Greens are in good shape and running real fast. a few were a little softer than others and you could put some crazy spin on a few of them. I had a ball back up about 20 feet and roll off the green.

Fairway is cut short and soft which is better than what they called fairway before.

Sand - there are only 2-3 traps on the entire course and the one I found was terrible (Ill leave it at that)

In all a fun little par 59 and I will return again soon.
14 Likes.
Played in the Mens club tournament this weekend and the conditions were very soggy. The good news is the two lakes that were empty a month ago are now back to full including the one on hole 6 the lake has been empty for at least 2 years is now full to the brim and is visually pleasing.

The tees are back to good condition but unfortunately they were very mushy and the play might affect the condition after 2 days of play.

Fairways had good coverage and have softened up which is nice as the last time I played they were hard-panned. Holes nine and 18 were a little soggy from all the rain and even with the cart path only were taking some damage.

Greens were very soft and slow with many ball marks not being replaced and hole 18 had a second hole location that was not filled from a putting competition the previous day.

In all a fun course and I will continue to play I just hope they dont let the course dry out again like last year.
8 Likes.
Used a promo code for a $75 dollar round to day off Teeoff.com. I'm glad I found this deal as I had never played here. I dont care who owns it im all about the golf not the owners. This place reminds me a lot of cascata on the service side of things. There is free valet and wonderful people ready to help you. The restaurant was great even though a little pricey. Weather was party/mostly cloudy which take a little away from the ocean views but I could still see Catalina all day through the haze.

Course is in Immaculate shape starting with the driving range that had the best turf I had ever seen on a practice facility. It was so lush and soft I just wanted to lay down on it and take a nap.

The actual course followed in the foot steps of the turf on the practice facility.

Tee Boxes- This might be the only non perfect thing on the course and Id still give them a seven. the boxes looked like they were a little thin and 2 of the 5 par 3's where covered in divots.

Fairways- Id compare the fairways to LV Paiute in the fact that they were perfect. I never had a bad lye when in the fairway and they looked wonderful.

Rough- The rough was very tough if not in the first cut. The marshal said that they had not cut it in a few days due to the rain and some areas are still wet which made thing a little dicey. I had a few shots go wrong from the rough.

Sand- Sand if very well stocked and can easily provide you with a sunny side up lye which cause more issues with my game.

Greens- the greens were Firm, Fast, and glassy as can be. I wasn't aware of the everything breaks to the ocean tip until the turn which is mostly on me because that is normally a given on ocean courses. The front nine I had 20 putts and on the back I had 16 so there was a difference. One other thing is that the greens are very large and can have very bad places for the pin the if on the wrong level you could have a triple break putt.


In all the rack rate is way too much for this course at $300+ but I can see this course in the mid to high 100 range. Maybe that would fill the course as there was only about 30 golfers on the entire course.
12 Likes.
Played NYE with my friends that are locals for an amazing $40 at 11am. For that Price this course is absolutely amazing. Conditions were a little tough with a breeze and 49 degrees at tee time. Course looks visually wonderful. The staff was super friendly on what seemed to be a slow day which is weird for a late morning tee time on Sat.

Conditions are as follows.

Tee Boxes - the tee boxes are very lush and have ample space to tee your ball which helps on what can be a tight course.

Fairways - The fairways were a dark emerald green all cut the same length on every hole. Very wide landing areas. This was by far the best part of the course.

Rough - the rough was medium-long and very penal with there only being about 10-15 feet of rough around the holes then desert wasteland and houses.

Sand - I was only in 2 traps and both were very well stocked with sand and easy to escape.

Greens - This is were my ratings take a major hit. I did not like these greens at all. Some were soft and some were very firm which had a lot to do with each green seeming like a different speed throughout the day. they were also bumpy and had strange breaks that no mortal could read. So that on top of my already poor putting game made for a frustrating round with 40 putts. YES 40 PUTTS!

I am not a huge fan of this course as I do not like courses with houses all around but for the resident rate of $40 on a weekend I will always come back.
9 Likes.
Played with family here today and had a wonderful time.

THE GOOD- Conditions are spectacular right now. The tee's, Fairways, Greens and Rough were all in tip top shape. Very lush and nothing comes to mind that would alter my ratings.

The BAD- We had a one hour frost delay and they did not open the driving range before the delay was lifted and we had to go out on the course without any warm ups or putting which is why I got a 7 on the first hole of the shotgun start.

The sand was either powder and bright white perfection or rock hard compact wet dirt (did not play like sand) It does look look like they are working on it though as I did see two traps under repair.

The Ugly- The guy in the proshop was a jerk he just did not care at all and any time you would ask a question he answered in a very negative tone.

No cart girl! AND THE WIND!!!!!!!!!!! it was tough today with gusts to 30+ on the course which made the wind chill right around freezing.

IN all everyone should play this course as it was $45 rack rate today and in my book a great value for the conditions which could easy be mistaken for a $150 course.
14 Likes.
Enjoyed a Round with the GK Crew yesterday 12/11. This is the second time I have played this course and I think its gets better every time. Having a little course knowledge helps a bunch and Knowing where to land the ball on the green can leave you some nice and easy putts on what are normally treacherous greens.

Conditions here are top notch and its not hard to believe what they charge for it. From tee to green the course is like an oasis in the middle of the desert a with beautiful dark green fairways and rough with a lighter color to separate the greens. My only little disappointment was the sand. It was not bad but I came across a few traps that were rather firm and tough to get under the ball which is normal for the fairways but I just think in my opinion were too firm for my liking.

In all the staff and this course is a must play when out in the area. Its about 70 miles from the palm springs area and 150 miles from orange county so its going to be long turn around and I highly suggest staying somewhere as 12 hours for one round of golf can take its toll.
14 Likes.
Played under the lights this Morning at 5am with a friend from out of town who wanted to sneak in a round before his wife woke up so this is the only place to do that. Course is in typical shape with tee's and green's being average and the fairways not so much. The green were extremely soft and would leave a nice divot even on short pitch shots it made spinning the ball easy which can in to play a lot as most greens are 20-30 yards long so you had to adjust on how far to hit past the pin.

The thing with this course is its cheap and you get what you pay for but its a good place to practice your short game as the longest hole on the course is only 315 yards. I will continue playing here as long as they keep the lights on before dawn and after sunset.
9 Likes.
Played with the Guru's today and had a blast here as always. The staff here is the best part of the course from the girl in the proshop to everyone that you encounter on and off the course. Very friendly people that put you the golfer first which is the only reason I come back and play here.

The course conditions were a mixed bag today. I have seen this course in better shape and hope that thing get a little better.

The Good- Tee's and Greens are the best conditioned parts of the course with good coverage on the tee and a beautiful dark green grass on the Greens which is common for the Bent grass what im told. They really stand out against the dormant rough and Fairways.

The Bad- The fairways were dormant and bare in some spots and you never knew which kind of ground you were gonna get. Either it was hard as a rock or nice and soft and could change in the 3 inches between practice swing and the actual ball strike. Greens were bumpy from the days traffic on them due to the softness of the greens. I think the people that play here either refuse to fix their ball mark because its not their problem or dont know how to fix a ball mark. As the greens were very bumpy and could through your putts offline which is a big problem considering if you miss a putt by a inch or two it could end up in a different zip code.

Maybe order a bunch of plastic divot fixers with the Champions Club logo for 25 cents a piece and give them out with the round.

THE UGLY!- The Sand, there are no doubts that there is a major issue with the sand. Every bunker that I saw had small stones to full size rocks in them! This can really mess up your wedges and should be dealt with asap. After talking to the Head Pro/GM? he said that is one of the priorities for the winter is dealing with the sand. There is also an issue with the lake on 16 which is 50 percent covered in algae which is good for fishing but can come with a stench. The rep also said if they dont do a sulfur burn every other day the algae comes back in days.

IN all I still love playing this course for the challenge i just thing they really need to aerated the fairways and try to soften them up a bit. Ill be back when I need a reminder how bad my golf game can get.

I do apologize if the positives are not much but going from Paiute and Desert Willow does not help and I have to remind myself that this is not a $200 round its a value course that is very scenic
15 Likes.
For my Second round yesterday I went out and played Firecliff because I knew I wouldn't be able to make it to the Guru times. After all of the renovations to the bunkers and tree removal on a few holes the course is Stunning. I had a tee time for 1pm knowing that there is little to no chance finishing on what is a busy course.

I was paired with two Canadians who were visiting for the week and we went off on a 2hr 43min front nine. I was ready to call it due to the round being painfully slow so I started driving to the parking lot where the attended let me know if I wanted I could play the front nine again as there were two employees on the tee. So I joined them and we made it through all 9 holes again so technically I did get in 18 holes.

Conditions were top notch for every aspect of the course. From tee to green there was absolutely nothing that I could pick out that would mark down the ratings for more than a point. The green were a little slow and bumpy for my liking but that is to be expected when 150 golfers had played before you that day. Sand was wonderful and I am glad that they redid them and cut some in half.

Other than sand renovation the did remove a bunch of trees behind the 2nd green so now you can see the lake. Before they were just thick tree's that looked like a jungle. In all the round was very pleasant and I would play again any day, time, or weather.
21 Likes.
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