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I'm down in the OC over the weekends and decided to finally hit up Tustin Ranch, $85 senior rate (and great B-day special: golf, balls, and breakfast or lunch - FREE!). Played with a couple hi hcp Buds so we did the white tees: short par 5's, many short to mid length par 4's, and mid length par 3's. Most holes are straight, right there in front of you ... it's a flat course with slight rolling hills, mounding, strategic bunkers, and several H2O hazards (easily walkable). Nicely landscaped surrounded by newer homes with tree-lined fairways, it definitely is the prototype hi-end OC golf facility, with lots going on in the afternoon.

Playing the course: I'm sure all the rain helped the fairways which were Bermuda with a bit of Kikuyu along the edges, thrown in for good measure. Some areas in the low lying rough marked GUR, a few holes (besides par 3's) were CPO and you gotta keep an eye on the detailed, touch-screen GPS to know that. Nice carts, semi-bucket seats ... comfy.

Greens rolled very nice at medium-fast pace, held most well struck irons, and are still just a bit sandy from aeration a couple weeks ago. Sand in bunkers was that white, very fine stuff ... well maintained and easy to play from. We got around in 4.5 hrs with short waits on most tee boxes.

Overall, a great experience at T-Ranch and I'm definitely planning to return to play from the back tees. Pricey, for sure, so a deal must be made to make it worthwhile.
Wanted to stay south of the Atmospheric Rivers crossing southern California so booked a Sunday mid-morning time at San Clemente, $44 walking rate. Super nice guy in the Pro Shop tossed us a range ball token to warm up, in fact, the entire staff I encountered were courteous and engaging. Stayed dry all day, actually, the course was remarkably very playable albeit an incredible amount of debris from the recent winds and rains which scattered the course. No casual water but a few semi-muddy areas to avoid. The Kikuyu is as green as I've ever seen Kikuyu and after the mowers get a chance to come out and give the fairways and rough a trim, will be outstanding to play from.

Greens looked a bit scruffy with various grass types, but actually rolled decent at medium pace. Relatively flat but very tricky to read if you do not play here as everything breaks to the Pacific ... we got fooled several times even with little 2 ft putts. Bunkers were not maintained and some had very wet sand at the bottom.

Interesting layout with some nice views of the ocean ... and a constant buzz from the nearby 5 freeway. Most of the front is flat (1-6) and traditional muni stuff but the back (12-18) winds up the hills thru the SC 'hood and can be a challenge if you're not familiar with the layout ... walkable but some steep elevations to negotiate. We were paired with a couple teenagers who helped us out and restored my faith in the next generation ... good kids. Would like to come back sometime after the greens get cut and the course gets cleaned up.

Add: PoP was 4.5 hrs following a 5-some of riders (CPO) attempting to play golf. Otherwise, it would have been a 4 hr round.
Played the Ike today in a club tourney, C-note entry. Course extremely green and a bit soggy in some areas, but tee-to-green very full and what we would expect of IH. Greens were in great shape, bunkers were perfect sand although thin in some spots. Rough deep and a challenge to play out of, so stay in the short stuff or else. Played CPO so PoP was over 5 hrs. Qualifier tomorrow for the Genesis so it should be a good challenge for the guys trying to get in.

Time to get out and play this course, it's back to where it should be as a high-end public venue.
Sunday was Summer-like weather less than a week after very cool and wet stuff … bizarre. Anyway, decided to play CM/Los Logos with some buds for $48 walking. The course has many muddy areas which have mostly dried out and many of those areas have deep tire ruts from careless cart drivers … amazing that these guys cannot see the mud pit in front of them and run right through it. Now, the crew needs to ‘flatten’ the turf and give it a mow, then all will be fine with the fairways and rough ... at least until the next rainstorm. The greens, however, have other issues … they’re hard as linoleum. Well struck approach shots bounced like trampolines, seriously. Hard to find your ball mark, and when you did and then go to fix it you can barely get your repair tool into the turf, no kidding. Made chipping difficult, too, as many balls would just bound forward. Putting was okay: fast but at least it was semi-predictable. Could be early aeration here if future rain cannot remedy the problem.

Expectedly, real slow PoP today with an 11:30 tee time, slow front – fast back, got around in 5 hours. Bunkers were a bit unkempt with footprints and debris. Rough was deep as the maintenance crew seemed to be waiting for the course to dry out before mowing those areas and I'm sure that contributed to the slow play. They are going to be busy this week, for sure, as there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to get this muni back into shape.

I'm going to pass on rating the course until the crew can get out there. Otherwise, I'd rate it like leef2020, real low.
Looking for some dry conditions so I played Los Verdes today as this course drains better than any other I can think of. 7:20 ended up being 7:35 cuz the starter decided to let a couple groups out ahead of us. PoP was 4:40! I don't know how 24hrgolf gets in 3.5 hr rounds here ... he must tee off in the first few groups. Our group had a beginner which got us a hole behind, the group behind us was more like 1 and a half behind us, so I kinda see how it goes here. Throw in walking 5 somes and AmerGolf ... ta-duh!

Anyway, conditions are good in the fairways but it's only the fairways. Anywhere else gets ugly and uglier the farther away you go. Wire grass gets worse each time I visit. Greens are consistently good Poa, though, so they got that going for them. And the views are unmatched, especially for $30 walking.

Worth an occasional visit now, even though I used to play here every week.
Played SJH on Sunday with a 11:12 tee time, $52 w.cart. Got around in 4:40 with more waiting on the front than the back. Found the course in decent shape considering the amount of rain, some soggy areas and puddling but nothing too serious and we did play L,C,&P and, wisely, it was CPO the entire course.

The Poa greens were the strong point today as most were very soft and spike marks were evident, but several were like perfect and rolled true at medium speed. Fairways the usual tight, matted stuff but with winter rules I had good lies all day. GS bunkers well taken care of but some of the FW bunkers were thrashed. Rough a bit long for SJH standards but easily playable.

Nice course for an occasional round, some back nine hole layouts are tight and challenging, so that's always fun. Great 19th hole.
Back to the Creek on Sunday, got a deal thru a bud, $50 with a noon tee time. Slow-ish front (CPO) behind four guys who graciously let us play thru on the back for a 4 hr PoP (back was open to carts).

The course: I don't know why, but the GK'er here likes to let the fairways grow out to 1" and it's like hitting out of the rough. The rough is 2-3" (or longer) and you better spot your ball real good or you will not find it unless you're standing right over it. Otherwise, the rain has allowed full coverage tee to green except a few muddy areas which may not fully fill in. It was really a beautiful back nine setting out here with no homes ... and today was an exceptionally clear and warm winter day. Really, somewhat spectacular.

Greens are soft, there were lot's of spike marks but they rolled semi-true at slow/medium speed. Bunkers I visited were in decent shape, just damp and heavy.

I'd suggest to wait until the current storm passes by and maybe call the pro shop to find out when they cut the fairways before you book a round here. Nothing worse then driving up, seeing the course and thinking how gorgeous it is, and then bomb one down the middle only to play from something similar to the rough (absolutely no roll out). Unless you don't mind playing L,C,&P thru the green.

BTW: nutted a 3-metal from 220 on #3 (1 hcp hole) for the first eagle of 2017. Kinda nice way to start off a round after birdies on 1 and 2 (seriously!). Finished 4 over :-( Where was that when I played B-side yesterday?
Had an 8:30 match at #1 on Saturday, fought some early sprinkles as the latest storm moved out of the basin, and got around in 4:40 (CPO) for $40 walking (member rates, I'm guessing, since we had a practice with the Brookies).

Always like the old school layout here, mostly wide fairways lined with mature trees which narrow those fairways big time. Also, various H2O hazards to contend with and lots o' bunkers. Like Johnny mentioned, long and short par 4's dominate this course, and from the blues on a wet day, it played looong.

Greens were super soft but rolled quick. A few pin locations were marginally fair, above the hole was not the place to be. Lotrgolfer mentioned the sparse fairway cover, especially near the Bowl, which needs some TLC to get back to full.

Agree, nice to visit once in a while but a bit of a hassle to get to unless you are local. Still, I hear it gets pretty crowded here so beware.
Last day of Holiday rates so I went low budget at the 'Wood, $40 walking. Name on the list (single) at 6:55AM and teed off at 7:20AM. PoP - 2:25 front and 2:10 back = 4:35. No rain this morning but it looked like it was going to. Carts were allowed on course which was a mistake as too many golfers are apparently clueless when trying to determine where to drive, making it a bit messy. But played LC&P so no harm ... never had a bad lie :-)

Greens were great: super soft but rolling true. Found a couple GS bunkers which had excellent sand to play from and were well conditioned. T-boxes a bit wet and muddy.

Geese and coots along with their droppings anywhere there was a lake ... and then some. Not much else to add as it's pretty basic golf with some longer par 3's and with the wet fairways, the course is playing longer than normal. Play early to avoid the long rounds that this course is notorious for.
My golf bud booked his b'day round for this morning at T-Creek and after reading the previous review I was prepared for the worse. Actually found the course in decent shape in between rain storms ... they only let you on the front side during inclement weather so they don't have to fish out drowned golfers from the creek if it flashes. It's CPO and we played LC&P, and they charged us $35 to play nine (or $65 to play the front twice). I walked and with not many players out today, we got around 9 in about 1.5 hrs. Greens rolled very nice even as wet as they were, some speed variation to adjust to due to the moisture. Fairways were green and full as was the rough, so it looks like the rains have improved the conditions in the past month. Bunkers had standing water.

Get the sun to dry this place out a bit and mow the fairways ... I re-upped my Creek Card and hope to get back here soon to play the back nine.
Played a slow round of golf on 12/23 at Coyote Hills, CPO. Lots of muddy areas to navigate but the course drained well after the rain on Wednesday and we beat the downpour which came later in the evening. The man-made creeks and ponds were teaming with H2O.

We played lift, clean, and place which gave us good lies on the matted Bermuda. Greens and bunkers were actually in very good condition today. Course is a short par 70 with some narrow, quirky holes and fairway bunkers as its defense. Long hitters would probably not like this course unless they are very accurate off the tee, as the layout would take the driver out of their hands on most holes. Lot's of hills so walking would be a chore.

Great senior (60+) deal during the mid-week: $50 include breakfast/lunch, a drink, and range balls (range closed today, too muddy) that can't be beat. Great food and service, a quality facility with a private feel. I'll come back again for sure.
Gratis round via Golfzing at Skylinks 12/22. Arrived early, found it drizzling and very few brave soles going out. I had all my battle gear on, lived under the umbrella, and braved it with another single, off at 7:30. Sloshed thru the front side well under 2 hours after a slow 2-some bailed after 6 holes. Played the back solo (the other guy was not wearing rain pants, big mistake), luckily, not a drop fell after #12. Finished in 4 hrs which included a 15 minute bagel/coffee break between nines.

The entire course was casual water but with the mounds and uneven fairways, it was not difficult finding some semi-dry turf to play from. Well thought out drainage system here, unlike El Dorado which turns into a giant pond when it rains. Greens were not puddling, thank goodness, and rolled very well which helped to keep me going. [Funny: I heard what I thought was heavy lightning right behind me ... turned and saw a 50 ft. tree uprooting and crashing to the ground. Anyone under that bad boy would have been pancaked.]

Skylinks is not a difficult course with parallel fairways and spaced trees, so even errant tee balls are still 'in play'. A scorer's paradise.

Consider using Golfzing to get zing points when booking. You can even book as a 'walker' which you can't do using GolfNow. Bad side is course selection is narrow.
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