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As noted in other reviews, this is a top notch Monterey Peninsula Golf course. It's in the Carmel Valley so the weather is a bit warmer than some of the peninsula fogged in courses. Course is a resort style course that plays a bit easier than your average top tier course. The greens while rolling smooth and fast, are fairly flat. Either I was driving really well or the fairways were pretty wide open. There are a number of fairway bunkers to offer challenges though. The challenge in the course comes from the first three par 3's. They average 190 yards from orange tees (what most courses consider the blue tee's).

Speaking of bunkers, I didn't land in one until 11 hole of the second day. What a treat!!! I almost wished I had been in more bunkers. They are every bit as good as the bunkers at Pebble.

Staff friendliness is absolutely the best, bar none. The entire staff is over the top superb.

Only complaint is that there was no beverage cart either day. I get the Thursday afternoon but no cart during primetime Friday play?

overall, it's a great course that I'm already booked to play three more times in April.
11 Likes.
Dragonfly is a go to course in the Fresno area. Carts have GPS and the course is always in great shape. Course offers great challenges with water on a 1/2 dozen or so holes, well placed fairway bunkers and some risk/reward options (a la Pete Dye courses). Yet the fairways landing zones are fairly wide so that the average player can enjoy his/her round.

Greens roll fast and smooth with most being moderately sloped. A couple do have some big elevation changes.

Apparently this course used to be called Riverbend. If you get out in the next few weeks or so, you'll see why! The river is at it's fullest right now and boarders the edge of a few fairways. The full flowing river provides and extra delight to the beauty of this course.

It's a definite must play when in the Fresno/Madera area.
10 Likes.
First the technical aspects of playing Pebble Beach. The course is in fantastic shape tee to green as expected. Greens are small but very manageable. In my opinion they are much easier than Blackhorse & Bayonet down the road. Of course having a caddie give you spot on reads helps. Course is a must walk in my book. That gives you time to enjoy the plentiful views. Speaking of time... It's going to be a 5 hour round. Just accept that. You just paid five bills so why would you want to rush it. Having said that the caddies do a good job keeping players moving along.

The course layout combined with the ocean views is just absolutely surreal. You are right on the waters edge on 6-8 holes and have views of the ocean on another 5-6 holes.

We had no issues with staff. All were professional and polite

If I had one complaint it would be lack of bathrooms.

I'm already making plans to play it again in the summer!
12 Likes.
Great course all around. Don't let the beauty of this course fool you into thinking it's easy. Play the appropriate tee's and soak in a magnificent track. Several water features throughout the course add to both the beauty and the challenge. As great as the course is, it pales in comparison to the level of service provided by the staff!
13 Likes.
Greens have been recently aerated so they are rolling slower than usual, but are still smooth and challenging. There are A LOT of fairway bunkers that make the course even more challenging. In addition to the fairway bunkers there are numerous wasteland dirt areas that run throughout the fairways. Current conditions are cart path only so I would suggest walking the course to soak in the great views of the forest and peaks of the ocean.

Overall it is a great track with friendly service.
10 Likes.
Greens are closed for major repair. They are using mowed circles in front of the greens for makeshift "putting greens on all holes". They are scheduled to open up the regular greens next weekend but looking at the greens they are in very poor shape. Not sure what happened. I played here a few time in the spring and once in the summer and all was well. However, right now save your money and play elsewhere. Also greens keeper needs to report Madera as major (red) repair
11 Likes.
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