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I always find it tough to write a review on a golf course that kicked my ass! Seriously! I have been playing fairly well lately, and then I walked onto The Ranches in the West Valley of Salt Lake City. It's a very nice looking track. Very green from the recent spring and early summer rains we have had here in Northern Utah.

I am NOT an expert on turf grass, but I can tell you this... The rough was punishing and extremely hard to extricate myself from! It was like hitting out of a head of lettuce if the ball was sitting down. I don't know if the course was preparing for some sort of local tournament, but the rough was pretty long all the way around the course.

I don't like to use the word too often, but the fairways were immaculate! Perfectly green and lush and just a pleasure to hit the ball off of. Some, not all of the bunkers were a tragedy. A lot of the rocks and aggregate below the surface of the sand was not only peeking out, it was exposed in quite a few places. Took a good chunk out of the bottom of my sand wedge getting out of one of them on the back nine. Not cool!

Now let's talk about the greens. They were faster than Teflon on goose poop. OMG! There were so many putts that ended up 20 feet below the hole that I just barely got rolling from the top edge. Bordering on ridiculous. All of a sudden, three-putts were good scores! And I'm not joking! The clubhouse is nothing to write home about. It's sort of a glorified double wide trailer. The course is very targetey and the greens are very well guarded by bunkers and deep rough. Thank goodness there are a number of tee box selections so you can choose your poison. We played from the silver tees, which is the regular mens white tees at most other courses.

Will I go back? The price on a Sunday with my Utah Golf Association card including the cart was $28. Yes, I think I can suffer through another round at The Ranches! Two thumbs up!
4 Likes.
Located in the mostly industrial section of the west Salt Lake City Valley, The Ridge is an interesting golf course. I don't know the complete history, but I understand that it used to be a nice little 9 hole course, and they expanded it to 18. The design is ok, a little confusing in the layout and you need to pay attention to the signs that direct you to the next tee and green.

The area where is the golf course is located is not the most scenic, that's to be sure! Littered generously with industrial complexes and high tension wires, as long as you don't look outside of the grounds, it's a very nice-looking course. Very few trees and plain vanilla hole designs, but a very very enjoyable place to play a round of golf! This seems to be a course where a good golfer could easily break par. My game sucks, so I was happy to break 90.

Overall the fairways are fairly lush, a little thin in spots, nothing I would call hardpan, but some tight lies, to be sure! 90% of the greens are very nice and very fast, watch out on the downhill putts, you can end up ten feet below the hole just by getting the ball rolling!

The rough is not very long at all, I had some great lies just off the fairway. No complaints there! The clubhouse is nothing to write home about, but the staff is super friendly and I will definitely make this part of my rotation! There are better golf courses in Salt Lake City, but if you need a tune up for your game, you cannot go wrong here!
2 Likes.
The older I get, the more I understand that golf is a social game. My fraternity brother that I had not seen in 35 + years and I put it on the calendar and made it happen. I drove four and a half hours from Salt Lake City, and he drove four and a half hours from Durango, Colorado. The drive is pleasant enough, and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was Redlands Mesa Golf Course in Grand Junction!

I understand they used to charge more during the week, but they recently have lowered their weekday price - $50 per player, including cart and range balls. I understand from various reviews, that Redlands Mesa is the number 1 public golf course in all of Colorado. From my experience, I can now see why.

From tee to green on every hole, all I could think of was how beautiful the setting is, and the condition of the golf course was just short of spectacular. Surrounded by red rocks, the verdant fairways and greens are a beautiful contrast.  Definitely a golf course to take your camera to!

I believe that the golf course is best played from the blue tees, but if you are not a long hitter or if you have problems with your accuracy, its going to be a very long day. Choose your tees wisely and enjoy this incredible course. The greens were as nice as any I have seen, although a couple did have some fungus and also there are invasive grasses that are taking over in a few spots. Other than that, these are some of the best greens I have played in several years.

The fairways are lush and people seem to be religious about fixing their divots, which is a great thing! The rough was long and punitive, but overall the way the course is designed really rewards good shots. Just a beautiful golf experience, all the way around! I plan to go back, as it was certainly worth the drive! The club house, the grounds, the staff, are all reminiscent of some of the best private clubs I have ever played.

Thanks to JohnnyGK for the tip.  The only negatives I can think of are, for someone who is a bit gimpy because of my total hip replacement in 2014, some of the stairways up to the upper tee boxes were very uneven and a little scary to walk. Also, although we were warned, the back nine was infested with deer flies, and those little b*st%rd s bite!
5 Likes.
The final round of our 2015 Reno tournament took us to the wonderful track called Wolf Run Golf Club. If ever there was a course where golfers need to pay attention to the tees they are playing from, this is it! Our final round was a scramble from the blue tees, so I did not have a choice. I did not have a very enjoyable day. But that's because the course is extra tough, very targety and favors the long hitter. For me, from the blue tees, the par 3's were just ridiculously long. But this part of my review should not take anything away from the fact that this is an outstanding golf course from tee number one to the green on number 18.

There are several places where ravine and valleys and creeks and other such things need to be crossed with shots of over 200 yards. I think you hear what I'm saying. This is a golf course for the big boys. At least from the blue tees! The conditions on the Sunday we played were quite excellent. The fairways were in excellent shape and the rough was long enough to be punitive. the greens were fairly fast and downhill putts could run a long way if you are not careful!

One of our members, and probably our best overall golfer in the group, had our groups very first hole in one on a 220 yard Par 3! Yes, you heard me right, a 220 yard Par 3!! We have been playing this tournament together for 22 years now, and we have never had a hole-in-one! I was lucky enough that this happened in my group, so I actually got to see it go in the hole! Pretty exciting! The course was nice enough to present our hole-in-one golfer a very nice flag with the University of Nevada logo on it take as a souvenir to frame.

The beverage cart seemed to be right there when we needed it. It just goes to show you that a group of guys who tip well usually get some pretty awesome service!

Our closing ceremonies for our tournament were at the clubhouse, and the food was really quite good and our waitress was a lot of fun, despite having to put up with 14 crazy guys ordering just about every type of liquor she could get her hands on! All of us enjoyed the course and the atmosphere very much and would not hesitate to go back to Wolf Run next time we are in the Reno Tahoe area!
5 Likes.
The second round of our three day tournament in Reno took us to WildCreek. As we were driving up to the course, we could see bits of it from the road. I understand that my reaction was typical. The reactions from moat of our 14 players seemed to be all about the same. "Are you kidding me? Is this really where we're playing? It looks like a dog track!" Well, in this case first impressions we're not deceiving. Especially having played the wonderful Dayton Valley GC the very day before.

I have been writing my reviews on Greenskeeper.org for almost thirteen years now. I always like to say that I am tough, but I am fair. I don't like to say negative things about golf courses unless they need to be said. With that introduction being said: This is not a very nice golf course.

I can tell that the owners are trying to make some changes. This is obvious because of the number of trucks and other assorted heavy equipment on the course. Couple this with the giant piles of dirt scattered around, there is obviously some serious work going on. This is a good thing. Because some serious work certainly needs to be done!

The grass in the fairways for the most part was very thin. There were many areas marked as ground under repair, but I think that the entire course could have been marked as under repair. The greens were actually serviceable and seem to putt true. I guess that the layout is not bad, it's just that the conditions made playing there not very much fun. From the driving range through the 18th hole, I could see no reason to ever go back.

Back in L.A. ... most of the local munis are better tracks. As a matter of fact...ALL of the local munis are better tracks than this!

I did not partake of the food from the snack shack or the bar area, but others in our group said that the food was quite awful. We might have stuck around and spent a lot of money at the bar, but it seemed like a good idea to just cut our losses and head back for our hotel in Sparks.

There are so many wonderful golf courses in and around the Reno and Lake Tahoe areas, I would not go out of my way to play this course.
6 Likes.
Every year for the past 22 years, a group of us have played in a tournament that has taken us around the world. Scottsdale to Scotland. Santa Barbara to Myrtle Beach. Dallas to Ireland. This year, we returned to Reno Nevada. Our first course this year was Dayton Valley Golf Club. it was a bit of a drive for us from Reno, a little bit over 1 hour to the south. Some people complained about the distance, but once we arrived, I do believe that all complaining stopped.

The staff when we arrived could not have been more gracious and helpful. There were 14 of us, so for some golf courses, this can be a little unwieldy. Not for these guys. We were given our range balls and directions to the range and treated like royalty. We were given some tips about how the greens break and the danger of water on the course, but you really can't describe the course in those terms. I think this course is PGA quality all the way! They advertise that they have been a PGA qualifying site since 1996. I can believe it!

The fairways were lush and bright green, people actually fill their divots here, and the rough was plenty long so that it was a place that you want to stay out of! The greens were firm, and they ran true whether uphill or downhill. Downhill putts were very fast, so you learned quickly to keep the ball below the hole. It's a bit of a targety golf course, and I would dearly love the chance to play it again, because you learn so much the first time out. Just taking out your driver and whacking away is not the way to score at Dayton!

After our rounds the food was great, the accommodations were wonderful both inside and outside of the clubhouse on the patio. If you are planning a tournament in the Reno area, I would really suggest that you contact them. It's a great destination for any golfer. There is plenty to love here!
6 Likes.
I was lucky enough to have played Hobble Creek Golf Course last Sunday morning. I played with my Salt Lake City golf Meetup group and recommend such groups highly if you are a single golfer like myself, looking for a fun round of golf with like-minded people. Is about 1 hour from downtown Salt Lake City.

It is up in the mountains above Springville, which is just south of Provo, Utah, where the campus of BYU is located. Now let me assure you, there are plenty of high-quality golf courses in and around the Salt Lake Valley. I have played a few of them, and for the price that they give to Utah residents, frankly, they cannot be beat. Having seen the photographs of Hobble Creek, I can tell you that I knew it was going to be a special experience.

It is a mountain course, fairways are a little narrow, but most of them are easily played, making sure that you play from the proper color tee box. From the tips, this is all the golf course you could want. There are huge mature trees lining each of the fairways, some interesting dog legs, some interesting uphill and downhill lies to explore. Also tricky little par 3s.

The condition of the fairways after our mild winter and early spring rains were absolutely magnificent. And I don't use that word lightly. What a wonderfully conditioned golf course. The tee-boxes may have been a little unlevel, were not the best I have ever seen condition-wise, but they were certainly serviceable. The greens were actually quite nice, although a little hard for my taste. I could not get a ball to back up to save my soul. 90% of the greens were in excellent condition responded well to both uphill and downhill putts. Pin placement is crucial is the placement of your ball. You really do want to be below the hole if you want to score well! The other 10% of the greenshad a bit of the "fungus-amongus". This might be something to expect when we have had the amount of springtime rains we have had in the recent past. These greens were on the back side, the northern-most part of the golf course, so perhaps that has something to do with it.

Overall, Hobble Creek should be a destination course! It's so beautiful, it was almost like being on a mountain retreat! With the cool breezes blowing and the high mountains on either side, a more picturesque golf course is going to be hard to find! Even though it is one hour from my house, I am going to put this on my regular rotation, it was that nice!
4 Likes.
Truly a beautiful course with all the challenge anyone could ask for with a variety of tee-boxes for all levels of golfers. The Customer Service is outstanding. Great grass driving range. I will give them a pass for the length of the grass on the fairways. It's been raining quite a bit so they will catch up soon. Everything is first rate. Only one complaint. People really do need to pay attention to the tee-box recommendations for handicap levels. Five hours and twenty-five minutes is OK if you have no other place to be... But we waited on every single shot from start to finish while we watched a foursome of hackers search for mi sh-t balls driven from the blue tees. Made for a really long day!!
5 Likes.
The old and venerable Rose Park Golf Course is a staple for early spring golf in Salt Lake City. It is a favorite of senior citizens and other people who like to walk the course because it is so flat. If ever there was an opportunity to use the phrase plain vanilla to describe a golf track, this would be the time. Rose Park reminds me of just about every muni course I have ever played. Sort of like Balboa and Encino in the San Fernando Valley, only with about a quarter of the number of trees! The course is wide open and easy, which is why it is so popular as the snow has melted and the new golf season has opened in Utah! the greens were the best part of the course! They were firm and quite fast! The fairways were a little thin in places, and overall the turf grass was spotty at best. But this is to be expected, because it's just the middle of April, and not too long ago, this little golf course was covered in snow! This made for some very tight lies, and there were certain shots I would rather have hit from the not too long rough! most every hole is straight with wide fairways, with a few doglegs which give the course some flavor. The back nine goes up into the hills just a bit, so the terrain varies more there than on the very flat front side. I remember looking at the Salt Lake City Golf Course website and checking out photographs of Rose Park. I kept shaking my head and wondering where the beautiful pictures on the website were taken. The website photos show many large mature trees lining verdant fairways and it looks like a very mature golf course. When you actually play it, the trees are sparse and really don't come into play unless you hit a particularly lousy shot! The prices outstanding for Utah residents! The little cafe inside is wonderful and serves great breakfast! The pro shop is staffed with really nice guys and they have a lot of equipment and other goodies. But it is easy to get put off by the bars on the windows and doors, which remind you that this part of Salt Lake City is not exactly Beverly Hills! All that said, I give it the Cheeseburger thumbs up, and I will be back, probably next week!
5 Likes.
Having lived out of the country for several years, this was the first time I had played in American golf course in a long long time! the last time I played Dos Lagos, may have been the first week or two they were open. It's come a long long way since then! Back in the day, all they had was a trailer and no club house. Definitely a step up from the old days. the course itself was in OK shape, nothing spectacular, the greens were quite nice and very fast, and they got faster throughout the day. very few thin spots, but the fairways were not as lush as I might like them. The rough was long and uneven, not overly punitive, but this is the type of course you want to put the ball down the middle. the pace of play was good, and the value for the money was quite good, so I think I'll be back. Not living in Southern California anymore, I live in Utah, but my friends like this course so, yes I will be back!
6 Likes.
Hello, everybody! I have returned from my four years in India and I'm back in the U.S.A. and I am ready to do some serious reviewing here on Greenskeeper.org. I am now living in Utah, so most of my reviews will be for courses in and around the Salt Lake City area. There are a ton of wonderful tracks in the area, and from what I can tell ... the prices are substantially lower than Nevada, California or Arizona!

Today I played in a charity tournament with one of the local car dealers. The round was at Stonebridge GC ... Out on the west side of town, about a 15-minute drive from just about anywhere in the valley. The place has a country club feel about it from the minute you drive in to the parking lot. A beautiful clubhouse...a nice restaurant (far more than just a snack window!) called "The 28th Hole" as Stonebridge has three nines! We played Sunrise and Creekside for today's outing.

The three nines are laid out strangely. There's not one nine here, and one nine over there and the other nine is over there... They sort of intertwine and intermingle all over the property. Thank your lucky stars that the club has made sure that the course is well-signed or you could really get yourself lost out there. I noticed that they have a rate for walkers...but with the exception of Anaheim Hills in Southern California...I don't think I have ever seen a course more "un-walkable"!! I lost track but I believe we used tunnels under red-stone bridges (that's how Stonebridge got its name) five or six times. There's a lot of land out there...and you cover a lot of it no matter which two nines you play!

The course conditions: I have to begin by saying that I must give the fairways here a "perfect" or "immaculate" rating. We have had a fair amount of rain in the last 2-3 weeks and the grass is as green and as lush as any I have seen in my 40+ years of playing golf and certainly my 10+ years as a GK'er. Mowed to perfection, every lie a beautiful lie. I just wish that there were more flat lies!! I don't think I've played a round where I had more uphill, downhill or hanging lies in my life!!! The course is NOT flat and uninteresting.

Quite to the contrary. Stonebridge is a challenging course no matter who you are...a beginner or a PGA pro. From the tips I can tell you that I would not have very much fun. This was my first round since I had hip-replacement surgery in February. I struggled. Keeping your ball on those immaculate fairways is essential if you are going to score well here. Lots of rough, narrow landing-areas, many holes have water-hazards and/or huge waste bunkers. There ARE some good driving holes...but not that many. This course is "target-y" ... had today not been a scramble tourney I would have played from the white-tees and hit a lot of three-woods and hybrids as my tee-shot.

The greens were also almost perfect. The only reason I don't give them the Cheeseburger "immaculate" rating is because I couldn't figure them out. Super fast downhill ... very slow uphill ... although I don't believe that they are Bermuda..there is certainly some grain to contend with. The breaks are fairly easy to read... the ball seems to break to the nearest water...the only times that it's difficult is when you have water in both sides of the green. As I said...there are a LOT of water-hazards out there!

This gem is definitely on my "go back" list...but there seem to be a whole treasure-chest full of gems in the SLC area. I hope to have at least a weekly review before the snow flies and closes everything down in late October/early November. It's good to be back on Greenskeeper.org !!
4 Likes.
Before I moved out of the country, we had a tradition of going to Victorville on Father's Day weekend for the Huck Finn Jubille bluegrass festival at Mojave Narrows. In conjunction with this, we play in our own little four-ball tournament we like to call "The High Desert Classic". Been doing this for years. I planned my home-visit this year around this annual event...so imagine my disappointment whne we played at 07:40 A.M. on Saturday the 16th of June - and had to walk off the course and demand our money back after the front-nine holes TOOK US THREE HOURS AND FIFTEEN MINUTES!!! I shoulda known there was going to be trouble when I missed the parking lot driveway an hour before our tee-time and noticed that there was a fivesome on the third-tee which I could see from the road as I turned around. More trouble awaited when it took the girl behind the counter 15 minutes to check the group ahead of us in. When the group in front of us tee'd-off and only had two-sets of clubs for the three of them - - I should have immediately called the marshal - but - I have never called a marshal before my first tee-shot. We complained after the third hole - and to his credit - the marshal responded and told them to "pick it up". They pulled-aside and let us play through on a par-four (even they had to admit that they were holding everybody up!) - - we then saw the marshal doing the right thing and giving the one guy a set of rental clubs!! It backed-up again on a par-three...there was a three-group back-up. This wnet on for three full hours. When we went to cross the street to the 10th hole - there were four groups waiting to tee-off. Enough is enough! We went into the pro-shop and demanded out $$$ back. They resisted at first - but then - the marshal who had been out there and seen our dilemma first-hand told the counter-girl to give us full refunds. There is no excuse for this!! How was the course? I don't remember and I don't care. It was three-hours and fifteen-minutes of nine-holes of pure torture. The bluegrass music at the festival was great, as usual - but the tradition of the High Desert Classic ended this year! Shameful!

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