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Played 4/15/18 6:37am 1st out. refer to leef2020 review from Feb agree with that review. Greens poa and had been aerated 3/19 and were fully healed and rolling true medium range very good condition as was the rest of the course. Well kept only weeds on the edges where you don't want to be anyway. Bunkers are dirt colored sand and play ok better than they appear visually. Fairways tight and groomed. Tee boxes good.

Interesting course with the elevation changes and the undulating greens which seem to be a Johnny Miller design concept. The "island green" 14th is a large island and a huge green with many of the humps and bumps I refer to. More like three greens in one.

Fun to play good time. Maybe a tick more interesting than it's neighbor Chardonnay GC.
The golf staff was great.

The 19th hole was sadly not. The view from the restaurant was spectacular and we sat at a prime table at the window but after waiting and watching other tables get attention more than once we gave the waiter two more minutes to acknowledge us. Nothing, so we left and spent our lunch money elsewhere. No beverage cart out but too early and too few players for it to be feasible.
6 Likes.
Played 4/7/18 3yrs since a review so I will provide update. Conditions were lift clean and place everywhere for a NCGA weekend net tour event due to two days of heavy rain stopping just in time for 7am tee times but the course was drenched many areas of casual water and bunkers with standing water. A creek fronting 5th hole was up 8ft from normal running swift. Ponds (large puddles) behind green where normally grass bowl area. Rough wet and a bit thick and sticky.
The weather improved throughout and no umbrella necessary sunglasses on the last few holes. High 50's to 65 dergrees
To appreciate Haggin Oaks one should consider the architect Allister Mackenzie and his design at this classic course. The greens were good and held well being very moist but drained well and were very playable without any puddling or muddy areas of concern.
Worth a look depending on time of year and $ green fee. Good value can be found here and fun to play for the higher handicap.
Great staff on and off course great selection in the 19th hole F&B. And the golf super shop with everything available to demo for free on the excellent driving range. Automated ball tees at many stations.
12 Likes.
Played 2pm 3/31/18 got out early and played in 4:15 but it felt a bit slower as a twosome. Front good pace slowed on the back 9 on a perfect weather for golf afternoon. Had the "masters" special booked on the website $29 w/cart beer and hot dog we enjoyed making the turn.
Conditions: greens slower than normal and my last review in Feb. Not scary to be above the hole like they can be. A couple blotchy but ok smooth coming back poa annua. warmer temps (80's sunny this week and plenty of rain B4) the grass is greening up & growing fast and thick. US open style rough that had been cut but ankle plus deep made it penal to get in it. Fairways your friend this day for sure. Tees ok and bunkers ok but could use dragging. Just too much growth everywhere with warm for the keepers to stay up with the grass length I think. Should get better soon. Deep rough did help errant shots stay out of trees but it took some looking to find it and a hack to get it back in play.

Great service from attentive staff from golf shop to 19th hole and Bev cart out and saw it three times.
6 Likes.
Played 3/22/2018 on a day a recreational round would be cancelled. Writing this review so GK readers have a 2018 review to reference.
NCGA Pub-links qualifier was the occasion and signing up a month prior; the stipulation "inclement weather does not cancel the competition."
Rain, Lt Rain, mist, and sun. Temps 57-60-53 range. Winds 10-20 mph with gusts to 30. Warm up rain jacket was soaked before heading to #1 changed out of that. Rain gear most all day, two holes the sun came out then bigger wind, colder, more light rain most of the 2nd 9. (zinfandel)
The NCGA check-in popup tent was blown from its stakes on the first hole. My first putt into the back hole location (bowl) on #1 Chardonnay side the water level was above the lip of the hole. From there conditions of the course improved.
Poppy Ridge has three 9's that intertwine along in this valley and a top the rolling hills of the course around farm land / vineyards that don't come into play golfing.
Played the ball down and didn't get a mudder but ball was dirty of course. Bunkers had some standing water and occasional casual water through the green.
A challenging day weather wise and two of our foursome decided to not start the event. As a twosome we were last group out and the round was 4 1/2 hours.
A fun track and good choice when in the Livermore area. Second time visiting and was looking forward to it and despite weather made the best of it and enjoyed the challenge.
Will definitely be back soon and will update review with hopefully more genuine playing conditions soon.
Staff and facility are great.
9 Likes.
Played 3/18/2018 competing in the weekend net tour NCGA event. Driving range closed due to rain days prior and carts restricted to path only.
Greens rolled true and overall course in good shape for the time of year and as expected for a course in this price range $$$. Rough wet and a bit thick off on the preferred direction but playable most circumstances closer to fairway. Played the ball down and did not get any unfair lies.
Interesting design and fun to play.
Staff excellent and attentive in all aspects from check-in to 19th hole. Recommend the local IPA on draft.
Another venue that will only improve with the spring upon us.
9 Likes.
Played 3/17 Pm round cool and cloudy cart path only 3" of rain 3 days prior. Course played ok with the expected conditions. Possibly a little more winter dormancy than my last review. St Patty's day so good to get out and swing the sticks.
Seems the wind came through and knocked a few large trees down all around the course. on the edges of some holes not in play but definitely a chore for the crew to clean up. The ones on the south side of 15 most noticeable.
Course should come around and be fine with better weather and the greens heal.
Keep it in mind when in the NE Sacramento area.
11 Likes.
3/11/18 Had a 6:30am tee time (daylight savings change) moved that to 7:18 still first out as a twosome. $35 with cart special as greens had been aerated on 3/5. Overall conditions as expected for the Sac county course. Rough ok but patchy not hard to play out of. Fairways decent. Tee boxes ok. Not a high slope rating from any tee.

Temp 44 start a bit foggy as forecasted. After 3 holes the fog was burning off and appeared it would clear with the rising sun. But it came back on the 8th hole it dropped thickly to ground level. Holes 8-11 were tough to see the greens or fairways but onward through it we continued. It cleared completely on 13 perfect weather rest of day.

Hadn't played here in a year or so and trying to play by braille was not easy for the fog holes. Cherry Island has a few interesting hole designs and routing. Par 37 front (3 par 5's) 35 back (3 Par 3's)

Good driving range. Large practice putting green. Pro shop well stocked inventory. Staff great and friendly.
8 Likes.
Played 3/9/18 10:18 for best price on their website. Just under 4 hours as threesome on front back as two. The 5-some(? Friday) in front of us letting us through on the 10th. Didn't move up through any more groups of 4 but it felt better pace on back. Walkable course and great layout.

Greens had been punched (3/5) rolling bumpy and slow as expected. Overall the fairways are fine the rough patchy in spots. Drains well, rolling decent. Tee boxes mostly level but not lush. Some being reseeded for spring.
8 Likes.
3/5 2Pm played the Sierra Pines - 9 holer Perfect weather 58 and sunny light breeze. $7 GolfNow hot deal with booking fees of $6.98 = $20.98 for two playing a nine hole tiebreaker match play event.
With a deal like that it can't go wrong. The course which I have not played for 10+ years is very good condition part of a 55+ community.
Easy walking and excellent conditions throughout. A bit of softness here and there as we had three inches of rain week prior.
Staff great. Small clubhouse appeared tidy.
Highly recommend to check it out.
10 Likes.
6:55am 3/4 Very playable and similar to my last reviews in January. Big storm last week 3+ inches of rain Thu-Sat. Cart path only and conditions as expected. Some soggy spots some bunkers muddy (but all machine worked) Greens freshly rolled and on the speedy side held well.
One comment on pin placement #6 (short par 4) unfair? Chip shot rolled by 2" high side downhill to 15ft. Putt lipped out spun back to 4 ft. Next putt missed high side stopped behind hole for instant at 3" rolled back past cup to 3 ft. Made that one in the heart. Yikes welcome to the Ridge... Challenging green complexes here for sure. Like 'em.
Bev cart met us on 18th green next group was 5 plus holes back. food / draft selection good in 19th hole.
3.5 hours because we took our time. 37 degree start 47 finish mostly sunny light breeze.
10 Likes.
Played 2/25 1:06pm $29 w cart green fee. two hour morning frost delay cleared so we teed off ontime. Course in winter condition in fairways and rough. some dormant areas but could play the ball down fairly all day everywhere which was our goal as it was a match play NCGA game for a couple higher indexes (21+) Course is part of Sun City 55+ community with 36 holes available.
Tee boxes a bit beat up and unlevel. (whites) Bunkers not well kept lack of racking and a machine drag would help but ok if you avoided footprints. fine white sand.
Greens good shape but on the slow side. You could hit putts aggressively uphill downhill were not scary fast.
Staff were all good. Did not try the 19th hole but in the past it's better than average food. Beverage cart once on front once on back. Coors light pint bottle reasonable at $4.50
Match finished 18 all square, coin flip result was play another match before 4/1 rather than sudden death playoff. Good day 57 degrees light breeze second round this year in shorts.
15 Likes.
Played 2/18/18 Following a single second out as a double (3.0 hr round) 6:35am just light enough to see. warmer than expected 50 degree start 56 finish partly cloudy breezy 10-15 mph. The signature namesake of the course (turkeys) rousing out of the trees to the fairway on the first hole and abundant around the course during round.

Being the dry winter the superintendent can control the water requirements so good conditions with roll out on drives and greens holding decently. Grass in winter dormancy so brown and green in fairways, rough tee boxes. Good conditions that will get better when dormant grass activates. Bunkers good the two I found.
Overall you could play it down and get good lies 95% of time. Greens were not mowed but med/fast with enough dew to just see the Greens keepers tracks and how your approach tracked out. Dry by 13th hole.

Fun fast day and as with Turkey Creek its about the 18th hole. Tough finishing hole with water left and carry over quarry on second shot if you bail right. Got a bogey for a decent 94 (21.6 index)

No houses around the course as it has been since it opened but site prep in progress and visible on some holes now. A course in the valley oaks and fun to play.
11 Likes.
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