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9/9/18 = 9+9=18 Played 7:40 twosome following twosome and so on. Their earliest time is 7:30 to let the maintenance crew prep the course. That leaves a few early times and possible additional revenue loss but I don't manage or own just playing and saying.

Course conditions all around good. The greens had been light punched with small hole wide space tines in the last week and were a bit bumpy and slow. But if that is all the fall service schedule requires the greens should heal and be good to go in 5-7 days. The bunkers are finally playable and consistent on all holes. I was in a few hard packed machined darker sand/soil some impediments but an overall improvement from a few years of sketchy bunkers (some were GUR I think due to costs not the former excellent superintendent's efforts) I wonder if a topping of real bunker sand would make them excellent now? I don't know but machined and playable condition now.
Some tee boxes a bit shaggy and unlevel but I don't want to be over critical and the price point is not the upper elite green fee so in line with what I expect.
Overall great design and experience. A few more houses keep popping up around the perimeter, but still has the nature feel.
Woodpeckers, Hawks, mountain jays, buzzards, turkey, squirrel, deer spotted today.
Chipped in on the last two holes and took my opponent by two strokes so the lightly punched greens did not effect my last two holes. My buddy missing a 12" birdie putt on 12? Not 'cuz of the greens either. He made the par come backer!
Fun to play. Recommended.
5 Likes.
Played 8/25 in an event (NCGA WNT) Conditions very good all around as the usual at this Troon run facility.
One of the really nice courses in NorCal available to the daily fee player. They really go out of the way to make you feel like a member for a day. All course conditions above par.
The weather wasn't too hot for late August and a cool face towel provided at the end was a nice way to refresh, enjoy a draft and the view from the patio overlooking course. The tee shot on #1 is memorable top of a hill to the fairway below.
Always consistent conditions as I have played here annually or more for four years.
Never disapointed
7 Likes.
Played 8/17 7:20 first out. Cool and crisp 47 degrees. Course in good/great shape most everywhere. The front 9 (newer) goes out along the Martis Valley with the Truckee airport to the east and ski area to the west. Sun came up quickly and warmed up and dried out the dew on the fairways. Rough not to deep but was enough to make fairways desirable location. Back 9 (older) is more target golf up through the trees towards the ski area. Course is over 60 years old.

Greens excellent shape as most fairways. Summer conditions with maybe a touch too much water in areas that don't drain away well. Not a complaint just keeping fairways nice and green.

Played the recommended tees for our handicap and had a great morning. Very playable the staff was great. One item of note was signs in parking lot and entry to course stating alcohol policy strictly enforced. No beverage cart out for the back 9 but I was offered a bloody mary at the bar just after 7am.

A lot of choices for golf in Truckee area this one is nice and priced in line with what you get and the quality of the competition in Tahoe. Meaning you can pay more and get more. Depends on the budget. Fun course great weather.
8 Likes.
Played 7 Am first out on Thursday 8/16. Same comments as last review. They had sprinklers running on first fairway so we waited a few minutes. Cool morning start just what we wanted and skies clear smoke from wildfires gone too. The greens had some type of fertilizer on them and the mower left a few dabs of foam on the greens maybe one or two spots that were a little larger than the ball not a factor putting just an illusion on par 3 once.
Conditions tee to green excellent. Greens holding med/fast and true. All that you'd expect of a course with this rack price green fees. $180 We played with a golf moose voucher so enjoyed the savings.
If you want to play Tahoe golf in prime conditions Coyote won't disappoint you right now.
The severe downhill 13th hole par 3 and the short par 4 dog left 14th ; need to pay attention to elevation and distances if playing the first time.
8 Likes.
Played 7/29 mid morning 65 degrees at 8am start low 90's finish (4 3/4) tournament NCGA WNT event.
Score crossed over and then exceeded the temperature somewhere on the back 9 if graphed.
Was looking forward to playing this course for awhile and finally able to do so. If I had used my golf moose deal for a practice round prior to Sundays, I may have save some strokes.
The practice range is a long drive from proshop and the first tee is a bit of a drive in the opposite direction. I'd say that adds 5 minutes travel time driving range to 1st tee.
Agree with previous reviews as to conditions of the bunkers sand is very good. Most balls rolled to bottom one up to the edge did fried egg but not me!
Greens very nice rolling medium then faster as they dried out. Marine layer early kept them moist for 1/3 of round. Held well not deep or large ball marks made when balls landed on.
Fairways in great shape rough not overly long and playable.
Layout is challenging and comparing to Poppy Ridge over the next foothills the design is tougher. Much more elevation changes and not walking friendly unless in great shape. Some holes you need to pay attention to the layout and the GPS provided does a good job of that.
Fun day recommend you give it a try when in Livermore area.
9 Likes.
7/8 usual early out. A nice email special rate and the beer was cold in the 19th hole after before it got too hot here in Nor Cal. (100 degree high temp day) .
Course conditions improving as summer rolls in. Greens rolling good. Mowed early then took on some dew or light watering so not as fast early as they would be later in day. Save strokes staying below the hole for sure. Some big breaks and undulations on the classic greens. The small Chestnut distance tee box on 11 a bit unlevel but a minor annoyance.
A big buck in velvet with doe came out of thicket left side of 17th hole. Good day in the Auburn foothills.
7 Likes.
Played early 7/4. Golf moose (link thru GK to purchase) special for two. 3rd out as a 2-some following 2 others. Conditions are summer peak for the Nor Cal foothills. Everything is in good shape now.
Greens held some overnight moisture but were fresh cut and rolling true med/med fast. Holding iron shots struck well. Later in day I'm sure they dried out to med fast.
Being a mid week holiday it was busier than usual Wednesday tee sheet I'm sure. We were moving right along front 9 made turn and a 4-some is putting on 10th green. We decide to get a beverage (couldn't it was closed?) and before we get back tee another 4 some teeing off. We skip 10th hole drive thru par 5 11th and two other 4 somes get back to our "spot" on 12th tee par 3. Play through to 16 (par4) play this hole twice and par 3 17th twice to get our "18 holes"
Asking the pro about this policy when we made the turn and found the inside restaurant closed. Staff stated "it's busy, you'll play faster on back 9." ??? following three 4-somes as a 2-some?
We worked it out ourselves but this is NOT the normal at the Ridge. I like to play so much.
HAPPY JULY 4TH GLAD I had the FREEDOM to play golf today.
6 Likes.
Played 6/30 with a mid Am tee time on a Hot valley day. (101+) Course location is in Madera (outskirts) along a river basin. River not in play but a few a holes (6?) with water hazards. The 16th did in my back 9 score with two in the aqua and another in the weeds. Only a 150yd shot to the back pin.
Conditions consistent with the previous reviews. Greens rolling good overall conditions B+
Big sign in pro shop advising NO WATER ON COURSE bring some! Beverage cart three times during the round. A bit slow because of tournament. Good practice area with shade umbrellas for relief.
First time golfing in southern central valley and would play again when looking for golf in this area.
7 Likes.
Played 6/24/2018 early. The course is good condition. Very green edge to edge with the seasonal summer brown under the oak trees where you don't want to play from but can find it in contrast to spring/winter growing seasons where it's too thick and lush.
Played all 18 with the same Pro V which is unusual for me, and helped my score of course.

Wet conditions from overnight watering. Needed to hit the greens with apporaches and they held versus running the approach on. Greens in good to great shape not overly fast. The recent tree loss I mentioned in previous review has helped get more light onto some tee boxes to help grass coverage. For example white/blue tee on 11. GPS on cart is a big help and easy to use.

All staff was great from getting a cart to your car on arrival to pro shop and restaurant.

I'd say give Turkey Creek a try you'll like it.
5 Likes.
Played early 6/17/2018 agree with 2017 review about the details of the course. Staff is great the course is in summer condition. Good coverage and green conditions on course. Rough managable. Greens good to very good. Could be better if players fixed their ball marks! Maintained well most all areas.

Part of the pace of play issue maybe the policy of using the 10th tee putting players out on the back as the dew sweepers are making the turn. We (threesome) had a single in front of us front 9. Tee'd of 10 after waiting for a threesome put out in front of us. As we played the 11 a singel came through looking for an open hole. No luck for him at least two foursomes ahead of us.

Just something to get used to playing here. Otherwise a good track usually popular.
5 Likes.
Played last two Sundays 6/3 & 6/10 first out respectively. Course is in overall excellent condition. Greens rolling trus and well kept very few imperfections and rolling true at fair pace. Tee boxes good coverage and level fairways immaculate.

Interesting course and the big hitters may find that it is a "target" course as others have said in the past. It was in such good shape that I waited a week to play it again to make sure I wasn't over rating the conditions.

Fun to play track in the foothill. Large pine trees and up and down elevation changes and a few views of the snow capped sierras. Lots of wildlife deer, birds, and yesterday two fox kits on the left side playing in the taller grass.

Top notch service from check in to leaving. The beverage cart just starting the day when we were leaving at 9:45
8 Likes.
Played 5/27/2018 just after 7am Sunday morning. New this year at DarkHorse is the first tee time of the day is at 7:40 am daily. My partner and I like to tee off first out whenever we play Sundays. Benefits of no one can see our sometimes comical efforts and pace of play as well as being out there in the quietness of early dawn patrol. For example, the right side of the 8th hole we spot 3 deer from the tee box getting to the fairway they are bucks in velvet two going to be big racks and a spikehorn. All getting along now but wait a until fall. A real treat to observe them grazing nonchalant to us.

Back to the course conditions of play. Overall nice and green. Hit it in the fairway a big benefit. My partner was doing just that and hitting greens but 4 times three putted for bogey. Greens rolling true and in good shape overall. Tee boxes maybe a bit shaggy and or thin but not an effect on play very level.

Best thing is they have sand in the bunkers now and even if the sprinklers wet a couple better than what they have been in a long time. Don't know why it took SO long but it was quite a few months/maybe year with many as GUR.

Condition of course will hopefully continue on the upswing as summer comes and should do so, if they can pump enough water on it. The superintendent has moved on and time will tell if the new one has enough budget to keep making it better. The fescue around the bunkers is growing out long and gives the edges nice definition / look but I did get stuck under a lip of one which was awkward took two to extricate.

As my usual review I try to compare with the other two courses in Auburn nearby. The Ridge & Auburn Valley. I'd rate it Ridge, AVGC, DH right now but I'd play any or all at a moments call. Great time to get out and play in the Sac foothills.
6 Likes.
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