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First off want to thank the GK Gurus (those writing helpful reviews here on Greenskeeper.org or the new GreensKeeper iPhone App) for coming out and posting your reviews so soon after your round. What a fun day that was. What a difference the weather makes too from today and Sunday! – LOL.

I had a great time Sunday golfing and grabbing a bite to eat after in the Oak Creek bar/restaurant. Enjoying so much getting out and seeing you.

We played as 3 threesomes and enjoyed a 4:20 minute round. Check-in went smooth with good service. I did not have time to hit range balls so can’t comment on that. Starter got us off on time and saw the cart girl multiple times (very friendly).

The conditions of the golf course while not as good as in July when it hosted our GK Cup 13 final was still very good. I think the greens were a week away from being totally healed from aeration so consequently they were a little bumpy but speed was consistently fast and they held shots excellent. Now if I could only read them correctly. Second time playing the course did not seem to help my struggles there.

The fairways are Bermunda turf with a light green color. But with this very cold weather now expect them to turn blonde color soon. However they do provide full coverage with good padding under the ball to compress shots. So expect them to continue to play well into the coming winter months.

Rough appears to be is a blend of mostly warm weather and some cool weather turf. Thin in some spots and lush in others. Lush around all the greens although so that’s where it really counts as far as I’m concerned.

Bunkers are in excellent condition. The sand that was too new in July causing thick fluffy lies has now settled down perfectly. I was in a ton of bunkers Sunday (even some waste bunkers) so besides sharpening up my sand game I got a thorough amount of time to review them – LOL (btw – the bunkers are the main line of defense in my mind with the course. Find them often and it’s going to be tough go around)

Tee Boxes are in good shape. It’s my understanding the next improvement project is they will be redoing all the Par 3 tee boxes to laser level them. This is very much needed for the Par 3's. Overall plenty of coverage and no problem hitting from. Another note, they recently reconstructed the 18th box so it is positioned more left requiring a right to left shot for optimal position. They did a great job with the reconstruction.

With this being just my second time here I am once again impressed with the player friendly Fazio design. It had a lot of variety with long and short holes. Doglegs, risk/reward par 5 and par 4’s, ample room off the tee to bomb your driver, challenging greens and an awesome finishing hole. I am excited to play it again hopefully soon.

Posted some photos so please check them out.

Recommended!
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So much fun yesterday doing the first Private Course GK Guru Outing (this outing was special thanks to those writing helpful reviews here on Greenskeeper.org or making helpful posts on the new GreensKeeper iPhone App). I want to do many, many more. Thank you

The Saticoy Club was exceptional as anticipated. Beautiful weather added to the enjoyment. You could see the ocean and Santa Cruz Islands crystal clear. Golf course was in excellent shape despite the very dry summer/fall season, despite being behind on rough overseeding and despite having been closed for a week recently due to a nearby fire. My hats off to the Superintendent.

The Saticoy Club is commonly used for US Open Qualifying. I completely understand now why. Yes from the tips it’s about 7000 yards but it’s the green complexes that bear the teeth. They are so fun yet so TOUGH. Distance and spin control are at an absolute premium. Slick smooth greens that punish you for being above the hole yet pulverize you with false fronts that commonly send your ball 20 yards back down the fairway. Miss the green and find a bunker, oh boy! Miss a green long, start praying your pitch game is dialed in to keep it on the green.

But don’t let the difficulty of this course steer you away. It is an exceptionally fun layout with a back nine I can firmly say is only second to Spyglass Hill in my personal golf experiences. It’s that special. Every tee shot, every approach shot, every putt, is interesting, challenging, beautiful and satisfying. I could play this course, especially the back nine every week. The members of The Saticoy Club have a true gem.

This is a “Golfer’s” Country Club. The clubhouse covers all the bases and them some with a 5 star staff and food. The atmosphere is relaxed yet even the small handful of members I saw on Monday had their golf game face on. You can’t wait to get out there to take it on and start a new adventure. This golf course could never get old.

Check out the photos I posted. Does not do it justice.

Highly Recommended
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Teed it up Tuesday with GKers t8fish and rgm2525. Great time!

This is a shotmaker’s golf course with diabolical small greens. If you want to enjoy this golf course you take what it gives you. Unless you are laser precise off the tee you will rarely hit driver. Don’t let the yardage fool you into thinking this golf course is a push over. I think there are 4 holes that are straight and the rest doglegs winding up/down the Burbank hills. You can lose a lot of golf ball out there if your accuracy is off. NEVER be above the hole on a putting green – LOL. All said this is very unique fun track with a lot of character. After the round the Hilltop Restaurant above the proshop is a great call. Affordably priced tasty food and relaxed sport bar type atmosphere. One of my favorite places to eat after a round.

I thought it had been longer since I played DeBell Golf Club but actually last time was Spring 2017 following the heavy winter rain season. Playing it two years later in the Fall following a very dry summer presented different conditions. I think the golf course was about one week away from a full green aeration recovery. However I thought the golf course played well and was in fair shape. The greens were the highlight rolling mostly smooth and holding shots. I think over the next few weeks it will get progressively in better shape as the greens get smoother and faster. But don’t wish for them to get too much faster as in some cases it is already difficult to control distance from behind the pin. I found the fairways to be mostly lush with occasional thin to bare areas. Browning is evident in areas where irrigation coverage is not adequate but it’s my understanding sometime next year improvements are going to be made to the entire irrigation system. Bunkers are definitely the sore spot with many small rocks littering most. After the round I spoke with the GM with the new management company and there are plans to replenish every bunker on the course. In fact they have plans to improve just about every aspect of the course.

I recommend playing here for those that want to test their game and enjoy a very unique golf experience.
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Thank you rgm2525 for temping me the night before to download the Sterling Hills GK Coupon for a dawn patrol round of golf yesterday 10/3. To be able to download a deal on the fly like the GK Coupon provides gave me a firsthand experience of its unique value to the prepaid offers out there. I had a great time!

Typically Sterling Hills Golf Club is not in the best of shape this time of year being a blend of Summer and Winter grass, but I was pleasantly surprised. They are doing some great work out there with improved fairways and excellent greens. I thought the golf course was in good shape. Also I thought the breakfast sandwich (ordered it with bacon) was delicious I had after the round. 18 holes, cart and breakfast or lunch item for $31, fantastic.

There were some roped off areas of the fairways they were watering extra. The lake on hole #4 is currently being worked on and is almost totally drained. I like the landscaping they did on Hole #5. Rgm2525 was funny when he commented he did not recognize hole #5 because it’s lush now. Looks like they sodded many areas of that fairway with kikuyu.

It’s a fun challenging layout with tricky mostly firm greens. Rgm2525 made it look easy with 5 birdies but it did not yield one birdie to me. Next time. And there will be a next time. Recommended
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With how busy I’ve been burning the candle at both ends preparing/testing the GreensKeeper iPhone app, Saturday’s golf round, an invite from last month I accepted from a client, came at the perfect time.

I played in an outstanding golf tournament in support of the Ojai Valley Family Shelter and of course Soule Park was the perfect the host. This was a very well run event with a full field. We teed off just after 8:00am and finished in just over 5 hours but it was one of those tournaments with fun games on the course which contributed to long round. Plus it was hot. High 90’s.

Golf course was in excellent shape. Greens running smooth, fast and holding shots. Fairway lush with decent roll out. Rough lush but cut down so not much of a factor. Most fairways are generously open so grip and rip! However miss the fairways and there is a steep price to pay. Trees, brush, bunkers or small water hazards. Speaking of the bunkers…fantastic. Beautifully designed with quality white sand. From the tee boxes, love the site lines and gorgeous Ojai backdrops. Tee boxes were in good shape, lush with some divot damage.

I snapped some photos to check out – highly recommended!
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Bucketlist golf experience sums it up.

Check out the photos I posted.

Teed it up with some fellow GKers Friday and loved every minute of it. Gate opens, valet car in circle grand clubhouse entrance, waterfall stream running through the club house, personal locker, join the guys for eggs benny, head down to the indoor cart staging area to start the Disneyland ride, meet our caddie Casey, gates open, oasis practicing facility only photos can describe, proceed to first tee, play an epic golf course with newly renovated white sand bunkers, return back to the indoor staging area, talk golf with the guys for an hour around the clubhouse, finally leave, golf clubs and car waiting for me. This is an experience every golfer needs to have. Yes its pricey but you'll get 110% what you pay for.

Course conditions although not pristine due to the beginning of the drying out period before scalp/overseed, still fantastic. Greens so pure, running a 12, smooth and holding well hit it shots. Our caddie Casey who has been there for 14 years was dialed in on his recommendations. Plus a great guy to hang with during the round. Fairways lush bermunda. Rough (only real blemish at times but strictly due to pre-overseeding) as some holes had very thin bare areas but overall mostly lush. Bunkers, and I had at least a dozen sand shots, perfect. Brand new white sand not too soft. Tee boxes cut tight, little dry, in great shape. The golf course will start overseeding 9/2. Its going to be amazing when it reopens.

Friday was one of the most enjoyable golf experiences I’ve had in years and I played poorly. I managed only a couple good drives and spent much of the day donating balls to the desert mountain landscape. Managed to hit a ball into a waterfall which btw are gorgeously integrated into the desert landscape throughout the golf course. The views are sensational. There is never a letdown moment out there. Service is at the highest level.

I regret I did not play Cascata last year. This is a once a year golf experience I own to myself.

Highly Recommended.
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Great time last week teeing it up fellow GKers around 6:30am on Wednesday at Black Gold Golf Club. As difficult as the golf course is for me it is one of my favorites in SoCal. Consistently great conditions, challenging fun layout (fantastic back nine) and quality service. Checks the boxes. Plus one of the best finishing holes around (which I have still never birdied but at least had a good look at birdie this time).

For a long time I would read reviews about how although the greens were fast and smooth, they were also very firm. Last week they were medium speed, smooth and holding shots great. The fairways were all lush kikuyu and just a pleasure to play from. The rough was lush kikuyu at a manageable length yet still very challenging. Bunkers all had quality sand, well groomed although little wet and heavy due to the early morning round. Tee boxes were lush with some occasional uneven lies (we played the blues).

After the round sat down for tasty lunch at Derricks. Normally I’ll sit on the patio overlooking the 18th green but it was starting to get hot and opted for the inside comfort.

Posted some fresh pics!

I highly recommend Black Gold Golf Club.
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My first time playing this great Fazio track … are you kidding me, a Socal golfer and I waited this long. I know some of the waiting had been because I wanted to experience the course when conditions were improved. Well they certainly are improved from reading the reviews and from my discussions with the management at Oak Creek Golf Club they are only going to get better.

I instantly love this golf course. Super fun layout that is challenging yet not over the top. Par 71 with ample room off the tee to bomb a drive, tough par 3’s, great mix of par 4’s and awesome risk/reward finishing Par 5. Challenging bunkers guard the greens and are positioned in key spots in the fairways. Fun greens with undulations that hold shots and putt smooth. Lush light green bermunda fairways that provide nice release off the tee and good cushion to compress/spin some iron shots. Fun approach shots to green complexes all guarded by bunkers and some water hazards. Before the round excellent all grass driving range and short game area. After or before the round cozy restaurant to enjoy a meal with excellent quick service. On the golf course friendly seen many times food/beverage service and marshals. One of the things as a first time player I noticed is how secluded you feel on the golf course despite it being right in the heart of Irvine.

It was a special day for Greenskeeper.org as well as we were having our GK Cup Match Play Team Final. I could not picked a much better track to host it. Quick Pace of Play. Great service all the way around and very organized. Big congrats to the team of AndrewZ28 and Gary00 on winning it. Big thanks to everyone that joined in on the fun!
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Thanks everyone that came out to our GK Plays Omni La Costa Resort outing on Saturday. I posted a recap on the GK Events page. Some mixed feelings about the experience. Obviously the playing conditions were not up to Omni La Costa Resort standards which was very surprising. I later find out they had issues with the water pump a week before that prevented watering for almost 5 days. Hence why the golf course was abnormally so dry. I do my best to time these outings when golf courses are in great shape. In every prior GK Plays at Omni La Costa Resort that was the case.

On the flip side, as an outing organizer the staff did a great job preparing and staging our event. I really appreciated that they were willing to delay our start to wait for others to join due to the heavy traffic on the South 5. I like the extra touches they do with golf cart signage and scorecards. Staff is great to correspond with prior and during the outing.

We played the Champions Course and despite conditions not as good as expected I still had a great time. It’s a layout I always find challenging and loaded with fun shots. And teeing it with fellow GKers makes it even better. I expect the conditions to improve rapidly and might play another round there in August to see.

After play, although I was not pleased with not enough tables set up by the Vue restaurant staff and not allowing us to use more tables due to current reservations, I was ecstatic about the good times we had giving out Linksoul and Golf Moose gear. And how cool of Golf Moose to also give out polos in addition to their gift cards. In all fairness it was a Saturday night at a packed resort so I get them needing tables to accommodate guests.

Overall, fun outing, and I will be returning to do another. Likely an early morning outing to beat traffic.
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Got an invite Friday to play on a scramble team at Mountaingate CC. Hard to pass up considering I’ve always wanted to play it.

Teed it up yesterday at 8:00am, finished in 4 hours, played the North/Lakes combo. Was a cool damp morning for July in SoCal. The golf course is primarily Kikuyu grass so you got next to no roll with your drives. It’s a narrow hilly course with most of fairways playing up hill. This made a 6000 yard course from the blue tees play more like a 6500 yard course.

I really enjoyed the layout and was happy I was hitting my driver long and straight. We used most of my drives. Had our group been struggling off the tee it would have been a long day. This is very demanding golf course off the tee. But the rest in no picnic either. Most of your approach shots are to small elevated greens decently guarded by bunkers and kikuyu rough. Once on the greens they present two tiers and some tricky putts.

Playing conditions of the golf course were overall great. Mostly lush fairways, tees and rough. Rough thankfully recently trimmed although there is some deep stuff greenside. Bunkers all quality sand, groomed, in great shape. Greens mostly smooth, mostly fast and holding shots.

If you get a chance to play this golf course go for it. I’ve read mixed reviews about the South nine, so hopefully you get to play the same North/Lake combo I did.

btw - fun looking at the jammed pack 405 freeway while enjoying a round of golf ;)
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Thank you everyone that came out to Reflection Bay for our GK Plays Sunday.

What a treat that was for all of us and especially me. Love seeing you all enjoy yourselves.

Golf course was in excellent conditions. As overall green and lush as I’ve ever played it. Bunker all groomed with high quality sand. Tee boxes lush and great shape. Rough challenging, lush and tough. That bermunda grass is only going to get longer as the heat picks up so it puts a tremendous price on accuracy from tee to green. Greens running smooth, holding shots and medium speed. When you have bent grass greens like they do you have to keep them a little long in the summer.

The more I play this layout, the more I like it. Most of the time I’ve played it from the black tees, this time from the white tees and it’s so cool how different it plays from the tee boxes as such. Big premium on tee shot accuracy. I was hitting fantastic long accurate tee shots on the front nine and shot 1 over (I don’t keep score but hard not to know it when you are playing that well). Back nine my driver got little loose and played around bogey golf. That's quick this golf course can hook you up or bite you. Beautiful green complexes and scenery. Check out the photos I just posted.

Great time playing with rgm2525, Jerry64 and robrey85. Joking around all day.

I posted some photos of golf course here and some of the outing in the GK Events page. I’m also making posts about the outing on Greenskeeper.org Facebook and Instagram pages.

On last thing. The service and amenities are stellar. If you ever want to do an outing in Vegas better consider Reflection Bay Golf Club. Just love this place.

Highly Recommended.
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Second round of the day 6/27 was at Mt. Woodson Golf Club with more GK’ers!

This is one of my favorite golf courses yet only 5700 yards … however don’t take it for granted as it is a 133 slope. Fantastic scenery of the surrounding region perched up and carved into the mountain. Great layout that defines the way target golf should be. So many beautiful holes that dare you to hit driver but best to leave it in the bag (unless you’re nuts like me). Of course there is “The Bridge” e-ticket Disneyland ride from hole 2 to 3. Then you get to the tee box of hole 3 and it’s the Hunted House ride. Man that’s one intimating shot.

Such a fun track. Was glad to be playing with Alex326 to see his reactions to playing the golf course for the first time.

Conditions are great! Greens rolling smooth, medium speed and really holding shots. Fairways lush, yet not wet with excellent bermunda to hit off. Rough, deep bermunda for the most part. Super tough shots await you if you miss the green. However better to be in the rough than bushes or bunkers! Bunkers greenside had quality mostly soft sand. In the fairways quality mostly firm sand. You don't want to find any bunkers because they are all deep. Tee boxes are small and not much hitting ground so some divot damage to found but surprisingly not as much as you might expect considering many par 4's are short and best to hit a hybrid or long iron on off the tee.

Nice little bar and grill. Excellent on course service.

Got fresh photos to post next week.

Highly Recommend!
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