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Teed it up with Rob1563 for a quick round/stop in to Vegas on Thursday 5/25. Great time on windy warm day. Thanks Rob for meeting up with me.

I can't even begin to describe the astonishment of experiencing essentially flawless greens on a golf course like this. I rated the greens a 9 only because I rarely ever rate greens a perfect 10 but had the greens been a little faster and more receptive to shots, I would have given them a 10. Rob and I found one ball mark all day. They are uniform lush, roll perfectly smooth, are perfectly consistent and wow are they beautifully green. You don’t expect to spend less than $30 and get greens better than most high-end courses and country clubs. The unique thing about these greens, like the entire course, they are paspalum turf. It’s the only golf course I have played paspalum greens and I hope not the last.

The rest of the golf course is in good to great shape. Last time here in August the fairways and rough were more lush. This time on some holes I noticed a few bare spots. Afterwards I spoke with the GM and it’s because of the cool and very windy Spring. There were 15 straight days of strong wind that negatively impacted irrigation and given paspalum is warm season turf, turf growth was less than expected. This caused some thin/bare spots on a few holes. They are in the process of getting some sod but in most cases, now that the warm weather is back, most will lush back up on their own fairly soon. The bunkers are very good shape with quality sand. The tee boxes are lush and groomed. The rough is mostly lush, cut low and in good shape. Actually I would prefer the rough a little higher to help hold balls up from going in the wash. Overall, course is in a great shape.

It’s a straight forward layout, no frills and simple scenery. Most holes have houses adjacent on the left side and of course the wash on the right side. You need to putt well and keep the ball on the left side of the fairway. No need to overpower the course which I have learned now for a second time is the wrong move. Keep the ball in play and those green will reward you with some pure scoring putts.

Pace of play is fantastic. You should easily finish under 4 hours. We got around in 3 hours. It’s a regulation course. Take a look at the photos and give The Club at Sunrise a try.
Fun GK Review Guru round out at River Ridge Vineyard Course yesterday. Got to tee it up with Nickequire, dsal_13 and 3-4bravo. Thank you toritori, rgm2525 and GDR23 for joining.

I was concerned at the start when I got news they had lightly sanded the greens that morning and they were running much slower than normal. These are the type of procedures superintendents don’t typically inform other golf course staff much in advance. I always look forward to playing either River Ridge Course (Victoria Lakes or Vineyard) because you can always count on smooth, medium to fast greens when maintenance is not being done. They have their city championship approaching in 3 weeks and you can bet the greens are only going to get better. Turned out the greens were much slower but at least they rolled smooth and held shots.

Vineyard is a golf course that seems to be greatly overshadowed by its big brother Victoria Lakes. Although I certainly think Victoria Lakes is the better course, the Vineyard is still a great golf course. It’s mostly the original layout at River Ridge Golf Course and presents many challenges. It features some very good holes, nice mix of short and long par 4, some risk/reward par 5’s, and the spectacular “Island” 18th hole. See photos I just posted.

Overall condition was very good and only going to get better quickly. You’re going to love taking on those greens as they speed up which should be soon. Fairways are mostly lush but will get lusher. Rough mostly lush but will get lusher. Tee boxes in good shape, level and lush. Bunkers in good shape with quality sand. I’d like to revisit this course with some GK Review Gurus in a couple weeks. Play the Victoria Lakes course as well. That would be an awesome 36 hole day. Although I know conditions are going to improve, right now it’s still a very fun golf experience I recommend!
My second to last round in North San Diego County was with Tudedude as we headed up to Mt. Woodson following a GK Review Guru Woods Valley Golf Club visit on Thursday. I’m a huge fan of Mt. Woodson having run 3 outings there and enjoying every round I’ve ever had (even when conditions were down) – it’s just that fantastic of layout IMO. I honestly think it’s the best target golf layout I have ever played. Place overflows with character and uniqueness. The scenery is stunning at times and layout is just a blast to play. It’s a par 70 only 5842 from the blues, but rated 69.0/133, which I feel is under-rated, it will bring you to your knees. Everything about the course is challenging. Blow-up hole potential on every hole while at the same time legit birdie chances (with exception of the monster uphill par 4, #12). The area is secluded and peaceful. If I lived in the area this would be my regular late afternoon course given how incredible the place looks at that time. Bet it’s pretty amazing at dawn too. And I can't forget to mention the famous "Bridge" cart path from hole #2 to hole #3. Check out the photos I just posted!

OK, done gushing about the layout, what impressed me most about this visit is the great playing conditions. The fairways are some of best bermuda turf I have played in a long time. So pure and tight with plenty of padding under the ball. The greens are healthy poa running mostly smooth (even for a late afternoon), medium-fast and firm, the rough was not that penalizing, mainly bermuda turf with patches of fescue. Sand traps firm and in need of quality sand. Tee boxes lush, little divot damage considering how small they are and some slightly not level (but wow they are impressive structures).

There is GK Coupon for only $30 to play the course anytime Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday or $55 on Sunday. That’s a steal.

Highly Recommended.
Teed it up Friday with 6 other GK Review Guru’s at The Golf Club of CA. Great time!

This layout body slams me, every time, yet I love it. You have to be accurate off the tee, long off the tee, work the ball left or right off the tee, be able to play uphill, downhill and side hill approaches, not get intimidated by forced carries over hazards, bring a sand game and putt well. It’s an interesting great test of golf. No two holes alike.

It’s a country club atmosphere at the facility with large fancy clubhouse and patio. The service is excellent. Good pace of play.

As far as playing conditions, the course continues to improve to what I would deem very good/great shape. Greens on Friday were running smooth, some inconsistencies with speed and mostly firm. Pleasure to play. The fairways which used to be a sore spot, are getting softer with continued routine aeration. This had no effect on the play of them as they were light green, firm and provided good lies all day long. The rough was cut down, sporadically lush or thin. The bunkers were in excellent shape with quality sand, which is very important as sand comes into play on all holes. I foresee this course continuing to improve its playing conditions.

I posted a lot of photos so please check them out. Looking very forward to my next round at The Golf Club of CA.
My first time playing Woods Valley Golf Club. Not sure why it took a GK Review Guru round to get me out there given all the positive reviews I’ve read over the years. But none-the-less, its reputation stood true. This is a very enjoyable, tale of two 9’s layout with plenty of fantastic golf holes and great playing conditions to go along with it. On the back nine I discovered why it’s called “woods” valley. Had my share of lost balls into the trees. Which are predominately beautiful large and small oak trees. 10 – 16 is a special stretch of golf holes carved into a natural secluded landscape featuring position golf and challenging green complexes. Took many photos, check them out.

I thought the playing conditions were great with the highlight the greens. Smooth, medium fast and held shots very well. With exception to some patches of thin areas on the front nine fairways, they were predominately lush and groomed. The rough was cut low being thick in many places and thin in few. The secondary rough on the back nine was long and wild. Hole #13 comes to mind (what a beautiful par 3). The tee boxes were in good shape, lush and level. The only negative was the sand quality in the bunkers. Pretty thin in most and in some rather wet. They could use a good turning IMO. Overall very happy with the playing condition I experienced.

The staff I encountered were all friendly and professional. There is a good vibe at this place. They have a good driving range hitting off grass and excellent practice putting green. A couple years ago Woods Valley Golf Club won's award for “Most Worth The Green Fee” San Diego County. I now see why. Highly Recommended.
What a great time teeing it with fellow GK Review Gurus on one of my favorite courses. You’ve probably heard this from me before, but the stretch of hole #10 - #14 is my favorite 5 hole stretch anywhere. There are some spectacular golf holes at Sandpiper you will never forget. I’m also a big fan of hole’s 5, 6, 16 and even 18 (don’t mind it being a par 3).

Over many years, Sandpiper, like so many golf courses in Santa Barbara County, was impacted by the severe drought. It was simply impossible for the golf course to combat it with its own irrigation. Well, amen to our wet winter/spring because Sandpiper is back to former lush green self. Take a look at the photos I posted above. How long the golf course will remain this green, I don’t know, but you can bet it’s going to be in great shape for some time.

As far as the conditions, loved them. Greens were running smooth, moderately quick (I’ve seen them much faster) and mostly firm. Fairways, lush, cut tight, ball sat up well. Rough, mostly lush, cut low, some dry areas but always grass to hit off. Tee boxes, lush, cut tight, well groomed. Bunkers, I found 3 greenside bunkers, all seemingly a little different in texture/weight, but all a heavier type material. Likely to handle off-shore winds from the ocean which we got a good dose of on Monday. Overall, the bunkers were in very good shape.

Service was very professional and friendly throughout the day. I like the golf carts as they ran well and had a USB charger. The carts did not have GPS and the course is not marked very well so I guess if I have to one suggestion to Sandpiper to improve, I would consider more on course yardage markers if they are not going to have GPS.

My personal highlight of the day was hole #11, we decided to play the tips, mistake for me, should have been on the Gold Tees as the tips measure 7200 yards, anyway the hole was playing like 248 into the wind. I hit driver to a small target and missed the green left. I proceeded to get up and down for par, felt like a tough birdie!

Thank you to everyone that joined me on Monday. Let’s try to get back up there again!
I ran a GK Plays outing here as on Sunday May 7th – lol – sure you know that by now.

The golf course was in excellent condition with smooth/medium-fast greens, lush fairways, short but lush rough (thank god - come July the rough could be scary), quality sand in bunkers and level lush tee boxes. I normally get into more detail about conditions but so many of the previous reviews describe it spot on I thought it would be best to focus my review more from a group outing perspective.

I’ve run over 100 outings, and now 4 with PGA WEST, I can tell you they are exceptional to work with. From the beginning stages of organizing/discussing rates, the follow-up during the months leading into your outing, executing the day of, and follow-up after, always professional, friendly, easy to stay in contact with and efficient. As far as our day, of the Stadium Course, Norman Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course, Nicklaus is the best to run an outing on in my opinion. It can be staged perfectly with the location of the cart station, driving range and first tee. The 18th hole finishes at the clubhouse and can be viewed from Ernie’s patio. The course is very challenging, interesting and exciting to play. It’s not, IMO, as difficult as Stadium or Norman course and is loaded with risk/reward shots. I appreciate the excellent spacing with the shotgun start. They have excellent measuring devices for closest-to-pin. I love the practice facilities although I think they should have more range stalls open at the same time. I have run outings on the Stadium and Norman course and they are also fantastic experiences, you can't go wrong with any of them.

Thank you everyone that came out, thank you PGA WEST for hosting and thank you very much to Linksoul golf apparel who provided incredible prizes!
I can’t believe I am this late in posting a review, but better late than never.

Fun time out at Boulder Oaks Golf Club for our GK Plays 4/23. Thank you to everyone that came out!

It was my first time playing the course and it beat me up. I was not as accurate as I needed to be and consequently was looking for many shots. Plus being there were so many blind shots, I had a hard time having any confidence off the tee. I missed most fairways and suffered the consequences of being on hard dirt or lost. However when I hit the fairways they provided very nice lies and were lush. On the greens, very good condition, firm, mostly smooth, moderate speed and very tricky. Again, wishing I had some course knowledge because some of breaks on those greens are very deceiving. As for the bunkers, they unfortunately were predominately depleted of sand due to the massive storms that rolled through there in late March that not only washed out almost every bunker but caused some erosion damage. As far as the tee boxes, good shape with mostly level lies. Overall, the course was in good shape and fun to experience.

As far as running the outing, they really hustled around to make us happy. I was hustling too but in the end, they got it all set up and ready to go. I was disappointed because there is no driving range to warm up on but I’ve been told in 3 months there should be as they do a little re-routing of the course to make some room for it. Afterwards for our prizes and grub, they nailed it. Delicious Cheeseburger (best I ever had at a golf course) combo deal, large room, big tables, bar, affordable prices, good times!
Played La Purisima Golf Course Monday along with 5 other GK Review Gurus. Super time with those guys. Teed it up around 8:15am in the morning and finished in just over 4 hours. Started off chilly but warmed up quick. Wind was projected in the forecast but it never came. Even without the wind, the course dished out some punishment on me as I did not bring a solid game. What a challenge and unique beautiful experience this course is. The surrounding landscape and peaceful seclusion captivates you from the start. This is beautiful piece of property. I posted a bunch of photos that do more to describe the course than I can in words.

As far as conditions, fantastic. Some of the best conditions I have personally experienced at La Purisima. The rain this season, and they just got even more rain Thursday 4/13, has made the fairways, rough and tee boxes lush and playing beautifully. The greens were NOT aerated this Spring and were smooth/fast/holding shots. The rough was a little spotty at times with some thin spots and variation in height but nothing to complain about. Bunkers rugged around the edges but quality, thick texture sand that was fun to hit from.

Regarding the staff, very professional, friendly and easy going. The make you feel very welcome.

The facilities have a big well stocked proshop, grass driving range, practice chipping area and outstanding practice putting green. The restaurant is known for its tri-tip sandwich and has a full menu to choose from. They appeared a bit understaffed on Monday in the restaurant causing an unexpected long delay on orders so we had to pass on time restraints from eating there. Looked like the person working the register was also doing the cooking. In the past, I’ve seen a cook and register person. Next time for sure.

Overall Highly Recommended.
Teed it up with fellow GK’ers rgm2525, Nickequire and GDR23 for a GK Review Guru round at The Mission Club. This was our second round of the day following our morning round at La Purisima. The course recently changed its name from Village Country Club to The Mission Club and is now open to the public. Now public but still has that relaxed CC vibe. Nice cozy practice facilities and clubhouse with friendly people. As GDR23 mentioned in his review, for you bombers, the driving range is going to be a little short so be careful.

I ended up loving this course after playing it for the first time. It had just the right amount of challenge, interesting holes, large variety of holes, elevation changes and excellent conditions. It’s a very thought provoking golf course off the tee that require well position shots that does not take driver out of your hand. Many doglegs in both direction with strategically placed beautiful trees. Green complexes were challenging yet fair and small at times. Approach shots straight forward with the occasional bunker coming into play. I think if the course could do one thing to improve, it would be a bunker renovation to make the approach shots more challenging and visually appealing.

The course was in great shape with the highlight being the greens. Super healthy dense poa, rolling very smooth with a decent pace and holding well stuck shots. Fairways were mostly lush providing good firm lies all day. Rough was cut down to 1-2 inches and pretty easy to escape being mostly lush. Bunkers greenside were very firm and close to hard packed in some I experienced. I was able to putt out of the bunker on hole #16 since the all have a ramp-like lips. One hole #17 that approach backfired – lol. Fairways bunkers were in actually better shape with firm and no hard-packed sand. Tee boxes were very good shape with full coverage, groomed and cut.

I just posted some photos and the photos Sixpez posted from November 2013 are still solid. Take a look.

In all previous visits to the Lompoc region to play golf I would just play La Purisima. But now I’m always going to try to do a carbon copy of Monday with La Purisima in the morning and The Mission Club in the afternoon. This course was the perfect complement being unique in comparison and providing a different less challenging but fun experience. Its only 10 minutes from La Purisima and can played in easily under 4 hours. Highly recommended.
Teed it up Thursday with GK Review Gurus at Los Serranos North Course. Super time as always with fellow GK’ers. One of the things I’ve noticed in my experiences playing the North Course is pace of play has always been pretty fast and today was no exception as we finished in just over 4 hours. As for the conditions, I thought iit was overall good but it could have been much better if the greens were fully healed from aeration. I was surprised they were still bumpy given the punch happened approximately 6 weeks prior. But they certainly looked healthy and were playable. I’d guess in couple weeks they are going to be excellent. What was excellent were the fairways. The kikuyu turf was already playing like it was summer time with a lush padding and the ball sitting up great. The rough was in not as good of shape as the fairways but in good condition overall. It was cut low with occasional thin spots and thick spots. Regarding the bunkers, there we some traps with fresher quality sand but most had a darker firm texture sand that I was not a fan of. My guess is they are in an ongoing sand replenishing project but I am not sure about that and will follow up. Most bunkers needed more sand. Lastly the tee boxes where mostly level and lush. Posted some fresh photos so check them out.

One of my favorite parts of a Los Serranos Country Club experience is always the friendly community vibe. Everything about the place is comfortable to me. Love how respectful the facility is to the tradition of golf, the big clubhouse, reasonable food & drink prices, commentary iced water in lobby and just good people working there.

I’d like to return the course in June to take on the South Course and maybe do 36 with another round on the North Course.
Great time on Wednesday with fellow GK Review Gurus out at the Crossings at Carlsbad on a gorgeous day in North San Diego County. I just posted some photos so check them out.

I was pleased to see the greens healed from their February aeration. Right now, being April is the peak season for spring maintenance, this is a big bonus. They ran mostly smooth, moderate speed and soft. It was an afternoon round on pao greens so they are not going to be as fast and smooth as a morning round. Overall the golf course was in great shape. I particularly liked the conditions of the fairways. Last year, this time they were mostly “blond” in color due to colder temps but this time around, light green, great padding under ball, good roll off the tee, not a bad lie out there. These are Bermuda turf fairways so their peak conditions won’t be evident until this summer but again, a pleasure to play off now. The rough, sort of in the same boat as the fairways but there is a blend of poa and rye grass clumps to go along with the Bermuda so it’s a mixed bag on the lie you will get. No thin lies but makes for some challenging shots for sure. Bunkers are a major challenge to your game and well positioned on the course. Sand quality was good to great. Pretty consistent. Try to avoid them if you want a good score as they can be deep. Tee boxes in very good shape. Lush and level.

As far as service, excellent. Lots of friendly professional staff on hand throughout your golf experience.

Ammenities, very impressive. To start with they have NEW carts with lithium batteries. They got a lot of energy for sure. Smooth ride. The have a USB charger, chrome wheels, comfortable seats, nice job on the upgrade! (see photo). The clubhouse is simply spectacular with a delicious restaurant packed with ocean views, loaded proshop and relaxing bar. One of the nicer clubhouses I’ve experienced. Practice facilities are very good with practice chipping, putting and driving range (quality mats on range).

I don’t miss many opportunities to play this course, I enjoy this layout for all its challenges, views and uniqueness. I’m a big fan of the back nine as it makes its way through the hillsides with great variety of holes, elevated tees and natural scenery.

Highly Recommended.
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