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Squeezed in one more round on the NorCal trip teeing it up around 3:00pm at Corica Park Golf Complex South Course on Thursday. This was my second time playing the course and I enjoyed the layout even more. Great variety of fun holes with not one letdown. Last time teed it up for a shotgun start on the 13th hole during its grand opening. This time starting on hole 1 playing as it was designed felt better. The front nine is pretty open allowing you to grip and rip. The back nine quickly contrasts the front with tighter layout bringing many trees and at times OB in play. The closing stretch 15-18 is fantastic. Two signature Par 5’s (15 & 17) reachable in two with a tough final hole Par 4.

As for the conditions, it’s in great shape.

Greens, bent, were smooth, fast and firm. The only bumps you run into are not properly repaired ball marks but due to how firm the greens are the ball marks are not deep. These are huge greens with many undulations and very challenging. They were a blast to play.

Fairways, santa ana bermuda (does not go dormant) mostly lush, full coverage, except some spots in front the greens that are being worked on, firm and tight. Exactly how they should be for this Australian links design.

Rough, just adjacent to the fairway, santa ana bermuda as well, lush and tight like the fairways. Secondary rough is either 4 inches to foot tall fescue or California wild bent grass. Looks beautiful and is very challenging to escape from. Was in great shape. Although many of the California wild bent grass around the green complexes since I first played it have been cut down a little or been trampled down. This is actually a good thing from a pace of play standpoint. The times I hit my ball into the wild bent grass during my first round it was very difficult to find.

Bunkers, great shape with quality sand. Better quality sand on the back nine than front nine.

Tee boxes, cut tight, mostly lush and firm.

POP, finished in 4 hours.

Customer Service: Friendly & Professional

Love this place. I’m going to see about doing a GK Plays here in 2019. Check it out!
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Next up on my 36 hole day yesterday in Fairfield was Paradise Valley Golf Course. The golf course also provides very great conditions and contrasts Rancho Solano Golf Club excellently for a second 18.

Teed it up again with Alex326 and BSF at 1:30pm. Brandon unfortunately could not join for the next 18 so we went out as a 3-some. Great time.

Before our round although we grabbed a bite to in grill/sports bar. I had a delicious Clubhouse wrap that was so big that I finished it out on the course. Recommend making a little time before your round to eat there.

For our twilight round we waited a little here and there but overall pace of play was around 4 ½ hours.

Greens, in great shape, little bit faster than Rancho Solano, mostly smooth and little bit more firm. Not as undulating and certainly not as big but definitely challenging. The greens are better guarded by bunkers and pins can be set in tough spots. You need to be careful not to be behind the pins out there. They can be slick coming back. Star of the show from a conditions standpoint and given the high amount of play this track gets, impressive.

Fairways, firm, mostly lush with occasional thin spots. It’s a level golf course so you get some good run out.

Rough, cut low, about an inch above the fairway height, mostly lush with occasional thin spots. Greenside rough is more lush and a little longer than adjacent to the fairways.

Bunkers, quality sand, little firm at times but in good shape.

Tee boxes, we played the white tees which get by far most of the play so they had some divot damage but driving by the blue and black tees, they looked near perfect, so to mixed feelings here about how to rate them.

Service excellent, very friendly staff, and talkative. Saw the cart girl many times. Everyone had a good attitude.

Highly recommended.
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Every year I like to make a drive up to Fairfield, CA from SoCal and play 36 with GK’ers at Rancho Solano and Paradise Valley. Just a couple of very fun tracks that are always in great shape when I play them. Starting with Rancho Solano.

Joined by GK’ers BSF, Alex326 and BGarcelon we teed it up 7:24am and finished in little over 4 hours with no waiting. Great time! Was a beautiful morning in low 60’s when we teed off which felt wonderful to me having played Sunday in desert in 100+ temps. The golf course was in excellent condition.

Greens, running mostly smooth, medium speed (although being they are huge, with big undulations plus some severely sloped you need to be very careful on those downhillers).

Fairways, lush with good lies all day, that is when I found the fairways, was pretty wild off the tee.

Rough, fescue, mostly lush, cut down in most places to only an inch or two above the fairway height. In some places greenside higher but being I’ve been living in Bermuda or Kikuyu rough this summer, was sure nice to be able to slice through the fescue and make some great pitch shots.

Bunkers, good shape, quality light brown sand with coarse texture. Being the course was a little damp in the morning there were some tough plugged ball shots out there I saw in my group.

Tee boxes, lush, mostly level, not much divot damage.

As for the layout, I love this golf course. HUGE fun greens that I mentioned above. Hilly yet not over the top. Beautiful surroundings. Holes rarely parallel each other and challenge you with great variety. Mostly elevated tees with demanding shots. Water hazards and trees are the golf course’s main defense outside of the difficult big greens. Some challenging long par 3’s as well as short ones. Dogleg left’s and right’s but overall I think the course favors a draw. Hole #11 is my favorite and depending on the tees you play you either need to hit a big drive to get to the edge of the large lake or layup. Either way you’ll have a very fun shot to hit over a big lake to a gorgeous green. Get your camera out.

Beautiful big clubhouse. Excellent service. Treated very well throughout the experience. Saw the cart girl numerous times. Good hot dog at the turn. Alex got the breakfast burrito and it looked very tasty. I might have to try that next time.

Highly Recommended!
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Played Sunday 9/9. I knew I needed to pick a place special for the GK Cup 12 semifinal so did not hesitate to contact Indian Wells Golf Resort. Always, I mean every time I have ever played here, on either golf course, the playing conditions and service have been outstanding. This time was no different.

It was a scorcher so teeing it up at 10:00am pretty much gave us the course to ourselves. We did finally see a group behind us on the back nine. Despite the heat, and the extreme heat the area has been getting this summer, Indian Wells Golf Resort Players Course was in fantastic summer shape. Greens, bermuda, rolling smooth, firm and moderate speed (certainly not slow as you might expect from bermuda greens this time of year). Fairways, bermuda, lush, perfect lies all day. Rough, bermuda, lush, full coverage, cut down to just 2 inches uniformly throughout the course. Tee boxes, bermuda, lush, level and cut just below fairway height. Bunker high quality sand, both greenside and fairways, firm and compacted at times, I sampled quite a bit of them, adjusted right away to the firmness and they played well for me.

We were playing a competitive round having to putt out and concentrate more so we finished in just around 4 ½ hours. Had it been a casual round, I think we could have finished in under 4 hours.

First time experience here, we warmed up on the small driving range in the wash below the bridge leading to the golf course first tee boxes. Sounds bad but actually was gorgeous. Level, perfect bermuda with a nice backdrop. Note, I’ve been in the wash quite a few times while playing the Celebrity Course hole 9 doing the hill climb out of it. LOL. Much better experience hitting range balls instead!

One more note, they will be starting overseeding maintenance on 9/27 so expect the golf course get drier as they lead into it.

Super time as always with GKers!

Posted some photos so please check them out.
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Last Thursday was a unique fun golf experience with fellow GK’ers at La Costa. The Champions Course was in the best shape I’ve ever seen it…of course starting Monday 9/4 – 9/7 they aerate the greens and do their Fall maintenance. What I found out although is they have a new superintendent that immediately addressed the issue of the greens being too soft and susceptible to ball mark damage. On Thursday they rolled smooth, ran medium fast and were mostly firm. I loved them. The rest of the golf course was mostly lush bermunda turf. Ball was sitting up great in the fairways. Rough was thankfully cut lower but still posed some challenges if you found it. Only conditions knock, and to me not that much so, are the bunker not containing quality sand you would expect from a high end resort. They were certainly playable, as found many and played well from them, but not up to Omni La Costa standards.

As much I love this golf course, the real fun for me was riding a GolfBoard and Phat Scooter for the first time. I was very eager to finally ride a GolfBoard so jumped on one for the front 9. Man, they are a blast. I was not much of skateboarder or surfer as a kid, I liked to JetSki (the standing up kind) so I immediately took up that posture on the GolfBoard. Well, not the same machine! – LOL – I needed to adapt and eventually got into a groove around the 5th hole. Still even during the learning process of riding I was having fun. I also have to say I like very much how it slowed/stopped automatically allowing me to simply step off as I approached my ball or ever felt a little out of control. I felt very safe on it. Cons were it works out muscles my arms and legs not normally used so I was experiencing a little bit of soreness after my round. Also it’s not good at tight turns. On a JetSki you can dig into the water or slide out the back – not the case with a GolfBoard obviously.

On the back nine, I tried the Phat Scooter. That was a blast also but let’s be very clear, this is a two wheeled motor vehicle and with it comes many of the same risks as if you were riding a motorcycle or street scooter. It’s my understanding a 3-wheeled version of the Phat Scooter is coming out which I think would help the safety of this ride a lot. To the Phat Scooter’s credit, it’s pretty safe IMO. Not as safe as a GolfBoard but safe. And although I enjoyed the GolfBoard much better, most of our group enjoyed the Phat Scooter much better. The Phat Scooter is easy to get the hang off, handles well and is a smooth ride. It’s got a place to hold your drink and extra golf gear. Your bag fits well on the back. It’s even got a USB port to keep your phone charged but please don’t text while riding – lol.

I highly recommend playing Omni La Costa Resort and now even more so with the additions of the GolfBoards and Phat Scooters. This place is fun. Thanks to everyone that came out to enjoy it with me!
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Great time on Friday teeing up with GK’ers Daveygolf123 and rjmart at The Boulders Resort North Course. Since there was very few golfers playing, we joined up at times to make a fivesome (not allowed) with GK’ers sixpez and mpisarski01. Tons of fun.

Regarding the golf course, I think we caught the perfect storm…at the wrong time. The place got absolutely slammed the night before by monsoon rains/micro bursts. It was very wet, there were busted branches, washed out bunkers, downed cactus, and areas being cleaned up after flooding. To the golf course’s credit the grounds crew members were hustling and all over the place. Also you could tell the fairways were being less tended to with overseeding approaching (not uniformly lush as expected). So I need to circle back and play this track again. It was however in very good shape. Greens being the highlight mostly smooth, firm and moderate speed. Something tells me had they been able to cut and roll the greens instead of dealing with storm damage they would have been much better.

I’ve seen photos of The Boulders for years, however those signature pictures are almost all taken of the South Course, not the North “members” Course we played. The North course is still a very good fun layout but does not have the “wow” effect of the South Course. I snapped a few pics anyway.

Service was excellent. The Clubhouse feels like a country club and they even have a separate looker room for The Boulders members. The breakfast burrito was outstanding, thank you GK’er rjmart for picking that up for me. I did not get a chance to use the driving range but it looked nice, all grass and lush. Word of advice, use the bag drop. The members parking takes up the majority for the front parking lot and the walk from the back lot to proshop is long (especially in the summer).

To repeat, I need to play this place again and catch it when it’s in its typical condition. I also need to play the signature South Course. Maybe 36 in one day? That would be a blast.
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Real fun day running and playing at Sun City West Golf Grandview Course in what originally was intended to be a casual golf get together with AZ GK’ers, transformed into a full blown GK Plays outing.

The course was in great summer shape. Lush bermunda tees, fairways and rough. Greens were lush as well, running smooth, holding shots and typical bermunda greens speed this time of year on the slow side. Sand traps were perfect being they were recently renovated. The golf course was a treat to play.

The layout is parkland style in a retirement community although no pushover. The back tees measure over 6700 yards and there is plenty of trouble you can get in if you are wild with your driver or not striking your irons well. The greens are well protected by bunkers on most holes and there is an occasional water hazard to deal with. It’s not a desert layout that will “wow” you but during season the peak rates are under $50 (good luck finding a better value). In fact everything about the price structure of the golf course is value driven to cater to fixed income golfers. Shocks you when you order food and the Gatorade you normally pay 4 or 5 bucks for at other courses is 2 bucks. Or the delicious breakfast sandwich with large OJ I got only being $5.50. Bucket of balls, just $2. All this on course with a fast pace of play and friendly staff.

I snapped some photos for you to check out.

Highly Recommended

We will be back here for sure for another GK Plays outing.
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Just got back from my AZ trip tonight. Was awesome golfing + seeing so many AZ GK’ers as well some from SoCal. Was a fast track for me so did not have time to post reviews on the road. However I knew the first thing I wanted to do when I got back was post a review for Quintero Golf Club because it is truly a unique amazing track that met my big expectations.

Played with GK’ers sdgolforbust, sixpez and a GK Facebook user Jon Thursday afternoon. We teed off at 2:40pm and finished in just over 4 hours, even as a 6 players on the last 4 holes (GK’ers Uncleddboy23 and xjackflashx circled back to join us – who could blame them wanting to play more). We had the golf course to ourselves at that point racing some thundershowers so it worked out.

This golf course is an instant Top-10 golf for me and one of the most beautiful desert mountain layouts I’ve ever played. Have to admit, with my big expectations, I was not very impressed with the opening 4 holes, but holes 5 to 18 wow, so beautiful and fun. Amazing views, challenging holes trailing through the mountain landscape, super conditions, lush fairways, lush rough and lush tees. Well maintained bunkers and very good firm, smooth, moderately fast greens. Water refreshment stations every 4 holes. Clean bathrooms. Just top-notch. And to think this was the end summer experience. Can only imagine, actually will make a point to play it again, when it is in overseeded peak season conditions.

I’ll be posting photos over the next couple days.

Excellent customer service.

Highly Recommended.
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Played the Bay Course today, Sunday 8/5 at 9:30am, 4 hours POP and really enjoyed it. I’ve previously played the Plantation Course about 10 years ago, which is also an outstanding golf course. Personally, being a close to the ocean view kind of guy, I liked the Bay Course better. It’s a beautiful track. The 5th hole Par 3 is stunning.

As expected the golf course was in great shape and playing firm. The greens were much more firm than I anticipated and without my hotdog putter, and my trusty rusty 60 degree wedge, being I had to rent clubs, I struggled. They are not easy to read and you have to be careful as there are some very tough pin placements. Overall the greens rolled well and were Medium/Fast. Advice when pitching around the greens, don’t pin seek, the ball is going to release. Fairways were lush and firm. Rough was only a couple inches long but the ball always sat down in the bermunda turf. So much so I actually lost a couple drives that were in. The bunkers are beautiful Hawaiian red-ish sand well taken care of. The tee boxes, level, cut tight and surprisingly dry.

The golf course layout is a blast and gives you ample room to let the big dog out. There are some reachable in two par 5’s, tough par 3’s and many par 4’s with doglegs. It’s a hilly layout but not crazy. On just about every hole you can see the ocean. Holes 4 and 5 are right on it. I was loose with the driver early and the golf course made me pay for it. Once I got it dialed in, I had many birdie opportunities…if only I could have made some putts.

The service is outstanding. The starter walked me to the bag room for my rentals and filled me completely in about track. The guys in the club rental gave me exactly the type of clubs I requested, on the golf course I saw the cart girl numerous times, the marshal even helped me find a stray drive. Everyone with smiles and good professional attitudes.

I’ll be posting photos in the next few days.

Highly Recommended.
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Great time Wednesday teeing it up at 3:30pm with GK’ers Alex326, cencalhack, rgm2525 and CenCalGolfer33. Finished in 4 ½ hours. Would have been quicker but we let some singles and a twosome play through.

Golf course was in excellent condition. Fairways a 10 for me. So lush with perfect lies all day. Greens were in great shape although very soft so there were many marks since each shot left a big ball mark and too many golfers decided not to fix theirs. Never bad enough to impact your putting much but hurt to look at the scares on such nice greens. Last time I played the golf course the greens were firm so this was a change. Also they were faster last time but given the forecast is 10 days of 100+ temps, I understand the need to keep them a little longer. Tees super lush in great shape. Rough, oh boy, you don’t was to find the secondary rough, its very long fescue and unless you get lucky your ball is bye-bye lost. The primarily berumada rough was just cut so we got fortunate because with all the heat and humidity I could see it being brutal sticky difficult to hit from under normal circumstances. The bunkers greenside in good shape with quality sand. The fairway bunkers pretty firm which I don’t mind.

I love this golf course. The layout is a blast. Great ball striker grip and rip track. Ample room to find the fairway but spray a shot, any shot, the golf course makes you pay big time with very tough bunkers and as mentioned very difficult rough. The greens are challenging yet fair. Nice, big and undulated. There is not one let down hole. I wish this golf course was not 3+ hours from me but I gladly make a day trip once or twice a year to play it from SoCal. Treat yourself to this gem one day.

Practice facilities are very large and loaded with everything. They even have a some dedicated wedge zones with green complexes. It’s awesome.

Restaurant is excellent with a view of the 9th hole. This was the first time I did not eat there when playing the golf course because we finished so late.

Staff very friendly and professional.

Check out the photos I just posted. We played under a red sun due to the fire near Yosemite - however smoke did not effect the day, it was high in the atmophere.

Highly recommended.
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Was a super fun GK Plays outing despite only 14 players and I thank everyone that came!

I had not played Laughlin Ranch since January and then it was a very nice conditioned rye turf course. This time around it would be a bermunda turf course. Not all golf courses transition well from rye to bermunda and vice-versa….I can safely to say Laughlin Ranch Golf Club transitions phenomenally. The course was lush bermunda everywhere. I only wish the night before the course did not get slammed by monsoons since this caused the maintenance to not be able to cut the greens that morning before our round. Hence we had slow surfaces to play however they rolled true and held shots great. Another thing worth noting is the golf course is currently doing a bunker renovation filling in some traps, reshaping and turning sand. Last time out that was not taking place yet. It’s an eye sore at times but nothing that significantly impacts play.

As far as an outing host, fantastic. The staff is great to work with and even handled a late night pairing change effortlessly. All the golf carts were staged correctly and afterwards we had ample room in their SLATE restaurant (delicious appropriately priced food). I liked how the driving range and practice putting green are perfectly position to both the 1st and 10th tees. The entire property is themed “Gold Miner” with authentic old mining equipment used as decorations throughout. Really brings a fun ambiance to the place.

GK will for sure be having another outing here. Maybe even as soon as early next year.

Posted some photos...check them out. Also compare them to the January photos I posted to get an idea of how different the golf course looks from Winter to Summer yet still awesome.

Highly Recommended.
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Had a super time playing with GK’ers Kevbig, mpisarski01 and sdscratchorbust Saturday morning. We teed it up at 6:50am and got around in 4.15 hours. Golf course was in great summer shape and as a first timer playing it, I loved the layout. Been wanting to play here for over 10 years and the golf course met my expectations.

There are a wide variety of holes with about 4 or 5 playing next to Lake Las Vegas and others rolling up, down, dogleg left, dogleg right through canyons. Green complexes are all well protected and interesting as you would expect from a Nicklaus design. Although I did think for a Nicklaus design the greens were rather tame. Not as much undulations or as slender…this is a good thing in my book. I think where there is the most demand on your game is your approach shots. There never is an easy one and the first hole greets you with long par 4 forced carry over water for a second shot.

Conditions are very good for the Summer. With all the recent rains I will project the fairways will only get lusher as weeks pass. Greens rolling nice and not too summer bermunda turf slow. There is just no way a golf course can chance cutting greens low with average temps over 100. Bunkers in great shape with quality sand. Tee boxes lush and level. Rough was not that high but still very difficult to play from due to the sticky humid day and ball tending to sit down in the bermunda turf.

As for service, excellent. Very friendly and professional. Saw many marshals and on course beverage service.

I’m impressed with Reflection Bay Golf Club and would like to return to play it in the Fall to see what it’s like after overseed. As of now a great summer option.
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