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I finally played Spyglass! Teed it up at 4:45 and finished around 8:15pm. Played with GK’ers sixpez and Alex326. Alex is a member of the Dukes Club so it was only $100. What a steal. Alex had an extra pull cart for me to use and I’m very glad to have had my first experience there walking because it’s simply one of the most beautiful walks I’ve ever had on a golf course. I found out on the 6th fairway climb why it’s called Spyglass “Hill” although. Be prepared for some exercise.

Spyglass Hill met all the hype. It is a really special golf course. I was told by a fellow GK'er that the best part of the golf course is when it heads into the woods, not when it’s by the beach, I did not believe him at first because I love ocean golf, but he was right. From holes 7-18 I was treated to a surreal tranquil golf experience I will never forget. Helped that we were basically the only ones on the course at the time as well. I posted a bunch of photos so please check them out rather than me trying to describe the layout of Spyglass. Words do not do it justice.

Playing conditions were fantastic even those we had just completed playing immaculate lush green Quail Lodge & Golf Club so the bar was set high. While Spyglass was not as green and lush, it certainly was lush and played beautifully. Greens were moderately fast, held shots and smooth. Fairways lush. Rough not that punishing, cut low but lush as well. Bunker all containing excellent sand and groomed. Tee boxes in great shape besides the ones being re-soded (white tees). We played the white tees with the majority of the tee boxes pushed forward and an only a few pushed back.

Spyglass Hill Golf Course immediately becomes one of my top 5 golf courses I’ve ever played. Highly Recommended.
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Was invited along with GKer sixpez to a special opening of the South Course at Corica Golf Complex on 6/20, the public grand opening is Friday, June 22nd. I have never played the golf course before this massive renovation….better put, totally new golf course. I was told they literally buried the golf course with new soil and built a fantastic golf course designed by Rees Jones on top of it.

The golf course is in immaculate shape. Greens are pure huge multi-tiered bent grass, smooth, medium speed and firm. Fairways are Santa Ana Bermuda (which means they don’t go dormant), lush, firm providing good lies all day. Primary rough is also Santa Ana Bermunda about 2 inches high and easy to escape from. Secondary rough is either foot tall fescue or foot tall California wild bent grass. The bent grass rough is found mostly around the bunkers and the fescue adjacent so many fairways/green complexes. There is essentially no escape from the tall fescue and a very challenging shot from the tall bent grass rough. They both provide beautiful aesthetics throughout the golf course as well as character true to the layout. The only issue is it’s very difficult to find your ball in them. The bunkers are gorgeous, widespread throughout the course, most not very challenging to escape from yet very well positioned. They had excellent sand and were fun to play from. The tee boxes, level, tight and groomed.

I loved this golf course. It was very fun to play. Reminded me of a flat easier Rustic Canyon in Southern California and hints of Olivas Links. Huge pure greens. Mostly wide fairways. Lots of natural contours. The Par 5’s are a blast providing many chances to reach them in two. Par 3’s mostly challenging with difficult green complexes. Par 4’s lots of variety, some wide open, some tight, some very short, some long. This is a unique interesting golf course I believe all skill levels will enjoy.

Something else very cool about the track is they are the first golf course to have a proshop that doubles as a Linksoul Lab (clothing/gear). Anything Linksoul is high quality and loaded with style. It’s a great fit with the visions for the Corica Golf Complex.

As of 6/20, there are still improvements ongoing such as laying down a revolutionary cart path surface, installing the permanent tee signs, installing a massive practice putting green, starting renovations on the North course (begins June 25th) and others. Despite the additional work, the Corica South Course is a must play to experience. NorCal is very fortunate to have this new fun place to play.

Check out my photos I just posted!
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Teed it up at 11:45am with GK’ers sixpez and Alex326 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club Tuesday. Awesome time! Golf course as expected was in immaculate condition. It amazes me how every time I have played here, no matter the time of year, conditions are basically perfect. The entire golf course, with exception to the secondary foot high fescue rough is bright green poa turf. Fairways, Rough and Tees super lush. The primary rough although not long will challenge as the ball will tend to sit down in the sticky poa turf. Greens rolling true, medium speed, firm and smooth. Bunkers are gorgeous, perfectly groomed, excellent sand with most edges having long fescue turf so you’re better off being in the bunker than just missing it…as I found out a few times with the fairway bunkers.

I love this layout, not overly tough but a fair challenge. Bunkers are the golf course’s main line of defense, especially greenside so you need to have your sand game ready or be dialed in with your iron approach shots. Fairways generally wide but miss them and it could be big trouble with OB or lateral hazards. It’s a mostly flat layout with many slight doglegs left and right. Greens are big and undulating. Beautiful lush conditions combined with relaxing pretty views and friendly staff make this an exceptional resort golf course. Full practice facilities and amenities. Highly recommended.
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Super time out at GK Plays Coyote Springs Golf Club Saturday. Just want to thank everyone that came, those that planned on coming but could not, and the golf course. This outing went perfect. I was very pleased with the service and organization from the golf course. This is great golf course to have an outing at and one we will be looking to hold another GK Plays at. It’s a tough exciting golf course. Beautiful views. We got some strong wind on the back nine but nothing too extreme. I thought it was in great shape. A different kind of great shape from when I played it first in January. In January the greens and tee boxes were better. In June the fairways, rough and sand traps were in better shape. Still looking forward to playing it when the whole course is pristine but it certainly did not let down for our outing. I grabbed a breakfast burrito before the round which was already made and dang good. Saw the beverage cart many times. Was treated very well by all their staff throughout organizing, during and after the outing.

Looking very forward to reading more reviews about the golf course/outing. Again Thanks!
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Needed a quick round on Friday 6/15 afternoon before our GK Plays outing on Saturday. First place I thought of was The Club at Sunrise. It delivered. Great time with GK’er Rob1563 as always. Plus the greens were in great shape. Blows me away that one of the most affordable golf courses in Las Vegas has greens that rival the highest end courses in the region I’ve played. One of the best things about the greens is although they are not fast, they are perfectly consistent from green to green. You will be dialing in your stroke in no time. This week they will be doing their heavy punch/sanding on 6/20 & 6/21 so try to get your round in before that. Give it a couple weeks to heal. The rest of the golf course is mostly lush with some thin and bare areas present on the fairways. Try to avoid hitting the ball right at all times or face the punishment of a blind recovery shot out of the rough in the flood wash. That is if your ball does not roll to the bottom of the wash then it’s “sayonara”. If you miss the ball left, as long as you keep it low and don’t have an extreme miss left, it will be in bounds and you can easily recover back in play. The bunkers had good quality sand and I’m glad to report they now have ranks in the bunkers instead of a rake attached to your golf cart. Before my round I grabbed a bite to eat in the clubhouse. Very affordable and enjoyed the hot dog. Recommend playing after the greens heal from aeration. Should be a solid affordable July-August option.
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Was my first time playing Glen Ivy Golf Club yesterday 6/12 in Corona, CA. Good times with GK Gurus!

I loved the layout the way it trailed through hills, elevation changes, doglegs, scenery, challenging yet fair, fun greens, exciting approach shots. Was a fun blend. I thought the conditions were great with beautiful healthy greens (medium speed, smooth and holding shots), excellent coverage in the fairways, quality sand in the bunkers, nice tee boxes, the only aspect of the golf course that was mostly lush but dry and thin at times was the rough. Overall, considering how dry that region is, they are doing an excellent job keeping it watered. I agree with sparky14 that you can see some of the region heat effects with browning areas. But every lie had plenty of grass cushion. My guess given their commitment to keeping it lush (their owner plays the course himself virtually everyday) they will probably just water it more to combat the heat. POP yesterday was only 4 hrs. Just an FYI, right now they are doing a major upgrade to the driving range so it will be closed for some time.

I thoroughly enjoyed this golf course, I can't believe it took me over 15 years since launching Greenskeeper.org to finally play it! Highly Recommended.
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Played with fellow GK’ers GDR23, Mr.Kich and Barkydog1 at Tierra Rejada Golf Club yesterday. Great time!

Tierra Rejada is a very unique interesting layout I always enjoy (with exception to hole #17). The first 11 holes are a roller coaster of demanding hilly shots with gorgeous views and one of my all-time favorite short par 3’s, hole #7. From hole #12 and on, it becomes a more straightforward course, still loaded with fun holes with my favorite on the back nine, the “waterfall” hole #13 (just wish I could play it well). The clubhouse is small but very nice. Service excellent. Practice facilities great (although the range and lower short game area are currently closed as they replace the netting).

As for the conditions, I live just couple miles from the golf course in same hills the golf course is built in. Let me tell you, it’s a windy and very dry climate. So I knew going into the round that the golf course was not going to be very lush, and likely will never be very lush given our current Southern California water prices and restrictions. That said, they have been doing a good job focusing their water resources on the greens which were in great shape and fun to putt on. The fairways were mostly dry with decent coverage, rough a little more dry but with decent coverage and tee boxes (we played blues) in good shape, little dry, mostly level. The bunkers, I found a couple, had firm sand but certainly playable. There are some weeds you’ll encounter, mostly on the outer edges of the fairways and in the rough but nothing too extreme.

Fun golf course, worth a play, unique experience.
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Teed it up Thursday 5/24 with fellow GK Gurus to once again experience the newly renovated Rio Secco Golf Club in Las Vegas. It was 6 month ago I first checked out the improvements and I have to say the course is only getting better. Most notably are the improved turf conditions (which were excellent in December). The new greens have become a little faster and remain very smooth, the fairways more lush, the rough more lush (green and out of dormancy), tee boxes more lush and new bunker sand still excellent. I’ve played Rio Secco many times and this was best condition I have seen it.

All other positives remain about this high-end Vegas course. Exceptional service, restaurant (highly recommend the steak sandwich), clubhouse, practice facilities (even saw Butch Harmon giving a lesson), layout (super fun & challenging) … place has got it all.

6 months ago it took an adjustment to the flipping of the nines but now that I’ve experienced it again, finishing with a par 3, par 5 and then par 4 right at the clubhouse makes total sense and offers more convenience..

Check out some of the photos I just posted.

Highly Recommended.
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What a fun GK Plays outing! Thanks everyone for coming out! Please post a review.

I’ll be doing a recap of the outing in the forums later. In the meantime here’s my review…

From an organizers perspective you can’t wrong a full service place like La Quinta Resort. The staging area is set up perfect with easy visible access to the practice facilities and central location of the clubhouse. Staff is there at your disposal and helping in a professional manner. After golf in the dining area we were well treated by the bar staff and clubhouse. On the golf course I saw their tournament director making sure things were going well and refreshment service 4 times. Sending off the shotgun the tournament director helped with announcements and getting us ready to roll.

As far as the golf course, I knew in late May it would be in “transition” phase to summer turf and was impressed with the condition despite that. Entire golf course was green with exception to some thin dry/dead small areas of winter rye. Greens were mostly bermunda grass with some rye grass holding but rolled smooth. The grass blend combined with already challenging undulating greens made for some very difficult distance control on the putting surfaces. The greens were firm but fun to play. The fairways were in great shape, mostly bermunda grass, my ball was sitting up all day. The rough was in very good shape as the it was not overseeded so now the pure bermunda is back, not super thick (yet!) and about 3 inches. Made for some challenging pitching around the greens. Sand traps, I was only in a waist area bunker on hole 15 which was in good shape, I watched my playing partners hit some greenside bunker shots and the sand looked a little firm but in good condition. Tee boxes were in transition from rye to bermunda so this at the time mostly thin, level with moderate divot damage on the par 3’s. Overall the golf course was in very good shape.

The layout, well, it’s a bucklist layout as far as I am concerned. It is my favorite layout of all the PGA WEST/La Quinta Resort golf courses. Stunning to play along the mountain side, every hole is different and interesting. Ample room to hit driver but big consequences if you are spaying it round. The stretch of 13 – 17 makes it one of my favorite back nines anywhere. Well guarded with most greens elevated. Its easy to shortside yourself on approach and to three putt the undulating greens. Enjoy the risk/reward par 5’s and of course the challenging par 3’s. Highly recommended.
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Catching up on a review from Thursday last week at Goat Hill Park Golf Course. Super time with AndrewZ28 and mpiskarski01 for my GK Cup 11 match. This course fit the bill perfect for me that day. Needed a quick round with some friends on a challenging track. The demand this golf course places on your iron game and distance control is extreme. If you miss the greens or fairways the recovery shots are diabolical as the ball typically runs far off behind some trees or in something nasty. You have to play well or be punished, which is awesome in my mind because rarely do you have to bring so much game to short course. If someone worked in Carlsbad or Oceanside and lived in Orange County, it’s the perfect stop for 18 or practice to miss the traffic home and enjoy some golf.

The conditions are good overall. Sure the rough is mostly not rough but different types of grass on hard ground, but the fairways have good coverage as well as the turf surrounding the greens. The greens rolled well, mostly firm and moderate speed. Andrew was telling me they were very fast and firm before aeration last month, man, I can only imagine how tough the course was then because those greens are small and undulating. Bunkers in good shape with decent quality sand. Only hit a couple. Tee boxes, as expected on a short hilly golf course like this, thin, lots of divot damage but playable. We finished in under 3 hours.

Goat Hill Park is a unique experience in ways besides the track, it’s integrated perfectly to serve the laid back beach community of Oceanside. Cool vibes all the way around. Fun atmosphere with lots of places to just hang out. Very friendly easy going staff. Nice little practice facility. Love this place.
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Played with 11 other GK Guru out at Goose Creek yesterday 5/15. Super time!

As for the golf course, we followed a Cal Am qualifier and let me tell you, you either had your “A” game or you had no game taking it on. All the pins were positioned near false fronts and/or false side fronts. You could not short side yourself with an approach miss and expect to have any reasonable chance of getting up and down. The greens were dialed in firm so watching a pitch shot or long putt release past the hole was very common. I did NOT bring my “A” or even “B” game so The Goose did some damage. However I delighted in the challenge and love this layout so I’ll take this round on the chin.

Playing conditions were great. Albeit more dry and firm then my previous rounds there. Greens ran fast, very firm and smooth. Fairways mostly lush, thin in some spots and firm. Rough, about 2 to 4 inches, mostly lush, and at times tough to hit from. Bunkers, found a bunch of them greenside, good quality sand and well maintained. Fairway bunkers, mostly firm, some needing more attention, but in good shape. Tee boxes, mostly level, lush and in good shape. Quick Pace of Play. Finished in under 4 ½ hours.

It’s an excellent pure golf experience. Starting with the practice facilities, some of the best around. Beautiful large practice putting green that simulates the golf course greens very well. Big lush grass driving range. Dedicated chipping area and bunkers. The staff is super friendly with a small clubhouse/restaurant with fast service. We rode today but it’s a great golf course to walk which you don’t find that often anymore. Interesting challenging layout which can be characterized as providing an easy bogey/difficult par. I can’t recall ever having anything less than a great golf course experience here. Highly Recommended.
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Great day despite the unseasonably wet chilly weather on 5/3. Joined by 7 other GK Gurus and got to play my GK Cup 11 match on such an inspiring golf course. Was loving it. Thanks everyone for coming out reading this.

Before visiting Oak Quarry, I was little spoiled by playing some super lush desert golf and a round last week at Sandpiper in Santa Barbara. So my bar was set pretty high. Well, I was impressed to so say the least. To be honest with you, I’ve never seen the fairways in better shape and with all this warm weather now those berumnda fairways are going to be even more lush in weeks to come. Despite the greens being damp, they sure ran smooth and deceptively fast. Rough was mostly lush and there where areas that were very lush and thick making it tough to escape. Tee boxes were lush, big, some needing a to be more level (we played the white tees) but all in very good shape. The only knock with the playing conditions was the bunkers. Firm and thin. With the wet weather, this made matters even worse as I noticed many do not drain well. Besides the bunkers, the rest of the course drained fantastic.

The layout, well, as I always say, is a bold statement in all facets. Just take a look at the photos. I can’t describe it any better. It’s a bucket list course for sure.

I was disappointed although that the driving range was closed due to the rain. I was told it’s because it gets very muddy making it very difficult to retrieve the balls. I could have used a few balls to warm up with. My suggestion is they need to get some hitting nets out there when there is rain.

I drove out from Thousands Oaks. Was an easy drive as was the drive home because I left early to beat the traffic and finished the round early enough to beat the traffic back.

Overall great golf experience I’m looking forward to hopefully having again soon!
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