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Ton of fun, I drove 3+ hours from Westlake Village and back the same day but Maderas is always worth it to me … especially when I can tee it up with fellow GK’ers for a Review Guru Round.

Golf course was in great shape and I imagine it will be in even better shape come late April/early May when its healed from maintenance. The course is closed for 10 days to do green aeration and shave down many of the green aprons to return the complexes more to the original design. Greens were running smooth but slower than my last visit in November (granted the greens were lightning in November). They held shots well and always a diabolical challenge to read. The fairways were firm, mostly lush and had good padding under the ball. The rough was maintained not too penal at 1-2 inches and lush. The sand traps were all in good shape with quality sand. The tee boxes had some divot damage on the smaller boxes but were all level and lush.

I had a good ball striking day from the tee and found myself in play much more than usual when I play Maderas Golf Club. We played the Maderas Tees (Green) measuring 6800. I got to experience the design much better being in play most of the time and I have to say it’s a blast. Every green complex and shot from the tees/fairways require some thinking. Lots of elevated tee shots, fairway bunkers, greenside bunkers, well placed trees, water hazards, natural hazards, this course serves it all up. To me the Par 5’s are the most impressive. All very demanding with hole 14 being an uphill beast measuring 552 but plays more like 650 yards. Posted some photos - check them out.

Service was outstanding as all staff members were accommodating, friendly and professional.

Facilities were excellent with an impressive practice grounds and clubhouse.

Maderas Golf Club is one of my favorite courses in Southern California. Recommended.
Joined GK Review Guru Krajan01 down from NoCal that doubled as business meeting. Kish was flying out Burbank so we conveniently scheduled DeBell Golf Club. Posted a bunch of photos … check them out.

It had been a while since I played DeBell Golf Club, so much so I thought Hole 10 was Hole 1. Turns out they flipped the nines some time ago and I really liked that change. I think the now back nine a far better side than the front. However I also enjoy the diversity of the front nine and precision target golf that must be played. I only took my driver out on the 9th hole but then on the back nine I used my driver on all the par 4’s and par 5’s.

The golf course was in very good shape and exceeded my playing condition expectations. Greens were running fast, true and holding shots. Fairways green and mostly lush. Rough a little spotty but mostly lush. The tee boxes were mostly lush, level and not as much divot damage you would expect on a short course. The only negative were the bunkers that were pretty firm with some debris.

After the round we hung out for lunch in the clubhouse. They have an excellent 19th hole with patio dining. Very comfortable and spacious. Good food and reasonably priced. I thought the service was excellent as well. I snapped some photos of the clubhouse in addition to the golf course. There is a GK Coupon posted and a pretty mind blowing TW special for $15 that includes cart. They are going to aerate the greens starting on 3/27 so get out there and play it soon. Recommended!
The last round of my desert visit concluded at Classic Club Monday afternoon with 7 fellow GK Review Gurus. Check out the photos I just posted.

Super time on a warm yet perfect day with little wind. I am a huge fan of this course. It beats the heck out of me every time and I don’t care. Every hole is a stern beautiful challenge to play. The conditions are always excellent as is the service and grand facilities. This was the first time I’ve played Classic Club in March. The greens were terrific, smooth, fast and smooth. The fairways, tees and first cut of rough lush and well groomed. The bunkers were pretty firm yet well cared for. I noticed they did not overseed the bunker edges, but given how warm it’s been this winter and abundance of rain the region got, the bermunda grass was hardly dormant. The secondary rough on the outside parameters of holes was also not overseeded yet was still mostly green and playable. Overall fantastic playing conditions.

When you play Classic Club, it’s a BOLD statement in every way. Everything is BIG out there, greens, fairways, bunkers and of course the lakes! – It’s an intimidating course yet very fair. It’s no wonder it was a PGA Tour stop for years for the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. But perhaps the biggest noticeable aspect of the facility is the clubhouse. Whoa, looks like a hotel resort. So big from highway 10 you can never miss it when you look over. Inside its gorgeous and outside you get a little awe struck.

I love Classic Club and will never overlook an opportunity to play it. Highly recommended.
Great time Monday morning with some fellow GK Review Guru playing a golf course that in my experience most closely resembles golf’s paradise garden. The Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort is simply stunningly beautiful. Near perfectly maintained in every way. On Monday I could only think of a small handful of times I have played a golf course in better condition in my 30+ years enjoying this game. I’ve posted some photos from the round here on that I will let speak for themselves.

Regarding layout, we played the Blue tees measuring 6600 yards which provide a perfect blend of long and short holes. Every hole on the course is unique and beautiful in its own way. It’s a tight course off the tee at times with deep exceptionally architected bunkers everywhere. The greens are challenging and undulating but not too severe. All the green complexes are heavily bunker-ed and stunning to look at. This course is loaded with little streams, ponds, fountains and waterfalls. Flower beds are present on just about every hole (free drop from them). The majority of the doglegs are right-to-left. The course feature gentle sloped terrain with same hills here and there.

As far as service and amenities, top-notch. The course personifies a high-end golf experience. The clubhouse is grand with a modern design. Facility staff are always friendly, professional and helpful.

I’m looking very forward to my next round at Indian Wells Golf Resort!
Was joined by 7 other GK Review Gurus out at Eagle Falls Golf Course Sunday. Great time!

I’ve played Eagle Falls Golf Course a few times before, always in fantastic condition, and this time no different. I just posted a few photos here on GK. Fairways were like carpet, bunkers white sand and well kept, rough was dense lush tough to escape, greens smooth firm yet typically slower than I’m used too and tee boxes groomed lush. Course is immaculate.

Got a friendly greeting when we arrived, was informed they would be replacing the golf carts very soon with a new fleet and the current carts might have battery issues, but our carts performed fine during the round. Glad they did, was pretty hot out there on an unseasonably warm day for March.

Saw the on-course service 3 times and the cart came with 4 bottled waters. I always pack a couple bottled waters in my bag when playing a desert course so no dehydration issues for me. There are no water stations on the course so be prepared on hot day.

The golf course does not have a clubhouse and is operating a couple nice big trailers. I don’t have any issues with that but if you like to experience a clubhouse environment it’s important to know. The course does however have an excellent driving range and practice putting green.

It’s a fun, beautiful, fair layout loaded with many memorable holes. We played the white tees at 6100 yards which was short for me and my only other choice was the blue tees at 6700 which was too long. Would love if they added a set of tees at around 6400.

I can never get enough of the track - highly recommended!
Teed it up with fellow GK Review Gurus on Monday 2/27. What a great time. Even on a cloudy cold day. The course was in excellent condition. The best I’ve seen it years. So lush and green. They had lightly verticut that morning and with a dusting of sand which made the putting surfaces even smoother and faster. Fairways groomed and lush. Rough groomed, 1-2 inches and lush. Bunkers groomed with quality sand. Tee boxes cut tight, lush and groomed.

We played the Creekside to Ridgeline combo which provided a formidable challenge to say the least. I still say that hole #4 on the Creekside nine, beast par 4 requiring a long carry off the tee to clear the gorge to a small fairway and then an awkward long uphill forced carry to a tight green complex, is the most difficult par 4 in all of Ventura County, and right up there in all of Southern California. My favorite combo is Canyon Crest to Creekside. The layout at Moorpark CC is spectacular in my mind. Views, elevation changes, doglegs, large variety of holes, no let downs, super challenging, well-guarded green complexes yet fair.

The clubhouse, service and amenities are all top notch staying true to the golf course's “Country Club” name yet delivering that level of experience to the public. Moorpark CC is a must play. Thanks everyone that joined me. Let’s get out there again soon!
My local executive track. How nice to have a GK Review Guru round just 5 minutes from my house - thanks everyone for driving to see me for change ;) – Teed it up around 11:30am Sunday and finished in just under 4 hours. Par 67, challenging little layout with lots of trees and occasional forced carries over water. The greens were running smooth, moderately fast and holding shots. The rest of the course given it had rained the night before basically all the way up to about an hour before we teed off resulted in wet and at times sloppy fairways/rough. Too bad because the turf was certainly lush but did not play well because of the wetness. I found a few bunkers and they were fine to hit from. Decent sand and well cared for. The only negative, which is no surprise to me having played out here many times, was the tee boxes. This course gets a lot of play, its short so quite a bit of iron play from the tee, the tee boxes are small, its a bad recipe for maintaining tee boxes. Add to that they were not that level, not too fun to play from.

Westlake Golf Course has a nice driving range with quality mats and comfortable small clubhouse. They have a small practice putting surface and a short game practice area that used to be the old #17 green complex. Speaking of green complexes, this is where most the challenge resides on Westlake GC. All the greens are undulating and as was the case Sunday there can be some very nasty pin placements. The course is good test and always fun to play. Recommended.
Just posted some photos of the course from last week’s GK Review Guru round. We had 8 players. I played with leef2020, larryq2001 and sr129. Great fun and good timing on a rare perfect weather day in February. Course was in good shape. And considering the large amount of rain only days before, as well as this season, I was very impressed how well it handled it. Very few soggy areas. The only area of the course that showed saturation were the greens. Thus, the green speed was fine but a bit bumpy from footprints and very soft accepting shots. Fairways were green, provided decent lies but still winter thin due since most the turf is bermunda which thrives in the summer. Rough was spotty with some lush and thin areas but again due to it too being predominately summer turf. Tee boxes in very good shape. Mostly level and lush. The highlight was the conditions of the bunkers. Looked like all of them had new fluffy sand. I found quite a few and they played beautifully (with exception to my fried egg lie in a fairway bunker – lol).

I love this layout, played the blues, just over 6500 yards, lots of elevation changes, nice views, dog legs, mixes of long and short holes, well protected greens, risk/reward opportunities, no parallel holes and fair undulating greens. I think hole number 8, called appropriately cyclops due to a bunker being in the middle of the green is my favorite (see photo).

The service was excellent but would have enjoyed seeing a beverage cart on the course. Was getting pretty thirsty out there. A cold one would have been nice.

This is a simi-private golf course that was once totally private. Fancy clubhouse and amenities. I’m looking very forward to returning.
For some of you that follow my Johnny_GK Facebook account, you already got some insights into my round yesterday in real-time. btw – I have a lot of fun on that Facebook account.

I normally would never play Brookside Golf Course especially at holiday rate, $75, on a crowded holiday break. So many better options for your buck and time. But could not pass on an opportunity to tee it up with GK’ers BGarcelon and Krajan01 from NoCal. And like many times in golf, sometimes who you play with makes up for where you play which was definitely the case today. Just a fantastic time start to finish, 5 ½ hour round.

Met up with the Brandon and Kish in the clubhouse, had a delicious breakfast burrito and something to drink. Great service we appreciated which motivates us to come back after the round for quick appetizer, delicious chicken quesadilla and beer.

Now onto the starter and first tee. What a train wreck. Long line to check-in, ignorance paying at the window about if they were running on time, which they were not, but of course they said they were. Our tee time was at 10:00am and come 10:00am there were four groups on the tee and they had not even called our name. I decided to ask the guy in the cart behind ours in line when his group was book for and he said 10:02am??? – OK, now I get it, holiday week, great weather and the course was squeezing in more groups. We finally teed off at 10:30am and it’s a crawl through the entire golf course as expected. Still the great company of Brandon, Kish and Tommy made up for the wait times.

As for the course conditions, surprisingly better than I expected. Greens were running fast, holding shots and mostly smooth. Very difficult to read at times and do not be above the hole, especially on hole #1! Fairways mostly thin and after they park cars on some of the fairways for the Rose Bowl Monday, January 2nd, expect them to be more thin, however they provided some decent lies most of the day. Rough, same condition of the fairways with some patches of poa turf here and there greenside to make for some challenging pitch shots. Bunkers in good shape with quality sand. Tee Boxes also in good shape, mostly level, some divot damage, we played the white tees. Overall I’d say the course was in good shape. I posted some photos.

We played the #1 course which I like the layout and its very cool to me to play in the presence of the Rose Bowl, especially with the big game coming up! I even managed to bomb a drive on 18 into the Rose Bowl facility – just glad no one got hurt. The course is long, tree lined, and the greens are challenging. It’s a great test of golf on a mature course. I’m not a fan of only 3 par 3’s and 3 par 5’s. Many of the Par 4 are either very short of monsters. But its nice variety of holes.

Would I play here again? Only under special circumstances like yesterday.
Teed it up on a Thursday morning with some fellow GK Review Gurus at CrossCreek. Bagged up with sd3bs. For over 10 years we’ve been interacting yet never shared a round of golf together, what a pleasure to finally do so. Also very enjoyable as always to tee it up with rgm2525 and Boomy. If you’re reading reviews but not writing them, or have not written a review in a while, please do so I can add you to the program and you and start experiencing the fun. This was the last GK Review Guru round of 2016 but 2017 is going to be loaded with them.

As for the golf course, echoing HmtGolfGuy and sd3bs. The greens were in great shape. Rolling fast, smooth and firm. Speeds picked up as the round went on although a little inconsistent in speed at times. Fairways were mostly lush with some thin and on few occasions bare spots. The rough was in pretty much the same shape as the fairways but longer. You could find ball in tough spot in the rough to escape if it was sitting down. I was in a few bunkers greenside but did not experience a fairway bunker (what a change for me! – lol) – but I thought the greenside bunkers were in good shape with quality sand and a little firm. Tee boxes at CrossCreek due to how small they are and iron play sometimes the best option from the tee, did have noticeable divot damage and on some occasions not very level. However I did not have a problem looking and finding a good spot to hit from on every hole. Overall I felt the golf course was in very good shape.

As far the ambiance. To me it is big reason why I play CrossCreek. The seclusion and beautiful surrounding terrain is a such a release. Makes me slow down. Plus as much as I hate it in that I can’t get much cell phone connection, a part of me is grateful for the forced “unplugged” time.

In regards to the layout, there are few holes I dislike and seem quirky like 13, 16 and 18 but on the flip side like or love the rest of them. A trade off I’m always happy to make. The course is very challenging with narrow sloped fairways, trees, elevation changes, and undulating greens. It puts a big demand on your greenside short game if you miss the greens with tough pitch shots. There are lots of doglegs and position golf that needs to be played. It’s a very interesting and fun layout. I would play this course much more often if it were closer to me. Recommended!
Second round of GK Review Guru Monday in Palm Springs, fantastic time with good company and a tremendous golf course. Right out of the gate I was impressed with how much overseed and how lush it was. There was next to no thin or bare area on the golf course. Anywhere. Mind you this is December, not January/February when the rye grass has had at a lot of time to fill in. I was also very impressed with the condition of the greens. I was expecting slow greens, as is mostly the case in December in the desert and I got moderately fast and smooth greens. This course was actually in better condition than the Celebrity Course that had finished overseeding before it. While I like the Celebrity layout better, I love both these tracks. The bunkers were meticulously groomed with high quality sand. Tee boxes in great shape. This course was immaculate.

The layout of the Players Course is tough. You got to be accurate off the tee and you better bring your sand game. Once on the putting greens there will be good opportunities to drain some. Very fair surfaces. But the question is getting to the green in a reasonable number of strokes. There is a reason its called the “Players” course.

The service was outstanding throughout the day as it always is with every golf experience I have ever had at Indian Wells Golf Resort. I snapped a bunch of photos. Get ready to drool and start planning on playing there.
Played Monday as part of a GK Review Guru round. Beautiful morning at Desert Willow Golf Resort. The Firecliff Course is one of my favorite desert courses and I was eager to see the changes to the bunkers. I did not notice at first much difference other than some new white sand but as the round went on I was picking up subtle changes with perhaps the biggest change on hole 16 greenside. Go back and look at a photo from 2012 compared to the one I just posted and you’ll see. Overall feelings about softening the course bunkers up, very welcomed. It’s still a challenging course and just a beautiful. The changes can only produce a faster pace of play which benefits everyone.

As far as the other conditions, excellent as expected for December. I knew going into the round the greens could be on slow side. Typically all golf courses that overseed come December experience this. However the fairways were lush as was the rough. We played the blue tees, which makes Desert Willow Firecliff a pretty long course since in my experience its seem like most landing areas in the fairways are sloped up-hill. I never get much roll out there. The tee boxes on the blue tees did look much better than the white. Level, lush and with little divot damage.

After the round we had to hustle over to our next GK Review Guru round and did not have time to grab a bite to eat on the patio. I missed that. The view is spectacular and the food is delicious. Next time for sure will stick around.

Customer service Monday was outstanding at every level.

Next I’d like to get out on the Mountain View Course, it sure looked nice driving in. Maybe in January!
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