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Played the Golds (6381/70.4/124) twilight in 3H, 20M. Played 9 with Super seniors Stan & Norm, then 9 as a single. The weather was in the 70's, bright, sunny and calm.

SH lengthened a couple of holes on the Blacks to stretch out the tips a bit more. They shortened a few holes on all the other tees. This should assist POP because on holes 1 & 2 the Blues, Whites and Reds all moved up a tee box. (They now call those the Gold, Silver & Bronze tees) They also added a new set of Jr/Sr Copper tees. New tee markers and new scorecards. Nice improvements!

The tees were fairly lush with most divots recently repaired.

The Kikuyu fairways were mostly lush, well maintained & had good coverage.

The Kikuyu rough was semi lush and mowed down fairly close near the fairways. The farther away from the fairways it gets thinner and there is more hardpan and wood chips/turf reduction areas.

The sand traps were nicely maintained with coarse medium to large grain brown sand.

The greens were not as quick as they usually are here. Putted medium speed and were smooth/consistent from green to green. They were firm but still receptive to holding approach shots.

Nice repair shop beside the driving range where they will regrip or reshaft clubs while you wait. Big shout out to Jason who put a new grip on my Driver that I had ordered free of charge. Decent driving range that is open late with lights.

The customer service was excellent from all encountered. They were running slightly ahead of my scheduled tee time. No Marshall but did see the drink cart once. Medium difficulty course in above average condition @ good prices. Definitely recommended.
9 Likes.
Walked the Blacks (1239) in barely an hour playing as a single. The weather was clear and hot. Played 18 the hard way as 9 holes here and 9 holes @ Harbor Park.

Absolutely my all-time favorite par 3 course. Tremendous views coupled with a good course layout. Many holes have elevation changes and the prevailing ocean breeze always always swirl here. Today was probably the calmest weather I have ever played this course in. Don't think I changed a single club for wind in 9 holes.

The tees were mostly lush with good coverage and the normal amount of par 3 divots. To their credit, most had been recently repaired.

The fairways and rough are both in great shape, which will skew the overall course rating up somewhat. Good thing this IS a par 4 course, because the rough is thick and would be a brute to try and hit anything but short irons from.

The traps were very well maintained with thick sand. I find these traps tough to play out of because of the thickness of the sand coupled with some of the huge lips on the traps here.

The greens are unusually large for a course this length. They putted medium fast and were mostly smooth. Firm but still receptive to well struck iron shots. The downside being a par 3 is that they have many more ball/pitch marks than the normal course.

Easy & fun course to walk. No motorized carts but a walking cart is included as part of your fee. The Pro Shop is in a trailer but is very functional & well stocked with merchandise. Nice chipping and pitching green in addition to the large practice putting green. No driving range, they have nets for you to warm up in.

The Customer Service from everyone encountered was excellent, especially the starter Tito and Bobby in the Pro Shop. Limited food/beverage available onsite. No GPS, they do have range finders on the tees. Recommended = Yes.
8 Likes.
Walked the Blues (3148/34.9/118) in 2H, 45M midday. This is a 9 hole course, so that equates to a 5 1/2H 18. The weather was clear & hot.

Started as a 4some. A husband and wife quit after 1 hole, they were probably 80+ and the heat was more than they bargained for. Played the next 5 holes as a 2some with a nice retired gentleman from Chicago. He grew annoyed with the antics of the 4some in front of us and rode in from the 7th tee. It was before noon, and the group in front was flat out drunk. Yelling at each other, yelling at people in alternate fairways. I let the 5some behind join me for the final 2 holes. As a 6some, we were still waiting every shot for the 4some in front of us.

First time I played here since the early 1980's, I have fond memories of this course. My wife used to work for a small company that closed early on Wed. afternoons and the entire staff came out and played 9 holes twilight as a team bonding experience. I remembered a fun layout, actually recognized most of the holes.

The tees were thin and pretty chewed up.

Both the fairways and rough had decent coverage. They could best be termed thin with occasional patches of lush turf.

The sand traps were not that well maintained. Lots of footprints, but the sand quality was decent in the ones I was in.

The greens were definitely the highlight of the course. Fairly smooth, medium speed and they held well struck irons well.

The customer service of the starter was excellent. No drink cart, but they had a restaurant onsite that was doing a brisk business. Nice short game practice area out front. The price for 9 is a little steep, but they offer a reduced rate replay based on availability that would not be that bad for 18 holes. In spite of the mediocre playing conditions and terrible POP, I enjoyed getting reacquainted with "Ringworld Country Club"... If I lived closer, I would work it in because I enjoy the layout.
10 Likes.
Played the Blues (70.3/121/6343) with nodoubles22, and Peter x 2 on their standard weekend twilight rate of $41 which included a cart. The POP was better than expected playing right behind the L.B. City Championship, about 4H, 45M.

Overall, the course was in very nice shape. I like the course layout. Few straight holes, many dogleg & unique golf holes. Especially like the raised green complexes and both the shape & large quantity of the large sand traps.

The tees were the only part of the course not clearly above average. Good coverage but not lush, with many unrepaired divot marks.

The fairways were good overall. Mostly fluffy Bermuda (occasionally thin) that was usually good to hit from.

The Bermuda rough was mowed down, usually nice to hit out of.

The abundant traps were very well maintained with nice, fine, high quality sand. They are large, plentiful and well placed from a design perspective.

The greens putted nice overall, relatively smooth, medium speed. Remarkably few ball marks for a Sunday afternoon following a tournament.

The customer service was excellent in the pro shop and with the starter. No drink cart out today, which was surprising for a hot weekend afternoon. The carts had very nice GPS systems. Course knowledge would be beneficial here. Holes with fairway bunkers hidden behind other fairway bunkers, 90 degree doglegs, a few lakes. Not a tight course, but stray off any fairway and you will probably have multiple trees to contend with. Definitely recommended.
9 Likes.
Walked the Blacks (1239) in 1H, 15M playing as a single to warm up for my GK Cup match later @ Skylinks. The weather was clear and already muggy by the time I was finishing around 9 am with a little breeze.

Tremendous views plus a really good course layout make this a very fun par 3 course. Most holes have elevation changes and the prevailing ocean wind always swirls here. Terranea is an easy & fun course to walk. No motorized carts but a push cart is included as part of your fee. No GPS, but they provide range finders on every tee.

The tees were fairly lush. Good coverage, level but had lots of recently repaired divot damage. I played some of the newer tees opened farther back than where the markers usually are, so they now have the capability to stretch out a few holes.

The fairways and rough do not come into play all that much on a par 3 course, but both were LUSH. The rough is thick around the sand traps, other than the native areas and the deep faced traps, that is the main real punitive area to avoid.

The sand traps were well maintained with thick sand. They are tough to get balls up/down with some of the huge lips and deep rough close to the traps here.

The greens are huge for a short par 3 course, so expect some long lag putts. They putted medium fast and were mostly smooth. More ball marks than average which may be why they were still receptive to nice high approach shots even though they were firm.

As has always been my experience, the Customer Service from everyone encountered was excellent. The Pro Shop is in a trailer but is well stocked and functional. Limited food/beverage available. Nice chipping and pitching green in addition to the large practice putting green that is usually very reflective of the greens on the course. No driving range, they have nets for you to warm up in. You would not be disappointed by playing here at least once for the views and layout. Recommended = Definitely.
8 Likes.
Played the Blues (70.4/121/6306) in slightly more than 3H. The course was not crowded with the temps over 100.

Elkins offers some nice views and is not too taxing. Almost no homes visible from the vast majority of holes is a +. Fairways are usually wide for a course of this length and there is not too much trouble other than the mature trees that line almost every fairway. Three large lakes can come into play on holes 1,2,3 & 9 on the front and 10,12,13 & 18 on the back also have to be navigated around.

The tees were at best average. Most had good coverage, but between the tee markers they were often thin and a few are unlevel. Several also needed divot repair.

The fairways were mostly lush and had very good coverage. Good to play from.

The rough was usually deep for kikuyu. My 1st iron of the round was a SW from the left rough with 84 yards to the pin. Did not realize how much the ball was sitting up and how deep the Kikuyu was. Took a 3/4 swing and went right under the ball. Ended up with a flop shot that Mickelson would have been proud of! Still had 76 yards in and did better next attempt.

The sand traps have good quality sand and were recently raked. Same observation as last round here... despite 2-3 rakes around every bunker, way too many golfers here do not rake their footprints.

The poa annua greens look really nice, lush and green looking. They putted medium speed. However, they have such a cushion that they tend to get bumpy late in the day as the poa annua blooms. Soft/spongy, they hold iron shots very well.

The customer service was excellent, quick efficient check-in and some of the best golf course cheese burgers around. No drink cart but there are several water stations on the course. Fun course in nice condition, definitely recommended.
11 Likes.
Played the Blues (70.4/121/6306) in 2H, 35M on their twilight special, $19 including a cart. The course was not crowded due to the heat. I zipped around as a single, rarely waiting the entire round. My 1st visit here in slightly over a year.

The tees had good coverage but were average overall. Thin, some bare spots and a few are unlevel, but most divots had been repaired.

The fairways had good coverage and were mostly lush. Good to play from.

The rough was usually lush and PENAL. Elkin's rough is deep for kikuyu. It will grab your club and is very hard to pitch and chip over around the greens.

The sand traps were decent, good quality sand, recently raked. Too many golfers do not rake and leave foorprints even though there are plenty of rakes.

The poa annua greens look nice. They putted medium speed and were bumpy as the ball slowed near the hole. Soft/spongy, they hold iron shots very well.

The customer service was excellent. No drink cart but there are several water stations on the course. Overall, a fun, shorter muni type course that is worth playing as a change of pace. The course is in nice condition, definitely recommended.
10 Likes.
Played the Blues (6395/71.1/127) in 4H, 10M Thursday twilight. Matched up with Dave, Tom and Dave, fun group to play with! We played in sunny, calm conditions with temps in the upper 70's.

The Kikuyu tees were lush and only the par 3's needed divot attention. However, numerous tees could use leveling and they could be mowed down lower. You had to use super long tees because they were maintained about 1/2" higher than what I think is optimal to play off of.

Overall, the fairways had good coverage and were decent, semi lush. Several front 9 fairways were thin and rock hard. The back 9 fairways were much better than the front 9, perhaps because they are more tree lined and sun protected?

The rough here is below average. You can see where they do not concentrate their water budget. The rough has many hardpan areas where the ground is cracked it is so hard/dry. The rest is a combination of thin coverage with some lush to very lush areas mixed in.

The traps were in decent condition with dark brown sand.

The greens here are undulating and firm, but they still held full shots well. They were quick today, tough to get chips and lag putts to stop around the hole.

The customer service was okay at best. Second consecutive round here I prepaid for the round ahead of time and the pro shop wanted to again charge for the round. The guy behind the counter was adamant that I owed $39. He finally verified with another employee and they waived me through. Nice starter and the Marshall was out riding around trying to speed up POP. Decent par 71 layout overall with many fun/interesting golf holes up/down rolling hills. Decent course in okay condition, but it's a step down from the last time I played here 6 weeks ago. Recommended if you get a deal.
8 Likes.
Played the Blues (6432/70.5/125) in 4H, 35M under sunny, breezy conditions in the 80's. Matched up with Ryan, Joe & Pat for an enjoyable mid day weekday round.

The course is in good to very good summer condition. Fun layout with plenty of hills & trees to keep you honest & interested. Nice practice putting green that is very comparable to the on course greens, small practice chipping area. Medium to somewhat challenging course to walk, constantly up/down rolling hills on the front 9, the back 9 is flat.

The tees were decently maintained with good coverage and few unfixed divots.

The Kikuyu fairways were mostly lush with good coverage. Played well in spite of a few browned out areas that they were actively watering.

The Kikuyu rough is mowed down and generally good to play from. More lush than thin in most places. Farther away from the fairways, it is more hit/miss. You could get hardpan, wood chips, thin areas or thick lost ball rough.

The sand traps were nicely maintained. A decent amount of medium to large grain brown sand that plays better than they look.

The greens were very good overall. They putted medium fast speed & were consistent from green to green. Firm but still hold approach shots well. A complaint I have here is that the person setting the cups does not set them deep enough. My playing partners had 2 putts today hit the back of the hole and be ejected because the plastic part of the cup is set too high IMO.

The customer service was very good from everyone. No drink cart today, did see a Marshall out patrolling for one of the few times in recent memory here. SH only has a few water stations, so that needs to be taken into account before you tee off when it's hot. Decent snack shop on the turn that is pretty well stocked for a golf course. Decent driving range with mats 5/7 days complete with a club repair shop onsite. Medium difficulty course in good condition @ reasonable prices. Recommended = Yes.
7 Likes.
Played the Blues (6432/70.4/125) in 4H, 40M mid day with Mike, T8fish & Lamitchw for their GK Cup match. The weather was sunny, mid 70's with a little breeze.

SH is a fun, 35-36 par 71 layout with lakes coming into play on holes 4, 5, 14, 15 & 18. Plenty of mature trees and rollings hills to also keep things interesting. The customer service was excellent. I checked in and they were running right on time for tee times. No Marshall here, but the drink cart was around numerous times.

The tees were fairly lush. Several holes could use divot repair.

The Kikuyu fairways were mostly lush, well maintained & had good coverage. Beginning to get some summer brown spots, but still good to play from overall.

The Kikuyu rough was semi lush and mowed down fairly close near the fairways. The farther away from the fairways it gets thinner and there is more hardpan and wood chips/turf reduction areas.

The sand traps were nicely maintained with a decent amount of medium to large grain brown sand.

The greens putted medium fast and were smooth/consistent from green to green. They were firm but still receptive to holding approach shots.

SH is a challenging course to walk, constantly up/down rolling hills on the front 9, the back 9 is flat. Medium difficulty course in above average condition @ good prices. For a municipal course, tough to beat. Recommended.
7 Likes.
Walked the Oak tees (6806/72.8/128) with RGM2525 in slightly more than 4.5 Hours for their $19 twilight rate. The weather was excellent for golf, sunny, fairly calm & around 80.

This is an average difficulty course to walk, not very hilly, no significant elevation changes or long hikes between any holes. The large lake between holes #1 & #10 is almost full again, which makes for a nice visual.

The Poa Annua tees are generally flat and were mowed close, nice to play from.

The fairways are semi lush & firm with good coverage.

The rough is thinner, hardpan in spots and not overly tall. In many places there was very little difference in being in the fairway or the rough.

The sand traps were decently maintained with fine, dark sand.

The combination Bent & Poa Annua greens putted medium speed with a normal amount of ball marks. They are firm, but still held approach shots well & putted nicely once I got the speed down.

The customer service was excellent. No drink cart, but plenty of water stations on the course. I really like this layout, it fits my eye. Only a few homes nearby, just surrounded by hills and away from things on most holes. Recommended, I would play here often "but for" the drive.
8 Likes.
Played the Golds (6646/72.6/130) with Pat, Mike & Mark in clear, sunny, breezy conditions. Around 80, almost perfect golf weather! SP is currently in excellent shape, and you would be hard pressed to get better So Cal coastal weather conditions than we experienced.

The tees were lush, only the par 3's needed divot repair.

The Bermuda fairways were very lush and excellent to play from.

The rough was thicker closer to the fairways. The farther you got from the fairway, the conditions were much more mixed. Above average overall.

The fairway bunkers were firm brown dirt and decent to play from. The green side bunkers were maintained with thick, medium brown dirt (hard to call it sand) that was generally good to play from.

The greens were firm and fast. They held well struck irons well but run out on chips and pitches needed to be taken into account.

The customer service was excellent from the Pro Shop/Starter, cart attendants and the ever present cart gal. Enjoy the beautiful, picturesque layout. Definitely recommended.
15 Likes.
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