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Played the Blues (6432/70.5/125) as a 3some in 4H twilight in windy, sunny conditions. The recent rains have the course looking nice.

Most of the tees were decently maintained, good coverage with few unfixed divots.

The Kikuyu fairways had good coverage but were more thin than lush.

The Kikuyu rough is more thin than lush overall. Farther away from the fairways, it is more hit/miss. You could get hardpan, wood chips, brown/thin areas or thick lost ball rough.

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

The greens were very good bordering on excellent. They were smooth, putted medium fast and held well struck approach shots.

Fun layout with plenty of hills & trees to keep you honest. Medium to somewhat challenging course to walk, constantly up/down rolling hills on the front 9, the back 9 is flat. The customer service was good. Carts have GPS to the front/middle/back of the green and can be adjusted to measure to traps or hazards. Medium difficulty course in good condition @ reasonable prices. Recommended = Yes.
7 Likes.
Walked the Blacks with 140ver & Greg in overcast, soggy conditions. Par 65 Executive course that is only 4454 yards, but has a difficulty factor surprisingly high for a course of this length.

My 1st time playing here. One of the most unique courses I have ever played, and perhaps the toughest walking course. It is aptly named Goat Hill... you would never believe there is a golf course carved out of a large hill overlooking the 5 freeway. Many tees and greens are terraced right out of the side of the hill. Almost every hole either plays up/down the hill, down/up the hill or around the hill.

The small, humpbacked greens were the highlight of the course. They putted medium speed, were fairly smooth and held approach shots very well after the overnight rains.

The rest of the course conditions were below average to poor. The tees were thin and chewed up. Many of the fairways had large areas of hardpan or very thin turf. The rough was very hit & miss. However, to their credit, it looked like they had recently spread seed that hopefully will take hold if we continue to get rain. The traps were poor, but I'll give them a pass there because of the heavy overnight rains right before we played.

The course routing is all over the place, without a course map you would be hard pressed to find several tees from the last green. No frills course with push carts, but the customer service was great. We were provided a course tip sheet that is a must for anyone not already familiar with the quirky layout.

Difficult to judge the distances and what effect the hills would have on shots until you played here a few times. This is likely a course you would either love or hate, with little in between. Glad I gave it a try, IF it was in good condition I would occasionally play here if I lived in the area. I would leave it up to the individual to try and see if it is their particular cup of tea.
13 Likes.
Played 36 with 140ver, Pat & Tom in a little over 8 hours total. We all had different vouchers and played the Blues (70.5/131/6292) in wet, sometimes drizzling, overcast conditions.

My 1st time playing here, I enjoyed the rolling hills and combination of holes that made up this layout. I can see the high slope rating, you rarely have a level shot with numerous blind shots over hills off the tee.

The tees were okay, adequate coverage with only the par 3's needing divot attention.

The dormant fairways were not lush but usually playable.

The rough was more hit and miss. Usually thin with patches of hardpan.

The sand traps were well maintained before the rain with an adequate amount of nice sand.

The greens were generally good. They rolled well @ medium speed and were receptive to holding iron shots. A few had bare patches around the outer edges that rarely would come into play.

This would be a very challenging course to walk. constantly up/down hills and several tees are a long ways from the last green. The customer service was excellent from everyone encountered... the pro shop, the starter and the ever present player assistant who was out roaming the course. Recommended = yes.
11 Likes.
Played the Blues (6432/70.5/125) in 4H on an overcast, rainy, calm afternoon. Matched up with Gunther, Margot & Devin for an enjoyable mid day round.

Fun layout with plenty of hills & trees to keep you honest. 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 customer service was mediocre, not sure why they were adamant that our group could not tee off until the actual tee time when #1 tee was sitting vacant for 15 minutes at a time? Only has a few water stations, so that needs to be taken into account before you tee off here. Overall, the course is in decent condition for mid December.

Most of the tees were decently maintained, good coverage with few unfixed divots.

The Kikuyu fairways had good coverage, more thin than lush.

The Kikuyu rough is more thin than lush in most places. Farther away from the fairways, it is more hit/miss. You could get hardpan, wood chips, brown/thin areas or thick lost ball rough.

The sand traps were very well maintained. A decent amount of medium to large grain brown sand that played well.

The greens were good overall. They were firm but held well truck approach shots. They putted medium speed & were consistent from green to green.

Decent driving range with mats 5/7 days. Medium difficulty course in good condition @ reasonable prices. Recommended = Yes.
13 Likes.
Played the Blues (6432/70.5/125) in 4H, 15M in cloudy, calm conditions in the mid 60's. Matched up with Dave, Elliott & Greg for an enjoyable mid day weekend round. The course is in decent condition for mid December and was busy mid day but the pace moved well for a weekend.

Most of the tees were decently maintained, good coverage with few unfixed divots.

The Kikuyu fairways had good coverage and played better than they looked.

The Kikuyu rough is more thin than lush in most places. Farther away from the fairways, it is more hit/miss. You could get hardpan, wood chips, brown/thin areas or thick lost ball rough.

The sand traps were very nicely maintained. A decent amount of medium to large grain brown sand that played well.

The greens were good overall. They putted medium speed & were consistent from green to green. They were soft and held approach shots. A complaint I have here is the areas of encroachment from the Kikuyu collars into the edges of many greens. Can't we edge from time to time and make this a non issue?

Fun layout with plenty of hills & trees to keep you honest. 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 customer service was good and saw the drink cart several times today. Only has a few water stations, so that needs to be taken into account before you tee off here. Decent driving range with mats 5/7 days. Medium difficulty course in good condition @ reasonable prices. Recommended = Yes.
12 Likes.
Played the Blues (6395/71.1/127) in 4H, 15M on a clear, calm afternoon with temps in the 70's. Started as a single and was a 4some, playing with Brian, Jason & John by the back 9, when we joined up with slower 4somes in front of us.

The tees had good coverage, mostly level and only the par 3's needed divot attention.

The fairways were mostly roped off and decent. Many fairways have been resodded @ different times and now have 3 or more types of grass.

The rough has many bare hardpan areas, mostly thin coverage with some lush areas mixed in.

The greens are undulating, medium fast and firm, but they still held full shots well. I find the greens here hard to putt, there is more break than I read. Hardly a straight putt anywhere with lots of subtle break, and a few greens have hills or crests that produce severe breaks.

The traps were in good condition, nicely maintained with dark brown sand.

The customer service was excellent, they got me out a little early and the friendly Marshall was out riding around. No drink cart, but they do have a snack shop available @ the turn.

Par 71 where you do not see the 2nd par 5 until the 16th hole which to me is a minus. However, good design overall with many fun/interesting golf holes. Okay course in okay condition currently.
14 Likes.
Walked the Blues (6400/71.7/126) with Greg & Mike in 4 1/2H mid day 10/26. The weather was 80ish & clear with a little wind.

The tees had mostly adequate coverage. However, several could use divot repair and a few could use leveling.

The fairways were on the verge of becoming mostly lush with much more consistent coverage than a few months ago.

The rough was generally thin, but becoming thicker than a few months ago.

The sand traps were slightly better than average with good quality sand. A challenge here is that too few players adequately rake.

They sanded the greens on Wed. 10/26. I would wait at least 10 days and they should be very good. However, as of this writing, they were poor. The 1/2 of the greens just aerated last week were bumpy. The 1/2 of the greens aerated last month where all the pins were located almost back to normal before the sanding. Mostly smooth and medium fast the day before and held approach shots well.

Excellent customer service from all encountered. Challenging course to walk, constantly up/down rolling hills. No beverage cart but they have a restaurant on the turn. Recommended = Wait at least a week on the greens.
13 Likes.
Walked the Blues (6400/71.7/126) with Mickey in 5H, 15M mid day. There were often 2 groups waiting to hit per tee, probably the busiest course I have ever seen on a regular (non holiday) Tuesday afternoon? The weather was in the 80's & clear with a little wind. Challenging course to walk, constantly up/down rolling hills. Excellent customer service from all encountered.

The tees were mediocre, mostly adequate coverage but several could use divot repair and a few could use leveling.

The fairways were the best I have seen them here, now at least average. Did not look like they have been mowed since the rain, they were a little long but on the verge of becoming mostly lush with much more consistent coverage.

The rough was also a step up from when I last played here a couple of months ago. Still generally thin, but becoming thicker.

The sand traps were better maintained than previous visits with good sand, better than average.

The 1/2 of the greens just aerated last week were bumpy and furry as you would expect. The 1/2 of the greens aerated last month where all the pins were located was 95% back to normal and were mostly smooth and medium fast. They held approach shots well.

Fun layout with a few quirky holes and lots of mature trees. Some doglegs and water to keep things interesting, can be challenging for any shots offline. No beverage cart but they have a restaurant on the turn. Recommended = Yes.
9 Likes.
Played the Golds (6646/72.6/130) in clear sunny & breezy conditions around 80. Started @ 1:45 and easily got in 27 before dark as a single, rarely waiting on a fast 4some that was usually several holes ahead. POP was about 1.7 H per 9.

The tees were decent, good coverage with only the par 3's needing divot repair.

The Bermuda fairways were okay, mostly lush with a few thin areas.

The rough was hit and miss. Thicker closer to the fairways, with everything from hardpan to lush Bermuda all the way to thick kikuyu.

The fairway bunkers were firm brown dirt and okay to play from. The green side bunkers were part thick, medium brown dirt (not sand) that was raked, well maintained and generally good to play from. However other green side traps had thick, white beach sand that was very deep and thick, difficult to play from.

The greens were recently punched with small tines. They were fast, firm and fairly bumpy to putt on. Alot of slope on these green complexes, not only back to front but also from side to side.

The customer service was excellent from everyone encountered. The Pro Shop/Starter got me out 15 minutes early, and the cart gal was out making the rounds several times. Always enjoy this layout. Recommended if you can get a deal.
12 Likes.
Played the Golds (6646/72.6/130) in WINDY bright sunny conditions in the 80's. POP a little over 3H as a single.

I like the course layout and the ocean breeze always makes club selection a challenge here even on a fairly calm day. However, I probably misjudged more irons today by 20+ yards than any round I can remember. 30-40 mph wind gusts made for some laughable shots. I was playing about 15 yards of "break" to compensate for the wind on 30-40 yard crosswind pitch shots and several times +3 clubs into the wind was still not enough.

The tees were good overall, adequate coverage but several could use more divot repair.

The Bermuda fairways were okay, mostly lush with a few thin areas.

The rough was thinner than when I played here a month ago. Combination of hardpan to lush Bermuda all the way to thick kikuyu.

I was in multiple traps and found them to be as puzzling a collection as I have ever played on the same course. Perhaps they are doing a bunker makeover, but if they are it is being done in a haphazard manner. There were multiple greens with 1 or more bunkers than had thick, medium brown dirt (not sand) that was raked, well maintained and generally good to play from. The next trap over was thick, white beach sand that was so thick you could leave 6" deep shoe prints and most balls were fried eggs, even if they bounced or rolled into the trap? VERY challenging to play out of overall.

The greens were disappointing today. Recently punched with small tines. They were fast, firm and fairly bumpy, a terrible combination to try and putt on in severe wind gusts. Twice I was standing over a putt getting ready to play and my ball was blown 10' or more. There is alot of slope on these greens, and downhill putts were practically impossible if also downwind today.

The customer service was excellent from everyone. In spite of the wind & bumpy greens, enjoyed the layout. Recommended if you are willing to pay the higher fees this courses location dictates.
10 Likes.
Played the Blues (6439/71.4/131) in 4H. The weather was hot but bearable, clear with a little breeze late in the day. I enjoy this layout more each time I play here. Hilly, tight in spots, but a really solid course in good to very good condition.

Several tees were recently completely resodded. Overall, the tees were mostly lush with few unfixed divots.

The Kikuyu fairways were semi lush and nice to play from. A few small areas that were thin or hardpan but clearly marked as GUR.

The Kikuyu rough was more consistently lush than the fairways. Not overly long, but it's still penal because it's Kikuyu.

The sand traps were well maintained, both the quality and quantity of the sand was very good.

The greens here are normally very good and putt well. However, they will need another couple of weeks to get back to that point after fall maintenance. Medium speed but not as bumpy as expected.

The customer service was excellent from all encountered. Cart gal out making the rounds. Recommended = Yes.
7 Likes.
Played the Blues (6711/72.9/135) in less than 3H as a single using my last Troon Rewards certificate. Around 110, clear with a little breeze. Knowing the greens were poor from playing here previously, it was still an easy call to come back and use a Troon certificate because in September the "cost" is 1 Troon certificate, but that goes up to 3 Troon certificates in the October-May in prime season.

Having seen the Palmer design once before was a definite plus. Several holes the trouble is either 50 yards farther or closer than it appeared to me. Much like SilverRock, Mr. Palmer did a masterful job of giving the illusion that a driving area that is normal size or even large looks extremely tight from your tee shot view.

Long, challenging and demanding layout that is basically SilverRock on steroids, I see many similarities in the style of the holes. Several tees are spaced from the last green, rolling hills and the heat would make this a challenging course to walk.

The Bermuda tees were very nicely maintained with only the par 3's needing divot attention.

The Bermuda fairways were semi lush, firm and mowed close which produced lots of roll. Some brown areas, but good overall.

The Bermuda rough was lush and nice to play from with medium to short irons. Just long enough to make longer clubs a chancy play.

The sand traps were excellent. Very nicely maintained with good quality brown sand.

The deep vericutt on the greens was a little better than yesterday but still really affected putting. No large mounds or tiers but there was rarely a straight putt anywhere with lots of undulations producing subtle breaks. Medium speed, firm and bumpy.

The customer service was superb from everyone encountered. Complementary water and range balls on a 1st class grass practice facility. Cart gal out making numerous rounds, as was the very visible Player Assistant. Everything about this facility was great. It is not worth the $99 rack with mediocre greens, but still recommended if you can get a discount. Definitely one of the top 10 favorite layouts I have ever played where par on almost any hole is a good score for me. Great way to conclude a week in Palm Springs where I managed to get in 19 rounds of golf in 8 days, over a dozen of which were enjoyed with various different GKers.
9 Likes.
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