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Walked the Blacks (6360/70.8/119) in around 3.5H super twilight. Overcast, breezy and around 65 in what ended up being a nice late afternoon round.

Arrived around 3pm, super busy as there were about two dozen people waiting for the super twilight rate. A family of six on vacation had the first two super twilight tee times. Grandpa, grandma, dad, mom and two kids. Several looked and acted like they had never played on a regulation course before. The Marshall allowed them to combine their two 3somes into a 6some? One guy asked why the 6some, and I listened to the Marshall's explanation that he wanted them to have a good time on vacation?

Nice thought, but I would presume the roughly 20 other people teeing off directly behind them were as unamused as I was? Did the Marshall really think anyone playing behind Ma and Pa Kettle and their clan were going to have a good time? After it took around 40 minutes to play the first 2 holes, I dropped out of my group and shifted over to the wide open back 9, then finished the front 9 later with no one around. So 40 minutes for 2 holes, then around 2H, 45M for the other 16 made for one of the longest sub 3.5H rounds I have ever played.

The course? Good overall.

Tees were mediocre. Decent coverage, but most of the par 3's were chewed up with divots.

Kikuyu fairways had good coverage and were lush. Not much roll on these fairways.

Rough was lush, not high but very thick. Very little roll in the kikuyu.

There are only a few sand traps on this course. Was not in any, but they looked decent.

The smallish poa annua greens putted medium fast. They held shots extremely well, balls would consistently back up on these greens. No GPS on the carts, small driving range that is shorter clubs only. Customer service was excellent @ check in, quick and efficient. Marshall was highly ??? No starter or drink cart today. Recommended.
7 Likes.
Walked the Blacks (6360/70.8/119) in 3.5H with Mnielson super twilight. Partly cloudy, breezy and around 65 made for a nice late afternoon round.

The tees had good coverage, Okay overall, but most of the par 3's were chewed up with divots.

The fairways had good coverage, pretty lush for kikuyu. Not much roll on these fairways.

The rough was lush, not high but thick. It would quickly kill your shots.

There are only a few sand traps on the course. Was not in any, but they looked okay.

The smallish poa annua greens putted medium slow but were okay once you adjusted to the speed. Some of the softest greens I have putted on in awhile, actually backed up several mid irons on these greens.

No GPS on the carts, small driving range that is shorter clubs only. Customer service was excellent, quick efficient check in. No drink cart today. Recommended.
14 Likes.
Walked the Blacks (1858) in 2H, 20M mid day with RGM2525, Mitzi and Pam. The weather was around 75, partly cloudy and breezy.

Very fun 12 hole par 3 layout up/down hills. Good variation of holes. Large, severe greens. Water and plenty of traps.

The conditions across the board were a step below the neighboring 18 hole regulation Old course.

The tees were mediocre with many needing divot repair.

The rough and fairways were much less maintained than the Old Course.

The usually small traps had good sand and were okay to play from.

The often HUGE (for a par 3 course) greens were somewhat bumpy and putted medium slow.

One of the better par 3 courses I have ever played. Definitely recommended.
12 Likes.
Walked the Golds (6337/70.9/130) with RGM2525 in 4H early morning. The front 9 was "hit it and hope" because of thick fog. Visibility was maybe 50 yards when we started and was up to a hazy 175 yards by the end of the front 9. It ended up being a nice day, fairly calm, around 75 and partly cloudy. However, $69 to walk on a Wednesday morning was sticker shock!

The tees were okay, mostly level with many needing some divot love.

The fairways were good to play from. Semi lush with a good cushion.

The rough was hit and miss. Close to the fairway was not very high, but there is plenty of thick/deep native rough to avoid here.

The sand traps were wet but played okay. I sampled more than my share during the period we were hitting in the "general direction" of the green due to the lack of visibility.

The large poa greens putted medium fast & were firm. Very nice! Very undulating greens even when they appeared to be fairly flat, difficult to read subtle breaks.

It had been almost 8 years since I last played here. They have reversed the 9's. Overall, excellent course and layout. Good customer service from all encountered. Recommended.
14 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6493/70.1/116) with Alex, Ken and Michael in 4H, 40M in the GK Plays. Teeing off around 1:30, the weather was breezy, sunny and in the high 80's. Excellent golf weather.

I have yet to play a John Fought design that I did not really like. No water hazards and few trees, but plenty of sand and large undulating greens provide challenge. That challenge is magnified with thick, deep native rough that will catch any overly crooked shots. Probable lost ball, and even if you find it, likely an unplayable lie. VERY penal.

The tees had decent coverage and were mostly level. However, many were pretty chewed up and needed divot repair.

The fairways have good coverage and are mowed close. They play firm with lots of roll. However, unless you hit down on the ball it would be easy to hit the ball thin with little cushion underneath.

The rough close to the fairway is mowed down nearly as low as fairways on some courses. Tough to chip off tight lies around the greens and anything missing the green will run down hills into the deep stuff. The unmaintained native rough is very thick, deep and penal in most areas.

The sand traps were nicely maintained but are way too firm around the greens on a course with deep faced bunkers. The firmness was an asset in the fairway traps.

In spite of WAY too many ball marks, the large undulating greens putted nice. Firm and medium fast.

I like the layout, it would definitely be in my rotation if not approximately 150 miiles from home. With the firmness of the course, shots offline rolling into bunkers or even the deep rough has to be factored into club selection. The course/slope ratings are way too low for a course with lost ball rough lurking barely off every fairway IMO. Throw in the wind, and this course is deceptively tough in my mind.

Excellent restaurant on site, good food and service. All grass driving range that was adequate. Definitely recommended.
9 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6313/70.6/129) in 3H, 30M twilight with Chris. The weather was clear and around 105 with a little breeze.

Excellent customer service as always. Quick, efficient check-in, friendly starter and Marshall, cart gal out making the rounds. The cart staff here is second to none from when you arrive to when you leave. Plenty of water stations on the course and complementary bottled water is included on your cart. All grass range is included in your fee and the carts have nice GPS.

The tees were mostly lush/level and nice to play from.

The fairways were lush and play firm, nice to play from.

The rough is lush and mowed low. Not penal, playing longer clubs is a viable option.

The sand traps have fine, good quality sand. Nicely maintained, but some greenside traps were thinner than I would prefer. The many waste bunkers are firmer and less maintained.

The large Bermuda greens putted medium fast, smooth for Bermuda and are very firm. Few ball marks but because of the firmness, everything runs out.

Beautiful, fun Palmer layout featuring plentiful, large, deep sand traps, wide fairways and huge greens. Several lakes and numerous other holes with lateral water hazards that come promiently into play. One of my favorite courses in the Palm Springs area, Definitely recommended.
11 Likes.
Played 27 from the Blues (6400/70.5/126) twilight on the Classic 1/Lake combo as a single in slighly more than 4H. The weather was clear and around 100 with a little breeze.

Overall, fun course in very good condition. Solid old school layout. Not a tight course, most fairways have generous landing areas. Many mature trees surround the fairways that are often well bunkered.

The Bermuda tees were nice to play from Level with few unfixed divots and lush coverage.

The Bermuda fairways were mostly lush with a few browned out areas.

The Bermuda rough was mowed low and excellent to play from.

The sand traps were nicely maintained, but too thin.

The Bermuda greens were firm and putted medium fast. Few ball marks because of the firmness, and both approach shots and chips would run out. The green complexes were very traditional. Average in size and sloped from back to front, falling off to each side with few tiers to contend with.

The customer service was very good. No cart person on course, but they have ice/water stations available. Quick efficient check-in and complementary range balls on the all grass range that is for shorter clubs only. Restaurant closed and the pro shop closes early in the summer. Definitely recommended.
10 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6313/70.6/129) in 4H, 20M mid morning with Barb and Jeff. The weather was clear and around 100 with a little breeze.

Beautiful, fun course layout featuring wide fairways, plentiful, large, deep sand traps and huge greens. Several lakes and numerous other holes with lateral water hazards that come promiently into play.

The tees were mostly lush, level and nice to play from.

The fairways are lush and play firm, nice to play from.

The rough is lush and mowed to a height that even playing longer cl;ubs is a viable option.

The traps were nicely maintained with fine, good quality sand.

The firm Bermuda greens putted nice. Medium fast, few ball marks but because of the firmness, everything ran out.

Excellent customer service here every visit. Quick, efficient check-in, cart gal out making the round, friendly starter and Marshall. One of my favorite courses in the Palm Springs area, highly recommended.
9 Likes.
Played 36 from the Blues (6400/70.5/126) on the Classic 1/Lake combo with Sparky14 in slightly more than 6H total using Under Par. The course was busy early, but thinned out after 10am. The weather was clear and in the high 90's with a little breeze.

18 solid holes of golf that kept things interesting as we made our way through older but very nicely maintained homes. My 1st time playing the Classic 1 nine, which is probably the funnest of the three 9's IMO. The Classic 2 nine was closed for maintenance. Played the Lake 9 as I did my first time here. Not a tight course, most fairways have generous landing areas. Many mature trees surround the fairways that are often well bunkered. The green complexes were very traditional. Average in size and sloped from back to front, falling off to each side with few tiers to contend with.

The Bermuda tees were very good. Level with few unfixed divots and lush coverage.

The Bermuda fairways were very vice to play from overall. Lush with a few browned out areas.

The Bermuda rough was mowed low and excellent to play from. The ball often sat up like it was on a tee. You could often play longer clubs from the rough, not penal at all.

The sand traps were the only part of the course not well above average. Nicely maintained, but too thin.

The Bermuda greens were firm and putted medium fast. Few ball marks because of the firmness, and both approach shots and chips would run out.

The customer service was excellent. Quick efficient check-in and complementary range balls on the all grass range that is for shorter clubs only. Restaurant closed and the pro shop closed early, but the course remained open for play. Overall, fun course in very good condition. Definitely recommended.
8 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6720/72.1/127) mid day as a single in slightly less than 3H. The weather was around 100, clear/sunny and calm.

While not nearly as green as it is during the prime, over seeded season, this course really plays well. The Bermuda comes in thick and strong and the coverage is excellent throughout.

The tees were lush, level and nicely maintained. Very few unfixed divots, some of the better tees I play on. The Bermuda is so even it looks like astroturf.

The fairways were lush and nice to play from.

The rough was lush and mowed down. Not overly penal, it was mowed low enough to putt off many greens.

The sand traps were excellent. Nicely maintained with thick, good quality sand.

The large Bermuda greens are firm and putted medium speed with few ball marks. More so than many Bermuda courses, the grain really affects the speed here. Putting into the grain and it's easy to leave even a downhill putt short. Putting with the grain, and you better just touch a downhiller or you can have 8-12' coming back really easily.

Customer service has always been very good from everyone here. Santa Rosa is definitely not a good course to walk, many tees are a long way from the last green. Nice, all grass driving range is a +. Basic carts do not have GPS is a -. Plenty of water stations on the course, usually no drink cart on weekdays here. No starter or marshall off season. Good restaurant on site. Recommended.
7 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6669/71.9/128) as a single in less than 3H mid day using Under Par's replay offer. Was not within 2 holes of another golfer the entire round. The weather was clear, breezy and in the high 90's.

The tees were lush and well maintained.

The fairways are lush and firm, nice to play from.

The rough is lush and thick even though it is mostly mowed down low.

The sand traps had thick, good quality sand and were well maintained.

The large Bermuda greens are firm and putted medium speed.

Solid course. Main negatives are that they do not have a driving range, you have to go 1/2 mile down the street where the sister Santa Rosa course has a nice, all grass driving range. No GPS on the basic carts. The customer service was good from everyone encountered. No drink cart today, but plenty of water stations on the course. Reasonably priced restaurant onsite that is usually very busy. Recommended.
6 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6720/72.1/127) with Bob mid morning in slightly over 3H using Under Par. 1H, 15M on the front, 1H, 50M on the back after we caught a 4some and had to wait every shot. The weather was in the high 90's, sunny and calm.

The tees were lush, level and nicely maintained.

The fairways were lush and nice to play from.

The rough was lush and mostly mowed down. Not tough to play out of, it was mowed low enough to putt off many greens.

The sand traps were nicely maintained with thick, good quality sand.

The large greens have transitioning back to Bermuda. They are firm and putted medium speed with few ball marks. More so than many Bermuda courses, the grain really affects the speed here. Putting into the grain and it's easy to leave even a downhill putt short. Putting with the grain, and you better just touch a downhiller or you can have 8-12' coming back real easy.

Customer service has always been very good from everyone here. Santa Rosa is definitely not a good course to walk, many tees are a long way from the last green. Nice, all grass driving range is a +. Basic carts do not have GPS is a -. Plenty of water stations on the course, usually no drink cart on weekdays here. No starter or marshall off season. Good restaurant on site. Recommended.
6 Likes.
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