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Played here on Saturday, 2/9, in Team Play. it was pouring rain on the way to the course and raining steadily when we got there. Nonetheless, we were told we were playing. The putting green was virtually unputtable (top corner allowed some putts) and the driving range was closed until we teed off. It stopped raining on number 2 or 3 and had pretty good weather the rest of the round. it ended up being a 5 hour round as it was cart path only and there was quite a bit of searching for balls.

The good - The greens were really fast and rolled great, both when wet and after drying out. The sand was great also (much better than this time last year) although compacted from the rain.

The okay - The fairways were for the most part okay with pretty good hitting surfaces. They have not been able to mow and in some parts it was tough to tell where the rough ended and the fairway began. The rough was pretty low and not a factor although there was some really thick junk in areas, hence the searching. It was tough to find balls in those areas. The tee boxes were a mixed bag with some sloping but I was always able to find a flat area.

The bad - The 14th and 15th fairways were so bad that they had a marshal out there helping people find balls on 15 and directing them on 14. Roughly 70-80 percent of the fairway on 14 was roped off and had standing water throughout, which is amazing considering how sloped it is. All of 15's fairway was roped off up to near the green. My teammate lost his ball in an area where it had to have plugged so deep it was gone. I could feel the ground shifting under my feet as we looked for his ball. The fairway was not mowed, needless to say.

Great service, especially in the coffee shop. I'll come back when it dries out.
7 Likes.
Played in what was supposed to be a tournament but became unofficial when too many people cancelled because of forecast rain. The course was great in working with us under the circumstances and getting out those that wanted to play. And it did rain, at times, which really did not affect the course until the last hole when the downpour quickly turned the fairway into a quagmire and the green into a pond. Cart path only (I walked), 5.5 hour round.

The fairways were the worst I have seen them. I play here at least once a year and I have never had a negative opinion of the fairways. For whatever reasons, the grass was sparse in places, many places. Light rough was not a factor. Good sand in the bunkers.

The greens were great. Quite fast with tricky pin positions.

The 19th hole here is great, which we enjoyed with the club member who had a hole in one on number 7. Very nice.
7 Likes.
Played Wednesday, January 2. Not much to add to the last review except that in addition to being a little bumpy, the greens were very firm. No check on chip shots that I saw and I was playing with two sub-5 handicappers. Spectacular weather, albeit cold, and course conditions were very good. It was quite green. Interesting that there is a sand base at the driving range but the course has a tougher dirt base.

We had a forecaddie for the four of us, which is a less expensive option to the caddy experience. The bags were on carts (cart path only). He found balls, gave direction and distance, raked bunkers, and read putts. I think the greens are fairly difficult to read so that was valuable. The only birdie I made was a triple breaker, downhill putt that he read to perfection. Mark "Benjie" Benjamin. Highly recommended. You never know though. Another foursome in our group had a caddy who said he was legally blind and did not look for balls. Weird qualities in a forecaddie.
15 Likes.
Played an early morning round last Saturday, around 7:00. Walked up to the starter and was teeing off about 15 minutes later. Always good service here in my experience, starter and F&B staff, and today was no exception. Good POP at 3:55.

The course was in pretty good shape. Some bare spots in the fairways, tees a bit beaten up, and the one trap I was in had good sand on my first shot and no sand in my (alas) second shot from three feet closer to the hole. The rough was cut down in most spots with it being more full on the clubhouse side of the road. The highlight of the course were the greens. My not having putted before the round killed me because the greens were quite fast. They were very wet with dew when we started out and did not look close cropped but my first putt went 15' by the hole. Surprisingly fast. There is enough slope on some of the greens to make it fun. The held approach shots well though.

Good experience so recommended.
9 Likes.
Played today, Sunday Oct. 7, in a tourney at 10:00 am. Not surprisingly, they were running about 20 to 30 minutes behind. POP was about 5:15, about what we expected and better than we feared.

The course is in decent condition. The only sign of the recent aeration was on the practice green. The greens on the course showed no evidence of it. The rolled decently although they were fairly soft so there were bounces from the footprints. The fairways were pretty good, the rough cut down and more hit or miss. That said we lost two balls in the rough in areas where no balls should have been lost. So there was some thicker grass that apparently gobbles balls.

The tee boxes were merely okay. Between the markers they tended to be chewed up but there were flat decent areas if you were flexible on ball placement. The worst part to me were the sand traps. The sand was hit and miss with many spots with less sand than there appeared. The fairway bunkers tended to be hard as concrete except on #10.

Overall, it was an okay experience. I played poorly and that likely colored my experience. That and the decently quick greens with footprints evident in them. It is recommended but not ideal.
9 Likes.
Played last weekend in the early morning. Quite busy. I got there a little before dawn to get on the waiting list and waited about 45 minutes before my name was called. While that may not seem like a long time on a weekend morning, it was atypical to my experience here. The starter's computer kept going down, slowing the line waiting to check in, but people kept teeing off so that was not the issue. It was just busy. Maybe Tiger's resurgence is affecting the attendance??? Even considering the fog, which hung around for seven holes, the POP was less than 4 hours.

The course conditions were pretty much the same as they have been in my prior visits, except the greens and the rough. The rough is generally lush but it was definitely cut down from its height earlier in the summer. Still a factor but much more playable. Fairways were good, tee boxes were okay.

The greens were lousy. There were really bad fungus (bare) spots especially on the front nine. They were bumpy and slow. It was especially glaring considering how good the greens were earlier this year. What was funny about the situation is I made a ton of putts. I can only think I would have missed the putts if the greens had been any good. So my perception of the greens was not because of the experience. That said, some of the greens on the back nine were much better. Still slow, but without the bare spots.

I had a good time even with the conditions of the greens. The rest of the course is muni-good and putts were falling. So I will be back.
7 Likes.
Played Sunday in the Men's Club tourney. Early tee time but the public groups before the tournament were slow. 4.5 hours POP was too slow for that early.

The course was in decent shape. No sand or other evidence of any work on the greens. There were some discoloration/swirls around the edges like maybe they were going to get fungus but the greens are uniform in lushness. They were relatively slow though. Medium at best, easily the slowest I have seen them in a while.

The fairways were fine, the rough hit or miss as usual, and the bunkers had relatively new sand that was nice to play from. The tee boxes were merely okay, with number 12 being not okay. It was really chewed up. Otherwise the kikuyu was pretty thick on the tees.

It was more humid than usual, but a nice day to be walking on the hill overlooking the ocean.
8 Likes.
Played Saturday, 8/4, with a fairly early start. Small shotgun starting over 6 or 7 holes on the back nine. Pace of play was a little over 5 hours. We were playing match play which should have made the pace faster, but alas not.

I had never played the course before. I liked it. Interesting elevation changes especially on the back nine. The course conditions were pretty good. I liked the bermuda fairways and did not have a bad lie in them. The rough was mixed. I had one gnarly bermuda rough lie where advancing the ball was all I could do, and other places with other grass that was lush but one could get a club on it. The sand traps were mixed. One greenside bunker had too little sand at the bottom, others were fine. The fairway bunkers were very firm.

The greens were great. They were not as fast as they looked and they were pretty soft. Footprints were quite evident on them. That said, they ran mostly true at medium speed and held all shots.

If you could keep the ball in the fairway, the course was there to be had. I will definitely be back.
9 Likes.
Office closed early on July 3 so I made my first 2018 appearance at Alondra. Teeing off about 3:15, amazingly, the POP was good for the holiday-eve afternoon, trending to 4 hours (I left after 16).

The course was in standard summer condition. Meaning, many of the fairways were rock hard with quite a few bare areas. Big run out on drives on holes 1 and 3. The greens were soft and medium speed at best. The tees were good. The rough was non-existent except in certain areas around the greens, such as to the right of #11 and left of #13. The sand was okay if one ignored the many, many footprints.

Nice day, good company, mistreated stepchild of a County course. At $19 walking, I got what I paid for.
9 Likes.
Played early on Father's Day, June 17. Pace of play was typical, about 4.5 hours, starting about 6:30 am. Cool morning with it misting on one hole but otherwise perfect walking weather. It was decently clear out there with several cargo ships heading out adding to a great view. Customer service was great as usual. I heard that they just started actual construction work on the coffee shop so that is not going to be done anytime soon (it was originally scheduled to be done June 2018). The cheerful staff at the concessions table they have aren't complaining but it definitely is not as pleasant an experience for anyone in terms of food & beverage.

They have been putting a good amount of water on the course evidently and the fairways and rough have responded accordingly. There is still a ton of dirt around the edges (which I always seem to find on numbers 2 and 14) but the fairways were excellent and the rough was longer than usual, except around the greens where they shaved it down more than usual. We had to look several times to find balls in the rough and it has been quite a while since that could be said about this course. I thought the course looked great in that regard.

I thought the greens (which look great) were a little slower than the practice green and were slower than I expected. They still rolled at a good speed.

The sand was below par. I hit bottom at least once (greenside #7) and the clay flying from others' shots indicated they experienced the same. Word is that new sand is on the way. Its not there yet.

Overall, a good experience and a great day.
7 Likes.
Played here in a tournament starting at 9:00 am. POP was interesting - we were on a 4 to 4 1/2 hour pace for most of the day, just about the best pace I have seen at a county course. And then not. The last four or five holes were done very slowly so we came in at around 5 hours.

The course was in good shape. They had put quite a bit of water on it because of the hot weather and it played pretty long for this course (although we played the whites so not that long). I don't recall being in any sand but it looked pretty good from seeing others hit out of it. The rough was hit and miss. There is some gnarly stuff at odd spots (like in the drainage area in front of the 10th tee where we spent several minutes looking for my gopher ball tee shot (only to find it in the middle of the fairway at the 150 marker after I had gone back and re-hit)) including a two foot square area on the edge of the 4th fairway where I thought I had caught a lucky break (Not) after shanking into the trees and having it bounce back toward our fairway. Other areas of the rough were moderate to not a factor. There are some drier areas in the fairways but overall it was a good hitting surface.

The greens were simply outstanding. Quite quick. Fast. The guy I was riding with had a great ball striking day and shot an 81 with six three putts. You could not be above the hole and hope to score well. The greens have some slopes in different directions too, not all back to front like you see on some courses, so it was difficult for those of us that have not played here in a while to know where below the hole was located.

The service was generally good. The ladies at the starter desk were extremely helpful and efficient (they had carts set aside with our club name on them for the tourney) and the cart (young) lady was very nice and we saw her several times. The snack stand they have behind the 10th tee was closed requiring a walk to the café because you cannot drive a cart up to it. They did not have any hot dogs ready (at noon!), the cook went and got them from the cooler, and I found out mine was cold in the middle as I was walking to the 10th tee. That is my only complaint, other than the shanks, from a nice day at the course. I'll be back.
8 Likes.
Played a GK12 Cup match with golfereric420 today, teeing off at about 8:20, 20 minutes late. The POP was slow, as expected, with the front being played in about 2:40. The back was faster but still at a little over 5 hour pace.

The course is in good shape overall, especially the greens. They were running medium fast and generally true. They held shots well. The highlight of the course.

The fairways were generally lush. There were some drier spots but I did not see any bare spots. The rough was inconsistent with some thick areas, some that was longer than the fairways but not bad to hit from, and some bare areas. The bunkers looked good but I found the sand layer was not very thick. They were okay to hit from but it was close.

My peeve was some of the blue markers were all the way back on the rocks, which is the black tee position. I have found that seems to happen on Sundays. The course can stretch to 7000 yards at the tips and plays longer with wet kikuyu. It is not conducive to a good pace of play to have weekend warriors playing from that far back. Two of the par 3s were playing over 220 yards. A small peeve that did not detract from a nice day on the links.
9 Likes.
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