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Another great day at Torrey, beautiful with perfect weather. Course is in good shape with fairways running fast as well as the greens. Most everything similar to last review (last Sunday) except the greens were looking and rolling a little better. Pretty much my favorite course right now. It's tough, it's a big boy/girl course so, once again, bring your game!
8 Likes.
Played twilight at 2:20, out a bit earlier that that. The course was playing short today, the dry air and hard surfaces combined to make the ball go further, much further in some cases (that or the steroids are finally kicking in!). The course is in good shape, with, as Mike said, a few rough areas where the heat has taken it's toll.
Tees: large, flat and mostly well covered
Fairways: running fast with some bare areas (I ended up in one in the middle of the fairway on 13) but mostly good to play from
Rough: cut down a bit (2" to 3") and not quite as thick and sticky as usual (I caught a few flyers that sent the ball enormous distances (190 yard 7 iron straight into a strong wind on 4)
Bunkers: The ones I found were very good
Greens: fast down grain and a bit slower against, they were also a touch scrappy with ball marks ill-fixed and some not at all, also the surfaces themselves were just not smooth . . . a combination that made actually holing putts very difficult
POP: 4 hrs 20 minutes
Customer service: fine
Recommendation: It's Torrey South, an Open venue with spectacular views, so yes, recommended, it is a big boy/girl course so bring your game or pay the price
9 Likes.
First off at twilight, we were sent out about 10 minutes early and played in 4 hrs 20 mins, basically at our own pave until we caught the group ahead on 15. Two weeks since the greens were punched and sanded. There was a little evidence of the maintenance, sand, punch marks barely visible, but the greens were scruffy. Not cut tight or rolled or whatever it takes make them smooth putting surfaces. So they were a bit slow and bumpy . . . that and lots of unpaired/ill-repaired ball marks made holing putts difficult. Fairways were a bit shaggy, so little roll out and some areas of the rough were really long and in serious need of a mow!
Basically it's Torrey and a great place to hit the little ball around, but maybe give it a week or two so they can get it back in a bit more manageable shape.
5 Likes.
Played twice last week while the site was down at the friendly confines. The course is in great shape right now, but maintenance is scheduled for next week . . . so get out there this weekend!
Tees: good shape, a bit tattered in places as the tee areas are small (the course was built in 1927) but flat, mostly
Fairways: the places you are supposed to be playing from are in great shape although off the beaten path has some areas the heat has gotten to
Rough: thick and sticky, hard to gauge your shots from and again off the beaten path gets a bit rougher
Bunkers: many have been filled with nice, soft, white sand around the greens, the fairway bunkers remain thin, but smooth and very playable
Greens: great shape, rolling med fast and well, accepting well struck balls and some spin back
POP: just over 4 hours both times with our group basically setting our own pace
Customer service: fine for a muni, great 19th hole, halfway house, they now also have a snack cart (yes Andrew, with beer and other drinks) and everyone you talk to is friendly
7 Likes.
After reading a few of the reviews I see some of those playing Champions for the first time had some of the same issues I had originally when I first played there pertaining to the high end nature of the course, resort and the usual rack rate. Like most things in life a big build up is rarely justified, but after playing here a few times now it has grown on me.
Tees: level and serviceable when sticking a peg in the ground
Fairways: firm, not hard, with decent roll out and good lies, although the tight nature of the grass makes short feel shots and pitches difficult
Rough: I found the rough to be extremely sticky and until I adjusted my swing path from the rough to an extreme out to in path(see: sixpez comments on how easy he found the rough to play from) I was having a really tough go out of the rough
Bunkers: the bunkers are the now normal, easier to maintain, firm base with a thin layer of sand like material, as I am now use to the technique required no complaints
Greens: most held well and rolled well despite the YUGE amount of ball marks (my wrist is sore)
POP: shotgun so basically of our own making
Customer service: always present, which some people appreciate
GPS: ours pooped out on us and occasionally switch screens from time to time, but gave a general idea of where we were, I still use my range finder on every shot
Layout and challenge: I like the layout, there are some quirky holes, but mostly fun (if you keep the ball where it is supposed to be!)
Recommendation: yes, if you get a decent deal. Remember that this is a high end resort course and is priced accordingly, it's not your usual daily fee course and not trying to be full all the time.
12 Likes.
Had a 2:40 (second out twilight), got out 10 minutes early and we played in a nice pocket all afternoon, only waited a bit on 11 and 16, and only saw the group behind us a couple times as well. Course is in good condition overall.
Tees: large, flat and well covered on most holes besides the par 3 8th which had typical divot damage
Fairways: decent roll out, nice lies all except on 10 where I was dead center at 104 in a divot
Rough: 2" to 3" and sticky like always
Bunkers: on the firm side in the bottoms with a bit of soft sand around the edges which has become the norm at most courses it seems so I have become accustom to the manner in which to play from them
Greens: firm but taking well struck shots, rolling mostly smooth at a medium pace . . . I did of course fix gob loads of ball marks
POP" 4 hrs 15 minutes niiiiice!
Customer service: top notch/beyond a typical muni, saw the snack cart multiple times
Recommendation: definitely in good to great shape with some minor rough areas on the outskirts of play
8 Likes.
Week late here but I've been busy. Like always enjoyed playing with D-Con and enjoyed the course conditions and layout. Hard to get bored playing Journey and the conditions were very nice especially considering the heat they usually have to deal with out there. It was actually chilly when I got there and then it warmed up to a nice temperature. I saw a few rough areas in a couple fairways, but mostly where David's ball ended up, not mine. Rough was of medium length and quite sticky. Bunkers were slightly firm with a layer of soft just on the top. Greens held well struck shots and rolled rather well . . . although here is where my opinion differs from David's as I fixed well more than my share of ball marks. Maybe from way up there he doesn't see them as well as I do?
Layout is fun, tricky and does require one to map out a plan.
Find a deal and get out there, have fun!
8 Likes.
Great day at Mt Woodson, always seems to be a cool breeze up there and today was no exception. The weather was good, course was in very nice shape and the GK company was outstanding! Besides the long wooden bridge between 2 and 3 that is really cool, pretty much the whole course plays through and winds around ancient oaks, rocky hills, little valleys and has a bit of a Disneyland or enchanted forest feel to it (The castle just past the entrance helps that along a bit as well). The course is in great shape, is super fun to play and provides quite the variety of shot challenges. Highly recommended for a really fun round!
14 Likes.
First off at twilight, usually don't do Saturdays but I couldn't pass it up now that twilight times are back for weekend play at the North course ($31 for residents). The weather was nice with some breeze and plenty of sunshine. We were sent out 10 minutes early.
Tees: level, covered with good grass and mostly wide areas.
Fairways: hard and running out and great to hit from
Rough: Patchy in places with some inconsistency, there were some areas that were almost growing out of control and others mown but sticky and really thick, tough to hit good shots from, also in our group we lost 2 or 3 balls that we saw land.
Bunkers: on the thin side and moist but plenty playable, best bunkers I have played out of in awhile
Greens: HARD, shots that aren't coming in high or struck very well bounce off to the back of the green, they do run pretty quick and very true
POP: front 9 was just a tick over 2 hrs, then we ran into the look-loos nice people, but sloooooow, back took about 2:45
Customer service: besides being sent out early we saw the snack cart 3 or 4 times and everyone was friendly and helpful
Recommended
11 Likes.
Pretty similar conditions to last week, with some different mowing patterns concerning where rough and fairway meet. Noticed some fairways were tightened up and some areas that were medium rough were mown down tight, like the front area of the par 3 17th. City Am was just played here so that may be why the different mowing configurations.
7 Likes.
Conditions similar to last week, second group out twilight:
Tees: good
Fairways: good to hit from, not a lot of run out
Rough: sticky and makes you really think about what shot to hit and where
Bunkers: I was in a couple and they had good sand and were mostly smooth
Greens: rolling well medium with a bit of extra roll out when putting towards the southwest
POP: front 9 in just over 2 hours walking and then the group in carts that was first out hit the halfway house, slowed down so we waited quite a bit and the back 9 and ended up playing in just under 5 hours.
Recommended
10 Likes.
First off at twilight, done at 7:20, only waiting occasionally. Course was in very good shape.
Tees: level, wide and well covered
Fairways: nice to play from with some roll out on tee balls
Rough: thick and nasty, open the face a bit, hold on tight with that upper hand and let it rip, I would have rated the rough a bit higher but it was a little inconsistent
Bunkers: mostly a thin layer of sand with a firm wet base, typical at most SoCal courses these days, maybe a bit better than most
Greens: very good, rolling nice, a couple a bit bumpy late but that's to be expected
Customer service: saw a cart a couple times a nine, everyone else professional and friendly.
Overall: can't wrong with either Torrey course right now worth the price of admission
11 Likes.
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