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The greens are spectacular and running very quick right now. Both my dad and I had lots of practice on the greens.....and three putts to show for it. Tough day. The fairways are very firm, have looked better, but rollout and play very true. The rough is a bit scruffy, and this place has lots of it with few opportunities for recovery. This was my third time ever playing maderas and I loved it. The conditions were not as good as I remember before, but everything else was spot on. Service is the best I've experienced anywhere, pace of play great at 4 hours, and bar and grill superb. I really can't ask for a better experience. We got a very good deal on tee off at $81, so good all around.
12 Likes.
Played here on 12/29. The course is typical Pete Dye with long sand trap waste areas running alongside fairways, and lots of elevated greens. Miss the green short.....roll down a ravine with a long uphill recovery,and lucky to see top of flag from 30yds out. So, you see where I was, starting with hole 1. The Bermuda grass is brown all around making this course look much less attractive than many others. But it plays fairly. The routing is interesting with many holes playing alongside the mountain where your target shots need to follow the contours. A couple so-so holes that route through homes to get back to the mountain. I'm never much of a Pete Dye fan and this falls in that category. I played fine in the end, but the course, despite being highly rated is really not among the best in the valley. The facility is just ok, driving range just ok, everything just ok. I probably won't be back but did enjoy it for what it was. I can only imagine that conditions do get better. No real complaints except the visual appeal lacks right now compared to others.
10 Likes.
Great deal on underpar for $89 with all day replay. The desert courses are already in high season pricing, so this is really a great deal. The course is wonderful, with spectacular routing and design. I enjoyed the front 9 better, as the back got progressively more difficult with a challenging but great 18th hole finish. Conditions are palm Desert perfect right now. Fairways, greens, and rough all good. Only drawback was pace of play. Lots of vacationers and couples. I played with a group, very nice, with two beginners. The more experienced player in their group tried to keep it going and had them pick up on several holes. But we still finished a hole behind and clocked in at 5hrs 10 minutes. That killed the chance for completing a replay round. But at $89 for the loop.....awesome. Highly recommend.
11 Likes.
The course is in the best shape I've seen. Tee boxes level and groomed, fairways lush, greens perfect and best sand I've played out of all year. Highly recommend! But the best part is that I witnessed one of the best rounds of golf I've seen. We were lucky to play with Andy Miller today, Johnny millers son and former pro. He had the course record in his sights and finished with a 63. What is it about these Miller guys and 63's!! Went 32-31. Made it look effortless. Anyway, go play here. Great conditions...just starting to get ready for Safeway open later.
8 Likes.
Very busy at La Purisima. I normally don't play here on holiday weekends even though I am a players club member and they have a July 4th weekend members tournament. That is tomorrow. It was stacked today. In fact, so stacked I played 12 holes and called it quits. Too slow and my game got affected. Well it's probably me. I'm so used to coming out at irregular times that prime time holiday is a shock. But this courses DESERVES AND EARNS heavy traffic. An absolute gem and I'm thrilled to call it my home course. Among the best anywhere. It's just awesome, so I'll be back. Again, again and again.
10 Likes.
First time in years and since Troon took over management. The Legends course has been permanently closed since 2014, so the Ranch course is the only option. I played late, around 3pm, and it was pretty warm at about 98 degrees, but that made pace of play quick. Played through one group and finished in three hours. The tee boxes are 90% good. Maybe #16 needs a little leveling, but all others good. Greens are very nice and running about 10 I would guess. Mainly the fairways look terrific with a typical crosscut look I see with Troon managed clubs. Overall, I think Troon has been good for the club. The place has a certain pep and freshness to it. Just like many years ago. The place is really, really remote so you have to want to go there. I would say it's worth stopping on highway 5 if you are looking for a golf fix. As I think about it, I'm not aware of any other golf course of this quality in the 200+ miles of highway 5 heading south toward LA. Maybe not until you reach Valencia. Good courses there.
9 Likes.
Had a great day at Wente with BigO and Kviser! Sure glad it came together and I appreciate the golfnow vip rate we got from BigO. The course looks fine as usual, but will get better. They had some damage from earlier rain on #6 and it temporarily plays as a par 3. Greens are rolling true and smooth, though a little slow for typical Wente. Traps are excellent. The first tee starter is super helpful and supplied great info on the gps, as well as course updates. It was a really relaxed pace for Sunday at prime time. We teed off 9:50 and never had to wait anywhere. The course is always a good test, in good shape and very scenic from all holes. It's definitely worth sticking around for a cold one on the patio overlooking the 18th if you have time.
9 Likes.
Elkins is looking good. I've always enjoyed this course for what it is. A nice layout, relaxed atmosphere, and good course. Nice mix of dogleg left and right. The greens are in excellent shape. This just seems like a cool Friday afternoon course. Just a good way to ease into the weekend. Nothing real notable about current course conditions. It's all good and as green as I've seen.
8 Likes.
Showed up at 2:30pm and played all 27 holes with daylight to spare. Total cost<$50. Now that's pretty good. So, the obvious point is that pace of play was superb. Moved quickly and never had anyone slow me down as a single. Lucky I played well because the course is tough - Creekside and Ridgeline. Canyon Crest, not so much. The course conditions were pretty good and greens are healing just fine from the punching. A little slow, but moving enough to make putts and not just take em'. This course is really scenic and provides great photo opportunities. I particularly liked Reagan Country hole. Yet, there are plenty of tough holes and one really weird one. The 4th hole on Creekside is really weird. Didn't care for that at all as I stood there trying to figure out what the heck to hit and where the hole was going. Overall, the layout of the three nines is not for me. One and done. But I can see how better players might keep this in their rotation for challenge, variety and physical appeal. The clubhouse is nice, everyone is helpful and routing on the course is easy to follow. GPS on the cart is nice, but didn't find it especially helpful as its not backlit well and tough to see at times. Overall, good course, good price and good aesthetics. For the right player, a real treat. For me, a good day on a very nice course. Last note....greens should be great in about a week.
11 Likes.
It was a mixed experience at Blacklake. On the one hand the deal was unbeatable. $24 for green fees, cart and 2 drink coupons. I don't know what the course normally gets, but it can't be near that. The course, on the other hand, is not in good shape. The tee boxes were the worst I've experienced in years. Crowned, diseased, plus severe hard pan. Some holes I needed a hammer to Tee up. Tee boxes were actually just tufts of badly maintained turf. Only slightly better were the fairways. Although cut level and giving the appearance of being green looking down range, it's really an illusion. Dandelions, clovers, hard pan, some turf, and who knows what else. I don't like to be unfair, but it's not good. My cart partner said the private owner wants to close the course and build more homes. Apparently there is resistance, understandably from the many homeowners whose houses line the fairways, so the strategy has been to let the course maintenance decline. I don't know if that's true but it certainly looked true. On the plus side, everyone there is super friendly and really appear to enjoy being a part of this course/club. They also advertise the first tee program and many kids were there practicing around the range. So, no sure how all parts and rumors add up, but something is up. The same cart partner said this used to be a premier course in the area. I hope it works out in favor of the people who really seem to love the place and are committed to it. However, I can't say I recommend playing here these days. But hey, the greens were decent, the pace was good, and the atmosphere nice. So for $24, and all that, you can overlook some stuff.
11 Likes.
What a treat. I had no idea this course offered such spectacular views. The front 9 alone is worth the green fees, and truthfully, at $15 walking after 3pm. That's an insanely good deal. I read this is one of the busiest courses in the state and I get it. I feel very fortunate that it was wide open, due to Easter weekend I expect. Some reviews call it a poor man's pebble beach and I get that too. The approach shot on 9 is just surreal. 270 degree ocean views. Wow. Who knew? I didn't, but do now and will be back. Still stunned....$15.
18 Likes.
The course was hit hard by recent storms. The pro shop starter said 53 trees were down. Most appear removed now except a few very, very large ones. Surprising how large. Nonetheless, don't let that stop you from playing here. It's not a factor. The greens are really good and I hear they can get very quick. As others have noted, this course was private a long time and most players are members, but it's open to the public certain hours. I played after a member tournament today as a single. Quick round at 4 hours and would have been even quicker except I caught a couple of groups on the last 4 holes. As others also noted, members are friendly but maybe not entirely used to public play. There is definitely a feel of something a little different. Just the same, this course is really refreshing. When everything around Monterey feels like you need an expense account, this little country oasis just 20 miles away is a pleasure. A great option when considering courses on the way in or out of Monterey. Check them out and support the club. I'll be back.
10 Likes.
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