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I had a great time playing the the GK Plays event at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa Legends course. La Costa has 2 18 hold courses I had never played the legends only the champions course.

It was a great round thanks for the course's ability to drain from all the recent rains. We started out with Cart Path only on the even holes but that was lifted about 1/3 to 1/2 way through the round.

The course has a lot of holes where you decide either hit over either a small river or a bunker or lay up in front of the bunker/river. There is GPS in the cart to let you know where the hazards are and how far you need to hit it to avoid them. I think I need a few more rounds here to really dial in where I want to go for it and where I want to lay up.

The fairways were kinda soggy and did not provide alot of roll out. The ruff was felling itself after the recent rains and was a challenge to find balls and hit out of.

The greens were pretty smooth but they were rejecting every thing into them hit with a 9 iron or higher the ball about be about 5-7 yards past the divot on an 8 iron which I am more used to a 2-3 yard stop. The sand was really great here. I was in a few bunkers and each time the sand was nice, fluffy and workable.

The overall resort at La Costa is an amazing thing with a kids care place and a spa for the wife (they can take care of your whole family for a price while you golf). When I go on vacations I am looking for a resort like La Costa. A place that can entertain everyone on the property while I am playing golf.
8 Likes.
I played in the GK plays even held at Rams Hill on 12/8/2018. The course is in great shape and I would highly recommend it. The service is top notch and the views from the course are amazing.

The course does a great job of making you feel like you have a lot of options off the tee with very wide fairways and strategic bunkers that can be challenged based on the tees you are playing from. The very wide fairways run off into some pretty thick ruff that should be avoided.

The greens were very nice but I think not as good as they were last year. There were a few spots with less than complete coverage but overall in amazing shape. This would be a great course to play a bunch; you would then have the time to understand all the subtle undulations. I think the sand traps had not been fully raked/fluffed since the rain but everything else was in great shape.

Afterward I got the tri tip sandwich which was very good. I wish I could have stayed for the festivities afterward but after two consecutive days of golf my wife and three kids were ready to have their husband/father back. Look forward to the event in 2019!
8 Likes.
I played Twin Oaks on Sunday 12/2/2018 in a nice warm up round before the GK plays events next weekend. Overall the course is pretty soggy right now but appears to have recovered very nicely from the winter maintenance.

Dad and I were grouped with a single and we teed off from the white tees at our start time of 10:39 and were finished right around 3 pm to complete in under 4:30 not that bad for a Sunday afternoon round. Due to the recent rains the whole course was cart path only.

It appeared that the middle tee boxes were being reseeded and the white tees were either up with the reds or back with the blues. They were a little soggy due to the recent rain but not a lot of divot damage and flat. Overall very good conditions for tee shots.

The fairways are also in pretty good shape but still a little wet due to the rains there was not a lot of run out there was only 1 mud ball I think only 1 for the whole round. The rough is a little thin and some of the ruff around a tree is pretty bare.

The greens were much better than the last time I played here. Very smooth with little to no bare spots or divot damage but they were extremely slow. I don't see why all JC courses cant get their greens running the same speed.
6 Likes.
I played Encinitas Ranch. I have not been able to golf alot since our daughter was born on 6/1 but I was able to play Sunday 7/22/2018. Overall the course is in good summer shape and the ocean breeze beats the heat.

My dad and I teed off around 10:30 with another twosome. I played the green tees. The blue tees here seem to place the tee boxes in weird spots that try to maximize the distance on the card. Dad played the white tees which are very forgiving for a senior. He was able to reach the greens in regulation on the majority of holes something I don't think he could have done playing from the green or blue tees.

Alot of the tee boxes have small slopes but not enough to seriously impeded your swing. The fairways are pretty good but they were a little thinner than I remembered them with some bare spots on the edges of the fairways.

The greens are in good shape they held all manner of shots and rolled nicely. I do not think the bunkers were raked Sunday morning and the sand was a little firm in them.

The ocean views were nice and I was just great to get out and golf. The price is a little higher than I wanted to pay but its my dads favorite course.
10 Likes.
I played Encinitas Ranch on 3/18/2018. The course is in decent shape and has great views but a few areas could be improved.

We teed off around 10:30 and I played the green tees which sometimes groups you with the white tees, sometimes the blue tees and sometimes your own tee box. The course is not very long I think only one par 4 over 400 from the green tees. There is alot of area to miss off the tee on most holes and still have an good shot into the green.

There were a few tee boxes that were not level. Most of these were on the par threes.

The fairways were a little thin and there were a few bare spots on the course as well.

I was in a few bunkers some had been raked before I got in them. A few times there was no previous raking and the sand was firm.

The greens are very large and this is a great place to play snake. They rolled pretty true. There were a few bare spots on the collars.

Overall this place is a decent layout with good ocean views they just need to fix the bare spots, rake the bunkers and level a few tee boxes and it will be in top shape.
10 Likes.
I played Twin Oaks on 3/11/2018. The course was soggy from the rain the previous day but overall in decent shape with very good greens.

We teed off at 10:30 as a twosome. I do not think the starter does a good job of pairing groups up here because there was a lot of twosomes on the course. We passed a slow playing foursome in route to finishing in around four hours and 45 minutes. The whole course was cart path only which contributed to the overall slow day.

The tee boxes are a little shaggy for my tastes you had to tee up the ball on a few par threes (number 3 I specifically recall). But they were level and minimal divots.

The fairways I think could benefit from this rain. They were a little soggy and looked a little thin. I think in a week or two they will be in very good shape.

I was in a few bunkers. There was some standing water in a few (as previously mentioned it rained the day before). Overlooking that the sand was of a pretty good quality. The rough around the green is about half a ball deep but still able to get up and down a few times.

The greens are rolling very nicely and are the best part of the course. There are a few ball marks on some of the holes. There are a few holes that are on top of a small mound and those have the most ball marks.

The course overall is very narrow for four holes then opens up. There is not alot of risk reward holes as I would like. There are a few holes where you dont want to hit driver or risk end up in water (hole 9) or a blind shot in the bottom of a ravine (hole 14). There are a couple of longer par 3's that I dont really care for and seem to slow down play. I dont know why they put a 175-190 par three (from the whites) on hole 10 and god help you if you have to go off the back to start the round.

Overall I like the course and it is in decent shape that should only improve after the grass has time to grow after the rains.

Despite the rain the day before I saw the cart person out quite a few times and the homemade/made on site potato chips in the bar after the round were amazing.
10 Likes.
I played Arrowood on Sunday 3/4/2018. We started around 10:30 and finished in 4 hours and 15 minutes. I played the blues and walked the course and overall Arrowood is in very good shape.

The tee-boxes are above average my only complaint is with a couple of the par three tees that are not level due to the golfers covering up divots with sand.

There was rain the day before and some of the bunkers (greenside and fairway) were still a little muddy but did not have any standing water. The sand seemed to be a better quality than last time I played here (less clay).

The fairways are very thin with tight lies and a lot of roll. A well placed tee shot can get over 40 yards of roll downhill on a lot of the holes. The challenge comes in having to hit a wedge with a tight downhill lie.

The greens are very receptive. The speed was pretty fast on some of the puts despite the rain the day before. There were some un-repaired ballparks.

The course layout appeals alot to me. Most of the holes allow for a wide landing zone for your drive. The challenge comes in the second shot with some holes on the back nine having a forced carry over a canyon or over water.

The course is not really made for walking. The cart is included with every round and there is no discount for walking. There are also elevation changes and a few holes that are spaced apart but nothing that prevents walking a la the crossings.

Overall Arrowood is in good shape with an enjoyable layout. I definitely recommend.
10 Likes.
I played Encinitas Ranch on 1/2/17. There had been rains in the days before and the course was cart path only. This place did seem to drain a little better than the Crossings after the rains.

The tees overall were pretty good level with good grass coverage. There were a few that were not level and the par 3 tees were quite chewed up.

The fairways are in very good condition with a few divot marks but overall good grass coverage.

The greens were a little worse than the last time I played. There are still bare spots around the collars of a lot of greens. There are un repaired divot marks that have since mutated into small bare spots on some holes. With that being said the greens rolled true when not in line with a bare spot and were pretty fast even after the rain.

I was not in a sand trap but I did not see any standing water in them (overall looked good).

My dad loves this course because it plays to his slice, is pretty short from the white tees and has very large greens.
7 Likes.
I played the Crossings after the rains rolled though on January 1/1/2017. The course was very wet with a lot of standing water and cart path only on all of the holes. The recent rain made the whole course a lot longer with no roll out on drives but the greens held any shot into them. The fairways were in very good shape, as they always are here, with very lush grass. I did have to move the ball a few times to find a spot without standing water. The greens were in good to shape a little on the slow side but rolling true.
6 Likes.
I was also part of the in the GK plays even held 12/11/16. The whole even was great. Linksoul, Golfmoose and Cleveland Golf all came through with great support and swag. The entire Rams Hill staff was pleasant and helpful. On to the course review.

I had never played this course before and overall I was impressed by the amenities the views and the quality of the course conditions.

The tee boxes have many options to choose from ranging from 7200 to 5000 with a par of 72. I think it is a good sign that someone playing from a forward tee was able to win one of the long drive contests. I played the blues which are around 6300 which included a few long par fours and a few reachable par fives. When standing on the tee boxes you are treated to some nice views of the mountainous and surrounding areas.

The course has a lot of long fairway bunkers with white sand contrasting with the dark green of the rye grass. They let the grass about 2 feet around the bunker go dormant for the winter to further frame the bunkers. I was in a few bunkers the sand was consistent, the rakes were plentiful (the mistakes were my own).

This is a resort course and the fairways were fairly wide. The fairway does have some undulations sometimes presenting you with a fairway lie that is uphill or downhill or on the side of a hill. The rough is present but not extremely penal sometimes the ball would sit down making the shot harder. After the rough there is normally some knee high grass there are also some houses on the course but for the most part they are hidden away.

The greens are skinny and long. There are a few false fronts or sides that will have your ball roll off the green. There are also many greens with tiers. The greens often leave you with one side you really don't want to miss on with either a bunker taller than shaq or a water feature. Even though the some of the greens have a side of a hill that looks like it could roll onto the green the rye grass will grab it and keep the ball on the top leaving you with a very difficult downhill chip.

From tee to green the course is in amazing shape. The faiways and rough have an abundance of green grass. I could not remember a single dead spot in either the fairway or rough. The collection areas are closely mowed and show minimal divot damage. The collars of the greens also did not have a dead spot this area often shows signs of wear and tear but not here. The greens did make small little marks with my plastic cleats and over the course of the day there were some bumps in the greens but nothing to prevent a strait put.

This place also has a golf board and something I have not seen before a golf bicycle that you could bike and golf. They also had a well stocked bar and a lot of food options. I think next time I come here I will try the golf board. I will have to go back soon.
19 Likes.
I played in the GK Meet and Play held at Mt. Woodson on 10/16/16. Overall it was a great event and I met some great guys that I played my round with. This was my first time playing the course and I thought the course was in good to very good shape and I would recommend playing the course. It is a very short track that gets it difficulty from narrow fairways, blind shots, smallish greens, lots of elevation changes, afternoon winds and strategically placed bunkers.

Alot of the tee boxes had quite a few divots in them. I would think this is because of a few factors. The course is very short and therefore often times I was hitting an iron or a hybrid off of the tee which makes divot. Also the tee shots are stressful. The course has a lot of target golf with bad results for a left miss or a right miss; more stress more chance of a divot.

The fairways are easily the best part of the course right now. They are in very good shape with little divot damage. I cannot remember a bare spot. The fairways are often very narrow and are lined with trees and other boulders after about 7 yards of rough on either side.

The fairway bunkers had fine clay not sand but most were in good shape. There was 2 times though that I was in a bunker and there was no rake at all. This included the mammoth bunker that is about 50 yards long on hole 13 with no rake at all.

The greens were in good shape a little firm but held approach shots. They were a little on the bumpy side with quite a putts from all players bouncing more than I would expect. I would think after a cut and roll the greens would be great.

I do have to note that our cart almost died on the way back after the round and we had to get out a few times to remove any weight.

The cart lady came around a lot and was very nice. They are in the process of upgrading their grill but currently there was no hot food available during the round.
10 Likes.
I played the Crossings on Saturday 9/24 it was 18 days removed from punching the greens and overally the course is in very good shape. The greens were a little sandy and bumpy from the recent maintenance but they were receptive to shots and I did see a few putts go in. The fairways are in very good shape with nice green turf with a few hints of brown. The ruff was inconsistent and the sand traps were in good shape with fluffy sand. The greens should be really nice in about a week or two.

I enjoy playing a course with the maintenance showing yellow it was a very fast round I think we finished just around 4 hours with only waiting on 2 holes.

Our cart did die heading up the hill to 18 so we had to walk hole 18. This was not that bad but if it happened a few holes earlier could have put a real hamper on the round.
8 Likes.
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