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I played today, 6-19-17, with leef2020 who had extended a Meet & Play invitation. I am always impressed with the friendliness and efficiency of the staff. It’s nice dropping off my bag by the parking lot and then having it on a cart waiting for me behind the clubhouse. I’ve never used the driving range but the practice area is great with large hilly areas around the chipping green and a large deep bunker. The sand was so deep that I knew I’d have to be sure not to get in any on the course or I’d be in big trouble. The course conditions were amazing. The fairways were completely lush like beautiful carpet. On the first hole the footing was very uneven on the tee box but all the others (forward) were level. The greens were soft, smooth and fast with not too many ball marks. I have played here a couple of times before but I didn’t remember how tricky some of the greens are with big ridges and slopes. Other than the round taking just short of 5 hours, it was a very good day. I definitely recommend the course and look forward to playing again.
10 Likes.
I played yesterday with a GN Hot deal for $14. I wanted to walk a shorter course and I’ve only played there once since the renovation and was curious to see how things were progressing. I arrived about 30 minutes before my tee time - with a completely flat tire. I knew I had to attend to that before playing. The girl in the pro-shop said it was no problem, the course was wide open so I go out later. (The auto club had the tire changed in 20 minutes so I actually got to start right on time.)

The new clubhouse looks great. It has a nice modern look with several tv screens, a bar and patio tables all around. I was surprised at how many people were hanging out there. It had a very happy vibe.

The course was fun. Many of the holes are pretty much the same as prior to the renovation, and a few are completely different. I think there used to be a lot more big trees on the front. There are some nice hills and a couple of holes with water. The tee boxes were level but pretty chewed up. Some fairways were very green with good coverage, others were very thin. The rough varied from patchy to long and lush. The greens were smooth and fast and the bunkers had decent sand.
I finished in 2 hours. It was very enjoyable and good short game practice. I will definitely be back.
11 Likes.
I played here Sunday, 6-11-17, on my way home from my earlier round at Arrowhead. I wanted something cheap and no frills, just to complete the golf fix for the day. This was only my third time playing here in a 12 years and it hasn’t changed a bit. The way it winds around the houses with narrow holes seemingly put anyplace they could squeeze them in, reminds me a lot of Shorecliffs. Although the conditions are so shabby that my first instinct is to say ‘what a dump’, I have to admit I that like it. There are some really fun and challenging holes with a lot of big elevation changes and some really tough blind shots. The greens were actually really nice. They were soft and rolled fast medium. There were very few ball marks and fresh ones repaired cleanly. All the grass within 20 yards or so of the green was also in great shape. Everything beyond was thin to bare, rutty, bumpy, holey, making for a real spine-jarring ride! It’s really a shame that the course isn’t kept up better. If it was I’m sure I’d play there more often but for now, every couple years will do.
9 Likes.
I played Sunday 6-11-17. I had this round planned for a few weeks so I was very happy to see some positive recent reviews. I used a Group Golfer deal and played solo. The course was fairly empty so I got out a bit earlier than my 11am tee time. I was a bit disappointed that they don’t have logo balls but the guy in the shop was very nice and comp’d me a ball marker – gotta have something for the collection!

The course was great. The fairways are flat, wide, and lined with big trees. There is no signage marking the holes but with the help of the map on the scorecard it wasn’t hard to find my way around. Everything from tee to green was lush and green with hardly a divot to be found. It’s nice to see a course where the players are so obviously diligent in doing their part to keep the course in good condition. The greens were firm and pretty fast. I was impressed with the razor-sharp edging around the greens and the cups. The several bunkers I found were all in good shape with clean, soft, well- raked sand. The only bad thing on the course was just about every ball washer was broken, dry and encrusted with bird droppings. I didn’t ask, but I would assume fixing those is in the plans.

I finished in 3 hours. I really enjoyed the course and would like very much to play there again.
9 Likes.
I played yesterday, Monday 6-5-17. It was my first time and I was joined by GK’r Robule. We got a great price with a GN hot deal. My first impression was that it looked very similar to many other desert courses, but the clubhouse was very different. It’s beautiful with a mid-century modern look to it. I was not impressed, however, with the customer service. I was not greeted by the starter who was right outside by the parking lot, nor by anyone in the pro-shop. They don’t have a driving range, but do have a hitting area into a net. The putting greens and chipping areas are really nice.

The fairways are in great shape as is the rough, which was thick, but short. There weren’t any notable brown or bare spots. The wide fairways are dotted with so many tiny pot bunkers that it’s a wonder I didn’t end up in more than a couple of them. The sand was good, though varied in depth and some were a little damp. The greens were firm and rolled medium speed. There were very few fresh ball marks to repair but there were plenty of scars from un- or poorly repaired marks. There are a lot of homes along it but being mostly single story, flat-roofed houses they are very unobtrusive. The course is basically flat with plenty of undulations, water and colorful vegetation to make it very attractive- and lot of fun! We finished in 3.5 hours. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to play there again.
13 Likes.
Had a fun round yesterday with acesfull and TeaGal. It was my first time here. John had warned me not to expect much so I was really pleasantly surprised. It’s a basically flat course but has plenty of slopey greens and lots of hills and dips in the fairways which are wide and lined with a variety of pine, oak and eucalyptus trees. The mountains in the backround added to the scenic appeal of the course.

Kristi and I played our ‘custom combo’ of tees which made a challenging yet manageable distance. The fairways were green and lush and tee boxes level. The greens were smooth but somewhat slow. I was very surprised at how nice the sand was- clean and soft. I didn’t keep track of the time but we waited only a little bit on a couple of the par 3’s. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and would like play there again.
10 Likes.
Played yesterday with iluv2golflady using a Group Golfer deal. The weather was pretty hot in the 90s with no breeze at all on the front, but the wind kicked up pretty good on the back keeping us a bit cooler.

I’ve played here many times and have always experienced friendly and efficient service in the pro shop and restaurant with yesterday being no exception. Our tee time was 11:30 and got out on time. We were behind a slow threesome and foursome so waited quite a bit on the first 4 holes. The single behind us then caught up and we invited him to join us which really helped even out the pace for all of us.

I really enjoy the layout of this course. It’s not a hugely hilly course but has enough elevated geens, blind shots, hidden bunkers and water hazards to keep things interesting and challenging. It starts with a bang on #1 with a par 5 dogleg with a huge bunker at the corner and forced carry to the green.

The conditions were decent. The fairways had lots of thin spots and are getting very brown but we still had no bad lies. The rough varied a lot in length and is all getting brown, dry and crispy. The bunkers were thin and somewhat gravelly but still easy enough to hit out of. Tee boxes were good. Several of the reds were moved back to the gold making those holes a fun change. The greens played better than they looked. They all still showed the punch patterns and were a little bumpy but putts stayed on line. There were very few ball marks and I had only 12 putts on the back so I was quite happy.

We finished in 4.5 hrs. I hope to return again soon before it dries out much more.
10 Likes.
Played today with Robule for a super fun round. We took advantage of their 20th anniversary year-long 2 for 1 special. This is always one of my favorite local courses even when I play as poorly as I did today.

The clubhouse is undergoing construction to double the capacity of the banquet room to 400. The bar and restaurant are still open but the pro shop is temporarily in a trailer by the driving range. I hope they can get some new carts soon. They are getting pretty rickety. It sounded like something was going to fall off the bottom and there was a very nice ‘sunroof’ on the driver’s side. There is a GPS that gives distances to greens and hazards but the lens cover is so scratched up it’s hard to read.

The course conditions are good. The fairways had a few thin spots but overall good coverage. The tees were mostly level with minimal divots. Bunkers were damp and the sand was very coarse. The rough was thick but cut much shorter than usual making it much easier to hit out of. Other than the greens on 9 & 18 which were punched and sanded, all the others were clean, smooth and free of ball marks. With as many times as I’ve played there, I thought I had the breaks figured out, but there were plenty of surprises today.

Oh – beware of dirt on the #15 cartpath by the tees. It can make a pretty slick ride down the hill!
13 Likes.
I also played in the GK event on 5-7. I had so much fun with Tim, John and Kristie. Like everyone else has said, the course was in great shape. The fairways were beautiful and I really loved all the hills and valleys on the sides and even the ones that ran across in front of the greens. Shots really took some planning and I enjoy that a lot. As someone who can’t keep a little 3 x 5 backyard in good shape, I really found a new appreciation for how much work it must take to keep a golf course in such good shape. Just mowing all those mounds and dips must be quite a job! I was glad the sand was soft and well groomed as I found plenty of bunkers. The after party was so nice and I highly recommend the lettuce wraps. Thank you, Johnny and PGA West for another fantastic day.
12 Likes.
I played yesterday, 4-30-17. It is a long, tiring drive to get to Ram’s Hill, but it’s amazing to see such a beautiful place out in the middle of nowhere. Some non-golfer friends were in the area camping and we met for lunch at the clubhouse. The view over the 18th hole was perfect. The food was good but seriously overpriced.

I had a very fun time playing with fellow GK Gurus sixpez, robule and roarksown1. The course was in great shape as always, though it was surprising to see quite a bit of browned grass around some tee boxes and rough, which was cut quite short. The greens rolled slower than the previous times I’ve played here but were smooth with few ball marks. I was in so many bunkers I lost count. A couple of them were thin and borderline crusty but all the others had lots of clean, soft sand.

I really like the layout of this course. Although it’s quite short from the forward tees, with all the bunkers and the fairways that always seem to slope right into them, it is always interesting and shots take a bit of planning, especially with the many tricky pin placements. The wind kicked up pretty high late in the afternoon making the last 3 holes even more challenging.

I highly recommend Ram’s Hill and look forward to playing there again.
14 Likes.
Played yesterday in the GK outing. This was my second time at this course and overall I still like the course as much as the first time. Having even just a bit of course knowledge is extremely helpful here with the sloping fairways and many blind shots. It may be short yardage-wise, but short doesn’t always mean easy! The fairways are in very good shape. The greens were rather inconsistent from hole to hole. The tee boxes had even footing, but many seemed slightly tilted although sometimes I couldn’t tell if they really were or if it was just an optical illusion. I was disappointed that they still don’t have logo balls but hopefully they will get them soon. When they do, I’ll be back for another round.
11 Likes.
I played yesterday, 4-16-17. Strange as it was, I had never heard of this course before. ( I missed the recent GK reviews). I noticed it for the first time while searching GN for a decent deal on Easter Sunday. The course was fairly empty and I was paired with a nice twosome. We played the East/North combo.
I knew right away I was going to enjoy this course. I like old style, gimmick-free courses with lots of trees. Conditions were really nice. The fairways were almost completely green with lots of cushion. Tee boxes were in great shape as was the rough which, though clumpy in spots, was short enough to not be a problem. The greens showed very faint marks from recent punching but rolled completely smoothly and pretty fast. The par 3s were a lot of fun. Most played long due to either being uphill or having large dips in front reducing the roll onto the green. The only hole I didn’t like was #1 on the North course. It’s a dogleg par 4 with a tee shot over water onto a very steep hill which has an almost guaranteed roll back down towards the water. The frustration of that hole was completely cancelled out by #6, which at 510 yds from the forward tees, is the longest hole I’ve ever parred. I hope to return to Royal Vista soon to give the South course a try.
12 Likes.
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