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Played yesterday afternoon, told the boss I had an appointment with Dr. Green. Got a deal on GN for $13 w/cart, and I may have paid too much. Check in was easy as I think we may have been the only ones on the course.
The conditions may be poor at best. Have been here many times and though the conditions have never been great, this time they are almost unplayable.
Tees - Chewed up and unlevel. A few are hard as a rock and difficult to get a tee in the ground.
Fairways - Dryed out hard pan. If your lucky enough to find a patch of grass, you have been blessed by the golfing gods. The ball bounces all over the place, so a drive in the fairway can end up OB.
Rough, some spots hard pan, others long thick and difficult to hit out of.
Bunkers - Not a grain of sand in any bunker, but ironicly there are rakes in the traps, but they are so hard packed that a rake in not needed.
Greens - Actually are in very good shape, rolled great with a medium/fast speed. A pleasure to putt on. They are soft enough to hold a shot with ease.

On the way home I saw a billboard for some new housing they are building on the back nine which shows a lush green golf course (photoshop is alive and well).
With the conditions as bad as they are I will will not be back nor even recommend it to my worst enemies.
This could be a fun course to play as the course does have a lot of personallity. But it needs to be dug up and replanted. If you have a bad back, it's going to take a beating and there are a lot of bumps and holes to make the cart jar your back.
10 Likes.
First time playing Oak Creek and absolutely loved it. Played along with Nick, Larry and Kong and I want to thank the guys for a really fun round. Also, thanks to Oak Creek for having us and to Johnny for setting this up.
Not much I can add to the previous reviews on conditions.
Layout - FANTASTIC. So much fun and it makes you think. My favorite part of the course.
Greens - the best I have putted on in a long time. Did have to repair a few ball marks from morning rounds, but not too bad.
Fairways - The ball sat us nicely, and was a pleasure to play from.
Rough - Could be very thick and penal, or could be a little thin. Even had a hard time finding a florescent orange ball in the thick stuff. We don't get that thick rough very often in So Cal so hitting out of it took some good guess work.
Bunkers - Nice fluffy sand, just ask Nick about his plugged shot in the face a fairway bunker. The greenside bunker on 16 is perplexing, it looks like it's part of the waste area that runs down the left side of the fairway, BUT it had a rake in it and like I said, it was right next to the green. Was it a bunker or waste area.
Tee boxes - Mostly really nice, but towards the end of the day a few were seeing some wear and tear.
Customer Service - Very good friendly staff, from the guys in the golf shop, to the cart attendants to the beverage cart girl.

I would play here a lot more often for the right price. Normal rack rate is a little steep for this cheap dutchman, but If I can find a deal I will be back.
One more thing, the Reuben sandwich in the bar/grill is fantastic. One of the best I have ever had.
10 Likes.
A little late with this review. Played Reflection Bay for the first time on June 30th with the GK crew and I must say, all my expectations were met. Had a blast with Bill, Kathy and Wendy, can't wait to join them again sometime. As all the other reviews mentioned customer service was excellent. Everybody was happy to assist.
I found the course in great shape, and I saw a lot of it. Always had good lies in the fairways and the rough was not as penal as it could be, but it was in great shape and made one think about how to play out of it. The greens rolled very well and the grain did come into play making some putts a little slower and others fast. Was very fun to putt on. The sand was the best I have played in awhile, even though my play didn't show it.
I highly recommend this course when in the Vegas area, a really fun course, and is a course that needs to be played a few time to get used to its nuances.
Being a GK event made the day all that much better.
8 Likes.
Played on Monday, Memorial Day, to what was a perfect weather day. Tee'd off at 2:00 to what seemed like a uncrowded course, but the round still took 5 hours because of a very slow group two groups in front of us. The course was moving until hole 8 where the was three groups waiting to tee off. I haven't played "Big Rec" in years and I very much enjoyed myself. The conditions were decent.
Tees - The tees have been punched recently, but that did not effect anything.
Fairways - good lies the entire day, not in great shape but they are very playable.
Rough - rough is a mixed bag, from very thick and nasty to thin.
Bunkers - this sand with a hard bottom. Had a difficult time getting the ball to stop on the greens when hitting from the bunkers. The greens were fast and you need to be able to spin the ball out of the bunkers to have a good chance.
Greens - Rolled medium fast leaning towards the faster side. It is a heavily played course and not may people fix ball marks. It took me a few holes to get used to the speed. the rolled good most of the day and became bumpy towards the end of the day.

Overall I enjoyed my round as this course has a good variety of holes and some are just downright fun to play. Course is not overly difficult and good scores can be had here. For $29 to walk, I will be back soon.
9 Likes.
Played Oak Quarry for the first time on Sunday, March 10 as part of the GK match play. Had a blast with Kevin, Greg and Alex. With a chance of rain in the forecast we were hoping to get through 18 before the rain, which never materialized and was a chilly partly cloudy beautiful day. After reading recent reviews I went in with low expectations condition wise, but for layout and fun I had high expectations and those expectations were met. Good course management and smart play is needed on this course to score well.
Conditions:
Tees - Mostly good coverage, but many are not level.
Fairways - A mixed bag of conditions. From thin hard fairways to more lush fairways to some that had weeds growing. Near the greens the fairways were awesome, great coverage and very green. The entire course needs to look like this. In other words, very inconsistent.
Rough - Very nice shape. Lush and penalizing as rough should be.
Bunkers - Very poor shape! The fairway bunkers have little to no sand in them and there is really no need to rake them as no foot prints are made. In fact I had a tee ball hit a bunker on the fly and take a huge bounce up and out of the bunker. The greenside bunkers are slightly better, with a thin layer of sand with a hard underneath. Many sand shots from our group were bladed to the other side of the greens as our wedges would bounce off the hard bottom. I did see one trap that had a good layer of sand, so MAYBE they are in the process of adding sand. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and blame the rain on the bunker conditioning.
Greens - Didn't look great (many different shades of green), but for the most part they putted nicely. We did encounter a few bumps here and there, but not too terribly bad. They were firm and not many ball marks to be found.
Customer service was good and friendly, we did not see a beverage cart all day, not sure if one was out there.
Overall I really enjoyed myself and can't wait to go back so I can figure this place out.
11 Likes.
Played on 12/26. This was my first time playing Eagle Falls after years of wanting to get out here. With all the great reviews I have read and the 9.03 rating, the course had a lot to live up to and it did.
Check in was fast and easy. Not much here as far as club house or snack bar or bar, but it's not why I wanted to come here anyways. They paired us with a very nice couple from Canada and we tee'd off right on our 11:16 tee time. POP 4 hrs 15 min. We did not use the range, but it looked very nice.

Tee boxes - In very nice lush shape. All were level and had normal divot damage.

Fairways - Wow, were they ever perfect. No brown could be found. Ball always sat up nice. Fairways undulate, but not to severely. Some of the best I have ever played on.

Rough - Long, thick and sticky (Golf version of a Montrose song). The rough was always on hills and if you though you might get a lucky bounce out of it, forget it, not happening. The rough was dark green everywhere and would grab your club and ball. Framed the fairways nicely.

Bunkers - Was only in one and had nice sand, could use a little bit more, but i am not complaining. Saw one green side bunker with lots of new sand just waiting for a crew to spread it out. The bunkers are deep and

Greens - A little slow for my taste, but in great shape. they were medium speed but downhill putts and chips could get away from you. If you only read your putts from behind the ball, you will have trouble here. You need to look at them from a side angle also or it's going to be a long 3 putt day.

Overall I loved the course and can't wait to get back out, maybe for a springtime round. If the wind kicks up it is going to be a very tough course. There are some forced carries, like 150 yards over water, but with the breeze we had in our face that day it made the drive a little more nerve racking.
13 Likes.
Had a great time on Friday with nickesquire and two other golfers that joined us for the back nine. This course lived up to the hype and I was impressed. Using the free email voucher made it all that more special.
The course is tough, no doubt about that. With a slope of 130 from the whites, it gave me all I could handle. If you find an orange golf ball it's mine. There is a lot of them out there to be found.
Since Nick described the conditions perfectly, I will focus on a few other things. Customer service here is top notch, from the bag drop attendants to the cart girl, everybody everybody seems happy to serve you. One of the things that impressed me was that the starter is multi-lingual and I heard him speak a minimum of three languages. Very impressive.

They have a nice range which I used and it was mat only on this day because of the 2 inches of rain they received the day before, otherwise looks like a very nice grass range.

Don't know if I'll ever get to play here again, but I will always remember my round here and the fun that I had.
And yes the tee box for the blacks on hole 18 is something else and you need to take a walk up and look at the hole from there, or if you are not a wimp like me and play your tee shot from there.
7 Likes.
Played on Saturday morning with an 8am tee time. POP was a very relaxed 3 hours. Check in was pleasant and quick and they brought a cart out to my car when I pulled in. After check in they told me to see the starter outside, but she was no where to be found. So I went to the first tee and took off by myself.
The fairways have a slightly brownish tint to them but was very lush and nice to play from. Noticed many unfilled divots and I used two bottles of sand during my round. Never affected any shots. Some soggy area's, but not sure if it was from sprinklers or maybe an over night rain.
Rough was in decent shape and could be a factor in club selection. Most of the rough has hills and would be thick enough to stop the ball from rolling down to the fairways.
Tee boxes were a mixed bag, some thin, some needed mowing (especially the par three 12th which was like teeing up a ball in the rough).
Bunkers looked decent. Was in one fairway bunker and was nice to play out of. Very course sand with a few rocks.
Greens were medium fast and putted ok. Greens were difficult to read as the putts didn't break as much as they looked. They are in a fight on the greens with another grass or fungus trying to take over. You can see where they have pulled up the patches of the grass or fungus.
I enjoyed the round and will return again soon....I hope.
13 Likes.
Before my review of this course please note that the front nine of this course is CLOSED for the summer. They are redoing the irrigation system. Next summer they will do the back nine.

I arrived at the course at 2:00 on Saturday to an empty parking lot. The starter then in formed me that I would have to play the back nine twice, which was fine for me for the price of $25. Got my cart and I was off. The only other golfers I saw was two ladies putting out on 18.

The first thing I noticed was how green the course was. Even with the type of sunglasses I was wearing, which usually enhances the not so green areas, there was no brown to be found. The course played fantastic, lush fairways and nice greens, just putting a little summertime slow. The rough was just a little longer than the fairways and the ball could sit down a bit. I was not in any sand, but it looked fine maybe a little baked and crusty. On one note about bunkers on this course that I noticed, there was an abundance of rakes for every bunker.

Course was not overly difficult, but missing a green on the wrong side could be trouble. The course plays over 6800 yards from the blues and there are 4 sets of tees to choose from. I was very pleased i chose this course and playing the back nine twice was perfectly fine with these lush conditions. POP 2.5
11 Likes.
Played yesterday during the GK Cup Finals on a perfect afternoon for golf. Keith is spot on with his review on the course conditions. This was my first visit to Black Gold and it will not be my last. The staff was great, very polite and welcoming. If I had one complaint is that our GPS on the cart did not work and a new cart was requested, but we never got a response. I had my handheld GPS with me, so it really wasn't that big of a deal.
This course plays tough and we played from the blues and I probably should have played from the whites. The par 3's on this course are tough, long and demanding. 3 of the 4 par 3's play at or over 200 yards. If the greens were not so bumpy in the afternoon, our group could of dropped a few shots each off of our scores.
Just be ready for most of your shots not to be from a level lie and there are many bumps and hills on the course. Such a fun course and it will keep you on your toes. Bring a few extra balls, you will need them. Thanks goes out to Black Gold for hosting us and thanks to Tim, Kieth and Dave for making this a very fun and enjoyable round!
9 Likes.
Late to the party with this review. Played the GK event on Sunday May 20 and this was my first time playing the mountain course. Even though my scoring was horrible, I will not let that influence my review. This is a tough course, and nobody should expect to score well here until you played it a few times to pick up on all it's nuances, like the elevated greens makes club selection a chore. Like others have said before me, the conditions were good to very good. I found the green side bunkers firm, but playable and the fairways gave great lies. The greens were firm and holding shots took a good amount of spin. Reading the greens is another whole can of worms. they were fast one way and slow coming back, which means the breaks would change on comebacks.
The staff and facilities are top notch. I do want to come back soon for a rematch, and next time I will prepare better for this course.
6 Likes.
Played an afternoon round on Monday with a POP of 4.5 hours. The course had a variety of conditions. No hole was the same as the last hole played condition wise. Greens were mostly slow, some were bumpy and would knock a putt of course and others were very smooth. Hole 3 (I hate this par 3) was the only green that seemed like it had been punched in the last few weeks. The fairways has a lot of GUR going on, but mostly playable with St. Augustine fairways. I was only in one bunker (18 green) and it had to be the hardest sand I have ever encountered, it looked machine groomed, but when I walked through it to my ball, I didn't leave a foot print. Never have seen anything like it. Tee boxes were filled with divots and some are not level. Note: Hole 12 tee box is new since the last time I played here and adds length to the short par 4, but the tee box was so firm I bent 3 plastic tee's trying to get them in the ground.
Staff were very friendly and they make a great hot dog and fries at the turn.
May sound like I'm complaining, but I like the layout of this fun course and for 26 bucks on a holiday, I had a good time.
11 Likes.
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