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Costa del Sol – Played the back 9 Monday 08/05/2019 teeing off at 5:45 using my American Golf Players Club rate of $6. Price includes cart and a drink. Tee time was a walk up, the $6 rate is only for players who pay before 7am, space available. Played as a single
Check in was quick, and friendly. Facilities were in good condition; the practice green was not open as I prepared to go out. The greens on course were running fast, most were in good condition with a couple having been beaten up by someone. 14 (my 4th had some serious damage) Cart was clean, though the wheel was at 45 degrees off center, and the you could hear the water in the roof, score cards are available at the club house. The course was busier than it has been in recent mornings. I was still the first off, but I had fellow golfers behind me almost immediately. I was able to complete the round in just about one hour.
Tees were playing forward on most tees. Lies were surprisingly unlevel, including a couple of holes, and badly chewed up with divots, some of the longest I have ever seen. Whoever laid out the tees also decided to try and move them the extreme right or left of each tee box, and at really odd (Challenging) angles. This is the first time in my last several rounds I have had poor tee box conditions, its’s amazing how one day they can be very good, move a couple of feet and they are awful.
Fairways were in good condition but a little shaggy, good coverage very few bare spots. Fairway rough was sparse.
Bunkers were in good condition fortunately I did not get to experience any.
Greens were in good condition, with excellent coverage, Very Smooth except for the aforementioned damage and a higher than normal number of unrepaired ball marks. Greens are firm but will hold a shot that has spin. Greenside rough was tightly mown. The 18th, (my 9th) had recently been veritcut, but was the only hole on the back 9 that had been.
Pace of play was good at just under one hour even the pro shop was surprised how quickly I got through. I was done and back home so quickly my wife woke up and asked “I thought you were going to go play golf” had to tell her I was had. The nice thing is I played at a relaxed pace of play.
At this hour of the morning the snack bar is still closed so only drinks from the cooler in the pro shop are available.

At the rack rate I consider this a good course, at the club rate it’s a deal, and at the sunrise weekday club rate it’s a steal.
7 Likes.
Costa del Sol – Played the back 9 Friday 08/02/2019 teeing off at 6:05 using my American Golf Players Club rate of $6. Price includes cart and a drink. Tee time was a walk up, the $6 rate is only for players who pay before 7am, space available. Played as a single
Check in was quick, and friendly computers were down so I would end up playing and then coming back in to pay for the round. Facilities were in good condition; the practice green is very representative of the green on course. They were running fast. Cart was clean, score cards are available at the club house. The course largely empty except for a group of early birds in front of me, and a pair that would follow. I was able to complete the round in just about one hour.
Tees were playing back on most holes the 18th (my 9th ) being the exception. Lies were mostly level with good coverage. Pins seemed to have more front placements. Most were not challenging. The weather was comfortable however the first five holes were played in a thick fog with only the outline of features I know well allowing me to play. On my first hole (the 10th) I could not see my landing zone, but I know the outline of the hill and the tree on the other side. My tee shot was very good, with about 60 yards to a green I could not see. Working on yardage to the center of the green I was able to get 15 feet from the pin. As I walked off, I called out green clear, and could hear the guy behind me tee off. It would be this way pretty much through the fifth hole, (course 15) and surprisingly I played very well.
Fairways were in good condition, good coverage very few bare spots. Fairway rough was sparse.
Bunkers were in good condition but heavy from watering and overnight dew. most had not been raked yet as maintenance was working the front nine first.
Greens were in good condition, with excellent coverage, Very Smooth. Greens are firm but will hold a shot that has spin. There were very few unrepaired ball marks. Greenside rough was tightly mown.
Pace of play was good at just over one hour. At this hour of the morning the snack bar is still closed so only drinks from the cooler in the pro shop are available.

At the rack rate I consider this a good course, at the club rate it’s a deal, and at the sunrise weekday club rate it’s a steal. Playing early morning has allowed me to get my round in during the cool of the morning, with the course pretty much at it’s best.
6 Likes.
Costa del Sol – Played the back 9 Wednesday 07/31/2019 teeing off at 5:55 using my American Golf Players Sunrise Club rate of $6. Price includes cart and a drink. Tee time was a walk up, the $6 rate is only for players who pay before 7am, space available. Played as a single
Check in was quick, and friendly, I was among the first dozen players of the morning. Facilities were in good condition; was just coming up but the pins had not been put out on the the practice green as I put my bag on the cart and stretched on the 10th tee. On course the greens were running medium fast with no morning dew. Cart was clean, score cards are available at the club house. The course was empty in front of me, I had a walking single tee off behind me as I putted out on my first hole. I was able to complete the round in just under one hour.
Tees were playing back. Lies were mostly level with good coverage. Some of the tees were placed at challenging angles but most were straight forward, towards the back of the tee box, there seemed to be a disproportionate number of forward or extreme back of the green pin placements.
Fairways were in good the punching that was evident last week was healed, and fairways cleaned up, good coverage very few bare spots. Fairway rough was sparse. Watering was going on from the 10th hole through 15, leaving some areas of the fairway with standing water. Given the heat we have been experiencing I would imagine the water didn’t stay long.
Bunkers were in good condition and mostly dry. Several had not been raked yet as maintenance was working the front nine first.
Greens were in good condition, with excellent coverage, Very Smooth. Greens are firm but will hold a shot that has spin. There were a moderate number of unrepaired ball marks. Greenside rough was tightly mown.
I do have a couple of gripes the big one is the men’s club, the total lack of golf etiquette. I am perhaps more annoyed than usual because this round was epic, among the best I have had in a couple of year. I am a double bogey golfer these days, but on this morning, I was feeling good, and had six pars, and two double bogeys. I had lipped out a couple of puts, but my ball striking was unreal. As I came to the 18th tee (my 9th hole) the yardage called 210 yards to the pin. I can carry 198 on average and 210 with roll, I wanted to take aim. The men’s club backed up on the first tee was using the 18th as their personal pitch and putt. I have a phobia about hitting into groups of people I have seen a person hit and sent to the hospital. As I started my swing, I couldn’t help looking up an old man and his kid walk right onto the green by the pin, I whiffed the drive. Next I saw two guys behind the green pitching on. Yelling to clear got no response. My drive ended up off line behind a tree requiring a shot under the tree an over a bunker. That was followed by a punch across the green into the bunker on the other side. As I walked to the bunker across the green another guy was setting up with three balls chipping onto my green and was surprised to find I was playing the hole when I asked him not to? No apologies however.

The other issue is the porta potty at the turn 15th hole. I am glad it’s there but on this day the unit was in massive need of cleaning. It was if the service on tag on the inside which was last update in late 2016 was accurate.
Pace of play was as wonderful as I was the only one on the back 9 for some time. At this hour of the morning the snack bar is still closed so only drinks from the cooler in the pro shop are available.
At the rack rate I consider this a good course, at the club rate it’s a deal, and at the sunrise weekend club rate it’s still a steal.
It is worth noting the course is up for sale, the city of Mission Viejo is considering buying the course, if you live in Mission Viejo and like having an affordable 18-hole course please voice your support to your City Council Member.
7 Likes.
On Wednesday I played Ben Brown’s at The Ranch in Laguna Beach. I truly enjoy walking this course, frequently there are dear crossing the fairways, grazing on the tees well Coopers’ hawks fly overhead. My early morning 6:04 am Round cost $25 and the starter got me out about 10 minutes early playing as a single with no one ahead of me and no one behind me for two holes. This allowed me play two balls on some holes or keep pace after shanking a couple of drives.

The course is located at The Ranch in Laguna Beach, a quaint high-end hotel tucked into a canyon in Laguna Beach just off of PCH. My round was scheduled for 6:04 am, I arrived early about 5am and enjoyed an Americano then hit the driving range, ok driving net. Staff was warm, friendly and engaging. Playing in the morning in July the temperature was wonderful, just perhaps a little chilly for shorts and golf shirt until after I warmed up. There are a number of very good seniors that play this course in the early hours during the week.
The course opens with a par 4 over a creek, unless you can carry 225, layup at 150 and use a wedge to reach the green, you are unable able to see the creek from the fairway only the bridge which indicated a narrow creek hitting up about 20 feet to a raised and sloped green. Despite the small bridge to the side, the creek inline with the fairway is very wide. The creek comes into play on six of the nine holes, often requiring very precise shots into sloping postage stamp greens.

The course is in very good conditions following the winter and spring rains, and the course is continuing to make improvements. I had mud come into play on only one hole, and if my shot had carried it would not have been a problem. The fairways are in very good condition with the usual wear areas where the electric carts come off the paved cart path onto the fairways. The course right now is very green as are the canyon sides around it, truly pretty course, however there are no ocean views to be had.

The courses primary defense is its narrow fairways and overhanging tree limbs that force you to elevate the ball quickly or punch low. The blue tees add angles, and elevation on several holes to the complexity.
The first two tee boxes both blue and white were a little chewed up, the remainder were lush, all were mostly level. There is no divot mix on the tees.

Despite being built in a canyon most fairways are reasonably level side to side, but up hill or down hill lengthwise. The second hole in a exception, very narrow and unlevel across the board. Most errant tee shots will find the OB with rattlesnake warnings, or the creek.

Rough is deep, thick, sticky, averaging more than four inches. Watch your ball all the way as it will be hard to see in the rough which was very evenly mowed.

Bunkers are excellent and the mostly elderly player ahead of were doing a good job of raking the bunkers if they were in them based on the visual evidence.

Eight of the nine greens were in excellent condition rolling very fast. All of the greens are sloped in one direction or more, and hole placement takes advantage of this. There were virtually no ball marks on the greens, the groups were doing a very nice job of repairing marks. One green was suffering form a condition along the fringe with about a 6’ by 3’ brown area. The first cut of rough around the green was approximately 1 inch, and the outer rough closer to 3” plus.

If I need something to complain about the benches on the tees unlevel on most holes but only one was unusable, I also don’t like that the course tends to set the blue tee at #7 in such a location that you are under a set of low hang trees. This whole tends to play 210 yards which for me is a driver, but the trees are too low for me to feel comfortable given my shot shape. Trees that you have to go over or around are used on a couple of holes, but his one is a little over the top. At $25 to $45 dollars per round without a cart it’s not a course I would choose too often, it is a course I very much enjoy playing however so I treat myself with the occasional round here. Another great part of this course is the resort restaurant, finish an early morning round and follow it up with a short stack of their wonderful buttermilk pancakes. Heavenly.
8 Likes.
Costa del Sol – Played the back 9 Saturday 07/27/2019 teeing off at 6:05 using my American Golf Players Sunrise Club rate of $11. Price includes cart and a drink. Tee time was a walk up, the $11 rate is only for players who pay before 7am, space available. Played as a single
Check in was quick, and friendly, I was the first customer of the morning. Facilities were in good condition; It was still a little too dark to use the practice green as I put my bag on the cart and stretched on the 10th tee so cannot report on it. On course the greens were running medium fast with morning dew. Cart was clean, score cards are available at the club house. The course was empty except for me and I would be on the 7th tee before I saw anyone else playing the back 9. I was able to complete the round in just under one hour.
Tees were playing back. Lies were mostly level with good coverage. Some of the tees were placed at challenging angles but most were straight forward, towards the back of the tee box, there seemed to be a disproportionate number of forward or extreme back of the green pin placements.
Fairways were in good the punching that was evident last week was healed, and fairways cleaned up, good coverage very few bare spots. Fairway rough was sparse. Watering was going on from the 10th hole through 15, leaving some areas of the fairway with standing water and a couple of tee boxes marshes along the sides. Given the expected heat I would imagine the water didn’t stay long.
Bunkers were in good condition but heavy from watering and overnight dew. Several had not been raked yet as maintenance was working the front nine first.
Greens were in good condition, with excellent coverage, Very Smooth. Greens are firm but will hold a shot that has spin. There were a moderate number of unrepaired ball marks. Greenside rough was tightly mown.
Being retired I don’t usually play weekends but I had gotten up early to watch Formula 1 free practice 3 from Hockenheim Germany starting at 3am, so was up and decided to play a sunrise round. Pace of play was as I was the only one on the back 9 for some time. At this hour of the morning the snack bar is still closed so only drinks from the cooler in the pro shop are available.
At the rack rate I consider this a good course, at the club rate it’s a deal, and at the sunrise weekend club rate it’s still a steal.
It is worth noting the course is up for sale, the city of Mission Viejo is considering buying the course, if you live in Mission Viejo and like having an affordable 18-hole course please voice your support to your City Council Member.
7 Likes.
Costa del Sol – Played the back 9 Thursday 07/18/2019 teeing off at 5:45 using my American Golf Players Club rate of $6. Price includes cart and a drink. Tee time was a walk up, the $6 rate is only for players who pay before 7am, space available. Played as a single
Check in was quick, and friendly. Facilities were in good condition; the practice green is very representative of the green on course. They were running medium fast with morning dew. Cart was clean, score cards are available at the club house. The course largely empty except for a group of early birds in front of me, and a single that would follow. I was able to complete the round in just about one hour.
Tees were playing from the tips. Lies were mostly level with good coverage. Whoever laid out the tees also decided to try and move them the extreme right or left of each tee box, and at really odd (Challenging) angles.
Fairways were in good condition but some had been punched and not completely cleaned up, good coverage very few bare spots. Fairway rough was sparse.
Bunkers were in good condition but heavy from watering and overnight dew. Several had not been raked yet as maintenance was working the front nine first.
Greens were in good condition, with excellent coverage, Very Smooth. Greens are firm but will hold a shot that has spin. There were a moderate number of unrepaired ball marks. Greenside rough was tightly mown.
Pace of play was good at just over one hour as the threesome in front of me was playing speed golf. At this hour of the morning the snack bar is still closed so only drinks from the cooler in the pro shop are available.

At the rack rate I consider this a good course, at the club rate it’s a deal, and at the sunrise weekday club rate it’s a steal.
4 Likes.
Heritage Palms
Took the long trip out to my friend’s new house on the course at Heritage Palms in Indio. I will confess the course is out of my price range even at the few tee times you can find on Golf Now, however the round was a gift. Prices on Golf Now range from $90-$120 with cart.

The course is located in a gated community of 1,000 very nice single level homes. The golf course features a restaurant, bar, well stocked pro shop, nice basic carts that include ball washer, and ice chest. The driving range includes all grass stations, well-marked and measured targets (there is a sandwich board on the range giving distance), a basket full of tee’s and professional style TaylorMade range balls stacked in pyramids. There are two putting greens that provide excellent representations of those on course. On the far side by the tennis course is a chipping and pitching area with perfect sand traps. Everything is pristine.

We were playing a 12:30 tee time shotgun start that had us teeing off on the 8th hole playing the men’s combo, a 139 yard carry over water requiring a right to left ball flight with a left to right breeze. Nice way to start the round.
Tee boxes are the best I have ever played, perfectly level, little divot damage, with great coverage, and very green.
Fairways were again the bet I have ever played, save a private country club whose name I can’t remember in Virginia. The course is in PGA condition or better, and I have experience working with the agronomy teams to prepare Torrey Pines. There are divot marks but the are uniformly filled. I am told the vast majority of the players are either home owners or vacation renters, and it seems a source of pride to repair divots and pitch marks. The course is helped by local knowledge, fairways are fair and for the most part level if you’re on target, catch the rough and lies will be inside a bowl, above your feet, below your feet, up or down slope. Early in the round it had been warm and dry and run out was generous. Water comes into play on five holes and the level of difficulty is directly proportional to the speed of the wind.

Rough, don’t go there. There are no bare spots anywhere on this course, and the rough is thick, sticky like rye grass. Three to four inches in the second cut.
Greens, are in remarkable shape, green, firm enough that you don’t often leave pitch marks, shaved close so that they roll like grease lighting when dry, nuanced ridges and rolls. In general, it’s better to come in short and roll up the pin rather than trying to drop in on it. I was amazed how many balls I saw land in a great location only to roll off the green. The fringe is shaved, and where next to water or a bunker will do little to save you. Some greens feature false fronts.

The width of the fairways, elevation of the small greens and water are the courses primary defense. Bunkers are almost as good as those I spent so much time raking at Torrey, and better than any other So. Cal course I have played.

I was fortunate to play when the wind did not exceed 10 mph, however seven holes in we did get five holes of rain, and the reduced the speed of the greens and the roll-out on the fairway.

Is the course worth $120 per round, I would say yes, although it is out of my price range, the level of care on this course is magnificent, if the green fee is in your budget range, I do not think it will disappoint, at least until the Indio heat shows it’s mean side.
11 Likes.
01/22/2019
Haven’t played much since the end of last year due to an elbow injury, after playing my local nine hole decided to try a more challenging track, but still nine holes. On Tuesday I played Ben Brown’s at The Ranch in Laguna Beach. I wanted to take in the whole course so walked the nine holes. Round cost $30 and the starter got me out about 20 minutes early between a foursome and a twosome. This allowed me play two balls on some holes or keep pace after shanking a couple of drives.

The course is located at The Ranch in Laguna Beach, a quaint high-end hotel tucked into a canyon in Laguna Beach just off of PCH. My round was scheduled for 9:28 am, I arrived early about 8am and enjoyed an Americano, watched a few foursomes get underway and then hit the driving range, ok driving net. Staff was warm, friendly and engaging. Playing in the morning in January the temperature was cold enough to require a jacket and warm up pants. The jacket was gone by the third hole as the sun was up. There was wind but not as bad as I had feared. The thing I noticed immediately that I really liked was the spacing between groups. The starter spaces to the course to allow for seniors walking, kudos.

The course opens with a par 4 over a creek. Having not played the course and not being able to see the creek from the fairway only the bridge which indicated a narrow creek hitting up about 20 feet to a raised and sloped green, I lost my first ball. Despite the small bridge to the side, the creek inline with the fairway is very wide. The creek comes into play on six of the nine holes, often requiring very precise shots into sloping postage stamp greens.

The course is in very good conditions following the rains, had mud come into play on only one hole, and if my shot had carried it would not have been a problem. The fairways are in very good condition with the usual wear areas where the electric carts come off the paved cart path onto the fairways. The course right now is very green as are the canyon sides around it, truly pretty course, however there are no ocean views to be had.

The courses primary defense is its narrow fairways and overhanging tree limbs that force you to elevate the ball quickly or punch low. The blue tees add angles, and elevation on several holes to the complexity.
The first two tee boxes both blue and white were a little chewed up, the remainder were lush, all were mostly level. There is no divot mix on the tees.

Despite being built in a canyon most fairways are reasonably level side to side, but up hill or down hill lengthwise. The second hole in a exception, very narrow and unlevel across the board. Most errant tee shots will find the OB with rattlesnake warnings, or the creek.

Rough is deep, thick, sticky, averaging more than four inches. Watch your ball all the way as it will be hard to see in the rough which was very evenly mowed.

Bunkers are excellent and the mostly elderly player ahead of were doing a good job of raking the bunkers if they were in them based on the visual evidence.

Eight of the nine greens were in excellent condition rolling very fast. All of the greens are sloped in one direction or more, and hole placement takes advantage of this. There were virtually no ball marks on the greens, the groups were doing a very nice job of repairing marks. One green was suffering form a condition along the fringe with about a 6’ by 3’ brown area. The first cut of rough around the green was approximately 1 inch, and the outer rough closer to 3” plus.

If I need something to complain about the benches on the tees unlevel on most holes but only one was unusable, other than that I really liked this course, and as my daughter gave me a gift card for three rounds I will be back. At $30 to $45 dollars per round without a cart it’s not a course I would normally choose for myself, it is a course I have very much wanted to play, however at this price I might be led elsewhere, that is not a knock on the course, and I bet a twilight round in July or August with a breeze off the ocean would be delightful.
9 Likes.
Played Anaheim Hills Golf Course Friday August 31st 2018 as a twosome with my friend Bob. We would be joined by a single Steven on the fifth hole. Round was booked on Underpar and the two of us played 18 holes, with small range bucket and cart with GPS for $34 per person. Our tee time was 12:48, we got out at 12:10.
The parking lot is large, the facility is attractive with a private club feel. The pro-shop has the necessary items in case you forget anything and the staff is friendly, efficient and knows how to process the Underpar round. We checked in a little over an hour early, got our ticket for the range balls and told we could go out have 12:05pm there was a foursome and threesome that had priority.
The driving range is basic, and being reworked. The hut with the ball machine needed a cleaning but the machine worked fine. Mats were good on the upper deck where we warmed up.
Practice greens. The practice greens were neat available right next to the driving range and another next to the starter stand. Both were in much better condition than any of the greens we found on course.
The carts are nice, clean, seem new and have a very good GPS that lets you know how your progressing against the planned play time, locates the other carts on course as many of the fairways require blind shots, and are set to prevent your from getting to many areas on the fairways. This last feature well it protects the course can be devastating to scores, if you have a bad shot and don’t have the right club. With the Kikuyu grass on this course especially around greens you are already hiking into the tendency is to play follow up shots with whatever club you have.
The course according to signage is undergoing upgrades and renovation.
This course is hilly, and features significant elevation changes, blind tee shots, blind approach shots. My two key takeaways from my round, a first at Anaheim Hills is that this not a course suitable for a high handicapper. I enjoy challenges, and don’t mind losing a ball or two, that said if Steven a member at the course had not joined us the round would have been far less enjoyable for me. Steve knows the course well, and could advise on targets, without this the round likely would have been a train wreck as every fairway slopes some way or another, and there are native areas the cut into fairways that are unseen.

The tee boxes on first inspection look very good, however most are not level, and a few actually have terrain features link spines running through them. Good footing is at a premium. Most tees are either elevated, well below the hole, and many feature waste areas to cross.
Fairways were very good overall, there were the usual one or two overwatered spots, and some areas were a little brown and thin, on whole they are in great shape for late summer. There are few level lies, the ball will undoubtedly be above or below your feet. My usually playing partner that will play a course like Big Rec or Sky Links to 6 over found himself playing bogey golf and felt the numerous blind shots, unlevel lies and massive elevation changes were gimmicky and did not enjoy the course at all. I on the other hand thought the views were wonderful, felt the designer had used the existing contours of the canyon pretty much unchanged, much as the founders of golf did in Scotland. This course could cause you to drink.

Rough. Where there is rough along the fairway it’s long, spidery, Kikuyu that grabs the club like an angry octopus. The rough around the greens were deeper and more difficult.

Out of bounds. There are extensive environmentally protected out of bounds areas, which are populated by rattle snakes. In several areas the GPS would post a warning, and there were hard signs in the ground along the fairway.
Bunkers. Over all the bunkers were in good condition with good sand, we did find one fairway bunker flooded, and had to rake it to find the tee shot that was lost. From the tees you couldn’t see the bunker. Bunkers both fairway and especially greenside are used extensively to protect the course as if a course with this much elevation changed need a stronger defense. (Was so glad my laser range finder had slope)
Additional defense. It never got bad, but besides sloping fairways, elevation changes, blind tee and approach shots, and the greens, being in a canyon this course is protected by wind. At times a one club elevation change was complicated by a one to two club breeze.

Greens. The greens are the low point of what is otherwise beautiful course, they are smaller than most practice par three course, and they seem to have suffered a fungal infection or a disagreeable bout of over seeding. Some looked water erosion damaged but counter intuitive to the topography of the green. There were a number of subtle breaks, curves, slopes, and on a couple of occasions tiers. The condition of the grass, and the overall bumpiness meant that putting was a combination of challenge and pure luck.

As a double bogey golfer this course is clearly more technical and challenging that I should be playing. Despite that I enjoyed the course and the people a lot. (well OK all but the guy mowing the grass around the green I was putting on, and the ushers for the wedding party hooting and hollering well I was trying to put on 18. (hey they were just having fun).

We saw the cart girl twice and she had a well-stocked cart with fair prices. The Snack bar was a little slow at the turn, but the hot dog was great, the bun fresh, and the attendant was kind enough to tell us that the price of dog and drink is the same with or without chips, did we want chips. I didn’t try the restaurant.

I like this course, and I would play it again, but I wouldn’t bring my regular playing partner. I would have to play with someone like our single Steven who knows the course well. I would also temper my expectations knowing that it’s a challenge. The thing I would most like to see fixed are the tee boxes. Great coverage, lack of divot damage, don’t help when your facing a long carry over a hazard to a sloping fairway form an unlevel lie.
10 Likes.
Played the nine-hole Par 3 course at Lake Forest Golf and Practice center Monday 08/27/2018, as a single, on a warm evening, teeing off a little after 5pm. The course was busy with disk golf and regular golf but played quickly in just over an hour and forty-five minutes.
Upon arriving the range was moderately busy, the practice green was full, and the chipping area had one-person practicing. The pro-shop had a couple of golfers waiting to get out, and the staff was very efficient and pleasant.
This is a walking course comprised of two par fours, and seven par 3 holes. Today the par threes were playing from 68 yards, to 120 yards.
Porta Potty’s at the first tee, 7th tee crossover was clean.
Tee boxes were mostly level, and lush, with moderate divot damage as would be expected, many were playing back. Ball washers were full and working.
Fairways seem to be patchwork of every type of grass imaginable in Southern California. The coverage is good, and honestly you should only be in a fairway on the fifth and ninth hold anyway.
Rough is penal, but choppy with some bare spots, the main defense for the course are small greens, and nearby out of bounds.
Bunkers were surprisingly good, with decent coverage of soft sand in all but those on the ninth hole. I was unfortunately in more than a couple of them and was able to get up and down.
Greens were in very good condition and there were few un-repaired ball marks. Pleasantly there were no sunflower seeds on any of the greens.
Kudos to the greens keepers for trimming the brush between the fairway leading to the ninth hole and the green so you can actually see if someone in on the green from most spots.
At the $5 dollars this costs me on my American Golf Players Club, (with a drink) I still consider it a value and provides good practice for my short game.
9 Likes.
Played Westridge Golf Club in La Habra, Friday 8/24/2018, 1:30 pm tee time on a Underpar deal at $35 per player with cart. (Restrictions on deal were a tee time after 10am Mon-Friday).
Arrived early checked in at the pro shop. Staff was nice, but the attendant on duty was not familiar with Underpar or the deal being offered and tried to tell me we could only play the morning even though she confirmed we were scheduled for 1:30pm until corrected by her co-worker, who then showed her how the voucher worked. Fortunately, we got checked in, when downstairs and checked in with the starter (very nice) got our cart and headed for the driving range. Medium bucket 80 balls was $8 dollars (The underpar deal did not come with range balls).
The driving range is very attractive the hitting bays have very fashionable club holders, cup holder, and tent covered driving bays. There is a sign on one waring of low overheard which seems odd for a place where you are swinging a club. The mats were in good condition but both my buddy and I commented on how much they moved during the swing. The cool looking club stand had a open are that regularly allowed clubs to fall thought and scatter. Not a strong point. Practice green was small but representative.
We were sent out about ten minutes early with a note we might be joined by twosome either at the tee or as we played. The twosome showed up as we were teeing up and I am glad they did. Two guys who regularly play this course Tony and Glenn were among the nicest guys I have played with. My buddy is a single digit handicap so it was nice that both of these guys were completive with him. I had a tough day with a two-way miss.
The course is beautiful, located in the hills of La Habra not far form Beach Blvd, off of Imperial. It’s not as majestic as Black Gold, but I think I like it even better layout wise. The fairways are very narrow and slope hard to one side. There is little in the way of rough, errant shots are most likely to find native area that is protected both by rule, and rattle snake as a result, I donated about three sleeves of balls. Where there was rough it was deep and very penal.
Carts are basic, no GPS, clean functional.
The tee boxes were lush but could have been more level, and compact. There were some irregularities not quite holes, soft or very hard areas. The tee boxes aren’t terrible and aren’t too unlevel, just lumpy however given the overall condition of the course they are the noticeable let down.
Rough, most rough is around the green, and in thin strips along the fairway. If the ball stops in the rough it will require all your attention as it is thick and sticky, but given the slope of the fairways the ball is as likely to go out of bounds. This is not a course the rewards spray and pray.

The fairways are narrow and feature very good coverage of mostly green grass. If you control your ball find the fairway, don’t get an unlucky bounce you will still most likely find yourself with a uphill, sidehill, downhill, uneven lie. This course takes the contours of the hills its built on and challenges the golfer.
The narrow undulating fairways pockmarked with fairway bunkers seem to be the courses main defense. This is target golf.
Bunkers - The course features numerous fairway and greenside bunkers. The fairway bunkers are a fair test but deeper than many I have seen on other courses, and the greenside bunkers look like they were dug by marines defending the area. The use of Bunkers around some greens present almost a moat surrounding the putting surface. The bunkers look nice; however, most are hardpacked sand / dirt. If you get in a bunker you will need to have studied Gary Player and Lee Trevino’s techniques for getting out of hardpan bunkers, there are no explosion shots here.
The greens are beautiful, fast with more breaks than tv show. I loved the greens, if you holed a one putt on these greens of more than four feet you feel accomplished.
This course has a really nice playing layout, with majestic views of the surrounding community. The tee boxes need a little attention, the bunkers well hard packed are very playable. Pace of play is very good, we took around four hours. The course needs more water stations. The separation of the parking lot from the clubhouse, and the starters station do a good job of preventing you bringing a cooler of water, however there were only two water stations on the course (at least that we saw), there were two low output water fountains by the restrooms. The snack bar is such that you have to go off route to stop as you make the turn and with the pace of play we experienced on Friday that would have been a train wreck. There is no sign on course giving you a number to pre-order. We did not see a beverage cart on course at any time during the round.

Would I recommend this course, yes very much, and I would definitely play it again at this rate? It’s not easy, and I was physically sore for a couple of days after playing. The course overall is in good shape, and well worth testing your game against.
8 Likes.
Dad Miller
Played Dad Miller Monday 07/23/2018 on a deal from Underpar – Two golfers, cart, and small bucket of range balls for $79.95 8am tee time. (Free replay if we wanted it)
Facility is very nice clean restrooms, well stocked pro shop with very friendly and efficient staff, and a small restaurant. (we didn’t partake, but can get a draft beer for a buck with your starter receipt). We checked in at 7am, picked up our cart and range ball certificates.
The driving range is across the street adjacent to the 11th tee box. Driving range is in good condition, hitting off of mats with a good number of targets to aim at. Our only problem was with my playing partners certificate. The ball machine would not accept the #4. We split my bucket and warmed up. The chipping and pitching area located by the driving range well the putting green is located near the club house. My only complaint is with the chipping area as the simulated green is not mown like the greens meaning you don’t get representative rollout during practice. The practice putting greens are perfect.
The carts are nice, and feature GPS. The GPS is unique in that it controls the cart. We turned incorrectly up a sidewalk and the GPS put the cart in .5 mph limp mode and posted a warning. Crossing fairway past the green (there was not cart waring sign) from a shot to the opposite fairway, the cart actually stopped until we backed up and then changed course.
Rest areas. The course has well placed bathrooms however they are protected by keypad locks. We happen to be playing with a marshal on his day off, and he had the code, but that could have been a problem otherwise. You would think during playing hours they would be unlocked. The GPS accuracy was excellent. The only drinking water on the course were water fountains located near the restrooms. We did not see a hospitality cart during the round, however a marshal with a large jug of ice water made several stops to offer us cold water during the round on a day when the afternoon temperature reached over 95 degrees.
Tee boxes were mostly level with a couple of exceptions, with good footing and lush coverage. We played form the blues giving the course a distance of 5,892 yards.
Fairways were mostly lush and green with a few lush brown spots. Truly bare spots were rare. There were numerous wet, soppy and even muddy areas along the sides of the fairways. There was a significant amount of maintenance being done to the course, mowing, watering, etc. The water only affected me twice and I took relief. The primary defense of this course are trees and dog legs. The course plays longer than the stated length would imply. The moister of the fairways, and irrigation of the greens meant there was little rollout from tee shots.

Rough for the most part it was dry, however this among the hardest rough I have played in Southern California. Between 3” and 4” deep, it is sticky, holding onto the ball. Very penal, prevalent, with few thin areas.

Greens were near perfect except for the occasional unrepaired divot mark. Fast putting surface combined with slope and tilt and you have an exciting match.

Bunkers. I wasn’t in a bunker, the deep rough was bad enough, I am glad I missed testing the bunkers. They looked well filled with quality sand.

For me $40 is a higher than average green fee. Dad Miller was worth cost. Great playing conditions, a challenging course that has the lore of having served as Tigers home course well in High School, who’s TGR center is next door too.
Dad Miller was voted Course of the Year by the golf course association. Well done.
11 Likes.
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