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Walked The Home Course as a single this morning, teeing off just before 7:00 and finishing about 10:30 for an excellent pace. I was second out behind a 3 some with another 3 some behind me. I took my time getting in a little extra chipping and putting on a few of the greens, so I was never closer than a hole and a half to either group. Conditions were pretty good, fairways and rough were very nice. At times the fairways can be a little thin here, but they are very lush right now, giving great lies with tee shots still rolling out pretty well. The rough isn't too long, and not much of a penalty. There's some natural areas if you're really wild off the tee which are quite the mixed bag. I managed to avoid all of that, but it looked to be thin enough out there that at least you won't lose a ball. Greens looked awful, but actually putted decently. A little bit slower than normal, with a little bit of sand, but still not too bad. I found myself taking some of my extra time to repair some of the pitch marks that other players had left behind. Bunkers are pretty bad right now, extremely compact and wet, but there's not a whole lot they can do about that as it rained quite a bit this past week. Tee boxes were all perfectly level, but perhaps just a bit shaggy.

I love the layout here, I played the Blue/White combo tees which are about 6300 yards. With the length that I've got that makes a couple of the par 5's reachable, plus it lets me hit shorter clubs into some of the par 3's. There was a good bit of wind today, and much of the course is quite exposed to it so you definitely needed to take an extra club or two (or a club or two less) here and there. It is very nice how the course sets up for anyone, the tips are over 7000 yards, and there's options all the way down to 5400 yards.

I grabbed a beverage at the turn, and then saw the beverage cart once during the back nine as well. Now that they have a restaurant, I went ahead and grabbed lunch after. I had finished pretty early, and they weren't planning on opening until 11 but they went ahead and took care of me. The burger and fries were excellent, plus the first beer only costs 1 penny per stroke on your score for the day so the price is right. Service in the pro shop, restaurant, and on course was perfect. It's definitely worth going out of your way to play here, I would absolutely play here all of the time if it were a bit closer to home.
Played Riverbend this morning, teeing off just about 7:00 am and finishing in about 3:30, walking it with another single at a very nice pace. Conditions were just about what I expected. The greens look horrible, but actually putt relatively well at a medium speed. They were very soft as there was a little rain the night before (I even found some standing water on the 16th green) and would hold most any shot. Unfortunately you could always find plenty of pitch marks to fix. Some of the tee boxes were decent, others were really bad. Fairways had some seriously burnt out areas and were a little thin, but every now and then you got a great lie. Rough was very consistent, short, and not really a penalty. Best part of the course was probably the bunkers, I found at least 5 today, and they were very consistent. They're just a little bit thin which made greenside shots tough, but playing from the fairway bunkers was quite pleasant.

I think the layout here is pretty fun, with a lot of good holes. None of them are anything you'd call great, but I don't think any of them are bad either. For an average golfer there's enough challenge, so while there isn't a whole lot of "wow" you can still have a good time. I do wish the conditions were a bit better, as that's the thing the keeps me from coming here more than once a year. I never regret playing here, but I just never feel the need to rush back.
Played Snohomish last Sunday (7/8/18) and was a little bit disappointed. Started on time just after 7:00 am, and got around in a hair over 4 hours so the pace was reasonable. Greens were ok, medium to slow speed wise and holding shots well enough. Fairways were incredibly inconsistent, some spots very dry and thin while others were wet and lush. Some spots were cut very tight, others were a bit long, with a few different types of grass present. It often felt that hitting a good drive down the middle just wasn't rewarded. Rough was decent, and the 2 bunkers I found were having some maintenance done and marked as GUR. Tee boxes were very wet, it seemed as though they had just watered many of them and I found them to be quite slippery. I paid the rack rate to walk, I think just under $40, and while you'll have to look really hard to find something cheaper, you won't have to look too hard to find something a little bit better.
Back home and out for a round on the course around the corner from the house. Teed off about 6:15, and our foursome walked it in about 3:30, with no one in front of us. The three behind us pushed a little bit, but never enough to where it seemed like letting them through was warranted. Every time they waited for a shot, they would end up falling back and not waiting for the next couple. Conditions were pretty decent, greens weren't slow or fast, medium speed with a few bumps, and holding shots very well. Fairways and rough were also better than expected, the only really bad lie I had was when I found an old divot. I avoided all of the bunkers, but they looked pretty good, and in times past they've been in pretty good shape. Tee boxes were probably the worst part of the course, many aren't very level and many also have significant divot damage. It was $39 to walk it, and I would say it was worth that, although probably only if you're already in the neighborhood.
Was in Bullhead City to visit family, and played Laughlin Ranch Tuesday (6/26/18) teeing off just a minute or two after our 7:32 tee time. The place was nearly empty, so my partner and I took our time with the range and practice green, both of which are very nice. The driving range’s turf was really excellent to hit off of, definitely one of the nicer ranges I’ve visited.

The course played really well, with the exception of the greens. They definitely have just punched, so they are quite slow and bumpy. They’ll hold any kind of shot, which means you really can be aggressive with your approaches, and you have to be aggressive pitching and putting. They were consistent from green to green (the practice green was the same as well) and they’re definitely very healthy, and I bet in a week or so they’ll be excellent.

The fairways were really nice to play from, plenty of roll and always giving a good lie. Rough was pretty short, very consistent, and not too much of a penalty. Bunkers are hit and miss, they have some rocks in them and it looks like a couple are being let go, and are returning to a natural desert state. Tee boxes were nicely level, although were due for a cut it seemed.

I only had time for 1 round on this trip, and I’m really glad I played here. The layout is a ton of fun, with one good hole after another. The course is very healthy, you can see that they take very good care of the fairways, greens and tees. The views of the city and river in one direction, plus the desert mountains in the other, can be absolutely stunning. I wish I could swing another trip down to make the upcoming GK event here, because I bet you’ll all have a blast.
Took a day off work today and played Willows Run Coyote Creek for the first time in a while, and had a very pleasant morning. I arrived around 7:00 am or so, and started by hitting a small bucket at the range. Usually I don't do that, but it did seem to help me get my swing in sync. The range is mats here like just about everywhere in the northwest right now but they did put in new ones a few months ago, so they aren't too bad to hit off of. I also like their chipping and putting greens, which is where I usually get all of my warm up done.

The course itself was in pretty good shape. Greens are just like the other course here, quicker than the munis nearby but not out of control and rolling very true. It was very pleasant to not see many unrepaired ball marks, and they hold well struck shots nicely. Fairways are ok, a few (#2 and #16 come to mind) aren't so great, but the rest of them are pretty good. The rough looked as though it had been cut pretty recently, and wasn't too much of a penalty. Very healthy throughout, and the ball really didn't sit down much. Tee boxes are reasonable. I found one greenside bunker that was very wet and compact, and not too pleasant play out of. Like the other course here, I feel that the bunkers could use some TLC.

I walked as a single, and played alone behind a two some for the first 4 holes, and then a single riding in a cart caught me on the 5th tee. She and I finished the round together at a very nice pace, probably about 3:45 not waiting on a single shot until our approach to the 18th green. I don't remember exactly what I paid, but with the member discount it was somewhere around $35 for the round and the warm up bucket. Even without that discount it was more than worth it. Definitely recommended.
Played West Seattle this past Monday morning (5/14/18) for the first time in a while and found the place to be pretty much as expected. We've had a good bit of dry weather here in the northwest, so things are firming up. Greens were still holding a well struck shot, but you were most likely getting a fair bit of release on longer clubs, and anything that wasn't spinning well. They rolled ok, a little bit slower than I would like, and a bit bumpier as well. Fairways offered lots of roll, and were a bit thin. Rough was very nice, and the bunkers looked great, although I didn't find any so I'm not exactly sure how they played. Tee boxes were definitely good enough, a flat spot could be found and only the par 3's had significant divot damage. Pace was good for our foursome (2 walking, 2 riding) never having anyone in front of us and only getting pushed on the last couple of holes. I think we got around in just about exactly 4 hours. The price was right as well, as it cost me only $28 to walk. I've had rounds here that I've loved, and rounds here that I've hated, I think this one landed right in the middle. It was good to get out to somewhere I hadn't played in awhile, yet at the same time I probably was hoping for a little bit better.
Played Willows Run Eagle's Talon a couple of times recently, yesterday and Sunday (5/6/18 and 5/8/18) and enjoyed both rounds quite a bit. Conditions are very good right now, especially the greens. They're medium quick, I would say, you'll need to be careful going downhill and assertive when going up. They are rolling very well, almost no bumps over both rounds, and not too many un-repaired ball marks. Fairways are in very good shape, a little bit on the firm side giving plenty of roll, but also providing very good lies. If you're in the short grass you'll have a nice cushion to hit off of. Rough is lush and healthy, and will often give you a bit of a headache when you find it. Tee boxes remain hit and miss here, although they feel better than in the past. If there's one spot that does need some serious work it would be the bunkers. They look as if they haven't been maintained at all, and really could use some love. Pace of play and customer service were both excellent during the weekend and mid-week.
Played Walter Hall yesterday morning walking as a single with 2 other walking singles, and finished in about 4 hours. Conditions were a bit better than I expected, the dry weather lately meant not nearly as much mud as I thought there would be. Greens were firm and fast, but a bit on the bumpy side. Fairways had a bit more roll which was nice, although they did look a bit thin in spots. Rough was very good, and the one greenside bunker I found was nice to play out of. Tee boxes could use a little work, lots of divots and a few weren't very level. Overall a decent experience for muni golf.
Played The Home Course this morning, and had a very good experience as always. Started an hour late from my tee time due to a frost delay, but once out on the course the weather was absolutely perfect for a March day here in the north west. Pace of play was very good as they had us start as a shotgun, with my buddy and I walking with a single riding starting as the first group off of #1. Pace was great as no one was in front of us and the group behind lagged a bit, at least until we got to #15 (which is pretty close to the clubhouse) where they were sending off groups. For those last 4 holes we did have to wait on every shot, but the first 14 holes were so perfect I really can't complain.

Greens rolled very good for the late winter/early spring here, faster than most public places with the occasional bump. As the temperature went up, so did their speed. I happened to be striking the ball really well, so every shot in held very well, and I was very happy to not find any unrepaired ball marks when I arrived to each green. I was also fortunate enough to not find any bunkers, so I can't comment on their condition. A couple of them are being redone and are marked as ground under repair, I would imagine once that's finished they'll be just fine.

Fairways on the front nine, and the first few holes on the back, were actually even better than I expected. They're always firm with lots of roll, but at times a little thin. This morning they were just about perfect, up until #15. From then on they were thin, and a bit sandy as well as it seemed like a bit of maintenance was being done. I think finding the rough on #17 was better than being on the fairway as the rough here is pretty short, and not too much of a penalty. Tee boxes were very good, on the par 3's the markers had been moved away from any divot damage so there were no issues whatsoever.

As always, The Home Course is worth the drive for me to get there. I wish I had a little more time today, as they have opened up a restaurant and I've yet to be able to try it. For the longest time this place has had nothing but a trailer for a golf shop and a great course, hopefully the next time I'm down I'll be able to sample the other amenities they're getting around to adding.
Played Willows this morning, walking as a two some teeing off as the second group out behind a walking 3. They let us through at #9, after we'd done a fair bit of waiting, and the pace after that was very quick. We probably got around in about 3:15. Conditions were very tough, a pretty good bit of wind, rain off and on, after a week of pretty steady rain, making for a course that plays a lot longer than the yardage would indicate. They're dong a composite of the 2 courses right now in order to keep play off of the holes that are the worst with the wet weather, and I think that's smart of them. It was this way last week, and the guys in the shop said it would be this way for at least the next 2 weeks. You'll play 1-11 of Eagle's Talon, and then play Coyote Creek's 3-9. Par still ends up at 72, and while it isn't perfect design-wise, it is functional.

Greens are very soft and very slow, yet still somehow kind of decent. They'll hold absolutely anything, a low bullet of hybrid will have 1 hop and stop, even a semi-bladed chip won't go all the way through the green. Fairways are very messy, rough is long and lush, and if it weren't for the bright yellow srixon I'd have probably lost a few from them getting plugged while in play. Hitting from the bunkers was actually kind of fun, as long as you were at least a hundred yards away because they're so compact its just like hitting off of a driving range mat. Granted, 3/4 of each bunker had about a foot of standing water, so you had to fish your ball out of a small pond in order to hit that fun shot. Green side they were just brutal. Tee boxes were passable, usually the worst part of playing here but today they didn't seem so bad since it was so sloppy with the rain everywhere else.

Overall, it was a very tough round, but I would have regretted spending the morning on the couch. Its been so wet up here for the last few weeks I can't imagine conditions being very good anywhere, so playing at the course around the corner from home will definitely get it done.
Visiting family for Thanksgiving this week, and I managed to sneak away for a round this morning on the Mountain course at Angel Park. I teed off a few minutes ahead of the 7:30 am tee time I had made, and got around with 2 other singles in right about 4 hours, never waiting on the group in front and never being pushed by the single behind us. I liked the layout a lot, with a good mix of long and short holes that fit my game playing from the blue tees. Conditions seemed a bit mixed though, greens rolled pretty good, although I saw way too many unrepaired pitch marks. They were firm, and on the quick side to me, with a decent amount of break. Fairways were ok, rough was good, and the one fairway bunker I found wasn't difficult to play from. I feel that the tee boxes however were very bad, most of them were very patchy, and never anything you could call lush. Customer service in the shop was very good, and the starter was very nice as well. I paid the rack rate, and while I could see how at times it might be worth that, I feel the conditions just weren't quite there for that price. I certainly don't regret playing there, but I would imagine one could do just a little bit better.
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