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Played Friday, 3/16 at 1:30pm, $39 w/cart twilite rate via their web site. My playing partner and I were joined by another twosome and teed off a little ahead of schedule, teeing off about 1:25pm. Had short waits on most holes/shots. Things picked up a bit on the back 9, as two players dropped out ahead of us, and we finished in 4.5hrs.

Course conditions were very good overall. White teeing areas were generally good and cut nicely, but a few had unlevel areas to deal with, including #s 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15. Worst feature of the course. They did resolve the unlevel teeing areas on #s 14 & 18 last year, and those areas are really nice, notwithstanding the divots on the par 3s.

Fairways were pretty typical condition for the course - good, generally cut shortish. A little softer than usual due to the recent rain, but still provided good roll-out and decent lies. Well-marked GUR areas in most cases. Rough was cut short, so not too penal when you were just off the fairway. Further away, the rough became unkempt, dry and bumpy, and provided challenging lies.

Was in a good sampling of bunkers, including on #s 2, 5, 6 (fairway) and 8. Sand was very consistent and good. A little deeper than I would like before you got to a firm base - about 2", the sand was medium-weight. Needed a little more clubhead speed for a good shot (I will try to remember this point for next time, as I ended up barely getting out of a few).

Greens weren't the smoothest I've seen here, nor the fastest (thankfully). But, they were in very good shape, very green, and held shots well. Medium-fast on the day, really a pleasure/challenge to putt on. Made some, missed some.

Trixie, the notorious and enjoyable cart lady was by several times. Always a pleasure. The friendly starter was making his marshal rounds later, and saw him on the 11th. Weather ended up being nice enough - no rain on the course, certainly chilly for parts when the wind was 2-3 clubs at times, but when the sun was out, had to take off a layer.
Played Monday, 3/12, teeing off about 1:30pm, first off for the new twilight time. Finished in 4hrs 40mins, with short waits on most holes, beginning on the par3 7th. May have been an outing earlier, as the 10th tee was packed w/6 carts when I drove in to the parking lot.

As for course conditions...oh, what a difference the rain makes. Course conditions were OK, but not great overall. Mainly, the greens were slowed down to medium-speed and were fairly soft and bumpy. Ball did not roll straight often. Much different than the last few times I've played here and on the smaller Mesa Linda course last week. As to be expected, they held shots a bit better.

White tees were the norm, pretty decent, but two were chewed up/thin (8 & 15). Fairways did not roll as much due to the damp conditions, meaning longer 2nd (and 3rd) shots. Rough was a bit penal, as it is growing longer and thicker.

Was only in one bunker, in front of the par3 17th. Was very damp, mud-like heavy sand. Got a report from one playing partner that the other bunker left of the hole was the same condition. Others I was nearby in the round looked much better.

Have not seen a posting for greens aerification, but expect that will be coming within the next month or so.
Played here on Thursday, 3/8 with Larryq2001, teeing off a few minutes late, about 12:15pm, on a warm, mostly sunny afternoon. $50 rate via their website. We shared a small bucket, that was only $4. Paired up with two singles, one of whom was getting a practice round for the Yorba Linda city championship. The nice young gent possesses a very solid game and hope he does well this weekend! POP was slow, with waits caused mostly by a group two ahead of us, with the final bell at 4hrs 50mins.

Course was in very good winter conditions overall. Similar to my last review in January, but the greens were fantastic this time.

White tees were cut short, level but were very thin and scruffy at times, making footing sometimes a challenge. Fairways were cut short and provided for very good roll and pretty good lies. Not the most lush, but it is the 'winter'... really? it is March now! ;-)

Rough was a mixed bag of dormant and clumpy grasses. Not the toughest to hit from, but not a good place to be due to the inconsistencies and the ball sitting down in it.

Had my share of bunker adventures early, and the fairway bunkers were how I like 'em - firm footing with a 1/4" or so layer of sand, allowing for crisp contact. The greenside bunkers were soft, medium-weight white sand, about 1 1/2" - 2" to get to firmer footing. Rated a 7.

Greens really were nice and smooth, deep green, firm and medium-fast to putt. Lots of undulations and breaks to deal with. I had challenges getting approach, sand and chip shots anywhere near the pin, and getting them to bite/sit on the greens. Noticed that the front-left portion of the 3rd green was having some issues, perhaps an over-watering and/or fungal problem. Overall, I rated them an 8 on the day.

The course beat me up pretty well early and late, with some unlucky bounces and bad swings, but did manage a decent stretch of holes in the middle of the round. Enough good holes to bring me back before their aerification in early April, however. My thanks to Larry, who is always great to play with, even if I am enduring a rough round, which unfortunately seems to be the norm for me the past six weeks. Staff, as always is very friendly, and the cart lady came by 3 times.
Played Mesa Linda on a lovely, sunny 70's Monday, with a slight wind from the west.
Teed it up about 12:40pm as a 3some and finished a few minutes over 4hrs. A few waits here and there, but things moved along pretty well. Just a gorgeous afternoon.

Course was fair to pretty good condition, mostly firm and cut close throughout, which meant lots and lots of roll in the fairway and even the rough. Blue tees were mostly nice and lush, level and also cut short.

Was in the fairway bunker on the par5 #5, and it was very firm with a nice thin layer of sand, as I prefer all fairway bunkers to be, allowing one to make pretty good contact. Made par from it, so it clearly wasn't penal.

Greens really were firm and were putting fast, with some crazy, crazy roll away from the holes due to pin placements on severe slopes - seemed to be at least two that were very unfair. They held some shots fairly well and a few not so well. The kikuyu fringe around the greens was cut much shorter than usual - same as the fairways - and were also very firm and dry. So, approach shots landing short of the green had a much bigger first hop than usual, with the kikuyu not playing 'catch and grab' with the ball, as it is wont to do.

Saw the cart girl twice. The marshal once. Hit a 240-yard drive to end the day (40 more than usual). I did say that the ball was rolling lots and lots today!
Played Hidden Valley for the first time with Orangegolfer and Larrryq2001 on Wednesday mid-morning for $44 including cart, I believe their standard weekday rate. These two guys are friendly gents, and great golfers, and both had nice rounds from the blues. I hacked it around from the whites. We waited on the tees throughout the round, and forgot to notice when we finished. It must've been close to a 5 hour round. You could see lots of golfers on every hole from the many panoramic views this course provides.

White tee boxes were pretty rough, with divots galore on most. A handful had mounds and slopes to deal with. The whites/blue markers were paired together on the par5 15th hole, presenting us with a downslope for the entire legal teeing area.

Fairways were in winter condition, a bit wet from rain, and had evidence of a recent punching on a few holes. Inconsistent grasses and thin at times. But, generally, the ball sat up well and were easy to take decent shots w/divots. On three holes, had approach shots land and then roll backwards 20-40 yards before finding a comfy spot that pleased it. Had other sideways kicks that went plenty more. Between this feature, various blind shots and several ill-conceived/placed forced carries (imho) reminded me of the now defunct Champions at the Retreat course on multiple holes. Rough was inconsistent in length. Water in several bunkers.

Thought the greens were in very good/great condition and certainly the best feature of the course. The putts on the practice green were lightening fast, with the ball rolling down slopes, 20-30 feet before finding a spot to settle in. On the course, a little less stupid, and the greens held shots fairly well. They were actually soft to walk on, which helped them to not be a total menace to putt. They were still very fast, and with the many undulations and slopes, the ball could easily end up 4-6 feet past the hole on a downhill 10-footer, or take the ball 30 feet plus away from the hole as it took the slope away from the hole. Greens were indeed lush, and in spite of a number of repaired divot marks, ball rolled excellently and smooth, with few bumps along the way.

Saw the cart lady on both 9s. The course could use toilet facilities on the front, and more water jugs throughout. GPS on carts worked very well, allowing you to pick a spot on the hole to measure hazards, etc. Of note, the GPS provides front/back of green and a target marker in the center of the green, that is indeed for 'center of green', not the flag location.

Would like to come back in late spring/early summer and try the course again. Great scenery and views almost make up for my minor gripes about the course design. For my short-hitter game, this course presents an extra challenge and required a few silly layups with wedges, even after good drives (210-220yds) from the whites, to avoid hazards that I would have a very tough time carrying with a 5 or even a 3 wood.
Played yesterday with larryq2001 and met the nice young man, dubwiser, for the first time on a mostly sunny but very chilly and windy day. Teed off about 12:40, and finished in 5 hrs. Very slow throughout the round. Think everyone got the notice that Crossings' greens are getting punched on the 26th and were getting in a round ahead of time, just like us.

The big hitters played the blues, while I tapped it around from the whites. White tees were very good and level. Overall, conditions similar to my last visit 3 weeks ago. As it happens, though, the greens were even better - they were fantastic. Medium-fast pace, super lush and smooth. So, time to punch! ;-) Due to some poor approach shots, I was able to enjoy the full, multi-leveled and sloping green experience, with some severe roller-coaster putts, breaking between 12-20 feet from 20-60 feet away. Great fun!

The fairways still dormant and providing great roll. The rough was tough, eating a few of my wedges. Was in a few traps and the sand was pretty fluffy and deep - almost lost a shoe getting out of one.

Saw the cart lady a few times, trying to keep warm and the marshals, as always very friendly. Katie in the bar took great care of us even though we moved out to the heated patio (she really is the best), serving drinks and food on a busy evening. It evidently was 'rib night', and dubwiser only made it 1/2-way through a stack of great-looking ribs!
Played Saturday, 17 Feb, joined up with a friendly 3some. mini-deal at $59, plus $5 for a small bucket. Teed off 10 minutes behind schedule at 12:20pm with a POP of 5 hrs 10 mins. Was really slow to start, not too bad a pace after three holes, then backed up again on number 9. Just too many people out on the golf course. Players in the group in front were definitely playing the wrong tees (blue) for their skill-set. We played the white tees, 6371 yds/71.0/125 slope, and it plays much tougher than the ratings, imho.

Aside from the POP, my only disappointment were the grass tees on the driving range were really rubbish, on an incline and sand-laden. Sadly, it didn't help my bunker play at all later in the round. :( Practice green was nice and smooth, and similar to the pace of greens on the day, mostly medium/medium-fast.

Fairways were green, mostly firm, and rolled out nicely. Ball typically sat up well, with a few minor thin areas. Rough wasn't too penal, with the ball actually sitting up well for me each visit.

Greens were firm, but held shots pretty well. Very smooth, true putting on the day. A step-change improvement over my visit last year.

Bunkers were also better than last year, in that they were dry this time, and sand was fluffy enough, and allowed me to flubby enough shots from the three that I visited. ;-)

Cart lady came by twice on the day. Saw a marshal in 3-4 different locations. Friendly staff all around the facility.

Very enjoyable day on a busy and sunny Saturday in Napa... came very close to a hole-in-one on their signature hole #14, settled for a tap-in bird. There are a handful of really pretty holes, some with significant elevation changes, and some holes that are just very demanding to par. Definitely recommend.
This is a great little course to play simply for the unique experience of having so many tall coastal redwoods lining every fairway. My course ratings are much lower than the others, but would still recommend it.

This is the second time I've played the course, and both times were not mid-summer when I am certain the conditions improve. Given the tall redwoods, I suspect there are considerable parts of the course that just do not get enough sun/warmth to dry out and for grass to grow strong roots.

Chose this course to go out with a friend visiting from the UK who was on a whirlwind tour of California had not played golf in 5 years. Really was perfect for him. We teed off late in the afternoon duffed it around, and finished 9 holes in near darkness, with some wait on a 4some on the last 3 holes, POP about 90 minutes walking.

The course was very green and looked 'good/great from far'. Tees were level on about half the holes, a little damp on a few. Fairway grass was thinnish in many spots, didn't provide great roll due to moisture in the soil, but the grass that was there was very green. Rough was penal at times, about 2-3 inches and the ball tended to sit down in it. Was in one greenside bunker, was very firm and un-raked by previous golfers. The small greens held shots OK, and were mostly lush. They did have bare soil spots exposed and a fair bit of forest debris on all greens, indeed too much to remove to get a clear line for putts. So, a bumpy and veering trip for the ball after a stroke.

Jeff in the bar took good care of us after the round, and had a nice salad, but they do have a fairly large offering for heavier fare, as desired.

Glad we played, my friend even made 1 par on the day after knocking some rust off, and still highly recommend the experience in spite of conditions and price. Hopefully, they spend more of the greens fees to hire someone to provide better course upkeep going forward.
Was able to grab a fantastic deal on for $21 at noon. Arrived early, but was told by the young man in the pro shop that I'd have to wait until tee time "as it is policy on pre-paid" times. Pretty silly, the tee was open for 15 minutes, and I later joined up with a very friendly two-some that teed off 40 minutes ahead of me, after passing through a two-some and a four-some. I understand why, but Kemper Sports (Crossings at Carlsbad, Black Gold, etc.) should do better here. Great deal on a fun, scenic course on a lovely day.

POP ended up at 4 hours - 1.5hrs front, 2.5hrs back when we caught the slo-pokes. No marshal to be seen.

Tees were very nice, green and level. Fairways were green, with a lot of undulations to deal with. The first four holes are all uphill, making an extra challenge while warming up. Rough wasn't too penal, with varying grasses and degrees of length. Had a handful of shots from rough on various holes, and wasn't an issue. Was in two bunkers, and the sand was medium weight, slightly damp.

Greens were firm but decently receptive, medium-green colour, mostly fast and smooth putting, with breaks influenced by the bay.

No cart lady, but the half-way shack at the clubhouse serves a variety of items.

Newsflash! They have invested in BRAND NEW carts, that are pretty zippy (get fast going downhill). Yamaha gas carts, WITH GPS! A different system than at Black Gold/Crossings, but it did work fine, with a little less flexibility to point/get yardage on specific targets - but, maybe I just couldn't figure it out. Yardage is listed to various hazards and front/pin/back of green, and a phone number is listed to call ahead for food at the turn. Pretty nice overall.

This is a very fun course to play, with great views throughout the round, with a few friendly golfers. Today was chilly/windy, but bright and sunny all day. Adding in the deal, an absolutely brilliant afternoon!
Received an an e-mail from the course reminding me that Birthday rounds can be played a day before or after the big day. So, a free weekend birthday round for me on Sat., Feb 3rd, as golf wasn't going to trump the SuperBowl! Being a Crossings Club member, they waive the $25 cart fee - membership has it's benefts.

Agree with Gary00 (happy birthday, too!) overall on the conditions being very good right now. Tees, fairways and greens were nice, with nothing to complain about really . The fairways still a bit dormant, along with the rough being very dormant and a bit splotchy and cut shorter than in the summer months. Greens looked like they needed to be cut, but rolled medium/medium fast with certain pin placements.

Played much better on the front, and found the bogey-train on the back 9. I do think the back plays a few strokes tougher, as fairways tighten up a bit.

Great customer service all around, with the cart lady making several appearances. Only issue on the day was a sluggish POP, as teeing off at 12:36pm, we finished just after sunset at 5:35pm. Still, a great way to spend an afternoon... for free! Thank you, Crossings!
Had the pleasure to stay at Bay Hill Club & Lodge while attending the annual PGA Show in late January. Was able to get in a few rounds between/with a few rain-drops on the non-tournament Charger 9 ($65, includes cart, all-day practice on the range, very nice putting green, chipping green and sand trap).

There really were very few groups on the Charger course, and was able to play through a 4some each day, and the 9-holes typically only took 75 minutes or so. Was able to get in a few extra holes each day before sunset.

The other two nines, Challenger/Champion ($270/18 holes), were over-seeded for the winter and are much, much greener and in much more lush condition, ahead of the tournament taking place in March and was very busy.

Still, the 'short' 9-hole course offers a good quality challenge, with it playing up to 3324 yards from the back Green (Palmer) tee markers, and was in very good condition overall, on par with The Crossings at Carlsbad right now, I'd say.

Immediately upon arrival at the pro shop, a friendly attendant takes your clubs and will put them on a cart or make other arrangements if playing with a caddie on the tournament course. Friendly and helpful staff in the pro shop, and the starter was very cheery, as well.

There is water in play on holes #s 2 (par3), 3, 5 and 7(par3). Tee boxes were well-covered, cut nicely, green, and very level.

Fairways had very good and consistent coverage. Never saw any bare-spots in the fairways nor rough. Medium-green color and decent roll off the driver. Always had a good lie. Rough was pretty dormant (as seen in a few pics added), about two inches longer than the fairways.

Bunkers were very consistent - was in 3 over my two rounds. Nice white sand, about 1" or so of medium-weight sand on a firmer base.

Greens were firm, but held shots well, putted very smooth and rolled true, at medium speed. Thinnish coverage reminded me of the PGA West greens of Nicklaus Tournament and the Stadium courses last summer.

The Charger course was fun to play and a good challenge. The course is well-maintained, and conditions were very good. My rating would very likely be 2 points higher for the other two nines, based on how lush everything was from what I saw. Just lovely. Wish I could've gotten out on it, but a combo of weather, time and physical factors conspired against me this trip.

Staying at Bay Hill was a treat, with so much memorabilia and pictures from Arnold's golfing life, and a few stories from staff members. I hadn't seen the "Arnie"/"Arnie & Me" documentary on Golf Channel previously, and it was nice to have it on a continuous play cycle whenever I turned on the TV in the room. Very heart-warming and inspirational. The 72 room hotel has a unique charm and I highly recommend a stay there when in the Orlando area!
Played today at 12:23pm as a 3some and finished just under 4 hours. Pace seemed slower than it ended up at, but played at a nice, leisurely round on a cool MLK Jr Day.

Course was in pretty good condition overall. Blue tees were level and cut nicely. Fairways were pretty bog standard today, not getting as much roll as I'd hope. Rough was about 2-3 inches. Both fairways and rough had some washed out, hard and very thin areas, of which I found both, and then almost lost a leg sinking into a hidden water-bog under the grass just in front of #17 green, from over-watering!

Avoided all bunkers today, but my playing partners said the sand in the few they visited were soft and reasonably fluffy.

Greens were very nice, minimal ball marks, held shots pretty well, very green, lush and smooth putting. Medium-fast pace.

Saw the cart girl twice and the marshall actually was visible and said a few words. Great day on CM-ML overall.
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