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Played today, 2/7 via teeoff.com, $62.00 after discount. Went out at tee time of 12:24pm, but there was a bit of chaos with the starter ahead of it, with my name (pre-paid) not appearing on his booking sheet, and others being sent out different from their tee times. Ended up being paired with two very nice ladies from the next group, who hit the ball well. Very enjoyable round. We pushed the groups in front, and were luckily able to jump a slow group in front at the turn, and finish in 4:45hrs.

Course overall was in good winter condition, albeit a just a bit damp - CPO on entire course, but not muddy. Could've driven carts on fairways with no damage, imho.

Tees, fairways and rough were all decent. Not a lot of roll in the fairways. Bunkers were generally nice, about 1/2" fluff on top of firm sand.

Greens were lush and very receptive, and enjoyed(?) a lot of spin on full approach shots, much more than usual. They also putted smooth and very, very fast.

A lot of folks on the course with no urgency of play, and sadly, no marshal to keep people moving. Have thought about doing the $41 monthly membership for a few months (with reduced greens fees), but have now decided against that idea.
9 Likes.
Played BG today (Wed), a day after playing/walking Costa Mesa - an event rarer than a 'super blood wolf moon' for me! Was motivated to play consecutive days with the forecast of rain for the next 5 days. Glad I did, as it was a lovely day out, paired with two fun gents who happen to own Michael's Sports Pub in Westminster. Will have to check it out! $50 non-resident rate via their web site.

Teed off a few minutes ahead of our 12:38 tee time. I skipped the last two holes at 5:00pm to attend to other things, so POP was pretty much a full 5 hours, with waits on most holes.

Course conditions were really, really good. Tees were firm, greenish/gray and mostly well covered. Fairways were super green/lush and produced very good lies. They were also pretty dry/firm, so did enjoy a little more roll than usual. Rough wasn't too bad, but definitely produced some slightly gnarly lies.

Five fairway and green-side bunkers were generally good, but did see some un-raked areas in a few.

Greens were great, very fast and smooth, but held shots very well. Excellent to putt on, Due to their fast speed, the 'Anaheim effect' was significant, including nearly all greens.

Look forward to visiting again soon.
8 Likes.
Went out late today as a single under their super-twilight rate. Jumped around between the front/back nines for 9 holes and squeezed in 4 more on Los Lagos in under 2.5 hours under last light. Generally, light play, but did have some groups to deal with early.

Courses overall have fared pretty well through the January rains, and were dry in all spots. In speaking with a staff member a few days ago, they mentioned they held back carts a few days. Kudos to staff, as fairways showed no signs of cart tire damage as they've had over the last two years. Overall, they were pretty good, but have suffered some flood damage. Not too bad, however, with the exception of Mesa #14, which typically does get hammered with heavy rains. Closed to carts.

Tees had good coverage and were firm, and greens were nice. Traps were in good condition, and well-raked for the two i visited. Well-worth the late fee and late afternoon walk.
6 Likes.
Was able to grab a noon tee time on Jan 2nd, via teeoff.com @ $27 pre-paid fee. Ended up going out at as a single a few minutes early, with the starter letting me go ahead of a 4some, with their permission. 52 degrees at the start, on a lovely sunny day, with minimal wind. One of the best places to play imho on a sunny day, even though it was chilly. Only warmed up a few degrees, but the sun kept me warm enough! POP ended up at 3.5 hours with minimal waiting and playing through 3 other groups. Nice way to start 2019!

Course conditions were very similar to when I played here a few months ago in September.

Tees were pretty good, just a few were a little damp from the rains a few weeks earlier. Fairways were cut short, decent roll, some soft spots, but very lush and green. Rough was about 1.5-2", dense and a little penal - made sure to accelerate through impact.

Greens were firm but held good shots decently. Again, greens were nearly perfect looking, and rolled very true and medium-fast and slippery on the slopes/undulations. Not many ball marks at all to deal with, which was great.

In 2 bunkers, and they were well groomed, soft but damp sand.

Had a smile on my face all day. Just love playing here. Highly recommended.
16 Likes.
Played Boxing Day, 12/26, teeing off as a twosome at 10:22, on a cold, sunny day to start - 46 degrees, warming up to upper-50's by early afternoon. Very light amount of play POP was 4 hrs, with no waiting on the two twosomes in front, and we let a single go through.

Course is soaking wet right now from a healthy amount of rain, with a little standing water on a number of holes, and plenty of 'casual water' coming up, but everything is indeed lush and green, fairways and rough last cut maybe 4-5 days earlier. CPO entire course, and very necessary. Greens today were fantastic, cut nicely, rolling medium speed with very few bumps. A few elevated tees were really nice and firm. Well-drained, no standing water.

Nice, friendly gentleman in the pro shop told us to wait to pay at the turn, to see if we really wanted to play a full 18, or just 9 due to course conditions, as the back 9 was a little soggier than the front. When has anyone ever heard that offer? Me - never... very impressed! Was only going to be $3 difference pp, and the sun was out nicely, so we happily waded onwards for a leisurely 18.

Certainly not a day for scoring, as the ball died whenever it hit the ground, and getting it airborne and/or hitting clean shots was a challenge all day. That said, very happy to have played here again. Last played Bennett Valley probably 3 years ago. Holes are pretty straight, but lined with a lot of Redwood trees, so its a very pleasant day out. Glad I wore my water-proof Footjoys, which passed the test - but did get very muddy!

Assuming no further rain (slim chance of that), course would probably be much more playable (drier) in 2 weeks.
8 Likes.
Played last week on Monday, 11/26. Teed off at noon and POP was exactly 4 hours, with a bit of waiting on most holes - a 4some 3 groups ahead were about 1 hole behind, and of course, the marshal said nothing. But, we were 'on pace'... Check-in was smooth.

Lovely day, fairways and tees were freshly cut, which always makes things nicer. Greens were lush and really nice. Fully recovered from their punching. Not too bumpy, and rolled mostly smooth at medium-pace.

Pleasantly surprised with the sand quality on the day - was in 4. It was fluffier than usual, and only took 1 swing to get out of each :) Still, saw too many un-raked footprints from prior golfers on the day #@%$!.

Cart lady came by twice.
7 Likes.
Played Monday, 11/5, teeing off a few minutes after noon w/Larryq2001 and was paired with friendly GKer Dubwiser. We finished a bit over 4 hours, with a few short waits on a lovely day. They played the blues and I teed off from the white tees.

White tees were level and in pretty good shape for this time of year. As previously mentioned, a few tee areas are closed and in process of growing new grass. Fairways were overly watered in spots - where I landed my shots, of course - and often got no/little roll-out, which made the course that much more demanding and adding yards to 2nd shots. Was able to draw casual water in my stance 3 times, including once on a strong slope! The course was green enough - it's November - stop with the over-watering!!!

While I was fortunate to avoid any bunkers, was in the rough too many times, and found it diabolical and grabby.

Greens looked fantastic, dark green, held shots fairly well and provided mostly smooth putting. Excepting a few pin placements located directly on slopes, they putted medium-slow, however, and found it a challenge to get long putts anywhere near the holes.

Cart lady came by a few times and saw a friendly marshal twice. Defo recommend playing here, just wish they would let the course dry out a little bit!
10 Likes.
Grabbed a deal on teeoff.com, which after applying the their promo discount, netted out at $61.60pp, including very comfy cart w/great GPS. Course is in pretty good condition overall, with just a few minor quibbles.

Played Thursday, very friendly greeting by the starter, and he got us out a few minutes ahead of our noon tee time - played w/Larryq2001 on a lovely, sunny day to start. Made the turn in 2 hrs, and finished right about 4hrs overall POP, despite a mild waits on most holes on the group in front.

Agree with the point dethman made that the tees could use a fresh cut, as the grass was long. Fairways were pretty green, rolled well and generally provided good lies. Found the rough way too many times, and paid the price. Ball would generally sit down in it, and was very grabby, resulting in a number of 'heavy' shots.

Found at least two greenside bunkers (#3, #10 come to mind), and the sand was nice to hit from. Any time I get it out and on the green in 1 shot, the sand is great. Decent white fluff, about 3/4" depth over a medium base.

Most greens are elevated a bit from the fairways, and were lush, very green and soft. Held shots well. Too much watering going on here, however. A few holes were very damp/soft around the hole, and with everyone's golf soles leaving imprint patterns to deal with, a few 4' putts were impossible to keep on line. Mostly putted at medium-speed, but a few downhill putts would easily slip 4' past. Noted that two holes - #9 and #12 had pin placements only 8' from the back fringes. With generally large greens, seemed pretty extreme.

First time back here in 3 years, and very glad to have played. Had played the course a lot in the early 1990's after opening. Course is a good challenge, not a lot of trickeration - you just need to execute the shots. They are offering a monthly membership now - $42/month (including transaction fee) that provides discounted greens fees, and will consider joining in the spring for 2-3 months, with a plan to play 2x/week for that period, then play elsewhere. Was told by staff that they will do their heavy course maintenance in February - nothing planned this fall.
10 Likes.
Played today, teeing off at 12:44pm on a lovely day, with about 1-2 club wind from the west. POP was slow, about 10 mins shy of 5hrs.

Since my last visit 12 days ago, the tees are filling in with new thin grass from the scalping. Wet enough on some tees to draw water up, so pretty soft footing at times. Likely need 2 more weeks to be good.

Rest of the course was fantastic, fairways were cut nicely, lush and green, and provided good roll. Greens were a bit firmer today, smoother and faster than 2 weeks ago, and held shots well. Noticed that a few have fungus problems directly on their slopes for whatever reason.

Not in any bunkers and only in the rough a few times, which wasn't very penal today - got some decent lies, could've been just lucky for once.

Only saw the cart girl once, while we were waiting on the 15th tee. She never did make it to us, however, as she came up to #14 from the 13th hole, then turned around back to #13! Guess this is what they mean by 'limited cart service' on the back nine. Friendly greeting by the bag valet up front, pro shop and starter. Love the course, starting to look and play very nice again.
12 Likes.
Found a great $60+fee deal on GolfNow, with a 1:52 tee time on Sat., 10/27. Free range balls at your leisure. Teed off 15 minutes late, behind a group of 4 juniors (8-12 yrs) with their parents driving/coaching. Dreadfully slow for two holes, they then picked up the pace after some encouragement no doubt from the marshals. The youngsters were pretty good, just too much coaching! Wasn't expecting we'd get all 18 in, but we did, just under last light, with POP at 4hrs 10mins.

Cart-path only on the entire course, as they are still keeping the course fairly damp post punching and over-seeding. Course was closed for a month, and was evidently just opened a week ago.

Tees were very green, lush and level, but a bit soft. Fairways were lush, green and few divots to contend with. Good lies throughout. Rough was long and a nightmare - a mix of large areas of kikuyu and something else. Penal and tough to hit from, but even harder to find balls, unless you were within 5-10 feet, as they would sit down. The three guys I played with were 300-yard bombers, and probably lost over 15 balls total, with most of them just being lost in the rough somewhere!

Sand quality was great, but players ahead seemed to think a sand-butler would come by and rake their tracks, as at least 10 bunkers were unraked. Pretty sad, really.

Greens were pretty good, but not fantastic. Several were lightly sanded, but all showed no signs of the punching. Receptive and held shots well. Rolled smooth and medium-fast. Way too many freshly unrepaired ball marks, however.

The 3 guys I played with all were riding the Phat Cycles. They loved them and looked like a lot of fun. Too bad it was CPO. Only downside of those things is that there is no GPS on them, which for first-timers on the course, you don't get to see water hazards, etc.

Great, friendly service all around. From free valet-parking to start, check-in and final club-drop off. Nice bar/lounge with super-huge TV to watch the Dodgers blow a 'sure-fire' win in game 4 in the World Series. ;-)
10 Likes.
Booked a pre-paid tee time via GolfNow for $30 +fee at 12:44pm. We were a group of singles, all booked through the same GN deal. The friendly guy in the pro shop let us each have our own zippy new cart, which was cool. They were very comfy, but no GPS system. We weren't waiting on anyone, and by the time we finished just under 4 hours later, the group behind us was over a hole back.

My first time here, and sadly was fairly disappointed with the poor quality of the greens. Inconsistent growth/burnt areas were very visible on every one, and putting was very bumpy throughout the day. Not what I was expecting.

Also, looks like they were verticut a week or so ago, and the 'healing' is not clean and did also affect putts, but that a minor contributor to the overall bumpiness. They may as well just punch the d%mn things now instead of waiting 10 more days...

Bunkers were visually the very best part of the course, and it wasn't even close. I rated them an 8. Was in one, and the sand was indeed very nice to hit from. Darker sand, but a shallow layer of fluff over a medium-firm base and very well cared for.

Tees were mostly level, but were well-worn, and fairways were mostly fair with OK coverage, with 50% chance of a good lie. Rough was long and grabby around some greens and could be deadly to hit from.

Decent layout overall, some quirks, but the course does provide a number of good, challenging holes. Sad the greens were not in better condition. As I don't live in the area, would not expect to make a return visit any time soon. If I lived in the community, would probably try to play a few times a year just to mix things up. Nice bar/restaurant and patio area for after the round.
8 Likes.
Teed off at about 1:10pm with 3 other guys. Very slow POP on the day, just over 5 hours, finishing just before a nice sunset.

My last round here was just before the punching. Course overall is again in very good condition, with the greens pretty much healed from their punching in early September, showing only minor signs in the grass patterns. Greens were very consistent, lush, and a bit soft. They held shots well, putted mostly smooth at medium-speed. Practice green was smoother and faster than the greens out on the course.

Most, but not quite all holes, had all sets of tees recently scalped and I assume re-seeded. There was no issue with footing, as they were not taken down to bare sand, but were brown, with mostly dormant grass. Firm footing here.

Fairways were very lush and green, not cut as short as I'd like but provided decent roll. No major wet spots in front/aprons of the greens. Usually good lies, but the bermuda was somewhat grabby due to its length. Rough was choppy in all places, and as will happen here, the ball may end up falling down into the deeper rough, making for challenging shots.

Was only in one bunker, sand was medium-fluff and slightly damp - odd for so late in the day. Fresh un-raked footprints near my ball, but was spared the extra insult.

Saw the cart girl on #6, but not again. No marshals. Might explain the slow overall play. The Players lounge is open again, and there was a private party on the patio with the fires going after the round. I look forward to playing here again soon, likely next week. Recommended.
10 Likes.
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