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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.
Played at 1:22 today, joining another single and a couple. After a 2.5 hr front held behind a pokey 4some, they let us through on the 10th tee. With never finding the next group in front, we then played the back in 1hr 50mins on a cloudy day, but with no rain. Wind was mild.

Course is a few weeks away from a greens punching. They are pretty decent, holding shots well, fairly smooth and putting medium-fast.

Tees, fairways and rough all in good condition as is typical for the course. Sand traps were a mixed bag, with some good, soft sand and others a bit thin and firm.

A good day out, and will try another round here before they punch in a few weeks.
Played today, Sat. 9/29 at about 11:30am. Paired up with three others on a light play day, with no one in front of us, and POP was 3hrs50mins. Friendly greeting in the pro shop, first time here, so the gent gave me a yardage book. Carts are older, but in good shape, but did not have GPS.

After seeing Johnny's previous review from last year, had hoped for better conditions than I came across today on this Ted Robinson, Jr-designed course. Looked a bit tired and uncared-for in a number of spots.

First two greens had burned out areas right in the middle of them. Others had some bumpy spots. For the most part, however, they were the feature on the day, providing a good challenge, being firm and very fast in spots w/extreme slopes that will take your ball off the green, even on what you might think is a good shot. A very good challenge.

I think the course has endured some hot weather, but it is hanging in there. Some burnt out areas, mostly in the rough. Fairways were pretty inconsistent, but did provide decent roll-out and were wide enough. A few holes had narrow openings from the teeboxes due to trees near the tees framing the shot. Tees were mostly level at the white markers.

Bunkers were a bit wet from the day's mist and light drizzle (the course needs it), and did encounter a few, with the sand being dark grey, heavy sand. Found four traps, ended up in 1 footprint.

I think the course is OK, but nothing to write home about. Very good value at $28 on the weekend, including cart, so would not hesitate to return at that rate. Would be better if the rough was longer/more penal and the traps had better sand. About on par with Bennett Valley, imho. Would rather play Windsor GC, Rooster Run, Eagle Vines and Chardonnay, and of course The Links at Bodega Harbour in the Santa Rosa area, but the price is tough to beat!
Was able to grab a deal plus $20 off coupon via @ $39 net pre-paid fee. Great deal for this course. Was paired with a friendly H/W couple. Golf Director held us back from our 11:10am tee time to wait for a speedy foursome coming through playing in a shot-gun tournament, so eventually teed off at 11:30am. Good thing, as there was such a huge blanket of fog/marine layer, you couldn't even see beyond 100 yards.

Skies cleared up just before we teed off, and was an absolute stunner of a sunny day after that! Playing this Robert Trent Jr. designed course on a sunny day is a treat. POP ended up slow for whatever reasons ahead of us, finishing in 4hrs, 50mins.

Course overall was in the best condition I've seen it over the past 3 years. Absolutely gorgeous. Greens were certainly a highlight, as the bent-grass greens were nearly perfect looking. They were firm, fast and smooth and putted very well. Was able to implement my recent AimPoint Express green reading class techniques with good results, to pick up slope that I would otherwise not have been able to detect. Rolled very true, with no bumps along the way.

Fairways were really nice, mostly a lush green, with some lighter, thinner areas that were firm. Rough was a good, but a mix of lush, penal 2" grass and some thin/burned out areas.

Was in about 4 bunkers, and they were pretty well groomed, with soft-ish damp sand, about 1 - 1/2" layer over a medium-firm base. Pretty nice to play out of, actually. Tees were OK, but could use some leveling.

Highly recommended right now. Their website says they are aerating Oct. 22/23rd.
Played Wednesday, 12 Sep at 11:06am, booked via GolfNow at $44 senior rate. GN also manages the bookings via their website. Friendly greeting in the pro shop and especially by the starter. A good start to the round.

Got off on time, paired with a friendly older couple celebrating their 4th anniversary. They were a little rusty, and we were lagging a bit behind a group with a 1-hole head start, but we did make it around in 4hrs 10mins total and more-or-less caught the group by the 7th hole. So, glad we weren't guilty of holding up those stacked up behind us!

Course was in very good condition overall, looked lovely with great views while playing, and no complaints. The course is not meticulously maintained, generally a little rough around the edges, but it is indeed very good.

Tees generally provided level tee areas and had very good grass coverage. Probably 3 holes where they had the white markers were a bit un-level, including their signature hole, the par3 14th.

Fairways were very green, cut well, and a mix of firm and softer areas. Did not get a lot of roll-out overall. Rough generally was only 1 1/2 inch or so, and was not too penal.

Greens appeared to have been verti-cut a few days earlier, but did not affect putts. Were receptive, and smooth putting at medium-speed.

Bunkers were decent, but with a thin, well-groomed layer of maybe 1/2" brown sand.

No cart lady on the day, but plenty of water jugs with cold water. Half-way house between 8th and 9th holes.

Pro shop staff indicated they will be aerating around the last week in October. The couple said they had played Chardonnay next door the previous day, and preferred Eagle Vines. So, get out and play now. Highly recommeded!
Played this afternoon, with a 2:32 tee time. Got a decent $45 'senior' rate via their website. Pleasant greetings by the starter/pro shop guys. Good service from the cart girl. Pleasant marshal was by a few times, keeping us posted on pace/progress in front of us. Good service after the round by Eric and his team in the bar.

Now, sadly the best part of the golf experience was that after 2 1/2 hours on our first nine (started on #10), things did pick up on the 2nd nine and we finished just under 4.5 hours total. This and the tees were the best part of the golfing experience.

Fairways and rough were in mediocre condition. Some decent green areas, but well-suffering from dried-out conditions and over-watering in large areas. Very inconsistent tight lies, but w/alternating patches of grass v. bare dirt v. overgrown fairway grass.

These conditions were far better than the greens, however. We saw about 1/2 that appeared to be punched only hours before we came by, not all were lightly sanded. They were not rolled, and the punch holes and attached debris provided enormous height variation from the base level of the greens. Needless to say, it was an adventure/nightmare. Very slow, and should likely be treated as an 'automatic 2-putt' they were so bad. Very slow, the ball would often literally bounce an inch into the air even after the speed was down from the putt, and/or careen off-line by 2-3 inches as it slowed near the hole. WHAT A MESS!

The greens that were not punched were still a bit bumpy, but manageable, and medium-slow pace.

The 'bunker renovation' that started in June and was supposed to be completed by the end of August. They did not meet that goal. There seems to still be at least 5, maybe 6 holes to go. According to a gent in the pro shop, he didn't think they'd be completed in anything less than 2 1/2 weeks. My guess is another month, maybe longer.

Not unhappy about playing TC today due to the rate and my love for the layout, but pretty disappointed with the lack of progress on the bunker renovations, sad overall state of the golf course (e.g., Costa Mesa and San Juan Hills are in MUCH, MUCH better, condition imho), and no warning on the punching of 1/2 the greens by any staff. From a golf course management perspective, they really do seem to just want to take everybody's money and treat golfers as basic punters at times.

Still glad I did not renew my Creek Card for 2018 and am soured on upping up for it in 2019 now. Will not look to play here again until well after they punch the course for the fall/winter season, November or December, I guess by the time things heal.
Got out on time at 1:39pm Monday, 8/13 at Crossings Club rate of $40 with a Father/Son twosome. POP was slow on the day, 4hrs 50mins.

While waiting on the 10th tee, decided to take in the great views from there and noticed the slo-poke culprits were 4 groups in front, as they were making the long drive in their carts to #12 tee, with two groups backed up behind them playing #11, and the next group in front of them were already on the 13th green, two full holes ahead. So, dang you 1:03pm group!!! ;-) Like I said, great views from there, you can see parts of nearly all of the back 9 from there!

Course was probably in the best overall condition I've seen it this year from tee to green. Doing a lot of watering, things are a bit soft in places. Tees were great. Fairways didn't provide great roll-out, but were cut nicely and always had a good lie. Rough was the most even/consistent I've ever seen at the Crossings, and very grabby of the clubhead.

Greens were soft and receptive, very well-watered, but did roll medium to medium-fast, or perhaps I just jammed a few too many past the hole, expecting them to be slower. Wasn't in any bunkers, but they looked great for the most part, though one of my playing partners ended up in an unraked footprint on #6, which he wasn't happy about.

Aside from the slower play, a great day out on this lovely course. Saw the cart girl 3 times, including once on the back side, which is rare. Just wish they had a marshal out, which we never saw.

The bar and players lounge patio area has been closed for more than a month now, and they are not sure when it will re-open. Evidently their liquor license did not properly include that bar area for all these years and was pulled. So, that's a bummer right now. An after-round unwind with beer/food on the patio in the summer was about as good as it gets, with views and fires. They must be losing some serious $ by not having it at the moment, so hopefully it will re-open soon!
Played yesterday, 1 Aug on a warm and sunny afternoon. Friendly greeting in the pro shop. Sent to the tee immediately after checking in 20 minutes ahead of my 1:05 tee time, as the twosome I was to play with had just teed off early due to a gap in times. So, no time to warm up. Never really waited much until the 6th hole, but more so on the back9, with a final POP of 4hrs, 30mins.

Course was pretty much the same as my last time out here, except the bunkers were not very well cared for. Was in a handful, and was in 3 footprints and plugged twice, and the right greenside bunker on #10 was firm and damp. Otherwise, the sand was great! ;-)

Unlevel tees with mounds to deal with at the white markers on #s 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16.

Fairways and rough was pretty much OK, but some spots of the fairways have been heavily watered, with thick kikuyu over soft turf, making for very grabby conditions in spots. You really had to play the ball back a bit in the stance and hit down on the ball to stand a chance of clean contact.

Greens were good, very green, soft from watering, pretty smooth putting at a medium pace and holding shots decently. Usual number of unrepaired ball marks to deal with. Very pleasant cart lady was hanging out behind #8 tee.

As I reported today in a 'What'd you shoot August 2018' forum post, highlight of the day was a hole-in-one on #7 (166 yards) by one of my playing partners. Very cool to watch go in!
Played Monday, 7/30 at 1:45pm starting as a foursome during a stretch of light play. POP was 3:50, with only a few short waits later in the round waiting for the group in front to clear the green (we were on the tees with a golfer who could bomb it). Group behind us was easily a hole behind. Good day/pace for an enjoyable round.

As the course is nearing the home stretch for the Will Jordan Costa Mesa City Championship, the grounds crew was very active. However, the course conditions were a mixed bag, primarily due to wildly inconsistent lengths of rough ( 1" - 6"+). Fairways also were a mixed bag, with recent re-sodding leaving a ring of bare spots between the repaired sections and the rest of the fairway. Really looks bad, but only an issue if your ball ends up there. The typical mix of good kikuyu grass coverage, bare spots and alternative grass/greenery persist. Was a 50/50 chance of a good lie in the fairway on the day.

Tees were good, and they had the blues either up front or back, to avoid the primary teeing areas, letting them heal up.

Greens were the best part, cut nicely, and starting to have a real 'look' like they are ready for the tourney. They were receptive, rolled pretty smoothly at medium speed. Tricky breaks/green reading, as usual. By the 13th hole, we were down to 3 golfers and we all made birdies on the par4 13th - a first time I've been a part of that! My putt, at least, was indeed a 'tricky' 12 footer, with a L-R side/downhill breaking putt. :)

A good day out. But, glad I am not playing the course this weekend in the tourney. Fairway and rough conditions present enough inconsistency that you will have some bad lies after hitting pretty good shots. Still do recommend the course for normal play.
Played Black Gold on a hot Thursday afternoon, 26 July, taking advantage of a special $39 'beat the heat' e-mail deal they sent out a few days earlier. Teed off about 2pm w/Larryq2001, following a few other twosomes. POP was just at 4hrs, with a bit of waiting on the group in front. Seemed like a lighter day of play than usual, surely due to the heat.

The course was in pretty good overall condition, surviving the heat a lot better than I did!

Footing on and around the greens was soft from a lot of watering. But, it seemed to be the right amount, and did not find any spots where water was pooling/bubbling up when walking.

Course was mostly green and cut well, but the rough is of course suffering from a bit less water. Tees were pretty firm, though fairways did not provide the most roll due to softness/watering, but did provide good lies and decent footing. Even with an abundance of watering, there were some small burnt-out areas in a few fairways, including #9 and #13, and a few areas around several greens. Minor issue, given the challenges of the heat they are dealing with, and slopes/contours of the course.

Was in a greenside bunker on #3, and the sand was medium-weight. In a fairway bunker on #11, and sand was OK, albeit softer than I'd like in a fairway bunker.

Greens were nice and green, receptive, and mostly smooth putting. Ball rolled at medium speed for the most part. Great service in the bar/restaurant afterwards. No cart lady on the day, but fortunately we were prepared. It is nice that they load the cart cooler with ice when they queue them up. Really enjoy the course, and watching Larry hit the ball so consistently well is a treat.
Played Monday, 7/23 teeing off as a 3some about 1:45pm. Slow POP - 4hrs 45mins due to four unsociable 2somes playing in front of us!! Starter asleep at the wheel, but I've played slower rounds here.

As has been mentioned in Mesa Linda reviews, they are trying to get the courses ready for the Will Jordan Costa Mesa City Championship on August 4/5. The greens are very wet, and - no kidding - water bubbled up when you repaired ball marks on some of them. They have various projects going on, and recently added sod in a few fairways on a handful of holes and this is currently roped off/GUR. To me, it doesn't seem like these turfed areas will be 100% playable in under two weeks. So, if you're playing in the tournament, good luck. Also, if/when you land short of a green, the kikuyu nearly always grabs it, takes one or two short hops and dies short of the green.

Hit 12/13 fairways on the day, and conditions were pretty typical, but cut shorter/nicer than normal on the day. Mostly good lies, but there are still burnt out areas with bare dirt/inconsistent weeds in a number of fairways and rough areas.

Tees were really nice on the day - they usually are here. Avoided all traps on the day, so nothing to report. Greens held shots well, but were quite bumpy from softness and play. A few cups were mangled beyond recognition and had plenty of ball marks to deal with. Medium speed. I am told by a former CM City Champion winner that they will let the greens dry/firm up as the tourney approaches.

Cart girl came by once, and happy that the snack shop was open at the turn for a cold one (pretty warm out there), which is not always the case later in the day. Went for a few beers after the round, and when I came out 90 minutes later, the sprinklers were going full bore for as far as the eye could see... it was dark, so could only see parts of 3 holes. :)
Played Saturday, 7/21 at 3:00pm, Crossings Club late rate of $40. Friendly reception in the pro shop and by the starter. Paired with a quick twosome, POP was very good for the weekend, 4hrs, in spite of short waits throughout the round. A lovely, 70's sunny day, with a 1-club wind most of the day.

Course is slightly improved over last month - no wet spots around the green apron areas to deal with, so shots didn't die in front. Tees, fairways and rough were all pretty nice, with some choppiness in the rough to deal with. Fairways rolled out very nicely, and provided mostly good lies.

Was in 2 well-raked greenside bunkers, and the sand was fluffy medium-weight and nice to hit from.

Greens were fully recovered from their small punching last month, held shots well, and rolled at medium speed. A few bumps and spike prints to deal with due to late play.

Cheery cart girl came by 3 times, and there was a guy grilling burgers at the 1/2-way shack, so plenty of bevvies and food available during the round. Looked like they had a wedding reception after the round, and had closed the bar and patio to golfers. :( Course is in great shape right now, highly recommended.
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