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Joined GK out at Sandpiper today. Weather was raining on the first hole then partly cloudy the rest of the round. Big thanks to the Man, the Myth, The Legend Johnny GK for setting up the Gurus at this fantastic place. About 15 mins north of Santa Barbara sits this masterpiece of a golf club. Stunning Panoramas and well placed holes along the Pacific Ocean this is definitely a spectacular course.

Conditions today were fantastic. From the moment you drive in you see the dark green rough and light green fairways. From Tee to green the course was in fantastic shape. Greens were firm and fast and had it not rained for 20 minuets before our tee time they would have been lightning fast and very firm. The only thing I could possibly nit pick are the bunkers were 50/50 depending on which one you were in, some having ample sand and some lacking.

Staff here is friendly and the Tri-Tip nachos at the restaurant were fantastic, they can feed 3 people. I highly recommend playing.
9 Likes.
Played the Valley course on the second part of our Underpar Voucher yesterday. In my opinion the valley course is the lesser of the two courses at JW Marriott. However it is not a bad course. Valley has more undulation as the palm has more hazards. Conditions were identical to Palm with the greens being much better. They did not have the strange mower marks and were firm with a medium pace. Fairways, tee's, and rough were fantastic just like Palm but the bunkers were bad as well.

Valley is shorter and offers more opportunities to cut corners and score but most greens are surrounded by bunkers and/or water. I do recommend playing the valley but give the choice to only play one I'd choose palm.
9 Likes.
Took advantage of an underpar voucher 2 players unlimited golf for $99 yesterday. We were second out at 630AM on the palm course with 68° and no wind to greet us. Greg and I zoomed through the course only catching the 2 some in front of us on the 17th hole. We had nobody behind us and set a nice 2.75 hr pace.

Course is still in great shape all around except the bunkers. Tee's and fairways had full coverage and looked beautiful. Rough was mostly perfect within 10 yards of the fairway. Greens were not the best but not bad. When we were on them they all had mower marks but not level at all. I dont know if the grounds crew had trouble but if you were not putting up or down the direction of the mower your ball would bounce. I think its a easy fix with one more mow and roll of the greens.

The only Major disappointment here are the bunkers. They have almost no sand and what is in the bunker is like a wet clay mixture. I was in three bunkers, 1 fairway 2 greenside, and the fairway bunker had more sand than the green side bunkers. They really need to address this for their next major project.

In all if you can buy the UP voucher it is 100% worth it.
8 Likes.
4/13/19
7:21
80°

Took advantage of a underpar voucher yesterday at Shadowridge. I had never played here before and after seeing Sals review it made the choice easy. I met up with an old high school friend who was out in the desert this weekend and off we went. We paired up with a father and his 11 year old son who was playing on a big course for the first time. We kept the pace at 4 hours and they were a pleasure to play with.

Conditions right now are spectacular as expected after a wetter than normal winter as well as the heat had only been turned up this week. Everything from tee to green were lush as can be with only a hand full of spots on one fairways looking like GUR from flooding. Greens ran smooth and medium pace as well as being receptive. The only issue I had was a few bunkers need to be turned up as they were a little more firm than some people like.

The UP voucher is a steal for the place right now. I highly recommend!
13 Likes.
Date 4/5
Time - 1030
Temp 75° w/ 15-20 mph winds

Decided to play reflection on Friday when we got in town. I knew before hand that the greens were punched but the greens didn't bother me at all. They still rolled true and I only had one or two putts jump on me. The staff did a great job filling the holes with sand and they were out on the course dragging carpets on the greens after us. The grounds crew here does a fantastic job with this challenging layout. They finally got the new carts with GPS and they are very comfortable and the GPS is a nice addition.

Overall the course was in amazing shape fairways were a 9/10 with the exception of one on the back nine where they were relaying grass. Rough 9/10 is mostly out of its dormancy and starting to get very penal I had a few shots get stuck in the rough which normally is a good thing unless you want a bounce towards a green, that was not happening today. Tee 9/10 were great, they have a few sets to choose from and only the par 3's had some divots. Sand 5/10 is the next thing they will need to focus on at RB. I was in about 5 traps and all except one were firm. Personally I like them more firm than most but these were borderline bad. I did find one trap on 8 that my ball absolutely plugged into the face.

Overall this course is a must play.
13 Likes.
Decided to play CrossCreek today with Gregholla. We got out at 7:40 joined by Jin & Song to complete the four some. Weather was mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy over our 3.5 hours round. Staff here is awesome as always even though we showed up with 3 minuets to spare.

Conditions are very nice right now as expected with all of the rain. Fairways were mostly lush and I didn't have a bad lie all day. Rough was penal and once you get past the first cut the native grass is standing about 2 feet tall right now and tightens this course up a ton. Greens were the highlight of the course they were medium fast and mostly firm. Well hit shots would stick but nothing else. Sand seemed to be fine with the exception of the green side bunker on 18 which looks like it was consumed by the creek during the rains. All they need to do is spike it and add a couple scoops of sand and it will be fine. The only real issue they have at cross creek are the tee boxes. Most are small therefore beat up but we had no issues finding a flat stance this morning.

If you have never played CrossCreek I highly recommend playing soon as the creeks are running and it makes for a wonderful soundtrack on this beautiful nature surrounded course. There are no homes on the course and no roads through it. There are multi million dollar homes on top of the hills but never come into play. I highly recommend this course.
15 Likes.
Joined Jim, Rob, and Steve yesterday during the guru rounds yesterday. After Reading everyone's review one thing is for sure. Don't make the Superintendent angry because he will put pins in the most diabolical locations you can think of. Course was in Fantastic shape from tee to green as expected this time of the year after all of the rain.

Earlier in the day they had the SCGA qualifier and they stretched the course out to max distance. Pins were all tucked and greens were very firm and fast. Add that to the false edges on all green it made for a tough day for your short game. Tee's and fairways were lush. I can only say one fairway had some Ground Under Repair but even it didn't look bad. Rough was generally good as long as you were within 10-15 yards of the fairway. Ii was not in any sand so I cant judge it but from the look it seemed fine.

Overall this a very fun course and I highly recommend.
11 Likes.
Joined a Friend who is a member here and got out 2nd on Sunday 3/10. They are regulars on this course so the pro shop gave me the member rate of $117 which is still steep but not terrible for not having to drive an hour to play a similar course for a better price. Course is in good shape right now and although not deep emerald green in color the grass is very healthy and provided nice lies all day.

Greens were fantastic and show no signs of the needle punch a week ago. They were fast and semi firm. All puts stayed online all day and Pins were in some very tough locations. Fairways had full coverage and were cut short. Rough is a mixed bag for what little rough there is and can be very penal if let grow for a week. I was in a few traps and they were mostly good except hole 17.

The only issue I had with this course today were the collars around the greens they were cut real short but an invasive grass is sprouting up in patches on almost every hole. This caused any attempts to put from off the green difficult to judge on where the ball is going to bounce. Overall its a fun course but price is steep. Its all about Location Location Location if you want to play here.
11 Likes.
Played our GK match here yesterday just after the rains. Holes 1,8,10,18 were very soggy due to them being the lowest holes on the course, 10 had a new water feature. Despite the sogginess the course was in fantastic shape.

The fairways that were not soggy were lush and green, probably the best I have ever seen here. Greens were soft and ran smooth. On hole 8 they already punched half of the green but it was far enough away from the hole that it did not factor. Sand is probably really nice but it was soaked yesterday, it still was soft enough to escape but very difficult when half had standing water. Rough had been cut shorter than usual and is a little bit of a mixed bag with two types of grass. It made for some clumpy lies.

Overall this course is a must play and offers a variety of different holes and scenic vistas from a majority of the holes.
12 Likes.
Joined Apisarski, Rob1563, and his son on Friday afternoon at CMCC. I live about 1 mile from this course but the likelihood of 5-6 hour rounds normally keeps me away. I had some low expectations coming into the rough because I had seen all of the unnatural lakes from the heavy rains the past month. Surprisingly the course was perfectly fine. The course is very green right now which is nice to see even though there are 100 different types of grass. Greens were soft and ran at a medium pace. Tee's were space appropriately and fairways had good not great coverage. POP was only 4 hours which is rare for this course but we were very excited to finish even though we tee's off at 1:15 . This places offers a good value and if you need to play somewhere close to home this is the place.
10 Likes.
Found a $16 hot deal yesterday so I decided to head out. I knew the possibility of a frost delay was very high and I was right. I showed up 10 minuets before my tee time and the pro shop let me know that there was a delay. When I got to the starter he mentioned that they did not start until 930 and that there were 7 groups a head of me. 4 from the shotgun start and 3 standard times. After the 4 groups went through the 1st the starter called me over to move me to the first group. I joined a father and son for the very long round. We had to wait on every tee until 15 when the shotgun players finished. POP was 5.5 hours and it was brutal.

Course is in good not great shape at the moment. The fairways and greens were nice but the tee's and rough were lacking. They had a fair bit of storm damage to some of their cart paths and rough which they have addressed but its going to take some time to fix. I must say the fairways were a mixture of two grasses and had some divot damage that was noticeable on the shorter holes. The greens IMO were fantastic they were soft and held most shots throughout the day. Speed was posted at 10.5 but I think they might have been a touch slower. Pin locations were very tough today and forced you to play safe and attack center green. Gps is a nice touch but on a few hole the Pin location was wrong.

Overall this course is still a must play and deals are easy to find to play here. Even rack rate of $60 is very affordable for the condition of this course.
8 Likes.
First time playing River Ridge yesterday with a bunch of Gk'ers. I had some higher hopes from this course as I always see people mentioning it as a decent course. POP was a ridiculous 5.5hr round due to a tournament IMO the course is a little rough at the moment. Most Fairways were Verti-cut leaving strange lies all day. Course is a mix of brown and green from the different types of grass throughout the course but as long as you found grass it provided a decent lie. Greens were the highlight of the course as they we running 11.4 and held shots all day.

The real story was the weather which was 55° and 25-40 MPH winds. This course does not have a lot of shelter from wind like that and made for a miserable back nine. Having to go Driver, 3wd, 6 iron on a 400 yard par 4 is tough to swallow. Honestly I dont know if Ill make the trek from orange county to play here again due to the conditions and layout but if you are in the area its a nice affordable place to play.
8 Likes.
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