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It was a warm sunny afternoon with blue skies and light breeze of a club to a club and a half at times. My pal checked us in without any issues, but there I found out that one of our long time friend whom we knew since a kid is now a pro there and qual to play in the amateur at Pebble.

Back to my course review: the course was kinder and gentler this time around. The rough was down to about 2” though the fairways were sort of soft spongy (taller cut of grass) and were not rolling as much. The bunkers I’ve been in were all in the front and they were conditioned well. The teeing grounds were fine in the combo tees we played in and the greens were much slower than the last time I was there and if I had to guess, it was about 10.5 to 11 in stimp.

BTW, the trees on the #2 to the left were trimmed to where even a high drive could be played.

On the course, we almost saw no one and it was perfect for a leisurely round of 3 hours and 15 min or so. But not surprising we saw a few more long time friends in the building.

The services there were great, and I was even given a brief tour where we saw another long time friend pictured as club champ. Needless to say that a wonderful day was had and will be back again to visit.
So another opportunity presented itself last Saturday, which was a clear skies and some breeze enough to make me think a half to full club difference.

Our group went off about 9:54. behind the tournament who started on the 15th hole, but we caught on to them around the 4th hole or so and it was a bit slow as we finished about 4 and a half hours. My company had to leave and could not come out for the second round anymore, but I went out again and the course was pretty much empty- no one in front and back of me and I had a leisure time of just under 3 hour round.

The course was in good shape from fairways to green. The teeing grounds were a bit used up on the whites where I played both rounds. I think I was in one fairway bunker and a couple of greenside bunker for the day. The fairway bunker was pretty crusty and almost had no sand, but I didn't mind that very much. The greenside bunker I was in were okay with sand- not the greatest quality sand, but it's okay.

Considering the hot weather we're having the fairways were in great shape. The greens were soft and were very receptive. They were smooth and rolled nicely. I think maybe 10.5 as a guess. I liked it a lot and had a blast on both rounds.

There's no bev cart there ever, but the restaurant is in between nines- just have to plan for that. Also, the pro shop guys were all very nice and accommodating like always.

There were some dried out areas I saw but it's far from being in play- no big deal at all.

All in all, this place had just become a favorite spot to come visit and play. Great job Oak Valley!
Another chance to play Coto’s North course came my way yesterday and it was another spectacular day of golf. We’re told the south is currently healing from its aeration so we may find the north course busier. We teed off at 11:30 just after a late breakfast and good service at the club, finished at 3:40 or so. We only waited a few times from different holes, but it was a pretty day of sunshine in the low 90s with a light breeze that comes and goes throughout the day. The sand in the bunkers were very good and with good consistency for the two i was in around the greenside and the other two from the fairways. The teeing grounds were fine. The geens were grown nicely from a recent aeration, but I thought it was still a little bumpy. The fairways were looking good. I just wished I played better... can’t wait to come and play here again.
So I had an opportunity to play here at Oak Valley on Saturday, 06/23/18.
It was a sunny day with winds no more than 12 miles an hour if any.
My guys played an early round, one of them joined me for 36 holes with replay of $30 or so.
Our first tee time was just passed 12:00pm and the pace was leisurely at 3:45. The following time was even faster it seems like.
The guys at the pro shop were cool to bend a couple irons of mine before my range time.
The hotdog and the drinks were served nicely at the restaurant.

We played the white tees on both rounds and made it for a fun day.
The greens were fine, but it just tends to get a little bumpy around that time of day it seems.
The bunkers were okay from the two greenside I was in.
The teeing grounds were mostly level- some slight slope from a few tee- not a big deal.
The fairways were good and weren't over watered nor dried out.

There were no bev/snack cart, but the clubhouse is in between 9s.

I noticed there are now signs to be ware of mountain lions crossing. I was telling my bud that I met one of them on #6 tee a while back- last year late in summer I think. It stared at me and I didn't take my eye off of it for what seems a long time at the time. It slowly walked away but I left even though there's plenty of sun left on my third round. Just glad nothing happened.
So in between the three days I was there, on Feb 11, Sunday, it was miraculously a beautiful day as the wind laid down letting me and my golf instructor by for a very nice day of golf.

As for the course condition, this little gem of a course had one of the best true rolling greens prepared for the public to play in, although the one bunker I was in at the back was not desirable for its lack of sand and attention/preparation. The teeing grounds were very good and almost pristine (at back tees- hard to find a broken tee on par thee holes. jk.) The fairways are amazingly cut short and tight without much divots and noticed that the shorter holes had more divots, but they were filled in with sand.

The bev cart came by a few times and the pro shop guys were straight forward, informative, short and sweet.

If you've played here before, you know this is a good track and that's how we found it in, in its great condition- so I'd give the course condition a rating of a high 8 out of 10... pleasurable!

Saturday 11/04/17: I was joined by a local resident here in the back nine as I caught up with the groups in front. It was a breezy when I started about 11:45 and I expected the wind to pick up even more but instead the weather was even more calm which made for a real nice day.

What a difference since I was there last- the grass grew back and the rough are taller making it almost difficult to find the ball- you really have to keep an eye on it. The fairways are in good shape- running and not so much divots unfilled but nice and tightly mowed. The greens are so receptive, making it easier to get close (if I could only make shots- lol). The bunkers I was in were fine and the the teeing grounds were okay/ not so chewed up late in the weekend day- you’ll have to find a spot. I’m just glad the grass came back alive oh and the greens rolled nice.

Always a pleasure to play here... love it.
Rosamond, CA is part of Kern county.

Muroc Lake Golf Course is in a town called Edwards.

Review: the overall course conditions are fair.
Greens: this is the best thing here in MLGC. Rolling smoothly and at a good speed- eleven probably during the early morning prior to mowers.
Bunkers: are good but with old sand- some pebbles, but not clay clumps- not the best quality sand. Not bad.
Fairways are the second best thing here, it’s really lush, green, but doesn’t get the run so the course could play a little longer.
Rough: I’m not a fan. There aren’t much of it, but it’s like weeds or cabbage.. it grabs the club and doesn’t get through. It looks easy to get out of, but not. Outside of that are baren lies with sand, stones, and rocks that can damage your club. Find the fairway!
Teeing grounds: they’re good.

I’d give this course a low 80s in comparison to similar course layout.
Rosamond, CA is part of Kern county.

Muroc Lake Golf Course is in a town called Edwards.

New super is doing a great job at the course this whole summer. The greens are rolling so smooth and are starting to get its speed back up to fast again.

The roughs are also covering more areas before it gets to the deserts' hard barren ground.

The sand in the bunkers are mediocre and the teeing grounds are more than okay. I love the fairways... so green and runs pretty good.

Two thumbs up for the new super!
Hey Guys,
The aeration won't be till September 25, 2017.

I played there the 10th and the 12th, September. The better conditions was on the 12th.

Some spots on the course are mushy- over watered. I'm not happy. The large rain that poured over on the 9th didn't help. But on the other hand, if you want to see green, the course is green and lush and the rough are healthy.

New sand for the bunkers came in and are being applied.

Anyway, the greens are great and were getting nice and firm, but that's just a prep for aeration and it will be done in five days.

Hoping to play it once more before aeration.
We were here on September 3rd, and so glad to be back on for a day of golf with one of the members here.

It wasn't surprising to find the greens to be in its normal excellent shape- smooth, probably an 11 on a stimpmeter- not overly fast- just a great speed, I think, and it was really a pleasure to putt on. The bunkers have sand in it although it was powdery on some (like on #10 front right bunker) and just right on others that I was in. The fairways were a little on the wet side as they protect from the heat, and the teeing grounds were pretty good.

I could play all day on a course like this and that's just what we did.
It's always a treat for me to come and be able to get on on this course. I was here on September 4th. I don't always come here, maybe 3 months or so, but it was enough to notice some differences. I think there's just been many dead areas of grass more than previous times I've been here although most of those areas that are dying/dead aren't in play there are some areas that are starting to die. The greens looks lush and green but have been bumpy and many ball marks that aren't fixed. The greens are so over watered that even in the late afternoon, hitting the greens could plug on in the greens. The bunkers' sand are thinning and much of the teeing grounds looks almost all used up and moved forward.

I am so very disappointed how this course is moving towards less care and less maintenance- I'd hate to see this course go to the dogs... pretty sad.
June 27th, Tuesday 7:00am on the Lakes/Canyon.

The beautiful Spanish Trails was all I heard about before playing here, and it was. The- most- pleasurable greens I have putted on in a while existed here. They know smooth and true rolling greens in speeds of 11/12. I LOVE their greens!! The whole course layout and composition are a treat to play like I wouldn't get tired of playing here for the rest of my golfing life. I've enjoyed it here very much.

The fairways were neatly cut in tight lies, green and lush, it ran pretty good, too. Teeing grounds were fine, the bunker i was in was nicely prepped. The roughs in some areas were very healthy, but in most cases, not punitive.

The beverage cart came around more towards our back 9 which was fine, and the staff at the pro shop were attentive and accommodating.

I can't wait to play here again.
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