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Played Saturday at GK Plays outing and the conditions here were FANTASTIC!!

I don’t really gush about courses, well really only when conditions are great and this was no exception. Given the fact it rained earlier that week the course was still wet but not soaking. The course played a lot longer but the conditions were terrific.

Greens were very consistent. They putted true. They ran for me medium-fast. Fairways were LUSH. Rough was . . . Rough. It was super dense and the ball sat low. Took at little longer to locate my really errant shots but still it didn’t feel like work. Once you figured out how to play your shots the course was easier to play.

Overall I was impressed with the course. It was literally a joy to play even if my game did not show my enthusiasm. Thanks to Johnny for setting this thing up. Definitely a recommended course when you’re in the San Diego/Carlsbad area. Throw in a very attentive staff and you have the makings of a memorable round of golf.

Recommended. Thumbs up!!
6 Likes.
Played today with holiday twilight rates, walking.

The course was EMPTY. It took me 4 holes to finally catch the twosome. After that it was slow going.

Greens were surprisingly good. They kept their line, rolled with medium speed. There were a few holes with some sort of fungus but it appears they were treated and the greens are healing. Fairways still a mix of decent to thin lies but they are working on sections so at least there is some headway there. And did I mention the greens were somewhat decent? That was a nice surprise.

Bunkers had a decent amount of sand. Not fluffy but with enough sand to get a club under the ball. I was in 4 bunkers today so I can vouch for at least 4 of them. Tee boxes were flat.

As I said it was slow going after about 4 holes. Being a walking single I was constantly waiting on shots as it was backed up after 4 and the group ahead just plain ignored me LOL. Just a friendly word of advice, if you have to wait on your shots because of the group ahead why not ask the group behind to join you? You could get the spacing you need so you won't have to wait on every single shot. Just saying.

It's getting darker faster and I finished in the dark but hey it was golf; the conditions were decent, and I was striking the ball well and the greens were easy enough to read and predict. I suppose that is the biggest takeaway here. I chose my spots and hit them on the greens so if I missed it was operator error and not the greens' fault.
13 Likes.
Well decided to gamble on this local course. Played only the front 9 because of time constraints.

Greens are improving but loads of bare spots. Holes 4,6, and 9 come to mind. The greens are bumpy to slightly smooth in the afternoon sun. The greens do not run entirely true with medium/slow speed.

Fairways are THIN. I always aim for the green parts of the fairway but even the greenish fairways are still thinning. Rough cut to same height as fairways. Bunkers look playable. Tees are OK and for the most part flat.

Pace of play was slow but only because I played behind Juniors during a match. That and my playing partner really should pay attention to his etiquette. I mean casting your shadow over my ball and path to the hole with a flag waving in the wind can be kinda annoying LOL. (He did this not once but twice.) But not fault of the course. Squarely the fact that some golfers really should pay attention to happenings of their WHOLE round of golf instead of just their really poor game play. Just a little venting here, those that know me I swear like a sailor. But yelling obscenities LMAO... can be unnerving to your playing partners -- especially if I don't know you from Adam.
9 Likes.
Played Sunday.

Greens rolled medium/slow with slight bumpiness but true. Fairways had great coverage. Rough was cut to same height as fairways so not an issue. Tee Boxes for the most part were uneven. I had to move a minimum 2 clubs behind the tee markers to find a flat spot.

Pace of play for Sunday was brisk. Fun but short course where your irons are key. Play here again? Of course... conditions here are consistent. The only issue would be paired with newbies but not an issue if you like to take your time. Case in point group behind us was literally 6 holes behind us by the time we finished our round. Really sour if you were caught behind that group.
9 Likes.
This place is a disaster!
Greens are atrocious. They are bumpy, bare spots, irregularly cut holes and of all things silver paint on the greens. They were terrible! I have seen similar situations at other local courses but this by far appears to be the worse. While these other courses are dealing with the situation, these greens for lack of a better word appear worse for the wear.
Fairways are thin. Sand in bunkers is a hit or miss from sand to hard packed dirt. Tee boxes for the most part are flatish.
Pace of play obviously was brisk. No one playing. Easy to get on currently but you will only frustrate yourself while you watch your ball roll up to the hole only to be knocked off line because the greens are bumpy.
8 Likes.
Played Friday. Course was crowded. Conditions are I think above average. Pace of play was faster than the crowded course appeared.

Greens were recently punched (small tine). There were some bald spots especially on Hole 2 (par 3). Looked like some fungus issue. For the most part though even these greens rolled fairly true with little bumpiness. Fairways had good coverage with some thin lies especially on back 9. Rough was a various mix of cut thin to bare to truly thick stuff so mileage will vary. Bunkers had in my opinion the right amount of sand. Just enough to get your club under the ball. Tee boxes were flat and lush.

Pace of play was strange. We were a twosome stuck behind a really slow 4some. It was so bad that they were literally a hole behind. They were hospitable enough to let us play through but only AFTER we hit up on them mistakenly. I think it was hole 7, they had literally disappeared from the green and we thought they left so we hit; only to find them marching onto the green as my ball hit the front part of the green.

Overall conditions are decent to above average. Starter was accommodating towards his customers and that helps. Definitely recommended to play.
8 Likes.
Played yesterday, twilight. And I was pleasantly surprised. Course is in FINE shape.

Greens rolled at medium/fast speed. They rolled true. Picked a line an hit the ball firmly and the results were predictable. Noticed the speeds varied from green to green but for the most part they rolled well and you could tell just by walking on them the speed of the greens.

Fairways had decent coverage. Nice cushion underneath. There were a few thin lies but playable.

Bunkers were ALL well stocked with nice somewhat compacted sand underneath. I prefer hitting this sort of sand where the bunker gives you a little feedback and decent bounce to hit your ball.

Rough varied from VERY thick around the green complexes to a little heavy along the sides of the fairway.

Tee boxes were level and playable.

Pace of Play (POP) a little over 3 hours as a single until the last 4 holes. Honestly playing this fast as a walking single that late in the day was FUN. The heat was bearable with a nice breeze towards the end of the day. For the money you get what you pay for and then some. I paid $19 to walk twilight. It was a workout but for the conditions of the course at present it's definitely worth the value. Recommended.
9 Likes.
Played Wednesday. It was a busy day.

Greens running pretty quick and very receptive. Fairways had good coverage. Rough is mixed bag of thick to thinnish lies. Tee boxes are uneven; took a bit to find a nice flat spot but for me playable. Bunkers were well stocked with sand; ranging from good fluffy sand to compact sand.

Pace of play was decent. Note they have juniors playing but the coaches with these kids do keep the pace of play moving; which is a good thing.

Greens are in my humble opinion some of the best in the South Bay. You can pick a line and be assured your line will hold with a well struck putt -- even on the three newer greens.
7 Likes.
Played here yesterday.

Greens have healed and are night and day compared to what they were perhaps a year ago. They roll pretty true. They are receptive and run at medium/fast speeds.

I guess that heavy layer of sand worked after their last aeration. Greens look very healthy.

Fairways are lush with a few thin lies here and there but certainly playable.

Rough is still mix of thick to non-existent.

Bunkers have always been a problem here but there is sand even if a few of them have a thin layer of it with clay underneath. I have played here often enough to know what to look for and adjust my swing accordingly.

Tee boxes are mix of dirt and thick/thin grass but playable.

Pace of play is getting slower and noticable for 9 holes. Word is getting around that it's a great course to play when time is not your friend and yet want to play golf.

Personally I like the direction that Harbor has taken. Conditions are solid for this time of the year. You can do better but for what it is and what is has, definitely a place to play a round or three.
9 Likes.
Played Tuesday prior to the Long Beach Match Play scheduled this Friday.

Course is in fine shape. I mean really fine shape for the time of the year the course is really ready for the Long Beach Open.

Greens were consistent. They were soft and receptive. Greens putted true and really all I had to do was pick a line and stick to it to make putts go in.

Fairways had good cushion underfoot. It certainly beat walking on clay soil my last round at Alondra which was hard on my feet. Instead here at Skylinks I noticed that I wasn't as tired walking and I can say without a doubt it was simply the cushion underneath. It didn't feel like walking on concrete yet you were able to get decent release from your fairway shots.

Bunkers were well stocked with sand. I was in a few both fairway and green-side bunkers and all were relatively easy to hit from. Around the greens it was easy enough to get your club under the ball with the sand underneath. No bunkers with a thinly veiled covering of sand, it was thick with just enough tension from the sand to know you were in a bunker.

Rough was consistent and thick. Not penal just made you think twice how to hit your shot out of there.

Tee boxes were flat and even.

Walking here was fast up until the back 9 when we caught up with some groups. We did finish with enough light and time to spare.

My advice is now is your chance to place a decent course at some reasonable rates. And for the quality of conditions, I would say definitely worth the price of admission.
9 Likes.
Played Saturday, twilight.

Afternoon sun affects greens; making them splotchy and bumpy. Putts can hold their line with a firm putt but expect your ball to bounce around on it's way to the hole. More than once my ball hit one of these patches to be thrown off course.

Bunkers have this wonderful thin layer of sand. Knowing this prior to digging yourself out of the bunker will change the way you approach the issue of finding yourself on the beach. I basically treated it like a thin lie and it worked for me.

Fairways of mix of thin and thinner lies. I tried to aim for the patches of what I thought was grass and hoped for the best.

Rough cut to the same height as fairways with mix of really thick penal grass and just plain dirt. What you see is what you get.

Pace of play on a Saturday afternoon was brisk. 18 holes in under 4 hours; playing just prior to twilight. Could have been faster.

It's my default course. It's close, relatively cheap and manages to not only boost my confidence since it is a relatively easy course despite the horrid greens. If you desire better greens I always say Long Beach has by and large the more consistent of the greens in the area with Westchester for a quick round a close third/fourth. Recommended with reservations.

My advice to the grounds staff -- sharpen your blades. Make sure your blades are working and even to the cutting surface. And hit the thin spots in the fairway with some sort of soil amending to make it less clay-like and promote growth.
9 Likes.
Greens have healed. They roll fairly true with few bumps. Noticed that playing in the afternoon versus morning is completely different for greens here. In the morning they roll pretty quick, true and hit firm. Towards the afternoon the POA blooms and makes putts a lot more bouncy and roll with medium speed.

Tee boxes good.

Bunkers a good portion of them have sand a few still don't and have this thin layer of sand.... thinking of hole 9 right side bunker. Rest of bunkers for the most part had decent sand. Hole 4's fairway bunker has new sand just nobody really rakes it.

Rough is mixed bag; cut short to super think and clingy.

Tee boxes for most part are flatish. There are a good many bare spots but that doesn't happen until Hole 5.

Pace of play was slow for Saturday mid-morning.
8 Likes.
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