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Confirming Steve's assessment. Played here yesterday. The clay soil really is getting a work out as it appears difficult for water to be retained by soil. You can see loads of drainage ditches with water but not on the grass where it needs it. Fairways YELLOW with no cushion underneath. It was even difficult for me to walk after a while because it felt like I was walking on concrete. This was magnified with shoes with cleats. Tee boxes are level and good. Bunkers (played in a few) have little or no sand. Play it like a shot off of hard-pan and worked like a charm. Greens were a mix of med-fast to super slow greens. Finally realized the more yellow the greens the faster they ran which helped. Green complexes are green from the first cut and in. Outside that area it was just as yellow and hard-pan as the rest of the course. Rough cut to same height as fairways so you get the same hard-pan to bare spot to mix of grass. Funny enough I felt like I was playing at Victoria without the dirt and the better greens.
12 Likes.
This is a tough course. Played with Greenskeeper.Org's GK Plays with Mattias, Rob and Roman. Big shout out to you guys, it was a great time playing with you! Roman, you got game!

Greens were rolling med/fast for me and very firm. Hard to hold shots. You had to run them up there and expect a lot of release. Fairways were lush with great padding underneath and VERY green. Rough was thick, sticky and tough to hit from. Loads of bunkers on this course and I found more than my fair share. They were firm with decent sand. Only one I hit from was very hard packed. The rest were packed but very playable. Tee Boxes were flat with good coverage.

Loads of dips and valleys in addition to waste areas. One drive in particular towards the end of our round I found myself facing a HUGE grass wall. Play smart and you get rewarded. Play to be the hero and get into trouble, it's that simple. Course plays pretty fast and had loads of fun. Very few courses come to mind when I say hard but fun in the same sentence but this course rate high in both.

This course was fun to play even if it did kick my when I was down and certainly a challenge to play. I would highly recommend playing here while their conditions last.
13 Likes.
I am really disappointed. How can a course turn yellow in a matter of two weeks? The weather is warm shouldn't the grass like the warmth or if the grass is the cooler variety perhaps it doesn't like it so much.

Fairways alarmingly yellow; almost looks dormant. If that is the case the warm weather must be wreaking havoc on their staff. Tee boxes ok, flat with decent lies. Fairways, yellowish with varying thin lies to decent lies with sufficient padding. Rough is non-existent; cut to the same length as fairway. Bunkers are hard packed. How a bunker can be flooded with several weeks of no rain is beyond me (hole 6 the handicap 1 hole comes to mind). Sand in bunkers are hard packed. Expect loads of bounce. May as well treat it as a fairway lie and use a regular wedge shot to get out of bunker. Greens are bumpy, slow and inconsistent.

Highlight of the round was a sub 4 hour round walking (3 1/2 hrs to be specific.) Time to start playing other local courses where the grass is at least growing like Chester W.
9 Likes.
Played as part of the GK Plays Sunday.

First time playing this course. To be fair I would need to play here again.

Greens were decent. They rolled relatively true with a few bounces here and there -- not great but a little too inconsistent. Add the greens were difficult for me to read even with the terrain being predictable and I was unfamiliar with the layout it was.... tough to say the least. Loads of win blowing will hinder or help your ball flight.
Thinking back I could do a lot better with respect to putting. There are some areas on 3-4 greens where it was patched or bare. Looks like they are on it and it should be some time until they return.

You do not need to be long just very accurate. The fairways have good coverage, the thinish strips of rough are designed to hold your ball and it's quite thick and sticky. Further beyond the rough is literally hard pan and will give your ball a load of roll and distance; oftentimes to your detriment. Bottom-line thinking about this course I would really stick to irons and hybrids and occasionally putting out my driver.

Sand in bunkers well stocked. Not white sandy beaches but not bad and well stocked. Pace of play was tournament -- slow but finished in 4 1/2 hours.

Course is a little quirky but I like the fact you really do use all your clubs. Would have liked to have passed by the clubhouse at the turn for some refreshments but they redirect you so you don't even see the clubhouse. Also restock your water jugs.
9 Likes.
Greens were hard to figure out. They ran slow with inconsistent speeds. Bunkers around greens had decent sand but also inconsistent.

Fairways had bare spots but for the most part coverage was decent. Tee boxes were mostly flatish.

POP was decent 4 1/2 hour round. Would have been nice if starter was a bit organized and called out groups teeing off instead of us muddling through it. Saw a twosome tee off then disappear while we were a fivesome. Would have been nice to know if some of our group would have been paired with the twosome.
10 Likes.
Very Impressed with current situation here. Greens in good shape. Pace of play on a Saturday Afternoon was fantastic! And overall conditions really consistent.

Greens were a little quick but once I figured I needed to lag these putts it was easy peasy. They rolled quick but held their line. Fairways had very good coverage not a lot of bare spots you would expect from a course that retains a lot of water. There were some thin lies but nothing to write home about and overall the coverage was pretty extensive. Rough they allowed to grow thick and punishing. Height was perhaps 2-3 inches taller along the sides of the fairways. Sand in bunkers were pretty nice hard packed for fairway bunkers and nice fluffy sand around green-side bunkers.

Pace of play was brisk. Deal was spectacular not bad to finish 18 with a 2PM start at $16 which included cart. I was flying around the course and finished in just under 4 hours.

Very happy with conditions and will be back for more golf.
6 Likes.
Greens are harder and won't hold a high arching shot but play for it and you get consistent results.

Greens hold their line and run med/fast. Fairways very lush. Rough is thick, very penalizing and you will loose your balls easily if you're not careful. Sand in bunkers are well stocked. Tees are flatish.

Pace of play decent for this executive 9 hole course and it offers various challenges for longish par 4s and decent par 3s.

Fun course if you don't have a lot time and like to play Long Beach Courses.
9 Likes.
Gotta say the rains did some good for this course. Greens are in very good shape. They roll well and hold their lines.

Fairways in good shape. Not a lot of thin lies but mileage will vary. Rough is cut to same height of fairways. Sand in bunkers is hard packed. Tee boxes relatively flat.

Pace of play after HS match was not so bad. Considering greens are rolling this well this early in the season just be aeration... very impressed.
7 Likes.
The short review. Conditions above standard. Pace of play abysmal.

Back in the day when this course was a dog of a tract I could literally get on quickly and play quickly. Not so nowadays. Conditions rival that of Rio Hondo it's upper scale older brother of a golf course. Greens held their line and ran with med/fast speed. They held shots well with high arching shots. Green complexes very lush and manicured. Fairways had a few thin areas but definitely not the norm with good to decent coverage. Bunkers well stocked with sand. Tee boxes were flat with good rotation so no thin lies.

Pace of play was ... stacked. Course was very busy for a Friday morning. Front 8 took 3 hours to play and we literally gave up after the front 9. No sense in turning it into a 6 hour round.

Will be back perhaps during mid week with more suitable pace of play. They are working on a few of the tee boxes but not a problem. Hats off to the crew for their tremendous work at improving the course conditions.
12 Likes.
Disappointed. No mention of maintenance on greens. Get to the first hole, small little tine holes without sand. If that isn't green maintenance then I don't know what is.

Greens OK with tine marks. Bumpy with med/fast speed. Hard to keep the ball on line without a firm stroke. Fairways are spectacular. Great coverage. Rough is thick and penal. Sand in bunkers is hard packed. Folks Fix your messes in the Bunkers.

Not a lot of muddy areas. Course appears to drain very well. Not a lot of GUR.

Pace of play was an abysmal 5 hour round on a THURSDAY. I guess everyone was sneaking out before the rain came.

Wait a week/two before coming here.
15 Likes.
Played Saturday for a quick 9 and hopefully shake off the rust of not playing for the past few weeks.

Course is WET. I mean soaking. Loads of standing water. Not a lot but it's the sort of muddy lies with water just squishing just below the grass. It's the sort that if it's just bare mud you will either slide or it would suck the boots off your feet if you're not treading carefully. These wet areas extend the length of most holes.

FYI minimum 9 trees fell here. Not from broken branches but literally uprooting from the base of the tree. If that is not an indication of really weak root systems I don't know what is. Made me think twice about walking underneath the mature trees that line pretty much the whole course.

Greens ran with med/fast speed some of the greens were heavily damaged. Looks like birds were trying to feed off the worms underneath. Holes 4 and 7 come to mind. Fairways are still muddy. Rough is THICK. Tee boxes are squishy but playable. Pace of play was a decent 2 hours for 9 holes.

Overall course will green out nice when given a chance to dry out.
12 Likes.
Played Sunday. POP 4.25 hours walking

Greens in perhaps best shape I have seen them in quite a while. They roll fairly true with med/slow speed. Breaks are more pronounced as ball slows but a firm stroke is typically rewarded as the ball rarely skipped/bounced around to the hole.

Fairways are a mix of muddy grass, standing water, and thin lies. I would say the front 9 does not drain as well but there were some holes on the back that were this huge mud puddle. Typically these areas were just beyond the tee boxes but some were in the landing zones. Bottom-line it's a mixed bag of lies. Sand in bunkers are hard packed. Playable but very hard packed. Rough is thickish and a little penalizing, quite a surprise for this course.

Course was crowded for a Sunday which was a surprise but it's good to see a course busy after all the rain. I would wait for these breaks in the storm to play. Loads of standing water so golfers make sure your boots are watertight.
12 Likes.
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