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Early sub four hour round on a wet soggy course. The tee boxes were in fair shape with a few being thin on coverage. The fairways are very dormant where the bermuda was with slight to no coverage (many places with no coverage). The sections of fairway that have other types of grasses are okay but nearly nonexistent. There were many holes that are very soggy in and along the fairways - this makes for a frustrating round compounded with very thick rough were it existed. The kikuyu grass has come back strong with the shorter days and was also very inconsistent condition wise. Some kikuyu was thin and fluffy while others were tight, thin and dry. The few traps we were in were pathetic. The traps were all compacted thin damp sand or MUD!! The best part of the course is still the greens. Almost all the holes had great coverage and held approach shots well. The greens had very few ball marks and rolled quicker as the sun and wind dried them out. The staff is always professional and welcoming to the public here. Sorry but I cannot recommend a round here until the weather warms up and the conditions improve.
5 Likes.
Very enjoyable round with Johnny, Rob and Randolph T. on a perfect weather day for golf. The tee boxes were all very level with good coverage throughout the round. The rough was quite thick making it difficult to locate wayward shots. Once you found your ball you were usually able to make good contact. The fairways had great coverage with many tight lies near the greens. The sand traps were all well groomed with plenty of sand and a few small rocks in the few I found myself in. The greens were very fast and rolled extremely well - they didn't always hold approach shots real well however. About half of our shots into the greens rolled out and sometimes off the back. The scenery around the course is very nice and most of the homes along the fairways are not in play for those wayward tee shots. There were several holes where water came into play and a few holes with forced carries. The staff was the BEST of any course I've played and the food at the VUE restaurant was excellent! I recommend the course to those with deep pockets.
10 Likes.
Second group out and finished in a slow 4 1/2 hours with three twenty plus handicappers. The staff always great! The tee boxes were damp and in need of a trim but all level with great coverage. The fairways were also very wet with total coverage the entire round. The dampness did not allow for much roll even on shots in the fairways. The recent over seeding has definitely made the fairways nice and the rough super thick but very soggy. Shots that did not find the fairways were very difficult to locate and hit if you were able to find them. The traps were all groomed very nicely BUT in a definite NEED of sand - all were wet and mostly dirt!! The greens were fairly quick and rolled nicely. I did notice many ball marks in need of repair on most of the greens. The food is also above average in the restaurant. The greens fees are still very reasonable for the area especially considering the great shape the course is in right now.
10 Likes.
First group off as a twosome and finished in under four hours. Beautifully maintained course east of the strip with views of the strip from a few holes. The rates are very reasonable when compared to what other sub par courses in the area ask. The staff was great and very helpful for us first timers here. The tee boxes were all very level and well groomed with great coverage. The fairways were excellent with the over seeding they did - only one hole had a few thin spots here and there. The rough was fairly short and not as green or thick as the fairways. The fairway traps looked nice but were very much in need of sand. The green side bunkers were also well groomed but most had very thin areas in need of sand! The large greens were in excellent shape but rolled somewhat slower than what we were used too. They were fairly receptive to well struck shots but were COVERED with ball marks on most holes. The entire facility is a bargain for the area during the winter season. Definitely Recommended!!
11 Likes.
Played in just under four hours this morning - after passing a group of five on the 13 hole? Did not know they send out those groups here?? The staff is always great and the facility continues to show improvement. The tee boxes are all very level and were in great shape. The fairways also continue to show great progress with better coverage on every hole. You will still find a few bare spots on many holes but you can see the fairways starting to fill in from the middle out. On most holes if you play the hole the way you should you will find grass lies on almost every shot. People need to remember this is a LINKS course and it will never be groomed like other courses. The fairways were slightly damp on some holes and dry on others. The trouble along the edges of most fairways is pretty much just dirt and scrub. The traps my partner found were filled full of rocks! The green side bunkers seemed to have less rocks and pebbles than those in the fairways. The greens are in really nice shape with a brown spot here and there. They were actually quite fast compared to the last round we played here. Shots held on them if well struck and there were very few ball marks that needed repaired - nice! The course is really starting to look like it did years ago when it opened. I hope the owners continue to spend the money to bring the playing conditions back to a place where people want to play. The parking lot was fairly busy when we completed the round and that's a good sign.
12 Likes.
Love the course and surroundings here as do many others! The staff is very nice and very helpful. The round was a painful five plus hour journey today. The course is in very good shape from tee to green. The tee boxes are all level with great coverage and well trimmed. The fairway for the most part are cut very short and provide good roll out if you hit them. I don't remember having a bad lie during the round. The rough was pretty thick making it somewhat difficult to locate off line shots. The traps were very well groomed and maintained from fairway to green side. The greens themselves were all in really good shape with the exception of the first par three on the front nine. The greens were all very receptive to well struck shots and rolled medium to medium plus speed. There were a couple of greens that were somewhat slower than others but not a factor. We did note that all of the greens were a little bumpy. I found very few ball marks on all of the greens - Nice!! I was disappointed to see the ponds on 17 & 18 dry. Our playing partners said the ponds were drained for repair and were to be refilled. The views from the back nine are great of the surrounding valley with a peek of Dos Lagos in the distance. I definitely recommend a round here if you can get out!!
11 Likes.
Early am round in a little over four hours. The staff here is always great and helpful even early in the morning! The tee boxes are in nice shape right now but could use a little trim. The fairways are very nice also with great coverage. The only complaint was several holes had a few sections that had been over watered and muddy up. The rough is thicker now than I can remember in the past years - the length and thickness made locating your balls difficult. The length also limited the distance you could hit shots from it. The greens looked great and sped up some as our round progressed. The greens were fairly bumpy but there were very few ball marks on all of them - nice! The traps were the usual mix of sand and dirt and dirt and dirt - I will add they were well groomed. Most of the traps were also very wet. I always enjoy this well kept course for it's reasonable rates and good conditions.
13 Likes.
Sub four hour round on a clear cool beautiful fall day. The staff was welcoming especially the starter for our round - real nice guy, as well as the marshal out that morning! The facility has two 18 hole courses that mingle somewhat throughout the round. The tee boxes were all in great shape with a couple of the par 3's a bit chewed up but playable. The fairways had fantastic coverage with mostly tight lies and a bit of divot damage from approach areas on the par 4's and par 5's. The rough was very thick and made finding shots not in the short stuff a challenge. The traps were great around the greens - I did notice a few fairway traps that were a bit shaggy around the edges. The greens were rolling pretty fast and were not holding all good approach shots real well. Most of the greens are very large and extremely sloped with a few different levels on some holes - made for a fun round of putt putt golf! I loved the views of the Bay from the course and the overall conditions! This is surely a course that a couple of rounds would make a good difference for scoring and shot selection. The rates are very reasonable for the course and worth the short drive from the south or the Bay Area. I recommend Black Horse to those that enjoy a well maintained course with great views at a fair rate!!
9 Likes.
Early morning round with a couple of the locals in a little over four hours. I loved everything about the course. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Tee boxes were all very level and in good shape front and back. The fairways had nice coverage with a lot of kikuyu. The rough was generally fairly thick and deep on the front and thin and short on the back nine. The sand traps were very similar to most courses I play in my area. The greens were great! They rolled true and held shots fairly well. The numerous deer on the course used a few as doormats with no noticeable damage or prints. They were fairly quick for the time of year here and being so near the coast. The front and back nine are two different courses - with numerous trees on the front and links conditions on the back! GREAT views on the back nine especially on the elevated tees with nice views of the blue Pacific Ocean!! The locals said the new management company that runs the course for the city has made the course what it is - NICE JOB! Definitely recommended with reasonable rates for the area!!!
11 Likes.
Second group out and finished in a little over four hours. Tee boxes were a little beat up and thinner than usual here. The fairways have fairly good coverage if your are in them. The rough is very thick in most areas with a good amount of water being put on the course. The traps are their usual hard and wet packed sand but playable once you get used to them. The greens were punched and sanded last week and are looking as though they are progressing well. The greens on the back nine seem to be in much better shape and rolled pretty good. I would give the course a couple of weeks before I think the greens will have recovered. The staff is always good and the food in the restaurant is not bad either. The course was fairly busy when we finished and the practice area is always being used as well. Worth the green fee and nice if you can get a good deal.
7 Likes.
Difficult to get through on the phone here?? Booked supposedly the first tee time and when checking in found out we were the third or fourth group out??? A lot of miscommunication from the owners here and they wonder why people stay away!! The round was finished in 3 1/2 hours and we were not slowed up or holding anybody else up - nice. The tee boxes have great thick coverage with extremely LONG grass - it needs mowed badly! The fairways are still a long slow work in progress but have improved substantially since the last time I was here. There are a few holes that are/were roped off but SOME people still decide to drive on them. I'm sure things here would be in better shape if these SAME people stayed off those areas and FIXED there ball marks on the greens!!!! The rough is still pretty much invisible here with dirt lining both sides of most fairways. The coverage they do have on the course looks like it is taking hold much better than the last few attempts - that's NICE! The sand traps are still littered with pebbles and rocks on every hole. The greens themselves were punched earlier in week and still showed definite signs of that. They had just mowed them early this morning for the first time since the plugging and rolled fairly well. I will say there are MORE ball marks on these greens in need of REPAIR than any other course I can remember playing - SAD!! The discounted green fees are very reasonable for the quality of conditions offered now and the scenery is also a draw. I would say give it two or three weeks before the greens are back and pray the progress on this course continues in the same direction.
11 Likes.
The staff is always great and the pace of play is usually right around four hours. The tee boxes this time here were a little beat up on a few holes and were covered with low flying bees! The breeze was not around but the bugs and gnats were today - terrible! The fairways were hit and miss with a few thin and shaggy spots on many holes. The rough was thick and thin depending on the hole you were playing. I found myself in a few traps that were soft and hard and had not been raked by the players or staff!! The greens were very bumpy this round and covered with ball marks by morons who have no respect for the course or others. The course is run by JC Resorts and is not at the same level as most of their properties. The discounts available here make the fees a good deal however. The area and scenery are also a great draw. I RATE this course 6.5.
10 Likes.
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