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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.
8 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 not a 3.1 - could not correct it???
10 Likes.
Early morning round in about 3.5 hours with only a little wait on a few holes. The course is in the great shape right now - probably the best in many years. The warm weather has really encouraged the bermuda to thicken and the rough to grow. They are putting quite a bit of water on the entire place with all of the heat. The tee boxes were in fine shape, a few are slightly sloped but not too badly. The fairways were cut noticeably shorter than the rough and even though damp provided for roll if the ball found them. There are very few thin areas to find anywhere on the course. The rough was pretty thick and made finding your ball in it very difficult. The traps are really the only spot on the course that still needs attention - most are hard as heck and many were damp. Once you get accustomed to the conditions of the compact sand in the traps you can play from them. The greens are in excellent shape and very quick - even when wet! There were many ball marks on a few of the greens that get hit on a regular basis - very discouraging to see what the inconsiderate golfer does/doesn't DO for the others that pay to play behind them!! I really recommend a round or two with the current course conditions.
13 Likes.
This was the first time back here in a few years. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the facility is nice. Usually I don't visit the driving range, but today we did - nothing to get very excited about for a course that was once private. The layout on the front nine is somewhat confusing with no flow to the design? The tees were in fairly good shape but a few were a little shaggy and beat up. The fairways were passable for the most part with many thin dry spots that would provide good roll if the ball stayed on them. The rough was a mix of grasses - thin in spots and thicker on other holes. The traps looked to be hard packed, but were actually pretty soft and were well groomed. Most of the greens were covered with ball marks in need of repair! Lazy inconsiderate golfers!! The greens held shots well, but most were somewhat bumpy and had varying speeds throughout the round. The views and scenery in and around this course are great. The rack rates are maybe a little high for the conditions the course are in right now. I really enjoy the course just wish the conditions were a step above.
11 Likes.
Early am round right at four hours - great for the guys in our foursome! The staff is always friendly and pleasant every time here. The tee boxes for the most part had good coverage - a few were a little thin and some a little hard to place a tee into but in good shape. The fairways were in fairly nice shape with good coverage on some holes and thin on others. There were a few holes where the fairway was very thin and hard packed. The rough was thick on some holes and thin on others. I found the few traps I was in to be very damp and in need of raking - many had numerous footprints in them from the last few days? The greens were very thick and had great coverage rolling nicely on well struck putts. I did notice many, many ball marks throughout the round - very discouraging to see the lack of respect some people have for others!!!! The vistas from this course are one of the best I feel in the SD/Riverside county area. The course is maintaining conditions and the green fees are very reasonable. The drive is a little off the main path but well worth it!!
12 Likes.
First off and completed the round in a leisurely four hours. The gentleman that runs the shop is very polite and extremely busy running the place by himself. The course has digressed some since my last round here. The entire course had dried up quite a bit and the water features have seen the levels in them drop. The course has a great layout but REALLY needs some TLC. Tee boxes were dry and some very hard and thin. The fairways have almost all dried up and crusted over or soon will be. The rough is very thin where it exists. The fairway traps are dry and thin and those around the greens were thin and very damp. The greens HAD RECENTLY been punched (much to my surprise) and were very slow and bumpy. The carts are real nice but the GPS in them has nothing of assistance to the golfer and is only used to keep them from entering those twilight zone areas? Cart paths?? I hope the course makes it thru the summer and the early fall/winter rains help it stay alive.
7 Likes.
Course is in very good shape and always cooler than those in the valleys. The staff is always laid back and welcoming here every time we've made the trip up the hill. The tee boxes were a little firm and some slightly thin - but still in pretty good shape. The green fairways were cut short with great coverage and sat the ball up nicely. The rough was for the most part thick and cut at the right length to hold shots for finding the snakes. The few traps I found were very wet, hard and difficult to play from - they were definitely the low point. The greens were in great shape with very few marks and held shots better today than in all my previous visits. Most of the greens on the course were slightly slower than what you found on practice greens. The location and views from this course are a big draw for most and never disappoint. The green fees are reasonable for the quality and conditions of the course. I think the course has made consistent improvement in playing conditions - it's a course everybody should play at least once.
7 Likes.
Early am round in under four hours. The staff was real and very nice from the pro shop to the cart attendant. The course was in great condition with great coverage from tee to green. The tee boxes were almost all very level with grass better than many courses. Fairways were also very nice with only a few tight lies to be found during the round. The rough was thick enough to hold up wayward shots and easy to make good contact from. The sand traps I ended up in were very well groomed with damp fluffy sand (not what I'm used to playing from) that was a little tricky to play out of. The greens were actually quicker than other courses I've played in the Palm Springs area and were not hard to read. The entire facility is very well taken care of and a place you would definitely want to visit again. One of the twosome that we were paired with told me he's played the course 25 times in last several weeks - must be a regular? I really liked the layout and the scenery and highly recommend.
10 Likes.
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