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Big Rec this AM (LB Golf Festival, Senior Division), got around in 4:45, not too bad for tournament play. Course very green Kikuyu/Poa with some bare/semi-muddy spots, some marked GUR, some not ... I seemed to find a lot that 'were not'. Rough challenging if your ball settled in that damp grass. Greens somewhat disappointing as they were a tad slow with some bumps thrown in for good measure ... was expecting real smooth and fast. Only in one GS bunker, good condition but thin layer of sand over clay.

Overall, it's the same ol' Rec Park: no frills golf, no H20 penalty areas, gentle rolling hills (very walkable) with some challenging holes ... and some easy holes. Never was a fan which is why I only play here a few times a year.

Recommended for what it is: a decent muni in the center of Long Beach (yes, there's a bit of street noise to contend with, too).
6 Likes.
Played El Do early out ahead of the Pub Links tourney, PoP good at 3:45. Course in overall very good to excellent condition tee to green. Some areas marked GUR (nice to see) but I had good lies all day. Rough up a bit, very juicy, so playing it straight was mandatory for a good score today (some of that thick Kikuyu that DConn loves to play from ;-) Greens were really nice Poa, rolling very quick and true. Most areas along the collars that are part of the green enlargement project have filled in ... but there are still a handful of bare spots that some balls may stop on. It only happened once to me and it was still very putt-able.

Only issue I came across was some rocks in a few bunkers (GS # 3) which Lawnboy sez came up when they did some tilling ... otherwise, excellent bunkers and easy to play out.

Good time to get out to El Do and the other LB courses as the LB Golf Festival is looming. Highly recommended.
9 Likes.
Had the annual trek to Oak Quarry on Sunday early with the Dawgs. Always scenic, this course doesn't change much and it's green and semi-lush conditions along with the super-blooms makes for some photogenic shots. Our PoP today was around 4:40.

Conditions are generally decent fairway to green, some deeper rough but very playable. Bunkers firm (read previous reviews) but playable if you're really careful, if not, expect a flyer or two. Greens kind of firm and speed a tad inconsistent but mostly true at medium speed ... no real issues. Multiple tees to choose from, cart gal out and about, water stations, and good GPS. Decent 19th hole, too.

Worth a round or two a year if not for nothing else but the scenery. The course can be challenging if you play it back with some H20 hazards and penalty areas. Recommended.
12 Likes.
Took a day off work and walked on the Destroyer Thursday morning, $45 non-military walking rate. PoP a tick under 4 hrs. teeing off at 6:35am as we followed a four-some that had no business playing that early. Marshall should have been on them much sooner. Good thing was that I was paired with ex-navy guys who were a hoot ... one a WWII vet which was super-cool. Another was the biggest ball hawk I've ever seen who, I found out, donates the balls to the local schools.

Course conditions were, as usual, decent fairways and rough, large/semi-tiered greens were aerated a couple weeks ago and just a tad slower than normal ... give 'em one more week. Bunkers great sand but damp and heavy early.

Always enjoy rounds here. Not super tough unless your tee shots are in the trees. Re. RDD's comment about length: maybe the blue tees were moved up that day, Bob. If you play from the perms you'll find this course has teeth, especially if you stray off line or if the pins are back.
8 Likes.
Been awhile since I got out to El Do on a Friday, mostly because it's been raining so much this winter and this course does not drain well. Been a few weeks since aeration and the Poa greens are mostly healed, need another week. They were mostly true medium speed with a few bumps here and there.

Kikuyu fairways are dry now and mostly full, some thin areas and bare spots that should be marked GUR ... that said, I had good lies all morning. Bunkers maintained, nice to play from. Rough a bit spicy, had to spot your ball and hope it doesn't settle or you gotta just hack it out.

They allow 5-somes here (Am Golf) so slow play can creep up on you if you don't tee off early. We got around in 4:20. Non-res green fee is $43 walking. Recommended.
7 Likes.
Finally cashed in that Golf Moose voucher ($140 for two at noon) on Sat at Strawberry Farms, one of my favorite OC courses. Just a gorgeous day for golf, went out with 3 buds and got around in a bit over 4 hrs, no waiting (let a couple 2-somes play thru).

Bermuda filling in, getting green, and in good condition although some of the landing areas had many unfilled divots with some thin areas to navigate. Rough not difficult, very playable and mostly full. Greens were holding shots and very few unrepaired ball marks which was nice to see, rolling true at medium speed. Bunkers had ample sand, a few foot prints from careless clientele.

Best part was the scenery, especially the back nine with the reservoir full to the brim. Wildlife abound, just nice to take it all in. Real nice track back there with no homes. Would play here more often but the rack rate is over the top ... they do offer a decent senior rate everyday but Sat. Weekday twi-light is right around the bend. Recommended, if you get a deal.
8 Likes.
Played Sunday, mid-morning with a PoP of 4:45 so there was some waiting involved. Fairways coming around, trying to green up still had very thin lies with very little rough ... sometimes better to be in the rough. Firm and fast, even the greens which were true and mostly great to putt on, just not holding very well other than well struck wedges. Bunkers thin and not player friendly at all.

Always enjoyed the layout, canyon golf and a few parallel fairways where you could cut loose. Recommended with a deal.
5 Likes.
Played Big Rec this AM with a 4:20 PoP so there was some waiting but not too bad. Much drier than my idol Weber's review from a couple week ago. Fairways were still shaggy and they're punching them, so large plugs were everywhere (but only on the back nine). Some real shaky lies when you're playing it down. Rough extra long, finding balls took some work.

Greens were firm, flowering Poa and they do need aeration (scheduled in a week or so, thanks Johnny) as even a delicate chip shot would run out considerably. And, for some unknown reason, almost every other hole had the pin from 5-8 feet from the edges, mostly in front (red flag). Made approach shots super difficult. Tough day of golf.

Still, a nice change as I've not played here in a few years. Old school layout with mature trees and no H2O 'penalty areas', rolling hills and a parkland style once you get away from street traffic after #6.

Pricey for a muni: $43 weekday walking rate (non-res). But good to play it once in a blue moon. Suggest to wait until April when maintenance is over.
6 Likes.
Played the Ike last weekend (3/9) in a Men's Club event, PoP was around 4:45 which is fantastic all things considered. Overseeded fairways means very full, green, and nearly immaculate conditions ... some divots (mostly filled) in landing areas to navigate. Rough penal to say the least as you really need to spot your ball if you leave the short stuff or you'll lose it.

Greens were cut and rolled true. Bunkers excellent with a few rocks to pick out, very playable.

Good time to come and play the Ike as it was meant to be played. Pricey, but recommended.

Add: my playing partner came within inches of an Albatross on #1. We thought it was going in for sure ... nice to watch.
8 Likes.
First time here at Alhambra playing the GK Four-ball with kviser, golferic420 & hammer74, fun times. Course is very short, great for juniors/seniors, with lots of 300 yd-ish par 4's and almost reachable (for me) par 5's with a flat front and semi-hilly back. Mature trees line the fairways so you can get in trouble if you are not straight off the tee. Slope only 115 from the Blues at 5400 yds, par 71, course managed by the city of Alhambra.

Greens were the highlight, mostly flat or gentle breaks, rolling medium speed and true with only a few fresh, unrepaired marks. Fairways in decent winter shape, rough could be thick but we played L,C, & P due to the soft, wet areas which was a good idea due to the many 'mud' balls we cleaned. Bunkers a bit firm, not maintained, mostly due to heavy rain the previous day. We played at our own pace, just under 4 hrs.

I'd play here again for sure if I was looking for a softer course to play with a junior, or just wanted to post an ego score. We paid $36 walking rate on a Sunday at 12:26. Still recommended for a short 'regulation' course.
8 Likes.
Lakewood Friday morning, 5-some but things weren't all that bad cuz it was a polite group of good guys. PoP around 4:15 with no waiting ... just wasn't crowded early. Surprisingly dry as all the standing water has evaporated and fairways/greens have firmed up considerably. Only well struck irons would check up and chip shots would run 5-10' past the hole which took a while to get used to. Bunkers have good sand and were not maintained today ... footprints from inconsiderate golfers were a disappointment, for sure.

Marshal out enforcing today, good to see.

Scheduled to aerate the first week of April but should be sooner. Good, inexpensive golf and a test from the tips.
8 Likes.
At LS South on Sunday, 2/24, for a Match Play event. After all the rain this course was bogged down and CPO but they let carts use the 90* rule today, still alot of soft earth and mud balls so we played LC&P. Back nine fairways were particularly scrappy and uneven, so good call by our 'committee'. Greens were great Poa rolling at medium speed. Rough needs a mow, had to search many times and 3 minutes can be really quick when your in ankle high turf.

Bones intact and would be great to see the fairways fill out in Spring to bring this par 74 track back into the limelight it once was prior to the drought. Great staff, friendly, good food & bar area. We'll be back.
11 Likes.
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