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Out on the Babe as a 3-ball, 8AM Friday morning, with a 4:15 PoP. $44 riding green fee, great deal.

The Good: greens rolled medium speed and true. Very few un-repaired ball marks, too. Nice. Bermuda fairways were decent to very good, again, nice. New golf carts with ice chests and bottle of water. Did I mention a 4:15 PoP?

The Bad: lot's of unfilled divots in fairways, especially the landing areas. Pity peeps don't use the sand/seed bottles on every cart. Cart paths are bumpy ... needs repairs.

The Ugly: bunkers, especially the GS bunkers. Like real bad. Yes, ugly.

Sweet deal still going on at IH, Babe. Take advantage before it's gone. Recommended.
8 Likes.
Big Rec on Fri., July 5, 7AM walking 4-ball. PoP slow ^rant on^: 5-somes galore and not in any hurry ... don't get how peeps play early and are clueless on PoP ... never saw a marshal ... 4.5 hr round waiting on most every shot ... ^rant off^. Course in decent shape as Kikuyu fairways were mostly green and good lies, getting patchy as you move away from center. Poa greens rolled slow-ish to medium speed with a few bumps here and there. Bunkers ranged from poor to unplayable: wet and not conditioned in what looked like some time now.

All in all, good parkland layout at Rec but paying $54 to walk is way overpriced. Worth a play a few times a year though, I guess.
6 Likes.
Out early at El Do on a overcast Friday (Ladies day starts around 8AM) matched with 3 other singles, got around in 4 hrs ... shoulda been faster but, oh well. I must say that ED is in about as good of shape as I've ever seen right now. Green, lush Kikuyu fairways and rough ... the kind that's thick and juicy like a 16 oz. Porterhouse (DConn would love this stuff). Clearly defined fairway and green complexes, cut just right. Greens were outstanding Poa with only a few ball marks to fix, rolling true and holding approach shots like velcro. Bunkers excellent sand with good depth ... just very wet from watering.

Grounds crew out in force cutting, trimming, watering, and making the place look great. Kudos to Lawnboy and his green thumb ... ample water availability sure does help. To be honest, there's a few areas that need some work but most of those do not come into play unless you hit a bad tee ball or approach. Green enlargement project mostly done albeit some re-sodded areas where the new Poa did not take off.

Highly recommended! I'm rating it 7+ all around.
7 Likes.
Played the Goose with the Dawgs on Sunday, PoP a bit slow at 4:45. Weather was cool and very windy but we lucked out and had no rain, just a few minutes of drizzle was all.

So, maybe today was not the best conditions to write a review for a course that everyone rates so highly, as mine will not be as positive. Let's start with the greens which were probably not mown this morning: very firm so chip shots were unpredictable and most rolled out 5-10 ft. farther than anticipated. Not fun when you chip from those collection areas that are adjacent to every green and a big part of the defense of this course layout. But putting was a tad on the slow side and somewhat bumpy, so it was very difficult if you wanted to die it in the hole.

Bunkers were downright terrible. I'm talking a half inch of thin sand over hard pan. All my playing partners said the same thing. Fairways were green but thin lies most of the time, could not take much of a divot. Rough not deep, very playable ... sometimes better than the fairway.

Always enjoy playing the Goose, we just caught it on a bad day which was disappointing, especially when we payed premium dollars (and I walked). Big, wide fairways and a scorers paradise on a good day. Won't scratch it off my list but it's just not all that ... at least on Sunday.

Add: I realize this is a huge contrast from previous reviews. I have no hidden agenda, just call 'em as I see 'em.
6 Likes.
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).
9 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.
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