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Played the Ike with the clubies this Sat. AM and got around in 4:45 which is a great tourney pace. Sad to report the summer doldrums have taken over on the Hill, at least on the Ike. Overseed Rye is gone and the heat has taken it's toll so there's lots of bare areas and it really looks hideous. We played it LC&P so you know it's bad.

Greens were in great shape, so that was nice to see, rolling medium and true, very quick downhill. Good medium textured sand in bunkers, well maintained.

I cannot predict when the Bermuda Hybrid will kick in but it will be a while. If you play here, be warned ... it's a major bummer.
8 Likes.
Early Friday round at El Do, very uncrowded so they called me up too soon ... I had a bucket of balls which I wanted to hit, so I went out as a single (first time that happened here ... EVER). Anyway, I caught the 3-ball ahead of me on #3 ... they ignored me (maybe BO?) so I played a Mr. Black vs. Mr. Blue match ... it was a good one, too, with Mr. Blue missing a short birdie putt on 18 which would have given him the win, so I shook my own hand and drove home.

Anyway, the course conditions are real good right now. Ran into Lawnboy who told me about some water issues they had earlier in the week so he's playing catch up trying to get the course ready for the LB Golf Festival. He also answered some turf questions I had, so I learned something today.

Greens were cut short and were quick but not overly so. Kikuyu fairways cut and green with a few GUR areas here and there. Rough at a decent length, mostly full. Bunkers have fluffy, brownish sand, easy to play from and well conditioned.

ED is always in good shape, a decent test with a lot of mature trees. Greens do not have too much undulation, putting is fairly predictable, and they are in the process of enlarging them in order to get the course back to play in the manner it was designed.

Recommended but play early cuz it gets slow there. LB resident discounts are available.
9 Likes.
Played an early Friday round at the 'Wood, PoP quick at 3.5 hrs, green fee $30 walking. Not alot to add other than the greens were about as good as Poa can get right now. Even #2 & 3 which have had issues in the past were just about perfect.

No bunker maintenance today, so they were wet and lumpy. Fairways and tee boxes were getting ready to mow but we were out too early to get that benefit.

Recommended for no frills golf. Oh, the big lake was very low and the smell of turtle dung was nearly overwhelming on the 12th green. Hope they fill it back up soon.

BTW: I wish I was posting a round at Spyglass again like Johnny and Sixpez. I might have driven all the way back up to Monterey if Alex invited me :-)
7 Likes.
Out to Beaumont with the Dawgs on Oak Valley, early Sat. morning. Good PoP just over 4 hrs with little to no waiting ... course pretty much open. Played white tees which made the course play fairly easy. Not a lot of trouble unless you're way off your game. Fairways generous and rough cut reasonably low, very good grass cover with a few hard pan areas. Bunkers were in great shape.

The defense are trees and some H2O hazards. Greens are not terribly difficult unless you're above the hole, rolling at medium speed. On guy said they can get insanely fast here at times but not today.

Layout winds thru a Beaumont neighborhood but houses do not come into play, most errant balls can be found. Various mounds and some strategic bunkering to avoid off the tee. It can get really windy here, so check the weather report and try to play early. Pre-paid green fee ... check the course for rates. Recommended, especially if you live out here in the desert area, otherwise it's a hellofa drive.
7 Likes.
Hooked up with Alex 326 to play Poppy and he beat me to the review. Really enjoy playing with him and the youngster he had push his cart around as the youth-on-course he mentioned.

Anyway, not much more to add except the greens were so firm that even well struck, high balls barely left a mark. Everything released big time and if you played a bump and run, just say good-bye ... and we did on many occasions.

Still a great layout and fantastic conditions, tee to green, and gorgeous surroundings of the Del Monte Forest. Can get an SCGA deal to save some bucks as my green fee was $110 and the rack rate was $250 ... yep, pricey now.

Another thing: nobody told me they switched the nines, I was told it was for pace of play. Funny, when we got to #10 (the old #1) there was a 20 min. wait to tee off. I like the original layout. PoP was around 4:45. Recommended if you get a deal.
10 Likes.
So, it was on to Black Horse around 11am after playing Bayonet solo. They matched me with a guy playing it for the first time and he nearly freaked when he saw some of the rolls you get on the BH greens. As Alex mentioned previously, they are severely undulated here with many false fronts and collection areas for errant approach shots.

Never the less, the fairways and rough are in great shape. Greens very speedy and impossible to stop on downhill putts, but very true.

Fairways are more forgiving than Bayonet but the green complexes are diabolical, making BH a real tough test of golf. I had more bogies than pars, for sure. Very walk-able if you choose to do so. Very much recommended.
12 Likes.
Hard to believe that this is the first 2018 review of Bayonet, but here goes:

They're prepping for the PGA Pro Championship so cart path only. I got a deal to play both courses with range balls, a sleeve of Taylor Made balls, and a $20 voucher for $195. Bayonet first at 7:20am on a chilly morning. Conditions were not quite as good as expected as the fairways were somewhat uneven and lots of divots ... scruffy would be a good word. Rough was deep, hard to score if you missed fairway. Greens were medium speed and nice Bent grass, they told me they'll be cut to run at 12 - 13 for the tourney.

Bunker sand was excellent and one I was in was uber-soft and white ... like playing from fresh fallen snow.

I always enjoy the challenge at Bayonet. Worth the drive up to Monterey, for sure.
11 Likes.
Hooked up with an old bud and his wife at Spyglass on 6/12. Expensive but it's nice to spurge once in a while, after all you can't take it with you :-)

The course is in phenomenal shape as it should be. Fairways like perfect, rough penal, and greens that rolled like glass. As quick as any I've ever played ... ever.

Words are tough to pick to describe this course and the challenge that awaits. We played the Gold tees and the slope was around 140. Just the most difficult test of golf I've encountered ... took 9 holes to get used to the speed. I'd rate the course a 10 but I did see a few blades of grass out of place.

Shall I say "recommended".
10 Likes.
I cancelled my AM tee time at El Do and slipped below the Orange curtain on a warm, sunny day to Arroyo Trabuco Friday after reading a couple of complimentary reviews (thanks, guys) and was glad I did. Other than small tine punched greens that rolled medium speed with a few bumps to contend with, the course is in 'great' condition right now (as trevor mentioned several times in his review). In fact, I've never seen the Bermuda looking and playing so nice ... like carpet. Give the greens another week or two to fully heal.

In a couple GS bunkers that were well maintained with light, wispy sand. Rough really not much of a factor unless your ball settles down in the Bermuda.

Just a fantastic 'out-and-back' course in an open setting as there are no homes to speak of around the course. Cart gal out regularly, marshals do a great job keeping the stragglers moving as PoP was around 4:15. Green fee was $70 walking senior (60+) ... course is walkable if you're prepared.

If you want to impress out of town friends or a client, here's the OC course to come to. O'Neils afterward is a great place to hang, great food, and Armando will give you a good pour. Recommended.
11 Likes.
Early Friday round at L-wood today, $35 walking w/small bucket fee, PoP right at 4 hrs. It's a county course, flat and walkable, Kikuyu and other grasses in the fairways, with Poa greens. Nothing spectacular but relatively inexpensive golf and decent conditions. But play early or suffer as roarksown1 did according to the previous review, cuz it can get crowded here and PoP can skyrocket as it is a hackers haven.

Greens rolled okay, medium speed, true and very quick downhill. Bunkers have great sand but were not conditioned today so lots of foot prints. Greens had a few unrepaired ball marks, too, so you get the drift. Simple and easy but still a fun round as there are a few water features and tree lined fairways to keep you honest.

Also, the clubhouse remodel is complete and it really does impress with outdoor seating and an open aire atmosphere. I'm sure it's to generate revenue for receptions and other gatherings, but nice to see our tax dollars going to work. Somehow, I'm guessing we have Len Kennett and Don Knabe to thank for that. Recommended.
10 Likes.
On the Players at Mile Sq. Sunday, walking 4-ball went out early as there was several mid-morning open tee times, $52 walking rate. Got around in well under 4 hrs.

I play here just often enough to know there's a bunch of GUR in the landing areas of several holes and they've not improved over the years. I have no clue (and apparently neither does the super) on how to get these areas in shape. It just is what it is. Yeah, nice parkland layout with strategic water features to avoid but the conditions make it a course I play only a few times during the year.

Conditions today were like the crew took a few days vacation other than the greens which rolled fairly even and at medium speed. The fairways were fuzzy length so not much roll out and some downright crappy lies. Rough deeper and worse. I know it can be in better shape with some maintenance ... just a bit disappointed that they were not cut for prime time.

Funny about checking in at Mile Sq: they won't let you pay early ... always want you to wait until they call you. And then there's two guys behind the counter and they only check in players for their assigned course. Control freaky weird.

I'll come back again someday, just caught it at the wrong time I guess. Wish they could get some grass growing in the troubled areas though. Currently, play at your own risk.
12 Likes.
Played Monarch Dunes on 5/16. Glad to say the course is still in great shape and a whole lot of fun. Cool and very windy weather made it a tough day but we managed to enjoy the experience regardless. Not too many golfers out today so we got around in our own pace at twilight rates ($65 w/cart & range balls).

Course very green and fairways full with some GUR to navigate, running thru the gorgeous Trilogy neighborhood. Rough appropriately cut and playable but you really needed to spot your ball or it'll be lost in the longer Fescue. Funky pot bunkers in the sides of mounds are funny looking (unless you're in one) and several H2O hazards are the defense here, along with the mature Eucalyptus trees everywhere. Well thought out course and beautiful settings, multiple tee boxes. Greens firm and are in excellent condition running medium/fast.

Definitely worth a stop in you're in the area ... a bit pricey but what the heck ... not sure if any deals are available. Recommended.
11 Likes.
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