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Early Fri. round at Hondo, got around in under 4 hrs. with some minor waiting on the front side paying a $45 non-res walking green fee that included a bucket of range balls. 24 hrgolf's previous review is 100% accurate: Bermuda dormancy in the fairways, very matted, too. We played it LC&P. Rough mostly green, mostly full with some bare patches in the shade of the Pine trees. Today the greens were a mixed bag, some uneven and the speed unpredictable while others were the usual Hondo quality Poa, semi-quick and rolling true. In a few GS bunkers which had very good sand and depth which led to easy play.

I might have to wait to come back due to the dormancy issues but who knows. It's a fun, walkable track and I always get hooked up with friendly folk. Still recommended.
7 Likes.
Played here during the Holiday, the Ike is still in very good condition and should be that way well thru Spring. Pricey but there is still Mega-Monday and some GolfNow deals available.
10 Likes.
Frost delay on the Destroyer Friday, 12/29, but the starter was doing a great job getting our two-ball out on time with some shuffling, really appreciated that. PoP around 4.5 hrs. Course conditions are usually very consistent which is why I play here semi-often, plus was able to get a good deal online, $36 walking. Customer service always very good.

Recent review by NutNButCup still holds true. Challenging layout from the Blues which were back today with enough wind to keep you focused. Greens mostly semi-quick with some bumps to contend with, nothing worth worrying about. Fairways could use a mow but had good lies all day. Bunkers maintained, good sand some thin areas.

All in all, a good day on the Destroyer. Recommended.
7 Likes.
Played the Babe Friday in a friendly Guest Day tourney, $85 includes balls, golf, and buffet ... good deal. So, how about course conditions, you ask? Well, not good. With no overseed in fairways you have the original Hybrid Bermuda which is thin and bare, mixed with other unknown grasses ... looks like a poorly run muni ... YIKES! This is an experiment the greenskeeper hopes will allow the Bermuda to come in full next Spring and not be overwhelmed by the winter Rye. Time will tell, but for now we played it LC&P.

Otherwise, the course is in decent shape: greens are the highlight rolling quick and true. Rough has good cover with thin areas in the shade. Some bunkers are rocky and thin, I was in a few, and some have very good sand ... hit or miss there.

We will see what happens in the Spring ... for now the Babe will be a tough sell unlike the Ike which is in great winter shape due to the overseed. Carts in fairways are okay on the Ike, CPO on the Babe which should change soon.
6 Likes.
On to Lakewood on a Friday morning, walking rate of $30 a pretty good deal as roarksown1 mentioned in his review last month. We played it LC&P and it was CPO for the riders which really slowed down some of the seniors who like to play early (but should not). The slow 5-some ahead of us allowed us to play thru on #12 so that was nice of them. Front was 2.5 hrs PoP and the back was 1:45.

Lots of standing water in the bunkers which was getting pumped out and some puddles, but overall the conditions were green and full in the fairways ... the rough is always hit or miss. Greens were cut so they rolled nice and true (mostly) and were uber-soft due to the recent rain.

No frills golf at a decent price. Flat, walkable course that plays long when it's wet. Recommended.
7 Likes.
On the Ike Sunday with the club, 12/2, a couple days after the rain was CPO so PoP was 5 hrs. Overseeding done and the course is green and full ... in fact, quite gorgeous. Rough was thick and difficult, gotta stay in the fairway when it's wet or you're in for a long day. Greens were a bit soft as expected but still quick and mostly true albeit some late day spike marks. Was in a couple GS bunkers which were well maintained and good quality sand.

The experiment with the Babe will take a while to complete (see thread in Forum Discussions) so I'll hold comment until I play it next week. All said, it's safe to come back to the Hill now, even though it's not cheap.
8 Likes.
Walked on at Hondo Fri. AM, course not crowded and cool starter Rob got me out in 30 min. Lot's of pine needles from wind/rain but course very playable ... very little standing water. Greens soft, a tad bit slower than norm which was expected after heavy rain.

You can count on Hondo's generally consistent course conditions, as most bunkers were taken care of, greens cut, and rough short and playable. PoP today was right at 4 hrs.

Easily walkable, fun track. I'll be back.
8 Likes.
On to El Do Friday morning as a two-ball and a fast PoP under 4 hrs. Winter conditions starting to show as some of the Kikuyu is beginning to lie down and even thin to non-existent in some patches (which I seem to find on every other hole!). Wind really kicked up on the back nine so lots of debris on greens ... Lawnboy's team will be super busy this weekend.

Greens healed and healthy as the Poa edges try to fill in ... will take a while. The surface on holes 1-3 a bit uneven but much better as you move ahead, best on the back side. GS bunkers look great but most are thin sand over clay, so beware (where's the sand? Second protest :-)

Challenging layout from the Blacks on a blistery day, really had to focus on every ball strike. I enjoy playing here for that reason. With all the trees El Do can be a bear if you're not straight off the tee but birdies are getable if you're on in regulation. Always recommended.
9 Likes.
Back to El Do this morning, got around in a tick over 4 hrs as a walking foursome. Lots of water on the course, so some spongy areas to contend with along with casual water. Mostly good lies in fairways and rough all morning.

Greens were punched a couple week ago (one side) and are coming back nicely. They will punch the second half this coming Mon/Tue. Speed is predictable and semi-quick.

Bunkers have good sand, heavy texture and very playable. Many tee boxes were punched, too, and that project will continue for a while longer.

El Doardo does a great job of evening out the maintenance to keep the course open and playable. Recommended, especially with a LB city card.
3 Likes.
Out at 7:20am for a 4:20 PoP at El Do this morning. No changes since my last weeks review but I was told they'd be aerating half of the greens on Sept. 17 and the second half two week later. Recommended.

Don't know why my rating came out at 5.6. Should be 6.5
5 Likes.
Played El Do with a 7AM tee time, a bit slow with waiting on most front 9 holes so PoP was 4:25 today, oh well ... play early or get what you get. Summer taking effect in some areas of the fairways but most lies were very good and there's still plenty of green Kikuyu to go around. In a few GS bunkers today, very good sand and easy to play from ... well maintained, too.

Greens, as usual, very good Poa holding shots as predicted as well as chip/pitch shots. Green expansion project continues and will take a while to get the shape back to the original 1962 Ted Robinson design. Today, some green collars were in work laying down new Poa sod (I wanted to steal a few squares for my yard :-)

[I completely disagree with the complaint of the previous post (rant) as this project has a purpose and it will enhance play of this well thought out track, but some people would rather find the bad rather than the good when they write a review. Pity.]

Anyway, as most courses that get over 100K rounds per year, play early or expect slow play. Otherwise, the course is in very good shape and is a fun, walkable track. Recommended.
6 Likes.
Decided to play Sat. twilight and found a great internet deal at Black Gold (course website) so I jumped on it. Ended up with a $30! green fee, teed off at 3:30PM as a three-ball and finished in a bit over 4 hrs. Glad I did.

Course conditions are good fairways, mostly green and playable lies all day. Rough can be difficult to play with a mixture of Bermuda and Kikuyu, so you had to be Johnny-on-the-spot to get the ball to your target. Bunkers a tad thin & crusty but very playable with lots of unrakiness going on. Greens were soft Poa with plenty of afternoon foot marks to kick your ball off-line but that's expected when playing late in the day. Speed somewhat slow-ish for the time of day, which was surprising cuz last time I was here they were really firm and quick. In fine shape otherwise, looking real nice, holding approach shots like velcro. Semi-bummer: a few too many unrepaired ball marks for such nice looking putting surfaces.

As stated in previous reviews, very challenging back nine where wayward tee ball are simply gone. You need to be precise on most holes to score here. Recommended, for sure.
12 Likes.
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