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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.
7 Likes.
Day 1 of a coastal Cali golf trip: Beautiful Rancho San Marcos in the hills above Santa Barbara where some of the views are spectacular. Glad to read some good reviews here on Greenskeeper.org (thanks rgm2525) to make our decision easy ... we were planning on Sandpiper but they had some tourney going on Monday so we switched to RSM.

Course in decent shape, all things considered, after the drought and ownership changes. Layout fantastic, great job in design thru the hills and canyons. Walkable for those in real good shape, we mostly had the course to ourselves and got around in 4.5 hrs held up due to many ball search expeditions (watch out for foxtails).

Greens were Bent and rolled medium speed and true, real quick downhill ... firm but will hold a well struck iron. Bunkers a bit thin but playable. Fairways cut and some tight lies but very manageable. Easy to lose your ball if not on your game as there are very few parallel fairways here and beyond the rough is very deep crap (for lack of a better word).

If your looking for adventure golf, this semi-mountain course is well worth the stop. For the locals, what a treat ... highly recommended.
9 Likes.
Back at El Do early Friday, cool and breezy, got around in 4:15. Course getting ready for the LB Golf Festival and it looks like they're trying to enlarge the greens as the aprons have been cut so low it's tough to judge where the greens begins. Anyway, the surface was a bit bumpy this AM, several putts did not roll true. Still speedy ... downhillers can get away from you real easy.

Fairways not cut so a bit long-ish, rough very penal. Sand looked good in the bunkers.

Definitely a course that can go low if you keep it in play. Recommended.
5 Likes.
Needed to play quick and close today so I called a day ahead to LV and they got me into a 7:15AM group (5-some) with a 4.5 hr PoP. I paid $35 walking rate that included a small bucket. Punching fairways continues so be aware (on #1 today) as it will be a few weeks before they fully heal.

No disrespect to the previous poster but the fairways here are not a highlight, for sure. #9 & 18 are downright hideous ... barely any flat areas for the ball to stop so the slope directs your ball into unconditioned rough or hard pan under the trees. However, the Poa greens are real nice right now ... semi-firm but will hold a well struck iron ... but will release anything else. Hardly any ball marks (yeah!), mostly smooth deep green in color (#2 had some minor fungus).

Visited a couple FW & GS bunkers which were in good condition and no foot prints. One playing partner found clay at the bottom of the front bunker on #17 so beware.

Lot's of maintenance going on and some tree removal since my last visit here. Specifically, the trees behind #10 green are gone which really improves the view as you walk up the fairway. Also, on #14 the big Pine left side around 200 out was removed which widened that fairway considerably.

Good to see the improvements. If they can get the Kikuyu green, get rid of the ridiculously excessive wire grass, and go back to watering some of the dried out areas the course would be even better.
9 Likes.
On the Destroyer for $29 walking Twilight Wed. afternoon. Course was busy but overall PoP was around 4.5 hrs. Lots of tree maintenance going on as well as the planting of several Palm clusters in various areas ... expect some minor changes next time you play here. Also, several of the H20 hazards now called 'waste areas.

Overall conditions fair to good: fairways mostly green, full Kikuyu thining out under the trees that line most every fairway. Bunkers unconditioned today which meant a few unraked foot prints (even with a rake a few feet away ... amazing) but good depth of sand and very playable. Greens were afternoon Poa so a bit bumpy and slow-ish as expected. Still consistent and predictable.

Always enjoy the layout challenge and customer service is great (starter helped get us out a bit early) although my bud had to wait longer then normal for his Tuna sandwich. Still recommended.
9 Likes.
Skylinks Friday morning, 4:30 PoP. No more single walking bookings via GolfZing ... I had to scratch them off my list right when I almost had enough Zingpoints for a free round ... sufferin' sucotash.

Anyway, the conditions are Skylinks good: Bermuda fairways still a bit tan but always playable. Greens had some sand from aeration but rolled medium speed with a few lumps and bumps along the way. Bunkers have great sand, most I visited had a couple areas that were not raked (see previous review) but I fortunately missed those footprints. Rough was, well, there really isn't any rough here to speak of.

Good ego course even though my game was a tad off today ... I think my underwear was too tight or something. Enjoyed the round regardless playing with some decent fellows. Still recommended (look for deals on GolfNow if you like to use a cart).
8 Likes.
10:10am Sat. tee time at the Journey and a PoP of 5 hrs which included short waits at many tee boxes. The course and surrounding resort are visually stunning considering you're in Temecula and the area has some interesting rolling hills and water features. Lucky to play here in the Spring when everything is green and flowers are blooming. Well thought out layout with a large variety of golf holes ... a bit of course knowledge is helpful but not required as they have good GPS on the carts. Not walkable due to some super long distances between greens and tees. A bit pricey ($110 as hotel guests) but once in a while it's worth it and the Journey I would agree is worth it ... maybe only once a year.

Conditions were very good, tee to green. A few bare areas in fairways which did not deter the beautiful surroundings. Rough mostly lush but some thin area the farther away you move from the fairways. Greens running medium speed ... true rolls, a bit firm ... with only a few sunflower seeds from amazing, selfish dim-wits. I mean really, why spit shells on greens and tee boxes ... bring a cup. Bunkers had great sand only marred by clientele who chose not to use a rake.

Great experience here at Pechanga (minus the casino which I avoided) and would come again for sure ... if you've not played here it's one to add to the list. I'm glad I did.
6 Likes.
Out early at El Do Friday. PoP at 4:10 as the the early groups were not doing a good job of moving, pity the fools. Full tee sheet as usual. Conditions are optimal right now, tee to green. Kikuyu fairways mostly full and semi-lush, rough cut high (for El Do) so that was indeed a challenge when you missed a fairway. Very few bare areas to worry about.

Greens were the highlight ... perfect Poa (if there is such a thing) rolling true. Soft and holding about any decently struck approach (1-3 still a bit spongy as they put extra water to lower salt content says Lawnboy). Bunkers were not conditioned today which was a minor disappointment because the sand has great texture and is usually easy to play from.

The defense here are the many mature trees that line the fairways, so if you're straight off the tee you can score well. I didn't do that on the front side and paid for it with a high score. After my head came out and saw the sun and my game improved, I had a blast. Definitely recommended.
7 Likes.
Played Sand Canyon last weekend for the first time with a group so green fees were a bit steep but I see a $69 for 2 deal on Golf Moose which is a decent price for this course.

The layout: winding and narrow with ESA on both sides of most fairways which I'm not a fan but without that local rule I can see how things can get pretty slow here, and slow is was with a 5+ hr round. I'd say it's walkable if you're in decent shape as there's some hilly holes with mild elevation changes. Beautiful surroundings right now, mostly green shrubs and not many homes along the course. Challenging only due to the narrow landing areas causing many layup tee shots and very few drivers were pulled out of the bag. Greens mostly flat-ish and easy reads albeit very slow by most standards.

Overall conditions, unfortunately, are not very good. Lot's of hard pan, especially along the edges and into the 'rough'. That would mean many tee balls would roll into the ESA cuz there's nothing to slow them down. My higher hcp buds lost several balls and I lost a couple myself. Bunkers playable but dry beach sand.

You can see the bones are intact here and it would be a different course if the fairway and rough had better quality turf (and more of it) and they cut the greens to give putts some speed. Sorry to say that I cannot recommend this course at time but if I lived nearby it would suffice.
7 Likes.
Recent reviews are accurate and I verified aeration will start on Monday.

Late morning $39 walking round with some Buds at Hondo Friday, 20 min.delayed start due to fog (comped range balls by cool starter dude). Slow play, 5 hr PoP but no biggie, we were not in a hurry to go anywhere. I will add that it's a good thing to punch these uber firm greens as predicting roll out on chips/pitches and approach shot was difficult ... so many well struck balls going off the back of the green with very shallow ball marks if you know what I mean. [Shame cuz I was on my game today but couldn't get the up & downs I usually count on to go low]

I was in a couple GS bunkers which were a bit unkempt and thin, but playable. Course looks great and Bermuda fairways make for some thin lies ... okay by me. Super service from starter to server in the restaurant afterward. I'll be back for sure, just give it a couple weeks for the greens to mend. Recommended.
8 Likes.
Decided to stay local this gorgeous Friday morning and trekked up to Los Verdes, teeing off at 8:30 and finishing a bit past 1PM ... slow play is the norm here unless you play at dawn like Weber or 24hour. I'd rant but it'd be preaching to the choir.

Anyway, course conditions have not changed since the last time I was here about a year ago. Wire grass in some areas has worsened, multiple grasses in fairways (somewhat shaggy), and great Poa greens sums it up. Errant tee shots (even 5 yards off the fairway) can be rewarded with a hardpan lie. Bunkers hit and miss but the maintenance crew were working on some so that was good to see.

Beautiful vistas, semi-challenging layout, good greens will keep LV in the rotation. Slow play, crappy fairways, and non-existent rough will mean it'll be another year or so before I return.
11 Likes.
Played my annual b'day round at Tustin Ranch last Friday as I find the green fees here way over the top for a daily fee but it is what it is. My bud paid $124 so we split it ... comes with balls and lunch (we split that, too. Good grub here, for sure). Anyway, the greens were just punched last week so I won't say much other than they need a couple more weeks to mend. I rated them a 6 just cuz they're usually in good shape. PoP not a factor as the potential for rain must of scared everyone away ... we never saw a drop.

The fairways are dormant, mostly, bare and patchy sum it up. Lots of tight lies and balls rolling to a low point or stopping against a clump of green, longer stuff. Rough is also inconsistent. Green complexes were spotty at best. Lots of GUR. Bunkers good, the best you'll find anywhere with great rakes (no kidding). Nice GPS and nice carts. Unfortunately, the course is not nearly in the shape it should be for the money they charge, well, that's why I only play here once a year. The bones are intact so it will probably be in better shape come springtime, but for now I'll pass.
9 Likes.
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