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Played Tijeras Creek, first out on 7/15. It was my first time here in over 10 years after having been in the Men's Club here for years. Still one of the best layouts in SoCal, the back 9 is magical. Unfortunately, the same thing that drove me away 10 years ago still exist today - really poor conditions. It seems like they are trying, the course was extremely wet today, with puddles in numerous locations.

Tee boxes are bordering on hideous. It is either shag carpet grass, or divot hell. Especially on a par 3 tee box, good luck on finding a place with a good lie AND good footing. You might get one of the two.

Fairways are OK if you play the ball up. I saw many shots in the fairway end up in divots. Just way too many poor lies in a fairway.

Greens are hit and miss. Lots of unfixed ball marks. Many greens were over-watered. Speed was very inconsistent due to the water.

Apparently they recently refurbished the traps and it shows, they were very nice and consistent, although my playing partners did complain of water in bunkers as well.

I hope the amount of watering means they are trying to improve things here, but I am seeing nothing different from when I frequented here 10-15 years ago. Layout is great, but the conditions are better at just about any course within an hour. Not recommended unfortunately.
8 Likes.
Played CrossCreek on 6/28/19. It is a long haul to get here from San Clemente, so I don't get out here often. After playing here yesterday, maybe I should get a Prius so that the cost to get out here isn't so bad. Maybe a helicopter - a quick flight over Pendleton before they notice. Unfortunately, for the first time I can in from the north, and GPS took me by a route which ended up being a couple of miles of unpaved rocky road. OUCH! My little Madza sedan survived.

The course is in fantastic condition right now. Greens are what I consider perfect, smooth, soft, quick but not insane. I made zero putts. Maybe I shouldn't like the greens. But I do.

Fairways are nice, good grass coverage, very few (if any) bad spots. The rough is very thick right off the fairway, but gets patchy on the edges near the native areas. Tee boxes were nice.

Great course!
13 Likes.
Played Eagle Glen on 6/27/18 with GK Guru's Jerry, Larry & Ron. Another fun round with these guys. I get mixed feelings on Eagle Glen, but in the end it is still a great layout in a great location. Conditions are very hit and miss right now.

I came out here about a month ago, only to go elsewhere when I found out 9 was closed for water jetting of the greens. So I was surprised today when there was quite a bit of evidence of standard aeration. Fortunately, the pins weren't in those areas. Greens were moderate speed, a bit slow, and rolled pretty well.

Fairways were actually better than I've seen here in my last few trips. Still very hard in spots, but in general the grass is good although a bit tighter than I prefer. Rough is very hit and miss - some spots are fine, some are really ragged. Tee boxes are fine, no concerns there.

I still regard Eagle Glen as one of my favorite tracks. It is a rare treat in SoCal to find a course with no houses around. The layout is very fun, and except for a couple of tight holes there is plenty of land to let it fly. Let's hope the conditions get turned around and make this place one of the best in the area.
8 Likes.
First off on 6/11, walked as a single and finished in 2:30. Sad to hear this course is likely on the chopping block, it is a fun track and much better than most courses at this price in the OC.

Conditions are standard for Mile Square. Pretty good grass coverage. Greens generally very nice and smooth. There are some dead patches here and there, just be aware. Rough is generally easy to play out of off the fairways. However, the rough around the greens is super healthy and tough to play out of - very sticky grass.

I'm sure Dad Miller has it's fans as well, but I'd much rather see Players kept alive and Dad Miller sacrificed to the political gods. Hopefully I am able to get back to Players a few more times before it is done. Not to worry though, I'm sure Irvine is just about to start working on those 45 holes at El Toro finally after a 10-15 years of nothing out there. Yeah, right.
9 Likes.
Played GC Estrella on 6/6/19. Course is in outstanding shape for June in Phoenix.

Greens were quick and firm, smooth everywhere. Just about perfect. Fairways are very nice, a few spots are starting to overhead and burnout - expected for summer, but those spots are few and far between. Same goes for the rough.

The bunkers are dry and crusty. Still, they are playable, ball sits up more than normal.

Really fun track to play. More space in landing areas than you think. But still, you will hit some balls into the desert areas, so bring an extra club for those desert rock shots.
9 Likes.
Played Oak Quarry at sunrise on 5/28. For a 2nd round - Goose Creek was blacked by a tournament, so I went to Eagle Glen. They had an unadvertised front 9 closure for water jet aerating and a pileup on the back 9, so off to Dos Lagos I went.

Course is in pretty good condition, already looks like summer out here. Brown, hard, bumpy. But in general it is in decent shape. Fun layout, you can take some chances here. Went for the green on #9, put my driver 8 feet from the hole, and proceeded to miss the putt 2 feet left. Nice putt.

The greens are pretty good. Quick. Some holes still have evidence of aeration, and some are bumpy in spots. Most of the time they are smooth and fast enough. Fairways are firm, but lies are pretty good. Rough is non existent.

All in all, a nice bargain for a fun course.
6 Likes.
Played OQ on 5/28. I'll echo what the last review said - this course is in outstanding condition. Much better than anything else I've seen in LA/OC/Riverside in quite a long time. I hear Goose Creek is nice right now, and was hoping to get in a 2nd round there this day, but the schedule didn't work out.

The only less than stellar thing I can say about OQ is that the greens are recovering from a verticut, so you'll see small grooves, but the greens roll well and are just a bit slower than usual - which means you might actually have a chance to make a putt. Once they start shaving them close, forget it. Still, the greens are better than anything I have played in the area recently. Also, bunkers are thin in a couple of spots, although even those spots seem to play well. I was lucky enough to find numerous bunkers today, felt like a beach holiday.

Rough is plush, but ball sits up pretty well. Tee boxes are great.

Highest possible recommendation.
5 Likes.
It's been 14 years since my last visit to Shorecliffs, which I recall being the day with the single largest accumulation of goose poop in recorded history. 14 years later, no goose poop!

First, the obvious, the course has lost two holes to landslide, and has turned two Par 5s into two 4s and two 3s for an 18 hole course of max 5700 yards. The reported strength of Shorecliffs are the greens, unfortunately they were punched and sandy today, and did not roll straight.

But, shocking myself, I enjoyed the day. I had low expectations. OK, well below low. But the course was still a decent way to get out and hit the ball around. Of course, it didn't hurt that after a GolfNow Hot Deal and a $10 GolfNow reward, I played 18 for less than a large range bucket.

I'd like to see them sell off a few holes and turn the remaining land into a fun 4000-5000 yard course a la Casta Del Sol, Goat Hill, etc.
8 Likes.
Played 4/11. Showed up at 8:00 hoping for a 4.5 hour round. Immediately joined up with another single and off we went. Did not see another golfer until #13, when a twosome two holes ahead came back to look for a missing, and I kid you not, tee! OK, it was a special designed tee with string and magnet. Unfortunately, it wasn't there, so they headed off and we didn't see them again until 18 green. Our twosome made it around in just over 3 hours.

I haven't been here in 2 years, and there are changes. Some turf reduction areas to save water are obvious. The rough is being ignored, but that is normal these days. Fairways are OK, they have grass, but it is very short and the ground is very hard. I was getting a pretty painful bounce on iron shots, like hitting off the worst range mats. Great for driver roll, awful for wedges.

Greens were nice. Lots of ballmarks, but the greens rolled smooth. Aeration next week - be warned.

I really noticed the growth of the wild areas - it really has tightened up the course.

In all, still a great layout, and in good enough condition to keep me coming back.
6 Likes.
Since a 2nd round at Rams Hill would have been a little slow, I decided to try out De Anza for a 3/25 round. What a pleasant surprise this course is!

The greens are quite different from RH. Both are in great condition, but while RH is medium soft, fast and tricky, De Anza is firm and slow, and generally little break. If you have the speed down, you can attack these greens.

The course layout is surprisingly more parkland than desert course. The rough is tough. Playing solo, I lots a few balls in the rough not far from the fairway. Grass is thick and the ball settles down low. Lots of trees off the fairway, and pretty narrow fairways, so you often need to hack low shots from the thick rough making recovery difficult.

Borrego Springs has a nice 1-2-3 punch in Rams Hill, Borrego Springs and de Anza CC. Three really different golf courses, but all nice in their own ways.
11 Likes.
Played Rams Hill on 3/25. Went out right behind the Men's Club. The starter said we'd have a hard time keeping up with them. Not true, they were quite deliberate. But we still made it around in 4:30, so not bad.

Course is in it's usual great shape. There are a few rough spots on some greens, but those are mostly on the edges and don't come into play near a hole. Tee boxes, fairways & sand all fabulous.

Still one of my all time favorite courses. Was hoping to get in a replay, but it would have been right behind 5 or 6 foursomes including high school teams, so I decided to give De Anza a shot for the 2nd round.
12 Likes.
Played 3/13. After looking at my tracker spreadsheet and how I have done here, something dawned on me....this is a tough course to score on. Lots of elevation to deal with, Lots of odd lies even in fairways, and the tee boxes evens add some lie challenges. The greens are usually in good shape, but I don't see lots of putts made here.

No complaints about condition today, although everything was really soft. No roll on drives, and even long shots into the greens barely move upon landing. I did not lots of soft sand in the two bunkers that I was in, so it looks like they have been taking good care of them.

Thumbs up for SJH. And let me know if you score well here, I sure don't, and I don't recall playing with anyone here that scored well.
8 Likes.
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