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Played Eagle Glen on 10/11. Not visually appealing right now, as the color of the day is brown, brown, brown. That being said, the brown is at least the color of grass and not dirt. There is pretty good grass coverage where it matters. Stay near the fairways, and you'll get a pretty good lie, just on brown grass.

Greens are solid, firm and quick.

Still a great layout, good staff, and I hope it gets back some of its past beauty.
6 Likes.
And my final round of my 2 day, 72 hole end of summer PS binge was at a new course for me, Eagle Falls.

You drive behind the Fantasy Springs casino. Around past the parking garage. So around the garbage bins. Turn right into the alley. Then into another parking lot that seems like one that is always empty. A row of palm trees leads you into a parking lot that actually has a few cars. Rumor has it, there's a golf course behind the trailers housing the pro shop and snack bar.

I check in, and off to the starter I go. Across the bridge.....into a fantastic golf course surprise! I was nervous, as the starter gave me at least three rattlesnake warnings, with the ominous "if you go into a bathroom, throw a golf ball in there first to scare off any snakes." I didn't go in any of them, uh-uh, no way.

Conditions here were better than the other 3 courses I had played (Shadow Ridge, Stadium, Nick Tourney). Greens were smoother and rolled a little better. Fairways not so spongy, you'd even get some roll here. Rough plush, but not difficult.

What a fun layout. Only 3 3-pars and 3 5-pars, but the 4-pars include a couple of short ones that tempt you to have a rip. Fairways are wider than you might think, but once you start to realize how wide they are, they throw a super tight hole at you to make you nervous.

Really glad I picked this on a whim for my final round of my binge. A great course hidden on the east side of town, don't miss it!
16 Likes.
Day 2, Round 1 of my end of summer PS golf binge was at PGA Nicklaus Tournament course. I'm going to copy my Stadium review and edit it, as these courses are in the same condition except that Nick Tourney has sanded their greens not too long ago. Annoying, but they still rolled fine.

Conditions are fine for end of summer. Greens roll true, but are slow as is normal this time of year. Fairways and rough have good coverage with a dead spot here and there. Staff was nice and helpful.

Not as menacing as Stadium, but still more menacing than most courses, and more than anything else of Jack's that I've played. He must have been angry after playing Stadium when he designed this one?

I loved it.

Note to others, I went through a nine hole funk here. Perhaps I was tired after 36 the day before. Perhaps my swing was bad this morning. Age 53, time to lose strength? Maybe the early morning humidity was up, but the ball just wasn't travelling at all. The drives seemed to be rolling 1-2 yards max. Iron shots were 1-2 clubs short. I finally used the cart GPS to measure drives. My usual 260-265 was 220-230. After the second drive of 225, I realized all of this started when I switched balls to a old ProV1X that I grabbed out of my bag. Next hole, a 180 yard par 3. I pulled out a new ball, used my 180 club, and knocked it just over the green. Pulled out the old V1X and knocked it 20 yards short of the front bunker. #oldgolfballssuck.
8 Likes.
Day 1 Round 2 of my end of summer PS golf binge was at PGA Stadium. Nickesquire was able to join me, always great to have a GK friend join in for a fun round.

It had been nearly 20 years since I'd played at Stadium, and man this place is a mind trip.

Conditions are fine for end of summer. Greens roll true, but are slow as is normal this time of year. Fairways and rough have good coverage with a dead spot here and there. Staff was nice and helpful.

I cannot imagine playing here on a regular basis, my confidence would be shot. You hit a bad shot here and you pay for it. You hit a decent shot here, you pay for it. You hit a good shot here, you may still pay for it. Ignore the score, and laugh at how many time Stadium punches you in the gut.

I loved it.
8 Likes.
My end of summer PS golf binge began at Shadow Ridge on 9/18. No complaints at all, Shadow Ridge is in good end-of-summer condition.

Greens plush and healthy. As is normal for summer in PS, greens are SLOW. Fairways and rough in good condition, with a rare dead spot here and there.

SR is a really fun layout. Not easy, but not too punishing either. Staff is nice and helpful. Highly recommended.
6 Likes.
Ah....the elevation changes, the sizzle of the high voltage lines, and 400,000 squirrels.....it's Anaheim Hills GC! First time back here in 15 years.

It's a quirky little course that doesn't play short. Greens were pretty good, although you can see a couple of different grasses battling it out on several greens which makes the speed vary. Fairways and greens are very hit and miss, with the misses quite a bit ahead. Tee boxes are acceptable.

Nice clubhouse, and range is being rebuilt. Not a bad neighborhood course to go knock it around, but I don't see myself coming back here for another 15 years at least.
13 Likes.
Played RSJ on 8/29.

Again, a decent track to work on your game. The greens are very nice, although bordering on too soft as I was leaving ball marks with some of my chips. Greens are very green and smooth outside of the ball marks. Sand traps were another positive - lots of sand and good conditions.

Fairways and rough are hit and miss, some areas are bare or spotty. Fairways were 90% good though.
9 Likes.
Played Verrado-Founders on 8/23. Every time I play here, I am more impressed. It is La Quinta Mountain Course with smaller boulders and minus all the condos and housing, only more playable. Fantastic layout.

As for the conditions, let's remember that it is late August in Phoenix. And Verrado is still in fantastic condition. The fairways and rough are green and top notch. The greens are a bit dryer as you might expect, but still green and roll smooth (but slow as is normal for summer).

Definitely my favorite in the Phoenix area, with Quintero's "WOW" factor coming in #2 as it is much more punishing.

I did drive up to the new Victory course. Looks like the land there is a bit more quarry-esqe with a lot of granite bounders decorating the landscape. From what I could see, Verrado will have an amazing 1-2 punch for golfers.
12 Likes.
I also played with the GK Gurus on 8/18. Another fun day with the Gurus!

I've played La Costa Champions several times before. I'll admit it, in the past I have been quite underwhelmed.

This time, the course lived up to it's historical status. It is a tough layout, and this time the conditions were as you'd expect for a high end resort that had hosted top pro tournaments in the past.

As others have stated, the pace of play was great for 6 holes. Then we ground to a halt. On the back 9, we watched two groups behind us call it a day before #13. We never did see a marshall to ask about the slow play. First 6 holes took our foursome just over an hour. The next 9 took close to 3 hours. By #15, I had enough, and I packed it in (knowing that I still had an insane walk to the parking lot from the clubhouse).

The course was the best I have ever seen it. But as I think back, except for the person in the clubhouse saying "good afternoon" and the starter, I did not see or talk to another staff member. When several people are quitting without playing a full round on a top course, you know something is amiss. The service part left a lot to be desired.

I do think La Costa could be a fantastic place again. They are closer, but not there yet.
11 Likes.
I also played with the Gurus on 8/18. This was my 2nd time at Marine Memorial, first time was January. Since then, the course has undergone a full bunker restoration, and the result is outstanding. The GM said the new sand still needs time to settle, but I found them to be soft and fluffy, but quite playable.

Otherwise, the rest of the course has some of the best grass coverage I've seen anywhere in quite a while. Greens were smooth and consistent. Fairways were quite plush.

This is not a difficult course, but one that is a lot of fun to play. Enough of a challenge for anyone, but not a lot of trouble other than a rough that will make balls disappear.

The location is quite a treat, very isolated with nothing anywhere near the course. In all, this one is high on my list of golf bargains.
13 Likes.
Played CMCC-LL a couple of times over the last 2 weeks. Nothing new here, same old story. Greens are nice, although the art of ball mark repair is not a priority here. Fairways are pretty nice, good grass coverage with the occasional trouble spot. Tee boxes are fine, with a few bordering on shaggy.

Nothing amazing here, just a solid fun course to play at a good price.

Still a great bargain for OC.
7 Likes.
Played RSJ on 7/11/17, my first time out here in a decade. My prior impressions of this course have been mediocre at best. While this is still a cheap public course, I will say that the current state of the course looks much improved.

I can't really judge the greens today as they have recently (yesterday or overnight?) sanded the greens and I don't think they had mowed them this morning as a result. So, they looked like sand. Still, the grass coverage looks solid under the sand, so I think once the sand settles and the greens are mowed that the greens will be good.

Fairways were much better than I expected. For the most part lush with good coverage. Sure, at this price you will find some bad spots. But I saw much worse fairways my last time a couple of miles over at Strawberry Farms. Similarly, the rough is generally good, with some hit and miss locations.

It looks like the bunkers have ample sand, although they hadn't been raked recently.

Thumbs up for RSJ, decent fun course at a good price in OC!
9 Likes.
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