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First time playing here on Saturday 6/24 at 11am. Course was wide open with nobody in front or behind us the whole way.

Blue tee boxes were mostly level with good coverage and minimal divot damage.

Fairways were mix of lush and dry and firm, but not dried out, still green.

Rough was patchy in places. You could get a ball in a thin patch or in a thick, hard-to-find and hard-to-hit-from club-grabbing rough.

Sand was decent also. A little darker and heavier than I’d prefer, but it was consistent.

Greens were in good shape and recovered from any recent aeration but with a few signs of it having occurred. Rolled mostly true but were a little spongy. Held shots well and rolled medium or maybe a little slower.

Lots of elevation change, forced carries, some blind tee shots, and hard doglegs provided a good but fair challenge. Really made you think your way around the course. Several real fun holes I thought. No GPS in the carts or hole maps, so unless you play here a lot, my SwingbySwing GPS app on my phone really helped me out mapping out my shots for course layout.
11 Likes.
Played Monday 6/11 at about 0830. Course was open and we played the front 9 in about 2 hours, the back 9 got backed up and we played in total in about 4:40.

Tee boxes were nice and above average. Good coverage without much divot damage and mostly flat lies.

Fairways were in good shape with good lies.

I was not in any greenside sand, but I did find myself in a fairway bunker. No complaints. My playing partner did complain of a firm lie in a greenside bunker.

Rough varies from thick and lush to moderate/fluffy.

Greens are nearly fully recovered from aeration. Practice green still shows the most from the aeration, but I had no complaints as the greens rolled pretty true with slightly faster than medium speed.

Recommended at this time.
9 Likes.
Played Black Gold on Thursday late morning. Greens are recovering nicely from the aeration. First time playing this course and it was enjoyable and challenging. Lots of elevation change, forced carries, and it can be difficult to picture a good target/landing area off the tee.

Tee boxes were in good shape; level with minimal damage.

Fairways were also in good shape and running fairly firm, good coverage except for a couple of spots under repair.

Bunkers looked to be in excellent condition and the one I was in was a pleasure to play from.

Rough varied in length and could be fluffy providing decent lies or if your ball sinks down can be pretty penal.

Greens were aerated a couple weeks ago and although you could still see some evidence of the holes, they ran pretty quick and fairly true. I was told this was the first day they had cut them short again.

Enjoyable experience and I would play it again.
13 Likes.
Played on Monday 3/27. Very similar to my Alondra review I just posted. Tee boxes are well covered and decent except for some clumpy-ness. Fairways are in good shape and the rough is too. Greens look pretty good and rolled about at a medium pace. Occasionally, there are some spots where you don't want to be above the hole, such as #5 and #6, because the downhill putts can be fast and not very true. Sand traps were nice and soft in the fairways and firm and hard greenside. Wish it was the opposite.

This was a twighlight round and the wind was up. Worth the money though.
12 Likes.
Played twighlight on 3/23. Pace of play was brutally slow at first and then picked up. We barely finished in daylight.

Tee boxes were decent. Well covered and level but a little clumpy with some divot damage on par 3s.

Fairways were decent. Well covered and no bare spots. Good lies.

Rough is mostly crab-grass with some bare spots in some areas. Not too penal.

Greens look nice and have minimal damage. Only trouble (as is always the case with Alondra) is they are like putting on shag carpet. Incredibly slow and not very true.

It can get pretty windy in the afternoon and this day was no exception. Made holes such as 16 & 18 very tough.
12 Likes.
Played on 6/1 as a single at about 8am and I got everything I'm accustomed to out of SilverRock:

Great warm up area with a large putting green that actually rolls identical to the course, a chipping/pitching area with bunkers, and a perfect range.

Staff was excellent as always.

I could go on and on about the quality of this course but it can be summed up like this: tee boxes, fairways, bunkers, rough, greens, are all in the 9-10 rating range. As previously mentioned, water does not seem to be an issue here.

This course is framed by the beautiful rock mountains from which it name is derived and provides about 6 sets of tees that stretch back to just under 7,600 from the tips where the pros played when it was a Bob Hope Classic course, including a combo set on the scorecard. The length can be very challenging, so for newcomers I recommend paying close attention to the tee length.

One of the best courses in the area.
6 Likes.
Played Sunday 05/24 at 0830. I wasn't expecting much based on prior reviews, but I'll say I was pleasantly surprised. The course is a lot greener and more lush than previous reviews. Tee boxes were excellent. I could tell they've been recently renovated and they look great. The fairways are above average and were green with good coverage. The rough was decent and playable in most areas. The sand traps and bunkers had good quality sand from my experience, and the greens were fair. They seem to be healing well from maybe a recent aeration a month ago?

The course is a little gimmicky at times with some short sharp dog legs that force a 170 yard tee shot that leaves a 200 yard approach, but all in all enjoyable. Staff was great and the practice/warm up area is quite nice.
7 Likes.
Played super twilight yesterday with a buddy and got out at 445pm but still managed to finish 18 holes, albeit it was pretty much dark coming up 18. Here's the skinny:

Tee boxes are very playable
Fairways are very playable with a lot of run and firm areas
Rough is a mixed bag of shaggy club grabbing and areas of hard pan
Sand traps are AWFUL with a thin layer of backyard dirt over borderline concrete
Greens are in the best shape I have maybe ever seen them at Alondra. They're rolling true-er than usual, faster than usual (medium slow instead of just slow), and they look great (not like shag carpet).

I commend the staff on the shape they currently have the course considering the water climate.
6 Likes.
Played Saturday 05/09/15 at 8am. I played the sister course, the Santa Rosa the day before, see my review for details.

The course is in just about the exact same shape as the Santa Rosa, with everything above average. There was a 3-club wind most of the day which made things difficult, but still nice being on the course.

I'd recommend both of these Mountain Vista courses, with a slight preference to the Santa Rosa.
5 Likes.
Even though I've been playing out in the desert area quite a bit for the last half a decade, I only recently discovered these two courses (Santa Rose and San Gorgonio). This was my first time out at the Santa Rosa and it did not disappoint.

Played Friday 05/08/15 at 8am as a single. I was paired with an older gentleman from Canada and it was just us two. He was a pleasure to play with we had a good time. We never saw anyone behind us and the threesome in front kept it moving, playing in 3.5 hours.

Tee boxes are excellent.
Fairways are excellent.
Rough is a little bit longer than the fairway and not very penal.
I wasn't in any sand traps but they looked well maintained.
The greens had a tinge of brown but rolled fairly well, although a couple of putts took a couple bounces.

Overall these two courses are pleasing to the eye and offer an open layout that still has lots of water features and not very many demanding shots. It won't provide the same challenge as say, SilverRock, but if you want an enjoyable day on a course in nice condition, this is a good place.

I think I slightly prefer this course to it's complex neighbor, the San Gorgonio.
5 Likes.
Played twighlight on 04/16. Twighlight starts at 3pm, I came out after work, got right on, and tee'd off at about 4:05. I was able to finish, albeit just barely. Played in 3.5 hours. The people on the course really kept up the pace this afternoon which was really nice.

Course is another one of the "get what you get" type courses. Don't expect too much and be happy to be playing golf and you'll enjoy it.

Tee boxes are in good shape. No real complaints there. Decently lush with pretty flat lies everywhere.

Fairways are in good shape as well. Some thin and firm areas and the ball is running out pretty well on some holes.

Rough length varies but is usually very playable.

Sand traps are not well raked by fellow golfers and are firm with a thin top layer.

Greens are nearly fully recovered from the aerating and rolling slow and semi-true with a lot of bumpiness. Typical Alondra greens. They play like a thick, shaggy kind of carpet.

I have a soft spot for this course and $18 to walk for twighlight on a weekday is a pretty good deal.
5 Likes.
Played Saturday 03/28 at 2pm for twighlight and walked.

The course is playing very "links" style right now. The tee boxes are decent and firm. The fairways are brown with some green and mostly dormant looking. They are firm and fast. Your ball rolls forever for better or worse. The sand traps were average, and the greens were rolling about medium speed. I've definitely seen them roll faster. I wouldn't say there was a lot of ball damage on the greens but it was noticeable for sure.

Pace of play was brutally slow at about 5 hours and 10 minutes, but it was a Saturday so no big shock there. This is still one of my favorite courses in the area because of how differently it plays than any other.
5 Likes.
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