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Played Sterling Hills on Sunday 1/13 between the rain on Saturday and Monday. I hadn't been out to Sterling Hills post-drought and since they started doing a lot of work on the course. I was very pleased with the progress they seem to be making. Lots of GUR marked off allowing the grass to take root and grow in. A lot of areas that would never be in play (i.e. between tees and landing areas) have been cleared out completely and either kept bare or allowed to grow out with vegetation. It seems like they are being very conscious of the areas that need work and water (fairways/greens) and focusing their efforts where it makes the most difference.

Greens were in very good shape. Soft after the rains, but running very smooth. The greens here are fairly large and tiered. Downhill putts required good touch to get the ball close.

Fairways are in good winter shape. Not very pleasing to look at, and a little muddy after the rain, but plenty of roll and good lies to be had.

Rough is mixed. Some deep grabby stuff near the greens. A mix of lush, thin, bare areas the further out you got.

Sand was not good after the rain. Lots of standing water in the fairway bunkers and very firm greenside bunkers. They may be doing their job of helping with fairway drainage, but they are not fun to play from.

Tees were level but had some bare areas and divot damage, especially on the par-3s and shorter par-4s.

This is a great value as they are trying to be the home of "all-inclusive" golf. Rates included greens fees, cart, range balls, and a full-size entree at the restaurant. Pace of play was right around 4.5 hours as a riding 3-some stuck behind a 4-some.

I really enjoy the layout and mix of holes at Sterling Hills. When conditions were so far below average, there was just no reason to play here with so many other quality courses a short distance away. However, if conditions continue to improve into the spring, and they stick with their pricing model, this will be one of the best values around.
Played on Sunday 1/6 with Mr. Kich. It had rained the day before which made for a bit of a muddy walk, but the course overall drained well and it was very playable. I always arrive at Woodley with very low expectations due to the relatively bland course and the average to below average conditions, but more often than not I leave pleasantly surprised.

Greens were the highlight of the course. Definitely slow and soft due to the rain, but they were fairly smooth. Some ball marks due the how soft they were and discourteous golfers, but it wasn't too bad.

Fairways were dormant and ugly looking, but there were fewer than usual bare spots and a good lie was not difficult to find.

Rough is always a grab bag here. Spongy longer grass, bare areas. Not overly penal, but it really stops your ball and can make some of the long holes even longer.

Sand was fine, average to above average. The rain had given it a nice crusty upper layer, and besides some standing water on a few of the out of the way fairway bunkers, they all played consistently and well.

Tees were a little beat up but it was not hard to find a clean level spot.

The pace of play was surprisingly quick for a Sunday morning. As a 3-some with 2 walkers, we finished in about 4:15 minutes.

No frills to be found. This is just golf, some of the cheapest around. You obviously get what you pay for, but sometimes you just want to hit the ball, work on some stuff, and enjoy being outside. Woodley is just the place for that.
Played on 12/2 with Mr. Kich and some new to golf friends on a windy day. Scholl should be a nice place for a relative beginner in that none of the holes are very long and things move decently well.

Greens were both the highlight and the lowlight of this course. They ran smooth and on the faster end of medium. There were a few bare areas and obviously a lot of unrepaired ball marks. The starter mentioned off the cuff that some of the pins were in tricky spots. That was an understatement. The pin locations were absolute jokes. On multiple holes, it was physically impossible to putt your ball and have it stop within 5-10 feet of the hole. For example on 10, the pin was back left on the ridge. I hit 4 putts (FOUR!!) up the hill 3 feet past the hole and each one rolled back 15-20 feet.

Fairways don't come in to play much, except on a few holes. They were fall/winter thin with some decent lies to be had.

Rough is practically nonexistent.

Tee boxes had lots of divots, which is to be expected on a short course. However, they were severely sloped which made it hard to get a level stance.

Sand was actually really nice. Slight crunch to the top layer and plush sand underneath.

I enjoy a shorter, quick course to work on my irons and short game. Scholl SHOULD be the place, but the combination of the unfortunate tee boxes, trash pin positions, minigolf holes on the back, and insanely overpriced range ($10 for a "medium" bucket?!?) mean I probably won't be back unless I'm really jonesing and can't get on anywhere else.
Walked the Blues on 7/1/18 @ 7:15am for $39.00 as a single paired with a pleasant 3-some. 4:15 POP

Greens were in really nice shape. They looked fantastic and putted very nicely. Definitely picked up speed as the sun came out. Back-9 greens were a little harder and bumpier, but not enough to cause any real problems.

Fairways were some of the nicest and lushest I have seen on a city run course in a long time. They were a real joy to play from. Good roll-out, fantastic lies, visible demarcation between fairway and rough. A very pleasant surprise!

Rough was actual rough. Lush, thick, and penal around the fairways. A little cut down around the greens, but still penalized you for missing in a bad spot.

I was in 3 green side traps and all had different consistencies of sand. Not the best.

Tees were lush and for the most part level. Not too much divot damage that early in the morning.

Good POP at 4:15 on a very nice day. Even let two -2somes through who were playing at a rapid pace just so we didn't feel pressed.

Not a bad price to walk and pretty easy to get on as a single. Get out to Hansen soon before the summer burns out this course!
Played on 3/16 at 9am with MrKich. Got done in just under 4.5 hours.

Greens were in very nice condition. Smooth and rolled very true. Unfortunately, they were slower than the putting green and some of the more exposed greens were running faster than the others.

Fairways, rough, and tees were in immaculate condition. Plush lies in every fairway, nice lies in the rough even, and as you spread further out and closer to the bunkers, there was an occasional gnarly lie.

Sand, and is there a lot of that, was very fair. Greenside bunkers usually had the heavier stuff while the fairway bunkers and other bunkers that blended into waste areas had thinner lies and potential rocks. It all blended very nicely.

The facility and customer service were top notch. Plenty of balls and places to hit on the range, huge chipping area, and smallish putting green. The starter was amazing, giving us tips and helpful hints to remember throughout the day. Plenty of tees and divot repair tools to grab on the first tee. GPS on the carts was really helpful as the greens were very very large and pin position was important.

Really fun layout that makes you think with the bunkers, large greens, and waste areas.
Played on Sunday 3/18 on the way back from Phoenix. We'd heard good things about Founders and were able to snag a last minute time at Victory.
Greens were running pretty fast. Not the prettiest, as this course is still relatively young, but putts rolled very true. Also very firm, which made a few pin positions especially challenging.
Fairways, Tees, Sand, and what rough there was on this desert course were all in fantastic condition. Plush lies in the fairway. Harder lies if you strayed. Rocks if you were really wild.
Customer Service was great, from the bag drop to the beverage cart, which we saw multiple times.
This layout is tremendously fun. Great mix of holes. Fantastic views, which is why it's such a shame they are putting in so many homes. The par-5 18th is a sight to behold.
Great grass range, as well.
As the course matures and the greens and rough fill in, this is going to be a must-play.
Played on Sunday 4/1. Course was in good shape and had recovered nicely from aeration.

Greens were running pretty smooth, downhill putts could definitely take off on you. Occasional ball marks here and there that our group did our best to repair as we moved along.
Fairways have greened up nicely. A few bare spots, and you definitely get some nice roll on tee shots, but very nice coverage throughout.
Rough can be patchy, some bare areas and some thicker areas.
Sand was a mixed bag on a slightly overcast day. A few greenside bunkers were very damp, borderline muddy.
Quite a bit of divot damage on the tees, but even lies on every hole so it wasn't too tough to find a good stance.
Really fun layout. Nothing to trick you out here. Course plays long, but makes you think with a lot of strategically placed fairway bunkers and water hazards.
Got out at 2:45pm on Sunday 9/17 with MrKich and some friends. $24 including cart was a good price to pay, and we barely were able to sneak in 18 holes as the days keep getting shorter :(

Greens: Soft enough to hold shots, yet deceptively quick. Lots of mounds that aren't obviously visible unless you scope out the green fro multiple sides. They were a little bumpy so late in the day and there were some notable bare areas (especially left side of #2) that really affected putts. Tons of unrepaired ball marks, but that's on all of us to fix.

Fairways: Mostly lush with good lies. A few bare areas and a few extra spongy areas. Definitely playable throughout.

Rough: Lush and spongy for the most part, with a few bare areas near course boundaries, and some extra lush areas near trees. This led to some inconsistent lies, as on one whole (#8), I was stymied by a thick spongy mass, then on my next shot from almost an identical lie, my club slid through the grass like a warm knife through butter.

Bunkers: All were in very good shape. Fluffy sand with a nice firm layer underneath. I was in 4 bunkers and all had very similar sand.

Tees: Mostly lush and level with some areas with significant divot damage, especially on the par 3s and short par 4s.

Overall, Chester Washington is a fun track with some interesting holes. I don't get out here too often because I rarely feel like putting up with airport traffic, but when I do I always seem to enjoy myself.
Played 3-12-17 with the Gurus. Fun time out on a course I had never played before:

Greens: Greens were smooth with minimal ball mark damage. They were running right around medium, but we're pretty firm and difficult to hold with anything but the most well-struck wedge. Definitely took some time getting used to after primarily playing on softer LA-area greens. They were very well maintained and visually pleasing.

Fairways: Fairways were smooth and lush with minimal divot damage. Players seemed to be mindful of replacing their divots and using the sand provided on the carts. There wasn't excessive roll out, so shots in the fairway tended to stay there.

Rough: Rough throughout the course was penal but fair. It wasn't excessively thick or spongy. Greenside rough was certainly penal and I definitely had a little trouble navigating it, which was frustrating when combined with the firm greens. I had a number of shots just run through the green into some relatively thick and gnarly stuff. I caught a couple flyers out of the greenside rough that led to some long comeback putts, though unfortunately I can't blame this wholly on the course while discounting my poor wedge play ;)

Tees: Tees were very nice and level with minimal divot damage on the par 3's.

Bunkers: I was in one greenside bunker and one fairway bunker and they were both on the thin/firm side of the spectrum. While this wasn't a problem in the fairway bunker, it made things difficult coming out of the greenside bunker onto the greens that were so firm.

POP: Pace was right around 4 hours, maybe a little more.

I really enjoyed the course. It was challenging without being tricked out or unfair. The opportunity to score is definitely there. Good shots are generally rewarded and poor shots are penalized. The layout is fun in that no two holes are too much alike. As others have mentioned, the lack of water available on the course was a little disappointing. Granted, you do get two free bottles per player to start, but in the Palm Springs heat, those could be gone pretty soon and with nowhere to refill, it can get a little dicey. Customer service was generally good and we saw the cart girl twice. I'm definitely looking forward to another shot at Eagle Falls one day.
Played twice over the last 2 weeks, once on 6/26/16 and once on 7/3/16. Paid $31 to ride @ 3pm on 6/26/16 and $40 to ride on 7/3/16.

Course is in outstanding shape. So much so that this has quickly reasserted itself as one of my favorite courses in the area. Course is difficult but very fair. Recent course work has made it into a really fun course to play.

Greens were in great shape both rounds, a little faster on 6/26. Definitely on the firmer side, but still holding well struck shots.

Fairways were in great shape. Mostly lush. Green and yellow grass.

Rough is minimal now after the renovation. A ton of pinestraw around trees and in wooded areas. It's penal, but playable.

Sand was in fantastic shape. Very consistent throughout the entire course, from fairway bunkers to greenside bunkers. You know what to expect when you land in one.

Tees were lush and level. Some divot damage on par 3's and shorter par 4's, but tee boxes were rotated well.

POP was superb. 3.5 hours as a threesome one round and 4 hours as a foursome the other round.

Customer service is outstanding. Multiple marshals maintaining pace of play. Water coolers every 3-4 holes. Nice range balls. Very friendly drink cart and bar service.

Well done to the staff here. They've turned a muni track that I mostly ignored into a course that's now near the top of my list when looking for a round. Very good value here, especially with the GK coupon and deals available on GolfNow and the courses website.
Played on 4/19/13. Went out as a 3-some at 10:30 am.

Greens: They were aerating 1/2 of each green and the pin was on the unsanded side. The greens here are fairly large, so the sand wasn't too much of a bother. However, the sides that weren't sanded were in poor shape. Bumpy with lots of scuffs and ball marks. Ran medium, with some slower than others.

Fairways: Highlight of the course. Nice lush hitting surface. No noticeable bare spots or severe divot damage.

Rough: Not too long, but certainly noticeable. Still, it was plenty lush with a few bare spots where the rough gave way to sandy areas.

Tees: Nice and level. Not too lush, but still a good surface to hit off of. Pleasantly surprised considering all the short holes.

Sand: Good. A little on the firmer side, not terrible, but still fair to hit from.

POP/Customer Service/Etc.: Played in 4:20 minutes. Not great for this course, but not terrible considering there was an ambivalent 2-some two groups ahead holding us up as well as the 5-some in front of us who were keeping pace with the two of them. Seriously. Customer Service was so-so. I knew the greens were being aerated thanks to GK, but a heads up from the starter would have been nice. The marshal was a bit disappointing. We saw him multiple times, but he refused to do anything about the twosome holding everything up, instead choosing to harass our playing partner, who is handicapped and has a placard, for driving too close to the greens. Snack shop at the turn is fairly priced and decent.
Played 4/17/13 at 11:30 am. They send out 5-somes here so my friend and I were paired with another 3-some.

Greens: The half of the greens that had been aerated first had healed nicely. The other half still had a good amount of sand about a week after aeration. Besides that, they ran pretty well, medium-fast, with some bumpiness.

Fairways: Nice and lush. Good lies throughout. Some divot damage on some of the shorter par 4s on the back 9.

Rough: Lush throughout. Some thinner areas along tree branches and along areas that separate two holes.

Tees: Nice and lush on the front 9. The newly replaced tees on the back 9 were very hard packed and impossible to get a tee in. Some divot damage on the par 3s and shorter par 4s.

Sand: Good throughout and I was in a couple. Fluffy top layer gave way to firmer sand underneath.

POP/Customer Service/Etc.: Finished in 5 hours. Not great for a Wednesday. I honestly don't think it's the 5-somes as much as people playing from the wrong tees. There's no shame in playing from the whites, guys. Customer service was good. Starter got us out on time and the restaurant at the turn offered quick and affordable service. $40 to ride on a weekday. Not bad price for the layout. Just wish it would play faster.
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