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Played in the men's club today with the greens being punched a week and a half ago. Pace was at 5 hours.

Greens are not very good right now. Sanded and slow and it is this reason that I would say to wait a couple of weeks before playing.

Fairways are fine those were punched a while ago and I see no effects from that. I think they could use a little cut but they were fine.

Rough isn't too bad either. Not that much to penalize you but enough to make you consider it.

Sand was great, plenty of it too. Didn't see a bad one out there.

Tee boxes still show signs of punching but it's fine to tee off from.

Bottom line is wait.
9 Likes.
Played with the Gurus today and it was like a country club out there. No one around us except for some annoying foursome behind us (j/k). Pro shop was great, checked in and got my range token and they said we could basically go anytime we had our foursome ready.

Fairways are really great to hit from. I don't recall seeing much in the way of divot damage. They were mowed nice and provided good rolls. I hit 11/13 of these fairways and it was a shame I could not capitalize more on this.

Don't even ask me about the greens. I give up, I cannot read these to save my life. I thought the greens didn't look fast but they roll more than you think. There were a few bumps but generally everything rolled pretty darn well. Most greens are not as firm when I played here last time but still releases a bit.

Wasn't in any bunker so the others will have a chime in on those.

Tee boxes were great. 15 and 17 were way back too, brutal. Maybe some of the par 3 had some divots but there was ample spots to tee up.

Absolutely love this course and I think it's a solid test of golf. I think it plays harder than the rating especially when that wind kicks up. If I lived closer this would be my home course and as long as Johnny lines up these outings here I will make the trip from SD.
18 Likes.
Played in a tournament on Friday and I was told to expect a long round and it was 6 hours long to be exact. Everyone working here was super friendly and helpful.

Greens were probably the best part of the course however I thought they were on the slow side. A few too many ball marks if you ask me but I fault the golfers and it wasn't all from the tournament. Some look like they had been there. I don't think these greens are too tricky to read. Generally what you see is what you'll get.

Fairways are ok. There are quite a few dead spots out there but you'll get a decent lie.

Tee boxes were all over the place. A couple of times I thought why could they move this up or back a couple yards. Why am I hitting off of dirt with a few pieces of grass.

Rough is not penalizing. It never seemed to have any effect on my shot.

It's been several years since I have played here but I don't know if some of these bunkers are considered waste bunkers or not but some of these had no sand.

I have always liked the layout. I think this course can be quite challenging but I'd like to see some improvements before I come back.
8 Likes.
Played yesterday with a 7:15 tee time and finished in 4 hours 15 mins. Could have been a little faster but the group 2 ahead of us fell a little behind. But as we were finishing there were 3 groups on 2 (yikes).

Like Rat said the greens are firm which can't be emphasized enough. All shots need to be played to the front and let them roll. I think I gave the greens too much respect because I came up short on quite a few but I still think they are pretty fast. Because they are so firm there are not too many ball marks and it was actually hard to find my ball marks.

Fairways had been punched. Some to be more recent than others. Never bothered me and never had a bad lie in them.

Rough is down a bit but it could still settle down and be a little more difficult. I was probably a couple yards away from my partner and he could barely get is out and mine was sitting up and I actually almost hit it over the green.

I was in 2 greenside bunkers and the sand was nice. I was able to splash both out with a good amount of sand.
12 Likes.
Played in another men's club tournament today and generally conditions are similar to my review last week BUT you can tell they are preparing for the maintenance in a couple of days. Actually the fairways on holes 12-18 have already been punched.

Greens are still great. I thought I putted pretty well except I kept leaving myself with these tricky 2-3 footers. They got some speed on them so putts did roll good. Some ball marks there but they were very smooth to putt on.

Bunkers are great too. I was able hit some nice bunker shots without the fear of bottoming out.

Tees are generally good. I did notice some dryness and divot damage on the par 3s. Actually on the first tee box I almost broke my tee the ground was so hard.

I'd say wait until after the maintenance to come back so give it a few weeks if you are thinking of playing here.
10 Likes.
Played in the Guru outing yesterday with David and Gary. Always a pleasure playing with these gentlemen. Check in was smooth and the guys in the shop were very helpful telling me where everything was.

Range was mats today. I saw another couple guys come down only to realize you need to pay at the shop which is kind of a hike. There are also 2 small chipping greens and a pretty big putting green.

Greens were a little too soft, wiggly and slow for my taste. I'd like them to firm up a bit and then I think they could hold a putts line a little better. You certainly need to play here a couple times to know where to hit them on the green. Lots of slopes out here and some places where I don't think they should even consider putting the pin.

Fairways are decent. Not lush green as you would expect. It was a little yellow out there but hitting off them were just fine. Your going to hit a variety of clubs but the wind and elevation make shots challenging.

Rough around the fairways were non existent and very patchy. Rough around the greens was a little thicker in spots but certainly playable.

I was in one fairway bunker and it was super firm. Greenside bunkers looked to be just fine with good sand.
10 Likes.
Played in the men's club shotgun tournament today starting at 7. We finished at about 4:45. Saw the marshal quite a bit but really didn't see anyone slowing it down.

Those greens man are fast. With the amount of play this place gets I never expect these greens to be perfect so these are probably the best I can ask for. They do get bumpy because of the traffic too but I only noticed a couple of unrepaired ball marks out there.

I was surprised with the fairways. While they are generally pretty good there were quite a bit of unfilled divots. I also found some pretty firm lies. Enough that when I tired to hit my chip my club pretty much bounced off. Kind of surprising give it hasn't been that hot and the rain we have had. Also there has been some good marina layer coverage which I would have thought would keep some moisture on the course.

Rough is definitely playable. I don't really remember any bad lies and one guy in our group hit a 3 wood out it just fine.

Sand is good and believe me I know, I was in them 8 times. It's not white and fluffy like you see on tv but I like it. It's heavier to me but there is good coverage and depth.

Tee boxes are really nice. I didn't notice any with significant damage including the par 3s.

One disappointment was there were no balls in the machine this morning and by the time they got there I had to go. My understanding is this is not run by the city but rather independently owned and operated. I didn't knock down any ratings for this.
14 Likes.
Played the the Gurus yesterday and had a great time. Not really too much to add to my review from last week. Staff is outstanding as always. Everyone was very helpful, I've never had a bad experience here.

Greens were probably a little softer than last week and a little slower but still ran pretty good. Being an afternoon tee time there were probably a few more ball marks than last week but overall greens were still pretty smooth.

Fairways are still great to hit from. Still quite a bit of roll out there. I just wish I could have hit a few more fairways. Because of some of the contours of the fairways balls may collect in certain areas more which result in more divots in these collection areas. The good news is that many were filled in.

Was in 2 bunkers. One fairway and one green. Both were pretty consistent and really nice to hit from. I feel like there was really a splash when hitting out of them.

It's a shame the course is shutting down because conditions are great right now. I can't wait until it opens back up to get out there. Highly recommended.
11 Likes.
Played today right before 9 as a 2some behind several 4somes so we took our time. Group behind us was always at least a hole behind so it was like a country club for us. Finished right at 4 hours but it a beautiful day. First thing I notice was how green the whole area is. They definitely benefited from our recent rains.

Practice area was really nice today. Mowed in the morning and really great to warm up on.

Greens are fantastic. They broke more than they looked or maybe I just putted real bad today. I didn't make anything today. After a while watching putts break I think I may have started over reading them. Smooth, didn't see that many marks on the greens but there were a few thou.

Fairways are great to hit from. I think they are pretty firm and provide a little more roll than you would normally hit it.

Rough is really the native area here to me and if you are in there just drop. I did see a snake on the path going up to the 14th green so they are coming out of hibernation.

I was in one greenside bunker and it was early in my round so it was still somewhat damp and heavy to hit from. I noticed some bunkers could have used a raking.

Played the blues tees today and the tee boxes were generally good. #4 was a little rough with all the divots but the other tee boxes on that hole seemed better.

Staff was super helpful and friendly and I always expect that here at a Troon facility. There are a bunch of good people that work here.

It's probably in the best shape in recent memory that I can remember.
13 Likes.
I'm the last one to get their review in from yesterday's Guru outing with Gary, Allen and Steve, couldn't ask for better company. Like the others have said we were the second group out after the SCGA qualifier and man did we fly around the course. We were definitely under 4 hours.

As far as conditions the greens were deceptively fast. I thought generally they were smooth but I did have one go offline due to the foot traffic from the tournament. Pins were brutal. That pin on 18 was nasty, back and right up against the water.

Fairways were fantastic. You can really hit a nice crisp shot off of these fairways and provided some nice roll for drives.

The blue tees were normal. I didn't think they were punishing us too bad but they did have some of the whites back from what I expected. Tee boxes were nice and level and I didn't notice that many significant divots (even on the par 3s).

I didn't particularly like the quality of the sand. Generally consistent throughout the course but I did hit a thin spot on the first hole and bladed it over the green.

This is the one course that I will take off during the week to play and with the price we got on this it is a no brainer. From the practice facility to the employees working here everything is top notch. If I lived any closer I would be playing it all the time. Besides I figure I got to get the better of 18 one of these days.
8 Likes.
Was the 3rd group off today and pace was fine. Finished somewhere between 4:15 and 4:30 (sorry forgot to look as we finished). Conditions are really good right now, it's a great time to play.

Greens are firm, firm, firm. You basically need to play to the front of every green because everything just rolls. Putts are fast. We heard them say 10 last week but I reallly don't know what that means. I just know putts seem to keep rolling and rolling.

Fairways are great. Lots of filled divots out there, a few fresh unfilled one but generally the turf is great to hit from. I think only the 17th fairway was a little suspect but that would be nitpicking.

Rough can have some bite but for the most part it's very playable. If the ball settles down in this grass it may make you reconsider.

I was in one fairway bunker and one greenside. Both were consistent quality sand which is more on the heavy sand side. Generally most bunkers need to be raked. Looks like it's been a few days since that happened.
11 Likes.
Played yesterday morning and was the 2nd group off. Pace was great, finished in 3 hours 15 minutes. A little frost out there but not on the greens. There are only a couple of spots of standing water but the only one that came into play was right around the 150 yd marker in the right rough on hole 16. Everything else was not in a "normal" area you'd expect to hit from.

Greens rolled pretty well and certainly got faster as the round progressed. I was a little disappointed in the number of ball marks (hopefully I'm using the correct terminology) on probably the front 9. There seemed to be way too many marks not being repaired. I do think the back 9 doesn't show this as much.

Fairways are nice to hit from especially since the rough is a little up right now. There were mowers out there so they may be cut here soon as the course starts drying out. Fairways still can get patchy in places but it doesn't bother me. It's more of patches of different grass not grass and dirt.

Rough like I said was up and a couple of guys in our group did lose a ball or two. For the most part its playable but it could sit down a little more than usual. Again with the mowers out there they could be cutting it down.

I was in the left bunker on 17 and it was very nice. All the bunkers that I noticed looked to have been raked and had nice sand to hit from. You can really try and splash it out, get that thud sound.

Everyone was super helpful and friendly here. The cart girl started make her rounds as we were walking up 18. For $30 I think it's a good value. I don't think the conditions will ever wow anyone but the course is plenty playable and provides a good test of golf. I always argue that this may be the toughest collection of par 3s in SoCal.
10 Likes.
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