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Played on 1/6/18. The course is in PGA condition. The stands are set up and the greens are rolling a glassy smooth 11.8, it had rained hard the morning off our tee time so they likely would have been north of 12 otherwise. Only 2 weeks away from the Desert Classic, this is the time to play out here. Pictures to follow!
Was fortunate enough to get invited to play SLO CC. I’ll keep the review short but this course is by far the best I’ve played in the central coast (SLO County). Terrific classic layout, great bunkering, and very tricky and fast greens. Don’t turn down the chance to play!
Played on 11/18 and the greens were as good as I've ever seen them at Rustic. Talked to head pro after my round and he said they switched up the bent grass seed to a new "hybrid" strain of bent grass this summer and its finally starting to come through. They were rolling the greens out as we were teeing off and man they were perfect.
Played Stadium on Saturday & conditions were excellent. During the summer, I always rate courses in desert relative to other desert courses, not to how they are in the winter or peak season. The conditions from tee to green were great. The greens were firm and rolled true. The grain in the bermuda largely impacts the smoothness and speed. Down grain putts rolled excellent and fairly fast. The fairways were perfect. The only complaint would be the rock hard bunkers. I'de probably avoid many of the desert courses over the next month or so as they close for overseeding. I'll be back in November!

All in all, the stadium course is a solid test of golf and I largely enjoy teeing it up there.
A couple months delayed, but wanted to get a review in for the Red course at Streamsong. Quick recap of the property, the red and blue share a club house & range & the new Black course is about a 7 minute drive from here. The property is outstanding and like I mentioned in my other reviews, could be one of the coolest golf properties I've ever been to.

The red is considered by most as the best course on the property, although that is certainly up for debate. The Opener is fairly difficult long 4 and followed by a great elevated tee shot and extremely gettable par 5. Probably the best opening stretch on the property. The red is meticulously routed around the perimeter of the Blue course & has some great holes and greens complexes. The course conditions were excellent for July and greens rolled solid, although not as good as Black and Blue. Something to note for Summer visitors. They will always be verticutting one of the courses every 2 weeks all summer long. This is to keep them firm and fast even in the summer heat/humidity. When I visited, Red was most recently verticut and had the slowest greens of the 3 but that being said, they still ran medium speed and fairy true, just not pure like the other 2 courses were.

I think this property is overlooked when compared to Bandons/Pinhursts/Sand Valleys of the US. It is every bit as strong as any of the places I just mentioned and is a bucket list destination.
Played Paiute - Wolf on 7/20 while in Vegas for my Brother's Bachelor party. The wolf is a fantastic golf course and worth the drive for sure. Paiute is a world class golf facility with 3 tremendous courses. We took a couple Pauite "newbies" and they were all blown away.

Conditions were 10/10 for mid summer. Greens were actually med/fast speed which is terrific for the 105 degree heat. Fairways were near perfect as well. Not much I can add to what has already been said in previous comments. Visit this course, you wont be let down.

Tip: get an early time or you risk serious afternoon winds. We rolled the dice (no vegas pun intended) on a Noon tee time and we got lucky with only 1 club of wind.
Played 7/28. Quick update for rustic, they did Small Tine holes about 2 weeks ago, greens have healed nicely and putts rolled pretty good (but not rustic's standard quality). Obviously, given the massive heat wave(s) over the last 3 weeks they've had to find ways to get water down to the roots. All in all, very playable and probably 10 days away from back to being perfect. Fairways were actually the greenest I've seen them in a while, they must be watering a ton out there.

They also did a weird aggressive verti-cut style maintenance on the aprons as well. This was about 2 weeks ago when they small tined the greens. This may take a bit longer to recover than greens but again, play-ability was very high and putts still held lines well. Mid-August I would expect Rustic to be in top summer condition.
After walking 36 at the Blue earlier in the week, I was so blown away at Streamsonng's property that I extended the back end of this business trip a few days so I could play both the Red & newly opened Black(September 2017). Also, pretty cool to be the first review for the Black on GK.

First of all, the Black was designed by non other than Rustic Canyon's Gil Hanse. Given that Rustic is my favorite public track in Los Angeles I was excited to give the Black a run. The Black course does not share facilities with the Blue/Red and has its own clubhouse and range. The first thing you notice is that the clubhouse is second to none. Maybe the coolest (and most modern) club house I've ever been to. It's not massive & over the top but a very minimal "glass box" where you can actually see straight through to the other side. The range was perfect, as expected.

The course was in terrific condition & had the best/firmest greens of all 3 courses. The fairways were the least mature given that the course is less than a year old this is expected as they will fill out in the first 2 years. Even so, they were great to hit off & had no issues there. From a conditioning standpoint, the black as well as the other 2 courses are top notch & there isn't much I will add there.

The layout is stunning on the Black. Think Rustic Canyon on steroids. Massive landing areas, bunkers so deep you need stairs, a few blind shots, a punch bowl green, 5 par fives, & green undulation that make even a three putt an accomplishment if you are on the wrong side of the hole. I have heard from many people around the resort that the Black is the most polarizing course of the 3 and I can see why. For the average golfer who may not be on their game, it can be a tough test, but i think course knowledge goes a long way here and the more someone can get out and play the Black the more they would learn to love it. One thing all 3 courses have in common are the drivebale par 4's & reachable 5's for the longer hitters which allow for some low scoring opportunity. That being said, there are holes where par feels like a birdie. The layout (all 3 courses) is a great combination of playability and difficulty that make them fun to play.

All in all, the Black is a first class course & facility which I could play over and over again and never get bored. It is a second shot golf course that places a premium on course knowledge and the ability to put the ball on the right side of the hole. I can't wait to return and play them in their firm and fast winter season.
You don't typically just stumble into a top 15 public course in the US but that is kind of what happened yesterday. I had a business trip to Florida and decided I would bring my clubs along as I had an off day on Monday. I searched around for courses in the Orlando area and most were undergoing maintenance. Without many solid options nearby and having heard of Streamsong's greatness I decided to rent a car and make the drive (1.5 hours) south on Sunday evening. Given the timing they had plenty of (cheap) availability at the lodge, which i found out later was only at 19% capacity. The only course open for play Monday's is the Blue course. I ended up paying 36 Monday with a $55 replay rate.

The Blue course was phenomenal. The front 9 stacks up with any 9 holes I've played. Dramatic bunkering, nice elevation changes, huge greens, big fairways & lots of scoring opportunities. Although i thought the front was the better 9, the back is still quite strong. The course is very forgiving off the tee it certainly has greens that will keep your short game in check. The course conditions were fantastic. I was shocked that the greens were as quick/true as they were given the heat/humidity/rain but I would say the were 10.5+ on the stimp rolling even quicker down grain. The fairways were near perfect and I can't fault the course, service, or facilities.

I can't wait to return to play both the red and newly opened black course! A couple things to note, the course is walking only UNLESS you get a caddie. Although the course was plenty walkable, in the summer heat/humidity, walking 36 was tough but definitely worth it.
Played Saturday and Sunday, 6/2 & 6/3. Was first tee time out 6am Saturday and walked in 3.5 hours (foursome) and played a 5+ hour slow round at 12:40pm sunday. It was a picture perfect weekend in Moorpark with light winds and low 80's. The greens were perfect. Standard rustic, firm and fast. Maybe some of the best I've seen them out there ? I think the speed they were at this weekend were perfect. They still held you accountable on down hill down grain (towards the entrance of the course) but also allowed you to get aggressive if you were in the right position on the green.

I've reviewed this course plenty & not much to add other than its a fantastic collection of golf holes. Played from the Blacks Saturday and Blues Sunday and thought it was much more gettable from the blues. Holes 3 - 7 are a great stretch that require decision making but can also reward you with birdies if you execute. Once you get past hole 14 (maybe the easiest birdie besides hole 1 for a long hitter) you better be on your game. Holes 15-18, to me, are the hardest stretch of holes on the course! Will prob head back out this weekend.
Review #2, Pacific Dunes:

Pac Dunes is the pinnacle of public golf in the US. After playing 36 at Bandon Dunes and Old Mac, I decided to head over to the only course on the property I had yet to play. Also, for anyone wondering the 3rd round is always free at any Bandon course. Instead of heading over to the Punch Bowl putting course or to the Pub I decided I would play until sunset at Pacific. I was quickly blown away and immediately vaulted Pacific to my favorite track on the property. Hole 1, a short par 4 has a great tucked green which, although nothing special, was my favorite opener on the property. Once you hike up to the second tee box, you know this is a special place. Holes 2 & 3 eventually route you adjacent to the ocean, with 3 being a monster Par 5 playing straight into the teeth which was my favorite par 5 on the property. All 3 times I played it it was playing close to 580 yards and offers absolutely 0 room for error for the long hitter trying to get home in two. Once you finished hole 3 you turn the corner to what many regard as their favorite hole on the property, a cliff side par 4. Holes 5 - 9 take you off the ocean, including hole 7 which is a terrific long par 4 (#1 handicap). Holes 10 - 13 prove to be the most scenic & difficult ocean holes you will ever find. This stretch will test you as they play directly north into the summer prevailing wind. If you can manage those holes at even par you've done well. Holes 14/15/16 a par 3, 5, and 4, respectively, give you your last real chance at birdie as 17/18 prove to be a difficult closing stretch.

It's amazing how people rank the courses at Bandon. You can talk to people all weekend long on what courses they thought were the best and you will get a different answer from everyone. This is what makes Bandon such a special place. For me, Pacific and Trails were the clear cut winners and I would go with 1a) Pacific, 1b) Trails, 2) Old Mac, 3) Bandon Dunes. I heard many people rank Old Mac dead last and others had it number 1. Pretty awesome if you ask me. Quick note on the conditions at Pacific Dunes. They were perfect.
Finished up a 3 night/4 day golf trip to the Bandon property for Memorial Day weekend. I have a lot to review and many pictures to post. Bandon Dunes (the property inclusive of all courses) is a world class golf destination that may not have many rivals in terms of number of top 100 courses all within a stones throw from each other. Places that come to mind that can compete include maybe Pinehurst & Pebble Beach. I will go into detail on each course on the property but I will say this, what makes Bandon perhaps the best golf destination in the world is the variety of golf they offer. From Bandon Trails to Old Mac & everything in between.

Bandon Trails was the first course we played on our weekend trip & I was blown away at the layout. Many visitors overlook Trails when coming to Bandon as it is not a true links golf course. But the demanding layout sits far away from any of the other golf courses on the property and has a very remote feel to it. I would argue Trails to be the toughest course on site or at the very least tied with Old Mac. Once you get past the 1st hole, the course slowly switch backs up to the highest point on the property, hole 14 tee box, which is also said to be the location for which Mike Kieser decided he would purchase the property some 25 years ago. Trails is well protected by massive pine trees which make it a great option for the 2nd round of the day when the wind is picking up. There are a handful of driveable 4's (8, 14) reachable 5's (2 & 9) which can provide some chances at birdie/eagle. What makes Trails truly exceptional is Coore/Crenshaw's ability to blend three distinct settings Ocean/Forrest/meadow and create what I think is a course without a single "bad" hole. Once you get into the forest section there is a stretch of 6-7 holes where you feel like you are the only people on the property.

I wont dive much into course conditions at Bandon in my reviews but I will just say that all courses were in superb conditioning. This is links golf so the conditions vary significantly throughout the year. But one thing to note, the greens at Trails are getting heavily spotted with Poa and late in the day they do get bumpy. I heard from multiple people the Greenskeeper is planning to stop fighting the Poa and slowly let it take over. In no way did this impact my enjoyment of my second favorite course on site.
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