""Our biggest fear should not be failure, but succeeding at things that don't really matter.""
67 years old
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Los Angeles County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; Colorado
What's in Mike's Golf Bag
Taylormade M4 Driver
Taylormade Aeroburner 3 wood
Taylormade Aeroburner 3 & 4 Hybrids
Taylormade Aeroburner HL Irons 5 - P Wedge
Cleveland Wedges - SW (56), LW (60)
Taylormade Corsa putter
Last Updated: November 17, 2018
I started playing golf later in life. I was 52 when I started. I really enjoy the game and working at getting better. I love being on golf courses. My favorite part of the game is the short game. I could practice hitting chips, pitches and putts all day long! It has really helped my scoring as well. I've been very happily married for over 40 years. I have two wonderful grown children and 5 beautiful grandchildren. I often play as a single in LA county or Ventura county.
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Mike's Golf Course Reviews
Played Elkins Ranch on Monday 12/17 with a 7:30am tee time. A bit chilly early, but a comfortable 60 degrees for much of the round. Good pace of play,... » More
Played Elkins Ranch on Monday 12/17 with a 7:30am tee time. A bit chilly early, but a comfortable 60 degrees for much of the round. Good pace of play, after we played through a slow threesome, at 3 hrs. 40 minutes. I haven't played this course for a few years. For a muni it has an interesting layout. Mostly flat, but has several elevation changes and some uphill holes. It winds through a rural area that is quiet and peaceful. The course is a bit more challenging than your typical city owned course, with mounded areas, and numerous uphill, downhill, and side hill lies in play. This is a fun course.
The greens are the highlight of the course, currently. They are running medium fast, and are smooth. The greens have plenty of slopes and challenging breaks for the average golfer. But they are in great shape. The greenside bunkers have plenty of firmly packed sand. Nice to hit from. The fairways are in full winter condition. They are very thin, with bare areas and not very green. They look like they haven't been watered much at all. They are playable, but not in the best shape. The rough off the fairways and near the greens have local wild grasses that are a bear to hit out of. If you don't nip the ball cleanly on initial contact, the grass will grab your club and stop it dead. Personally, I HATE this type of grass. For the $26 walking senior rate, it was worth it. But due to the current conditions, I will not be taking the 50 minute drive out here to play again until spring, when the fairways green up and thicken.» Close
Played Rustic on Monday, 12/3 at noon as a foursome. The senior walking rate was $15. What a great deal that is. Temps were in the mid to upper 60's; ... » More
Played Rustic on Monday, 12/3 at noon as a foursome. The senior walking rate was $15. What a great deal that is. Temps were in the mid to upper 60's; just right for me. It was a bit windy, off and on. Later in the day, the wind picked up somewhat. Not nearly as windy as it can be at Rustic. To the course. I was a little bit disappointed by the fairway conditions, based on the two previous reviews. The fairways, although quite playable, were not very green. Winter conditions have set in. They were quite firm with good roll out. If you are in the fairway after a drive, you generally had a decent lie to hit from. I was in two greenside bunkers. One of them had deep, soft sand. The other had thinner, firm sand. Both were fine to hit from. The rough surrounding the greens is pristine. It is deep green, about 1 - 2 inches in length, and a pleasure to hit from. This is the best of any course I've played in the area. The greens were very fast, especially downhill. You MUST be below the hole to have any chance to score here. I hit several approach shots that I thought were perfect. I landed the ball short of the hole with plenty of height, only to watch the ball slowly, and painfully, roll and roll and roll. With all the slopes on these greens, that sometimes meant rolling off the green into a swale, very frustrating. This course always beats me up around the greens.» Close
Played the Champions Course on Monday 11/26/18 as a twosome. Teed off at 9:30am. Pace of play was a leisurely 3.5 hours. It was a pleasantly cool day ... » More
Played the Champions Course on Monday 11/26/18 as a twosome. Teed off at 9:30am. Pace of play was a leisurely 3.5 hours. It was a pleasantly cool day in the low to upper 60's, with a constant light wind around 10 mph, with occasional gusts a little higher than that. Into the wind, your shots were definitely affected, but it wasn't too bad. I had never played this course until today. I was hoping for very nice conditions. Although it was pretty good, the overall course was good, but not great. Tee boxes were fine. The fairways were mostly green, with some thin and bare spots around. The coverage was good, but I was hoping for more lush conditions.
The rough was patchy. Some areas were thick and lush at about 1 - 2 inches. Other areas were hard pan and bare. Most of the green surrounds were fairly lush, and mostly good to hit from. I was in 2 greenside bunkers and 1 fairway bunker. The sand is more dirt like, firm but reasonable to hit from. I had no trouble splashing out onto the green. The greens were firm and medium fast. Downhill they were very fast. The hard greens meant few pitch marks from balls landing on the greens and it was difficult to hold the green on your approach shot unless you hit it high with a good amount of spin. We ended up hitting approach shots short and letting them run up on the greens so they wouldn't end up at the back or even off the back.
This is a fairly challenging course. Most of the tee shots play to comfortably wide fairways. The greater difficulty for me was the approach shots. Many holes are heavily bunkered, with sloping and elevated greens. Depending on pin placement, 3 putts were definitely in the picture. I enjoyed the round today, but it's not my favorite course in the Riverside county area.» Close
Teed off at 8am Monday 11/19 as a foursome. Weather was perfect. It started out a little chilly but ended up in the high 60's to low 70's. Our foursom... » More
Teed off at 8am Monday 11/19 as a foursome. Weather was perfect. It started out a little chilly but ended up in the high 60's to low 70's. Our foursome finished in 4 hours. Pace of play was fine. I played here about a month ago. Back then, the fairways were very green and lush and the greens were fairly smooth. The high winds and very low humidity over the past couple of weeks has taken its' toll on the course. Right now it's in fair to average condition.
The Tee boxes are a bit chewed up, but you can usually find a decent teeing spot. The fairways are OK, but not very green and not well padded. They are quite firm with some bad spots scattered about. Though if you're in the fairway your lie will usually be decent. The grass surrounding the greens is hard to play from. It will grab your club and stop it, giving you a poor shot result, if you don't clip the ball just right. I ended up putting a lot more from the fringe because I could get a more consistent result than with my wedge.
I was not in any sand traps. But they looked fine. The greens are very poor. In addition to being quite slow, several greens are missing grass, and are so bumpy you could lose your line or speed. The greens are the worst part of the course. They weren't terrible, but were more challenging than they needed to be due to the bumpiness. I like the layout here and elevation changes. It's a fun course to play. but right now it's just in fair condition. But with the inexpensive green fee it is still a good value.» Close
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