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Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; Oakland/East Bay Area; Sacramento Area; Las Vegas Area; Mesquite/St.George Area; Albuquerque/Santa Fe
What's in Larry's Golf Bag
Callaway XR Driver
Ping I25 - 4 wood
Callaway XR 3 Hybrid
Callaway Apex CF 16's - 4 thru A wedge
Cleveland Tour Action 54 & 60 degree wedge
Odyssey White Hot 2Ball - putter
Last Updated: July 23, 2018
Have been playing golf for several years and have always loved this crazy game. The frustration of hitting a bad shot or missing a short putt can get to you but no better feeling than seeing your drive striped down the middle or that iron shot that ends up next to the pin. I plan to play more as my perspective on life has changed a bit. Being a recent pancreatic cancer survivor made me realize the good things in life are still out there. Don't want to miss em!
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Heading out to Palm Springs for a tournament but on the way, we decided to stop and play Shandin. I usually walk for $20 but decided to take advantag... » More
Heading out to Palm Springs for a tournament but on the way, we decided to stop and play Shandin. I usually walk for $20 but decided to take advantage of their deal, $34 which includes golf, cart, range balls and all you can eat from the snack bar. So a little breakfast before the round and then 4 hours later, lunch after the round. Interesting deal.
I have always liked SH and was looking forward to playing. The starter said they had 2 inches of rain the day before but I always knew SH drains very well but IMO, the course is not in good shape. Aside from the fairways going winter dormant which is expected, they were many bad lies out there. Hardpan, thin grass; was not impressed. There is no rough. Its dormant grass or hard pan. Bunkers had turned to mud but attribute that to the rain the day before.
The greens were nice as they usually are here. Looked like they sanded not too long ago but still rolled nicely and a bit fast really.
I have always loved Shandin. The layout is a fun and challenging one and I remember the days when this course was the nicest around. Can’t say that now. I hope they are able to bring this back to the way to the way it was before.» Close
Had a 9:20 tee time with an old college friend on 11/15. Paying $32, we saw that the greens were aerated late October but decided to give it a go any... » More
Had a 9:20 tee time with an old college friend on 11/15. Paying $32, we saw that the greens were aerated late October but decided to give it a go anyway as I have never played here. On a very chili and smokey day (heavy smoke from the Camp Fire), it was not very busy and we got off on time following two other 2 somes ahead of us. Starter was a very nice guy and gave us the a thorough overview of the course.
We heard it was Johnny Miller designed and knew we would probably in for a challenge. I was right. I found EV very challenging. It starts out with a rather lengthy par 5 and then a tough par 3. Most of the fairways were pretty generous with wide landing areas which was nice and were in good condition. Some thin lies on the back 9 but overall in good shape. The rough was cut low so not much rough to speak of. Bunkers were damp but not difficult to get out of. Tee boxes looked like they were recently over seeded and were fine.
I found the greens to be real challenging. Although still in recovery from aeration, they rolled ok but had undulations which really made them tricky. Some had 2 or 3 tiers. Some were large, some were small and narrow. First timers are really at a disadvantage because it was difficult to see how they undulate or the size of the greens from the fairways.
Pace of play was brutal. As a 2 some, we were moving on the front 9 just fine but came to a screeching halt on #7. Come to find out there was a 2 some up ahead that were really struggling which made it slow down. From that point, we waited on every shot and finished just short of 5 hours. Of course the signature hole, #14 tends to slow things down as well. Beautiful, downhill par 3 over water. We had 3 groups backed up when we got there. The back 9 has some elevation changes which were really fun. It is a very beautiful setting as the course is set in among grape vineyards but we were denied some great views because of all of the smoke. I want to come back again. Definitely recommend but expect to be challenged.» Close
Up again in No. Cal. visiting friends and family and always, try to get in a couple rounds. As usual, make a stop to play Boundary Oaks. I see I am ... » More
Up again in No. Cal. visiting friends and family and always, try to get in a couple rounds. As usual, make a stop to play Boundary Oaks. I see I am only rater of this course for some time and don’t have a lot to add from previous reviews. On a cold morning, there were a couple of groups already out or on their way to the tee. Waited for a bit and the starter sent me out as a single paying a walking, weekday rate of $27. It was a bit tough to get warm out there. 39 degrees at tee off time with some frost on the fairways helped get some roll.
The course is showing winter is on the way. Fairways look to be going dormant but still in good condition. Some bare spots out there also but for the most part, good coverage. Tee boxes look like they have been worked on so over seeding may have taken place. Bunkers are in great condition. They have all been worked on and have good firm sand.
The greens are in good shape. Fast actually. The pins were in difficult locations today so you had to watch the speed or going downhill you could roll past the hole and down on the other side of the green.
Always enjoy playing here but have seen it in better condition. Looking forward to my next trip up north to play here again.» Close
Was invited out to play with leef2020 and was so looking forward to it as I have never played TRanch before. Always heard good things about the course... » More
Was invited out to play with leef2020 and was so looking forward to it as I have never played TRanch before. Always heard good things about the course but certainly wanted to see for myself. Check in was easy enough. The starter out on the course was a very nice guy. Set a nice tone for what I was hoping to be a very fun round which it was. No one to pair up with so off we went as a 2 some an pretty much on time. POP was just about 4 hours.
I thoroughly enjoyed playing here. The fairways were just fine. Bermuda and got some roll out which is always nice to see. The rough was a bit beat up. A lot of bare spots. Bunker were very soft with white, fluffy sand. Tee boxes were a little ragged but looked like they needed a good mow.
The greens were slower than looked. Nice and green but didn’t roll out like I thought it would.
This being my first time, I was impressed. Nice layout. Good mixture of long and short holes. The fee is pricey out here. We paid $61 which was a good price I am told. Would love to play here again though and will look out for deals as they come in. Definitely recommend.» Close
Played El Dorado on 10/29, invited to play by a family friend who got a $42 riding online rate. Was so looking forward to it as I have never played E... » More
Played El Dorado on 10/29, invited to play by a family friend who got a $42 riding online rate. Was so looking forward to it as I have never played El Dorado, Eldo or El Diablo as my friend calls it. Had a 7:56 tee time and noticed it was pretty busy for a Monday morning. The starter paired us up with a couple of nice guys and were off a little late. Noticed they allow 5 somes and got concerned as the group ahead of us had 5. Not a problem as they kept up. We kept up as well so POP was a little under 4 hours. What I liked about Eldo is the starter made announcements as to who was on the tee, who was next and who was in the hole. No confusion on a busy day. Love that!
I really enjoyed the layout. Was nice to have someone with me who played here before because there is a creek that comes across a and in front of couple of the greens. Water also comes into play on a couple of holes. Fairways were hit and miss. Some were a bit beat up and some were real nice. The course is well bunkered both in the fairways and protecting the greens which makes it very challenging. Most of the bunkers were very damp however. In fact, the whole course was pretty damp.
The greens were still in recovery from aeration and need a few more weeks to heal. They had cut and mowed down the aprons on some of the greens attempting to make them larger but it’s not taking. Some are in real bad shape. The back 9 greens were in much better condition. The practice greens are very nice and thought we would get the same on the course. Didn’t work out that way.
My friend loves playing here and says it is usually in much better condition. Overall, I enjoyed playing here and want to go back again.» Close
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