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Played Sunday 8/24. Mountain Brook seems to have dropped their affiliation with GolfNow, so I played on their "Dollar Days" $1/hole special. Went out ... » More
Played Sunday 8/24. Mountain Brook seems to have dropped their affiliation with GolfNow, so I played on their "Dollar Days" $1/hole special. Went out @ 10am, course was surprisingly crowded. Earlier emails from the course superintendent stated they were working on upgrading their horrific bunkers, starting with the greenside ones first and I wanted to check on their progress.
Conditions: Most tee boxes are in good shape, some of the Par 3s looking a little worn. Fairways were green and more grown out than I'm used to at this time of year, a pleasant surprise. Rough as usual was mowed about an inch higher than the fairway grass, nothing too penal. Greens, usually fast, were pacing out at a moderate speed today, not bumpy and otherwise in solid condition. As for the aforementioned bunkers, it appears they only completed work through about the first four holes. Other than that, when you get up and down from a bunker here, it should be called a "rocky" and not a "sandy" if we're trying to be accurate. Customer service was very good as usual. One of the things I like about this track are the Par 5s, all of which can be reachable by regular golfers under the correct conditions. It's fun pretending you're a big hitter from time-to-time.
Course is in fine shape, and not crowded, as this is a main destination course for many snowbirds come October-April. The maintenance people are worki... » More
Course is in fine shape, and not crowded, as this is a main destination course for many snowbirds come October-April. The maintenance people are working on the tee boxes, so many white (middle) tees have either been pushed back to near the Blue Tees or moved closer to the forward tees. About 1 club difference plus or minus. Tee boxes are firm, but still in good shape. Fairways are conditioned about as well as I have seen in the Summer (freshly mowed, few dry/empty patches. Off fairway is either groomed rough or hard pan. Greens were hard and fast, but held every shot into them. Bunkers were simply outstanding. Looks like fresh, fluffy sand has been dumped into them, and they were in great shape to any shot you wanted.
The only downside to this course is the lack of a driving range, so warming up is done either at another course or while waiting to tee off. With water all along the landing area on the right side of Hole #1, any lazy or open swing will end up wet, so stretch it out!
Now that Rio Salado is in the process of being turned into an "urban farm" (whatever the hell that is), Rolling Hills is left as only executive course... » More
Now that Rio Salado is in the process of being turned into an "urban farm" (whatever the hell that is), Rolling Hills is left as only executive course in Tempe. The course is managed by the City of Tempe, and, like most courses managed by municipalities, can be a bit more expensive than it's actually worth. In the summer, however, their email special is $12 Monday-Wednesday, and $14 for Thursday and Friday play. Very reasonable.
As you can tell by its name, this not a standard flat layout. Most holes you're hitting either uphill or down, and many of the greens are raised and have false edges so balls can roll off easily. There are three Par 4s on the front side and five on the back, with the other 10 holes all Par 3s (no Par 5s). Many of the Par 4s are either reachable or almost reachable with a well-struck drive, but beware--the fairways often cant from left to right so a ball hit in the middle may well wander off into rough (which is mostly bare dirt) or brush and other undergrowth. These are great places to practice your very short game (inside 20-30 yards for a 2nd shot). There are bunkers scattered throughout the course but they have rarely come into play during my rounds. Some are sandy, others not so much.
There is a decent sized driving range (which you cannot drive your carts onto) and a very small practice green behind Hole #1. No practice chipping area. There is also a bar & grill where many of the locals hang out before and after their rounds.
I was pleasantly surprised at the course conditions for late August. Tee boxes were in good-to-very good condition, and the fairways were simply stellar (especially for an executive/public course). Looking at the fairway from the first tee (a short Par 4 with a narrow fairway and large drop off to the left of the green), it was simply a long green carpet. Tempe groundskeepers have been bringing it lately. Again, if you stray, you'll be in hard pan, scattered grass/weeds or bushes, so hit it straight. Greens were firm and slow. Putts held their lines, but definitely needed a little extra "oomph" to get it to the hole today.
For me, there is no better place than here when I want to dial in my PW and 9-iron, and it's fun to hit drives and have a small chip to the hole. One could do worse when trying to sharpen one's game.
Been well over a year since I played here last, got on with a 12pm tee time for $10 from GolfNow. Not the longest course in the area (Tips are 6716 ya... » More
Been well over a year since I played here last, got on with a 12pm tee time for $10 from GolfNow. Not the longest course in the area (Tips are 6716 yards, while the yellows, where I played, measured out @ 6225 yards). There's also a pale yellow which measures 5805, and the forward tees come in @ 4992 yards.
What it lacks in length, it makes up for in moguls, swales and fairways tilted towards hazards. While the course itself has no real elevation changes, it's rare to find a flat spot on the fairways, which makes it quite fun. Bounces can either help or hinder; today I got more help than hinder. Fairways were more lush than most other courses in the area (ie, Western Skies, Greenfield Lakes), though many were in process of being punched to recondition the course and eliminate a lot of the barren spots that have creeped up over the years. That said, the fairway punching did not seem to impact any shot I took, as I had a higher than average GIR total. The rough, such as it is, seemed to be a combination of Kikuyu, Bermuda and random small weeds, and if you strayed beyond that, you're in hard pan. Never in a bunker, they appeared to be in decent shape, but not overly sandy.
The greens are extremely tricky. One of the few courses in the area where you actually have to read them, as opposed to just get the speed right and it relatively straight. There are lots of levels, breaks and swirls on these greens, along with false edges where shots will slide off. Greens were hard and fairly resistant to ball marks. I hit an absolute cloud-seeding PW into #4, stopped it 6' from the hole, and spent 5 minutes trying to find a ball mark to fix, and could not.
The only real negatives about the course might be the customer service today. The clubhouse guy (accidentally?) kept my change when I bought some range balls, there were no cart girls on course and the two girls behind the counter in the kitchen area ignored me as I walked in and out. When I finished my round, the cart guy was too busy doing nothing to offer to clean my clubs. You hit off carpet on the driving range, the carts had terrible engines and there was a $3 upgrade fee for GPS. Bathrooms are Porta-Potties, but there are plenty of water stations scattered throughout the course.
$10 GN for Sunday, headed back to an old favorite. Typical summer conditions, exacerbated a bit by the monsoons tearing up this part of town: driving ... » More
$10 GN for Sunday, headed back to an old favorite. Typical summer conditions, exacerbated a bit by the monsoons tearing up this part of town: driving range was closed (too muddy to hit into the gravel pit) and some branches were down and cart path areas were a bit worse for the wear (especially the stanchions bracing the wall along #8's path by the creek bed).
Tee boxes are getting a bit too firm, still generally playable, though crowing is becoming an issue. The trees that lined the #4 tee box have ben trimmed back substantially, making it easier to hit a non-deflected tee shot. Fairways are thin and fast, more are spots are appearing as usual this time of year. Greens fast and smooth, held every decent shot I hit into them. No info on the bunkers, as all were avoided. On the signature #17 dual greened Par 3, they finally moved the Blue Tees forward, so it's now a 165 yard shot from the tees, instead of the 200 yarder it's been for the past year or so. Friendly customer service helped to offset Slow Play Day at Club West, where people thought nothing of teaching their 9 year old son how to swing while in the middle of a fairway with three groups waiting behind to tee off. Argh!
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