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Ping G400 LST Driver
TM Aeroburner TP HL 3-Wood
Srixon Z F65 5-Wood
Ping i200 4-PW
Cleveland RTX-3 Wedges
Taylormade TP Ardmore 2 Putter
Last Updated: July 11, 2019
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Got a chance to play here on 6/11. For those unfamiliar with Mayacama, it is an ultra-exclusive course located in the mountains just north of Santa R... » More
Got a chance to play here on 6/11. For those unfamiliar with Mayacama, it is an ultra-exclusive course located in the mountains just north of Santa Rosa. It is a rare and special opportunity to be able to play here & I feel extremely lucky to have been invited, along with my brother for an afternoon round. The setting is just spectacular, with a beautiful, giant Tuscan-Style Clubhouse in the middle of a 600-acre preserve. A Jack Nicklaus course winds its way through the hillsides all around the clubhouse It fits right into the terrain, like it's just always been there & part of the natural setting. It is just breathtaking. I've played a few Nicklaus courses (Pronghorn, Vista Vallarta & Vidanta) & this is best one. Kudos Mr. Nicklaus!
Mayacama is walking only. You can hoof your bag or take a caddy. We had a caddy & are so thankful for it. It is not an easy course to walk under any circumstance, as there are extreme elevation changes on both the front & back. It also happened to be the hottest day this year, so I struggled just walking around, especially on the front 9. Definitely effected my golf game, but just glad I didn't cash out on the 4th green. Not the worst way to go, though.
The course is fairly short, at under 6,800 from the tips, however with a rating of 73.8/150, it's no joke. Very much the definition of target-golf. The par 3s are some of the most scenic & challenging I have ever experienced. As for the Par 4s & 5s, a great mix of medium to long & short risk/reward holes. Most tee shots have generous landing areas with an optimal "side" of the fairway to approach the green. The approach is where things got real. The smallish, elevated & well guarded greens often had tiers or slopes which you had to hit or it was off the green or 3/4-putt territory. The greens themselves were very rolling fast & true, but very difficult to read. They were undulating & the with all the surrounding terrain, it was difficult to tell if it was uphill, downhill, left, right, etc. (very much like Poppy Hills in Monterey). Our caddy has been there several years & he still had some trouble reading the break/speed on a few holes.
Almost every hole is a signature hole & the views from many are just jaw-dropping. As you would expect with a course of this caliber, conditions are immaculate. From the 1st tee to the 18th green, not a blade of grass out of place. Bunkers were a bit baked on the top layer, but still perfect to play from. Fairways lush & even. The rough wasn't super long or penal, but definitely made the approach shots much more difficult to judge.
To be able to share this incredible experience with my brother was beyond special & something we'll cherish forever. Now to work on getting invited out there again......Posted some pictures that hopefully do some justice to the beauty.» Close
Played in a tournament on 6/1. Beautiful sunny day with a PoP of 5+ hours. Very traditional course with no tricked-up holes, very little water and onl... » More
Played in a tournament on 6/1. Beautiful sunny day with a PoP of 5+ hours. Very traditional course with no tricked-up holes, very little water and only slight elevation changes. Sounds a bit boring, but it's not. The placement of trees/bunkers, the rough & smallish, undulating greens make it interesting & a very good test of golf.
After the copious amounts of rain this winter/spring, the course is in great shape: Very green & lush. Being a high-end resort course, you expect stellar conditions & this course delivers. Fairways, rough, bunkers, tee boxes & greens are all in great to excellent condition. The rough was the biggest surprise. It is fairly short & seems benign, but turned out to be very penal. Super thick & snarly, it would just grab your club & send the ball in all kinds of directions & much shorter than you intended. The greens firmed up as the day progressed & were rolling medium/Fast and true.
The service was great from check-in to the end & the Cartperson was out all round. On a side note - they have the Hot Dog Bill's famous "BurgerDog" at the snack shack between Holes 7 & 8. Currently, it is the only other place besides Olympic Club you can get one. Simple, yet delicious! Great course & definitely in prime shape right now. Posted some pics.» Close
Marin Country Club is a private course in the Ignacio Area of Novato. Got a chance to play here 5/29 on a warm, sunny afternoon. PoP was 3.5 hours w... » More
Marin Country Club is a private course in the Ignacio Area of Novato. Got a chance to play here 5/29 on a warm, sunny afternoon. PoP was 3.5 hours with no waiting or being pushed. Ahh the country club life...
The layout is a short, hilly & tight test of golf. It is tucked into a valley surrounded by towering, scenic hills & is bordered by a housing community on the outside edges of the course, so some holes have few or no homes & some are lined with them. Lots of elevation changes & very tight, precise tee shots are needed for this track. Lots of OB/water lurking just off the fairways & often on both sides! The greens are relatively small & well guarded to boot (i.e. Oakmont West). If you can get the ball out there 250 straight off the tee & have a good short iron/wedge game, this course is gettable. If you spray the ball even a little off the tee and miss greens, this course will hand you your ass. My ass was in hand, btw.
As for conditions: It's what you would expect from a private club - immaculate conditions from tee to green. Everything is in great shape. The fairways & greens were the highlight of the course & a pleasure to hit off of/putt on.
As a private course, it is not like you can just roll up & play, but they do NCGA "Member for a Day" events out here, so there are ways to play it without knowing a member. If you get a chance, it's recommended. Posted pictures from today as well.» Close
Played with the GK Outing on Saturday 5/4. Big thanks to Johnny for setting this outing up! It was great to see familiar faces & meet some new folks.... » More
Played with the GK Outing on Saturday 5/4. Big thanks to Johnny for setting this outing up! It was great to see familiar faces & meet some new folks. The weather was a pleasant surprise. In terms of wind, it was very calm for an afternoon in Bodega at this time of year, where you can almost always count on 20+mph sustained winds. Also, played the entire front side in short sleeves. Played with Alex & Ron at a very comfortable PoP of a little over 3 hours. Really fun group & thoroughly enjoyed my day out there with those guys!
The course was also a surprise for me in terms of play. I always play Bodega in the morning & the first 4 holes are all uphill, into the sun and into the prevailing wind, which generally makes for a rough start. It was a totally different experience with the wind at our backs & the sun high in the sky. I felt like I wasn't struggling as much in the early going, which really helped me get off to a decent start. Made my scorecard happy & the whole round more enjoyable.
As others have stated, the fairways were in good shape. Some brown/thin spots, but overall coverage was good. The rough is a wild-card, the primary rough is mostly manageable, but there are a lot of spots of fescue & unmowed areas that will hand you your ass. The bunkers have nice sand in them, but lots of spots where people hadn't raked them. Side note: The rakes suck. They have the old-school, weathered & wooden rakes that look very rustic, however they're not very effective at raking the sand & you could easily get a nasty splinter. The greens were firm, but much slower than the past few times I've played it. I'm assuming they keep the greens slower as this time of year is very windy out there & balls would be rolling all over the place. Putts were surprisingly slow both uphill & downhill.
I arrived early & had lunch at the Bluewater Bistro. It's a little bar with an amazing view of the 16th & 18th holes as well as Doran Beach & Bodega Head. Very cool place to hang out. Their beer selection is top-notch & the grilled chicken sandwich was exceptional. If you make it up to Bodega, do yourself a favor make a visit to this 19th hole.» Close
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