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Palm Springs Area; San Diego County; San Francisco/North Bay Area; Oakland/East Bay Area; Fresno Area; Monterey Bay Area; Santa Cruz Area; San Luis Obispo Area
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Last Updated: July 24, 2018
Cyclist turned golfer 3 years ago after playing Kapalua. I now ride just enough to stay in a size small golf shirt (they are always on sale). I have no problem playing the dirt cheap courses to get in some extra playing time and to offset the cost of nicer courses.
2018 Goal - Get a birdie at Spyglass. It's the only course (which I've played more than once) that I haven't had one at. Mission accomplished 6/19/18!! Time for a new goal. Hmmm, Maybe an Eagle at Pebble.....??? Or how about just vow to wear less colorful outfits the rest of the year. Yeah, I don't see that happening anytime soon.
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A quick update on the conditions at Dragonfly. Fairways and tee boxes are in nice shape, rated at a solid 7-7.5. Sand traps are constantly being ... » More
A quick update on the conditions at Dragonfly. Fairways and tee boxes are in nice shape, rated at a solid 7-7.5. Sand traps are constantly being improved. The one greenside bunker I was in had decent sand and a couple others looked like they had just been topped off with an abundance of new fluffy sand.
The greens however, were full of pitch marks. A number of times the putt would be altered in direction after hitting a bump (pitch mark). Dragonfly boasts that they only aerate their greens once a year (in June) I think they need to revisit that policy. I can't imagine what these greens will look like come February and March if they don't get some attention.
Other than that, the course is good to go with a fun layout that offers some challenging holes yet gives you enough scoring holes to keep you sane.» Close
Played SJCC on 9/11/18 teeing off around 8am. Check in was effortless as the club pro got us dialed in. Being a private club there were only a handfu... » More
Played SJCC on 9/11/18 teeing off around 8am. Check in was effortless as the club pro got us dialed in. Being a private club there were only a handful of groups out so we opted to spend a little time on the range before heading out. Range is natural grass with actual grass down range. A lot of valley courses have gone to dirt fields for the range ( for water conservation) so it was nice to hit onto a green surface.
Course conditions were top notch all around. Fairways were a perfect 10 with greens and tee boxes only a notch below. Greens were spacious with most being fairly flat. A couple greens did have some serious double/triple tier undulations that could have made putting extremely difficult if you ended up in the wrong location. I was fortunate on this greens and ended up pin high making a two putt rather easy.
Course layout is well designed with a few elevation changes and a number of water hazards. There were a few holes that accuracy took presidence of distance. I lucked out on one hole but then got blocked out from the left edge of the fairway on #10
This is one of the few courses in the valley that has great sand in every trap. There's no cart service but has a snack shop at the turn in addition to the great restaurant.
The whole course and atmosphere reminded me up Quail Lodge. Perfect fairways topping off all around great course conditions with large flatfish greens. Customer service was full of laid back super friendly staff members who genuinely made you feel welcomed.
Definitely a recommended course if you get the opportunity to play.» Close
Played Rancho Solano on 9/12 with the GK crew. This was my first time playing here and What a fun course! Track has elevation changes, water feature... » More
Played Rancho Solano on 9/12 with the GK crew. This was my first time playing here and What a fun course! Track has elevation changes, water features and great conditions throughout!! Course design offers the option of grip it and rip it without too much risk of being heavily punished. Yet it has enough trees and water hazards to keep you honest and make less than driver a viable option at times.
Greens are HUGE and have several big undulations throughout. Three putts are easy to do on these greens. All but a couple of greens were in fantastic shape rolling smooth at a medium-slow pace. Just a couple of greens had some brown spots on the edges but again the greens are so big the brown spots were 40-50 feet away from the pins
Green side bunkers had excellent soft fluffy sand. Tee boxes were flat and lush and the cart gal came around a number of times.
I really enjoyed this course and highly recommend it.» Close
Round two of the day with JohnnyGk and BSF was at Paradise Valley. Overall it was a decent and fun course. Not quite as well kept as it's sister cour... » More
Round two of the day with JohnnyGk and BSF was at Paradise Valley. Overall it was a decent and fun course. Not quite as well kept as it's sister course (Ranch Solano) but overall it was in decent shape. Course layout is fairly flat but has a number of water features throughout the track to make it fun and challanging.
Greens where in good shape sans a few unrepaired divots here and there. There's no sand in the carts to repair fairway divots and we were told that they have course marshals repair divots as most players put too much sand in the divots causing premature wear on the mower blades.
Fairways offered good lies throughout. At least that's what I was told. I used up all my good drives in the morning!
Whereas Rancho Solano had more of a "resort" style course feel to it, Paradise Valley had more of a "muni course" feel. If traveling into the area I would recommend Rancho Solano first but Parasise Valley offers a solid second option. I also know one of the "Pro Euro" guys plays there on occasion so it must be a good course! But I think that's just because he likes showing off and driving the par 4 13th hole!» Close
Finally made the 30 min trek to Pasatiempo. RGM2525 told me I need to get out there and play it and he was absolutely right. Course is in fantastic ... » More
Finally made the 30 min trek to Pasatiempo. RGM2525 told me I need to get out there and play it and he was absolutely right. Course is in fantastic shape tee to green. it's a fun layout with some serious challenges around the greens. The greens rolled very smooth at a reasonable medium-fast pace. Even downhill putts were manageable. Slick, but manageable.
There's a lot of slope to most of the greens but I found them to be predictable. The real difficulty were the severe slopes on the sides and edges of the greens. Miss in the wrong spot and even perfectly placed pitch shots had NO chance of stoping near the pin. Greens were soft so full on approach shots would usually stick.
Fairways were lush offering great lies. Rated at a solid 9. Tee boxes and sand traps were perfect 10's.
Course is on a a hill so every hole has some sort of slope to it. The front 9 basically goes down the hill then back up so there aren't really any major doglegs. The back nine is a bit more creative with forced carries over gulches and some doglegs.
I walked the course and the front nine was a bit of a challange mainly because I always seemed to leave my trolley cart on the wrong side and kept having to trek up a steep embankment. Back nine was easy to walk.
Some of the writeups rank Pasatiempo above Spyglass and Pebble Beach. I strongly disagree with that statement but certainly rate it as a top notch facility well worth the trip and green fee!» Close
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