I hadn't been to Lost Canyons in about five years, when I last played the (now defunct) Shadow Course, but I was looking forward to trying out the Sky... » More
I hadn't been to Lost Canyons in about five years, when I last played the (now defunct) Shadow Course, but I was looking forward to trying out the Sky Course, since I'd heard it was even better than Shadow. I wish I hadn't gotten my hopes up.
It wasn't the worst course I've played, by any stretch of the imagination. But for a course with its pedigree and reputation, it was disappointing.
Most of the fairways were close to being rock-hard. On the plus side, tee shots got plenty of roll (sometimes too much, when I used an "unreachable" bunker as an aiming point and, yes, wound up rolling all the way into the bunker). On the minus side, iron shots from the fairway were very difficult.
The bunkers were even closer to being rock-hard, so it was almost impossible to control sand shots.
The greens were fast and treacherous. The grass was more sparse than any other greens I've played, so it was difficult to judge the amount of resistance the ball would encounter along its path. At times, it even felt like I was putting on packed dirt. And ants. There were plenty of ants on several of the greens, who undoubtedly had "Indiana Jones" flashbacks when putts came their way. Almost as many ants as badly repaired or unrepaired ball marks. I had a couple of putts that changed direction because of those imperfections. And there were a couple of greens that were dying and cracking near the fringe.
I can see why people once had great things to say about this course. The views are spectacular. It's quiet and peaceful. The layout is about as challenging as I've seen. And with the right maintenance, it could be great again. But clearly, they're struggling to get business -- the course was nearly empty on a beautiful Saturday -- and I don't know if they're generating the kind of cash flow it will take to get the course back into shape. I hope they do, but I'm not betting on it.» Close