Played 12/21/2019 at 9am on a cool cloudy day with fog persisting the first four holes. Damp conditions and this first day of winter it was cart path only.
Nothing to hide here at this first class Troon operated facility. I made the tee time on-line and received an email confirmation. A day later after another rain storm another email was sent stating that it would be cart path only until 12/24 maybe longer weather dependent. This gave us the chance to modify or cancel if we choose to. I feel this is just good business practice for a golf course that many don't choose to inform. Nice to know before you go, you know!
The course under winter conditions and the aforementioned fog had it playing long and damp.
Drives would take a bounce but only roll out minimally a few yards or ten at most. A stinger two iron may have helped but not in my bag.
The rough was thick and penal under these conditions. Usually could advance shot a ways, but three or more inches and sticky. Low run in approaches to the green were difficult to judge.
The greens held well struck shots and rolled well. A finishing touch of the mower around the perimeter edge of the green was not done so some dew was left in these areas.
Bunkers damp top surface and fluffy underneath. I couldn't get the feel and left a few in for another go.
Given these conditions course still was overall very playable and in above to great condtion. Customer service great as always. From bag drop to check-in, pro shop wait staff and on course workers. The warm hand towel at the 18th green nice touch as they wiped off your clubs. Have played this course a four times this year and it is always consistent upscale experience.
We choose to have breakfast and after round in the Cache Creek casino rather than the clubhouse. This resort is on Route 16 and the golf course in the back of the property with only a few farms in view. Otherwise it's foothill views which improved after the 4th hole to almost the sun poking through the clouds.