Played the Crossings at Carlsbad on Sunday 4/24/16 teeing off at 6:45 AM. The rack rate on my tee time was $110, however the round was free as part of the Crossings Birthday promotion. [The course is ... Continue »
Played the Crossings at Carlsbad on Sunday 4/24/16 teeing off at 6:45 AM. The rack rate on my tee time was $110, however the round was free as part of the Crossings Birthday promotion. [The course is on my list to save for an play with my friend Bob]
Played with a father and adult son who are regulars at this course playing every Sunday together. Don and Gordon were wonderful golf partners, and significantly aided my enjoyment by providing assistance with the course when asked. There are a number of blind shots on this course, along with hidden bunkers, and false fronts to greens.
The starter after asking about my level of play recommended the white tees. This was an excellent and insightful suggestion. The Father and I both played whites, the son played blues. This is a very long course with a lot of elevation change. Off of one tee we had to carry 180 yards over a gorge to the fairway on the opposite side.
The carts are well maintained, and feature a very nice GPS large screen display that shows yardage from the cart to the pin (Not the center of the green, but actually to the pin). It is mounted on an arm to the steering column so does not block line of sight like some others.
Tee boxes were in excellent shape perfectly level, well maintained, lush, with a divot repair bottle ready at every tee. Apparently it is well understood, as most divots on the tee were filled.
Rough was 1-4 inches, with large tracts of environmentally protected land bordering the fairways. The fairways were mostly lush, there were no bare spots, and many divots were sanded.
Greens were in very good condition, although one of the groups in front of us didn't get the concept of repairing ball marks, so there were a few of those. Unfortunately these same people are pretty good as many of the ball markers were around the pin. The fringe around the greens were nicely cut, the second level was very moist during the morning round making it more penal that it might otherwise have been.
Bunkers both fairway and greenside were in excellent shape. We learned on the back nine that someone loves Luke as there was a heart with his name in it. Fortunately I was able avoid stepping on this sandy tribute well hitting out of the bunker.
The feel of this course is more private club the municipal course. There is a bag drop, the greeter has your name on the roster, check your bag, and after checking in at the pro shop you will find it on your cart with your tee time posted down by the practice green. Everyone was friendly, they marshals even came by to wish me a happy birthday and to make sure I was having a good time, well we were on the back nine.
Had three groups in front of us a foursome, threesome and twosome. Apparently the marshals are not able to be too aggressive moving players along, so I was told. At one time on the 10th we had the foursome out front, holding up the threesome and twosome in front of us, we were on tee, and two groups were waiting with us. Eventually the group was asked to speed it up (after which one player hit a hole in one) and the pair I was with being annoyed was engaged in friendly discussions to relax them and create space. It took until 15 to get everything sorted, by which time a combination of increased wind, and frustration made for a less than quality back nine. Apparently this course can be played in 3.5 hours, we played it at about 4.5 hours. Personally I didn't mind.
The course is wonderful, it's very challenging, and in very good condition. I am so very glad I played it. Many thanks to everyone at the course for a wonderful time.
The breakfast burrito's are great. The restaurant in the club house is very reasonably priced. I look forward to finding a way to play this course again.
2. dconnally Posted: 04/12/16 8:37p Member Since: Oct 6, 2003 From: Mission Viejo, CA
I was originally scheduled to play my next GK Cup match here on Wednesday, 4/6/2016, at 2:15pm, but my opponent had to cancel due to family issues. I decided to go ahead and play to get a round in lea... Continue »
I was originally scheduled to play my next GK Cup match here on Wednesday, 4/6/2016, at 2:15pm, but my opponent had to cancel due to family issues. I decided to go ahead and play to get a round in leading up to the GK Plays at Desert Willow, moving up to tee off at 1:20pm from the white tees with three visitors from the Bay Area. We had an enjoyable round under cloudy cool weather with occasional blustery winds; we got off on time, but the course was crowded and the round took 5+ hours.
Overall conditions were very good. Greens rolled well at medium speed and were pretty firm – you rarely saw a ball mark. Fairway coverage was good and rough had been cut low. Tees were level and fine, although par 3 tees were torn up, as is frequently the case anywhere. Sand in the two bunkers I was in was adequate for play. Efficient starter, marshals were out on the course, saw the cart girl a few times. I always enjoy this course, although prime time can be pricey.