1. kngdeuc Posted: 09/03/18 11:52a Member Since: Apr 6, 2013 From: Yorba Linda
I played Black Gold at 8:50 on Sunday morning and it was in pretty decent shape. The tee boxes were a little beat up but for the most part you can find a flat spot with decent grass. Fairways were goo... Continue »
I played Black Gold at 8:50 on Sunday morning and it was in pretty decent shape. The tee boxes were a little beat up but for the most part you can find a flat spot with decent grass. Fairways were good to very good. The course was a little damp so there wan't much roll-out. The rough was fairly decent to thick in some areas. There are some places that are burned out but I would call that minor. I was in a few bunkers that had really good sand. It was still early so it was fluffy and easy to hit from. The greens are good but a little slow. They'll probably play a little slow for a while. Staff is always great and if you can find a discount coupon it is worth the green fee. One thing to note if you haven't played here before is the front nine and back nine play quite different. For bogey golfers the front nine is much easier than the back so be prepared for an increase in scores on the back. The blues have a 128 rating on the front and 134 on the back.
2. sngernz Posted: 08/06/18 8:51a Member Since: Jan 24, 2005 From: Redondo Beach
Decided to play Sat. twilight and found a great internet deal at Black Gold (course website) so I jumped on it. Ended up with a $30! green fee, teed off at 3:30PM as a three-ball and finished in a bi... Continue »
Decided to play Sat. twilight and found a great internet deal at Black Gold (course website) so I jumped on it. Ended up with a $30! green fee, teed off at 3:30PM as a three-ball and finished in a bit over 4 hrs. Glad I did.
Course conditions are good fairways, mostly green and playable lies all day. Rough can be difficult to play with a mixture of Bermuda and Kikuyu, so you had to be Johnny-on-the-spot to get the ball to your target. Bunkers a tad thin & crusty but very playable with lots of unrakiness going on. Greens were soft Poa with plenty of afternoon foot marks to kick your ball off-line but that's expected when playing late in the day. Speed somewhat slow-ish for the time of day, which was surprising cuz last time I was here they were really firm and quick. In fine shape otherwise, looking real nice, holding approach shots like velcro. Semi-bummer: a few too many unrepaired ball marks for such nice looking putting surfaces.
As stated in previous reviews, very challenging back nine where wayward tee ball are simply gone. You need to be precise on most holes to score here. Recommended, for sure.
Fun finishing hole. From the tee box, target left of the right fairway bunker. From there, lay up left for a good angle into the green. Water could come into play on 2nd shot if you go too far right. Green slopes toward the water for sure on the green here.
Downhill from the tee box, then a severely uphill approach. Compensate for +10-20 yards depending on where you're hitting into the green from. Do NOT miss left on the approach. It's OB left and the green also breaks right to left severely.