Got out Thursday with 7 other GK Gurus, make that 8! – was fun to see roarksown1 surprise appearance in the proshop and after the round teeing it up with his buddy John. So a bonus GK Guru review!
Black Gold Golf Club continues to impress me with every round. It’s a layout that never gets old for me and continues to challenge on every hole. You have to be accurate on all shots yet you don’t feel the course is target golf. But most of all, you need to putt well. Every hole interesting and unique. Some great views as well.
Conditions are excellent right now. Very impressed with the Kikuyu fairways so lush and dark green. I love the way a golf ball sits up on a lush Kikuyu fairway. As far as the Kikuya rough, lush with some thin areas yet torments me so it was nice to see Black Gold Golf Club had it cut lower than previous rounds I’ve played there. Don’t take it from granted that it is short, it will still grab your club all day. The bunkers are in outstanding shape compared to the majority of golf courses I’ve played in Southern California this year. Quality sand, well maintained. Tee boxes lush, some divot damage (but repaired and I attribute that to the good practice of them having divot mix on the tees). Greens, to me always the highlight of the course and once again I could not figure them out. They seem to always break more than I read, be more uphill or downhill than I anticipate. However they are in great shape, firm, smooth and moderately fast.
Service was super throughout the day with frequent sightings of on course food/beverage service, friendly professional attitude of proshop staff and starter.
I snapped some photos and posted them. Check them out.
2. dconnally Posted: 06/10/17 7:52p Member Since: Oct 6, 2003 From: Mission Viejo, CA
Late to the review party for the Guru outing on Thursday afternoon, 6/8/17. Enjoyed playing with Nick and Bob again, and with Arthur for the first time – a laid-back and amicable group. We struggled a... Continue »
Late to the review party for the Guru outing on Thursday afternoon, 6/8/17. Enjoyed playing with Nick and Bob again, and with Arthur for the first time – a laid-back and amicable group. We struggled along a bit the first 6 holes, with a few ball losses and drops, to the point where Johnny sent one of the shop guys out to see if we made a wrong turn toward Disneyland! I think our front nine took almost 3 hours!! But we bumped along to the point where we were actually on the same hole as our “sprinter” group a couple times on the back, and came in not too far behind.
Overall conditions were very good. Fairway lies sat up well, although we dealt with scattered thin/bare areas. Tees were in good shape. Rough was playable unless you strayed well off the beaten path. I was in the fairway bunker on #3 and the sand was level and firm, but the front greenside bunker on that hole could have used a little more sand. Greens were very good – fairly firm, rolling well at medium-fast speed, with good coverage. Not too many old ballmarks.
Shot of the day was from Nick – a long blast from the front bunker on #16 to the back left hole location, then holing a downhill slider for a very nice par. And Bob splitting fairways all day! Thanks to Johnny for another great deal, and always love playing with other GKers.
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.