Soboba Springs Golf Course: Discussions

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The Country Club at Soboba Springs Review: 1-2007

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Monday March 2, 2009 2:00 PM
Recently renovated, the Country Club at Soboba Springs offers a newly lengthened golf course to go along with their newly lengthened name. While I never played the course in it's pre-renovation state, there are a few points worth making with regard to the changes. First of all, the nines have been flipped, leaving the shorter and more undulating half to the back nine and kicking things off with a relatively flat but lengthy front nine.

Bunkers have been reworked to be more challenging and now contain what they call "Augusta-white sand". This sand is very nice to play from, but in some places there seems to be a bit too much of it. A frequent problem with new bunkers which I am confident will correct itself over time. They've started with a great foundation here.

The course has been lengthened several hundred yards from the tips while at the same time introducing a new set of forward tees making Soboba Springs accomodating both to the professional and to the beginner. The problem I saw with this current setup is that the tips are just a little bit too long in places even for many single-digit handicappers while the next set forward is almost certainly too short for the skilled golfer. With the gold tees set at 7,053 yards and the black set measuring 6,400 on the nose, there is a large gap that forces some players into choosing one or the other when neither is an ideal option. Interestingly, the same affliction is present with the silver and blue tees (a gap of over 800 yards) but the management has cleverly indicated a "composite" course on the scorecard, complete with course rating, that allows a player to find true middle ground between the options.

Soboba Springs is a tree-lined, compactly routed golf course that occupies flatlands at the base of spectacular mountains and it's clear that the management takes great pride in maintaining ideal playing conditions. The greens are fast and should be respected, especially on holes like 11 and 18, where the careless (and even the careful) can putt a ball right off the green. Regardless of where the pin is on these two greens, stay short of it. If the pin is in the front, then you are better off on the fringe below the hole than on the green above it…Just trust me.

The golf course wallops you over the head with the beastly par 4 2nd hole where danger is just one slice away. Just as you are getting your bearings back, 5-6-7 stretch, which goes 570-516-511 yards from the tips (the 7th seems like a misprint with a par of 4!) does its best to earn an early kill. Soboba Springs uses the time-tested formula of length, mature trees, and strategically placed bunkers to defend par, and it does a great job of it. Scoring here requires you to be on your game. If you've survived the front nine, the back nine is shorter but not much less of a challenge. What it gives to the player in having relatively easy par 5s, it is certain to take back on the difficult par 3s.

With the majestic mountains providing a rugged backdrop for most of the round, Soboba Springs has a lot to offer. The challenging golf coupled with the excellent conditions are reason enough to drive a few more miles to check it out. Expect the new clubhouse (well under construction with framing beginning at the time of my visit) to complement the facility nicely and offer one more reason for Inland Empire residents to venture off the beaten track.
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Monday March 2, 2009 2:01 PM
Hi Everyone,

As you know GK as gone through many changes over the years. One of those changes has been the elimination of Greenskeeper.org Surveyor Reports to a more user generated content system. Instead of letting these older reviews disappear, I’ve decided to add them as permanent fixtures on the site in the discussions sections. Feel free to share your comments about them.

The review above was written by Ryan Simper (rsimper). Ryan is a low index golfer with some exceptional writing skills. He was a big part of the early days of GK getting quality content posted and helping golfers decide where to play.

Ryan, if you still chime into GK since moving to South Carolina, many thanks my friend.

Johnny
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