Played the 12/9/17 GK event joined by Keith (sixpez) and Gus (adigitalg87). Regardless of where and when, I always have a good time at GK events and this one was no different.
I want to start by saying I had really high expectations of this course. I don't play high-end resort courses too often and I went in expecting Aviara-like conditions... just because that is the only high-end resort course I've played.
Tee Boxes - Flat, lush, and well groomed. Some divots but very good overall.
Fairways - I was hoping to see a solid green fairway throughout the entire course but visually, it wasn't what I hoped for. However, playing conditions were very good. There were some soggy spots on the fairway but mostly fairway conditions were great and you are likely to have a great lie.
Rough - The rough was hit and miss for me. There were some areas where I had a decent lie but I wasn't able to get the club through, and some parts where the rough played almost like the fairway.
Bunkers - I was in a couple greenside bunkers and these were the best bunkers I've seen in a several months. They were filled with fluffy soft sand. It seems like golf courses don't care too much about their bunkers as most I've played in recent months had bunkers that are full of little rocks, muddy (despite course being dry), or hard packed like a cement.
Greens - Greens seemed very tricky and some downhill putts were very fast. Some greens were a little sandy and bumpy. I would just say a little above average. I probably expected a lot better and honestly, I think I've seen some LA County courses having better greens.
To summarize, I'd say, the course didn't meet my expectations and unless I got a great deal, I probably wouldn't pay rack rate to play here.
On a sidenote, I had a little confusion finding the course on my golf GPS Android app. The Legends course turned out to be "La Costa Resort & Spa - South."
2. rudyclub Posted: 12/13/17 7:00p Member Since: Aug 6, 2011 From: San Diego
Played 12/9/17 GK event. Had a great time. I really enjoyed the course layout & conditions. As others had mentioned 3 or 4 of the first greens were still recovering from something. The rest were in pr... Continue »
Played 12/9/17 GK event. Had a great time. I really enjoyed the course layout & conditions. As others had mentioned 3 or 4 of the first greens were still recovering from something. The rest were in pretty good condition. Even though they didn't look fantastic, I thought they played well. Fairly receptive to well struck shots and had a good pace (For me) at medium fast. They seemed to hold lines well in our group. It took us the front nine to get the feel of the reads & pace down. Liked that this course does not have all the raised greens where you can't see the green surface as the Legends does. There are some funky contours on some of the greens that you really need to see if you don't play the course often.
Fairways were in very good shape. I had great lies all day. Some soggy spots here & there, but over all very nice to hit from. Wasn't playing all that great so I found a fair amount of rough, but thought it was very benign to get out of. Was able to get good contact on the ball most of the time even with some stopping power. Was in a couple bunkers. Most had good sand, but some had 3/4" rocks in them as well. Must be getting near the bottom of the sand ? Customer service was great and had a pretty good burger in the Vue lounge. All around solid course in pretty good to very good winter condition. Would enjoy playing here again.
Ok kinda a goofy hole here? Par 4 331 from the blue, with 3 areas seperated by a stream. The tee shot comes from the first area, over the stream to the landing area. Be as far right as you can be here so as not to be blocked by very tall trees blocking the left side. 215 yards to reach the bunker on the right. The second shot is the most demanding shot !130 yards up hill into the wind to a skinny green with bunkers all around .
Long par 3 , 211 from the tips. A stream is only in play if you hit one really fat. Elevated green with 4 very large bunkers all over the place. Be a pro for one shot and hit the green! Tuff up and down from any of the bunkers.