1. leef2020 Posted: 03/25/17 4:29p Member Since: Mar 26, 2016 From: Huntington Beach, CA
On the basis of my favourable impression playing in the last GKGuru Review outing here 4-5 months ago, decided to join the Crossings Club. Felt it was a good deal, as you get enough free rounds, disco... Continue »
On the basis of my favourable impression playing in the last GKGuru Review outing here 4-5 months ago, decided to join the Crossings Club. Felt it was a good deal, as you get enough free rounds, discounted rounds, member rates at Black Gold and other discounts, along with a dozen ChromeSofts with their logo on them. A very good deal, imho. Was able to convince Larry (larryq2001), to join me at a discounted $41 (using one of the member perks) rate this past Thursday at 1:03pm, as he mentioned in his review.
Very warm greeting by the gents at the bag drop and pro shop to get things started. Lady at the driving range gave me some tees as I was warming up to stick in the artificial turf and also gave me a ride back to the putting green while Larry finished out a bucket.
Starter was friendly and pointed out that the carts were 'brand new' and we were the first one driving them. Nice, racing blue color, very comfy seats, cooler filled with ice and a sharp screen for the GPS. They were very quiet, smooth ride, went fast, stopped well, but could use a little more torque going uphill. GPS was good, but they are working out some kinks in the software, as the holes stopped advancing automatically about the 11th hole and challenging to get back to the hole graphics. Hopefully they can sort this out/provide some better instructions soon.
As for the course, tee boxes were all green and level. I played the whites. Most with great views, including some with views of the Pacific. Ball always sat up nicely in the lush green fairways, shortish grass, and got some good roll. Elevation changes helped of course going downhill, hurt on the few uphill tee shots. Hit all fairways but one, and the rough I did see a few times wasn't too penal, maybe up to 1/2 club at times. Was in a bunker and the sand was a good softness on the top layer, with firm footing.
Greens were aerated about 3-4 weeks earlier and with the exception of a few areas on maybe two greens, they were healed and no sand to deal with. Greens were not cut very close, and were firm. They looked faster than they were; about medium-speed on the day and mostly smooth and true. As typical, too many unrepaired pitch marks. Lots of nice undulations to make putting a challenge. There were a good number of 'tough' pin placements I thought on the day.
Saw the cart girl 3-4 times along with the marshall. At one point, I thought he was going to ask us to speed it up (we were a hole behind, the other twosome was all over the place, believe u me), but instead, he just inquired 'if everything was working OK' and he offered assistance with the GPS unit. POP was about 4:30hrs, with no one holding us up after the first hole. Larry and I tried to pull them along...
A very enjoyable round on a sunny and breezy day with Larry, it's always great to see someone with such a nice, smooth swing hit the ball long, straight, make some putts and score well! He's a nice gentleman, too.
**Be sure to watch out for cross-traffic between the 11/12/13 holes, otherwise someone might unexpectedly run into you, and you don't want to be liable for any damage to the shiny new carts. :^O
Highly recommend this course. Scenic and a good, challenging layout. Nice condition. Some 'strategery' is necessary.
GK offers a coupon here. Am looking forward to playing this course a few more times over the next month and then enjoy Black Gold again once it heals. To those playing here on April 5th, ENJOY!
Was invited to played Crossings this past week by fellow GK’er Leef2020 who had a guest voucher for $41. Great deal and was very nice of Lee to invite me. As a twosome, we hooked up with a couple of... Continue »
Was invited to played Crossings this past week by fellow GK’er Leef2020 who had a guest voucher for $41. Great deal and was very nice of Lee to invite me. As a twosome, we hooked up with a couple of singles. Nice guys but very slow. We fell behind by about a hole and a half and tried to pick it up a bit. Ended up finishing just under 4:30. They just got new golf carts and we were one of the first to use them. Very nice and very comfortable. The GPS is new and state of the art as well and we could have used a lesson on how to use it.
The course is hilly. You stand up on the first tee and its downhill left to right and looks rather daunting. Then come to find the rest of the course is the same way :-) A lot of elevation changes. We caught the afternoon wind which wasn’t real strong but did affect club selection.
Fairways were very nice and in good shape. Downhill, downwind got lots of roll out. Fairways were also pretty generous even though sometimes it doesn’t look too wide standing on the tee box. A couple of fairways were narrow but those fairways were short in length so you didn’t need to hit driver. Regardless, you can’t be spraying drives here otherwise you end up unplayable as the twosome we played with soon found out. There is distance getting between the green and the next tee box. The drive to get from 11 green to the 12 tee box seemingly took a couple of minutes. Cannot even imagine how one could walk this course.
Greens were recovering from aerification and were in good shape. Heavy poa in the afternoon sun however slowed em’ up a bit but they still rolled true. For a change I was only in one bunker and it was in nice condition.
I played well this day but I still found this course challenging. It was nice to have someone with you who has played here before which really helped. Playing without course knowledge here would make a difference. Particularly on #18 which has a blind approach shot. All in all, a great, enjoyable day.