1. sbarajasjr Posted: 08/20/21 7:15a Member Since: Dec 11, 2009 From: San Diego
Got to sneak out yesterday (8/19) and play Oakcreek with my father in-law on a 12:30pm tee time on an unusually but wonderfully cool day in Sedona with a slight breeze all day that didn't affect club ... Continue »
Got to sneak out yesterday (8/19) and play Oakcreek with my father in-law on a 12:30pm tee time on an unusually but wonderfully cool day in Sedona with a slight breeze all day that didn't affect club selection. Staff here is always friendly and those in the know can sign up for wonderful email/text deals that although prepaid, offer great discounts on this course, even better than GolfMoose/UnderPar deals. Got out a few minutes early in spite of the fact course parking lots were packed and there seemed to be more play here than at any time previous.
Tees: Mixed bag as some of the blue tees we played were chewed up quite a bit, hole 8 comes to mind. Others weren't nearly as bad but better conditions are expected here as almost all the holes have tee marker locations that bring untrimmed trees into play, so you need those extreme edges of the turf between the markers to shape shots and avoid branches on your tee shot.
Fairways: Excellent condition. This has been an unusually stormy monsoon season and no more than 24 hours before my tee time, Sedona got pelted with heavy rain so the fairways were plenty soggy (imagine walking on a firm waterbed) but very playable, as maintenance crews here do well with pumping water out of play. Roll wasn't nearly as good as it was last time I played here with Matt P., but lies were still good.
Rough: Depending on what part of the course, it could be fairly penal. There are tons of trees here so the areas directly under or next to the canopy of trees are always thicker and harder to get out of. More than a few times I simply took my medicine and hit a wedge out, it was that thick.
Sand: The most disappointing part of the course. Naturally, this course (as well as Sedona GR and even Seven Canyons) uses red rock dirt in its sand and after a rainstorm, it's the last place you want to be in. It's rock hard, doesn't drain well, and the "sand" makes it impossible in greenside bunkers. Thankfully was only in one bunker and it was a fairway one so it wasn't awful, but they could stand to add tons more sand (or dirt if they so wish) to the bunkers.
Greens: The highlight of the round; they were visually pleasing, rolled incredibly well (with speeds varying from med-slow to incredibly fast), and tested you just enough to keep you on your toes.
ETC: As mentioned, staff is friendly. Carts have ice in chests and ball cleaners, but no GPS. Saw a beverage cart for the first time ever and they are encouraging people to call in food orders on #8 so you can easily swing by restaurant and pick it up at the turn. Lots of parking behind the clubhouse. Small and intimate property with amazing scenery. Pace of play here is always good. To give you an example, today was the slowest round I have ever played here and it was still a touch under 4 hours. Highly recommend.
2. sbarajasjr Posted: 06/13/21 7:13a Member Since: Dec 11, 2009 From: San Diego
Played my GK match here against mpisarski01 yesterday (6/12) on a 6:57 tee time. Weather was absolutely perfect at tee off; low 60's and cool, never reaching 90 degrees by the time we finished (in les... Continue »
Played my GK match here against mpisarski01 yesterday (6/12) on a 6:57 tee time. Weather was absolutely perfect at tee off; low 60's and cool, never reaching 90 degrees by the time we finished (in less than 3 hours!). Love this course so much because pace here when you tee off early is always spectacular and conditions are never bad, even after having punched less than 2 weeks ago.
Tees: Good shape for the blues this day. No major infractions outside of overwatering on a few holes, otherwise they would have been perfect.
Fairways: Still look like carpet; plush, green, good roll and most importantly, no bad lies at all. Kudos to the maintenance staff here.
Rough: Thick! Matt and I found out just how bad it was in our match. It will absolutely grab your club. The rough under the canopy of trees is very penal.
Sand: Meh. The sand here is nothing to write home about. The sand looks like clay (thank you red rocks) and plays differently than the white fluff you find at other courses. There isn't enough of it in my opinion, but better bunker players may disagree.
Greens: Shockingly good! GK was spot on with the punch date of 6/1, but the marks were minimal on the green and didn't affect the line or roll of a single putt all day. In a week or two, they will be back to perfect here!
ETC: Carts with ice in chests but no GPS. This is a walkable course, especially the front 9, for all you exercise junkies. Staff here friendly. No beverage cart but did see a water bottle fill-up station on 15 (even has UV light protection). Restrooms there as well, which makes sense as they flipped the nine's here about 10 years ago (beware as photos on GK are from BEFORE they flipped them) so it was on the old 6th. Driving range and good practice green available. Pretty much all about golf here. Great layout and highly recommend using the GolfMoose/UnderPar deal they have right now.
The nice finishing hole at Oakcreek brings water into play one final time if you choose driver at the tee. It is very possible to push one just into the drink if you aren't careful, so if you must take out the big stick, make sure to avoid the right. A smarter play is a long iron to the center-right of the fairway and a short iron into the green that slopes left to right. Play it smart and have a shot at birdie!
Short par 4 that again begs people to try and drive it close. Unwise move for sure, as the right is nothing but trouble, including an area blind from the tee box and houses all along the left (say hi to the neighbors). The smartest play is a mid iron down that catches the slope of the fairway down. From there another short iron in lets you try for birdie.