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Played 5/15/22 10 am. $100 First off, I don't know how long ago they installed the new entertainment area ,but I thought it was a pretty cool idea. They created about 8-10 covered hitting bays, about 1/3 of the driving range. Installed heaters, couches, TVs and monitors with Top tracer tech. I'm guessing you can play hitting games to the existing pole markers in the range. Kind of "Top Golf ish". Turned a small container onto a bar w/ a deck on top and around it with a seating area for outside eating and they had a band playing. Looked like a good time could be had there with a group of people.
The course was in overall good to great shape. Fairways had full coverage, but are drying out as previously mentioned. There were a few areas in a couple of the fairways that were completely soaked. Standing water soaked. The carts had wakes in front of them on Hole three.
Greens were very receptive. Ran at a solid medium pace, but a couple of rolls had few bumps along their path from the Poana. Traps & tees were good. Saw the cart girl twice. $100 seemed a little steep, but the course was in fine shape.
Played Penmar on Monday 5/16 with a buddy of mine from out of town. Just looking to enjoy some no-stress golf to start off the week. Originally had a tee time as two-some at 6:30, and when we showed up to the course, it was completely empty. We checked in with the starter, and he let us go right to the tee and play as two, which was nice since my buddy doesn't play often and didn't mind the "privacy". The course is in decent shape, with the highlight being the greens. Pretty firm greens that rolled very nicely (even fast? for Penmar mind you). The tendency at Penmar is to want to read too much into putts, so mostly just want to keep em straight and they will tend to go in. I found the fairways just slightly disappointing, as I remember times when the fairways here were perfectly green and lush, but yesterday there were a lot of brown patches out there. That being said, the fairway lies are pretty much perfect so not much to complain about for hitting golf shots. But just aesthetically, it's been better. The tee boxes were very chewed up, but that never really bothers me. We finished in about 1hr 40min, and we were taking our time. Overall, Penmar is almost always a great place to play and get some practice in. My buddy was impressed, and said we'd come back when he's in town again. Probably do an afternoon round so we can grab a few beers and food at the pub, which I've had before and recommend highly.
I really wasn't very impressed with this golf course. The conditions were very much muni-like. I understand that they just reopened. The restaurant was closed. Although it was walking distance from the hotel where we stayed, that's the only saving grace. The greens were small and super super fast. The fairways were full of unfilled divots because well, they didn't put any sand bottles on the carts. I don't even know what to say about the rough. There was no grass .... only tuftsof weeds growing up from sandy soil. Not impressed at all. I would never play this course again unless they spent about 5 million dollars fixing it.
I also played the Bayonet/ Black Horse golf course back in 2017. I recall it was not in great condition
... but this year for our yearly tournament, it was really nice.

I think perhaps it was even nicer than I remembered it because I played particularly well on Saturday the 14th... and I hit every drive down the middle.

I shot 49-50=99 while the other three guys in my foursome shot 111, 112, and 113, respectively!

The greens were ultra fast. That must be a Pebble Beach Resort hallmark... lightning fast putting surfaces!

A few scattered un-filled divots in what was otherwise a perfect set of fairways...

Really a fun track. The windy conditions made it crazy and fun!
I played Poppy Hills in 2017 and as I recall it was just OK. What a difference this time! We played on Friday the 13th "Lucky" for us, the course was "stone....immaculate"...

Let's call it: "Near perfection"... The rough was not as punishing as I remembered it and the fairways were mowed to perfection and were as green and like a carpet as any I have ever played. Yeah the rough was something you wanted to avoid, but it wasn't punishing. The greens were lightning fast. Took a while until I learned not to putt my ball 10-15' by the hole! Loved the staff. Pace of play was great... never pressed from behind.

I will be back.
What a great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play the storied Olympic Club Lake Course, Home to the 1955, 1966, 1987, 1998 and 2012 U.S. Open Championship! I guess it's not what you know, it's who you know. We were guests of a member. The grounds, the range, the clubhouse... all old school classic California... just oozing with class and style... but NOT snooty in the attitude department. A lot of care goes in to keeping this gem in tip-top condition!

Now The course itself. The fairways were as green and perfectly mowed as any I have ever played in my lifetime, anywhere in the world. The rough was plenty long and juicy and difficult to get out of so staying in the fairway was important. But the fairways were amply wide so hopefully you can score well on the beautifully maintained greens. They were receptive to all shots and they putted true. Very enjoyable. They had subtle breaks but nothing too severe.

A beautiful variety of holes made a challenge from any tee box.... but we quite enjoyed the white tees. Looking at the TIPS, makes you realize that the PGA pros are in a different universe.

I'll be on Cloud-9 for a while! Perhaps "perfection" is not too strong a word for this gem!!
Bit of a late review from Monday. Course was about what I have come to expect. Greens as usual rolled nicely, decent pace and receptive. Generally good coverage in the fairways, more green/lush than normal. Two bunkers I found had adequate sand. Rough was inconsistent, from bare to thin to lush,

Anyone who has played the El Prado courses with any regularity kind of knows what this courses provide. Good solid basic golf at an affordable price. No frills, nothing special, just golf
Staff is always friendly and accomodating.
Played today with Greenskeeper.Org & Golf Moose. Beautiful golf course that was in great shape. Not gonna lie, though, it definitely lived up to its reputation as a challenging track, and I was surprised to see such a difficult layout at a country club. Of all the Ted Robinson designs that I’ve played to date—which comprise many of my favorite courses—this is probably the most impressive from a difficulty standpoint, both logistically and psychologically. Would definitely play it again, though. As for conditions, everything was pretty exceptional, with the highlight being the greens. They were perfect: zero pre-existing ball marks, smooth, neither too slow nor too fast. LOTS of undulation, with many featuring multiple tiers. Fairways and rough were lush. A little brown/dead in spots, and bare/thin here and there, but not enough to be worth accounting for in my ratings. Tee boxes were exceptionally lush, to the point where they were “spongy,” i.e., grass doesn’t appear long, but 25% of the tee is below the top of the surface when you get it inserted into the soil. I heard this had to do with the type of grass being used, but whatever the cause, it made it pretty to look at, but a bit of an unusual surface to play from. All in all, a wonderful course that is certainly worth playing if you get the chance.
Rode the blues today 5/16/22 as a part of the GK/Golfmoose outing. Teed off at 11am as a shotgun format. We had beautiful low 80s weather with a swirling one to two club wind.

2nd time here. Love the back nine here. Nice variety here with some dogleg left and rights. Some elevated tees, water features and some nice strategic bunkering. Native areas more predominant on the front nine but each hole gives you ample room but spray to much here and it's a lost ball

Course conditions were good with tighter semi lush Fairways that had some nice roll to them. Rated 7.5/10

Tees were quite lush, thick and in beautiful shape. Rated 8/10.

Greens were very soft on high approaches with irons and rolling semi quick on putts. Would say maybe a 10.5 on the stimp. Green rating 8/10

Was in 2 greenside bunkers on 7 and 17 that were raked and in good shape with ample sand. Rated 7.5/10

Rough was cut down around 2 inches and was semi lush. Rated 7.5/10.

Well run event on a fun course with great weather and company. Would recommend a membership here if your thinking of joining.
Had an enjoyable round at Mesa Linda yesterday there is in great shape As long as you give yourself a lead from the bare spots that are here and there. Bunkers were a little one friendly house they had not been raked and were somewhat compacted from overwatering. The greens were good, only had one fun experience with hundreds of Dime size frogs hopping in front of your ball as it rolled to the hole. The price is reasonable at $45, but that is a walking rate. Since this person is Shorter and flatter than the neighboring of Los Lagos layout, Could be a nice walk.
There must’ve been a late cancellation because I got a Saturday morning teatime at La Mirada la Mirada. The course was very busy but we got out on time. I was very impressed with the course conditions right now, green red or nicely in the fairways were lush. Kind of an interesting layout with three par threes in the front nine. Thought that might cause things to back up but we really didn’t have a problem. Overall the course was pleasing to the eye, the only exception being the oddball par five, #16. Going to have to play that a few more times in order to figure out the best way to attack it. The price was right at about 65 bucks including cart, so I’ll be back…
Conditions Update - Course is playing nicely. They are getting the bunkers back in shape and playable. A lot of courses during the pandemic let their bunkers go to mud or hard pan. Either way Mather is getting theirs back in shape which is good. Greens are running medium, fairly smooth, but did have more than average divots on the green that I had to repair before putting. All in all the price is right the course is in good shape so don't hesitate to make a tee time
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