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Played here today (8/7) as the last of a 3 course visit to Monterey, playing alongside GK member Alex R. and his two friends. Had very high hopes coming in and as usual with courses on the Peninsula, I was not disappointed. Spyglass was as promised in every way, with even the weather working out (some sun, high 60’s, no wind). Some ocean holes, many forest in and outs, conditions were 10’s all around.

Tees: Played the whites and no issues here. Turf was soft enough to drive in the tees, par 3 holes were a tad chewed up but no more than expected. No issues here!

Fairways: Lush beautiful grass, similar to AstroTurf in its uniformity. Roll was fair, getting better as the day went on. Grass is cut in two directions (fairway views are phenomenal) so you know the line that divides them is dead center of fairway.

Rough: Grown out for an upcoming tournament, the stuff was gross. Grabbed your club hard and didn’t let go. Rough owns major property on this course!

Bunkers: 90% of the ones I was in were perfect; great soft sand. Some bunkers here are enormous, others slopes so badly you had to just take your medicine and lay up from the fairway.

Greens: Amazing. They rolled like glass; smooth and fast. Couldn’t tell you the stimp, but it was up there. Some breaks are dictated by the ocean outright, others are just wicked and pin placements today were deceptive and unfair.

ETC: Had a wonderful forecaddie (John) that helped tremendously! Course is C.P.O. so best to just walk it; hilly but doable. Staff was very friendly at all times. Saw cart attendant three times. Phone on 8 to call in your orders to the halfway house. Good grass range and chipping area. Course has everything you could want. Conditions are amazing right now.
Played here today as “day 2” of a three day visit to the Monterey area, getting to play alongside GK member Kassper7 and two Pasatiempo members. Heard a lot of amazing things about this course and it exceeded them in just about every way. Pasatiempo recently held a statewide amateur championship and conditions were essentially perfect. The greens here are wicked; be warned they will humble even the best player.

Tee boxes: Only three real tee options (did see a “juniors” tee option mostly about 100 yards forward of the whites in most fairways) and we played the middle tees. They were in good shape considering most members seem to play here and most normal golfers should too. Don’t let the yardage fool you, it still plays long so don’t just head to the tips to feel like a stud. Conditions on 90% of tee boxes were near perfect.

Fairways: Another case of lush, forest green carpet on every single hole. Members do a great job of replacing/filling divots. Roll was more than fair. Lies were everything you could ask for. Another 9.5 rating.

Rough: Apt name because it was rough! Torrey-like and it was everywhere, under trees, next to the greens, miss a fairway and ye shall be punished.

Bunkers: Other courses take note, this is how bunkers are done. There’s enough sand on this course to make a man made island, but every bunker allowed you to try for a sand save. Amazingly saw a member bring his own rake!

Greens: The single greatest, most frustrating, deceptive, insane, mesmerizing, baffling, and pure greens I have ever seen. At times downhill putts were slow, other times you’d tap the ball and it would run forever. Held shots well, that is until you chipped from just off the green and it would end up under the hole 15 feet past. Big shout out to the greens on the back 9, specifically 16 and 18.

ETC: Course offered everything you could need; ample pro shop open for your needs, small but good range, great chipping area, food to go at the turn, good power carts with color GPS. Staff was friendly and helpful. At least one if not two marshals out and about. Course layout is fantastic, though holes often flank each other so accuracy is at a premium. This course really should get more love than it does, it’s comparable to every Monterey-area course and is only 45 minutes north. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a challenge.
Got to play here for the first time yesterday (8/5) with GK member Kassper7 on an 11:40am tee time. Weather was a bit overcast but otherwise perfect with almost no wind! What can you say about Pebble that hasn’t been gushed about already; the history, the prestige, the conditions, the views...all of it lives up to expectations. Even playing the worst round I have all year couldn’t hamper my excitement at getting g a crack at the famed Pebble Beach.

Tee boxes: The weakest (still a 9) part of the course exacerbated almost exclusively by the amount of golfers today and our later-ish tee time. Played the whites and I’m sure they saw plenty of play today. Just a handful of holes had some heavy divots and there was a few lies that were uneven; nitpicking at this point.

Fairways: Green carpet. Not one bad lie for me. Good roll and visually stunning, even under grey skies. A pleasure to hit from.

Rough: Just saw the previews of TPC Harding Park for the PGA Championship and Pebbled looked a lot like it; thick, nasty, and humbling. It would grab your club as if to say “keep in the fairway you fool”. The fescue grass was insanely long and hard to hit from as well.

Bunkers: I hadn’t touched this much sand since my last visit to Santa Barbara, but the bunkers here are well manicured with beautiful pearl colored sand. Enough sand present to be able to shape your shot appropriately. No raked due to COVID.

Greens: The smallest greens I have ever played on. Miss your approach and you are in trouble. Conditions were immaculate. The color pops on these greens, the roll was true (and amazingly not as quick as you’d think). The ocean pull is real, but these weren’t unfair greens.

ETC: It’s Pebble, so even during COVID, there’s plenty of the traditional stuff to keep you entertained. Pro shop open with precautions enacted. Starter was helpful. I believe the shops between the first tee and the 18th green were all open. Saw the cart attendant a few times. The halfway house was also open, as was the pop up tent after hole 3. We walked the course but almost everyone else took power carts (C.P.O) that looked nice. Views were as promised, so if you get the chance take it all in. Pace was amazing at 4.25 hours, I’d say be prepared for 5+ but who could ever complain about spending TOO MUCH time here. A bucket list course if ever there was one.
Played here today (7/31) on a blistering 100 degree day with some of my partner's family. I was told right away by a member of the group that they checked GK and knew the front 9 greens would be tragic (they absolutely were), but honestly they probably should have just shut down the front 9. Even with adequate pin placement, almost every hole on the front made you putt through what was described as "turf repair" but looked like a soccer pitch after a FIFA match; intermittent sod installed on certain greens, turf so chewed up a ball actually popped up 3 inches in the air after a quick putt, awful to the nth degree. What makes it worse is that they had the gall to charge full price (and people were actually okay paying it as the tee sheet was packed). Just not a good outing and a course that needs to take some serious time and TLC to get the greens back.

Tee boxes: Decent but nothing special. Plenty of boxes (blue tees) were slightly unlevel, enough to notice.

Fairways: Amazingly, they were fine compared to just about everything else. Good turf conditions, nice green color, decent roll. All you need.

Rough: Penal at times but nothing near Torrey-level. The waste/natural areas are far more penal, however you don't want to end up on either side of the fairway.

Bunkers: Decent to good shape. Sand here is mostly brown colored dirt-like sand, thankfully there was enough of it to try and get out of most bunkers.

Greens: See rant above. At least the back 9 had some (not all) decent greens that ran well but were nowhere near great.

ETC: Good power carts with Shark Experience. Facilities were mostly open (including pro shop) all with good COVID-19 precautions. Pace of play was 4.25 hours but we waited on every single shot as people were out hacking in the heat and the domino effect got everyone. As mentioned, best to wait perhaps another 3-5 weeks until the greens are decent before shelling out the money Ojai is charging.
Got the chance to play here again on Monday 7/27 via the wonderful SCGA Members Outing's. Brenda from SCGA is a gem, always there to make sure they go smoothly and reassuring us that in spite of this being a private club, we had access just as a member would (COVID-19 restrictions enforced and notwithstanding). Second time out here and I can see why the Golfholics make this their home course; classy digs with a course that deserves to be played and challenge you. Conditions on this way were excellent, in spite of rising temps and every expectation to have maintenance wane in the age of COVID.

Tees: Played the blues and can't remember a bad stance. We were the last group of the day and even then the area is big enough you would have no issues finding level ground.

Fairways: Great shape for summer. These aren't the nice high and fluffy lies you would get at Torrey during the winter, but good coverage and excellent roll on just about every hole. Previous groups did a great job filling divots with good mix in carts.

Rough: Gross, and not in the awful "I can't believe they call THIS rough". This stuff was nasty and contentious; all sorts of grasses and at times the ball would straight disappear. I could feel my club fighting each blade of tall stuff when it tried to grab it. Enjoy

Bunkers: Surprisingly good. I was in way more sand that I am used to and I got out of it every single time; there must have been enough sand in the bunkers. Good quality of sand too, not that dirt with rocks or red clay you find at some courses.

Greens: The highlight of the round, running at 11 according to the cart, but by the time the sun came out it had to be a 12. Putts would run off the green if not careful but the roll was always true. Some tricky reads not so much on break, rather on speed. A gem to putt on.

ETC: As mentioned, kudos to Brenda from SCGA for getting this outing together as one of the first post COVID, and making it successful. Our group was only me and GK member Jon as our other two had actually misread the email and went off early, so the round was one of the most serene I have ever played with us dictating how slow/fast to play (group in front was slow at first but then sped up). Pace was still just under 4.5 but you couldn't feel it. Course is classy in every regard, clubhouse was open for credit card purchases. Facilities are so nice, saw the locker room and it rivals Aviara in terms of luxury. Restrooms on course open and the one after hole 14 was one of the most beautiful restrooms I have ever seen on a golf course. Price is steep for most, but if you get the chance I dare you to say it isn't worth the price. Highly recommend as always!
Played my semi-final GK Match against Kassper7 yesterday (7/8) for my very first visit to Elkins, walking away impressed and saddened, not at losing my match rather that this gem of a course is going away soon. All the descriptions of it are apt; tucked away in a nice setting, conditions stellar for what equates to a "muni"style track, and prices here being more than fair. Loved everything about this course because I kept my expectations low out of fear that it would be packed, hot, and in poor simply wasn't the case to my surprise.

Tee boxes: Overall good but I remember a handful of holes in which the blue tees (played by our group) were a bit beat up. Some un-level ground and with walkers unable to fill divots made, the par 3 tees had their share of holes by the afternoon.

Fairways: Great shape with a healthy green color. This course won't be shutting down and letting conditions deteriorate, that's for sure. Better fairways here than RiverRidge played a few weeks ago. Good decent roll and only one bad lie all day that was no fault of the course greenskeepers.

Rough: More penal than it appears. Area under trees that line the fairways can get quite shaggy, enough to make me layup/punch out quite a bit. It won't appear so visually, but there is a premium to staying in the fairway here.

Sand: In two greenside bunkers and there was inconsistent amount of sand; one had almost none, the other had some. Neither of the bunkers had great sand type, and only after getting to place my shot back after repairing a footprint did I get a shot at making it out.

Greens: Excellent greens here. They rolled slower than I thought, but very pure in my opinion. Left plenty of putts short, but if I was guessing the line right, the contours and undulation can't be THAT hard to figure out. Some very large greens, others much smaller...all were in great shape.

ETC: Bare bone amenities (though from the looks of things this was probably the case even before it was decided they would close in September). Paid at the window on north side of clubhouse. Saw no cart attendant and no sort of food/drink availability anywhere. Carts available, but you can walk the course (back nine far hillier than front). Pace today was just under 4.5 hours, even as it seems we had an older twosome right behind us the entire round, minimal waiting if any in front. Layout is fun with some shades of Santa Anita/Diamond Bar on the front and CrossCreek/Woods Valley in some areas of the back. A fun track that will be sorely missed.
Played here today (7/3) with GK legend Matt "LOTR" Schliebe on a 9:20AM tee time under very pleasant weather. First time out here and I must say this course is the definition of quirky. Lots of blind shot, fairways that bend and snake everywhere, and short par 4's with tricks at every turn. Conditions today were about what I expected after no rain and some warming weather, but I was still pleasantly surprised with the greens. A great time had even if the score didn't reflect it.

Tee boxes: Nothing noteworthy either way; a few boxes had unlevel ground under them (playing the green frog tees today) but nothing so egregious it caused a bad shot.

Fairways: Decent to good shape. Visually they were browning and the turf condition was nothing special, but no bad lies and roll was fair (in most cases).

Rough: Not much to speak of that I remember, though just about every other type of penal areas exist; ESA, OB, canyons, lateral, water, etc. and all of those were of far greater worry than the medium length rough.

Bunkers: Another average to below average feature, the bunkers here are brown dirt-like sand that is lacking in consistency and quantity. I hit out of one and landed it 6 feet from the hole from 75 yards out, so how bad it can it really be?

Greens: The highlight of the round; visually pop with good solid and true roll. They had some tricky contours and a few of the breaks were a bit surprising, however I thought they played very fair and any missed putts were simply bad reads of speed.

ETC: Course is target golf all the way. Packed out there, exacerbated more so by the fact that Sandpiper and RSM have STILL not opened! No clubhouse, rather a booth to check-in/pay. Cart attendant (wonderfully friendly) was out and saw here twice; drinks only. Carts available as this course is hilly and probably quite a workout to walk. Saw people outside the course restaurant, so assuming that is open. All staff were very nice and COVID-19 precautions were present everywhere here.
Played here today (6/26) on a 9:00AM tee time with GK member Jon P. on what turned out to be a warm but very comfortable Chamber of Commerce day in Irvine. First time playing here and I’m glad I did. I had been dissuaded by some to try and play here as either the layout wasn’t to their liking or 6 hour round horror stories, but what I found was a great course with some quirk to it, though nothing you’d shake your head at. Pace today was also dictated entirely by our playing partners (members at Strawberry Farms) who played as fast as I have ever seen in my life and forced our way past an incredibly slow foursome ahead of us.

Tees: Played the whites and got lucky as most people played the blues and I’m sure those tees were more worn than ours. No real bad lies and even on par 3’s I was able to find a nice spot to hit from.

Fairways: I’d say good shape overall with ample coverage (carts did have divot mix) and fair roll all day. Visually it was nice to have the colors easily indicate good/bad shots.

Rough: I can’t recall it being overtly penal, however I attribute good play today to my lack of further information about the rough.

Bunkers: The ones I was in all had good fluffy sand and even limited footprints! It was a nice change of pace from others courses that seemed to let the bunkers go.

Greens: Wonderful, albeit a bit slow especially early on; left plenty of putts short today. No major trickery on the breaks and I found the roll to be true.

ETC: Staff today was friendly, check-in a breeze with the prepayment online. Carts have good GPS and enough giddy up. Pace as mentioned today was good due to our partners (got around in 3.5 hours!) however outside of that I’m sure it would have been closer to 4-4.25. Conditions are good, and the course IS overpriced but on a good deal (>100) you should come out!
Played here for the first time ever yesterday (6/23) on a 1:10PM tee time with my buddy and his daughter. Reading the last review from just three weeks ago scared me enough to rethink playing here, but as it's a few miles down the road from home and the price seemed fair, I took a risk. Although not nearly as bad as the review made it out to be (I believe the course benefited from a touch more maintenance and some recent morning mist/light rains to green it up), I can see why and were the course is failing. I doubt conditions here will ever be Rams Hill-like, but if they can get back to maintaining it in good shape, this may be on I visit again soon.

Tee boxes: Decent is a bit a of a stretch (whites played); often un-level and turf was fairly chewed up. Thankfully no issues driving tee down, but on par 3's where I was hitting off the turf, it was rough.

Fairways: Burnt out visually and to some degree, playability affected. Roll was decent, but lies at times were not ideal and since grass wasn't as full as it could be, ball didn't sit up much.

Rough: Varied too much in depth and consistency to say definitively, but I would call it decent. On some holes, it was a nice forest green and thick enough to make you play smart (mainly under trees where it hasn't been touched by summer heat).

Bunkers: Was only in one thankfully, but at least it had sand in it (unlike Tierra Rejada) just not as much of it as you would like. Even after moving the ball from a footprint, it was hard to find a good touch on sand shot.

Greens: The highlight, even though it looks like they were top-dressed perhaps two weeks ago. They ran relatively smooth and some of the break were just insane.

ETC: They do have carts but we walked, and as Kassper mentioned in his review, this is not a course someone who doesn't walk regularly should start trying; it is hilly, can play long with two instances of longer walks between holes and getting to the par 3 15th is almost straight uphill. Staff at check-in and starter were friendly. Layout lives up to the "lakes" part of its name so be prepared. My main problem today (and it would be every time) is the course's practice of sending out singles/twosomes back to back causing certain holes to have 4 groups on them at any given time. Not sure if this was a COVID-19 precaution, but I believe it IS possible to safely play foursomes like both Los Robles and Tierra Rejada have last time I played, with appropriately spaced groupings/tee times. We were pushed all day by an older twosome and anyone who has played with me knows, I am a fast player (no practice shots). Thankfully everyone played fast and we finished in less than 4 hours.
Played here 6/16 with a friend on a 2:10PM tee time booked online (no prepayment required). First time playing here since moving to Ventura Co. and I was quite pleased with the course, in spite of some of the stories I was told of horrendous pace and trick holes here. Loved almost everything about the layout, tricky greens, and conditions. I will certainly be back considering it's only a 15 minute drive and prices here are more than fair (plus it's a great and exhausting walk, especially after the turn).

Tee boxes: Probably the worst conditioned part of the course. Played the tips to maximize yardage and they were pretty beat up in most cases with grass a bit inconsistent and leveling of turf surprisingly uneven on some holes.

Fairways: Good shape overall. Visually pleasing which helped keep my eyesight focused on where to aim. Roll was more than fair and can't remember a single bad lie.

Rough: Varied length and penalty. Some times under the trees it was thick and humbling, other times where the sun really hit it, it was more burned out and not bad. Far more penalizing than the rough were the native/waste areas surrounding.

Bunkers: Was in one, but it was full of sand (a nice change of pace from Tierra Rejada) that was closer to beach sand than the traditional white stuff you see on TV. Enough sand to get your club under it. Bunkers here have mounds of grass/native grass in them that make them ultra challenging!

Greens: Nearly perfect. They were a sparkling green color with serious undulation and tricky breaks. Even though I putted well I was challenged to try and control speed and breaks nearly every single green. Amazing conditions on the greens as well; roll was true, few divots, and nearly perfect visually.

ETC: Carts were available with GPS on them. As mentioned, you can walk but the back 9 is very hilly and will test those out of shape like me. Pro shop open and patrons allowed to pay in there. Staff was friendly. Saw a cart attendant out on the course, but think her shift was ending by the time I saw here closer to 3pm. Snack shack at center of course was closed, but restrooms open. No ball washers, water, or rakes on course per COVID-19 requirements. Layout here is short but challenging at times (think Balboa in SD). Price here to walk during the week is nearly unbeatable. Saw a grass range had some people. Highly recommend!
Played here today (6/10) with a group of friends for the first time ever. Had heard plenty about this being a Torrey-like muni (mainly in views not layout/conditions) and they were right. American Golf run property that is semi-bare bones in what it offers especially now during COVID-19, however the views and setting are worth the visit. Layout is a bit tight, short, and funky at times, but I enjoyed a number of holes. Conditions were about the same as last review, perhaps a bit browner after the start of a recent heatwave.

Tee boxes: Perhaps the worst conditioned part of the course. Often found the white tees had unlevel ground which didn't help any on this highly sloped course.

Fairways: Good shape though I believe they have gotten browner and crispier with 2 days of 90+ weather. No real bad lie and roll was fair.

Rough: Not very penal, for what was around. The trees here are far more punishing than any rough.

Bunkers: Was in a couple of green-side bunkers and they had enough sand to get out a decent try at a sand save.

Greens: Wicked fast at times with amazing ocean pull on most every putt. Very tricky to read break and speed.

ETC: Bare bones everything. Starter in a booth, no pro shop open. To go food was available; no cart attendant obviously. Carts available to ride, no GPS and carts could use some love. Great course for the fair price offered.
Played here 6/1 with Gold Coast Golf Association on a humid, but otherwise fine Monday morning. Men's club had course to themselves (as you'd expect on a Monday at a country club) with teams teeing off from holes 1 and 10 simultaneously, every 10 minutes between 8:30 and 9:30AM. Good strategy to limit the amount of times you'd catch a group, minimize bunches of groups at parking lot, and general congregation related to COVID-19 precautions. Didn't quite work out as planned, but the man who runs things for our group always manages to make things run. Course itself didn't look like it had been running a full maintenance crew since the virus started, so conditions were rather bland (especially visually) and took away some from the experience.

Tees: No issues I saw from whites. A few boxes here and there were a bit hardpan, blocking the tee from completely entering the soil, but it took nothing away from the golf (just move the tee). There were two holes that had tee markers placed in extreme left/right and made for tricky shot shaping with hazards/trees in light of sight and play.

Fairways: As my playing partner mentioned, not sure if grass was just dormant or simply not maintained, but fairways had lost most of the green color. They were just a tad crispy from sun exposure, but otherwise seemed to offer decent-good lies. Divot mix available in carts and people were using it.

Rough: Don't remember it being overtly penal, but the closer you got to the green, the more it seemed to punish. The areas here that are lateral hazards or simply OB are far more punishing.

Sand: Was only in one bunker (green side on 17th) and it was lacking in sand enough to notice. The shot came out clean but it required a darn good play, as you could feel the club nearly scrape the tarp lining the bottom.

Greens: The saving grace of the round. They were quick, not nearly as quick as most expected (and as their reputation goes), but many a putt ran well past if not judged right. They were also a bit more aesthetically pleasing which helps here visually seeing the shades of green corresponding to grass growth and complex contours. Divots were fixed by most everyone.

ETC: Carts had good juice to them but not GPS and there are a number of blind shots here that any golfer would benefit from having it. Only staff I saw were the maintenance crew, but even they were friendly. Course layout is fiendish at times with no flat lies anywhere (not even the parking lot is completely flat!). Local knowledge would help tremendously so if you play here, use a free GPS app to get a better idea of what to hit off the tee. Probably not worth the guest rate we paid of $85, but once it greens up and heals a bit from a 3 month break in maintenance, worth another shot.
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