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1/17/21 Black Gold Golf Club. The conditions were tough check in was easy. The golf carts very comfortable. Range balls were included with the green fee. teed off at 10:40 am tee and our round lasted 5 hours. They had had a tournament earlier in the day in which made the round longer and waited many time between tee boxes.

The layout of this course is very challenging, hitting in the fairway is a must if you want to shoot a decent score. This is not a course for learning how to play like the few groups in front of us. Lots of canyons and trouble on each side of the fairways. The overall condition of the course was a bit disappointing for paying $125 for the round. The greens were very nice .
Played Black Gold Golf Club for the first time on 1/17/21. The conditions were tough as it was windy and a bit warm for "winter" weather. Nonetheless we were golfing in mid January as other around the nation are done for the "season". The check-in process was painless and the staff was extremely friendly. The asst pro actually gave me their member rate since I worked in the industry, saved abould $30. The golf carts look brand new with very comfortable leather cushioned seats. Range balls were included with the green fee. Had a 10:45am tee time which we played in just under 5 hours. The pace was good until we reached the 7th hole, par 3 with three groups waiting on the tee box. From there on out the pace was awfully slow all day. Saw the marshall once but he just did a fly by, didn't seem like he was monitoring the pace of play.

The COURSE: The layout of this course is very challenging, hitting in the fairway is a must if you want to shoot a low score. Trouble on both sides of the hole on most of the course. Lots of elevation changes and rolling hills. The overall condition of the course was a bit disappointing. The TEE BOXES (5/10) were very hit and miss. Some were lush and green while other were hard and brown. All of the par 3's were full of divots. The FAIRWAYS (7/10) were firm and cut tight. Most were green and in decent shape with minimal divots while others were a bit burnt out and full of divots. Very inconsistent. The ROUGH (6/10) was dormant and not too long in length. Some areas were penalizing with clumpy grass patches in certain places. Most of the rough played fairly firm. The BUNKERS (7/10) were decent overall. I probably scored the bunkers too high but the condition of the greenside bunkers were great while the fairway bunkers were awful. Lots of rocks and barely any sand. They felt more like waste areas than fairway bunkers. The GREENS (9/10) were the highlight of the round. Very receptive and rolled true with minimal ball marks. The wind made putting on these massive greens that much harder. Most of the holes had very large greens. Putts were extremely quick when you were above the hole and the uphill putts were a touch slow. The greens very grainy which could be tough for some golfers to get accustom of the speed.

NEGATIVES: The pace was an issue from hole 7 on. I enjoy playing in 4H or less but also don't expect that on a weekend round at a tough course. The overall condition of the course was a big letdown for me. I was expecting the course to be maintained a bit tighter based on what they are charging.

CONCLUSION: The inconsistency from hole to hole (see photos I uploaded) has me confused and questioning giving the course another shot. I don't believe the course is worth paying triple digits. The layout is brilliant if you like challenging, tight tracks (which I do). Like I said earlier, the greens were the thing that stood out to me, very very nice!.Not my favorite Orange County course but definitely not the worse.
Played again Tuesday, Jan. 12, 10am great weather and course conditions. Busy day but pop still about 4.15, so it was manageable considering a full parking lot. The greens were lightning-fast, fairways perfect, good sand in bunkers. Very challenging course, especially when the greens are like glass. The back nine holes are more challenging than the front, with more bunker protection, thinner fairway landing areas. Very little rough on this course. If you don't hit straight, bring a box of golf balls. Good beverage cart service. The outdoor grill tables/seats were removed, but beverages available, domestic beer, $7. The SCGA has a great drone 'fly-over' of this course, highly recommend watching. Driving range is huge, and a 2-3 min. drive from the pro-shop. But stay on the sidewalk, if you go into the parking lot, the cart will slow.
Joined Matt, Jerry and Mike for an all to enjoyable round at Pechanga on 1/17/21 teeing off a little early with POP a shade over 4 hours (415ish). Seemed like we waited a lot, but the round wasn't bad at all. The staff as always was A+ and helpful. This course for me is just fun to play. Sure there are the silly holes with trees in the fairway, and some crazy elevation changes, but overall a blast to play. Not much to add to Matt's review except that I concur with the overseeding the rough but not the fairway was bizarre and that the greens rolled about as well as I have ever played on this course. Some of the tee boxes could use some leveling but these are minor grievances. Bunkers were great and rough was lush and beautiful while remaining playable. I think this course warrants the rack, and even more so when the fairways come back. Would be a fun one for an outing!
My first time playing here. Course is tucked away in the Oakland hills. Nice design, layout. Greens were in good shape but most holes had very thin grass in the fairways and tee boxes. One of the few places I've been where they actually have sand in the bunkers.
I would not pay a premium to play here. Did play with a great guy from SF. Seems a lot of folks from the City come across to play here.
A good friend and I met up to play Fullerton as the 2nd group out(a single went out before us and was running from hole to hole, strange), 1/18/21. Not many people around this morning and we had the course to ourselves. As of right now, Fullerton isn't in great shape, there is almost no level shots anywhere on the course. The fairways are chewed up, there is a mix of several types of grass and divots have never been fixed. There was no way to know what would happen when you hit the ball. I found it so hard to get the ball up in the air off of the fairway. The rough is pretty much non-excitant. The greens were painted earlier that day so my right hand was green after a few holes. The greens were very difficult to read today, each one was a different speed. We spent time after each hole trying different putts, after all there was no one behind us. We started to realize that each hole created a different green issue, some were hard and dry and others were wet and soft, and some were painted green so much it gave you a poor read. The tee boxes were without question the worst I have seen ever. There was no grass on a few holes, and some I could not get a tee into the ground. That actually was not as bad as the fact that they are not level, the biggest pet peeve I have with courses. If I can't get level footing then I struggle with my drives. A course like Fullerton has a lot of dog-legs, and some elevation changes, so the un-level tee boxes helped cause me to struggle even more than I needed (not good today). The sand traps were the best part of the course today, soft and very playable. While most of the course was wet in the morning, the sand somehow remained fluffy and easy to get the club under. The front office guys are always great at getting you on the course asap, kudos to them.

I know this seems harsh, but I will always review a course with honesty. I have played here a few times before and the conditions were much better. Overall, I like the course layout, it presents challenges without really being all that difficult. This course is my nemesis, which only makes me want to go after it again. The question of should you play here or not really depends on what you can get the green fees for. I believe we overpaid at 39 to walk and 14 more to ride, I think 20 to walk is about right. This course can get backed up later in the morning rounds on weekends as well. Til' we meet again Fullerton!
Played today on 1/18/21 with a mid-morning tee time. POP was just under 4 hours to play 18. It's been a long time since I last played here. Morning tee times are so hard to get to play here. Driving range is open but every other stall is closed for COVID-19 social distancing. It's two level driving range with the top level irons only. Practice putting green was closed due to COVID-19.

This is a challenging course to play. Hole #1 is a challenging hole to start off with an elevated tee. There's a driving range on the right, hill and trees on the left, and about 1/2 way down this hole, the rough on the right slopes down toward the driving range. Not too mention there's an elevated green with bunkers in front. Tough par 5 to start the day. Today was a rather windy day which made it harder to hit into the wind. Course is not flat . Hole #9 is a challenge to play with an elevated green. But we did see a lone coyote near the 9th green. Tee boxes were fairly decent with good coverage. The fairways had very good grass coverage. Though fairways had some thin, yellow and dirt spots here and there. The bunkers were a little thin on some holes and sometimes a little hard packed. But the greens are in excellent shape. They're the best I've seen in the area. Greens were running a little fast but there were running fairly smooth.

Playing here with COVID-19 rules. There's no rakes in the bunkers, you must not touch the flag on the greens, and there's no ball washers near the tees. They removed all water coolers on the course. Bathrooms are open on the course.

There's no GPS in the carts. I believe the snack bar is open for take out orders but we didn't visit so can't comment on the food. Love the layout of this course as it goes through residential areas. We'll be back again if I can get a tee time here.
Mid morning Sunday round in around four hours. The staff is great and the new carts are promised by the end of the month. We played the Oaks/Creeek combo and were loving the conditions. The course is hosting The California State Golden Tour and we were joined by a fourth who was playing in the tournament. The tee boxes were all level but a couple of the par 3's were pretty beat up. Most of the rear tees were set as far back as they could be and the pin placements were also set in difficult positions. The fairways had nice coverage with not any bad lies just a few that were a little tight. The rough was its typical few inches and not too penal. The traps were all in great shape with plenty of sand but needing a good raking. The greens on the Oaks nine were somewhat slower than the other two nines but with more noticeable slope. My regular playing partners and myself really enjoy the club and course.
Played Sunday, 1/17 before 7:00. Warm Santa Ana morning with a breeze blowing west. The smog was piling up on Catalina but we could see at least one of the islands to the northwest. POP was outstanding at 3.5 hours.

The course conditions were a little ragged. The fairways looked like they had not been mowed with clumps of grass sticking up from the generally dry turf. The rough was rough. A lot of dirt out there. The bunkers were in good shape. They had someone raking them on the front. Unfortunately I was undermining much of that work as I played out of the sand quite a bit.

The greens have been outstanding lately but they were merely good. Still firm and fast, there were some bumps out there. Not so one had to worry on short putts; they were just not perfect.

Overall, a nice summer day in January. Tough to complain too much about the conditions. Not perfect but still the best deal in golf.
Our usual Sunday second out spot when we play here. This round joined by Tim. POP 3.25
Update the GPS is up and running and so useful even for those with course experience.
Covid protocols but with loosened county conditions snack bar open for take out and beverage cart making the rounds.
We played winter rules and I used a club length a couple times to get me out of tree trouble and through the green you could play it either way. Many times playing it down was fine. Most grass cut low and not dormant. Some thin areas. Good roll outs in fairways.
A chestnut tee boxes on 11 and 16 need attention and re-leveling and seeding.
It's the greens that are very challenging here today rolling very smooth and quick.
Great to use the golf moose voucher here. Recommend.
Went out yesterday to to get one last round in before I lose my 40% off discount. Joined by Blakej824, OCGolfer19, and mmosqueda for an 9:30 tee time. We Checked in 1 hour early to make good use of the amazing practice facilities. For those who have never player here the practice area has two large chipping greens with sand traps as well as a full size driving range and putting green. The staff here was very nice as usual A++.

The Course was in good shape overall as is normally the case. For some strange reason they decided to over seed the rough this year and not the fairway. Usually they over seed the entire course but that was not the case with the shutdown earlier in the year. Ever though the fairways were not pristine lush grass it was still very playable and had no bare spots. There are a few GIR areas where the new sod didn't take on 2 holes but it doesn't come into play. Tee Boxes were level and lush with many options to choose from. Rough was fully lush and 1-2 inches by the fairway and 2-4 inches near the green very nice to play from and not overly challenging. The Sand is just as nice as before providing ample sand to hit from and nothing to disappoint. Greens are very nice right now running a little quick and receptive to most shots. Probably as good as I have seen the greens here over the years.

This course is a lot of fun going up and down the mountain as well as well placed water features on the flat holes. Carts are very nice with plush seats and Bluetooth built into the GPS. I suggest playing here if you get a chance as it is a lot of fun.
Played La quinta Mountain course on a beautiful Sunday morning as I arrived in the parking lot the place was packed. As always check in was simple and easy down to the range for a few swings. We played with an older couple who were from Canada Sev & Danielle, and said they were beginners. Nonetheless off we went. Fairways were lush and typical for this time of year. I did notice greens were a little slower than usual but they were firm and held my shots. I did notice too many divot marks on tee boxes and they look to be in fine shape. I was in the sand a few times but it was easy to play out of. Highlight of the day was putting it to 3’ on hole 16 to make the birdie. We played in a little over 4 and 1/2 hours and the older couple picked up most of the time to keep things moving. Possibly my favorite course in the desert, ( there are so many good ones to choose from) from the staff, to the course and and the nice people I meet playing you will always have a great time at the La quinta Mountain Course Highly recommended..
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