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Played here today (4/26) as part of my GK Cup match against both Rob and Matt. We ended up with a picture perfect Sunday, with temperate climate and almost no wind. This was my first time and the website does have a wonderful (and accurate) drone video of the course layout, which helped. I was pleasantly surprised by every aspect of the course: conditions, layout, staff, COVID-19 safety measures, and setting. Conditions are just about the same as Alex laid out when he played the week before so this will be brief.

Tees: Played blues and for the most part, they were in good shape, with occasional turf being chewed up.

Fairways: Excellent shape considering the recent heat wave. No bad lies for me and the run offered on drives was fair.

Rough: Penal at time but really was stands out are all the hazards and native areas that can make for some tough golf.

Sand: Only in two bunkers and both had plenty of good sand (more beach like but I enjoy that). No rakes due to COVID but no bad lies.

Greens: Excellent shape with very minimal divots. Speed today was med-fast but I don't remember them being lightning quick. Breaks were tricky at times but not overly confusing.

ETC: Carts available so no need to walk this hilly course. Staff was friendly, even as they were bare bones due to COVID. Loved this course and would make a trip out here again!
12 Likes.
Played here yesterday (3/15) as the venue for my GK Cup match with Alex R. on what turned out to be a wonderful day after some severe downpours the night before and right until tee off time. My first time playing ANY Pebble Beach Company property and as you would expect, the place is golf heaven. Even with the course getting nearly 2" of rain in 24 hours, it drained exceptionally well and was very playable sans a couple of areas of naturally sunken land that collected water, but who cares when it's Spanish Bay. Alex's review touches on all the important things, so I will offer a first-timers perspective.

Tee boxes: All things considered, outside the first tee box, all others were level and because of the rain, easy to drive the tee into the turf.

Fairways: Amazing to see how well conditioned they were. Rarely a bad lie (if any) and the run offered on drive was more than fair on a rainy day.

Rough: Tough and the ESA/waste areas were punishing. This course put a premium on accurate drives.

Sand: Bunkers were understandably wet and even so, I still had two sand saves today. Nice white sand in every bunker.

Greens: Amazing. I could seriously stop there but they were so beautiful and pure, some of the best ever (even if they were wet).

ETC: No carts today as course is CPO. Twosome we played with had a forecaddie and he was friendly, even if a bit loud at times. Everything about the course is class and staff was very friendly from start to finish. An amazing outing.
10 Likes.
Played here today (3/14) on the day before my GK Cup Match with Alex maximizing my trip north. I’ve played Bayonet twice before and both times it was in spectacular condition in early December so I had high expectations. Between a dry winter up here and perhaps the time of year, Bayonet was a notch below great today. Layout is still fun and with the current health scare with COVID-19, there were far fewer people around so it was a quick fun round.

Tees: good shape overall with our foursome playing the white tees given the nasty wind most of the day. No real issues here and tees seemed to be okay in almost all holes.

Fairways: better than good however grass was crispy and not nearly as lush as it could be. In terms of lies, not many issues.

Rough: in certain areas it was just as thick at Torrey. The grass was wet too from the rains and made it even tougher; humbling stuff.

Bunkers: only in two today but decent amount of sand that was throwing a bit more towards the “dirt-sand” side of the scale.

Greens: hard and grass was not very consistent. Roll was fair and just the tiniest bit bumpy. Course has been in far better shape when it comes to the greens condition-wise.

ETC: staff was friendly, nice carts but no GPS, routing can be a bit confusing as certain holes from either 18 intertwine, food at restaurant was good, well stocked pro shop, pace was excellent today, recommend when conditions improve some (rains this month should help)
9 Likes.
Played here 3/2 with my men's club on an absolutely gorgeous 70 degree day in Somis. It's been almost 4 months since the GK Guru's made it out and the course has only gotten better since then (no CPO today thank goodness), with every aspect of the course improving slightly since last November. Pace today was atrocious, but no fault of the course, all the older gentlemen today spent more than the allotted 3 minutes looking for shots. For my money, this is the hardest golf course I have played yet, playing tougher all-around than Torrey, Aviara, or Maderas for me, but I still enjoy coming out here every time.

Tee boxes: The weakest aspect of the course that was near perfection so let the rating of 8 gauge how "bad" they truly were. A few un-level lies and a some chewed up boxes, not helped by the fact everyone today played from whites.

Fairways: Comparable to the overseeded fairways I just played in Palm Springs; wonderfully lush but finely manicured carpet of forest green. Roll was more than adequate and not a bad lie all day.

Rough: Penal with Torrey-like blades of tall grass, lots of ice plant, native brush, etc. to flank the traditional rough as well. A humbling amount of tall rough lines just about every hole and trees peppered throughout.

Sand: Plenty of sand on the course and every bunker had ample amount of raked sand that allowed for sand saves and/or shot shaping as necessary.

Greens: The green complexes here are insane. Any shot short will run right off (I had three separate approach shots spin right off the green and about 20 yards down the way) and any chip/flop shot that doesn't sit, will also scram right away from the hole. Speed on putts varied from quick to lightning fast with some pin placements being complete headscratchers and/or unfair. Be ready for pain!

ETC: Newer carts with no GPS. Staff today was skeleton crew as you'd expect on a Monday at a country club, those present were very friendly. Full field today so parking was a problem as club is older with minimal parking and homes a few yards away from clubhouse. Layout here is excellent with great mix of holes, par 3's some of the best in my opinion. No cart attendant or clubhouse access outside of restroom. Few drinking stations on course and two bathrooms (on either 9) that could use some TLC. Thankful to be able to return to this club a few miles from home and would easily recommend.
12 Likes.
Played here Sunday 2/23 as second leg of trip with longtime friend and GK member Jon. Had played Firecliff last year and walked away astounded at how pristine the course was, today was no different. As with my PGA West Nicklaus review, I won't go too crazy with detail as again, this is prime season in Palm Springs and even mediocre courses are wonderfully conditioned, let alone a gem like Firecliff.

Tees: Bordering on perfect and LOVE the fact they have so many tee options for players of all skill levels (even if most of the people out here are clearly playing the wrong set).

Fairways: It looked like Augusta out there. Sparkling green everywhere and turf that looks to have been cut with love, not a blade out of place. Roll was excellent and lies perfect.

Rough: Visually just a gorgeous as the fairways and fairly penal. The native area was for more of an issue, but the traditional rough certainly gripped your club tight.

Bunkers: Amazing in that there are so many and all of them are well groomed. Plenty of rakes and people did a good job in cleaning their mess.

Greens: Yet another perfect aspect to the course. They rolled fast and hard, with breaks being tricky at times and downright nuts at others. Most divots fixed thankfully.

ETC: What can be said about this place? Great service, wonderful layout, conditions to die for, and heck even the POP was only 4.25 hours on a prime Sunday during peak season. This place has no failings. GK, go out and play this place!
13 Likes.
Played here on Saturday 2/22 with my long time friend and GK member Jon on a very windy and not ideal for golf type of day. First time out here and was impressed with the course (especially the back 9). PGA West has some wonderful courses out here and I can see why the PGA Tour makes a stop here. I won't go into too much detail on conditions overall as it is prime season in Palm Springs and for the prices paid out here, all of this is to be expected.

Tees: Excellent with ample room to place the ball on just about every hole. Don't remember a single hole with un-level ground.

Fairways: A fine forest green carpet that pops in the dormant rough that surrounds. Good seed mix in the carts and people filling the divots. Should be great roll on a day without the winds.

Rough: Dormant rough that isn't very penal. Was in it plenty and didn't even have to club up. The rough was almost a non factor (compared to the water and natural habitat areas).

Sand: Near perfect, every bunker green-side or otherwise had great fluffy white sand that you look for in shot shaping.

Greens: Amazing, though the starter claimed an 11 on the Stimp, with the wind and given actual turf firmness, it wasn't nearly that. Good true roll and breaks were just as visually given.

ETC: Carts with good GPS. Staff friendly all-around. Grass driving range and plenty of availability on it. Layout was fun although the par 4's all seem to blend together by the end (~400 yd with bunkers lining the fairway-type). Would love to play again when the wind is dead and I can get another shot at breaking a personal best score. Recommend.
11 Likes.
Not a typical Sal review as Kevin's review earlier today covered all the basics quite well and accurately. I will add my two cents...

I understand the course is a links-style, so there is almost no need to keep the fairways green, but the first time I played here nearly 10 years ago, they seemed to put a greater effort in this. Believe me, I get that this is the last thing you should care about when the greens are good (and they so are here), but perhaps a tad more green in the fairway aesthetics would help visually and play-ability (many golfer see dormant grass and don't bother to fix/fill divots; they do when the fairway "looks" immaculate.)

Other than that, Rustic is a killer layout that punishes errant drives and careless mistakes on the enormous putting greens. Highly recommend.
8 Likes.
Played here yesterday (2/1) on a warm but beautiful start to February as part of the Gold Coast Golf Association non-tournament outing. Garth, the club president, was able to reserve a slot of primer tee times for a very reasonable and discounted price and we were able to get around in a shade over 4 hours, making for a very enjoyable round. Third time playing here and I am starting to really enjoy the short, but fun layout. Conditions were great and I highly recommend anyone who hasn't been here to come on out.

Tee boxes: Perhaps the weakest part of the conditions today, however they were still more than manageable. It was really a handful of tees were chewed up, but I believe that to be due to so many people playing the tips here.

Fairways: Excellent condition with no bad lies for me. The grass was cut nice enough to both allow the ball to sit up on occasion, and get a good amount of roll (especially as the day progressed and temps soared).

Rough: There were areas (#7 greenside) that were as bad as Torrey with same grass type and length. My partner spent countless minutes looking for errant shots and I could see why. The other native areas are just as bad, but the traditional rough killed today.

Bunkers: Was only in one but I was able to get out okay so that tells me there was enough sand. The sand here is very fine but not the pearly white fluff in every bunker. Finely manicured and plenty of rakes.

Greens: Devilishly fast. Putts were hard to sink all day as the greens were rolled to mirror the felt on a pool table. Many breaks were impossible to read and even with smaller greens, they were challenging. Few visible divots added to the enjoyment.

ETC: Staff here is always friendly from valets to all the workers you see being shuttled back and forth. Layout as mentioned is short but don't let that fool you. The areas around the 10th and 13th tee boxes are beautiful with guests walking the grounds and serving as an audience surrounded by large trees and fire pits around. The ONLY real sad part of the day is that the 18th hole has again been shorted to less than 300 yards after the main back tees have permanently been shut down and the what was the old white tee boxes abandoned with the renovation/greater use of the farmhouse for events (it did/does get peppered regularly by errant drives) but it really makes for a sad ending as it turns the hole from a crafty two shot-er to a benign little driveable par 4 with almost no challenge. Still recommend!
9 Likes.
Played here yesterday (1/26) with my partner's family on a beautiful Southern California day on a 9:20AM tee time. This was my second time playing the course and once again, I believe it to be one of the better deals in all the state with good conditions and affordable green fees, even on a Sunday. The layout here is fun and even in winter conditions, it is worth a visit if you are in Ventura County.

Tees: The tee boxes were a bit chewed up (we played Orange) and some were actually located on un-level ground (the turf where the #16 tees were placed was actually downhill). This may have been the weakest part of the course but even then we aren't talking detrimental.

Fairways: Good shape overall, not as green as it was last time I played here but where it counted was in the condition of the grass. Not ever a bad lie and roll was pretty fair. Grass was cut to a good length and divots were filled for the most part.

Rough: A mixed bag as a few areas (that probably weren't meant to be traditional "rough") were as deep as Torrey and the more immediate rough far less penal. The areas outside the stakes was deadly for errant shots.

Bunkers: Was in two and they both played very fair. The sand here appears to be in far better shape than say Sterling Hills and there are some massive bunkers on the course, all in good shape. Good consistency of sand and plenty of rakes.

Greens: Very nice and a pleasure to test your skills on. Some of the green complexes at Soule Park are huge and a bit complex to read, but in the fun not sadistic way. The speed was just about perfect; speedy but not insane with a good roll to just about every putt. A tip of the hat to the greenskeepers here!

ETC: Friendly staff at check in and bar. Cart attendant came out but literally only had liquor and minimal non-alcoholic choices, no food/snacks. Carts are basic and could stand to have a tune-up or to be replaced all together (no GPS). Lots of walkers here so rounds can run heavy on POP (sorry my serious walk-only golfers, the guys here are walking third behind socializing and golfing in that order) though today even with waiting everywhere, it was about 4.75 hours. Good food at the restaurant after the round. Recommend!
7 Likes.
Played in the first of two groups out for the GK Final along with Matt P., Kevin V., and Robert B. on what started as a blistery but warmer day (10:38am original tee time). I won't go too crazy with the conditions as the previous two reviews do a fine job of describing them. Sterling is now the closest public course to my new home and I will say the layout suits my eye and the greens here (as advertised) are what keep golfers coming back. A bit of a different review this time for those unfamiliar.

Layout: A fair mix of holes, with plenty of length if that is what you desire. The par 3's can play long in the winds similar to what we had early today. Only one par 5 in the front as my playing partner mpisarski pointed out to me, but the lack of a second on the front is negated with longer par 4's. Doglegs of both directions and some holes are just grip it and rip it. No one hole is overly penal and there is even water present on a handful of holes; worth a try.

Customer Service: I have never been treated badly here and the fact Johnny held the final here must really speak to how much they appreciate GK. From what I hear the new owner has gone to great lengths to make sure the greens are always great here and has invested lots of money to try and slowly bring this course from near death not that long ago. Starter and cart attendant were friendly and I have yet to have an issue with anyone working here.

ETC: Even with houses all around, you never feel them come into play to the point it affects your game. I enjoy that this place is always a step above most municipal courses in just about every aspect. The prices here are never out of this world and there are enough discounts offered online (most include lunch) that you can tolerate conditions not being as nice as their next door neighbor Spanish Hills CC. Worth a visit.
9 Likes.
Played here yesterday (1.16.20) with the Gold Coast Golf Association for the annual Shamble tournament on a cool day with threat of rain that thankfully didn't arrive during our round. This was my first time playing Buena and I had heard mixed things about it. For what it is, it's not a bad course; sure it's a muni-style course that can't even touch 6000 yards from the tips, but there is a good mix of holes and even some water comes into play more than once. Conditions today were pretty decent, especially the greens so on to more detail.

Tee boxes: Nothing major to report here. For the amount of play I'm certain this place gets, they were about average; no major damage or un-level turf. I have a suspicion most guys try and max out the yardage from black, but for this tournament and my review, I am speaking about the blue tee boxes.

Fairways: Perhaps not the prettiest visually, but I don't remember a bad lie all day. The ball doesn't necessarily sit up for you on perfect blades of grass, but the fairways also aren't minefields so you can drive with confidence knowing a good one will get rewarded fairly. I also felt that roll was more than adequate here today.

Rough: I can't distinctly remember it being overly penal, but perhaps that's because our team played well today. It does play like your average muni in that respect (much like Balboa) and can hide your ball, however the trees seem to play a much bigger factor than the length of rough does.

Sand: Was only in one bunker (that I actually had to hit out of) all day and it had more than enough fluffy sand, and it most have been in good shape as I managed a great shot out of there. They were fairly well raked in most cases, although I do remember seeing only one where the under-layer material (burlap-like) was making it's way through the sparse sand.

Greens: The highlight of the round for me. They seemed to be running at slower to medium speeds. I don't remember a single putt running well past the hole. Some tricky green complexes, especially on the par 3's! They held shots well and played fairly. A handful of the fringe/aprons around certain greens weren't as smooth, as my playing partner Charlie had two putts from just off the green pop up into the air.

ETC: Everything about this property is no frills. Carts basic with no GPS (though I understand why you don't need it here). Routing can be a bit tricky if not careful in this parkland-style course; follow the signs with caution as many holes seems to intersect. Staff was friendly and I did see the cart attendant and her helper once during the round; great customer service from them. Had our banquet after the round at the hall and again, very basic no frills building/amenities. Conditions are probably never country club here, but worth a visit if around and can land a deal for less than $50.
17 Likes.
Played here 12/28 with my partner's father on a visit to Northern Arizona. This was one of the only golf courses in the immediate area of his home so we took a chance on a 36 degree day and made a 9:30 tee-time (I believe the earliest they let people out is 9AM). We showed up at 9AM and were sent out right away so that allowed us to finish in less than 3.5 hours going at our own pace and letting a single pass us early on. This place gets A LOT of singles so if you visit, be prepared to let them through as they all play insanely fast, and anyone who knows or has played me knows I am Lee Treviño-quick out there. I wasn't sure what to expect knowing the cold weather, previous snow/rain days before, lack of real investment in the course, etc. and I was somewhat surprised to see it green out there and playable. This course will not blow you away and they are very casual/bare bones in some aspects but it may be worth a visit whether you are sixpez or not.

Tee boxes: Somewhat better than good. The grass here was cut fairly level and the ground was also level for the most part. I had no issues driving my tee into the turf even as the ground was a degree or two from frozen.

Fairways: Take a look at the photos; they had good color and decent coverage. The grass was cut short and roll was abundant as the surface was slick and quick. I don't remember too many bad lies, however it was winter and we did play lift, clean, replace on the areas where the water had abused the land.

Rough: Not overly penal, in fact I can't really remember having any issues with it. The natural land around the red steaks were far more penal, although even those weren't terrible and you could potentially hit out of them when needed as the banks were dry.

Bunkers: I rated them good but I actually wasn't in one all day amazingly. I don't recall seeing very many of them so I don't think they are a big factor out there. My playing partner was in one and he hit well out of it.

Greens: Good and quick to start with speeds minimizing as the sun and winds appeared towards the turn. The turf on the greens seemed good as roll was devoid of bumps or divots, however I am curious how they would play in good weather.

ETC: Staff was very friendly, from pro shop to snack bar. No starter, cart attendant, or marshal; as I mentioned this place is bare bones. Pace was insanely quick and could have been quicker, of course most of that is due to season and weather. Layout was good, however I am not a fan of holes where you are forced to lay up no matter what club you have in your bag or shot in your arsenal. A fair amount of water in play including my favorite #10. Views here are fantastic from the south as well as the red rocks to the north. This is not a destination course by any means and you are probably better off driving a bit further north to Sedona, but if you are around Cornville (yes that's really the name of the town), stop on by and check it out on a good deal.
12 Likes.
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