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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.
2 Likes.
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!
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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.
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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!!
4 Likes.
Played on Easter Sunday with my brand new TaylorMade P790 irons. The South Course is the shorter of the two 18's here. I picked it because I wanted to see how my new irons performed. BTW they are amazing!

The South Course was in great shape. The rough was long and juicy! So much recent rain made it difficult to mow the rough. You could lose a ball so easily... even tracking it to a 1' square area... it could disappear! Lesson... stay out of the rough!!

The fairways were really nice. No complaints. Very lush. And really GREEN! The greens had been punched and sanded about 10 days before... very playable!!

Oh... I will be back! I love this course! It is the home Course for Sonoma State University! Highly recommended!
8 Likes.
See my prior review. Not much has changed. This will be more of a local weather report. I've been playing golf for over 50 years. We played Half Moon Bay Ocean Course yesterday and it was the third windiest round in my entire golfing life. The course plays links-style... 9 holes down the coast... and 9 holes coming back north to the Hotel and clubhouse. The wind started howling as we made the turn. Why we kept playing... I don't know. It was comically windy. Ridiculously windy. Beyond absurdly windy. Check the weather before you go. Even at the special guest rate that I paid ($160.00) ... this was not worth the greens fee. Oh... it was freezing, too!
12 Likes.
If I was to come up with a title for this review it would be "What a shame!"  You could tell right away that in its day, this gem by the great golf course architect Alister MacKenzie, (who designed Augusta National, Poppy Hills and dozens of others), was a stellar track.

It still has the bones and design of a world-class golf course: Right on the coast South of San Francisco, huge old trees lining beautiful fairways.  Great holes!

But that's where the good part of this review must end. They have let this wonderful golf course turn to crap. Really sad.

The greens were actually super nice. Old school small, but rolled fast and true.

The biggest problem was, the length of the grass on the fairways. I have seen rough on some courses not quite as long as this fairway grass. It was almost unplayable. The city of San Francisco who runs this golf course needs to invest in some lawn mowers. And use them. Again... what a shame!!

I think that everybody should play Sharp Park at least once just for the experience. The facilities are ancient, and the original layout is a classic!  It is such a classic that I hesitate to use the term "dog track".  Let's just call it a classic dog track!

Gas powered golf cart! Hadn't used one of those in a while.

I will not repeat. Not unless a miracle happens and the City of San Francisco does about five million dollars worth of maintenance.

Alister MacKenzie is rolling over in his grave.

Great pace of play. Finished in 4 hours and 15 minutes.
13 Likes.
Played this morning. Scheduled Starting Time: 11:50AM.  The course was not busy, so we were allowed to go out as a twosome... following another twosome of big hitters, a father and a son.

Pace of play was really great. The starter told us that he expected people to finish in 4 and a 1/2 hours. But he said most people take 4 hours and 40 minutes. Our round was 4 hours and 40 minutes on the nose.  The only time we had to wait was on two of the four par-3's...

This was my first time playing any of the Pebble Beach Golf Resort courses. The price was right through a club my friend belongs to so...   Was it worth the greens fees? Yes. Just to say that I played Spanish Bay.

I'll cover three areas. The Good, the Bad ... and the Ugly.

The Good: Iconic golf course. Classic links style. Up-and-down the coast of Monterey. Incredibly nice conditions in the fairways and on the greens.

The Bad: Not my cup of tea. The front side was more wide open, the back side was simply too much golf course for me. Too much carry to get to some of the fairways. It really wasn't very much fun. The greens were either diabolically huge and undulating...  or the size of a postage stamp. The fairways were like roller coasters. Not a flat lie out there. Again... Just not my cup of tea.

The Ugly. It was "cart path only"   And for no good reason as far as I could tell. I probably walked more than if I had just walked the course with a caddy. No GPS on the cart. Sprinkler heads were not all marked. Walking out into the fairway with 3 or 4 clubs each time was a pain in the ass.

It started to rain on the 12th hole and that was about as close to getting hypothermia as I've ever come . Soaked. Foggy. The wet fairway turf made for little roll and again, the course was just too long and too much for me even on even on a day where we chose to play from the white tees

I'm coming back to the area in May to play Poppy Hills, Black Horse Bayonet and Del Monte. More reviews to come. That's all I got.

As for Spanish Bay? Been there. Done that. I will not repeat, even for free.
9 Likes.
Met up with a group of guys through the Facebook Sigma Chi golf group. Not all of the players were members of my fraternity, but this group plays a variety of courses all over northern California so I am sure I will get exposure to more great golf. This time was Poppy Ridge in Livermore.  I'm going to have trouble not gushing all over the place about this golf course. There is very little to find fault with. The greens were immaculate, very tough to read, and the pin placements were diabolical. That's all I will say about the greens. The fairways were lush and smooth and the rough was... well, it was rough.

If there is one thing that I can find to say bad about this golf course is that there was no sand bottle on the golf carts and people weren't replacing their divots. It was not horrible, but it made the fairways fall into the "not perfect" category. The 27 hole track plays out among some of the old growth vineyards and each nine is named after grape varieties. Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Merlot. A real "diamond in the rough" and I highly recommend that you play this track if you were anywhere near the area.
8 Likes.
Made it back to Peacock Gap again and all the difference in the world between the muddy mess it was last time ... it's all dried out and oh my goodness how the straight balls down the middle of the fairway rolled! Made the course play a lot shorter than it did last time and very enjoyable. Had had a decent day with the putter but but hurt my shoulder on a on a fat shot and wasn't really enjoying the back side very much. It's a nice course, not anything special because it's still a Muni but you know what, the fact that I'm back playing again makes makes me smile.
12 Likes.
Cheeseburger here. I'm back into the full swing of golf again. This is my 3rd round in 10 days. My best friend and fraternity brother lives on the 6th hole of the Old Course at Half Moon Bay. But he had made an 11:40 am  starting time on the Ocean Course. We played it today.

From the moment I drove into the parking lot until I got back to my car, this was a special experience. The golf course is spectacular to look at... as is the Ritz Carlton Hotel which shares this amazing piece of Central California coastal real estate.  It is certainly beautiful to look at, but it is also a well laid out masterpiece that uses the coastal area much like a links course in Scotland.

Speaking of other golf courses, the Ocean Course at Half Moon Bay is like playing a little bit of Pebble Beach, a little bit of Poppy Hills, a little bit of Sandpiper... and a little bit of Bajamar in Baja California.

The fairway grass was absolutely some of the best turf I have played on in many, many years. They take immaculate care of it. The rough was not overly long, but you wanted to stay out of it, that was for sure. The greens were super smooth, super consistent... and super fast. Took me a while to figure out how to keep 10' putts from ending up 10' past the hole.

The front 9 moved very quickly and we finished in just a shade over 2 hours. I can't say the same for the back side. I'm not sure what the holdup was, there were marshals out there but I think there were just a lot of bottlenecks. Ended up being exactly 5 hours. But you know what? The landscape, scenery and the golf course itself is so beautiful, we didn't really mind the pace of play.

I'm not sure it is worth the greens fee for a regular diet of golf at Half Moon Bay but it sure was nice to play it this one time.

Overall a very enjoyable round with a good friend and I will definitely be back.
10 Likes.
Played the Players Course on Wednesday January 26th. I had never played the course, so I went out with no expectations. The rough had been allowed to go dormant so it was brown. But I don't mind that... because the brown grass was mowed down and not overly long.

The tee-boxes and the fairway fairway grass was perfection. Like a nice green carpet. The greens were very consistent but super difficult to read. It took me until the back nine to figure out that no matter what I was seeing, there was not going to be a break in the putt.

The pro shop staff and the on course personnel could not have been nicer. Country Club service all the way. And the restaurant for after golf food and libations was as nice as any place I have ever been. Father Cheeseburger says highly recommended and I will definitely return.
12 Likes.
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