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Played today in 100 degree weather with a $39.00 Groupgolfer coupon. I am happy to report that conditions are improving and the course was much more playable than it was three months ago when I last played here.

The driving range is now all artificial turf and you hit off of brand new mats. Painted yardage lines and plenty of yardage markers are helpful but I miss being able to aim at pins on "greens" like it used to be.

The course layout is the same but some of the tee boxes on the back nine were moved up (blue tees where the whites used to be for example). Out on the course you will find artificial turf at strategic locations where the carts enter and exit the cart paths. Also they've used artificial turf on the paths leading from the cart paths to the tee boxes.

One final change: the back nine on the Valley is now called the Desert nine. Once the front on the Mountain course is restored they will have three nines: Valley, Desert, and Mountain. For now the Mountain is not open but it was good to see the greens being watered as I drove in.
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Played today as they honored a groupgolfer.com certificate that I was unable to use last year due to the fire. I was really looking forward to returning to the course I've played hundreds of times (I was a member for 2.5 years).

As the driving range is not yet open (they're going to be installing artificial turf) I headed to the practice green after checking in. The practice green was so incredibly smooth it almost looked fake. Loved it.

The rest of the course is under construction/renovation as such the conditions are nowhere near what this course has been in the past. However, they have made some changes to make the course a little more forgiving.

The large fairway bunker on right side of the first hole is gone. The fairway bunker on the left side of #2 is also gone. Hole #3 is pretty much the same as are the rest of the holes on the front 9. You really start to see what happened in the fire when you reach hole #8. Hole #4 was playing as a 200 yard hole instead of a par 5 and all tee markers were set at this one location in the fairway.

The back nine was utter chaos. A forklift driver was constantly delivering large rolls of sod out to the workers and driving way too fast. A dump truck cut across the fairway in front of us on at least three occasions.

The major changes on the back are mostly from all the vegetation that is no longer there. You can actually see golfers on adjacent holes now. The winding path that leads from the "Death Row" marker to the 13th tee now seems to wind for no reason as all the brush and trees are gone. The pond on hole #16 now has a retaining wall around the perimeter. The large fairway bunker on the left of #17 has been removed along with the bunkers short of the green.

The greens are in fabulous shape and the sand traps had really nice sand. Even the fairway bunker on #13 had sand - that bunker usually was hard packed in the past.

Unfortunately the rest of the course was in pretty bad shape. The fairways were by far the worst I have ever played on in my life. Simply cutting them would have at least helped with the appearance.

This course has always been a very challenging layout. I look forward to returning once the construction is done. If you play here please lower your expectations, at least for now.

One other thing to note - when I drove in the sprinklers were going on the front nine of the Mountain Course. I was told they will be reopening that nine and that Robinson Ranch will become a 27 hole facility.
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Played in the spectator group for the GK Cup Final today at a great discounted price. We had an awesome time!

I hadn't been to this course in a very long time so it was fun to finally come back. The course is difficult but fair (I played the same ball the entire round) and the facility is first rate. After playing several rounds at the dried out conditions at Robinson Ranch this summer, it was fun to actually be able to hit off grass in the fairway and rough. The course has a wonderful practice facility with a couple of huge practice greens. The golf cars have really nice GPS systems which really helped our group understand where the trouble was. The system also automatically lets you know how far you hit your drives.

The only issue (mine, not the course's) I have with this course, and the reason it is no longer in my rotation, is that the rack rates got jacked up when the new clubhouse was built and it's now way out of my price range. Also, for someone used to paying $3.00 for a small bucket of range balls, $7.00 for the same size bucket seemed a tad high, especially when hitting off of mats.
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Played this morning and had an awesome time. Have I seen the course in better shape? Absolutely. The fairways are still pretty bare. However, they are far better than when I last played here three months ago. The recent rains seemed to have helped. I think the next time I play I'll play relaxed rules in regard to fairway lies. But the course conditions are not what keep me coming back. It's the location, customer service, and challenging layout. Okay, and the greens are fabulous.

Please note that this is NOT a course for beginners. Even experienced golfers will not score well here if they're not hitting the ball straight. There is no place to bail out on any hole. Can you play all 18 without losing a ball? It's not easy. I've done is a few times here and that is one challenge that keeps me coming back.

Would I pay rack rate to play here? Probably not. For me this course is worth $59 on a good weather weekday, $45 when it's windy. I look for specials on groupgolfer.com and also at Costco.
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I think I've found the secret to playing Knollwood in a reasonable amount of time - go there after a morning rain. Miguelgolf2007 and I got there yesterday at 10:00 for our 10:36 tee time and there was only ONE car in the lower lot! When we made the turn, there were NO cars in the lower lot. Apparently the people who routinely clog this course are ALL fair weather golfers. We took our time and still walked 18 in only 3 hours 20 minutes - almost felt like we played TOO fast!. Despite the morning rain, the course was very playable. Fairways and greens drained nicely. Only had to break out the umbrella for 2 holes.
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Played this course for the very first time yesterday as a preview for our upcoming outing in February. What a challenging and fun course! Course is in excellent condition. To me, this is what a public golf course should look like. Generally lots of short grass around the greens means you can use your putter from great distance. What the par 3's lack in distance, they more than make up for in undulations in the greens.

Still trying to figure out how I can make a double bogey 5 on the 138 yard par 3 15th, then make a tap in par on the 466 yard par 4 16th. Yep, 466 yard par 4 from the blues.

Winds were so strong when we got there that they had temporarily closed the back nine and had players re-playing the front to get in their 18, but by the time we teed off they had opened the back up.

On this layout, there is a huge difference between the blue and white tees on 5 holes. Hole #14 is a 446 yard dogleg from the blues, but only a 364 yard straight hole from the whites, but the biggest difference is the par three hole #6 - 200 yards from the blue, but only 128 yards from the white.
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Played a.m. today. Course is not in very good condition right now. Fairways and tees thin - actually had better lies in the rough. Greens were okay and pace of play was 4.5 hours, which was nice for this muni - no pile up at the 3rd tee this time. Three practice greens but only one open. I hope fairway and tee conditions improve before I come back.
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Played here on 1/7 as a warm-up to our upcoming GK outing. Course is in superb condition. This is a very challenging course - if your driver isn't working, you're in for a long day. Greens are very quick, but really smooth. A few of the holes have gotten the better of me all 3 times I've played this course, so I'm looking for a little redemption in my next round here. Plan on losing a lot of balls, but also finding a lot in your search.

Very nice practice facility here includes a grass driving range and chipping area. Carts have a nice GPS system, but I recommend bringing a handheld device, because you can't always drive to your ball (roped off areas, no cart areas, etc).

I rate this course as one of my 5 favorites - even if you're not hitting the ball well, you can at least enjoy the beautiful scenery and views.
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Course in very good condition. Everything very green. Cart path only due to the recent rains made for a slower than usual round. Missed all the sand traps today so can't comment on their condition. Greens were smooth, but a little slow. Weather perfect for this time of year so my group had a very enjoyable round. I now prefer this course over Woodley Lakes or Encino/Balboa. Will be back soon if the conditions stay this good.
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Played on 11/17 for the very first time and really enjoyed the course - I guess I got lucky and picked a day with very little wind. Course does not go by the club house after 9, so pace of play was consistent (no stopping for lunch at the turn). Every hole provided a different challenge. The greens were nice, but some of the pin placements were diabolical. Water comes into play on at least 8 holes. My GPS rangefinder definitely helped in determining carry over the water and traps - too bad it couldn't hit the ball for me. I went "swimming" at least 3 times. Pond on left on hole #4 is a golf ball graveyard. My ball scoop just paid for itself. Played the blue (back) tees, and the par 3's are all manageable. The shortest par 4 is 376 yards, so no easy birdie holes here. Five par 5's on this course and the only one realistically reachable in 2 is #18 (522 yards). Staff was very friendly and helpful. Grass on driving range was a little thin, but it was fun trying to hit balls into the nets and trying to hit the back fence on the fly. Practice green was excellent. If this course was a little closer I would put it on my regular rotation - green fees ($36) were very reasonable. I'll be back at least once a year now that I know about their free birthday green fees. If I had one complaint, it would be the horrible fertilizer smell near the 16th green. I hope that's just a temporary condition.
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Played on Friday 11/14 with my usual foursome. Greens have recovered nicely and were rolling good - hence only 28 putts for TBD. We actually played a fairly quick round by Knollwood standards - 5 hours. Wind made you really think about club selection. Also meant cleaning pine needles from your putting line. Bad news - range balls are really beat up - good news is there are usually plenty left by the mats. At $23 - green fees are really reasonable for a challenging course, perhaps that is why this course is always so crowded. I will continue to come back - challenge, location and price all work for me. No gimmicks here, just golf and good times with friends.

A couple of minor changes were made to the course since my last visit. 1. the large bunker with the retaining wall on hole #12 has been completely removed and is staked off as ground under repair. 2. the fairway is now cut all the way to the green on #18 (it was previously possible to drive thru the end of the fairway).
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First time playing this course and I was very impressed. For $30 walking, the playing conditions were fantastic. Tee boxes were as good as I've seen anywhere. Greens were very smooth, though some of them had slight discoloration. Fairways were good... rough definitely penalized you, especially if you hit into one of the grass bunkers. The wind picked up mid-way through the round which made the course a little tougher. All around very enjoyable round including lunch afterward with fellow GKers noeldaof, kviser, and thingstodo.

I'll definitely be back.
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