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I played using an $85 Underpar. The deal is good for Mondays only, so today was perfect with traffic being light due to the holiday. Check in was easy but I had to email to them my Underpar voucher so that they could print it, as they required a hard copy rather than just seeing it on my phone.

The practice area had complimentary balls on the range and there was a good sized chipping area and putting green. I’m really glad I spent some time there because it gave me a good idea of the challenge I was in for. The cart was comfy and had an ice chest. There was no GPS, though, which was unfortunate as yardage markers were hard to find in the fairways.

I started on time at 9:40 a.m., paired with a friendly twosome. Another single caught up and joined us at the second tee. We played the Masters 9 first, followed by the U.S. Open 9. The Masters is fairly narrow, but not nearly as much so as the U.S. Open. Funny, though, I seemed to do better the narrower the fairway...more concentration, maybe. There are a lot of big elevation changes, dog legs and blind shots – all the things I like in a course.

The conditions were excellent. Tee boxes were large and level with almost no divots or broken tees littering the area. The fairways were completely lush. Many, not all, had those great mower stripes – love that! Holes 1,3 & 9 on the Masters were CPO as were 1 & 8 on the U.S Open. I didn’t see any brown, bare or wet areas. I was in 4 or 5 bunkers. The sand was clean, soft and heavy- really easy to hit out of. The rough was beautifully consistent on the entire course, about 2-3 inches and dense enough that the balls didn’t sink in.

The greens were the killer for me. (I kept thinking of The Saticoy Club.) They were firm, crazy fast and didn’t hold shots very well. It was so hard to read the breaks. Balls rolled U-turns on several greens. It worked in my favor a couple of times though I can’t say it was intentional. There was one downhill putt that I barely tapped. The ball slowed to what looked like a complete stop a couple feet above the pin, then suddenly took off again, right off the green. We all chased balls on and off the greens. Honestly, it was just a bit ridiculous after a while.

Some nice touches around the course were water stations every 2 or 3 holes. The on-course bathrooms were clean and looked new. Most of the holes had all four tees grouped closely together. On the few where the forward tees were farther away, there was a ball cleaner there too. The routing was a little confusing on a couple of holes and we took some wrong turns but not a problem.

POP was great at 4:15. I would like very much to play here again and hopefully get a score I’d be willing to say out loud, unlike today’s ! Highly recommended.
I played today with Linda, whom I met golfing a few weeks ago. We used a GN Hot deal, but at $55 was still the most I’ve ever paid here. It fit the time and location I was looking for so it was all good. After a quick check in, we were paired with Steve and Dave. We started right on time at 11:50 am. I was very surprised at how quiet the course was today. I can usually count on a crowd at the first tee but it was wide open and we only waited a minute or two, on one hole, the entire round. POP was exactly 4 hrs.

Course conditions, overall, were pretty good. The tee boxes were mostly level without too many divots. I was in a couple of bunkers. There were lots of little stones in one of them but there was enough soft sand that I wasn’t too concerned about nicking my club. The fairways were thin with a few bare spots. The extra roll out was much enjoyed. The rough was inconsistent in length and thickness. All four of us each lost a ball or two in the very long rough. The greens were nice except for all the ball marks. When lucky enough to have a line between the pockmarks, it was smooth and rolled medium fast.

I always enjoy this course. It’s challenging but still has a relaxed feel. There is a good variety of holes, elevation changes, water, and nice scenery on the back 9. I look forward to playing here again soon. Recommended.
I played the Mountain course today for the first time. Just about a year ago, I played the Dunes course and was less than impressed. I’ve heard from many that the Mountain course is more appealing so I decided to give it a try. Check in was easy but I was disappointed that they didn’t have logo balls for the Mountain course. Hopefully they will in the future so I can fill the space in my display. The range had complimentary balls and the carts were nice with GPS and water bottles in the coolers.

The fairways were beautifully green with no bare or wet spots. The turf was still too thin for me to call it lush but it was in great condition. The tee boxes were also in good shape. I was in a few bunkers. The sand was only a thin layer but clean and raked. All the rough was dormant and cut very short. There were not too many bare spots, but of course I did find those few. The greens were firm and somewhat slow but smooth and free of ball marks.

The Mountain’s front 9 is intertwined with the Dune’s back nine all in view of the clubhouse. Holes 10-13 run in between homes and weren’t very memorable (except for 13 which I birdied!). The scenery changes dramatically on 14-17. These holes run through the rocky mountains. I think #14 is one of the most beautiful golf holes I’ve played.

POP was good at 4 hrs. This is a fun course and definitely worth playing if you haven’t already.
I played 12-8-19 in the GK outing with Tim, Brady and Bob. This was my fourth time to Rams Hill and I was so excited to play again. I started the morning with a nice breakfast on the patio where I had a beautiful view of the first and last holes. Afterwards I hit a few unsuccessful, but very fun, shots on the new simulator. The all-grass driving range was in great shape as were the putting green and chipping area.

The course was near-perfect as always. The fairways were lush and a shade of emerald green that almost doesn’t look real. I found a few damp and thin spots but that wasn’t a surprise considering all the recent rain. The bunkers (all seven of them that I was in) had great sand. The rough around the traps was dormant creating a beautiful look. Unfortunately, it was too short to stop my balls from rolling in. The red tee boxes were all level with very few divots. The greens were soft and smooth. The wind kicked hard up on the back nine. I’d like to blame that for the many uphill putts that came to a grinding halt half an inch from the cup.

Customer service was outstanding all around from beginning to end. It also was really nice that we had a big room in which to have our post-round festivities. Many thanks to Johnny and Rams Hill for another fantastic day.
I teed it up today with dcricket using their Black Friday deal of $90 for 2 players. As always, customer service was friendly from start to finish. When we checked in, they told us that we would be starting on #10. There was some construction work on #7 with the water feature being drained and that there would be a temporary green (which there wasn’t.) He didn’t mention that holes 10 & 11 were CPO, but it was ok.

We spent a few minutes on the large putting green and the chipping/bunker area. The sand was amazing- deep, clean, soft and well groomed. It was the same all around the course as well. Tee boxes were in exceptional shape. All were level and lush. The greens and collars were very good. They were soft but with surprisingly few ball marks. The greens on the back nine were very smooth, but those on the front were much bumpier. All rolled medium-fast and were fun and challenging with many large undulations.

The low point, unfortunately, was the fairways. They were in nowhere near the condition I’ve seen before at this course. They were thin with lots of areas marked GUR, and many more that should have been. There were so many clumps of sprouting grass (weeds?) that, although they didn’t really interfere with play too much, it was just really ugly. On a few holes, there were large areas that looked like the turf had been pawed up by some large animals.

All in all, it was a really nice day on a very fun course. My highlight was hitting the #8 green in 2. I’ve never done that before and it was very exciting (of course, I then 3 putted… go figure). We later enjoyed lunch in the clubhouse. I will definitely be back again when the fairways look better. Recommended.
I played today with my friends Ed and Christal and we were joined by another single. Check in was fast and after putting a bit on one of the three practice greens, we teed off on time at 9:15 am. There was no one in front of or behind us. With a very relaxed pace, we finished in exactly 4 hours.

Conditions were good. The fairways had some patchwork areas of different grasses and a few thin spots, but over all had good coverage and none of us found any bad lies. I was surprised that the fairways were completely dry. I was expecting at least a few mud puddles after all of the recent rain. Hole 10 was CPO with signs of recent punching.

The rough was about 1-3 inches and littered with a lot of tree debris. But, it was neatly trimmed and very easy to chip out of, particularly around the greens. The tee boxes also had some debris but were level and in good shape. The bunkers were very inconsistent. On the front there was a good amount of soft sand. On the back there was just mud.

The greens were very nice. They were soft, smooth and rolled medium speed. There were plenty of uphill putts that required considerably more speed to reach the cup. We all had too many lip outs but I finished with 32 putts so no complaints.

This course is fun. There is plenty of water and even the forward tees are a challenging length for me. All went well today and I am thrilled with a 98. I hope I can play here a few more times before it’s gone.
I played yesterday in the GK Guru outing with Mark and David. The staff was friendly and efficient at bag drop. The carts are fully loaded with USB, GPS, ball/club washer and water bottles in the cooler. There is a large grass driving range, short game/bunker practice area and putting green. The range balls are kind of pricey, though, at $12 for a small bag.

Every time I play here I am surprised at how secluded this course feels. It’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of Irvine. It’s always a fun challenge. Seemingly every fairway slope funnels the ball into either water or a bunker- and I landed in several of them. I was lucky, though, as the sand was soft and plentiful. I saw a few other traps that weren’t quite as good.

The fairways were in good shape, mostly green with some brown in the thinner spots. There were a lot of divots, though. The greens were somewhat bumpy and inconsistent in speed. I’m sure that very soon they will be as fast and smooth as the putting green next to the starter’s desk. I played from the forward tees. They were also in good shape with just a couple of them being noticeably unlevel.

The on-course service was good. Our cart battery light went on at one point and the marshal very quickly arranged a new one for us. The beverage cart also came around a few times. POP started out very slowly but after five or six holes, sped up and we finished in about 4.5 hours.

A few of us stayed for dinner afterward. The food and service was very nice. I should have asked what was the brand of Pinot Grigio I had – it was excellent! Overall, another fun day at a really nice course. Many thanks to Johnny and Oak Creek.
I had a very fun time playing today with Johnny, Matt and Nick. The staff made us feel very welcome and spent some time giving us lots of good information about the course. There is a nice short game practice area and two large putting greens which gave a good sign of the challenge to follow.

There are huge pine and pepper trees lining the course and scenic views from mountain to ocean. It’s definitely one of the prettiest courses I’ve played- especially hole #15. It was cart path only today. The fairways are fairly narrow, though, so it wasn’t too much walking. The carts had no GPS but did have coolers and ball and club washers. Each nine had a water station with snacks too- a nice touch.

The fairways were in great shape, beautifully green with lies a bit tighter than from what I can hit well. I played from the gold tees. Some were thin and a bit chewed up but all were level. What I really appreciated was that on the holes with elevated tees, the forward tees were up there too. Too many times I’ve played courses where the front tees are moved down to fairway level taking a lot of fun out the shot.

The course has many huge bunkers and I landed in more of them than I could count. The sand was so nice and easy to hit from but the long thick grass bordering the traps was just deadly.

The greens were just wicked! On the front, they were crazy fast. Later in the day, on the back, they were somewhat slower but certainly no easier. There were many false fronts causing a short approach shot or too firm a downhill putt to roll ten or twenty yards back onto the fairway.

Many thanks to Johnny, for arranging the outing on this wonderful course. I would absolutely love to play here again given the opportunity.
Played today with Gkrs wsbell57 and colmcd. We got a great rate of $26 including cart by booking on the course website. We started about 11:15am, about an hour early. The starter said no one had teed off since about 9:30 so we pretty much had the course to ourselves until a twosome caught up to us around the 8th hole. I'd only played this course once before, several years ago. A few areas looked vaguely familiar but it was much like playing it for the first time.

The conditions of holes 1-13 were so-so. The fairways were more brown than green, very thin with lots of bare spots. There were tons of track marks causing crazy bounces. That, combined with a 2-3 club wind, made for some interesting and frustrating shots. The greens were varied-some smooth, some bumpy- all with many unrepaired ball marks. Tee boxes were mostly level. The bunkers had ample sand and were easy to hit out of.

There was a marked improvement in conditions on holes 14-18. The fairways were green with well-cushioned coverage. The greens were much smoother and held shots better than those on the front. The wind had died down by then but strangely enough, I played much better on the front in the tougher conditions. There are some more challenging holes on the back with carries over water to elevated greens. Those were my downfall today. Overall, the course is very fun and I would like very much to play again when the fairways are in better shape.
I played today using a GN Hot Deal. It had been several months since I last played what is still one of my favorite area courses. I had a 7:44 am tee time but after pairing with another single, we got out about 20 minutes early.

The course is in decent condition. I expected (hoped) it would be better after the recent over-seeding, but it needs a couple more weeks. From a distance it appears to be all green and lush but underfoot, it’s not quite that good. The fairways are thin which did get me some good roll out, but also gave me a few unlucky bounces. The rough was in good shape, well on its way to its usual long, thick, ball-hiding condition. The tee boxes were in need of mowing but were all level. The bunkers were terrible- all mud with good sized ponds in several. My playing partner landed in a couple of them but fortunately was able to fish her ball out with the rake. Sadly, the greens were very disappointing. They were slow, thin and bumpy- kind of like putting on Berber carpet.

As far as the lay out, I just enjoy it so much. It’s very peaceful with no houses and only occasionally a bit of freeway sound. There’s a lot of wildlife around the course. I love the huge playful roadrunners. Other than the big drop offs from the fairways on holes 1 & 3, it’s pretty straightforward and there is water on only 3 holes. It’s the only course on which I can score so badly every time and still look forward to my next round to try to do better.
There was no one in front of or behind us the entire round. POP was great at 3 hrs. I wish I could’ve stayed for a replay. I will try to get back again soon. Recommended.
I played yesterday, for the first time, using a GroupGolfer deal. I’d wanted to play here for such a long time and finally decided to go even with the predicted high winds. Fortunately, the weather was near perfect with strong breezes only on the last 3 or 4 holes.

Check in was easy and I was told I could start whenever I was ready. A threesome ahead of me asked me to join which was perfect as it was all foursomes ahead of us. I was so glad that I wouldn’t be waiting on every hole!

Despite my lousy play, I enjoyed the course a lot. Visually it was really pretty with lots of desertscape along most of the holes. The fairways were in very good condition. All were completely green, but several were CPO as the turf was still a little thin. The fairways are all quite narrow so, being CPO wasn’t any problem. The tee boxes were level and lush, but most were in need of mowing. I was in only one bunker. The sand was damp but clean and plentiful. The rough was just plain nasty- long, deep, thick and sticky…. and I was in it in all but about 2 holes. The greens were firm and and a little bumpy from recent punching. The speed was very inconsistent from one to another so that was a bit frustrating.

I would like very much to play here again. If I can get a good deal during good weather, it would definitely be worth the drive.
I played today using a last-minute GolfNow Hot Deal. I wasn't planning to play today but I just couldn't pass up another affordable course so close to where I'm staying.

My tee time was 7:52am. I was relieved to see that I would be going out just in front of a large tournament. I was paired with a couple of local guys who were a lot of fun to play with.

I knew right away that I was going to enjoy this course. I could see from the first tee that it was in very good condition. The fairways were lush and lined with many large oak trees. The balls sat up so high I had none of the trouble that I had yesterday at Blackhorse. The front nine is relatively wide and flat compared to the back which had hills, a couple of blind shots and doglegs. There was one hole that had two carries over water. That was actually my favorite hole. I had to plan my shots well and fortunately everything went as planned.

The tee boxes were almost all level and only the par 3s had noticeable damage. There are lots of bunkers here and by some miracle I avoided them all. From what I could see the sand look pretty good.

The greens were a pleasure. They were a little bit on the slow side but were smooth, rolled true and held shots well. A big plus was there were no unrepaired ball marks!

POP was good. We waited only a couple minutes here and there, finishing in exactly 4 hours. I like this course so much. It's a nice straightforward, no frills course that I will absolutely play again next time I'm in the area. Definitely recommended.
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