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I played on Monday 8-2-19 with a friend, using the GK coupon for $39 (such a great deal!)
A lot of improvements have been made in recent months. The driving range has all new mats and covered stalls. They have a new banquet facility including restrooms that are easily accessible from the outside. Check in was easy and we were paired with another twosome who were so much fun to play with.

The course was in very nice shape. The only brown to be seen on the lush fairways was the grass clippings from the mower that we followed for several holes. The bunkers were more dirt than sand but were soft and easy to hit from. The tee boxes were ok. I found a few places of uneven footing but not enough to be a problem. The greens were on the slow side but smooth and shots held well. The water features on holes 9, 14, & 18 were full and in good shape. Those on holes 1 and 16 were nearly dry.

I really enjoy this course. It has a good variety of holes and while it can be very challenging at times, it never feels intimidating (well, except for # 15- for some reason the tee shot just messes with my head). POP was a little slow at 4.5 hours but we had so much fun it didn’t matter. I highly recommend Glen Ivy and will be back very soon.
I joined in the GK Cup Final outing and had a super fun time playing with Matt, Blake, and Greg. I've played Oak Creek a few times before and I was really happy for another opportunity. They have very friendly and helpful staff members so check in always fast and efficient. The practice facility has grass stalls, a large chipping and bunker area and putting green. There is another green behind the starter's desk.

I like how this course feels very secluded. There are no houses to be seen from anywhere on the course. Other than a little bit of street sound, it's easy to forget you're in the middle of suburbia.

The course was in really good shape. The fairways were a mix of green and brown but coverage was complete and very well cushioned. There were a couple of areas that had signs of recent punching but the holes didn't affect play.
By some miracle. I was not in any bunkers. There seemed to be more than an ample amount of sand in them.

The greens are fun and frustrating. There are breaks that you don't expect and putts don't break when you think they will. Among our group we had a dozen putts miss seemingly by just a single blade of grass.

Thank you, Johnny and Oak Creek Golf Club for a great day.
I played yesterday morning. I arrived at 6:15 am, figuring I could get it done in time before going to work (the first time I’ve ever tried that.) I asked if the course was pretty open and I was just told that I wasn’t the first out there. He really should have mentioned that I was going to be following 2 fivesomes. When I realized this on the first tee I told myself that if it took too long, I would just bail after the 6th hole. Luckily, both groups were all no-nonsense players who didn’t waste any time. I did wait a bit on each hole but it turned out ok and I finished in 90 minutes.

This is a fun little 9 hole course with 7 par 3s and 2 par 4s that can easily played in 3 for anyone that hits longer than I do. Despite its short length, it is quite challenging. Water comes into play on 2 holes and there is a ravine to carry on the 9th. The super short 4th hole (88 yds) has the trickiest green on the course. If your shot doesn’t hold, it will take off like a bullet and run off the left side into the creek.

The course conditions have been slowly, but steadily improving over the past few months. There is new netting in several places. All of the orange trees that were between holes 1 & 6 and between 7 & 9 have been removed, giving the course a much cleaner look. The rough was in better condition than I’m used to seeing here. This was very helpful in the area left of the first green where I seem to always land. It was thick enough to keep my ball from rolling into the ravine, but my ball sat up well for an easy chip onto the green. The fairways, while a patchwork of different grasses and colors, had decent coverage. The tee boxes were chewed up but were level and big enough to be able to find a spot to hit from. The bunkers were thin and damp but I really didn’t mind – it’s good for practice. The greens were nice- soft, smooth, a bit slow, with surprisingly few unrepaired ball marks. I guess this is another advantage of early morning play.

I really enjoyed playing before going to work. It put me in a good mood for the rest of the day. I’ll be back!
I played today with a tee time of 9:07. Check in was fast and friendly and we were sent out a few minutes early.

The course and practice areas are always in good condition, and today was no exception.
The tee boxes were level with a moderate number of divots. The fairways were beautiful with good coverage and only a few thin areas. The rough was short in most places but I did manage to a few spots that almost covered my ball. There were several areas around the course that had some browning but honestly I only noticed it when I was looking around to take photos or mental notes.

Early in the round, the greens were firm and fast and just kept getting faster! With the many huge undulations and even the smaller more subtle breaks, these greens are challenging! I was very happy with 35 putts today. The bunkers weren’t great. The three I was in ranged from deep/soft to thin/crusty to muddy.

We finished in just a little over 3.5 hrs. I love this course. It’s beautiful, tough and so much fun. The weekday senior rate of $47 with cart is so reasonable I will definitely be back soon. Highly recommended.
I played in the GK outing on 6-30-19 with Bill, Kathy and Greg. This was my second time at Reflection Bay. I was very excited to have a chance to play here again. We enjoyed a nice pre-round breakfast in the restaurant and then headed out to the tee.

The course conditions were as impressive as last time. Everything from tee to green was in great shape. The fairways and rough were lush and well trimmed. I really liked the sand in the few bunkers I was in- soft and very easy to hit out of. Having a bit of course knowledge was helpful on a couple of holes where balls just want to keep on rolling off the green into the water. There is a good variety of holes with some elevation changes and even the par 3s were surprisingly challenging.

I had a great time and look forward to playing again. Highly recommended.
I played The Journey for the first time yesterday. I used an Underpar deal and was joined by rudyclub. The customer service was great from the parking lot security guard being helpful when I got a bit turned around,to my bag getting picked up at my car, and the friendly and efficient pro shop staff.

We spent a little time warming up. This was one of the nicest practice areas I’ve seen- grass range with complimentary balls, a multi-bunkered chipping area and a very large putting green. All of these were in beautiful condition and it made me even more excited to get to the course. We headed out right on time at 8:30 am in the very comfy cart with good GPS and water bottles in the cooler.

The course conditions were as close to perfect as I’ve seen anywhere recently. There were a few damp areas in the completely green fairways but they were not problematic. A nice touch was the divot mix being green to blend in with the grass. The tee boxes were level with very few divots, the rough was lush and cut short. The bunkers had wonderful sand. It was soft and just little heavy. It was so easy to hit out of that I was actually excited when I got to. It was such a pleasure to see every bunker on the course groomed and raked by previous players. The greens were wonderful. They were smooth and rolled a fast medium speed. Tim’s course knowledge was really helpful with the many hard to read undulations.

The layout is so much fun and still challenging from the very short forward tees. There is a big variety of holes, from wide and relatively flat to extreme elevation changes and blind shots. I enjoy taking a lot of photos during a round of not just the golf holes. There were many interesting things on this course like big bridges and Indian huts.

POP was a little over 4.5 hours. We waited only a few minutes here and there. There was no one behind us for most of the round so we were able to play at a leisurely pace and hit some extra shots. The Underpar voucher included a bounce back deal so I will definitely be back. I very highly recommend The Journey at Pechanga.
The last time I played here was 3-1/2 years ago. With Tee-Off + promo code I was able to play for $24. I was very early for my 11:07am tee time so they paired me with a guy who works in the pro shop, and a nice couple from Arizona. We teed off at 10:37am. The carts have good GPS (although ours quit working on the #15)

Last time I was here, conditions were not so good. It was very nice to see the improvements that have been made and are continuing. There were a couple of fairways that had sizeable areas of very thin turf, but the rest were nicely green with good coverage and cushion. The rough was consistent around the course ranging from about 1 to 2 inches- easy to hit/chip from. The greens were very impressive- smooth, somewhat soft, fast-medium roll, and only a handful of ball marks to be fixed. The tee boxes were level with few divots on any of them. The water in the several lakes is much clearer than I remember in all but #5- still enough scum on that one to support the 5 or 6 balls that were sitting on top of it. The bunkers were more dirt than sand. Some were thin/crusty, others were soft/deeper. I was in 4 of them and I was unusually successful in getting out of all them (Thank you, GDR23!). I heard that they are eliminating several bunkers around the course and shortening some on the mounds on the right side of the #8 fairway.

The layout is fun. There are several narrow holes with water including the very short but challenging #3 – don’t land right, left or long- on the green is the only safe place. The #6 par 3 has always been my worst hole. Apparently I wasn’t the only one recently to need the drop zone – there was hardly any grass left in it! The back 9 has some nice elevation changes and scenic views. POP was a little over 4 hours. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day. I won’t wait another 3 years to play the Vineyard again.
I was happy to have the opportunity to play today with Johnny, Gary and Ron. I had last played here about 5 years ago. I didn’t remember many specifics of the course but I could see right away it was in much better shape than back then. I was immediately taken with how pretty the course is with the variety of vegetation and the many beautiful Jacaranda trees in full bloom.

The red tee boxes were divot-free and there were only a few areas of uneven footing and long grass. The fairways were in great shape, very green, with great coverage and cushioning. The greens were awesome. There were lots of undulations, multi-tiers, ridges, valleys and backstops. It was not a good day for sinking putts but it sure was fun trying.

I really enjoyed the course with its good variety of holes. It was totally worth the 2.5 hour drive from OC and I look forward to playing again soon.
I played yesterday in their Cinco De Mayo Member/Guest tournament. I and five friends were invited by a member whom I met about a month ago while playing at San Juan Hills. Cheryl was the organizer of the event. I was very excited to have this chance to play here. I’ve driven by it many times and it always looked so pretty.

From the moment we arrived, were made to feel very welcome. Our bags were loaded on our carts and then we spent some time on the small driving range and very hilly practice green. There was about an hour before tee time so we indulged in the complimentary margaritas, chips, salsa and empanadas. There was a taco bar outside for a small fee. Most of the members were there by this time. We had a great time just hanging out and meeting so many friendly people.

All guests were paired with members, which was very helpful on the course as there was no GPS on the carts (we did have ice chests and ball washers on board.) It was a shotgun start and we started on hole #5. As we took a wild ride shortcut across the course to our tee, we got a good look around. There is a creek that runs through most of the course, with steep hills all around.

There was a good variety of holes. There were a few shots over water and blind doglegs. There was a short par 4 on the back that took a good combination of accuracy and luck on the drive to hit the extremely narrow fairway with a big hill on the left sloping down to water on the right. There was a par 3 with a really crazy green. It was obvious that there would be some break toward the entrance road down below, but without the advice of our playing partners, we would never have realized that we had to aim our putts about 10 ft left of the pin! Another par 3 had a big sombrero painted on it. I was the first to land in it– about 12 inches from the pin.

The course conditions were good, not great. The fairways were mostly green, cut very short and a few had signs of recent punching. The tee boxes were neat and level. The greens were smooth but rolled a bit slower than I like. The bunkers were a little thin but the sand was good.

After the round we had a complimentary buffet dinner and drinks in the beautiful dining room. Afterwards, they announced all the winners. Well, it turned out that out of 66 players, only 2 hit that sombrero- I and one of my friends. Not a single member did lol. I got a very nice prize for that. It was a super fun day on a nice course. If you ever get a chance to play here, don’t hesitate. You’ll really enjoy it.
I played Wolf Creek on 4-28-19. This was the highlight of my golf weekend with Bill, Kathy and Dixie. I had wanted to play here ever since I first saw a magazine photo of it over 10 years ago.

We were greeted in the parking lot and given our cart. After checking in and exploring the pro shop we had a quick breakfast and putted a few balls. The grass driving range was close by but there wasn’t time to warm up before heading out. The starter gave us a few hints and instructions and off we went.

The view from the first tee was just a small taste of the spectacular scenery that we would see throughout the day. So many times reality doesn’t meet the perfection of media photos, but in this case it exceeded it by a mile. The green turf and white sand contrasted against the red canyons was breathtaking. There was a lot of colorful desert flowers in bloom. From every direction, it was just gorgeous.

The conditions were just amazing. The fairways were lush with no flaws that I could see. The bunkers were a little thin but clean and groomed. The rough was consistent around the course and easy to hit from. The greens were firm and fast. There were a few unrepaired marks here and there but not enough to give a second thought to at the time. The tee boxes were all level with few divots.

I often marvel at how much work it must take to keep any golf course in good shape, but never as much as I did here. With the overall amount of space, all the elevation changes and areas of grass just tucked into little hidden curves, it’s just amazing. Huge kudos to the maintenance crew.

The course is tough, even from the very short red tees. Hole #4 with its bunker minefield was certainly interesting (I got caught in 3 of them). Although the forward tees often take out some of the challenge of forced carries, hole #7 still had all the thrill. I had a great drive right down to the creek and then made the very high uphill second shot over the canyon to the green. That hole was fun! Prior to playing I had seen a very intimidating photo of #14. Seeing it in person just got me so excited and determined to get it right!

The only thing I didn’t like was the carts. It was very hard to control the speed when going down the extremely steep hills. And there was no GPS. If there is ever a course where one would be helpful it’s Wolf Creek. There is no beverage cart on the course but the comfort station by holes 6 & 15 has a drive-thru window. I’d never seen that before.

Playing Wolf Creek was everything I’d hope it would be. Playing it was probably one of the most satisfying rounds I’ve had. It was totally worth the price and shooting 97 (!) was just the icing on the cake. I’m ready to play it again!
Royal links was course #2 of my fun weekend with wsbell57, colmcd, and iluv2golflady. (Thank you, GK!).

It was easy to forget we were in the middle of Las Vegas as soon as we entered and saw the castle clubhouse and the wide open links style course that was such drastically different scenery from that of the previous day at Reflection Bay. Check in was fast and the starter was super friendly and helpful.

Conditions were pretty good, with a only a few thin and bare spots on the fairways. The tee boxes were a bit shaggy but level, so no problem. The greens were very firm and quick. A big part of the fun and potential frustration definitely comes from the 100+ pot bunkers on the course. Because there was no GPS on the carts to help locate the bunkers amid all the hills and dips, almost every shot left me with a few moments of suspense wondering if I had landed in one. By some enormous miracle, I was only in two of them and was able to get out of each in one shot.

The highlight of my round was on #15 when I holed out with a chip from the deep, dense, clumpy grass around the bunker. Overall I played really well, shooting 95 with 33 putts. I thoroughly enjoyed Royal Links and would definitely like to play here again.
Played 4-26-19. This was the first of a three-round weekend with Gkr’s wsbell57, colmcd, and iluv2golflady. It was the first time for all of us to play Reflection Bay. We were very excited to play after reading so many great GK reviews. Our first impression when we drove by it was just “WOW.” The fairways that we could see from the street were a stunning shade of emerald green and we knew right then that we were in for a huge treat.

The clubhouse is a beautiful building with spectacular views of the bay. It was a good thing we arrived early because we took so many photos before we even got onto the golf course! We had a nice lunch in the restaurant and then a quick visit with Gkr kevbig before heading out to play.

The course conditions I can describe very simply- they are as close to perfect as I’ve ever seen from tee to green. The fairways are lush without a spot of brown anywhere. The tee boxes are tightly trimmed and level. The bunkers are sparkling white and the greens smooth and rolled medium fast. The course is as tough, though, as it is beautiful. I didn't play well and it beat me up pretty badly ...I just can’t wait to give it another try!
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