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Epic day at Shady Canyon. Range attendant that carries your golf bag from your golf cart to the range stalls, cleans your clubs as you go through your bag. Check! Pro V 1x range balls. Check! Cart attendant that empties your ice bucket at the turn and makes sure your beverages are cold. Check! Valet that parks your car and loads your clubs in your car after round Check! Refrigerator with free cold water, fruit, sandwiches and candy at every bathroom on the course. Check! Greens ran perfectly at 11/12 all day long. Perfect fairways and tee boxes and rough. Layout was typical Tom Fazio. Lots of bunkering and unique green complexes. Layout goes through Shady Canyon area of Irvine. Saw Branden Steele in group in front of us. He is a member here. Owns course record of 59 from Black Tees. So is the big cat Tiger. If you get lucky enough to play here; do it!
Played today at 10 am. Customer service was fine as with many previous times here. I usually give them a little leeway because they are trying their best to help customers with packed tee sheets and a lot of new golfers. I have to mention that this is one of most single golfer friendly courses in the area. That is why a lot of single golfers come here. Green were a little shaggy running around 8. Sand was nice and fluffy! Rough was nonexistent with some bare spots throughout the course. Tee boxes were acceptable and pace of play was 4.15. Restaurant service was good food and good views. Will return soon!
Played last Friday at 12 pm. Have not played in over 1 year. Course was in generally good shape. Greens were bumpy and running at 8/9. Fairways had decent winter coverage and rough was not very penal. Traps had average sand and tee boxes were unlevel and bare. POP was 4.15 hours. Restaurant is still closed indoors. Outdoor patio available for post round libations and snacks. Customer service was fine. Still hard to get a tee time here, but easier than Brookside.
Ventured back out to Black Gold yesterday with a buddy who is a member. Been hard to get a regular tee time here in the last 18 months. Course is in good shape, very dry. Greens were the highlight running at 11 and putted smooth with occasional bumps. Fairways had good lies all day, but dry wind and weather makes for tight lies and tee boxes were above average. Rough was non-existent, but hazards are abundant on this course. If you are crooked off the tee, you guaranteed a bogey or worse. Starter and staff encountered was pleasant. Snack shop staff was overwhelmed with patrons. Cart gal was pleasant and carts were well stocked. Pace of play was excellent at 4 hr 15 minutes.
Wonderful day out at Desert Willows Mountain Course yesterday. First time playing Mountain Course after playing Firecliff Course last year. Spectacular golf facility with world class driving range, chipping green and putting green. Well stocked pro shop with full service indoor and outdoor restaurant along with nice breakfast snack shop. All employees encountered were friendly, interested, and ready to serve. Staff really took pride of their facility.

Despite a 1 hr 15 minute frost delay, operations were smooth and organized. Once we got called to tee off, Larry the starter was pleasant and gave great tips and explained their strictly enforced pace of play policy. Nice to hear because we had 5.15 min round the day before at PGA West Nicklaus Tournament Course. The golf course is green and lush. Tee boxes were like perfect felt. Fairways and rough and traps pristine despite a packed tee sheet. Greens were rolling smooth at around 10. Unique variety of holes mixed with water hazards and amazing views of the southern and northern mountains. Snack carts came by several time. They were well stocked and we ordered double shot margaritas which were not cheap but we were happy to pay given the experience. Golf carts had coolers and precise gps to the actual flag.

Overall conditions were better than PGA West - Nicklaus Tournament Course and they just hosted the pros two weeks ago.

Such a wonderful treat to play here!

Cannot wait to tell all my friends and fellow GKers to come and play!
Out yesterday morning to Los Serranos South.

The greens have healed nice from the aeration a few weeks ago. A little bumpy, but very puttable running at 8.

The course was over watered and soggy and the fairways had decent drought coverage. The rough was a mix bag and there is plenty of dirt patches where your ball can roll into. Many par 5's on this course, so if u like those, feast away. Layout is a great mix of holes plus elevation changes. Snack shop was open and starter was super pleasant. We dined in the restaurant and the menu was limited, but glad to see people eating to support the golf course. Course was very busy as usual, and POP was 5 hours as tees times are back to 8 minutes apart.
Played yesterday @ in the afternoon. The course routing is a mess. They are playing a combo of the front 9 of the Old Classic and the back 9 is a mix of some holes from Players and some holes from Classic. Customer service was average. Do we really need a starter on this muni? We were not allowed to pay until right before our tee time. You don't want our money???? The green fees were very competitive for an Orange County course. Snack shop was open.

Greens were good shape running at 9. Fairways were good and rough was spotty and all over the place. The traps were a mix bag of hardpan and average bunkers. Tee boxes were unmaintained, shaggy and bumpy. POP was 4.5 hours.
Out to Oak Creek yesterday with a buddy who is a member. Paid the member guest rate of $105 to play.

Greens were good speed at 9. A little spongy and a little bumpy.

Fairways had good coverage, but again overwatered because of the heat.

Rough was not very penal and spotty in places.

Traps were semi-raked and semi compacted.

POP was excellent at 4 hours and customer service was excellent. A simple "Thank you" for playing our course or "Enjoy your round Gentlemen" is all it takes guys!

Will return soon!
Out to Angeles National yesterday afternoon. Discounted tee time made the round possible.

We played in 3.5 hours taking our time behind a 4 some. The course is dry.....greens were rolling smooth and fast on the practice green, but on the course, the back 9, the greens got really slow. I would say front 9, running at 10, back 9 running at 9. Although not the best I have seen the greens here, they are still better to putt on than most of courses we have played this summer. Sand traps were compact and well maintained.

Fairways were dry with plenty of coverage and roll. Rough was non existent, but you have cactus and dry vegetation everywhere. Hazards everywhere on this course along with 15 mph wind makes for a tough test. Customer service was fine, snack shop was open...the cart attendant was pleasant. Will return for a discounted rate.
Its been over 2 years since I played Brookside #2 even though it is right by my office in Pasadena.

Went out on Tuesday at 2 pm. No check in until 10 minutes before your tee time. Course is just as busy as before, but 10 minute tee time intervals and 4 somes only make POP at 4 hours 10 minutes!! Greens were the highlight of the day running at 9.5. Remember the pull towards the Rose Bowl on all your green reads...for breaks and speed. Tee boxes definitely needed some work and the rough was juicy. Fairways had good coverage. Sand traps were average shape. The snack shop at the turn was closed. Outdoor dining and togo available in dinning room. Super strict about wearing mask on driving range. No mask needed on the course. New carts with GPS were a nice addition. Tons of action all around between joggers, runners, cyclists, and car whizzing by... Definitely sensor overload on the back nine.
Been itching to get back to Simi Hills since I have not played it over 1 year ago. It has been hard to get a time here as it is a popular course with the local residents.

Greens were the highlight of the course. Smooth, and running nicely at 10/10.5 with little ball marks. Fairways had good coverage with several areas spray painted in white as GUR. Bunkers were compact and had rakes. Some tee boxes were being worked on and actively watered, so Gold tees were moved up to where silver tees where. Rough was not very penal. Customer service was great for all that were encountered. Still trying to figure out why the $5 key it that big of a problem for people to steal keys??? I bet patrons get annoyed when they realize they forget to get their $5 back. Bar was busy and drinks and food were reasonably priced...they have a nice outdoor area for food and drink services...please support them and purchase goodies from golf course.

Great job Simi Hills...see you soon!
Back out to Rio Hondo yesterday with a couple of buddies at 1:30 pm. Check in was smooth and the course was very busy with the range packed and tee sheet stacked.

$30 single cart fees in effective. Course is in good shape. The greens were still a little bumpy and slow running around 8/8.5. The aprons and area around the greens were in great shape. Fairways were good, but plenty of divots despite the return of the divot mixes on the carts. Sand traps had rakes and in good shape. The restaurant is now open for indoor dining and libations. I had a friend who had not played this course in 10 years...and he became a fan again. Look forward to returning soon.

*** Senior rate pro tip*** from their website:

(Reduce Senior Rates valid all day Monday, and before 8am or after 11am Tuesday thru Friday)

Go play!
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