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Out with Sr714 for our GK match at 10:40 on leap day. Steve had a ClickitGolf voucher for a $70 twosome. A steal of a deal. As for the course, everything average to above average. Fairways were probably as lush as I've seen them out here which means instead of the normal 40 yards of roll you only get 20. You still have to be mindful that shots roll-out out here making attack angles that much more crucial. Rough was not overly penal and inconsistent in spots. Bunkers looked decent (I was only in one so can't speak to play-ability too much). Tee were typical, uneven in spots and a little chewed on the par 3s. I thought the greens were inconsistent in their reaction to pitch shots. Some bit, some spots couldn't be bothered to hold any spin. Really strange. They rolled well overall and several greens showed signs of recent sodding that will take a few years to look like the rest of the green (ie Poa takeover complete). Overall a good value play in North SD County.
Picture perfect golfing weather with Rat-Patrol this morning. It was nice not to have the humps and bumps of afternoon Poa that I usually get when I come out for twilight. Greens excellent running 10-10.5. Fairways great although I found few of them today. Rough, thick and juicy but lies were typically very manageable unless the ball settled (Then... good luck). Bunkers are fluffy. Anything coming from a decent height and steep angle is likely to not escape its crater. POP just under 4.5. Great conditions right now.
Played 3 days after our very own Rat-Patrol and agree with his assessment.
Greens were running at that 10-10.5 range I'd guess. Fairways, tee boxes, and rough all excellent. I'd probably argue that the bunkers had too much sand. Sunk a good 4 inches into one entrance and had a great fried egg/burial on hole 10. POP was slow, as expected with the difficult conditions. Still, right around tournament time is the absolute best time to play out here due to the excellent conditions.
Played Sat 8/18 teeing off a little before 1:30 and not much has changed since gary00's review. The de-thatching/verticutting of the fairways is still apparent but doesn't affect play much unless you end up in a small pile of thatch. Fairways should look better in a few weeks I would guess. Tee boxes (black) were differently hit and miss. Most of the larger teeing grounds were fine, but the smaller, tucked boxes (4 and 8 come to mind) had some significant lumps and bumps. Greens were surprisingly receptive but were riddled with unfixed or poorly fixed ballmarks. The sign at the pro shop claimed they were running 10 and that seemed accurate.

Guys in the pro shop were great and we saw the cart girl 4 or 5 times through the round. POP was on the slow side right around 5 hours. Afternoon pricing is quite good in the afternoon and the course is a beast so it's still a recommended visit even if it's a little scruffy in spots right now.
Played Saturday 8/10 with a 10:30 tee time. Got underway about 15 minutes behind schedule. Overall the course is in very good to great shape to what I typically expect here. Fairways were good to great, tee boxes good with some divot damage but the teeing grounds are so large it doesn't matter. Rough, patchy kikuyu and not too penalizing. Greens rolled well but had quite a few divots to take care of. POP was an expected slog at about 5hr 20mins. Saw the beverage cart 3-4 times. POP will always be tragic here during the busiest times but the course is in good shape and worth a visit if you can avoid the crowds.
Played the morning of 7/27 with my club. Side note, an operating/management change at the restaurant means there is no alcohol (THE HORROR!!) at the present time. Their notice is posted however so it should be hashed out pretty soon. They are also renovating the restaurant near the pro shop so a food truck has taken up residence on the premises. Okay, now on to golf.

Pleasantly surprised by the conditions. Most county run courses play pretty much the same at all times of the year in my experience but Harding seemed to be a notch above in most aspects on Saturday. Tee boxes were firm, but level with plenty of good area to tee. Fairways were solid pretty much all day with lots of good lies in the kikuyu. Rough was patchy with quite a few gnarly thick areas that needed to be avoided at all costs. Was in one bunker (greenside #18) and had no issue with that one. Greens were very receptive and running medium to medium fast but you had to be very wary of downhill putts. POP ended up right around 5 hours which seems to be about normal for a weekend at Griffith Park, especially when it's 90 degrees and everyone is moving a bit slower.
Played Monday morning (6/17) as a walk up single off the Woodbridge and Blackrock routing a little after 7:30am. I had checked their online site and saw that it was pretty open in the morning before 8:00. POP ended up being under 3 hours as I was by myself with nary a group in front that I caught.

The courses were undergoing their rye to bermuda transition so a few patches in the fairway were thin, but otherwise coverage all around was excellent. Rough was thick making anything longer than a short iron a bit of a gamble coming from distance. Tee boxes were good and bunkers looked decent with dark red sand. Greens held but were definitely on the slow side, which I had trouble with.

Echoing what sixpez and rgm2525 said in earlier reviews, this is a hidden gem. It doesn't get the pomp and circumstance that Entrada and Sand Hollow receive, but this place is a very good test requiring control of your golf ball. This routing changed between stream woodland to desert scrub, back to stream woodland then finishing up in among black lava fields. I can't think of another course with that much variation in style. Absolutely recommended.
Out second off with the event group with a POP just over 4 hours. Praise from everyone for the fairway and rough conditions, which were excellent all around. Greens were very good for being transitional between rye and bermuda so reactions from shots could be varied depending on the patch you hit. Rolled well at medium pace overall but could be a bit scary on the downhill/downgrain putts. Bunkers had me baffled but coverage was great with heavy sand. Tee boxes all looked very good to my eye. Overall the course is in fantastic condition for the time of year and we managed a picture perfect weather day on top of it.
Played yesterday 12/1 getting off just before 1pm and managed to finish 15 holes in about 4:15 before calling it a day due to darkness. Rat-patrol's previous review is pretty much spot on. Tee boxes were mostly okay with some crowned areas on the Par 3s. Greens were quick and a little bumpy but very playable. Fairways could use a haircut but are filling in nicely. Very little roll out there between the fairway length, kikuyu, and recent rains. Front 9 POP was 2:40 due to it being cart path only and the depth of the rough. Speaking of which... my current review of the rough is as follows: AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH DON'T GO THERE! ABANDON HOPE ALL BALLS THAT ENTER THIS DOMAIN!!
Played 10/25 in the SCGA 4-ball qualifier. Conditions were very good to great over most of the course. Greens were receptive, quick, and rolled true. Fairways were in very good shape as was the rough. The only real complaint was that a few of the back tee boxes were mushy and/or had thin grass coverage. Many of those were tucked near taller vegetation so thinning the herd might get a bit more sunlight to them. Excellent championship layout is always a challenge.
Not much to add to the rest of the Gurus. The course was in much better shape than the last time I was here about 2 years ago. Both fairways and rough were in much better shape (In the case of the rough, it actually existed this time). Only problem I had was the upper fairway on 2 that was basically a bog 40 yards short of the green. Really takes all reward away from a risk/reward hole. Greens were pretty good outside of some splotchiness on the front of Hole 1. Had no issues with the tee boxes. It's typical canyon/hillside golf so they are small and will have some damage here and there since they can't be moved around all that much. POP was a robust 5.5(ish) with a group a few ahead of the first Guru group that was apparently the main culprit.
Still not my favorite layout in the area and doubt it ever will be but the conditions have improved greatly in the past years and it's slowly growing on me.
Not much to add to the rest of the 9/9 GK Gurus. The course was in very good summer shape for the desert. The greens were the biggest surprise with them being very receptive with excellent grass coverage. With the high temps they were running medium-slow but consistent. Tee to green the course was in great shape as well; great teeing ground coverage as well as fairways. Can't say much about the bunkers as I was only in one fairway trap but they looked more than acceptable. Saw the beverage cart a few times and the iced towels on Hole 1 were much appreciated!
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