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11/07/21 play day 9:30 tee time on a gorgeous non-windy day. Non-windy day is a bonus on top of good course conditions here at Rancho Vista. We had two foursomes at $67 to play and ride. We didn't have anyone in front and no one in the back till the 7th hole but it seemed like the world stopped turning when we got there. Not much activity is going on the green, we weren't sure what they were doing. We could also see the #8 tee with people on it waiting, and the 8th fairway with a group waiting and the 8th green with people playing. So we ended up finishing 4 hours and 20 minutes.

The greens were sometimes bumpy but we did not see many ball marks- the greens look healthy and are on its way to being good and smooth again soon.

The bunkers have sand and rakes, though you'll still see foot marks and some heavy foot marks and SOME AREAS WHERE SOMEONE PLAYED AND NEVER BOTHERED TO SMOOTH OUT THE SURFACE AFTER THEY PLAYED!!

The teeing grounds were all fine- some of the guys played white tees, the rest played blue tees.

The roughs were down to about 2 and 3 inches but they're healthy and had plenty of coverage along with the fairways. Plenty of deep divots can be found all around the course that were not filled with sand an it's a shame.

Staff were helpful and attentive.
10 Likes.
Play day was 11/06/21
While it was a gorgeous day with some great company with me here at Tijeras Creek, I sure did not have my hopes up knowing that a recent aeration and reseeding, including the prior review.
It was $80 to play at 12:50 that had lasted 4 and a 1/2 hours. All tees were together at the green tee location of some 5700 yards.

The review prior is accurate. I'd like to add that the sprouting of the new grass are staring to come out. It is cart paths only- I see locals carrying which was a smart thing.

The fairways has not been mowed for a week or so. You maybe on the fairway, but you'll spend time to look for it once you get there- the grass on most fairways were higher than the ball. The same goes for the rough. It is very easy to lose a ball in it. Some areas are almost a foot high and lush, but for the most part it's about 6" deep.

The greens were not good at all. It is bumpy, very slow and it's not breaking or staying its line so it's just a wild guess for the most part.

The bunkers have sand, and the teeing grounds were pretty bare because all tees are together on the same teeing grounds.

People say, they're not starting to mow any time soon- a week and a half at the earliest is what the rumor has.

GPS on cart. Beverage cart came around a few times. Staff were helpful and informative.

At this time, it isn't a fair time to review this course because of its current aeration and reseeding, however, if it's going to be this bad, I also feel it isn't fair to open for play to patrons. I would come back in a couple of months to see what this place play like.
7 Likes.
Sunday morning tee time at 8:20, at the Harding course, 10/17/21, was almost a misty 55 degrees cool and the temps only got up to about 78 if any.
Like my day’s experience yesterday at its sister course (Wilson) I was very impressed with its playing conditions from tee to green 18x. What a pleasure!
The type of greens they have here at Griffith being the type of grass they grow here, the greens tend to be maintained on softer surface and that makes it easy to create ball marks and if it’s not attended well, the grass on it takes a long time to recover and heal. But nevertheless, the greens rolled nicely if those unproperly fixed divots didn’t exist… there were just a few but noticeable. The bunkers have sand- different from one to the other, but it has sand. The fairways were good without much unfilled divots. The rough were pretty healthy for the most part but were never penalizing, and the teeing grounds were good with good grass coverage.
Many of the staff were good and helpful.
I was a very happy guy to have played this course in such good conditioning.

Can't wait to be back!
12 Likes.
Saturday morning tee time at 8:40, Wilson course, 10/16/21, started out to be nice and cool in the morning, but it warmed up quickly to about high 80s and sunny.
It has been a long time since I have played here at Wilson course with some very good playing conditions. I mean the greens were rolling quite fast and smooth with the exception of a few ball divots that were not fixed properly. But still one of the best conditioning I have ever seen this course in a long time. It seems as though they really take good care of the course in preparation this time of year.
Just about everything else- the whole course is in good condition for play. The bunkers have sand- although I wasn’t in it, it probably were inconsistent and there were still unraked foot prints. The fairways were closely mowed and had some run which was nice. I have nothing no knock except the course ran out of sand to fill the bottle so I’m sure there will be some unfilled divots out there until they provide sand on their carts. The carts have GPS though. The roughs were healthy and some areas were penalizing, but most were not bad at all. The teeing grounds were not bad. It wasn’t all lush but there’s plenty of grass coverage.
The pace was not good. It took about 5 hours for the round. The staff were welcoming and helpful to provide tees, cards, and all other information for the day.
I’d gladly play here again soon.
6 Likes.
Friday, 10/15/21, 12:00pm, our L.A. group had couple of tee times and we made a practice round out of it. It was a busy sunny day and a warm 80 degrees that made for a four hours and 20 minutes pace which wasn’t that bad but there was nowhere to go.
The greens looked good although were quick and it was nicely rolling smoothly. The fairways were pretty nice and lush as well. The bunkers were a little inconsistent but they have sand. The rough was healthy although it wasn’t that penalizing. The teeing grounds were good and lush with some wear from the day’s play on par three.
Good customer service. Carts have GPS.
It was a very good day and it was very nice to play Hansen Dam with good playing conditions.
8 Likes.
Soule Park Golf Course is a great golf course and fun one to play. This originally designed course by William F. Bell in the early '60s was renovated by Gil Hanse in 2005. I never did play it after the redesign and the greens made it feel like a bucket list has been played. What an enjoyable course to play!!

We played here yesterday, 10/10/21, where the temperature got up to about 82 degrees if any. There was a slight breeze of no more than 12 miles mph and a clear blue skies.

The greens here were delightful to putt on. Yes there were many golf ball divots and a hand full of them were not fixed properly leaving to heal longer than it should. If I were to guess, these are bent grass (I could be wrong). They were smooth and not grainy that rolled pure and fast.

The bunkers were good and had plenty of light colored fine sand- well prepared.

The teeing grounds were very good and had a lush with grass coverage.

The rough was healthy and some areas could be penalizing with its thickness although there were just a few areas where it was thinning due to foot/cart traffic.

The pace of play took us 4 hours and a half while following a group up front.

If the greens haven't been aerated yet, it is a must play. Enjoy!
12 Likes.
Well, I finally made it to Sandpiper for the first time. Bucket list checked and it did not disappoint!

It was only about a couple of hours drive for me but well worth the visit. I arrived at 7:00am for our 8:00am tee time. The temperature were at mid to high 70s as we finished the round. There were occasional light breeze of 5-9 mph throughout the day along with clear sunny skies. What a treat!

Definitely a big boy course!
It isn’t that long from the mid tees, but there are some narrow fairways on short par fours. The Billy F. Bell designs a strategically placed trees and bunkers that must be avoided or even a must land and stay on the fairways or troubles await on both sides. Some of the greens are just like it and it requires precision, demanding a must hit and stay on. Obviously, I don't know the course well enough to know where the favorable landing areas are, but each after the hole is played, it reveals the do's and don'ts. Cleverly designed! Natural elevation changes are present so with all that said, I could only imagine this course would play in the wind.
The whole course is rough around the edges. One has to use an imagination to appreciate what it could be, but then I could only imagine what they would charge if they have to manicure the whole course.
The general rough alongside of the fairways are okay and not penalizing, however, some of the nearby areas around the greens and a few fairways were the thick tall fescue exist are just as brut as hell for someone unlucky enough to find them- good luck finding it there let alone try and get out of it.
The fairways were closely mowed but there were scattered unfilled divots- what a shame from those guys who would leave those divots unattended.
The bunkers were inconsistent with some of them with hard grounds under an inch of sand, others were normal and some were hardened clumps of sand/clay.
Teeing grounds were nice and lush with good coverage.
The greens have recovered very well from the chemical reactions of a problem they had experienced recently. Only the #4 green had a slight blemish and showed a slight stress but all 18 greens were very healthy with slick smooth and fast roll including #4 green with a slight discoloration which I’m sure could be gone in a week or two. Small tine holes but very few were evident in some of the greens though it never really affected the roll.
It was also a busy day and many locals on foot were on with a few small group outings in the morning.
All-in-all this is a solid track with good acceptable and playable conditions. I don’t know why I waited so long before I visited here, but I can’t wait to come back and play it again!
14 Likes.
09/12/21 round at Muroc Lake gc inside the Edwards Air Force Base. It’s in the south most side of the Kern county, so close to the north most side of LA county as it butt ends each other and it is a great deal and a value. Right now their course is in pretty good playing conditions. The greens are slow- to medium but fair and smooth. The fairways are lush- yup, I just said lush. But this is still Muroc Lake, a military facility, but one can only imagine how good the course could be with good well maintained golf turf. I consider myself lucky for I remember when this course was pure bent grass greens but don’t ask me. I was like a year and a few months in the game when I first visited here. I also remember the greens not being so undulated- I think a redesign has happened. When I first saw it, I was comparing the greens of Muroc’s with the greens at El Cab cc as they were both so pure and healthy during that same time. It was fast but not crazy. Deep emerald greens and sharp edges all around the course. Just walking on the course made you proud of the game and the military at the same time.
Anyway the recent rain made the grass even healthier than it has already been.
And to think, I’ve also seen this greens gets so fast back then that it becomes unplayable in the windy days they get.
Right now the whole course, it’s pretty healthy and it all just depends on who’s cutting or how low do they want to run the greens.
I hope they lower it for next month’s championship.
If you have any means to get on base, you’ll see that it’s current conditions surpasses many of the munis and that is a great value for the bucks these days.
I feel so lucky and proud of the military for having a local program like this.
7 Likes.
Tahquitz Resort
Play day 09/04/21 7:00am tee time on sunny warm day with very little wind.

Everything is lush and green- very good playing conditions for as late a summer as it is.
The greens were fairly rolling smooth for the most part on the Bermuda although the cups were looking like it’s been there a day or two ago (no big deal). It was in medium speed.
The rough were pretty thick and heathy- about 2 to 3 inches up.
The bunkers had sand- some of them has moisture in the early morning and I caught one pretty heavy. I wanted to blame the foot prints but I wasn’t in one. (lol)
The teeing grounds were in good shape- some had lots of divots but there were plenty of areas to tee it nicely.
The pace was only as good as the foursome in front and who they followed- 4 hours and 10 minutes.
Beverage cart came around a few times but we had plenty of water.
Great day for golf here.
9 Likes.
Heritage Palms cc
Play day was 09/05/21 8:45 tee time on a nice warm Sunday- high 90s or maybe it got up to triple digits, but it’s summer in the lower desert and it was not bad at all.

It’s always a pleasure to be here and I was excited to see the course from the practice area as nice as it was. The current overall conditions are amazingly very good in this late summer. It was really a pleasure to play it. It’s not their good winter conditions although about midway from it as their winter conditions are as good as it gets in golf in my opinion. The whole course are just so green and good to play on.

The green fairways ran nicely and cut low which was sweet. Their roughs were pretty healthy in uniform cut and color- pretty classy to look at, but try not to be in it, it’s thick!

The greens were fabulous- again I mean we are in late summer and if you know how late summer conditions usually are in comparison to what they have here now is a real treat to be able to play in this at this time. It is grainy but that’s Bermuda greens for you.

We played the combo tees and those tees were in pretty good conditions. The par three tees were not bad at all- a few groups ahead of us so there were a few divots as expected.

The bunkers had good sand in it and fair. There were a few footprints but not terrible- players there rake their bunkers.

The gate will ask for your tee time and whose tee time and issues a day pass. A staff delivered a cart for me at the parking lot. The staff at check in was smooth and helpful to point out where my group was- it was simply excellent!
6 Likes.
A 1:20 tee time- finished at 5:50 Sunday, 082921, partial sunny day that felt like it was in mid 90s though I was warned about a very hot temperature day.

I guess the mid day round has an advantage of not having to play on wet grass as the fairways ran a little more freely. However, the greens may noticeably differ from one another in speed for some reason. Overall the course was in good shape for as busy as it is and it has surpassed my expectations in its current conditions.

The greens were at medium to slow in speed with many ball marks and more than a few were unfixed or fixed poorly- and I may be nitpicking, but I'm just reporting what I saw.
The bunkers have sand. Although inconsistent, they have sand. Rakes are provided although it seems it's only been used a few times- lots of heavy footmarks.
The teeing grounds were okay, and the fairways were pretty cool, lush and fair.
The rough were pretty healthy and many had about 2 inches up along the fairways- some thin spots... not a big deal.

I think I'll play here again as I get a chance and hope that I do.

No bev cart here, but my check in was smooth- big sign at the door that they'll call the tee time for check in. If I had to guess, it's announced 10-12 min prior to a tee time.
10 Likes.
Play day 08/14/21 9:45, finished at 2:00 our group followed another 4some- must be busy up front, but it’s not bad. Humidity was up in high 90s- 102.
Arroyo GC Red Rock was once a good and well maintained golf course. The spread in between holes were not bad as we’re always in a cart. Many times over the past six years or so, their conditions gradually became lower and lower to a point that it’s difficult to ignore hoping it comes back to good again. So whenever I get the chance I keep trying to see if things have turned around- nope, only disappointment.
The greens are pelted with ball marks and it seems no one caress- fresh and old ball marks are evident of careless patrons- sad. But I have to say that there were a couple of greens late in the back that weren’t so bad.
Most if not all the bunkers were just terrible- you don’t have to be in it to be able to say they are bad, and it’s pretty terrible with rocks and pebbles with hardly any sand in it.
The fairways were wet grounds mixed in barren and spots of grass growing so the ball gets muddy and we were playing in between grass in a barren lie. It looks like many fairway grass were in some type of disease- I’m not sure what it is but it does not look good nor play good.
Most of the teeing grounds were okay from the black tees and many areas of the rough were lush and about 3 inches in height which was the better part of the course.
The beverage cart came around a couple of times or more, and the staff were okay and helpful.
I really wish this course would turn around and be good again. $109 visitors rate is a bad joke and not even a good joke in a resident rate. I would rather drive another half hour away for a better golfing experience rather than to be trapped in a course such as this one.
11 Likes.
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