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Played here 9/18 with GK members Jon P, Nat P, and our friend Bert A. on a picture perfect day in East San Diego County with a 9:51am tee time. It had been years since I had played Sycuan and even longer since playing the Oak Glen 18. It was nice to come back and see the property again. Conditions today were a mixed bag and from what I overheard at the turn, the Willow Glen side is in far worse condition, so happy to have gotten out when and where I did.

Tees: The first tee box was about as chewed up as I have ever seen a 1st tee. The original white tee box appeared to be under repair but where the markers were set up was a total mess. The rest weren't as bad but plenty of them were below average.

Fairways: Good to great shape. They were visually nice and the roll was good. I don't remember any bad lies that were the fault of the course, however that was only because I didn't land in the numerous areas under repair (some roped off).

Rough: Penal under the oaks, not so much in other areas. The rough wasn't as bad as it could be but it was thick enough in some places you could easily lose your ball.

Sand: Was only in one bunker and it had sand; that's about it. The sand wasn't fluffy, leaning more towards hard panned.

Greens: The highlight of the round and a surprising one at that given that the practice green directly in front of the clubhouse was a shaggy mess! The greens on the course were medium fast, smooth, and had some tricky breaks. There were a handful of greens that had some damage but the greens keeper did a gob job with pin placements.

ETC: Carts seem new with nice seats, Shark Bluetooth systems, and good GPS. Staff was friendly and got us out on time. One particular issue I DID have was the marshal out this day. He tailed our group on more than once occasion and asked us to keep up with the group ahead (nicely) but without realizing that we were indeed a shot behind them. This happened again with his timing most inopportune as he rolled up on us the exact moment the group ahead got into their carts; annoying particularly on a 5 hour round and tee sheet packed to the brim. Recommended if you can get out for under $75.
10 Likes.
Played in the big Golf Moose/GK outing on Monday 9/20 alongside Perry, DConn and Gary O. Nick covered all the basics on condition and I couldn't find anything I didn't agree with 100%, outside of the following:

*Tees were a tad more chewed up from what I remembered. Understandably on some par 3's but some par 4's also had turf issues.
*I thought the greens ran a bit faster than medium fast as our group had plenty of feather touch putts that still ran well past the hole.

Notes from my perspective:
This outing could have really showcased how Morgan Run stands out in regards to running a golf outing of this size, but it actually did the opposite. I rolled in and saw no one at the bag drop, I found my way to the registration area and thankfully Johnny was taking lead with the GK people, but that was only a certain percentage of the people here this day. The restaurant was swamped with people looking for breakfast options and the staff was clearly overwhelmed as the poor worker was running around trying to get to all the cranky hordes of folk surrounding the bar bombarding her with orders. The facilities don't seem equipped to handle this much commotion either as the range was poorly organized to accommodate all. The ice situation was funny as no one except a fellow GK member alerted me to the random cooler with ice off to the side somewhere. The food options were limited on the pre-order papers in the cart, but no one said anything about us not getting the wraps until AFTER the round until we made our way back towards the clubhouse restaurant 70% of the way into our round. By this point after breaking down the logistical nightmare of what that would look like with Perry, we decided to skip it. A lot of area for improvement. As for the course, it was great to play, nice to see green fairways and smooth greens. Pace was absolutely atrocious (after getting an email expecting a 4-4.5 hour round) and I am sure there were too many teams period, far too much slow play from almost every group, and lots of pressure from just about every group behind.
12 Likes.
Got to sneak out yesterday (8/19) and play Oakcreek with my father in-law on a 12:30pm tee time on an unusually but wonderfully cool day in Sedona with a slight breeze all day that didn't affect club selection. Staff here is always friendly and those in the know can sign up for wonderful email/text deals that although prepaid, offer great discounts on this course, even better than GolfMoose/UnderPar deals. Got out a few minutes early in spite of the fact course parking lots were packed and there seemed to be more play here than at any time previous.

Tees: Mixed bag as some of the blue tees we played were chewed up quite a bit, hole 8 comes to mind. Others weren't nearly as bad but better conditions are expected here as almost all the holes have tee marker locations that bring untrimmed trees into play, so you need those extreme edges of the turf between the markers to shape shots and avoid branches on your tee shot.

Fairways: Excellent condition. This has been an unusually stormy monsoon season and no more than 24 hours before my tee time, Sedona got pelted with heavy rain so the fairways were plenty soggy (imagine walking on a firm waterbed) but very playable, as maintenance crews here do well with pumping water out of play. Roll wasn't nearly as good as it was last time I played here with Matt P., but lies were still good.

Rough: Depending on what part of the course, it could be fairly penal. There are tons of trees here so the areas directly under or next to the canopy of trees are always thicker and harder to get out of. More than a few times I simply took my medicine and hit a wedge out, it was that thick.

Sand: The most disappointing part of the course. Naturally, this course (as well as Sedona GR and even Seven Canyons) uses red rock dirt in its sand and after a rainstorm, it's the last place you want to be in. It's rock hard, doesn't drain well, and the "sand" makes it impossible in greenside bunkers. Thankfully was only in one bunker and it was a fairway one so it wasn't awful, but they could stand to add tons more sand (or dirt if they so wish) to the bunkers.

Greens: The highlight of the round; they were visually pleasing, rolled incredibly well (with speeds varying from med-slow to incredibly fast), and tested you just enough to keep you on your toes.

ETC: As mentioned, staff is friendly. Carts have ice in chests and ball cleaners, but no GPS. Saw a beverage cart for the first time ever and they are encouraging people to call in food orders on #8 so you can easily swing by restaurant and pick it up at the turn. Lots of parking behind the clubhouse. Small and intimate property with amazing scenery. Pace of play here is always good. To give you an example, today was the slowest round I have ever played here and it was still a touch under 4 hours. Highly recommend.
9 Likes.
Played here today (7/7) with GK member Alex R. and his friend Francisco on an 11:10am tee time using my Troon AZ card. Seven Canyons doesn’t seem to plan ending their association with Troon anytime soon and they are always accommodating. Last time
I played here 7 months ago, the course was in bad winter shape, however with recent thunderstorms and a fruitful spring, the course is looking great!

Tees: Good to great shape. A few holes were beat up (played blue tees) but teeing off at 11 and with members going off early, they saw action before us.

Fairways: Great to excellent shape. They were vibrant green with mower marks on many of them. Great roll and lies were nearly always perfect.

Rough: Penal and humbling. Miss the fairways and get stuck in thick stuff made thicker with grass trimmings peppered everywhere not in the fairway. Not Torrey bad but made you take your medicine.

Bunkers: Only in two today abs perhaps the weakest part of the course. They were a tad crunchy and didn’t have as much sand as I prefer, though there was enough to play from. Rakes were available.

Greens: Nearly perfect. The roll was smooth and quick at times, slow on others. Some breaks played towards the red rocks, some didn’t. It was a guessing game at times, in the best way possible.

ETC: Place is total class. Staff is friendly and never pretentious. Clubhouse offers anything you may need. Layout is fun with a nice variety of holes; a few drivable par 4’s and scenic par 3’s on the front. Anyone not having played here in more than 5 years must note the nine’s have been flipped. Great carts with GPS and ability to order food. Prices are reasonable for what you are getting and considering that the Sedona Golf Resort a few miles away nearly charges what Seven Canyons does. Highly highly recommended and if you are in the Sedona area, reach out to me, I may be able to get you on!
12 Likes.
Played here today (6/28) as part of my GK Cup match against Chuck, accompanied by his two family members, Jim and Vic (great people all around). First time playing this course and left impressed by how tight it played and how badly it beat me around. I was however disappointed in having to play the back 9's of both courses rather than just a full 18, but they seem to have one front/nine closed most of the time for maintenance. Overall, it was a good experience, even if my game didn't show up at all.

Tees: Odd placement of markers on many holes, forcing the golfer to rethink club selection and shot shaping. Okay shape on most, but some where chewed up.

Fairways: Good to great shape, given it is nearly July and the last 2 weeks have been 115+ down in the mesa. Good color, nice long run (not always a good thing unless you hit it straight every time), and very good lies all day.

Rough: Not much to speak of, the rough that DOES exist isn't penal at all. The natural waste areas are FAR more penal and very unforgiving.

Sand: Was in a few bunkers and I thought the sand could be better. There were often little pebbles in the bunkers, not a ton of sand in them, and the sand was more like brown dirt than traditional sand from Augusta.

Greens: The highlight of the round, even if some of the greens were solid concrete on approach shots. The roll was fair and quick, the breaks were tricky but not so crazy that you would walk away scratching your head.

ETC: Carts with basic GPS and cooler with ice. Comfort station where the carts are that had water, ice, tees, markers, and divot tools. Staff was friendly and helpful. Property can get a bit tricky to maneuver if you don't pay attention. Nice range and practice area. Good (but Scottsdale-expensive) food after the round. Pro shop had all you needed. A nice variety of holes and happy to see conditions still good in late June. Recommend!
11 Likes.
Played my GK match here against mpisarski01 yesterday (6/12) on a 6:57 tee time. Weather was absolutely perfect at tee off; low 60's and cool, never reaching 90 degrees by the time we finished (in less than 3 hours!). Love this course so much because pace here when you tee off early is always spectacular and conditions are never bad, even after having punched less than 2 weeks ago.

Tees: Good shape for the blues this day. No major infractions outside of overwatering on a few holes, otherwise they would have been perfect.

Fairways: Still look like carpet; plush, green, good roll and most importantly, no bad lies at all. Kudos to the maintenance staff here.

Rough: Thick! Matt and I found out just how bad it was in our match. It will absolutely grab your club. The rough under the canopy of trees is very penal.

Sand: Meh. The sand here is nothing to write home about. The sand looks like clay (thank you red rocks) and plays differently than the white fluff you find at other courses. There isn't enough of it in my opinion, but better bunker players may disagree.

Greens: Shockingly good! GK was spot on with the punch date of 6/1, but the marks were minimal on the green and didn't affect the line or roll of a single putt all day. In a week or two, they will be back to perfect here!

ETC: Carts with ice in chests but no GPS. This is a walkable course, especially the front 9, for all you exercise junkies. Staff here friendly. No beverage cart but did see a water bottle fill-up station on 15 (even has UV light protection). Restrooms there as well, which makes sense as they flipped the nine's here about 10 years ago (beware as photos on GK are from BEFORE they flipped them) so it was on the old 6th. Driving range and good practice green available. Pretty much all about golf here. Great layout and highly recommend using the GolfMoose/UnderPar deal they have right now.
9 Likes.
Played here today (6/10) as part of my GK Cup match against the legend Matt "LOTR" Schliebe on a perfect starting, slightly warm finishing Scottsdale day. First time on this course which just recently wrapped up hosting the NCAA Men's College Golf Championship. Great course and facilities in a swanky part of Scottsdale with lots of mansion-like homes around but never in your face of play. Conditions today were excellent (as you'd expect after the last sentence) and although the match didn't go my way, I loved this course.

Tees: The Palo Verde tees were played today by everyone (and most people I would assume) and they were in good-great shape with plenty of turf to hit from. Par 3's a tad more chewed up but nothing crazy.

Fairways: Excellent shape. Still about 90% carpet and people did a good job fixing divots. I felt roll was more than fair, lies were nearly perfect, and they were visually pleasing to the eye.

Rough: Not much traditional rough to speak of; as Matt mentioned to me, it was clearly mown down after the NCAA was here and it showed. Far more penal than the rough (perhaps not even a club up) was the natural landscape areas that would just eat up errant drives.

Sand: Was in a few bunkers and although the bases of them were a bit wet, there was enough sand to shape the shots (although this eluded me today). Rakes were present in every bunker and they were all well manicured.

Greens: Good shape. Visually they didn't look special (the practice green was far more visually pleasing) but the roll was true and fast. Breaks on these greens were very tough at times, exacerbated further by some outrageous pin placements. A great test of golf!

ETC: As mentioned, facility was all class. Got to tour the clubhouse after the round and one Phil Mickelson is featured everywhere, including the wonderful locker room (this course hosted the FRYS.com Open for 3 years). Staff was amazing and pleasant, from the bag attendants to the starter to the beverage cart. Layout was very fun, and as Matt made mention to me, has very strong "Indian Well-vibes"; I concur. Nice mix of holes and even though everyone started on 10 today, it was a great time had. Lots of people out today, but still had a great POP at a shade under 4.5 hours. Highly recommend.
12 Likes.
Played here yesterday (6/7) for the first time ever alongside Jim "RatPatrol" Davis on a picturesque northern Arizona day; low to mid 80's and a slight/mild wind all day. This course is one a few public ones in the Prescott area and after having played here, can hold it's own. The property has two different 18 hole options and the South seems to be just as good as the North we played. Layout is parkland-style and a bit old school, but features a handful of long par 4's, plenty of uphill holes, and really good conditions all around.

Tees: As Rat pointed out to me, all the tee markers seemed to be placed exactly 10 yards apart. Tee boxes themselves were a bit chewed up, but nothing so terrible it would cause a problem (played the gold tees).

Fairways: Good to great shape. Visually green, offering a ton of roll (sometimes good, sometimes bad if you hit the ball like I did) and no bad lies really.

Rough: Thick in certain areas, especially under the countless tress that line nearly every hole. Plenty of shots had to be "take your medicine"-types, as the rough did tend to make you rethink club selection.

Sand: Was only in one bunker and it looked worse than it played; i.e. appeared as though there wasn't enough sand, was able to get a sand save! Rakes were available and for the most part people used them.

Greens: The highlight for Rat and I. We came in expecting them to be like everything else in AZ right now; punched, dry, and awful. Pleasantly surprised to see they were smooth, popped with nice green color, and ran at a medium-med. fast pace with some tricky breaks. A pleasure to see Jim dominate them!

ETC: Rather old and beat up property in every other regard. Clubhouse has what you need: pro shop with nice staff, lounge/bar with plenty of regulars, facilities for the men's club, etc. just don't expect anything fancy. Carts are also bare-bones, however they ARE gas powered so get ready to smell diesel all day. On the course, saw the cart attendant twice, noted that there were a few jugs of water peppered throughout the course, and of note to those who are used to picking up something at the turn, the 9th does NOT head back towards the clubhouse, so make sure you bring everything you need. For a great price of $45+tax, this is a great option if you are in the area. Highly recommend, especially if you enjoy airplanes as the regional airport is flanked on either side by holes from North.
11 Likes.
Played here 5/11 alongside GK member Kassper7 on a typical May day in Palm Springs (100 degrees, touch of breeze, but plenty of hot sun) with a 10:30AM tee time, allowed to tee off by ourselves about 20 mins early. First time playing here and knew I wouldn't be seeing the course in the conditions Matt Pisarski's last review described, but was surprised to see it still having some semblance of that. As soon as you turn in from the road you get a view at one hole (4 I believe) along with the range, and both looked fine. Overall impressed the heat hadn't burned it out more!

Tee boxes: Played the gold tees and I have a feeling a lot of people play these as some holes had been beat up some, nothing egregious though.

Fairways: Excellent shape for May. The visual aspect of seeing fairways still holding its color was pleasing to the game. Good amount of roll and lies were always good.

Rough: Not sure why I don't remember the rough that well, but it must mean it wasn't very penal.

Sand: I believe I was only in one bunker and it had a decent amount of sand that was edging more towards dirt-like rather than the pearly white stuff at Bighorn.

Greens: Excellent condition as well! They rolled true and medium speed on most holes. Wasn't having a particularly good putting day so I guess the contours and slope were a bit challenging but I always felt it was a fair fight.

ETC: Had a bit of an issue at check-in with what someone on the phone promised me was going to be a Troon discount (Indigo Golf runs this place and was recently purchased by Troon). Pro shop informed me booking had to be done 3 days before (a Troon condition to most tee times, specials or not) and I had made mine weeks before. After some smart talk from Kassper, man behind the desk eventually caved and honored the discounted pricing. Wouldn't pay the rack rate to play here right now, and honestly probably not during peak season either as there are just too many other courses I liked more (Classic, Shadow Ridge, Firecliff, etc.) Snack shack closed at 1pm, but thankfully because of a front played in less than 2 hours, was able to stop in and buy something. Layout is fun, with some houses lining certain holes especially in the back 9. Nice variety of par 4's but nothing about this course blew me away. A good deal warrants a visit.
12 Likes.
Played here on 5/12 as part of the SCGA Members Outing alongside GK friend Kassper7 on a balmy and sunny 100 degree day. Had always wanted to drop a few bills to play this event but never had the chance, glad I decided to do it [and book early since tee times for nearly every SCGA event this year were sold out in hours; thanks COVID golf boom :/]. This course lived up to my lofty expectations in every way, from the moment you drive through the multi-million dollar homes to reach the clubhouse, to the sparkling green range, to the fascinating stories from the caddie, and finally the amazing course and conditions....

Tee boxes: This may have been the weakest part of the day and by weak I mean they were a notch below ideal. I don't remember any particular hole being so beat up it caused a problem, rather since I have a feeling most guys out there played the same tees (blues for us) or the combination that included the blue on most holes, they received their fair amount of play. Our caddie alerted us this is the most play the course has gotten all year with a usual day being about 1/5th as busy.

Fairways: Finely manicured carpet. Every caddie took care of their group's divots and I had my fair share. Roll was more than fair, yet somehow lies were also perfect. Visually they popped against the natural terrain surrounding the course.

Rough: Thick but in my opinion, not overly punishing at least not to the level that requires you to club up significantly. Far more punishing than the rough is simply missing the grass all together and ending up in the natural hazards.

Sand: Amazingly was only in one bunker today and it was a fairway bunker. Good amount of perfectly soft sand (not so soft you had to muscle up but also not dirt-like). Seems like my group didn't have too much trouble with it. Caddie would rake for you which was nice.

Greens: The highlight of the round; they were as close to perfect as I have seen this year. They ran incredibly smooth and they were pretty fast as well (even faster when you ran past the hole). Contouring on the greens was tricky at times so thankful to have the caddie giving us every single line.

ETC: As mentioned, this course sits on some of the most precious and expensive terrain in the greater Palm Springs area. Caddie was quick to point out some celebrity homes including plenty of Hollywood stars, sports team owners, famous businessmen, etc. No one at the club treated us as second-class and there also wasn't a great deal of sucking up, so it felt fairly casual. Layout was more fun than I thought it would be, especially in the short par 4's. Some holes were more innocuous than others; some par 3's were just punishing if you missed the green like I did. Our caddie, Tommy, was excellent providing good club recommendations, lines to shot at, tips/tricks, comedic relief, and great course knowledge. Costly outing between green fee and caddie gratuity, but completely worth it in my opinion as you are playing the home of the Monday Night Golf: Battle at Bighorn matches that featured Woods, Garcia, Nicklaus, and Trevino!
17 Likes.
Played here yesterday (5/10) with Rat, Jon and DConn for GK Cup match on a wonderful San Diego late spring day (overcast at first, sun peeking out later). First time playing this course (amazingly) and walked away impressed as it another great San Diego muni. Jim really covered all the bases so, for the sake of not beating a dead horse, I will just give my impressions.

Property sits on pricey and beautiful real estate; flanked at every hole by some of the most beautiful homes in So. Cal. Layout is typical muni but fair. Conditions were better than most municipal courses (that aren't Torrey) as Rat alluded to. Nice big parking lot, though if you follow your navigation system, you have to be on your toes for street names. Property seems to have everything you may need. Carts even have GPS which you don't often see in "lower level" courses. Coronado prices and with golf booming again during COVID, be prepared to pay a premium to play in the home of old money. Highly recommend.
10 Likes.
Played here today (4/29) with the one and only RatPatrol on an 11a.m. tee time with absolutely perfect Prescott weather; 75 and very slight wind all day. The last time I was here, less than two months ago, the course was still in bad winter shape; recovering from snow/ice, dormant turf, the works. Today was a different tale with only the greens still healing somewhat (in varied degrees) from punching probably 4 weeks ago. The visual difference in the grass helped highlight a course on the verge of being in peak shape.

Tees: A few chewed up boxes (whites played by both Jim and I) but nothing too upsetting. A few uneven lies here and there and the turf could use some TLC, other than that fine.

Fairways: The highlight of the round. They visually popped, adding to the enjoyment. The roll was more than fair, the ball sat up on 90% of the shots and they were in just good to great shape.

Rough: Penal at times but far more penal than the rough is the ESA and natural terrain that flanks the course.

Sand: Was only in two bunkers and they both had a decent amount of sand. Bunkers are present here so conditions were better than courses that are still using foot-rakes.

Greens: A bit of letdown that they had not healed 100% since they were punched. A few bumpy putts here and there, but overall medium to slow speeds with some really tricky breaks.

ETC: Property offers what you need: clubhouse has more than enough gear and drinks for last minute thirst quenching. Was told by our playing partners that the grill puts out great food and cart did have a small menu that indicated you order on 8th tee. Staff was friendly and helpful. Beverage cart attendant came around twice (moving our carts when we, I guess, blocked her way), golf carts could use some TLC or simply be replaced; balding tire, wear and tear to all parts of the cart, no GPS. The layout is fun and challenging, think Salt Creek/Mt. Woodson/Steele Canyon hybrid. Highly recommend before they up prices for summer.
13 Likes.
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