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Walked Lakewood this morning, first time here since the scurvy began in March. PoP great at 3:45 walking with only a couple of waits behind the group ahead. Kikuyu is very lush and full throughout with a few thin spots here and there (#11 fairway still patchy but more grass then I've ever seen prior). Not mown so very little roll out. Greens just a tad on the slow side with a few bumps and bruises along the way. Bunkers unkempt sans rakes. More geese that I've ever seen along with their droppings, but no coots, so we got that going for us.
Range opened at 7AM so no time to warm up today. No putting or short game open (LA county R&R are unreasonable, time to ease up like OC and R-side).
Nice to see golf coming around, now just let us play (and practice) then everyone will be happy.
8 Likes.
S-Farms is open and in great shape. We played in just over 4 hours Friday morning in beautiful weather. Fairways are full and great cover, no rakes in bunkers but good sand although a bit wet and heavy. Greens fantastic, rolling semi-quick and true.
Deals are around, need to use one to make it worth the fee. Restaurant open, range, and putting green, too. My favorite OC course. Recommended.
9 Likes.
Was able to book a single early tee time at Skylinks Friday, walked as a 3-ball in under 4 hrs with minimal waiting. You could tell the course was not maintained during the shutdown as many areas out of play have long grass/weeds and some, but not all, bunkers were crusty and had to be played as GUR. Hopefully, things will improve when they can generate some revenue and get the full crew back to work.
The course played okay otherwise as the fairway Bermuda was full and in good condition. The farther you venture from the short stuff it became difficult to play from and sometime just finding the ball was a chore. Greens rolled medium speed and some bumps along the way but nothing to complain about.
Worth coming out to play even with having to wear a mask in the general area which included the range (every other mat open). Chipping area and putting greens are closed (I don't even understand that decision). Snack bar window is open and we saw the cart girl out, too.
6 Likes.
At El Do this AM, 4-ball walking in 3:45 (thx to the slow group that let us by at the turn). Range is open every other mat is gone ... don't know if the grass will be in service. No chipping or putting practice.
Course green and lush Kikuyu, and deep rough ... holy crap! Greens were a bit slow for El Do standards but will be better as the crew comes back. Bunkers were not maintained at all so we were forced to play most as GUR. PVC in the cup kept the ball from going all the way to the bottom.
Nice to get back out to El Do, see Lawnboy and walk around pretending to play golf ... a bit rusty without being able to hit balls and work on the game. Recommended.
9 Likes.
First time out since the Virus changed everything we do: was able to walk the Classic Friday for $45 at 10AM. PoP at 4 hrs. Followed a slow 3-ball with one dude struggling ... obviously he wanted to play but just not able to walk 18 holes ... must be tough for those who are jonesin' for golf but need a power cart to get around. He did finally drop out after they let us play thru at the turn.

The course, as expected, has no fairway divots and the tee boxes are very clean. Kikuyu is lush and green everywhere (almost) so not much roll out off the tee, rough a bit thick and spotting your ball was a must (we lost a couple, just couldn't find 'em). Greens a tad slow with hardly any ball marks, reversed cups so your ball only went down an inch. Flags inserted which is a much better idea than no flags at all. Bunkers had no rakes but good sand.

Range closed but I got an email it will be open today. Practice green closed until further notice.

So, if this is the new normal so be it. Hopefully, in a few months the mess will be behind us and golf will be golf again :-)
9 Likes.
Played TGC@La Quinta on Jan. 1 on a gorgeous desert day with temps near 70* and a slight breeze. Was able to get member rates, $55 included breakfast or lunch plus range balls. Went off on time and played in under 4 hrs.
The course is in great shape, tee to green. Pristine fairways and rough, bunkers had some rocks but were very playable. Greens firm and fast, like glass, and you had to play for some roll out or else you're off the back of the green.
Four sets of tee boxes to choose from, friendly staff, and nice clubhouse.
The areas outside the rough has been cleared out (per the previous review) and designated Environmental but you can still play it from there with no penalty. It used to be bushes and shrubs and a lost ball, so it's actually a good idea to keep people moving. And it's still called the Golf Club at La Quinta.
Recommended if in the area.
8 Likes.
Ventured to Palm Desert on Thur. to visit friends in La Quinta and got in a round at the famed Classic Club a week prior to overseed shutdown, glad I did. Easy to find just off the 10 but it can get very windy, I here. Luckily, perfect weather and only a slight breeze. I tried to set up some golf with my ol' bud Nickesquire but it wasn't meant to be. Maybe next time.
Unfortunately, they did not mention the greens had been sanded a few days prior even though I asked. Fortunately, they were just a tad slow and only affected a handful of putts ... just took a few holes to get used to the speed. The rest of the course is still in very good condition, new bunker project is done, and it was a nice experience (did I mention the green fee was lowered to $50 which was a real good deal).
Classy place, very well designed clubhouse and course, practice area pristine (unlimited balls on range ... I could hang here for hours), nice bar/restaurant, and the Turkey Club sandwich was outstanding.
More water features than you would expect from a desert course and some very scenic holes. Not an overly difficult course (but played white tees) and greens are not over the top with undulations and the like, so good scores are out there. I'm sure playing blue or black tees would make a world of difference. And if the greens are cut low I'm sure it can be a big challenge to get the ball in the cup.
It must be gorgeous here after overseed during golf season, Spring would be a good time to return, which I shall. Highly recommended.
10 Likes.
Was able to get a am time as a single at LV on a previous day call, my bad for waiting but it worked out. PoP right at 4hrs. Have not been here for some time but since I've played here for a couple decades now I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Good: the greens are excellent Poa, cut perfectly and rolling true. No complaints. The new bar/restaurant looks like a nice place to hang out, too. Bunkers rate up there, too. Good sand and taken care of, good to see.
The Bad: fairways are mostly green and playable with some patchy stuff to negotiate. But some fairways are downright terrible (ie. #2, 9, & 18) and it's a shame nothing has been done about it.
The Ugly: anywhere off the fairway. Wire grass has doubled ... the 'rough' is either overgrown Kikuyu or the more prevalent hard pan. Oh, yeah, they allow five-somes which contributes to the slow PoP here.

Recommended if you can get out early and can keep the ball in the fairway. After all, $30 walking is hard to beat.
6 Likes.
Played Arroyo Trabuco Wed. senior $70 green fee. Found the course in great shape, tee to green, very pleased as the layout here is one of the best in the OC. Greens were cut so decent speed, rolling true ... not shaggy like some previous reviews. Maybe the cooler temps allows them to cut to an appropriate length cuz it's no fun putting on slow greens on an otherwise super course. I'd guess rolling around a 10 today.

Found a few rocks in bunkers (okay to remove) which had lightly textured sand at a playable depth. Bermuda fairways mostly in great shape and plenty of roll out but some landing areas were a bit pock marked (ie. #6). The majority were in fantastic shape and a pleasure to play from.

With a PoP just over 4 hrs., a real enjoyable experience even thought it's a bit pricey here. But that's the OC for you. Recommended with a deal.
7 Likes.
Played The Crossings on Wed. at 10:20AM and a PoP of 4:30 with some waiting but not much. If you have not played this SD County gem yet, you should. Conditions very good tee to green, with good sand and manageable rough. Course layout can be challenging if you're not getting off the tee as planned as there's lot's of ESA areas on both sides of the fairways to lose your ball.

Some great views along the hilly, coastal terrain and you will get many side-hill lies to boot. Best part was the greens which rolled nice and true, slow early and speeding up as the day warmed up.

Give it a go if you're in the area. Our fee was $62 riding senior rate ... worth every penny. Recommended.
12 Likes.
Played Ike on Sat. AM got around in 4.5 PoP. Sad to report the summer doldrums have hit this course and the Bermuda looks terrible ... brown and thin in most landing areas so we played LC&P. Everything else is fine: greens rolling medium speed and true; even the bunkers (that I visited) had decent cover.

So, the good news is they're going to re-sod most of the dead areas next week so that in a month or so it should be in much better shape ... time will tell. Also, we paid a reduced rate of $75 so that made it bearable.

Recommend to call before you book a time to get the update. Most likely CPO on many holes until the new grass takes root.
9 Likes.
Out to the IE Sunday playing an event at Sierra Lakes. Nice greeting from the staff, grass/mat driving range, rolled a few putts, and onto the first tee. Found the course in good, very playable condition overall with good coverage in fairway but some thin/patchy areas on fringes (fungus?) and rough. In two GS bunkers: one had great sand/depth and the other a bit thin.

The back-to-front sloped greens (a few tiers here and there so stay below the hole) rolled nice and consistent with a few ball marks to repair on every hole. A bit grainy so we saw a few putts roll off line but no major complaints.

Course layout runs through the local neighborhoods with generous fairways and a few H2O hazards to negotiate. Just enough of a challenge to keep you focused but the two long hitters I played with used driver on most holes. Our PoP was at 4:40 in tournament conditions.

Recommended, just remember it's summer time and the heat is beginning to stress out some areas. Oh, yeah, there's several water stations with cool, drinkable water ... stay hydrated.
11 Likes.
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