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I played with the gk gurus on a Thursday; teeing off at about 8:30. The weather was near-perfect, with only a small amount of wind. Course conditions were good , considering the brutal heat the desert experienced this year. Tees were good, fairways had mostly good coverage, and the bunkers had really good sand (they put rakes in the carts to allow players to clean up their mess, too).
The greens were slow, but tricky, probably because the players in our group haven't played on Bermuda greens too often. I really like the layout here. The course is not easy, but very playable from the white tees. Lots of water in play off the tee. This course would be very tough from the back tees on a windy afternoon.
Thanks to Johnny for setting it up. I had a great time!
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I made the trek from the upscale surroundings of Lake Las Vegas to the friendly confines of Laughlin. It was a real treat to play with Alex, Johnny, and Ron. Three of the nicest fellows with whom you'd ever want to play a round.

The layout of Mojave resort is very fun. Not too difficult, but there are enough demading shots to make you think. The tee boxes were under reconstruction, so some tees were unavailable. The fairways were in good summer shape. The rough was ridiculously long in places (not sure why). Bunkers were not well maintained, but Covid is much to blame for that. The greens had fine coverage, but were as slow as any I have played in recent memory.

I also want to address the rumor that two members of our group got their carts stuck in some soft sand ... but, I won't. All in all, another great day playing golf with a bunch of golf buddies I met through gk. Thanks, Johnny!
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This was my first time to Reflection Bay and I was very impressed with every aspect of the experience. From check in through the after-round lunch, the facility was top notch.

The location of the course is beautiful. It is surrounded by Lake Las Vegas, which is much larger than I thought it would be. There was a lot of recreational activity going on in the lake, and it was fun to watch people goofing off while I hacked away.

The course was a lot of fun. The tee shots weren't too tight, but there were lots of water type penalty areas scattered around to keep you honest. The fairways were very nice, with plenty of coverage. The rough was a fair length; playable, but long enough to affect shots. The sand was Covid impacted, but I have no problem with moving my ball to a representative spot in the sand. The greens were very nice for summer, and that's the most important element, to me.

Many thanks to Johnny for setting up another great outing. Reflection Bay is one of many courses I probably would never have played without his tireless efforts.
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I teed off at about 11:30 on Wednesday, the first day the course has been open since closing due to the pandemic. Only players with tee times allowed on the property. No practice facilities open. Masks required only in the clubhouse area. No food or beverage. Walking only. Flag sticks on greens. Restrooms on course are open.

The course was in GREAT shape. Lush and green all over. They had obviously maintained the course while it was closed. The fairways were a little long, but the rough was cut to a fair length. The bunkers were ok, considering. The greens were not as quick as usual, but I think they might have put a little extra water on them, thinking it was going to be hotter.

This is a great course to play after a layoff, as there is lots of room off the tee. Pace of play was around five hours, but that's pretty standard when you tee off late morning.
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I teed off Sunday at 9:10am. When I checked in, the starter told me that that the rough was still very long, and that there were lots of grass cuttings in the long rough that had been partially mowed. For that reason, the green fees were reduced to half price ($22). Walking only after 7am on the Butterfield Stage course. Practice areas closed. Restrooms locked.

Course conditions, tee to green, were as expected. The fairways were pretty good. The rough was ridiculous. Balls five feet off the fairway were very difficult to find. And if you found the ball, you'd have an inch or two of grass between the ball and the club face. I think I lost four balls. The sand is always thin and hard here, but today many of the bunkers were invaded by grass.

The greens were slow and bumpy. It appeared that they had been punched within the last two weeks. On the good side, very few ball marks and good coverage.

The layout is pretty good, so my advice would be to wait a little bit and give them a call before booking a tee time. Stay safe!
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I played Jurupa Hills for the first time on Wednesday, teeing off at 7:30 on a perfect day. I had never heard much about this course, but I was very impressed with both the layout and the conditions.

The layout of Jurupa Hills features moderately narrow, tree-lined fairways which usually move pretty significantly one way or the other. There is also quite a bit of elevation change from shot to shot, so there is plenty of challenge for most players.

Course conditions were pretty darn good. Lush tee boxes and fairways. The re-opening might have caught them a little by surprise, as there were some spots in the rough which had grown up beyond six inches in length, but they were mowing those areas as we played.

I wasn't in any bunkers, but I think the lack of rakes will kind of allow players to find a spot in the sand which is representative of a decent lie in a maintained bunker.

The greens had great coverage, but it looked like they had been punched recently, so they were a little bumpy and slow in some spots, but mostly they ran at medium speed. The greens have the potential to be excellent in a week or two.

As for Covid-19 restrictions; Social distancing with mask worn at all times. Range and putting green open. Solo riders in carts, with any walk-ons required to walk. All the holes have little pieces of pool noodles in them, (we had a handful of putts bounce out of the hole). No ball washers or trash cans. No rakes in the bunkers. Restrooms on the course locked.

Pace of play under four hours when I played, but the parking lot was packed when I left. Overall, a great day on a fun course!
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I teed off at about 10:30 on Tuesday. They have a great deal for seniors, and I gladly took advantage of the deal on a perfect, sunny day.

Course conditions were pretty solid, all around, with the greens being the highlight of the course. The greens were smooth, with few ball marks and medium speed. Tee boxes, fairways, and rough were all in nice shape. If I had to whine about something, I'd say that there needs to be a little more sand in the bottom of the bunkers.

In any case, I love the layout here and I'll definitely be playing here more frequently with the very fair weekday green fees.
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I played Oak Creek on Tuesday, teeing off at about 10:00. I played for free, having been given a free round by gk "Gold Vest Member" mcantos ... best Christmas present, so far.

The course was cart path only. Though I took a cart, I definitely felt like I had walked the course by the time I was done. By the way, did you know that you're allowed to walk Oak Creek? I did not know that. Anyway, call first after it rains if you have ambulatory issues.

Course conditions were pretty good, considering the inconsistency of the recent weather. Tee boxes had been punched on a few holes, and the grass was a little fuzzy. Fairways were generally good, with increased divot damage due to cpo. The rough was short and very playable. There were many footprints in the bunkers I was in (I guess the clientele thinks the high green fee means someone else will rake the sand). The greens were the best part. They were smooth and a little slower than usual due to the rain.

I really like the Fazio layout at Oak Creek. The best part of the experience is the secluded feel of the golf course. I feel like I'm out in the country when I play here. I highly recommend playing here if you can fit the price into your budget.
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I played Cascata with the gk gurus on a Friday, teeing off at about 10:44. The experience of playing here is terrific. It allowed me to get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the rich and famous.

The layout of Cascata is very good. It rises and falls as it winds in all directions through the desert hillside. There is enough room to drive the ball ... unless the wind is blowing 20mph or more. Sadly, we caught Cascata on a very windy day, which brought the level of difficulty of the course to a point where I was unable to successfully face the challenge. So, I would advise checking the weather forecast, and teeing off a little earlier than we did, especially if you're paying rack rate.

Course conditions were very good, as expected. The tee boxes were lush and level. The fairways provided perfect lies and the rough was consistently thick. The fairway bunkers were fine, though one I was in was more like hard pan. The greenside bunkers were PGA perfect, with just the right amount of pure, white sand. The greens were fun and faster than most I play on. It was nice to have a caddie to help with line and especially with speed, as they ran much faster or slower in different directions.

Our caddie was great, and he did as much as he could to help us, but it was really almost impossible to club us in all that wind. The pace of play was a smooth four hours, with little waiting on Johnny's group ahead of us, and nobody behind us. Service was friendly and professional everywhere. Thanks to Johnny for arranging the round. Great job, as usual.
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I played on Friday, teeing off (right on time) at 8:15. I really enjoy the layout here. There is plenty of room to hit driver on the longer holes, with trouble lurking for bad tee shots. There is enough bunkering off the tee and around the greens to get one's attention.The greens have accessible sections, along with some spots that are very difficult to attack.

Course conditions were very good for the middle of summer. Tee boxes had fine coverage. The fairways were very nice, and the rough was a consistent length that was not too punishing. If there was an area where some improvement might be needed, I would like to see a little more sand in the greenside bunkers. The greens were smooth, though the 110 degree days require the pace of the greens to be a little slower than they could be.

The pace of play was four hours, on the button. I also have to mention that the customer service was excellent from start to finish. I highly recommend this course for a fun round of golf.
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I played on a Wednesday with the gk gurus and teed off at about 6:45. It can get a little warm at Black Gold, but the early tee time kept everyone in the groups comfortable for most of the round. I love the layout here. It's a fair course that will definitely expose any deficiencies in one's game.

Conditions are very good at Black Gold. Tee boxes, fairways and rough are mostly lush, with wiry kikuyu grass in the rough to punish crooked shots. The bunkers I was in were perfect, with light, high quality sand that is well maintained. The greens are mostly smooth, though the moisture on the greens first thing in the morning slowed them down a little. Pace of play was great; about four hours, despite the fact that we had to look for my golf ball on several holes.

Customer service was terrific. All the employees I came in contact with were efficient and professional. Though I played poorly, I had a great time with my friends from GreensKeeper.org. Thanks, Johnny!
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I plated Los Verdes on Sunday, teeing off at about 7:30. It was really nice to get away from the blazing heat of the last week and visit the much more comfortable coastal cloud cover on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Conditions have been consistently good this year at Los Verdes. The tee boxes, fairways, and greens are really good for a county course. The bunkers have the lighter white sand, which is USUALLY deep enough to hit a confident blast shot.

As always, there are a couple ever-present problems. Pace of play wasn't good (over five hours with a 7:30 tee time). There is also a ton of cow grass just off some of the fairways, and many exposed tree roots if one strays into the forest.

Customer service is great. Everyone I came in contact was cheerful and upbeat. Los Verdes is a fun golf course with beautiful views ... and it won't empty your wallet.
9 Likes.
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