Haven't played since the COVID era began, so thought I would give La Mirada a try a couple of weeks ago. It's cheap and nearby. Walked as a single with a threesome who spoke another language among themselves, but were polite, and we ended up finding each other's balls more than once. The conditions in the late morning were quite hot and smoky with ash from the fires to our north falling.
Tip one: their ball machine does not accept other LA County course payment keys, no matter what the pro shop tells you. Figuring that out and getting a ($7!) small bucket ate up most of my allotted warmup time.
The course was in poor shape, unfortunately. The greens were in the best shape, very soft and slow on the front, but surprisingly faster on the back. Moderately smooth.
The fairways were in fair shape, with mostly good lies. The rough was in very poor shape. Bare dirt and crabgrass clumps in many places. This may be because of the doubling of the cart traffic (one per person in COVID). It's also because of the type of players who played behind us, who would zoom their carts round and round the trees looking for their lost balls on every hole. Round and round the greens too, for that matter (what cart paths?). I'm sure that makes good maintenance of the course impossible.
Tees were overgrown. It was very hard to tee the ball up high, because the grass extended an inch above where your tee will stick.
Traps were not sand bunkers. More like packed dirt depressions. You should chip it out, because a normal bunker explosion shot was impossible. For me it was, at least.
The short course and the soft greens made the course fairly easy, but the poor conditions in the rough made it challenging if you hit it there.
POP was fine. We finished in less than 4.5 hr. A single in front, so we never had to wait.
It was cheap, I got basically what I paid for.» Close