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Callaway X2 Hot driver
MasterGrip Black Steel 3 metal wood
MasterGrip Black Steel 5 metal wood
Wilson Staff Ci7 Irons, 4-GW
Spalding Executive sand wedge
Cougar X-Cat Putter
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Teed off at 2:10, 9/17 as a twosome joined by a single. Overall conditions are good, tempered by the fact that many fairways double as parking lots fo... » More
Teed off at 2:10, 9/17 as a twosome joined by a single. Overall conditions are good, tempered by the fact that many fairways double as parking lots for Rose Bowl events. That means some occasionally thin or bare spots on the fairways and white parking lines scattered about. This is limited to certain parts of certain fairways and not as impactful as it sounds. With dry weather, the ground is pretty firm and takes the traffic fairly well. Teeing grounds were all in pretty good shape. Fairways overall had good coverage and rollout, rough was not especially punishing in most cases, greens were quick and in pretty good shape as were the immediate surroundings. Bunkers were firm-ish and mostly clean.
Even though I only live ten minutes away, I confess I am not a big fan of the Brookside courses but still like to get out there once a year or so just for variety and check it out. Weather was blessedly a little cooler than it has been lately, pace was about 4.25 and steady, and despite the erratic state of my current form, it was a nice day to walk a course that is flat enough to encourage it. I still won't go back soon, but my preferences shouldn't color yours, and if you've never played there it's worth a look. If you like the course, more power to you. As to the conditions, not pristine, mostly good, no serious issues and I give it a thumbs up.» Close
Hit SDCGC as a threesome on Friday 8/23, teeing off around 3:20. Keeping this short, the course is in nice overall condition. Good teeing grounds and ... » More
Hit SDCGC as a threesome on Friday 8/23, teeing off around 3:20. Keeping this short, the course is in nice overall condition. Good teeing grounds and coverage, with good lies from tee to green. Rough is mostly green and playable but with areas of dense vegetation bordering a few holes that are unplayable and easy in which to lose balls. The bunker sand was nicer than average although it generally wasn't as groomed as it could have been. Greens were in nice shape and running a bit over medium pace which is fine. Many of the greens have some slope and contour to them such that particularly quick greens might be a little problematic.
Pace was good at a little over four hours. The clubhouse is closed for now (had a fire, I think?) and they are operating from outside, but the customer service was good and the cart service came around several times. As the name implies, the setting is in a canyon that gives it a sightly remote feel with nice views — really a peaceful location. I have been back to this course a couple of times recently after not having played it for many years because I am finding it worth playing more often both for the setting and conditions. As I write this, imagining how much more I would have enjoyed the day if I had brought any game with me. Recommended.» Close
Got to experience VCC for the first time 7/28 where I had my GK match with Johnny GK himself at a Guru outing. The place is close to immaculate. Long,... » More
Got to experience VCC for the first time 7/28 where I had my GK match with Johnny GK himself at a Guru outing. The place is close to immaculate. Long, level, green tee boxes. Not a brown or thin spot to be found on the fairways. With a couple of exceptions they are on the generous side. Rough was is good shape, predominantly green and varied from easily recoverable to some thicker stuff that would challenge the recovery shot. Bunkers were generally good and clean with some firmer than others and nothing especially fluffy. Green complexes we're in good shape for short game and the greens themselves were very clean and smooth, running at a nice quick pace. There is some altitude change down from the clubhouse area so where there is slope, it can be pronounced, but the balance of the course is pretty level.
All of it has a spacious yet private feel to it as there is limited evidence of the outside world when you are on the course. It feels like a retreat. While both nines are lovely, I rate the front nine as probably the more visually interesting of the two, but the back compensates with an especially expansive and dramatically contoured par-5 finishing hole. The carts are basic, had no screens and you frequently had to hunt around for markers posting yardages to pace it off. In a time where a lot of people have range finders or yardage apps of their own, I would think this is not an issue but be advised and come prepared if it is important to you. The practice facilities are excellent, so everything you need to warm up properly is there for you. The cart girl came around twice and the staff was polite and low key. Thanks to Johnny for the match and putting it all together, and to Pete and Ron for their company. Bottom line, a beautiful, classic course in excellent condition. (Note: while utilized by the author in the compiling of this report no shankopotami were injured in the process, although one Canadian goose will be filing charges against Johnny.)» Close
Went out Friday, 7/23 as a twosome around 2:30. Conditions are usually pretty consistent here so for brevity, I am only going to comment as a suppleme... » More
Went out Friday, 7/23 as a twosome around 2:30. Conditions are usually pretty consistent here so for brevity, I am only going to comment as a supplement to 24hourgolf's latest review.
While the fairways are fine in the main, there are definitely thinned dry patches distributed about. There were also a few muddy spots of overwatering, although these were rare and only on a couple of holes — first and 17th fairways come to mind. The greens were softer than usual, took deep pitch marks, and ran medium which is fine but a bit sluggish compared to the norm here. The overwatered spots and green conditions both probably the result of extra watering to beat the heat and atypical.
The foursome ahead of us generally kept a good pace so there was minimal waiting. The pro shop is now open but requires masks currently. The service here is excellent and they were very accommodating when my buddy was late for our original tee time.» Close
Got to play Spanish Hills for the first time on 7/19 as part of a scramble "tournament" outing for the Ventura County Contractors Association. Conditi... » More
Got to play Spanish Hills for the first time on 7/19 as part of a scramble "tournament" outing for the Ventura County Contractors Association. Conditions were excellent. Coverage was very nice from tee boxes to the greens with the tee boxes being level throughout. The immediate rough was generally green and playable with some areas a little thicker and potentially a little more costly. Further off and you were into frequently heavy brush and wild coverage. The bunkers generally seem pretty firm although I was in one very firm and another that was drier, less compacted, and played more normally. The greens were in very nice shape, probably running around 10/11 with some subtle breaks on top of the more obvious contours.
The course is built around the crest of a hill and you eventually get the 360º view as you play your way around it. With the bit of altitude, you get some beautiful views of the area and local mountain ranges. The course itself is sinuous and on the narrow side with a healthy mix of some altitude changes. For all practical purposes I don't see it as a walking course. I thought the display performance in the carts could have been a little better thought out but that is a minor quibble from someone who rarely uses carts or the readouts. The carts themselves performed and handled nicely and had generously cushioned, stitched leather seats. Nicer than anything I've experienced on a golf course. While there is a sense of being narrow, the course is not particularly long so the vectors and distances needed to get into position are reasonable. What makes it seems narrower is that once off the fairway and green rough you are frequently into fairly dense vegetation and underbrush. A healthy slice or hook usually didn't deserve a second thought as to whether it merited a search, so more than the usual quota of lost balls can be expected. There is a target golf aspect to it that has you considering your shot placement but I found it enjoyable and adding a little challenge without being excessive. The clubhouse is on the grand side and the staff was helpful and pleasant. Bottom line, as an interesting, scenic and reasonably challenging course in very nice condition, if you are offered a chance to play here, take it.» Close
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