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Callaway Mavrik driver
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Wilson Staff Ci7 Irons, 4-GW
Ben Hogan Sure Out sand wedge
Cougar X-Cat Putter
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Grabbed a 1:10 start as a single joining a twosome on Sunday, 1/16. We were sent out little early to an open fairway. Conditions overall were good fo... » More
Grabbed a 1:10 start as a single joining a twosome on Sunday, 1/16. We were sent out little early to an open fairway. Conditions overall were good for Winter. No real issues with the tee boxes — level with enough coverage, sometimes tighter than others. One historically bad tee is #2, but it was a pleasant discovery to find it had been refurbished with sod and was as good or better than most. Fairways had overall decent coverage, mostly on the tight and sometimes a little moist side. The rough proper here was playable without much penalty but a little further off and you are into the adventure that is DeBell — undergrowth, barrancas, steep hills and drop-offs. Saw some bunkers moist with a little standing water, but most were drier if not particularly fluffy. I actually had good results playing out of three of them, including an up-and-down for par, so there's that. Green side areas generally offered good lies for short game and the greens themselves were very clean, reasonably quick and ran true with slopes and contours to keep it interesting.
It was nice day to be out, warm for this time of year, a bit overcast through the middle holes, but golden light through sundown for the last few. Overall pace was good for a weekend, coming in under 4.5 hours. Saw the cart girl a few times. Shout out to the guys I was paired up, Alex and TJ, who were excellent company and I hope followed up on their threat to check out GK and are reading this. I've been reasonably consistent with my game lately but arrived too late to warm up and never really had my swing with me today. So, as usual, DeBell abused my scorecard and my self esteem. That said, I had little at stake and no big expectations, so I had a good time. Recommended.» Close
Got out with Chuck (FirstFlightFX-101) on 1/12 as a twosome for a GK match at 11:45. I think this was my third outing here and I enjoy the general flo... » More
Got out with Chuck (FirstFlightFX-101) on 1/12 as a twosome for a GK match at 11:45. I think this was my third outing here and I enjoy the general flow and contours of the layout. As to conditions, there was definitely a Winter element but it was still enjoyable. Teeing grounds were fine as to level and adequate coverage. The relative weak point would be the fairways on which, in addition to general tendency towards firm, thinner lies, there were areas hardpan and dirt — extensively on a couple of holes. There were areas of fuller lies but if you have issues with tight lies and take deeper divots, this may not be your course right now. That said, I have a shallower strike and mostly found my fairway lies acceptable and just played through it without much thought as I was focused on execution and my match. Chuck also seemed good with it although he had a couple of episodes in dirt areas on or just off fairway edges, so take it for what it's worth. Rough was rarely punitive and generally easy to play from. There is an abundance of trees lining most fairways and that is where the trouble lurked if you got off line. I missed the bunkers. Chuck was only in one but commented on the sand quality of it and played out well, so the limited experience there was very positive. The greens' surrounding rough was good for chipping, with the lead-up fairways and fringe fairly tight. I usually executed some form of putt at five or more feet from the green surface. The greens were in nice shape and fairly quick, frequently with some contour or slope to make it more interesting.
Check-in was smooth, got a senior break on my fee, found some good grass to hit from on the range and the putting green was quick. Just past a wind advisory window, it was a perfect, mid 70's temperature day, starting with minimal breeze and dying to pretty much still through most of the round. Pace was good overall, slowing towards the end of the front nine and beginning of the back, but good otherwise. Although we did not avail ourselves of her services, the service cart woman came around often enough, always with a smile. Less than perfect conditions but enough to recommend it as an overall experience, we enjoyed it.» Close
Went out as single joining four other singles for a 1:50 start on Monday 1/3. Not having played over the holidays and feeling a bit unsure about my sw... » More
Went out as single joining four other singles for a 1:50 start on Monday 1/3. Not having played over the holidays and feeling a bit unsure about my swing, nine at Roosevelt seemed like a nice way to ease into it for the new year. I wasn't disappointed, although with some qualifications. Most of the teeing grounds were forward of their normal positions, in a couple of cases because the main teeing area was chewed up for renovation while for others it just seemed the decision for the day. Given my mindset, I was fine with it. Fairways here can be a bit lumpy in spots but they are mostly fine with good, consistent, mown coverage. Rough was green and reasonably playable if you weren't off in the underbrush. Around the greens the run-up and surrounding areas were often tight (but green) for pitching and the rest varied from a little thicker to thinner. The greens took deep pitch marks but ran a brisk medium and were pretty clean. Never got into a bunker nor witnessed play from one, so little intel on those although they looked OK.
Overall I'd rate the conditions more than acceptable at the low end and good for the most part. But that doesn't do it justice. The weather was about as perfect as you could ask for as far as a California winter day. There are some great views peaking through at various point of the course as well as strollers, runners and bikers adjacent to some of the boundaries that make for interesting people watching while waiting on shots. Pace was sluggish at times but nobody seemed to care. The course itself has visual interest and wildlife. The group of singles of which I was a part were all sociable, pleasant company. My blowup holes were not pretty, but a majority of pars for the non-blowup holes left me feeling like I was doing enough things right and encouraged me for the next outing. It was a great place and time to be outside (on a golf course, no less) and a total experience that exceeded the sum of its not unpleasant parts. Quirky in spots, I think the course is a gem.» Close
This will be short and a little late. Got out at BV as a single with another single on Friday 12/10 for the first time in a couple of years and while ... » More
This will be short and a little late. Got out at BV as a single with another single on Friday 12/10 for the first time in a couple of years and while it wasn't Augusta perfect, it was muni perfect. No issues with teeing grounds, fairways were on the tight side with some rollout but soft, which seems like a contradiction but it was a nice base. Don't recall any brown, bare or burnt spots. Rough was green, pretty consistent and occasionally punitive. Bunkers were OK and mostly without impacting footprints. Short game areas presented the ball well and the greens were very nice — on the quick side, true and pretty clean with a minimum of marks. With the contours frequently presented, they were a very enjoyable challenge.
Pace was good on the front and started to slow and get a little backed up by the middle of the back nine. There was never a threat of losing light late in the round so no stress there. It was comfortably cool although warmer than I expected, and never more than maybe a one club breeze which is pretty mild given how breezy it can be there. The guy I played with was easy going and while I didn't shoot a particularly good score, I had my moments. It was just a really nice day out on a course in above average all around conditions. Definitely recommended.» Close
Got out for a GK match with Dconnally Thursday. Tee'd off a half hour late on a busy day, paired with an elderly father and middle-aged son. Condition... » More
Got out for a GK match with Dconnally Thursday. Tee'd off a half hour late on a busy day, paired with an elderly father and middle-aged son. Conditions overall were pretty nice. Teeing grounds were consistently level with suitable coverage. Fairways were green and well covered. I don't recall any brown or thin areas. The rough was tough — lush and usually demanding some kind of wedge or punch shot to get back to the fairway for an opportunity to resume your round from a better place. I thought the groomed areas around the green offered very nice opportunities for pitching/chipping. From my experience, the bunkers were the biggest surprise even though a mixed bag. Hard with crusty or simply missing sand has long been the norm here and an accepted trade-off for the rest of the course. But on this day, a lot of green side bunkers had abundant new sand. Not all, as I was also in one that was old-style firmer and a fairway bunker that was more like a compacted waste area. The greens were in good shape, rolling mostly true at a nice quick speed that wasn't overly spicy.
Teeing off at noon, it ended up being a five hour pace and we were among the last few groups to get 18 done as others were driving in from around the course. Minor issues were that the carts were nice and had GPS, but sometimes seemed to be working off an incorrect pin location. There are no longer any monuments or yardage makers to be found and as one who prefers to pace off yardages, I missed having the option. But you have to take a cart there and they have GPS so it is what it is and me being fussy. One also has to be very careful about no-go areas that kill your cart. Some are obvious and marked, but I found myself stuck at a crawl in areas I would assume were fair game to be driving in/through. Generally keep to the paths and fairways and enter rough and collateral areas gingerly so as to not find your cart momentum shut down. The gents we played with were pleasant, the service efficient (delayed start not withstanding), and the current playing sequence of the holes is a logical improvement. I always love the opportunity to play OQ and I don't get there often, so I appreciated it and recommend its current condition highly. Thanks to Dave for setting it up.» Close
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