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Wilson Staff Ci7 Irons, 4-GW
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Having just played Balboa last Sunday I wasn't expecting to be at this complex so soon, but I scored a rare single spot on Friday 4/16 at 3:35 on abou... » More
Having just played Balboa last Sunday I wasn't expecting to be at this complex so soon, but I scored a rare single spot on Friday 4/16 at 3:35 on about a days notice. I had taken note of the GK aeration notification of about nine days previous, but decided to go anyway and work on other aspects of my game. So there I was teeing of on Encino with another single and twosome. In short, it was better than expected. The teeing grounds were all level and in good shape with more than adequate coverage. Fairways were a step up from Balboa. The grass was more consistent as to type and coverage, offering better, not so tight lies as Balboa and an overall healthier look. Still some decent runout. Rough was more distinct from the fairway here although most of the time not punitive. I was in one fairway bunker on the corner of #14 and found it in good, playable condition. The green side areas were in decent shape and reasonably consistent for short game. The greens themselves were a pleasant surprise. Yes, the waffle pattern of sand filled holes was still evident, but the pace was a good medium, the lines were surprisingly true and there were few instances of any hops in the rolls. I was prepared to bang away on velcro and instead found the surface playable and consistent and had a pretty good putting day. I'd play them again tomorrow, but give them a week and they should be very nice even if there are still visual traces.
The group was very pleasant socially and with similar playing skills. The group and course pace moved along well at just a little over four hours and we finished 18 as the light and depth perception were fading. Encino is the bigger brother of the two courses with a few hundred more yards of length. Per my recent review, Balboa is definitely playable, but Encino generally seems to be the better maintained of the two, particularly as to the fairways. Both are generally flat and very walkable. With the qualifier that the greens are recovering, I still recommend the course as in good shape.
While it had no impact on my review, I just remembered and had to mention I got out walking for a Senior Twilight rate of $12.50. A ridiculous deal.» Close
Teed off at 3:20 Sunday as a foursome playing the whites on a nice afternoon. This was the first time I've played Balboa in a good many years with the... » More
Teed off at 3:20 Sunday as a foursome playing the whites on a nice afternoon. This was the first time I've played Balboa in a good many years with the exception of 13 holes of twilight back in January 2020. Quintessential muni golf, the conditions were not in any way plush, but generally serviceable with some high points. Teeing grounds were large and predominantly well covered — also as consistently level as any I've played in a long time which I really appreciated. The fairways were a tight, mottled combination of grasses that provided a lot of rollout. If you take a lot of divot or need a fluffy lie, you are going to experience them as problematically tight. I don't, and generally found the hitting surface pretty satisfactory all day. Even with the general tightness, there were few actual bare or hardpan areas in the fairways. I had good results and enjoyed them for what they were. The rough was frequently only a little thicker than the fairways and no penalty from which to play. Managed to avoid the bunkers but they seemed reasonably playable, albeit with footprints to consider. The greenside areas were more tight than lush on average, mostly set up well, but pitching/chipping up from the fairways was tight. The greens were pretty good and had a nice pace — a medium on the quick side and true with not a lot of pitch marks. They were nothing like the heavier/slower practice green, but pretty consistent on the course.
Since they were playing competitively and yapping excessively, my playing companions' pace was a bit more sluggish than I would have liked, but so was the course, so we were never too far behind. We just finished 18 in the gloom of last light and the glow of the driving range. The tree-lined course is pretty straight forward and flat for walking, has some length and generally wide fairways, the latter encouraging you to unclench and swing a little more freely. Not a destination course or a first choice, but I wouldn't avoid it. Nothing too tricky, so a good course when you have group of varying abilities. The driving range is fully functioning and the the short game practice areas are back in play. I admit I was generally striking it well and had a good time. I will eventually return.» Close
Got a 12:00 start as a single joining a twosome and another single on Wednesday, 4/7. One of the conspicuous improvements is the repaving of the drivi... » More
Got a 12:00 start as a single joining a twosome and another single on Wednesday, 4/7. One of the conspicuous improvements is the repaving of the driving range with a concrete pad. There is still some tilt to the place but it's better. It is a much overdue improvement and looks much sharper. Once again, I hadn't checked GK and walked on to course that had punched the greens a little over a week before, but I was OK with that. The greens ran a faster and truer than they looked liked they should — about medium fast — but I would suggest giving them another week to 10 days. At that point, even if there is still the ghost of a pattern, they should perform quite well. The rest of the course is in pretty good shape as far as generally green and decent lies. For example, I notice the second tee box was considerably more greened up from the slab of dirt it has been in the past. Fairways had some runout, but with the angles around this course control is everything, so that is not always a plus. Otherwise the coverage was good, without some of the thinner hardpan and chewed up areas I've seen in the past. The rough was not long on average, but grabby as to impeding a ball on the roll. I missed the bunkers and can't address the conditions there. Not being in them, I just didn't notice. Green-side areas were in good shape for chipping.
It was a nice day for golf with the weather warm but not oppressive and light winds. I wanted to get over here to support DeBell since they support GK, as well as get my semi-annual butt kicking from this course. The front nine was the exercise in abuse I expected, but I actually was four over on the back, so maybe there is hope. DeBell is not to everyone's liking, but if it meets your criteria for challenge and/or enjoyment, it's in pretty good shape and I recommend it. Just give it a little more time to heal. If you've never been here, you should play it. The clubhouse is nice and the upstairs dining and deck are one of the nicer post-round facilities to hang out. The course is not your typical experience and it's a worth a go to see if you might love it, hate it, or both.» Close
Got invited to be part of a foursome to tee off at San Dimas today (Fri. 3/26) at 2:50. The first and last time I played SD was also the first time I ... » More
Got invited to be part of a foursome to tee off at San Dimas today (Fri. 3/26) at 2:50. The first and last time I played SD was also the first time I met johnny GK and played in a GK "event" (a couple of foursomes) back in 2009. Just never got back here until now. I should have come back sooner. The course conditions overall were as good as I've seen for this time of year. Teeing grounds were generally nicely level with good coverage. A couple were uneven in that they were crowned, but you could find the top of that crown to average out a level lie. Fairways were consistently green, somewhat tight with good rollout, and nice to play from. Rough was mostly green and not really punitive. Bunker sand was nice if you managed to avoid the many footprints and got a clean spot. The green surrounds were in good shape for pitching/chipping. There is a yellow aeration notice up on GK for the greens. You can see the remains of he pattern but there is no remaining effect evident. The greens are in good shape, running a brisk medium quick and ran true. They have some contour and slope going on so they can be tricky. Really pretty nice overall and the alert should be reverted to green.
We just got the 18 in and were the last group to do so with something just over a 4 hr round. Service was good and the course is in a scenic stretch of the foothills. There are a couple of quirky holes but generally it's a nice layout. I will be back a lot sooner next time. Recommended.» Close
Hit Woodley with another single starting at 3:20 on Friday. Overall conditions were OK. Tee boxes were level with good coverage. The fairways are real... » More
Hit Woodley with another single starting at 3:20 on Friday. Overall conditions were OK. Tee boxes were level with good coverage. The fairways are really unsightly to look at — a patchwork of colors and grasses — but the recent rains gave the grass a little boost and made the turf a bit softer than the hardpan it could have been and the lies were mostly pretty decent as winter lies go. I was surprised at the significant amount of rollout I was getting. There were areas of fairways and rough that had been aerated with big plugs laying about, but they generally didn't impact anything other than clearing some aside on a couple of occasions in the rough. Rough was fairly consistent and only a little more grown in than the fairway — very playable. Missed the bunkers entirely but they looked fairy clean and firm. Areas surrounding the greens were on the tight side, pretty consistent and encouraged putting from just off. Greens were pretty clean and running at a medium pace that felt slower only because the greens here are huge and the putts were frequently from another area code.
The course is level with generous fairways and is good for pulling out driver often. I drove it well and struck my irons well enough to break 80 if I hadn't had one of my worst putting days in a long time. Too many looong first putts leaving too much second putt added up to seven three-putts. The size of the greens is a factor unto itself but i failed to adjust. The pace was very good and we got in 18 with a couple of holes worth of light to spare — a cautiously hoped for bonus. Not the most visually interesting course, but as a Hail Mary tee time, it fit the bill and I enjoyed it.» Close
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