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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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A couple of days ago I got out at 2:30 as a single. Eaton is usually a little rough around the edges on a good day and with winter conditions on top o... » More
A couple of days ago I got out at 2:30 as a single. Eaton is usually a little rough around the edges on a good day and with winter conditions on top of it, conditions were more on the ragged side. Tee boxes generally OK, some a little bumpy and/or with a touch of angle to them. The coverage was spotty and mixed, but you are using a tee and I was able to find enough grass to launch from on the par-3's. Fairways really a mixed bag, generally thinner and firmer grass with rollout and the usual Eaton bare areas scattered about. The rough covered the gamut from dirt to thick patches — again, typical here. Areas around the greens were generally green grass but varied from lumpy and firm to slightly fuller, good chipping lies. The greens were decent and like many this time of year are running a good medium quick and firm, although there was a lot of detritus on them due to wind.
It was a very windy afternoon, which made it all a bit more challenging but also stimulating. It's not the worst conditioned course I've played on recently and the layout is interesting, but you'll enjoy it more if your expectations are modest. It's a place to play when you need a fix and you are not overly fussy. One of the main reasons I even bothered to give it a write up is that it is one of the few courses around that I could get a tee time on relatively short notice, having made the rez that morning. These days that counts for something.
It is what it is and I got my fix. No regrets.» Close
I got out with another single yesterday, 1/5/21 with a 12:50 start. I'm going to do a complete cheat and refer you to GDR23's review since i found the... » More
I got out with another single yesterday, 1/5/21 with a 12:50 start. I'm going to do a complete cheat and refer you to GDR23's review since i found the conditions pretty much exactly the same, right down to surprisingly mild day with minimal to no wind. Really very enjoyable conditions. Unfortunately, i also found the course pretty busy and slow. I've found good pace, despite the crowds, has been more the norm lately at other locations, so only finishing 15 holes with a 12:50 start was unexpected and disappointing.
Make sure you give yourself time to finish, but otherwise recommended.» Close
Got out with a buddy who found out about the opportunity to play as a non-member. A showcase day or something. Bring a donated toy and the greens fee ... » More
Got out with a buddy who found out about the opportunity to play as a non-member. A showcase day or something. Bring a donated toy and the greens fee was $40. Pretty good price to play an actual country club and it included a box lunch and some cookies. I had played the course once before and remembered very little of it. I did remember it was punishing with a lot of altitude changes.
As far as conditions, wintery, but pretty good. Tees boxes were thin and frequently more sandy than grassy, but level and not a problem. Fairways were seasonally tight and multicolored, but a minimum of actual bare spots — really pretty decent for this time of year and with the expected rollout. The rough can be anything from wild grasses to even and playable. it's a hilly area so consistency is not expected. Greenside areas were a little mixed, from tight to more forgiving chipping lies, to lumpy. Some wet, muddy ground around the 8th green, but that was atypical. Bunkers were pretty good. Some were a bit heavier with moisture but most were not and they were groomed. The greens were fast, firm and clean, barely giving up pitch marks.
I really had no complaints about conditions. The course itself is its own worst enemy. For those of you familiar with DeBell, it is almost the same yardage and a very similar, demanding experience as by product of being shoehorned into a hillside. Given the opportunity, I might come by here once a year or so to take up the challenge. But I couldn't imagine wanting to play it regularly, much less as a member. I do have to mention that it was a classic, clear SoCal winter day and the views from most points on the course were amazing and it is worth playing there at least once just for that.» Close
This is late and will be short. I played Thursady 12/3, paired up with another single for the front and finished the back nine alone. Teeing grounds a... » More
This is late and will be short. I played Thursady 12/3, paired up with another single for the front and finished the back nine alone. Teeing grounds are fine. Fairways are wintery — multicolored, tight lies and a good amount of rollout. I don't recall actual hard pan areas, so they were decent. I was in one bunker and sand was in good shape if not completely smoothed out. Around the greens was inconsistent — chipping from the fairways was tight and green-side areas could be anything from a nice lie to lumpy grass and bare spots. The greens were not pristine to look at, but actually performed well and were very fast and firm — as in scary fast, as in if you are above the hole, it just might not stop.
There was no range available but you could use the hole-less putting green.Teed off around 1:10 and was one of the last to finish with enough light, so the timing was perfect. It was a gorgeous, slightly cool day with light winds. Course conditions were less than perfect, but not a reason to stay away, and probably very appropriate for this time of year. I had a horrible score and it was because of me, not the course. After some range time, I'd love to try it again.» Close
Needed a central playing spot to meet a buddy from Beaumont area and scheduled a tee time at JHCC for Saturday 11.21 at 12:45. We went out on time joi... » More
Needed a central playing spot to meet a buddy from Beaumont area and scheduled a tee time at JHCC for Saturday 11.21 at 12:45. We went out on time joined by a single to form a threesome. I had never seen/played JHCC before and the only info I had on it was what I gleaned from GK reviews. Actually playing it, I was very pleasantly surprised, but with some stipulations, so first the conditions. I found the teeing grounds to be better than average: consistently level with good size tee boxes, and grass coverage that was more than adequate, if mixed. I was quite content with them all day. With what I call wintery conditions, the fairways were generally tight with reasonable-to-decent playability and a lot of rollout. There were a fair amount of dried out hardpan areas in the mix, many marked as GUR, and at least one extreme case. The par-5 15th was a tight valley of a dogleg left. The stretch leading up the the bend was decent fairway, but once you hit the bend it was bowling alley of hard ground for a good stretch of the way to the green. The center of the fairway was marked GUR, but the immediate areas of relief were no better. So in the course of the round were you going to have a couple of shots with testy conditions. I have a shallow swing but good luck if you area heavy divot taker. The rough was generally playable, it was the trees that would make the recovery tricky. I don't recall being in a bunker all day so I can't comment. The green surrounds tended to have good but tight coverage that was consistent with the fairways, so you needed a to have some control of the strike in your short game. The greens were very good. They were definitely quick, firm, and pretty clean with some subtle breaks — a nice challenge.
While one could be reasonably critical of the conditions in spots, I mostly didn't have a lot of issue with them. Maybe I am just enough of a golf slut that I take the challenge of a course as I find it. The course has a lot of contour that I find visually interesting and fun to play. Reminded me bit of Knollwood and Roosevelt. After a few holes I was pleased with my choice. You don't get a view of many holes until you get to the tee box so there is a sense of the course revealing itself as you go along vs. a back and forth parkland style course. Walking for $27 on a weekend seemed like a great deal to me. The pace was consistent and a bit over 4 hours. Our timing was just about perfect and we finished with enough light to spare. It is hilly, so it is not necessarily a walking course for some, but I always try to walk, was up for it, and enjoyed the workout.
For me the course is too remote to play except if I happen to be in the area or have a special reason to make the trip as I did on the day. But I definitely enjoyed myself and at a time of year when the course had a little edge of severity to it. So my endorsement comes with a caution to calibrate your expectations and you'll have a good time. If it was convenient I would do it again. With the softening of the conditions that would come at other times of the year, I can envision giving an unreserved recommendation. I'll keep an eye out on the reports down the line.» Close
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