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Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Orange County; Ventura County
What's in RDDenn's Golf Bag
10.5 degree TM R1 driver, 19 degree Titelist 913 hybrid, PW-3 Mizuno MP 60 irons, Callaway 56 SW, Mizuno 52 GW, Cleveland 60 LW and Ping Craz-E putter.
Last Updated: March 11, 2015
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Played early Sunday, possibly the fourth tee time. Nothing open but the pro shop when we teed off. Quick check in and they were using the loudspeake... » More
Played early Sunday, possibly the fourth tee time. Nothing open but the pro shop when we teed off. Quick check in and they were using the loudspeaker to call groups to the tee, so the service was fine. POP was pretty good, right at four hours. The group in front finally sped up on the 14th hole which made the finishing holes nice.
The conditions were decent. I was disappointed because I expect more from ElDo. The greens were really good. No sign of the aeration last month, quite firm and decently fast. They rolled well. The rest of the course did not hold up as well. The rough was cut down and I was on dirt as much as grass when off the fairway. The tee boxes were scruffy generally and crowned on quite a few. The worst was all the bare spots on the fairways, with 10 and 16 being the worst examples that come to mind. ElDo traditionally has thick Kikuyu fairways and seeing big bare spots was surprising. I managed to avoid them probably because I avoided the fairways for the most part.
I like the course and the nice greens made up for a lot. Still recommended even with faults.
I'll be back and hope for more next time.» Close
Played today, Saturday 10/10, before 7:00 am. Pretty tight Covid restrictions still, no chipping or putting green, coffee shop opens at 9:00 am (Covi... » More
Played today, Saturday 10/10, before 7:00 am. Pretty tight Covid restrictions still, no chipping or putting green, coffee shop opens at 9:00 am (Covid gets up early?), plexiglass in pro shop, masks in clubhouse area. POP was good, about 4:05. $47 to walk.
The course is in decent shape. Pretty lush fairways with less roll than in prior years. Was not in any bare spots. Rough is a mixed bag and I got mixed results. Sometimes thick, sometimes dirt. I hit more club off the first tee because I have had some bad lies in the rough in the middle of the landing area. Pulled my drive and almost gave up looking before finding it in a thick clump of rough. Oh well.
The greens had been aerated, but only half of them. It was inconsistent on how big of a half. The greens were decently fast on the un-holed portions, not so much on the other sides which are well on their way to be healed but are still soft and slower. I was in several sand traps and they were okay.
Always a good walk, the early overcast skies made a nice cool walk. Got a great photo of Catalina Island behind #10 green, framed by the trees. Nice day on the links.» Close
Played Sunday, 9/6, at 6:50 am. Agree about the funky check-in Covid precautions. One person at a time in the shop which turned out to be two people... » More
Played Sunday, 9/6, at 6:50 am. Agree about the funky check-in Covid precautions. One person at a time in the shop which turned out to be two people at a time because they had two people working registers. A lot of people hanging out in front waiting to check in with nothing to do because the putting and chipping areas are still closed. The food truck was open and operating though which was a pleasant surprise that early in the morning. For whatever reason, the halfway house on the course was not open although we went by it before 9:00. Hopefully, considering the expected heat, it opened sometime that day.
We played in less than four hours, waiting on the group in front of us on most shots but a good enough pace to make it not worth complaining. Sad to say there were three open holes behind us at the end so no one else the rest of the morning played that fast. The starter seemed surprised when informed of the gap on our way out.
I was pleasantly surprised with the conditions. In my experience, Harding usually cuts down their rough in the summers. Not so this year. That stuff was thick and lush. I found a few extra balls looking for wayward balls. The fairways were excellent in general. The greens were also nice, running a bit faster than medium. The tee boxes have thick kikuyu so it was harder on par threes to find a thinner spot to put in a tee, otherwise nothing to complain about.
Highly recommended right now.» Close
Played Saturday, 9/5, at around 7:00 am. Went off as a single and joined another single on the third or fourth hole. We finished in 3.5 hours practi... » More
Played Saturday, 9/5, at around 7:00 am. Went off as a single and joined another single on the third or fourth hole. We finished in 3.5 hours practicing putting and chipping on occasion. Hit a 5some on the last three holes or it would have been faster. I had a later tee time and asked to get out earlier because of the heat. The starter was very accommodating getting me out quickly at an open spot.
First time playing the course and I was impressed with the conditions. Notwithstanding the extreme heat we have had in the later summer, the course was in good to very good condition. It was very wet because of the heat wave so there was no roll. The rough was low enough to find one's ball and high enough to be a factor. I was in one bunker and the sand was a nice compacted hitting surface. It was also groomed. The greens were interesting. Decent speed, medium, and I had to try to read them carefully to determine the break, not always successfully. They were large and challenging.
The course was relatively short, seeming to play shorter than its approximately 6300 yards from the blue tees. They have changed the colors from the scorecard on this site, so the former white is now the blues and there is an orange tee as the back tee. Most tees seemed to me to be elevated as are the greens. I thought that contributed to it seeming to play shorter than the listed yardage, even without much roll in the fairways. It was a forgiving layout also, with mounds on each side of the fairway to catch wayward balls and redirect them somewhat toward the fairway.
Usual LA County covid measures although the putting green and chipping areas were open. The service was slow in the cafe for whatever reason. To go only, through a window at the bar, I waited for a soda before I left but finally went without as the line never moved while I was there.
I look forward to playing it again.» Close
Played Soule Park for the first time on Sunday, 8/30. We were the first group off at 6:20 am so pace of play was not an issue. I believe we played i... » More
Played Soule Park for the first time on Sunday, 8/30. We were the first group off at 6:20 am so pace of play was not an issue. I believe we played in 3:35 or faster. I left my house late at 4:50 am and was concerned I would not get there on time. Walked into the clubhouse, told the starter who I was, he said great, I was on the tee, and off we went. We could not see our first tee shots but after that it was light enough and everyone found their ball so it was all good.
The only negative was playing the avocado tees with the rest of the group took a lot of the bite out of the course. There was a 100 yard difference between the avocado tees and the next tee back on the #1 handicap number 8. 408 yards versus 310, to a green that would have been really tough to hold with a long iron but was not as difficult with a short iron.
I liked the course. The conditions were good and there were some quirky features to even straightforward holes that kept it interesting. I played with a group in which one guy had course knowledge. That was good because there were times I was not sure where the green was, etc. I liked the short mown areas around the greens that looked like bermuda or bent grass. It was difficult at times for me to pick out where the greens started mainly because quite a few of them are raised slightly, but once again that is a course knowledge thing.
I especially liked the greens. I had quite a few problems with them on the front (20 putts!) and there were some nasty breaks, but nothing unfair in my opinion. They were difficult but fun. All the conditions were top notch. I was only in one bunker and the sand was good. We had trouble finding balls in the rough at times so it was a factor. The fairways were nice.
Overall, I look forward to playing here again. It was pretty crowded when we finished which makes the conditions that much better. It stands up well to the play. I'll be back.» Close
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