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Played here Sunday, 4/4 with a 2:00 tee time. Booked direct on their site a couple weeks ahead of time for just $38. Paired with a threesome of nice g... » More
Played here Sunday, 4/4 with a 2:00 tee time. Booked direct on their site a couple weeks ahead of time for just $38. Paired with a threesome of nice guys. We all walked and played the black tees. Sent off about 10 minutes late and finished about 5 hours, 10 minutes later. Picture-perfect day with little wind, perfect temperature and mostly blue skies with light cloud cover.
Course conditions continue to be excellent. Greens were a little slower than when I was here a few weeks ago, but still in great condition. Medium speed, smooth and more firm than soft, although full, well-struck shots would check up. The collars seemed to have been aerated recently with small tines and very, very lightly sanded – none of which affected play at all. Fairways have good coverage of somewhat thin grass. Rough along the fairways is mostly thin and/or non-existent, but up around the greens it’s extremely lush, dark green grass in pretty much immaculate condition, probably about 2 inches deep. Tee boxes were in good condition. I was in a couple bunkers and neither had what I would call “good” sand, but I’m not sure if they were actual bunkers or waste bunkers. (The tiny strip of sand in front of No. 1 and then right of the 17th green.)
Aside from the slow play (and twisting my ankle near the 9th tee), I couldn’t ask for a much better day.» Close
Played here yesterday with a 2:00 time I nabbed on their website the day before. I had once again been checking sites of several different courses rat... » More
Played here yesterday with a 2:00 time I nabbed on their website the day before. I had once again been checking sites of several different courses rather obsessively and finally what must’ve been a cancellation popped up and I jumped on it. I booked for $43 with cart, but at check-in they gave me the option to walk for $31. Because I already planned on riding, I opted to ride but nice to know that rate on their site is the high end of what you’ll pay. I originally planned to eat lunch somewhere on Coronado, but the island was so busy with people I decided to just eat at the course’s snack bar instead. The restaurant was very busy with a big lunch crowd, too. Checked in around 1:20, was given my choice of carts and was called to the first tee a few minutes before 2:00. Played with a couple guys from inland SD county and another guy who lives on Coronado. We waited quite a bit but pace wasn’t too bad for a weekend afternoon on a muni. Probably about 4:45 total. Absolutely gorgeous day (warm, too!) with about a one- to two-club (seemingly swirling) breeze pretty consistently throughout the round.
Course is in really nice condition. Greens are mostly smooth, medium-fast, and about medium firmness. Most of my shots took a bounce before stopping. Fairways had pretty good coverage and were well maintained. The rough was a little spottier and clumpier but still pretty good. Not very deep nor penal. Blue tee boxes were mostly good but a few were heavily sanded – the par-3 5th comes to mind. I think I was only in one bunker but got plenty of experience in it (read the March “What’d you shoot” for all the gory details). It had plentiful, rather heavy sand in it.
I was surprised to find a city-run course with so few Covid regulations in place. There was a sign not to touch the flagsticks, but otherwise there were rakes around bunkers, sand bottles on the cart, and nothing in the cup to prevent the ball from falling to the bottom. Face masks required indoors when checking in. Beverage cart came around several times. No ball washers at tee boxes.
I had only played here once before, many many years ago. 1989, I think. The course is even better than I remembered. I didn’t remember so many back nine holes playing along the edge of the water. Hope it’s not another 30+ years before I return. With demand so high, I guess I understand their tee time policy, but I don’t like it. The only way to book more than 2 days in advance is to pay an absurd $17 booking fee. Seems like a pure cash grab to me. Even the Coronado resident I played with said he hadn’t played there for six months because it’s so difficult to get a time unless you pay that fee.» Close
Played here Saturday, 3/20 at 12:45. Booked through TeeOff.com for an amazing rate of only $38. Not sure if that was a mistake or what (prices availab... » More
Played here Saturday, 3/20 at 12:45. Booked through TeeOff.com for an amazing rate of only $38. Not sure if that was a mistake or what (prices available seemed to vary wildly) but I’ll take it. Check in went smoothly, snack bar open, putting green open, got my cart fine. They had a starter out near the range sending groups off both the 1st and 10th tees. I was paired with two women who seem to play there regularly, and we started on the 10th tee. We waited quite a bit on the group in front of us and my playing partners both said pace was slow, but we finished in under 4 hours. (Apparently the day before they’d played in 3:05.)
Conditions are very nice. Greens run smooth, medium-fast and are quite firm. Full shots made very small ball marks and some, not all, took a bounce before stopping. Some greens seemed to have some sort of treatment that looked like uniform cuts with a razor blade. It didn’t affect putting at all. Fairways were lush rye with great coverage, providing really nice lies all day. The rough was dormant, short bermuda and a little spottier, coverage-wise. Still quite good, though. Blue tee boxes were all good. Lots of large, sprawling bunkers here and the one I was in was in good shape.
This was my first time here. Pretty much what I expected: Nothing terribly exciting, but a solid, mid-level residential course. I liked the bunkering I mentioned earlier, and there’s a good variety of holes with doglegs, different lengths, etc. Several water hazards come into play. Being north of Interstate 10, it’s prone to high winds and they did kick up during parts of the round. I'd put it in the same category as the nearby Mountain Vista courses... solid yet unspectacular. Seems like it’s mostly a club for residents of the surrounding community as the employees seemed to know all the regulars. Definitely recommended.» Close
Played here today with a 1:30 tee time. $38 booked direct on their site about a week ago. Paid $8 more in the shop for a push cart. Paired with a ridi... » More
Played here today with a 1:30 tee time. $38 booked direct on their site about a week ago. Paid $8 more in the shop for a push cart. Paired with a riding twosome and another walking single. Started right on time and POP was not terrible but not good. Front-nine back-ups at 3rd tee & 6th tee, back nine back-ups on 10, 11, 15, 16 & 17. The riding twosome quit after 17, but the other guy and I played the 18th hole in near total darkness, finishing around 6:30. We had to be the last group to finish. Not exactly sure why things move so poorly out here… maybe the tough green complexes? Anyway, despite playing terribly most of the day, very happy I was able to finish after the 90+ minute drive to get there.
Conditions are pretty darn good. Greens are great, quite slick, very smooth and definitely more firm than soft. A few holes seemed really beat up on the collars, and I’m not sure why. Like right in front of the 15th green looked like somebody had a driving range session from there with tons of weird divots. Fairways might be the low point of conditions, but they’re not bad. They are a little clumpy, though, with a mix of grasses. Seems like a dormant bermuda base with some sort of green grass growing in little clumps. Rough is a mix of really lush rye in spots and dormant, thin bermuda in others. Blue tee boxes were mostly good. I was in one bunker and it was very well maintained and had good sand.
Always a treat to play here. Love the drive in and how you get a “preview” of what’s in store. Wish it was closer to home, easier to get a tee time, and had better weekend POP. Otherwise it’s just about perfect.» Close
Played here this morning with a 7:50 tee time. Things very organized and running on time. The check-in guy was announcing each group over the loudspea... » More
Played here this morning with a 7:50 tee time. Things very organized and running on time. The check-in guy was announcing each group over the loudspeaker. Seems like courses have gone away from this practice, but I like it. Keeps you in the know of exactly who’s supposed to be on the tee, if things are on time, etc. Paired with a twosome and another single. The twosome each had their own carts and the other single and I both walked. $50.50 green fee + $5 push cart rental. A few groups ahead was at least a hole behind, and we waited on pretty much every hole, but overall POP wasn’t bad. Just a little over 4:30. (My playing partners said POP has improved greatly here during the Covid era, and that pace was pretty slow today. Apparently gone are the days of six-hour rounds.) Range is open, practice greens are not.
Conditions are decent to good overall. Greens are probably the highlight. Medium-fast, smooth and about medium firmness. Fairways had good coverage, not all that attractive or visually consistent, but they played pretty good. Rough also had good coverage and varied from lush stuff where your ball would sit up on top beautifully to thinner spots that made it difficult to hit shots cleanly. Blue tee boxes were decent… some had lots of divots, and the 10th tee had the markers in an area where they had obviously done something to the grass while right next to that was much better conditioned grass, which was weird. I was only in one bunker – fairway bunker on No. 1 – and it was good. No rakes. One of my playing partners complained that a greenside bunker was mud, but they looked pretty good to me.
Only my second time here, and last time was a few years ago when I tweaked my rib cage on the 6th tee and couldn’t really enjoy the rest of the round. Really good course! It was cloudy all day, making the course not too pretty to look at, but it’s a good layout, a nice walk and a decent value – if and when you can get a tee time.» Close
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