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Played here yesterday with a 12:24 TeeOff.com “Deal” time. Used seven $10 reward codes and paid $5.99. Check-in went smooth. Check-in No. 2 over at th... » More
Played here yesterday with a 12:24 TeeOff.com “Deal” time. Used seven $10 reward codes and paid $5.99. Check-in went smooth. Check-in No. 2 over at the starter shack was a little bumpier. They called four singles to the tee and then the starter had us wait a while for everyone to show up. Only three people did, so they eventually sent us off as just three, a couple minutes past our time. The starter asked each player if we had water because it was going to be hot, encouraging us to buy waters for $2 each from the starter shack. I was really surprised that a course with $99 weekday afternoon tee times can’t spring for two 25 cent waters per player… ESPECIALLY when they’re not filling the jugs out on the course. Never saw anyone ahead, so pace of play was entirely up to us, although there was a really quick group on our tail starting around the 6th hole. We were keeping pace but when they hit right up behind us on the par-5 11th, we invited them to go through but they said no and then seemed to make an effort to lay back a bit the rest of the round. Total POP right around 4:00.
Conditions are pretty good overall. For the overabundance of annoying ads and notifications on the GPS screen, they could really use one urging players to fix ball marks. The greens had tons of ball marks and as a result, were pretty bumpy. It seems the maintenance staff fills unfixed ball marks with blue sand, which visually makes them stand out more than normal. Anyway, greens were about medium speed, bumpy in spots and pretty soft, accepting full shots well. Many greens had some small bare spots as well. Fairways were really nice bermuda with great coverage. Rough was also in very nice shape, just a little longer than the fairway but never really penal. Gold tee boxes were good. Bunkers looked to be maintained but had a hard-packed base that need some work.
Nothing to do with the conditions but just sorta amusing anecdotally: One of my playing partners was practically Inspector Gadget. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone bring so many accessories to play golf before. His cart looked like he was overseeing a NASA rocket launch with a bunch of wires going everywhere. He had a phone holder in his cart’s cup holder, had another big mount for his tablet affixed to the steering wheel column, had a metal post he’d bring down near the green and stick in the ground so he could lean his unused clubs against it instead of laying them on the ground, and had a ball retriever on the grip end of his putter. Roger Dunn must love when he walks through the door.
Overall, fun day on a nice layout but the nickel and diming for water on a supposed “high end” course was a big turn off.» Close
Played in the first-ever Greenskeeper.org + GolfMoose private course collab outing here today. Paired with Tom, Shawn and another Mark and started as ... » More
Played in the first-ever Greenskeeper.org + GolfMoose private course collab outing here today. Paired with Tom, Shawn and another Mark and started as group 18A. Pace seemed good but was actually slower than it felt, starting on time at 10:00 and finishing in around 4:55. The event was well organized and Johnny gave away some prizes to one lucky foursome before it started. Good times!
The course is in very nice condition. Greens were excellent although maybe a little inconsistent in speed (or harder to read than I thought). They were medium fast on most putts, but downhillers were very fast. Downhill putts would break quite a bit, but uphill putts didn’t as much. The greens were smooth and accepted full shots well. (My approach to the multi-tiered 18th — my first hole of the day – landed about 20 feet behind the hole and spun back some 60 feet or so off the front of the green!) Fairways were very nice and there was a clear delineation between fairway and rough. Rough was probably about 2.5 inches deep and not too penal in most spots, although it would slow balls down pretty quickly. Further off line there was some deep stuff. Blue tee boxes were all good. Bunkers looked good but the greenside bunker I was in was sort of thin while a fairway bunker had plentiful sand. Would prefer to see that flipped.
This was my first time here. It’s a nice residential course that reminded me in spots of Braemar CC, Coto de Caza, Glen Annie and maybe Twin Oaks. It’s yet another solid option in Ventura County, although in the immediate area, I would prefer Moorpark CC or Rustic Canyon. Congratulations Johnny on what seemed like a very successful event!» Close
Played with JohnnyGK and Mtaylor in the final group of last Sunday’s GK event out here. Bag drop could’ve used a sign to indicate it wasn’t open, as I... » More
Played with JohnnyGK and Mtaylor in the final group of last Sunday’s GK event out here. Bag drop could’ve used a sign to indicate it wasn’t open, as I dropped off my clubs and they just sat there until I went and fetched them myself a while later. Starter was friendly and informative near the practice green before sending us to the first tee. Pace was good. I was a little surprised a course of this caliber has no system for indicating where the pins are on the greens. All the flags are black and there’s no diagram with green sections or anything.
Conditions were mostly very nice! Greens were medium speed, mostly smooth and accepted full shots well. Fairways and rough were great considering the extreme temperatures; mostly green with slight yellowing in spots. White tee boxes were all good. The bunkers I was in looked great but seemed like a rather thin layer of sand on top of a firmer base.
This was my second time playing the course (extreme opposite weather conditions – last time was freezing and extremely high winds) and I love the layout. Unfortunately I played poorly this time and the course won’t let you get away with that. I’d love to actually play well here next time!
Super fun Vegas GK weekend! I won a GolfMoose voucher that I’m looking forward to using. Thanks to Johnny and all the sponsors for an amazing two days to kick off my summer Vegas trip.» Close
Played here in the GK event on 7/10. Started a couple minutes early paired with mcantos and stickboy. Always fun to play with Vince and great to final... » More
Played here in the GK event on 7/10. Started a couple minutes early paired with mcantos and stickboy. Always fun to play with Vince and great to finally meet Marvin. Good times! Pace was good.
Conditions were excellent! Greens were smooth, medium-fast and sneaky quick if you weren’t careful and accepted full shots well. Fairways and rough were in fantastic shape. Bunkers were great. Yellow tee boxes very nice. You can’t ask for much better conditions on a desert course on the absolute hottest day of the year.
This was my second time playing Sun Mountain. I still maintain that the routing of all three courses blends together a bit out at Paiute, but each course has strong individual holes. It’s just difficult for me to differentiate them or even recognize what hole I’m looking at other than the hole I’m on. Minor knock on an otherwise exceptional facility.
Thank you Johnny and all the sponsors for a wonderful event! I got a Linksoul hat and Linksoul shirt and love 'em both!» Close
Played here today with a 9:20 TeeOff.com “Deal” time with lotrgolfer48 for our GK Cup match. Holiday rates in effect at $64.99 each. Started right on ... » More
Played here today with a 9:20 TeeOff.com “Deal” time with lotrgolfer48 for our GK Cup match. Holiday rates in effect at $64.99 each. Started right on time (old man starter informed me who we’d be following by identifying the foursome in front of us by their race, felt a little weird) and finished in just about 4.5 hours. While waiting to tee off, we saw the maintenance staff applying something to the practice putting green. Turns it they were putting a top-dressing of sand on all the greens right before we played. Nothing too bad, though. Not sure if it even affected any putts. It did seem heavier in the middle sections of each green, though.
Greens were good, medium fast, mostly smooth and a little more soft than firm, My full shots mostly stopped quickly, or maybe one bounce and stop. Fairways were solid, no complaints from me. Rough was quite healthy; pretty deep in spots and not too penal in others. I think I was only in one fairway bunker and it was nice. Black tee boxes were decent… too lumpy in many cases to consider them good.
My second time here. I really like the layout and conditions are improved from six years ago when I played 36 here one day. (Although I don’t think they were bad then.) Recommended!» Close
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