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Los Angeles County; San Bernardino County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County; Ventura County; Fresno Area; Las Vegas Area; Mesquite/St.George Area; Phoenix Area; Southwest Coastal; Central/Northeast; Albuquerque/Santa Fe; Southern New Mexico; Houston Area; Austin Area; San Antonio Area
What's in David Connally's Golf Bag
Callaway X-20 irons
Callaway woods and hybrids, but picked up a TM M-1 driver Nov. 2015
Last Updated: January 30, 2023
More about David Connally
I qualified for super seniors recently, so the gurney should be just around the corner. I take golf way too seriously, and have a very high threshold for what I think my game should be. I occasionally yell at myself for hitting poor shots, but I do try to have fun, as we could be at work! I'm trying to enter more competitions (GK, SCGA, and others) now that I'm not working, to test my game under pressure. So far, I'm just a leaky gasbag - LOL!!
The GK experience got very personal for me in December 2013, at the GK outing at Indian Wells Golf Resort. I collapsed on the first green, and eventually wound up needing a pacemaker to correct a very slow heartbeat. Concerned GKers playing with me and in other groups took care of me until the parameds arrived, and eased my transition to the emergency room. There's not enough thanks that can be expressed for the concern that those casual acquaintances gave to me to help me move toward recovery. It's just another great aspect of the GK family.
Memorable shots: a hole-in-one I made in April 2006 at hole #16 at Sky Mountain GC in Hurricane, UT, just outside St. George. I followed that up two holes later with a career 3-wood to 5 feet for eagle on the par-5 #18. I recommend this course to anyone visiting that area for its great views and friendly playability - unless it's windy!
And I wound up winning that GK Cup thingy in the summer of 2014 - GK Cup 6. Who would have thunk it after my heart problems that past winter, and multiple first-round losses in previous Cups! I struggled in the sectional playoffs to win on the last hole a couple times, then played some better golf against the East and North (finals) champs. Now I can retire in peace!!
Well, bust my buttons! Did it again July 2020, GK Cup 15. No one more surprised than me!
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Back to Goose Creek to meet up with an old Vegas golf buddy who was passing through the area – he was staying in Moreno Valley and the Goose was about... » More
Back to Goose Creek to meet up with an old Vegas golf buddy who was passing through the area – he was staying in Moreno Valley and the Goose was about equidistant between us. Generally great weather at 1020 am on Monday, 2/6/23, with just a few holes of blustery north winds. Course conditions remain great, similar to my review from last week, and the greens have become a little more receptive. Also, the course has mowed the green surrounds and it’s much easier to putt or slap a 7-iron from off the green and run it to the pin. Parred the difficult 18th in what is likely my last round before knee surgery, so boom! Always recommended.» Close
Got out to Goose Creek for my first regulation round since Goat Hill last year, with GKer lkmckin at 1pm on Wednesday, 2/1/23. I was expecting a coole... » More
Got out to Goose Creek for my first regulation round since Goat Hill last year, with GKer lkmckin at 1pm on Wednesday, 2/1/23. I was expecting a cooler, breezy day and was overdressed for a sunny, pleasant day with a light breeze dropping away as we played the round – a perfect weather day for golf. Paired with 2 amiable local friends and we had a relaxed round in just over 4 hours as play moved steadily and we rarely waited for the group in front of us. Only saw a marshal once – in the past, Goose has frequently been pretty aggressive with the marshaling of slower (and sometimes other) groups, but not today.
The course is in wonderful condition. Even after all the rains we had recently there’s no signs of any runoff/drainage damage anywhere. Greens are fully covered with no bare spots – however, a large area in the center of green #11 looks like it has had a turf repair. Greens today were very firm and cut close, so they were very fast. Our entire group had difficulties with green speeds today, me especially. Recovery chips and pitches from close to the greens almost always hit firmly and ran out. Even full wedges from the fairways generally had substantial release. Several pins were in difficult positions and most greens had a lot of break just around the hole.
Fairway coverage was good and lies were usually fine. Rough was not too long and when dried out was easy to play from. Tees (we played III [White]) were level and pretty firm. Sand looked great in all the bunkers, was pretty well compacted, and was OK to hit from.
New-looking interactive GPS on the comfortable carts with Shark Experience available, which also have a ball washer/club cleaner – nice! The GPS does not show the location of other carts, but does have distance to that day’s pin. They’ve put water jugs back out around the course – also nice!
The course wasn’t that crowded on a Wednesday afternoon and we were offered to tee off 15 minutes early. Friendly staff and clean restrooms. Saw the cart girl 3 times on the front 9 until she packed it in at 3pm.
Hope greens get a little more receptive soon. Always recommended.» Close
Got out to Oso Creek at 1240pm on Thursday, 1/19/23, for my first round since Goat Hill (12/4), so was expecting to be rusty, as well as dealing with ... » More
Got out to Oso Creek at 1240pm on Thursday, 1/19/23, for my first round since Goat Hill (12/4), so was expecting to be rusty, as well as dealing with my knee and back issues. Joined a high school buddy and his wife and her friend. After all the rain we’ve had, it was Cart Path Only everywhere, and I was leery of all the walking that entails. My buddy offered to walk out and toss my ball over near the cart path on the longer holes, and that worked out OK, so the walking was held to a minimum.
Course conditions continue to be very playable, with the greens having good coverage and were pretty soft with the rain, but not too many old ballmarks. Fairways were spotty with many thin/bare areas. Rough could be cut fairly low or be very wet and juicy – with all the rain the mowers had been inactive for several days, and there was a lot of maintenance activity going on as we played. Traps were fairly wet but had been groomed, if folks would just use the rakes! Tees were flat and in good shape. Holes 5 and 14 are similar par 3s that play up into the topmost areas of the course and are beasts with significant length and uphill tee shots to perched, sloping greens.
The course continues to make improvements in the time since the City has taken over ownership. A new event/dining pavilion overlooking the course is being built. An updated registration system makes it easy to make tee times. Shop is still small and in a pavilion but staff are friendly. They have built a new restroom on the back nine, and also extended the cart path to a new parking area near the 16th green, which had been a long walk away.
Now if they could just do something with the design of hole 9. Recommended.» Close
I was excited to be able to join the GK crowd at Goat Hill Park celebrating GK’s 20th birthday. I haven’t been able to play much lately and have watch... » More
I was excited to be able to join the GK crowd at Goat Hill Park celebrating GK’s 20th birthday. I haven’t been able to play much lately and have watched forlornly as GK Plays and Guru outings, and GM/GK Outings passed me by. It was great to see a lot of old faces again, and to meet some GKers I knew by post and review. And there’s always the need for a hug from Chris (Cpennbo), my literal lifesaver. With limited availability and both of us attending, kviser and I decided to have our GK Cup 19 final match during the outing.
This was my first time at the Goat, having only seen it from the freeway and read some of the reviews. Even after looking it over on Google Earth and seeing many of the comments, I was not prepared for the amount of slope within and between holes – the course is aptly named. Some holes have greens literally hanging on the side of a cliff – see hole 5, and hole 7, and to only a slightly lesser extent holes 6 and 13. The green on hole 17 is not on the edge of a cliff – it’s just a wave-as-you-pass-thru point between the high mound on the left and the cart path at the bottom of the swale.
One of the primary challenges at the Goat is accurately hitting your distances, so that you don’t come up short into one of the sloping swales that take your ball off to another zip code or into a penalty area or brush hazard. This course reminds me of some others in SoCal that are memorable in painful ways. As a mobility-challenged person, courses that have many steep slopes to be negotiated, just to reach some greens, fairways, and tees, are exhausting and treacherous, what I characterize as ‘extreme’ for my game and condition. I harken back to rounds at Champions Club at the Retreat and Hidden Valley GC. Wedged into inhospitable terrain, these courses beat you up while often presenting little or no place to safely play your ball. At some point, quirky becomes just stupid. At the Goat, I got to stupid around hole 6 or 7. Goat Hill Park is the reason I no longer play Hidden Valley.
It’s tough to rate conditions during the winter season, and take into account the ongoing drought in SoCal. Tees were generally fine – level and with adequate cover, except the tee on hole 2 had a lot of past/sanded damage (we played White). I was only in one trap, up against the revetted face on hole 1 greenside, escaping on the third try after try #2 bounced off the face back into the middle of the trap. Other bunkers looked like they had good quantities of sand, and some of the larger/deeper bunkers looked pretty scary. Fairway and rough turf were very spotty and could often be dirt or sand. Some lies in the mown rough between holes were better than that available in the adjacent fairway. Greens were the most consistent aspect of the course and were well-grassed, pretty firm, and mildly receptive. Many greens have significant slope and you need to know how to approach some pin positions. Downhill putts and chips down the slope across the green are treacherous.
Practice facilities at the Goat are fairly extensive, and we saw a lot of people using the practice areas that didn’t appear to have subsequent tee times. The range, while on mats, has spectator seating and some bays are equipped with Trackman-type electronics to view ball trajectories or play golf games. There are 3 putting greens – two are fairly small and flat, but the green on the east end of the practice area is very large and features a good deal of slope, and is much more representative of what you’ll find on the course. The shop is small and focused mainly on Linksoul apparel. An outdoor eating area and firepit seating area promote a relaxed atmosphere before and after the round.
The Goat is not a course that I will hurry back to, especially in current conditions. And it’s not a course I would look forward to playing in a stroke completion, where you MUST go find your ball and play it out. A casual round (or match play) is more amenable to a reload or forget it approach, so company and the course can be better enjoyed.
Recommended as an interesting play, subject to your patience quotient.» Close
Hit Oso Creek to work on my iron play in advance of the GK event at Goat Hill Park this coming Sunday, teeing off about 15 minutes late after scheduli... » More
Hit Oso Creek to work on my iron play in advance of the GK event at Goat Hill Park this coming Sunday, teeing off about 15 minutes late after scheduling at 1pm on Thursday, 12/1/22. Overcast, cool day with little wind; joined an older couple and a young college student – we fell behind quickly but there was no one behind us for 10 holes.
I was riding but my knee was acting up and I had to drop out after 12 holes. The course continues to be in acceptable winter condition, with scattered bare areas in fairways, very little rough, good sand in bunkers, and spotty conditions on tees. Greens showed visual evidence of recent aeration, which had pretty much healed up. Greens are VERY firm, rolling at a medium+ speed and only showing a shallow depression on full wedge shots, so approaches release substantially.
Recommended for relaxed ambiance and decent winter conditions. Hopefully the greens will settle in and be more receptive.» Close
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