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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: October 28, 2021
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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Joined GKer lkmckin at 10am on Tuesday, 5/11/22, at a bargain weekday senior rate of $69 on a warm, sunny and breezy perfect day for golf – thanks to ... » More
Joined GKer lkmckin at 10am on Tuesday, 5/11/22, at a bargain weekday senior rate of $69 on a warm, sunny and breezy perfect day for golf – thanks to Lindsay for making the reservation. Course was probably the least busy that I’ve ever seen it, and even the driving range was pretty quiet, although as we were departing I think local golf teams were starting to show up for afternoon workouts. We went off behind two foursomes of ladies that were very deliberate – on hole #6, the affable marshal indicated they were already 3 (!) holes behind, and they had agreed to play the par-3 7th and skip the par-3 8th. By the time we got to tee on #7 they were gone, and we never waited on them again, so kudos to the course for handling the situation. We wound up finishing in about 4.5 hrs, taking into account some bunker and lost ball disasters by our group along the way.
We were told ahead of time that the greens had been verticut and sanded the day before, and were anxious about condition, but we saw no evidence of the verticutting, and only occasional light patches of sand that really did not affect roll. Greens were pretty typical BG – fairly firm, rolling at medium+ speed, and terrifying fast downhill and toward Disneyland. In that direction, there really was no stopping the ball near the hole, and I was fortunate to make most of the necessary comebackers.
Fairways were typically thin and the ball sat close, but coverage was good. Rough was spotty and could be lush, short and playable, or dry/bare. Tees were flat and OK (we played White). Sand was disappointing – most areas were damp/thin/packed, making controlled recoveries impossible. The face of the greenside bunker on #17 had soft, deep sand where I couldn’t get a secure footing and had trouble just climbing out of the bunker.
Pleasant, helpful staff. Cart girl came around a couple times. Divot mix refill rack on the 10th tee was empty. Carts have a nice interactive GPDS that shows pin position and the location of other carts on the hole – I like it. Recommended.» Close
Cinco de Mayo! But no celebrations for my continuing inability to consistently hit the ball! And … the course punched greens a couple days earlier! Mo... » More
Cinco de Mayo! But no celebrations for my continuing inability to consistently hit the ball! And … the course punched greens a couple days earlier! More fun! I was joining a high school buddy who made the tee time a couple weeks ago, and I didn’t bother to check conditions, so OOPS. The weather Thursday, 5/5/22, was San Clemente usual – clear, sunny and mild, and a steady breeze.
Greens had been punched 2-3 days before and were soft and medium-slow, with lots of wiggling by the ball running across the greens. We played automatic 2-putt, and I didn’t rate the course. Fairway conditions were good and rough was cut down. Several tees are sloping to the back of a right-handed golfer. Traps are pretty much groomed coarse dirt.
Easy-going staff. Basic carts with no GPS – most holes have basic yardage markers. Course wasn’t too busy and we finished in just over 4 hours. Always recommended.» Close
Played in the GK/Golf Moose outing at The Huntington Club with an 11am shotgun on Monday, 4/18/22. We caught a perfect golf day – sunny, warm, and a s... » More
Played in the GK/Golf Moose outing at The Huntington Club with an 11am shotgun on Monday, 4/18/22. We caught a perfect golf day – sunny, warm, and a steady breeze off the ocean. Paired with GKers Lindsay, Perry, and first time meeting Marvin, and we had a fun round with everyone somewhat struggling with their games (but no one more than me!). Played in just under 5 hours, which I think is pretty standard for this type of event. No real stoppage points, just grinding hole to hole and waiting on shots about half the time.
This was my first time here and I enjoyed the layout. The entire course is very nicely landscaped and attractive – even the hazard areas and areas they let grow a little wild were attractive and adequately managed. I think this is one of the pricier areas in Huntington Beach and the homes surrounding the course were generally large and well-kept. My only “negative” thought of the day on the course visuals was back on #15 tee, looking out over the freakishly barren Bolsa Chica salt flats/oil field – just a single disconnect on an otherwise pleasant viewing day.
From the large modern clubhouse, the first hole sweeps uphill to an elevated green complex, while to the left the 18th hole sweeps downhill across a couple of ponds to a sloping mound of a target. The clubhouse looks out over a large water feature and you can see the grass driving range and practice putting green. The holes you can see give you a preview of holes to come – tree-lined, many bunkers lining fairways and fronting greens, scattered attractive water features, and fairly wide fairways and smallish greens.
Greens had been punched within the past couple weeks and the holes were still visible, but for the most part they didn’t affect the roll of the ball; greens rolled well at medium+ speed. Many of the greens are small, narrow, and are plateau-style with runoff on several sides. Only a couple of the greens had distinct tiering – most of our putts were straightforward with predictable breaks. Greens were very firm and we saw very few ballmarks. Fairway lies were generally good, and rough was mostly short and very playable, with longer penal growth only further offline. You could get into bare areas far afield under the larger trees. Tees were some of the best I’ve played in a long time – engineered rectangles, dead flat and nicely grassed. Some had been recently punched and some were very firm, but in general all were near-perfect. There are lots of bunkers on the course and all could use a helping of sand – in general they are pretty firm with a thin playing layer. Some of the bunkers have very high lips all around which makes access difficult. Rakes were out and sand bottles were on the carts.
Carts were very comfortable with plush seats. Carts have an interactive GPS system which gives distances to features and pin location, but today the pin locations were all incorrect, so your own tools were needed. The GPS also does not show the locations of other carts on the hole. Several small short-game practice areas are scattered around the front nine on club land off the lines of play. Maintenance crews were working all over the course, including crews that were verticutting fairways on holes 4-7. They had no hesitation driving close to where you were hitting or continuing their work while you were teeing off. Saw the cart girl a couple times on the back nine, and it looked like there was a snack bar at the clubhouse. I didn’t get into the pro shop to see if a yardage book was available, but there are some distance plates in the fairways.
I hit the ball as poorly as I can ever remember, and apologized to my playing partners for my ragged play. I would definitely play here again, given the opportunity to try to score a little better on this interesting and challenging course.» Close
Got out to Meadowlark GC on a windy Thursday afternoon, 4/14/22 at 1pm, after not touching a club in 3 weeks. Pretty ugly, both in terms of conditions... » More
Got out to Meadowlark GC on a windy Thursday afternoon, 4/14/22 at 1pm, after not touching a club in 3 weeks. Pretty ugly, both in terms of conditions and results. Course didn’t look busy when I drove up but the lot was packed and a steady stream of golfers were going off the numerous tees near the clubhouse – the routing brings a lot of traffic back into the immediate area of the starting area. The course aerated about a month ago – you could still see the punch holes in the practice putting green, while on-course greens were somewhat better. Pace was generally pretty good and we finished in ~4.5 hr.
Conditions were typical – all-around kikuyu and small-course conditioning. Fairways were generally OK but could be thin/bare. Rough was the same but more likely to be very dry and thin. Too far offline and you were hitting off bare dirt. Traps were raked but the playing layer was thin/none, except the front bunker on #18 which had pretty good sand. Tees were horrible (we played Blue) – sloping, humped, torn up. Greens are generally small, firm, and bumpy. Many are domed and seem to repel approaches and chips. We saw very few ballmarks due to the firmness of the greens.
Saw the cart girl a few times and there’s a snack shack after #2, #6, and #9. Rakes in the bunkers. Basic carts. We didn’t use the driving range (mats) or chipping area. Course uses a red/white/blue pin rotation – holes 4, 7, 13, and 16 are the 4 par-3s, so all 4 were blue flags today – total lack of imagination by the course. OK for a casual round.» Close
THE COURSE IS RUINED - THEY’VE CUT DOWN THE BIG TREE IN THE MIDDLE OF #9 FAIRWAY!! Shop says it was diseased. Hope they replace it – that was an iconi... » More
THE COURSE IS RUINED - THEY’VE CUT DOWN THE BIG TREE IN THE MIDDLE OF #9 FAIRWAY!! Shop says it was diseased. Hope they replace it – that was an iconic feature of the course.
Played in an SCGA qualifier at 8am on a sunny, warm Monday, 3/21/22, on a great day for golf with very little wind. A little cool to start but it warmed up quickly. I wasn’t crazy about the $25 cart fee the course charged – hey, it has GPS, the shop says. I must admit I didn’t look at the small GPS unit all day.
Playing in these SCGA events is getting tougher for me as they generally start early and can be in remote locations. At the GK event at San Vicente last year gary00 and I got lost and wandered around eastern San Diego before finally finding the course. This time I took the Highway 78 Death Road from Escondido – a deep canyon on one side, cliffs on the other of a two-lane, winding road with maniac commuter drivers racing to work. And a face full of blinding sunrise to boot – as Mark often says, Good Times! Then you wander thru Ramona hoping to find the course, because there is NO signage anywhere and the course won’t come up on my car GPS.
Off on time at 8am and we found conditions to be less than optimal on fairways and rough. Both were very dry/thin and patchy, even being reduced to bare spots in many areas. Conditions did make for pretty good runout. Lies were tight and the ball frequently sat down. Many tees were noticeably sloping behind a right-handed golfer – we played White. Bunkers were in very good condition – we saw staff hand-raking them ahead of the round, and they had consistent heavy, damp sand that was easy to play from.
Greens were in very good condition with complete coverage and consistent turf. However, they were very firm, not really holding anything but short, high shots, and fast to the point of silly. Anything above the hole was “wave the putter over the ball” and hope the ball wandered down near the hole. I don’t care for this type of condition, as I think golf should be played where you feel you actually have a chance to make a putt. And while I know this is operator error, I got to tick “6-putt” off my to-do list. These types of greens also contribute to slow play. We had a couple of very deliberate markers/alignment/practice strokers in our group, and combined with the green speeds and missed comebackers we were berated for being 12 minutes behind on hole #5! Managed to kind of catch up as the round continued, but weirdly we didn’t see the group behind us for the next nine holes. So they were having their own problems. Wound up playing in about 4¾ hours – not too bad for an SCGA event.
The course uses an “entry/exit” gate system which I think helps manage cart wear on turf margins. Practice putting green was stupid fast and a harbinger of the stress to come. Drink cart was out, and a snack shack at the turn. I like the layout here and would like it better in more playable conditions. I played in the GK event at Goose Creek the day before, and so I got pretty gassed by the latter part of the back nine. With the long and difficult trek out here, not sure how many more times I will visit. But I would recommend to others.» Close
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