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Last Updated: November 23, 2018
I've been playing golf since I was about 12, but am still not as good as I should be considering how much I play. Anything mid-80s and below I feel satisfied, but will break 80 from time to time. I love playing courses I haven't played before and recently surpassed 1,000-course mark. I'd much rather play a new course every time than play the same course(s) over and over again.
I am also an avid "road trip" golfer. I've driven up and down the west coast and played many courses in California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. I have a personal goal of someday playing golf in all 50 states and I am currently up to 43 (AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV and WY). I have also played every public golf course in Southern California. You can read all about my travel golf adventures and my local golf experiences on my blog at http://bogeysacrossamerica.com and follow me on Twitter @GolfNomadBAA, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GolfNomadBAA or on Instagram @GolfNomad6pez
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Our final stop of the trip was at Cypress Lakes. When we mentioned playing here to other North Bay folks at other courses, we were generally greeted w... » More
Our final stop of the trip was at Cypress Lakes. When we mentioned playing here to other North Bay folks at other courses, we were generally greeted with blank stares. Hardly anybody knows this place even exists. It is the Travis AFB course, but it's not actually on the base and is open to the public. It is a bit off the beaten path and the layout isn't anything terribly exciting, though, so I can understand why it's not well-known. We teed off a little before 4:00 and zipped around as quickly as we could. We had to make up our own routing to avoid players lightly scattered around the course, but we finished all 18 in about 2:20. The twilight rate was $29 with cart.
I was pleasantly surprised with the conditions. It was pretty nice from tee to green—other than the bunkers. Tee boxes good. Fairways very good. Rough had just as many weeds/clovers as grass, but it was cut consistently and played fine. Bunkers were not good. One I was in had pretty soft sand (though I was in a footprint) and the other was hard as cement. The greens were good, though, rolling well at medium speeds.
The layout is about what I expected. It's a military course that's surrounded by farmland, so it's long and straightforward. There are some good holes, water hazards and decent features throughout, so it's not completely boring. I would compare it to the Navy Course in SoCal or a number of "classic" rural parkland courses I've played throughout the Central Valley. Fine layout, decent value, good conditioning and probably easy to get a round in most days. Not a destination course, but perfectly fine for what it is.» Close
Time to backtrack a little. This was actually our first round of the trip on Monday. Thank you Johnny for adding it to the database. I'll get some pic... » More
Time to backtrack a little. This was actually our first round of the trip on Monday. Thank you Johnny for adding it to the database. I'll get some pictures up as soon as I can, as well, along with the scorecard. This was the first GolfMoose private club outing I have attended and they did a nice job. They are doing a bunch of these in Norcal now, so it's another way like the NCGA/SCGA to get on private clubs and nice resort courses at reasonable "member for a day" rates. This one was $99 (and we also had $25 GK certs to make it even better). It was originally scheduled for February, but was rained out and postponed until April. We started on hole 6 in a full shotgun and we finished in right about 4.5 hours. I expected it to be much slower because it was cart path only and the rough was crazy deep (more on that later).
I wasn't sure what to expect from conditions given the super wet winter, but Sonoma was in great overall shape. There were definitely a lot of soft spots and mushy areas. However, the playability was generally quite good from tee to green. Fairways not cut too tight, so not much roll-out on drives. And as I mentioned, the rough was insanely thick, lush and deep. Our group (and I assume every group) lost a lot of balls. When you did find it, all you could do was hack it out and try to advance the ball. It was brutal, but kind of sadistically fun to play rough that might make even the USGA blush. Surprisingly it didn't seem to slow down play as much as expected (thank you new 3-minute search rule). The bunkers were good and the greens were also pretty good despite being aerated within the past couple weeks. They were fairly soft and rolling well at medium/fast speeds.
This is a pretty old school club and course in the heart of wine country, so it definitely has a special quality when you get to play it. The clubhouse is pretty awesome and the facilities are nice. The layout is fairly traditional with no changes in elevation. A creek runs throughout the course and comes into play a lot. It's a nice classic style course in a beautiful valley setting, so I would easily recommend it if you ever have a chance to play it.» Close
This was the second round yesterday and it ended up being my favorite layout of the trip. We had a 10:06 tee time and were paired with a single. Sever... » More
This was the second round yesterday and it ended up being my favorite layout of the trip. We had a 10:06 tee time and were paired with a single. Several men's club groups were out ahead of us and they were busy all morning, so we expected a slow round. There was no marshal out and it was indeed slow at a 5-hour pace. Also slow service in the grille at the turn, despite calling ahead our orders. The price was great as another killer GolfMoose twosome deal ($69 for two players).
The conditions were very nice and this course drains extremely well. The turf was comparable to what we found over at Rooster Run the day before, with only a few soft/weak spots found anywhere and a couple fairways roped off as CPO. Otherwise, very firm and fast conditions which were a welcome surprise given the setting and recent weather. The tee boxes were good, though hard to get a tee in the ground in some and also the par-3s a bit chewed up and sandy. The fairways firm and fast, but nice lies to hit from. The rough was lush, but a more wispy type of grass than the super thick stuff we had elsewhere. The ball sat down a lot and it was still challenging in its own way. The bunkers were decent. The greens were crazy firm and fairly fast. They definitely did not aerate yet, and they could benefit from one because it's almost unfair at times because of the severe slopes here.
Hiddenbrooke is not a Bay Area course you ever hear much about despite it being a Palmer design. It is a roller coaster ride through some very scenic and steep hills and canyons. Tight fairways, sweeping doglegs, forced carries, elevated greens and lots of undulation are found. It is extremely hilly and dramatic, so it definitely caught and held my attention through all 18 holes. Some people may not like it as much because it's so dramatic (almost more of a SoCal canyon style course than what you typically find in Norcal). Good values are easy to find here. The slow pace of play was a bit of a bummer, but it was an ideal weather day and the course conditions were great other than the greens being a bit too firm. I'd recommend this course to most people looking for something unique and fun in the North Bay.» Close
This was the morning round yesterday with ppark81, as we had another 3-course day in the North Bay before heading home. Due to the way everything time... » More
This was the morning round yesterday with ppark81, as we had another 3-course day in the North Bay before heading home. Due to the way everything timed out to piece the trip together, our only option was to book a regular 6:54 tee time and pay the rack rate of $54 with cart (this would be an easy walking course, but we like to play fast). We went off first and zipped around, trying to play through and avoid maintenance the best we could.
The course was in good overall condition. Everything was lush and soft as expected with this wet winter, but pretty good playability all things considered. Not cart path only, so that's a good sign that things are drying out a little. Still soft throughout with some extra mushy areas to avoid or play as GUR here and there. Lots of grass clippings in the semi-deep rough sometimes made it hard to find balls. They are in the midst of a bunker renovation right now. Some are done with nice soft sand, others are being worked on and some are just pretty much hardpan until they get to them. Will be nice when they are all done. The greens were soft and rolling smooth at medium speeds. I don't think they actually aerated as was noted on GK, so I will follow up on that.
Peacock Gap is one of the flatter courses you will find in the Bay Area. It's a pretty traditional layout with most of its character found on and around the greens. They are big and undulated, and the bunkering also plays a key role in the design. From tee to green, however, it's all pretty straightforward for the most part. A couple of nice water par-3s. Solid, but not spectacular layout and a bit expensive because of its location, so nothing to go out of your way for.» Close
This was our last stop today and a welcome relief after the trudge through Bennett Valley. As we booked tee times at other courses struggling with so ... » More
This was our last stop today and a welcome relief after the trudge through Bennett Valley. As we booked tee times at other courses struggling with so much rain this year, many of them recommended we check out Rooster Run. We were already planning to, but it is common knowledge in the North Bay that this is the best-draining course around and it has stood up to this crazy wet winter. We teed off around 1:45. It was busy out and we waited on every shot, but still finished in 4 hours. $42 rate with cart. This would be a good walking course, if that's your preference.
Course conditions were as hyped. It was very good here and, for the most part, you'd think it was summer/fall. The tee boxes, fairways and rough were all in great shape and played well. Nice to get some roll-out on drives and have firm lies to hit from. There were some minor wet/mushy spots throughout, but nothing problematic like other courses around here right now. Bunkers were good and greens were excellent. They were somewhat firm (but receptive) and rolling true at medium speeds.
This is a good overall course. The playing conditions might outshine the layout a bit, but it's a solid design. The greens are big and there are some nice water hazards in play (signature hole is the island green par-3 15th). Most anyone should enjoy this layout. The back tees really stretch out and add some challenge for top players, while others will find it somewhat forgiving from the forward tees. The challenge today was that it was really, really windy. The front nine went out straight downwind and then back into the crazy strong headwind. Most holes on the back nine also headwind/downwind, so that really added a major dynamic. With some links qualities, I get the sense wind is almost always a factor here. Good course and a great place to play during a super wet North Bay winter!» Close
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