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What's in Keith's Golf Bag
Mizuno JPZ EZ Driver
Callaway X-Hot 3-wood
TaylorMade Burner 3-hybrid, 4-hybrid, 6-hybrid
Callaway Steelhead XR 3, 5-PW
TaylorMade 56-degree wedge
Carbite cheapo putter.
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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Keith's Golf Course Reviews
Last but not least on this trip was historic Orinda CC. Napa Valley CC pretty well blew me away, but Orinda might have taken it another step further. ... » More
Last but not least on this trip was historic Orinda CC. Napa Valley CC pretty well blew me away, but Orinda might have taken it another step further. This is an incredible course that is very unique, beautiful, fun and challenging. We had purchased this round in a charity auction. We played as a threesome and were joined by a member who really told us everything about the course and made sure to point out all the trouble on every single hole! : ) It was pretty busy out here when we teed off around 2:20 and we enjoyed a relaxed pace of around 4 hours.
Conditions here were also fantastic on every level. Everything was lush, green and beautifully maintained. Only minor issue was that the fairways were maybe a tad bit fluffy and didn't provide much roll-out. That said, you wouldn't want this course to play too firm (other than a few holes) because it would hurt you more than it would help you in most places. Greens were firm and fast. Bunkers were absolutely perfect with white sand.
This is such a cool course and you know you are playing something special the moment you arrive and see the 4-story clubhouse built into the hillside. The course goes out and back, only returning to the clubhouse after 18. It's very hilly. At times it is very tight and target oriented. At other times, it's surprisingly wide open. However, your approach angles to the greens are very important and you really have to play the slopes a lot here. A lot of fairways connect with one another and the rugged bunkering is so cool looking. I was reminded of great courses like Pasatiempo, Hacienda and Cal Club at various times throughout the round. The layout definitely has some quirks as you can expect with any older Bay Area course, but that just adds to the charm of Orinda. I highly, highly recommend playing here if you ever have a chance (hint: they do NCGA member outings here pretty much every year).» Close
Played here Friday morning at 9:00 with ppark81 and two other friends. One of them happens to be a social member here which allows him to play the cou... » More
Played here Friday morning at 9:00 with ppark81 and two other friends. One of them happens to be a social member here which allows him to play the course a few times a year, and we were able to join as guests for $103 (riding rate). We played behind the morning member groups that started at 8:00 and enjoyed a nice relaxed 4-hour pace.
The course was in excellent condition all the way through. Tee boxes, fairways and rough were all lush and nicely maintained. Bunkers were fantastic. Greens were beautiful—just receptive enough and rolling smooth at medium/fast speeds. We got pretty friendly normal green speeds, though it was easy to tell they can get these running as fast as they want for tournaments.
I really loved this course all the way through. It's two very distinctive nines as the front is over 100 years old (not counting some renovations throughout the years) and the back is around 20 years old. Both sides are beautiful and challenging in their own ways. The front is hilly and very target oriented with some super sharp doglegs and tiny greens with plenty of natural slope. It is a very beautiful "green" look with lots of mature trees. The back nine opens up some without such sharp angles. It is surrounded by crusty old oak trees, boulders and golden hills. The greens on this side are much bigger and more undulated, and the fairways are way more forgiving. This side also has some great changes in elevation, highlighted by the stunning elevated view of the valley from the 12th tee box. This course is just awesome and the people at the club were nice, so I would highly recommend if you ever have an opportunity to play here!» Close
Played out here early Friday morning by myself. They technically open up at 7:00, but they were nice enough to let me walk ahead and pay afterward. Pl... » More
Played out here early Friday morning by myself. They technically open up at 7:00, but they were nice enough to let me walk ahead and pay afterward. Played through some maintenance and sprinklers, but otherwise the timing worked out the way I needed to get to my next tee time. $28 walking rate a little steep for a 9-holer, but it is the Napa Valley.
The course was in decent condition. It was very soggy after some overnight rain and the sprinklers running. Everything was fairly lush and green throughout with different grasses and some weed patches in play. Overall, kind of scruffy. Though admittedly most holes hadn't been mown yet. Greens were soft and receptive and in solid shape. Again, a few slower than others because they hadn't been mown yet, but no worries. Bunkers were decent.
This is a solid 9-hole course in the Napa Valley with a few interesting holes, but a mostly straightforward layout. Nice pleasant setting and nice clubhouse. Probably more appealing to the casual golfer on a wine tasting trip than a serious golfer who will prefer one of the nicer courses in the area. Overall a fine little course that's a bit overpriced because of its location.» Close
This was another obscure short course I played on Thursday as I went all over the place. The course wasn't very busy on a hot and windy afternoon. It ... » More
This was another obscure short course I played on Thursday as I went all over the place. The course wasn't very busy on a hot and windy afternoon. It was $19 with a cart for 9 holes. The cart and the simple back-and-forth flat layout allowed me to skip around a little and avoid the handful of groups that were out on the course, so it was a nice quick round.
Conditions here were actually pretty good. Everything was fairly lush and well-maintained from tee to green. The greens were also nice, holding shots well and rolling smooth at medium speeds. I wasn't in any bunkers, but they also appeared decent.
Pretty standard old 9-hole par-36 layout (with different tees for front/back nine play) in kind of a flat farmland area. No real distinct qualities, but it's another friendly local course along the I-5. Certainly, you will opt to play Rolling Hills if you are looking for great golf in this stretch of the NorCal plains, but Glenn is there if you really need to scratch the itch.» Close
This was our warm-up round on Thursday morning before Wilcox Oaks. rgm2525, ppark81 and I started around 6:00 and finished quickly as the only ones ou... » More
This was our warm-up round on Thursday morning before Wilcox Oaks. rgm2525, ppark81 and I started around 6:00 and finished quickly as the only ones out there so early. The new owner knew we were coming for a quick dawn patrol round and greeted us in the parking lot as we arrived. Super nice guy who is putting a lot of time, money and effort into resurrecting this little old course. Price was $22.50 with a cart.
Conditions from tee to green were decent. Tee boxes were fine enough and the fairways were good enough for the most part. They were running the sprinklers and we had to play around them often, so that was an added challenge. Rough inconsistently cut, but fairly lush throughout. The few bunkers there are need a lot of work. The greens were very shaggy and slow, more like the fairways we played at some of the country clubs this week. However, they are putting work into them and he warned us they wouldn't be very good after such a wet winter and all the work they are doing.
This course actually closed for some time, so the new owner came in. They completely revamped the little restaurant/pro shop and it looked nice inside. He has also been working hard on the course to get it playable again. The 9-hole layout is pretty basic and there isn't anything too interesting here, but I like seeing any courses come back to life after some very tough years and I'm sure it will be good for locals to have their little home course back.» Close
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