Castle Oaks is one of my regular local tracks. I haven't played this one in a bit, so I thought I'd review it with my current experience.
Arrival was a breeze. Pro shop is well-stocked and staff is always friendly. My playing partner headed to the range (which is natural grass in average shape for the area) while I hit the putting green (as I do when time is limited before our tee time. Practice green was in excellent shape and matched the speed on the course.
Actually I was a bit disappointed for late April conditions. We've had a wet winter so the course greened up nicely, but the course was not in the shape that I thought it should be for late Spring.
Tee boxes were chewed up quite a bit, it was a challenge to find a level spot with good grass. Too many bare spots.
Fairways were in decent shape, a few bare spots here and there, no real muddy areas from the wet winter.
The rough was an udder disaster. Evidently they'd recently cut the rough down a bit (still very high) and there were piles of grass clippings everywhere. I literally lost multiple golf balls in which I saw the exact landing spot and arrived to find piles of grass clippings making finding the ball like an old-fashioned treasure hunt.
The bunkers had very little sand, some like hitting off pavement and others digging just a tad.
The greens were the saving grace of the day, in great shape, quick, and rolled true.
No beverage cart (it was during the week) and water available only on one hole on each side that I saw, which was disappointing on a warm day.
Overall, I'll still play here, but I'll probably wait a bit to see if they take care of the issues I shared.» Close