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Last Updated: April 8, 2021
Cyclist turned golfer 5 years ago after playing Kapalua. I now ride just enough to stay in a size small golf shirt (they are always on sale). I have no problem playing the dirt cheap courses to get in some extra playing time and to offset the cost of nicer courses. I fully admit that I am a bit of a Golf Course snob, in that the further I drive, the nicer the course needs to be. Also, Dress for Success.
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Played Crazy Horse this morning with a 7:30 AM tee time. This track is a great hidden gem of the peninsula. Course doesn’t play long but has enough... » More
Played Crazy Horse this morning with a 7:30 AM tee time. This track is a great hidden gem of the peninsula. Course doesn’t play long but has enough tight tree lined fairways and small greens to keep you honest. Overall conditions were very nice. Greens are still recovering from recent aeration and are a good two weeks out from being fully healed. Having said that they rolled fairly smooth. It was just hard to gauge the speed as some were quite a bit slower than others.
Fairways were nice and green. Some of the fairway’s present a tight lie but nothing to complain about. Tee boxes were lush but there were a couple that had some unevenness to them. A step or two back was all that was needed to find a nice flat area. I managed to avoid the sand traps all day but the sand looked real nice. Maintenance was out raking all of the bunkers and the sand looked nice and fluffy.
POP was a great 2 hours flat and that was taking a couple of extra shots here and there. I was the third group out and both groups let me through right away. Customer service was great as check in was quick and efficient.
Restaurant is open and worthy of sticking around for a bite or a drink post round. Food is average (a good average) but the friendly service is awesome.
Crazy Horse is a locals “good ‘ol boys” club where everyone is super friendly and the conditions are on par with the second tier courses in the peninsula» Close
Played Poppy HillS this morning with a 10:20 AM tee time in what was an absolute brutal pace of play. 5 1/4 hours to play on a Monday morning is rid... » More
Played Poppy HillS this morning with a 10:20 AM tee time in what was an absolute brutal pace of play. 5 1/4 hours to play on a Monday morning is ridiculous. I saw a couple of marshals out early but not sure they attempted to pick up the pace at all.
They switched the nines back to the original routing. The reason for the original switch and starting everyone on the back nine was to help with the pace of play. They might need to go back to that routing.
Greens aren't quite completely healed from recent aeration in March but they're getting close. Greens rolled smooth at a fast pace. Still just some visual signs of the aeration. Greens are large with several undulations and are tough.
Fairways are a,read showing signs of the drought. Fairways are in that 8-9 range and yes they are in very nice shape but they are a starting to slip from the previous month (Feb) of being a near 10.
No issues with the tee box. Sand traps were a little thin but ok. Customer service: I had issues with my online booking account and had to call the pro shop. The kid (20's) who helped me was excellent. The on course staff today was 50/50
Poppy is a fun, challenging layout with fairly nice conditions. Just plan to make a day out of it with the slow POP and customer service will be hit and miss.» Close
Finally got a chance to tee it up with Cencalgolfer33 in over a year of attempting to coordinate our schedules. We tee’d off at about 8:30 AM in su... » More
Finally got a chance to tee it up with Cencalgolfer33 in over a year of attempting to coordinate our schedules. We tee’d off at about 8:30 AM in sunny and very warm day with no wind at all. Ridge Creek remains in great shape and as RGM2525 stated the fairways are starting to green up. Customer service has always been very good to excellent but it just keeps getting better and better. They agreed to order a logo shirt in my size. I told them to pick the color just wanted a logo shirt to show support.
Greens were rolling at a fast pace. It might be due to the mid to high 80’s temperatures lately but the greens were faster than normal (I thought at least). Greens held well struck approach shots but short chips, even decent one’s would run off. Greens at Ridge Creek are large with a few lumps and bumps in them so it can be easy to 3 putt if you are on the wrong part of the green.
Fairways are on their way back from being dormant. Still plenty brown but have a lot of green showing through. No issues hitting from the fairway. A lot of the nasty 12” + tall rough is cut down right now making a stray ball a 50/50 chance in finding it. Once it all grows back to normal foot plus deep it’s lights out for sure on errant shots.
No issues with the tee boxes. I did notice that the tee markers are now getting narrower and more consistent with other courses. In the past the markers were 50’-75’ apart
Sand traps are ok at best. Better than they were a couple years ago but could still use an overhaul. The tall grass around the edges of the bunkers are cut down to manageable (2-4 inches) height.
POP – Well we were behind two sets of fivesomes…. Once we got around the second group on hole 9 the pace picked up with no to very little waiting.
Ridge Creek is always an enjoyable track and as soon as my shirt comes in I’ll head over and play again while there!» Close
Went out and played 36 holes at La Purisima with RGM2525 on a picture perfect (weather wise) day. This was my second time playing here and I really l... » More
Went out and played 36 holes at La Purisima with RGM2525 on a picture perfect (weather wise) day. This was my second time playing here and I really like the course. The layout is tough, scenic yet a blast to play. There’s plenty of variety throughout the track especially on the par 4’s. A number of the holes require strategic placement off the tee with less than driver. Add in elevation changes throughout the entire course, a few lakes and several oak trees lining the fairways and you have winning combination.
Greens are probably 95%+ healed from their spring aeration earlier this month. Greens were obviously in excellent condition and rolled very smooth at a medium fast pace. Greens held well struck approach shots and even some poorly struck shots! The greens at La Purisima sneak up on you and bite hard! They look fairly tame but trust me they are hard to read with several subtle breaks that as soon as the ball looses speed make an about face and run!
Fairways were nice and green. Mainly lush with an occasional thin area here and there. Most of the rough was manageable and only a couple inches thick. No issues with the tee boxes and the issues I had with the sand traps had nothing to do with the quality of sand! Most traps had a medium depth of sand in them that allowed plenty of room to get a club under.
POP was fine. We waited on few shots on both rounds but still finished the two rounds in about 7 hours. Customer service was excellent. La Purisima is definitely highly recommended. I plan to get out and play it more often.» Close
I was down the street for a business meeting that wrapped up early so I popped across the way to see if they could squeeze me in. Groups were 3 deep... » More
I was down the street for a business meeting that wrapped up early so I popped across the way to see if they could squeeze me in. Groups were 3 deep waiting on the first tee but the gentleman said he had an opening in 25 minutes. I hadn’t played Riverside in a couple of years so I thought what the heck. Knowing it was going to be a loooong day due to the course being crowded helped ease the wait on every shot. As stated before, this place is very reasonable $27 to walk prime time during the week so it’s going to get packed. My last review detailed the course layout so I’ll stick to the conditions on this one. Riverside aerated the greens at the first of the month. I don’t play here often enough to know what their standard is but I’d say they were rolling a bit slower than normal? Greens were in decent shape and rolled true at a medium-slow pace. Greens have modest slope and I got caught out more times than not thinking there was a break when there wasn’t.
Fairways are between winter thin and dead. Brown and ugly. Pure and simple. I’d say the tradeoff is extra rollout but the moguls in the middle of the fairway kill any roll out on drives. Bunkers were decent enough. About what you would expect from a valley course. Thin layer but playable. Most of the tee boxes were in nice shape. Only a couple were heavily riddled with divots.
The star of the show was the skirt areas around the greens on the back nine. Super lush and green. The front nine wasn’t quite as good but the back nine was super to chip from.
I’m still not a fan of this place but that’s just me not liking getting penalized for being in the fairway. Other than that it’s good to go. Conditions are a little off right now because of the fairways but for $27 on a course that’s easy to walk, it's worth putting another notch in the Birdie Belt!» Close
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