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What's in Kevin's Golf Bag
Callaway RAZR FIT 9.5
Ping G15 3 Wood
Adams Idea Tight Lies hybrid 3
Mizuno JPX 825 4-GW
Cleveland TFi 2135
Balls: Various brands of new, well used, found, premium, discount, and freebies.
Tees: Various new, used, broken, tall, short.
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Last Updated: February 17, 2020
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Played here today with roarksown1 as part of the GK Cup 15. Check in was quick and easy. We both used the driving range. Not a lot to add to the previ... » More
Played here today with roarksown1 as part of the GK Cup 15. Check in was quick and easy. We both used the driving range. Not a lot to add to the previous review. Good overall conditions. Mostly lush grass everywhere with a few exceptions in the rough and beyond.
POP was 4.5 hours. Great beverage cart service; we saw her a few times. I paid $24 to walk at 1:40 p.m.
Greens were medium fast. No a lot of ball marks. I liked them, but I was hitting good putts all day.
Fairways were lush, cut nicely, and had decent roll. I saw very few areas that had divots that needed filling. It's mostly kikuyu and Bermuda here, so it was a nice mat of turf to hit from.
Rough was very penal in some areas; if you were somewhat lucky, you had a good lie with your ball sitting up. Many times my ball seemed to sit down and it was a challenge to get good contact. Also, shots from the rough seemed to be under trees or had uneven lies which made it more difficult.
Tees were good. We played the Gold tees, similar to Blues at 6381 yards. No problems at all to find a level lie. Good turf coverage and not a lot of divots, even on the par 3's.
Bunkers needed some raking, but due to C19, we all have to deal with the footprints. I was in a couple and it wasn't bad. Mostly, I struggled due to my abilities to hit from the sand.
Overall, I like this course and now I know I can walk for $24, I think I will return soon.» Close
I agree with and don’t have a lot to add to Gary’s review, but I’ll give it a try. I like the layout of the course and it was an easy walk today. The ... » More
I agree with and don’t have a lot to add to Gary’s review, but I’ll give it a try. I like the layout of the course and it was an easy walk today. The course does come close to a few houses at times. There’s room but an occasional errant shot could hit a house or back yard, so on there are times that you have to be aware. That’s all I have to say about that.
Greens are nice overall. I fixed quite a few ball marks though. These are fairly large greens with lots of undulations and subtle breaks. Speed was on the medium side, maybe running around a 9, if I had to guess. You will do yourself a favor by trying to hit the pin and not worry about going too long.
Tees were nice with good turf coverage. A couple had some minor issues with level but you could always find a good spot to hit from.
Fairways were a real treat. Great coverage of turf grass most everywhere. Lots of rollout on most drives. Lots of great landing areas that just beg for you to rip it. It looks like the fairways are recovering or fully recovered from a recent aerification.
Rough was decent. There were areas that you would wish were cut more, but nothing crazy. It’s mostly kikuyu with some Bermuda and ryegrass. I am usually about 35% on fairways so the rough can really make or break my score. Today it was nice.
Sand was nice in the one bunker that I was in. They all looked like they got a grooming from the sand pro and I didn’t see a lot of footprints.
We had a good walking pace at just under four and a half hours, waiting on a few shots here and there but falling off the pace on the final two holes. The parking lot looked pretty busy when I arrived at 12:15, and it appeared that they were busy, but really I had no issues with the pace. I’m learning to take it easy now.
Big thanks to Sterling Hills for opening up and having this nice venue. Also I thank Johnny for making this Guru outing available to us. Good times today with three great fellow golfers. I recommend this course and I look forward to coming back.» Close
I played here again today. What a difference; sadly, the course is back to its somewhat good-to-mediocre standard. Too bad, it was really nice that la... » More
I played here again today. What a difference; sadly, the course is back to its somewhat good-to-mediocre standard. Too bad, it was really nice that last time here in mid March. The starter said they are about 50% staff, so no way will they be able to keep on double cutting greens or keep such a high level of maintenance. Folks showed up with masks, but nobody was required to wear one as everyone was basically more than 6 feet apart.
That said, it was all walking due to C19. This is definitely a course to walk, although the back nine has a little climbing from Hole 12 tee to 17 tee. Thankfully, they were doing a back nine start; my guess, most likely for that reason alone. Get the bigger climbs done before heading to the relatively flatter front nine.
Greens were decent. A little slow in the morning, but not really getting much quicker as the day progressed. They were definitely slower than usual. Maybe, if I had to guess, around an 8 or 9.
Fairways and rough were as green as can be. The fairways had great coverage and had a thick mat of turf in almost all areas of the course. The rough was somewhat penal. It was deep enough to lose site of your ball in some areas until you were upon it.
Bunkers were okay, considering there are no rakes. I did see a guy driving the sand pro around and some bunkers were nicely groomed. I hit into the bunker On Hole 13; it was groomed but was wet and hard.
We played the white tees; mostly they were directly in front of the blues on the same tee box. They were level for the most part and the ones that were not level were not overly so.
Overall, I think we paid a little too much. It was $50 to walk at 7:10 a.m. Unfortunately, the only times I could find the day before was on TeeOff.com. The course had nothing available and the phone system put me on hold for 15 minutes when I called the them on Thursday. On a more positive note, the beverage cart came around a few times and the nice, young lady was friendly and seemed to enjoy being out there. I might come back, but there are other options around now.» Close
I played here today at first light. One threesome ahead of our four; as you know, due to the C19 protocols, everyone is walking. It made for a great p... » More
I played here today at first light. One threesome ahead of our four; as you know, due to the C19 protocols, everyone is walking. It made for a great pace, at least for the group ahead of our 4. We might have been faster than the four hour round if not for the extra practice swings by one in our group. Hint: Not me! Notwithstanding that nonsense, I found it to be totally zen and watching the sunrise light up the course was icing on the cake.
I have not played here in quite some time; not since 10/2016. Wow! What a difference three and a half years makes! Green grass everywhere! Large aprons and collars around the greens, very much like Rustic Canyon! That's a good choice for this course as it can be long at times.
Other than the above, I don't have a lot to add to mdames' review. The greens remains on the medium-slow side. There were a couple of subtle breaks, but nothing crazy.
The tees ( I played the Avocado tees) were level and had good grass coverage. Some were very firm about an inch and a half down. There was some maintenance ahead of us. A couple of guys were fertilizing tees and the long cut from the tee to the fairways. Nice to see crews working and keeping the course as nice as possible.
Fairways were a joy to hit from. Great coverage everywhere. Soft enough to take a divot, but firm enough to run a ways on a low trajectory shot.
The rough had good coverage as well. It ranged in height from about 2"-3" to knee deep native areas. Best to stay away from that stuff.
Bunkers had great amounts of fluffy beach sand. A couple had a thin layer of sand over some hard pan, but mostly those were in the fairways.
Greens and approaches were really nice, but on the slow side. We thought they would speed up, but no significant change in speed happened by 10:00 when we finished.
Overall, I think I got a great bargain at $30. I booked on their website and it appears that the tee sheet is pretty full up all week long. I might try to get back there in two weeks on my next Friday off.» Close
Played today with Alex326 for our GK Cup 15 match. It was nice to find a golf course open and Alex got us a 10:00 for $25 riding, so that's a big plus... » More
Played today with Alex326 for our GK Cup 15 match. It was nice to find a golf course open and Alex got us a 10:00 for $25 riding, so that's a big plus. This is really a big parkland style layout and it would be difficult to actually lose a ball OB. There were many large trees lining most fairways. Very lush conditions throughout. The grass in the rough was so thick and sticky, it could grab your club and make it difficult if you weren't able to hit clean, ball first contact.
Greens were medium slow, but they rolled true and has no discernible bumpiness. Sometimes, the downhill putts toward the river could get away, but uphill putts needed a firm stroke. They were also somewhat soft and I fixed many a ball mark, most of which were made by the groups ahead of us. Covid19 protocol called for a round piece of foam at the bottom of the cups to prevent balls from going all the way to the bottom. No flag sticks were touched.
Fairways and rough were very similar. Lots of variety of grasses growing all over the fairways and rough; some of it was clumpy and having a good lie was almost a matter of luck. The fairways could be cut more and the rough was pretty thick if only 1"-2" in height.
Tees were mostly level and finding a good place to hit from was easy. We played the white tees, but the difference was minimal and more often than not were were just forward of the blues by a couple steps.
Bunkers were okay to look at, but hitting from them was iffy. They had some soft sand in a thin layer over some well packed hard pan. I think we both had difficulty at times. No rakes; again, Covid19 protocol. Hopefully most folks who enter the bunker would smooth their footprints and divots with their feet, but that was not always the case. We smoothed out ours and we never landed in someone else's footprint.
Overall, I liked the course. It's right off the Kern River at the foothills of the Sierra. There is a campground nearby and the river looks really full now. I think the campground is closed due to this Covid19 hysteria anyway. The green fee we paid was as good as you get for a full length course riding. Definitely, you could walk. There are a couple of lengthy par 3's of over 200 yards. That was challenging. It's lush now, but I don't know what summer will do. I did see there were others from Southern California here, so if you are in the north part of LA County, then it's doable for a day trip.» Close
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