1. JohnnyGK Posted: 07/21/20 5:12p Member Since: Dec 30, 2002 From: Thousand Oaks
First off a big thanks to those that came out to support our GK Cup 15 final Saturday and to Crosscreek Golf Club for hosting it. Congratulations to dconnally in winning GK Cup 15. What a great match ... Continue »
First off a big thanks to those that came out to support our GK Cup 15 final Saturday and to Crosscreek Golf Club for hosting it. Congratulations to dconnally in winning GK Cup 15. What a great match he and kassper7 put on!
It’s been a record breaking number of rounds for CrossCreek since they opened back up from COVID-19 closure in April. Saturday was no exception. I was impressed right away that they did not hesitate to offer golfers the ability to ride as a single at no extra charge despite being low on carts. In addition the staff was very friendly and taking COVID-19 precautions. Masks were required in the clubhouse but not on the driving range or practice putting green. On the golf course the flagstick was equipped with the pool noddle insert to prevent the ball from dropping to the bottom of the hole but provided ample room for it enter the hole unimpeded.
It had been some time since I played CrossCreek GC and soon after the losing my first tee shot into the hazard on the right I remember how tough this layout is. A gorgeous setting with a fantastic variety of golf holes. Please check out the photos I posted.
Conditions were about what I expected and the previous reviews from those in our group describe them well. Overall the greens ran smooth, medium-fast and mostly soft. The greens being mostly soft was the biggest surprise of the day for me because in all previous times playing CrossCreek the green were very firm. Great job over there to make them more receptive. Fairways were mostly lush but a mixed bag in that on golf holes where there was lots of slope they were thin to lush but holes mostly level lush to thin. The best fairways were on the closing 5 holes which were entirely lush so it was nice to end the round on an up note. Rough was very inconsistent and mostly thin. However there are thick patches out there mostly greenside. My accuracy was off Saturday so in all honesty anytime I was not in a hazard I was happy! – LOL. As far as bunkers, very thin borderline dirt in the fairways. I saw a couple bunkers designated as GUR and others that could have been. Around the greens mostly in decent “COVID-19” shape with acceptable sand. Tee boxes, this is a tough one to evaluate because the white tees are by far the most popular given the forced carries from the blue tees. It was my first time playing the white tees at CrossCreek and they were heavily worn on most holes with repair mix, not very level and some divot damage. I’m not too sure what they can do about those being the tee boxes are pretty small to begin with and they can’t really move those white tees back to the blues. Blues tee looked to be in much better condition. Overall the golf course is in very good condition with the greens the highlight for sure.
Note; besides a shot of data you get on the 12 green and 13 tee box there is no cell phone service on the golf course. They do have free wifi in the clubhouse.
I continue to be big fan of Crosscreek and know one day I finally play well on it. Highly Recommended.
2. dconnally Posted: 07/20/20 4:55p Member Since: Oct 6, 2003 From: Mission Viejo, CA
Played just after noon on Saturday, 7/18/20, in the GK Cup 15 final match with kassper7, JohnnyGK, and HmtGolfGuy. Hot, breezy, and sunny weather and the course was in very good condition. I hadn’t pl... Continue »
Played just after noon on Saturday, 7/18/20, in the GK Cup 15 final match with kassper7, JohnnyGK, and HmtGolfGuy. Hot, breezy, and sunny weather and the course was in very good condition. I hadn’t played here since a GK event in May 2016, so I didn’t remember many details of the course. There are many opportunities here to lose balls or play from hazards/rough ground if you are offline here, especially but not exclusively on the back nine. The terrain here, again mostly on the back nine, is difficult for my limited mobility with many steep sideslopes and walks up and down slopes to get to tees, greens, and errant shots.
Greens were the best part of the course, with very god coverage and rolling smoothly at medium+ speeds. They were mostly pretty receptive, although I got a couple of hard ‘skip’ bounces when I came in a little low and hot. The 6-location pin wheel setup used for flag placements seems to result in the pins frequently being pushed well toward the edges of the green, rather than more centered. This was especially problematic when approaching elevated plateau greens with left- or right-front pin positions!
Fairways generally had good coverage and gave good lies. Rough could be very short and playable or deeper and soft. The course in some rough areas has allowed the kikuyu to grow deep and soft - hitting into these areas, whether along fairways or around greenside slopes, quickly kills any roll and can result in soft, awkward stances. I wasn’t in any of the bunkers but other players appeared to have adequate conditions. Tees were mostly level – I remember only #15 (White) sloping to the rear of a right-handed golfer; par-3 tees, however, were pretty torn up.
I enjoyed the course but it’s a long drive from South OC, and the terrain makes it difficult for me. I saw a couple of younger players walking the course and I just had to shake my head. I do recommend the course for others to play, however.
Worst hole on the course. Leave the driver in the bag and try to hit something 200ish up the left side and pray it doesn't take a hard bounce into the water on the right. You'll be left with a semi-blind short iron to a green that angles away from you.