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Via Verde Country Club

I get excited when I have the opportunity to play new golf courses in Los Angeles.  It ‘s infrequent and therefore fun — it’s a new golf experience to savor.

This opportunity I was afforded to play Via Verde Country Club in lovely San Dimas.   San Dimas is a cozy town in the Southeast end of LA County.  It’s a sleepy town with decent mix of old and new residential with a great home-town vibe about it.

Let me first preface everything I am going to write about Via Verde.  They are currently overseeding so current conditions are not peak.

As Via Verde describes themselves:

Via Verde Country Club was conceived by Vinell Pauley and designed by Bill Bell in the late 1960’s. The Course was designed and built among the rolling Via Verde Hills and was open for play in the spring of 1970. Today Via Verde Retains a strong membership and is well respected among private courses in Southern California.

In a word, I was disappointed.  I was expecting country club conditions but I was instead greeted with sanded greens that did not hold their line.  The fairways were a little shaggy and the rough was thick and punishing.  Personally I liken this to a high-end municipal but even that is suspect.

Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed the layout.  Fairways were narrow and required precise tee shots.  In defense of the course that layout was fun.  I had to use a variety of clubs off the tee and every ounce of course knowledge is key here; especially which way is downhill since the course winds its way through every dip and valley around the hill the club house sits upon.

I just didn’t care for the conditions we had to play.  For the money, it wasn’t worth it and unfortunately I may not have another chance to play here again until invited back again.

So that is it.  I could rake into the golf course but at present it’s not their fault.  Personally given their reputation I would enjoy another opportunity to play the course when conditions are at their best and they have actual tee boxes you could hit from.

Would I play here again?  Yes, BUT only if conditions are at their best.  There has to be some kind of value here and until conditions improve — they should — I wouldn’t want to dish out the money and play this course.

Here are some photos from my little excursion.  Enjoy.

Also check out my golf course review on Greenskeeper.org.  Click HERE.

Rams Hill Golf Course — FANTASTIC!

www.golfing-guru.com I don’t normally rave about golf conditions but I have to say the revamped, Rams Hill, a Tom Fazio design, (previously Montesoro Golf & Social Club) in Borrego Springs, CA  is a treat to play.

Literally resurrected from the dead early last year, the rebranded Rams Hill Golf Club sports an updated clubhouse, restaurant, driving range, some of the best conditions anywhere,  and a great, attentive staff.  Branded as a stay-and-play destination golf venue.  Spend the night and get treated to two days of some spectacular golf.

For those of you unfamiliar with this golf course and it’s previous woes allow me to give you the Reader’s Digest version.  After several previous land developers/owners ransacked the property and sold off assets including the sprinkler timer boxes it came down to one thing — water.  Under the new management and careful, prudent business decisions water is no longer a problem at Rams Hill.  In other words, the golf course can survive and it’s ready for business, they just need you, Joe Golfer, to avail yourself of their unique amenities.  Just two hours south of Los Angeles, a 45 minute drive from San Diego and an hour drive from Palm Springs, you really have to want to come down here, and I think they have the right combination to make that decision worthwhile.

 

 

With Greenskeeper.org I was fortunate to visit the golf course in it’s current form last week.  In a word, wow!  Cutting to the quick, from tee to green Rams Hill is in prime shape.  I have never experienced or had the privilege to play a golf course in such fine condition.  Take a look at the photos.  Literally I could find no fault.  The course is easy on the eyes and quite honestly did not feel like ‘work’ when playing unlike some other courses I have played recently.  Enjoying the course conditions you’re also treated to some of the best desert views imaginable.  Don’t forget to bring your laser range finder.  There are no GPS onboard batmobile style golf carts here, but they do sport some laser ready flags to quickly and precisely get your distance.

For myself tee boxes were flat, lush, and well rotated.  There wasn’t a bare spot anywhere.  Fairways were lush, well groomed and maintained — once again not a bare spot ANYWHERE.  If there was supposed to be grass growing, it was certainly growing and with great coverage.  If there was sand or waste areas, it was all marked and fairly straight forward.  Bunkers were white sandy beaches — not fluffy but definitely playable.  The greens and green complexes are a definite treat.  Everything is what you see is what you get.  The course sits on a hillside so everything heads in that direction.  Subtle breaks sure but trust your line and you will be rewarded.  Greens rolled really quick when I played there. Pace of play a little under 4 1/2 hours playing as a fivesome.  The threesome that played behind us finally caught up to us after hole 15/16.

Sounds like I was falling all over myself regarding the golf conditions?  My only suggestion is to try this course out.  And to sweeten the pot, this course literally put it’s money where it’s mouth is.  If you were one of the few fortunate folks to find out about the FREE Golf Rams Hill offered interested golfers then by all means take advantage.  I found out about the deal on on Greenskeeper.org.

You will not be disappointed.  Don’t take my word for it.  Read the reviews on this course on Greenskeeper.org.  For those of you unable to get the free golf coupon, do not despair.  At the time of this review, the free golf offer has expired but prices are fairly competitive for single as well as stay-and-play packages.

Now would I play here again?  Of course, and in a heartbeat.

Balboa Golf Course my review in photos

If you haven’t read my recent review of Balboa Golf Course, you should.

The short review:  Greens in good shape with slow/medium speed.  Fairways in decent shape with some bare spots.  Rough is inconsistent but the thick rough is very penalizing.  Sand is hard packed.  Tee boxes are flat and well rotated.

Here are some photos of my round at Balboa Golf Course in the Sepulveda Recreation Area.

Now, seeing is believing.  Enjoy.

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Hole 18 View of Tee Box
Hole 18 View of Tee Box
Hole 15 View from Tee Box
Hole 15 View from Tee Box
Hole 14 View from Tee Box
Hole 14 View from Tee Box
Hole 12 View from Tee Box
Hole 12 View from Tee Box
Hole 11 View from Tee Box
Hole 11 View from Tee Box
Hole 11 -- Typical Tee Marker
Hole 11 — Typical Tee Marker
Hole 10 View from Tee Box
Hole 10 View from Tee Box
Hole 9 View from Tee Box
Hole 9 View from Tee Box
Hole 5 -- Typical Tee marker
Hole 5 — Typical Tee marker
Hole 5 view from Tee Box
Hole 5 view from Tee Box
Hole 7 View from Tee Box.
Hole 7 View from Tee Box.
Hole 8 View from Tee Box
Hole 8 View from Tee Box
Greens in good shape at Balboa Golf Course
Good Greens at Balboa
Hole 1 at Balboa Golf Course
Hole 1 at Balboa Golf Course .
View of the Practice Putting Area from the Clubhouse.
View of the Practice Putting Area from the Clubhouse.
Shadow Selfie of your Local Golfer the Golfing Guru
Shadow Selfie of your Local Golfer the Golfing Guru
Hole 15 Balboa Golf Course
Hole 15 Balboa Golf Course
Hole 9 Balboa Golf Course
Hole 9 Balboa Golf Course

Balboa Golf Course at the Sepulveda Recreation Area

Balboa Golf Course at the Sepulveda Recreation Complex — Damn Good Conditions for Municipal

OK let’s get this straight, I play a lot of golf locally.  You could call me your local golfer with an unbiased take on the golf courses we all play here in the Los Angeles area.  It’s my privilegeBalboa Golf Course at the Sepulveda Recreation Area to play all these courses.  I really have been lucky.  

I have been reporting golf course conditions for my favorite website — Greenskeeper.org for eight years now. Today is no exception.  I played in a Broken tee Tournament today.  Pace of play was pretty fast considering it was a Sunday mid-morning tee time.  Our round was 4 hours.   Temperature felt like 90F in the sun with a decent breeze coming out of Burbank.  

Balboa is one of two courses on this side of the Sepulveda Recreation Complex.  It’s sister course is Encino which plays a little longer with wider fairways.

I am happy to report that Balboa’s greens are in very good shape. Ran a little slow for my taste but very receptive for aggressive play to greens. Today I felt like I had to club-up for my approach shots. Fairways were lush with somewhat good coverage and some thin areas but very playable. Rough was inconsistent but thick in spots and not so thick in others. The thick stuff was very penalizing. The thin stuff easy to get out. Sand in bunkers is hard packed sand. Tee boxes were flat and rotated well allowing for decent, flat lies. 

Hole 9 Balboa Golf Course
Hole 9 Balboa Golf Course

A comment about the services here.  It’s bare bones.  They have a little truck that serves as the beverage truck but I saw it speeding by us and it was very difficult to wave down.  In fact by the time we noticed the truck was there, they were already 150 yards away.  The snack shop apparently is closed on the weekends.  Leaving only vending machines to service thirsty golfers.

Hole 15 Balboa Golf Course
Hole 15 Balboa Golf Course

A Gatorade is $3.  A soda is $2.50 but as it happens their soda machine is empty (no indicator lights) and no refunds so I ended spending $5.50 for a single bloody Gatorade.  Their water from the fountains have a funny taste to them.  
Pace of play was around 4 hours. The course is in better shape compared to Encino per starter. My advice, go out and play! Would I play here again? Darn straight. Great greens, easy to play and a decent value; just going to bring my own beverages from now.

Shadow Selfie of your Local Golfer the Golfing Guru
Shadow Selfie of your Local Golfer the Golfing Guru

 

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Los Amigos Golf Club — My Review in Photos

Seeing is believing.

I have pictures from before the course was placed under new management and my more recent photos with the new management’s handiwork.  I have to say the staff and management team here are doing a stellar job.  And seeing is believing.

Here are some of the old photos I took in March 2009 mixed in with present photos after Stratos Partners LLC (They operate Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona) took over.

Seeing is believing.  The facelift is dramatic.  I would hazard to say it’s night and day the playing conditions then compared to now.  You don’t have to travel hours to play choice conditions.  Nowadays you just have to seek out golf courses like Los Amigos that actually care about the golf course they are charged.  Enjoy!

2009 - Hole 1 photo from the forward tee box
2009 – Hole 1 photo from the forward tee box
2014 Hole 1 a view from the Tee Box
2014 Hole 1 a view from the Tee Box
2009 - Hole 2 view from forward tee box
2009 – Hole 2 view from forward tee box
2014 - SCGA was here
2014 – SCGA was here and updated the distance markers

 

2009 - Hole 5 view from forward tee box
2009 – Hole 5 view from forward tee box
2014 - Hole 5 view from Tee Box
2014 – Hole 5 view from Tee Box
2009 - Hole 6 view from Tee Box
2009 – Hole 6 view from Tee Box
2014 Hole 6 view from Tee Box
2014 Hole 6 view from Tee Box
2009 - Hole 7 view from Tee Box
2009 – Hole 7 view from Tee Box
Hole 7 par 3 153 yards
2014 – Hole 7 par 3 153 yards

 

Los Amigos Golf Club — One Word — WOW!

Hole 1 Marker UpdatedLos Amigos is 6212 yard par 71 course located in Downey, California off Old School House Road.  Course was originally designed by William Bell one of California’s prolific golf course designers in his day.  

For those of you who know me, this used to be one of my favorite courses — always has been.  Unfortunately this course fell on some hard times.  The previous management was sacked and a new management team (Stratos Partnership LLC) was hired to manage this course.  Stratos also operates Eagle Glen Golf Club in Corona CA.  Needless to say the previous caretakers did not take care of this course at all.  It was a dog track surrounding juvenile hall — literally.  Greens were terrible, slow and bumpy.  To play this course was an ordeal.  The design was straightforward enough, and if you tore away the lackluster conditions you could see Los Amigos always had good bones and character.

Fast forward to today, this course was a pleasure to play. It may be a short course but will make you use every club in your bag.  The course has undergone some improvements.  A lot of the old landing spots have been replaced with bunkers; tightening the landing area, the turf is lush with good coverage, and even the greens are completely different from what I remember. I mean this course is in GREAT shape tee to green.  Side note:  It also looks like the SCGA has been there to measure distances so the scorecard appears to be updated.

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Scorecard has been updated.  The scorecard on the Los Amigos Distances recently updatedwebsite however needs to be updated.  Used to be a 70 par now it’s 71. Hole 9 was lengthened a little to become a short par 4. You can try to bomb the ball past the bunkers that protect it but it’s definitely a risk/reward scenario for the average golfer like myself.   Me, I laid up.  

Greens are perhaps the best I have seen on this course, period. They feel soft underfoot but roll true. The greens have good undulation so take a look at your ball from either side to get a good feel for the green. Fairways like I said earlier have good coverage. Lies may be on the thin side but very playable for this time of the year. Rough has been cut short as well and not as penalizing as you would think. Still the rough will take a lot out of your ball so stay away. Sand in the bunkers are white sandy beaches. If you don’t mind the beach you won’t mind hitting out of this fluffy, white stuff.   One thing I should say about the greens and bunkers though is FIX your divots and RAKE your bunkers. For the love of Pete folks take care of your course. It took a year and a half to bring this course from life support and to have the lot of you NOT take care of this, shame on you. 

Hole 15 dogleg left, trouble left and straight ahead 230 yards.  Hole 17 par 3 223 yards over water and trouble left. Greenside on Hole 17, notice the tiers and swaile Hole 14 par 4 335 yards dogleg left Hole 13 Par 4 429 yards dogleg right with water on right, trees left.  Hole 10 340 yards dogleg right Hole 9 redesigned.  258 Yards Hole 7 par 3 153 yards Hole 17 is a monster 223 yard Par 3 Hole 3 Par 3 155 yards.  Hole 4 a view from 150 yards Hole 5 view from 150 yards

Pace of play was OK. We were a twosome stuck behind a walking foursome, and they were two holes behind the group in front of them. They were fast enough it’s just we kept waiting on them.  

Comfortable Dining Area Updated Cafe AreaFacilities have also been updated. Cafe is redesigned and seats large groups comfortably. Their bar is also updated as well as the banquet room.  It has this old classic Craftsman style everyone likes so much; loads of wood and smooth surfaces.  

Hats off to the staff and maintenance crew. You guys have done a heck of a job and dare I say give Rio Hondo (just 5 blocks away)  a run for their money. The best way to describe my playing experience — Destination golf locally.  At $18 to walk at twilight it’s a deal especially with the long summer days. We finished with plenty of light teeing off at around 3pm. 

One thing to mention is the practice area. Wowzers. Two chipping areas; one with a small bunker. Two large putting areas, and a range with a grass hitting area with targets. Everything here seems a lot more inviting.  I also noticed a lot more business here. 

My advice if you are questioning whether to play here or not. Do! You won’t be disappointed.  And for the record, Los Amigos is back on my play list.

Now take that Golf Advisor, one more thing we the community here at Greenskeeper.org know that you don’t.

Tustin Ranch Country Club — My Golf Course Review in Photos

Well you read my review of Tustin Ranch Country Club now see for yourself what this course has to offer.  Enjoy!

Tustin Ranch Hole 1 View from Tee Box
Tustin Ranch Hole 1 View from Tee Box

Tustin Ranch Hole 16 Tustin Ranch Hole 17

A view from the golf ball's point of view at Hole 17 Tustin Ranch
A view from the golf ball’s point of view at Hole 17 Tustin Ranch
Framed by two tall trees your tee shot can be pretty daunting.  Just trust the swing and execute.
Framed by two tall trees your tee shot can be pretty daunting. Just trust the swing and execute.
Another view of Hole 18 Tustin Ranch from the golf ball's perspective.
Another view of Hole 18 Tustin Ranch from the golf ball’s perspective.

Tustin Ranch Hole 15 view from Tee Box Tustin Ranch Hole 14 view from Tee Box Tustin Ranch Hole 12 view from Tee Box

This is where I start to notice a big difference in styles between the front and back 9s.
This is where I start to notice a big difference in styles between the front and back 9s.
Do your research.  They have caddies but you need to make arrangements prior to your visit.  Something to consider and perhaps take advantage.
Do your research. They have caddies but you need to make arrangements prior to your visit. Something to consider and perhaps take advantage.

Tustin Ranch Hole 9 view from 100 yards

Nice finish to the front 9 was this par 5 with a layup to a green surrounded on two sides by water.
Nice finish to the front 9 was this par 5 with a layup to a green surrounded on two sides by water.

Tustin Ranch Hole 9

Rob trying to save par with a long put on 8
Rob trying to save par with a long put on 8

Tustin Ranch Hole 8 view from Tee Box Tustin Ranch Hole 8

Selfie Fail.
Selfie Fail.
Tustin Ranch Hole 7 view from Tee Box
Tustin Ranch Hole 7 view from Tee Box
A little lubrication for the ole golf swing.  AKA morning liquid breakfast.
A little lubrication for the ole golf swing. AKA morning liquid breakfast.

Tustin Ranch Hole 7 view from 150 yards Tustin Ranch Hole 6 view from Tee Box

Tustin Ranch Hole 5 view from 100 yards.  Hole is a lot shorter than it looks thanks in part to the sharp dogleg left.
Tustin Ranch Hole 5 view from 100 yards. Hole is a lot shorter than it looks thanks in part to the sharp dogleg left.
Tustin Ranch Hole 5 view from Tee Box
Tustin Ranch Hole 5 view from Tee Box

Tustin Ranch Hole 5 marker

Tustin Ranch Hole 1 view from 100 yards
Tustin Ranch Hole 1 view from 100 yards

Tustin Ranch Hole 3 view from Tee Box

Some of that white sand I mentioned in my Golf Course Review
Some of that white sand I mentioned in my Golf Course Review

Tustin Ranch Hole 4

Tustin Ranch Hole 1 View from Tee Box
Tustin Ranch Hole 1 View from Tee Box
This hole is Cart Path Only
This hole is Cart Path Only
You were treated with nicely upholstered seats instead of benches
You were treated with nicely upholstered seats instead of benches
And... USB ports to charge your smart phone or USB device
And… USB ports to charge your smart phone or USB device
Hole 7 Tee Sign.  First time here?  No worries, everything is clearly marked
Hole 7 Tee Sign. First time here? No worries, everything is clearly marked
Rob hamming it up on the #10 Tee Box
Rob hamming it up on the #10 Tee Box
Rob hamming it up on #1 Tee Box
Rob hamming it up on #1 Tee Box
Their GPS system was pretty spot on and easy to use
Their GPS system was pretty spot on and easy to use

The Birthday Voucher they give to the lucky birthday guy/gal

Tustin Ranch Country Club — Golf Behind the Orange Curtain

 

Hole 7 Tee Sign.  First time here?  No worries, everything is clearly marked
Hole 7 Tee Sign. First time here? No worries, everything is clearly marked

Played here last week.  If you haven’t played Tustin Ranch Country Club, I would think now would be the time.  You will be treated with great golf conditions and waited on by an attentive staff.  So if great golf interests you then read further!

To the staff and GM of Tustin Ranch Golf Club — Bravo! You run a pretty tight ship there, attentive and informed staff, good communication, and friendly.

The Birthday Voucher they give to the lucky birthday guy/galPlayed here today in honor of my good friend — RobStretch, it’s his birthday and Tustin Ranch offers one thing that made this place attractive — FREE Birthday Golf.  I have pictures and will post a few of them in another entry. Be sure to check out my golf course review at www.Greenskeeper.org and give me a like or three 😀 Also check out my Instagram @ringworld for additional photos and comments. 

Commercial done. Now for my review. 

It’s RobStretch’s birthday and in honor of it, I checked out the

Rob hamming it up on the #10 Tee Box
Rob hamming it up on the #10 Tee Box

Birthday Golf section on Greenskeeper.org (GK) to find a suitable place to play. Came across Tustin Ranch and read a few of the reviews.  There were two things going for it — FREE Birthday golf and some very positive golf course reviews. Went to the Tustin Ranch website; did some additional digging to find out the requirements for FREE Birthday Golf. There are three:

  1. Register on their website.
  2.  Show them an ID with your birth date listed, or
  3.  Be a member of their club.

Since we could easily qualify for 2 out of the 3. I made the decision to call Tustin, get everything confirmed and then make sure we could all play. It was easy to navigate their automated phone system and connected to a friendly starter who took my name and a CC to reserve the time.   Also everything I asked him regarding the free birthday golf he noted on my reservation so when the day came, all the staff and I mean everyone knew it was Rob’s birthday — that was a nice touch.

 

Rob hamming it up on #1 Tee Box
Rob hamming it up on #1 Tee Box

Day of the round we show up separately but they (the staff) kept tabs on the group so that when all parties arrived and the tee time came up we were notified and spirited to the first tee. Not bad considering I arrived a little late. 

The course was crowded but we did finish in around 4.5-5 hours. I have to say the course is immaculate.  I mean spectacular golf conditions.  Tee Boxes were flat and well rotated. No wear/tear on these tee boxes and if there were you would really have to nit pick. Fairways are lush. I mean when I hit the ball and take a divot it would feel like hitting off a nice pile carpet or at the range. Rough is thick and your ball will settle/sink (in other words disappear from sight). This happened a number of times to myself and Rob. Sand in bunkers is a mix of white sandy beaches (nice and fluffy) and brownish hard packed — both easy to get your club on the ball so not a problem to get out. Greens are tricky, roll true (no bounce) with fast/med speed to a well struck ball. Green speed started to pick up as the temperature amped up over the course of the day. Pace of play was a little slow but it’s a Friday, practically the weekend crowd, and the conditions were so fantastic you just forgot about that aspect. At least for me I caught myself muttering how slow the group ahead of us was but then you saw the group ahead of them and the next group ahead of that group and well you make allowances. It was packed today. And considering it was packed we did finish in around 4.5-5 hours. 

Front 9 is pretty straight forward.  What you see is exactly what you get but the Back 9 it’s a whole different story.  There are a lot of undulations in the fairways contributing to a false sense of distance or lack thereof.  Trust your GPS or your Rangefinder is my advice.  The pins were a little thin so it was very difficult to get my rangefinder to pin point distance outside 150 yards.  Now I have very poor depth perception since I wear glasses.  Some holes because of the undulations around the green complex or along the fairway seems a lot shorter then they actually were.  I caught myself more than once checking and rechecking my distance just to be sure I could make the shot.  Also it was relatively humid that day and the ball would not travel as far as it normally should.

Also the greens are fairly large with multiple levels and swales.  Because of the undulations be sure you’re on the right level.  Otherwise expect either a wicked downhill/uphill/sidehill putt when you reach the green.

Side note if we did manage to play faster I bet you I wouldn’t have felt so tired after the round. There isn’t a lot of shade around any of the tee boxes. 

Their GPS system was spot on and easy to use
Their GPS system was spot on and easy to use

 

This hole is Cart Path Only
This hole is Cart Path Only. And it chimed when a new message was available.

 

You were treated with nicely upholstered seats instead of benches
You were treated with nicely upholstered seats instead of benches

 

And... USB ports to charge your smart phone or USB device
And… USB ports to charge your smart phone or USB device

Now the golf carts are state of the art in my opinion. Seats are comfortable; not benches but good, well-designed seats. The onboard computer and navigation is excellent. Run the cart into a no-go area and it shuts off and you must hit reverse until you get to an area where you are allowed. You even get CART PATH ONLY announcements. Now folks who know me know I champion charging stations for our phones on the cart. Apps today suck the living juice out of your phone lickety split. This baby had not one but TWO USB ports. Just plug in and keep that baby charged. 

Bottom line folks would I play here again? It’s pricey admittedly, but I feel a little excess is a good thing once in a while. You certainly get what you pay for with a little extra for good measure.  With that in mind while it may not be a value it is money well spent.  This would definitely be a course I would play again.

Good Luck!

The Lakes at El Segundo — A Golf Practice Center plus Executive Course

Just enough time to take a #footsie and hit my drive.
Just enough time to take a #footsie and hit my drive.

This is the way golf should be.

You can play and practice or practice while you play.  For someone desires playing instead of the drudgery of practice then this course could be the place for you.  It’s one of my personal favorites here in the South Bay.

You have a mixture of mostly par 3s with two short par fours.  Personally I bag my driver, 3-wood and 5-wood and favour my 3 hybrid, 5-iron to Sand Wedge when playing here.  Most of the par 3s are under 120 yards so you get plenty of practice on typical approach shots.  The green complexes are well maintained so you get fairly fast greens that run true (towards Sepulveda Blvd) with a first cut and rough just to add a little spice to your short game.

Nice little uphill Par 4.  Trouble left and right and favours a shot right to left.  Everything bleeds right.
Nice little uphill Par 4. Trouble left and right and favours a shot right to left. Everything bleeds right.
Hole 9 view from tee box
Another fun short par 4. Wind in afternoon can be a factor. Trouble both left (OB + Restaurant) and right (Bunkers + Water).

For the money, you get on relatively quickly.  You can finish a round sometimes in 45 minutes; the longest round took me 2 hours, but typically an hour is all you really need to

They take care of their facility and it shows.
They take care of their facility and it shows.

finish 9 here.  And you can buy a month pass to play all you can Monday – Thursday.  For a frugal golfer like myself, this offers significant value.

And if you need to polish your game a little you can hit balls at their range or take advantage of a pretty large practice green and chipping area with bunker.

Ok enough with my travelogue, here is my review.

Played here just to prove to myself that Alondra’s greens are the worst kept secret in the South Bay and I was right! Alondra you can take those greens and shove it. 

I was literally all by my lonesome here today. The closest group was a twosome around 4 holes behind me. Apparently an event just ended and I had full run of the place. 

Greens are in decent shape, fast to medium in speed and rolled fairly true. They feel spongy and receptive but you get a decent roll. The speed of the practice green does not match the greens on the course. I would say the speed on the practice green is faster than the greens on the course. 

Fairways have good coverage. Rough is thick. Sand in bunkers is typical hard packed. 

I enjoy this course because while it is crowded the longest a round of 9 holes can take is approximately 2 hours. Me, I finished playing 2 balls in an hour. Could have finished faster but I took my time. 

For me, this course offers a lot of what big courses offer but with a time constraint it fits most folks busy schedules especially mine. Also they have an all you can play option monthly and can be pretty economical if only to bite that golf itch. 

Would I play here again? Sure. It’s a fun course. It plays fast. And more importantly gives a golfer confidence with their short game. For me it beats hitting the ball at the range any day.

Enjoy!