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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  Click HERE.

Day One Entry: Jun 25, 2015

I finally joined the poser generation. Got myself the iPhone 6+.

It’s BIG. Bigger than the palm of my hand BUT I can look at the screen without proving my spectacles above my head. So it’s a win.

No golf though which is a conscious choice. But I still can’t help but to think I should be playing instead of working.

The GK Voucher/player tee times went off without a hitch this week. Great news since this adds an additional revenue stream to the stable. It also enhances our value to the golfer members since we only sell small blocks it time individually and when the course typically is in fine shape.

Other businesses are still running fine and profitable. The only question is how long I can keep this harried pace up just to make a buck or two and support those hungry mouths.

Time will tell I suppose.

72° Sunny
Fiesta Beer Garden, Torrance, CA, United States

Day One Entry: Jun 13, 2015

Played a scramble at Westchester Golf Course in La Habra.

We came in 8 under to take second place. The winning team shot 13 under. Met an old classmate Richard Villanueva from SJF.

The only CTP “closest to the pin” I had was quickly won over by someone else. That was the almost ace hole, a 190 yard par 3 uphill into the wind that I struck so well it actually hit the pin and rolled 10 feet away.

Tried to stuff the box at the raffle to win and unfortunately I didn’t win anything – skunked in fact. No 40″ Toshiba LCD television. No new golf bag. Nada. At least it was for a worthy cause.

70° Mostly Cloudy
1302 W Imperial Hwy, La Habra, CA, United States

Stevinson Ranch GC to Close July 18 – Northern California Golf Association | Northern California Golf Association

Stevinson-MAIN-136After nearly 20 years, Stevinson Ranch Golf Course will close on July 18, 2015.

Source: Stevinson Ranch GC to Close July 18 – Northern California Golf Association | Northern California Golf Association

I have had the privilege to play her a number of times.  This I can honestly say is a course that makes golf fun and challenging all rolled up into one.

I will personally miss this course.

Be sure to add this to your must do list soon as they plan on closing their doors this July 2015.

Day One Entry: May 15, 2015

3 bogies rest pars for a 39 at harbor Park.
Able to manipulate my shots. Move head forward for low shot. Move head behind ball for higher arch shot. Did not bend completely but let club drop. Kept upright stance and struck ball better.

Funny how you take even slight nuances in your swing for granted. It’s only when you have problems you see what you’re really doing. And more importantly why.

63° Clear
Harbor Park Golf Course, Wilmington, CA, United States

Golf Specials — Three Easy Steps

Where to find the deal on your next golf outing.

Everyone uses GolfNow.  It’s the big elephant in the room.  It’s national and has tee times for pretty much every golf course in the nation.  It’s a great website but sometimes there is just too much noise.  Too many choices handicap my decision making process.

Fleshing out deals in your local area can be difficult but not impossible.  Just for a point of reference, to me local is a 50-75 mile drive one way — Yes, I am a golf fanatic and will drive that far for a round of golf, sometimes even further.

  1. One of the things I do is first find out golf conditions of some golf courses that interest me on either GolfAdvisor or  For me I feel the golf course reviews on Greenskeeper are a little more accurate and a lot more informational compared to GolfAdvisor.  To illustrate, few sentences about an individual’s round of golf really doesn’t interest me.  However a few sentences of how the greens rolled, the fairway coverage and rough are exactly what the doctor ordered.  I tend to get later from
  2. Now if it’s not my birthday, I will check out the Golf Specials page on and compare the prices shown compared to GolfNow and the rack rate.  If the golf conditions are favorable and the price is right I tend to use the Golf Specials page at
  3. To redeem the coupon on just click through the link and print out the coupon.  Show up to the golf course and redeem it.

It’s that simple.  You can even sort these deals by region to help minimize the noise and focus on where you want to play golf next.

Good Luck.