Played here Wednesday. I have to say I always play well here for some reason. I guess I like the green speed and the pace of play here which always tends to bring out my better game.
I was fortunate to play with a local celebrity on the Junior golf circuit — Sebastian, an 11 year-old golf wunder-kid. Actually according to his father he is the 11 and under Los Angeles County champion for 2013.
If you have ever played with a seriously good junior then you know they characteristically knock that rock down the middle. They may be short in stature and lacking in distance but they are consistent, down the middle sort of player. Unfortunately for me he may be short but he can knock his driver 230+ yards down the fairway consistently.
But I am getting ahead of myself, the golf conditions here at Rec Park are the best I have seen for twilight golf anywhere. I was expecting bumpier greens as the sun would set but I was rewarded with smooth rolling puts. Course conditions here are superior. It’s not your usual municipal golf course. The superintendent takes care of this course and it shows.
Greens rolled pretty true. The locals who play here repair their divots for the most part. Fairways are dormant but playable. Tee Boxes are flat. Sand in bunkers was a treat — fluffy sand — completely restocked all bunkers with new sand. Pace of play was fantastic. Since I was playing with two juniors (they rode with their parents) and I walked we managed to finish the front 9 in under 2 hours. We managed to come in as the sun set to complete our 18 holes in under 4 hours. Not bad considering sunset happens around 4:30 this time of the year.
Some note should be made that they have made several improvements to several golf holes. Namely Hole 1. They removed the bunker at the dogleg instead deepening a bunker protecting the green on the right and placing a new bunker protecting the OB fence that runs along the street (Federation Drive). Some of the fringe around the green on hole 1 has been replaced. Hole 2 has deeper bunkers along the right side of the green. Hole 4 the green was enlarged and the fringe around the green replaced. Hole 6 (Hdcp 1) has the traps on the left side protecting the green made smaller and deeper. Hole 7 I believe they redid the bunker on the left. That is about all I can recall but expect areas around the greens to be a bit sketchy in spots but once that grass takes hold it would be very nice indeed.
Overall I do like the changes. They make sense and they do reward good shot-making. The greens are still super fast and some of these holes have some wicked break but hey I come here because I like the conditions and the challenge.
Now would I come back here again? You betcha. Regards to the staff of Recreation Park for a job well done.
As for one of the juniors I played with today, he shot a 76 from the blues.