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 privilege 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.
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.
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.
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