My photographic journey playing these 9 holes at the Catalina Island Golf Course.
Island living… it’s a whole different world. Just 1 hour from the mainland, Catalina offers a nice escape while still being close enough to the city albeit an ocean going commute.
Island living it’s what I aspire. Played here last Monday; walked up and literally opened the place up. Folks walk their dogs on the grounds early AM so be mindful of them. Teed off at 7-ish. Finished 9 holes in an hour; replayed the 9 again and still had time to make it back to the Bed & Breakfast (Mt. Ada) before 9am.
Rented clubs. Not my first choice. It’s a mixed bag of old clubs so if you don’t mind hitting really tired/old clubs then give it a whack. Several of those clubs need to be regripped and the clubs didn’t feel right but with a little adjustment here and there you can satisfy your thirst for golf. First 9 were spent trying to figure out the club’s tendencies and which clubs I could rely. The next 9 I at least figured out what these clubs would do.
Greens are SLOW. They have some kikuya infestation and you will need to put the ball firmly. Ball ran pretty true; just a little bouncy on some of the greens. Everything breaks downhill and towards the town so be mindful of pin location. Fairways are a little brown except when you get closer to the hole. Green complexes are pretty green and have full coverage. Bunkers are typical municipal quality — a little loose on top with hard pack underneath.
Pace of play was a sizzling 2 hours for 18 holes. Not bad considering it is an executive style course with NO par 5 just a mix of par 4 and 3s. It’s not a bad place to play considering it’s the only game in town (literally). It’s kinda casual here so expect to bump up against groups that move at a slower pace. Just be courteous and give way to the faster groups.
Did I have fun? Playing golf as a single is always fun. Bring out a group of non golfers and a few beers perhaps antics will ensue. It’s was a fun round either way.
More photos to follow. Also be sure to check out my reviews on www.Greenskeeper.Org the ORIGINAL “Know Before You Go” Crew!