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More on the GK Mobile App for iPhone

Coming soon -- The GK Mobile App by Greenskeeper.org on iTunes
Coming soon — The GK App by Greenskeeper.org on iTunes

To say the UI (User Interface) of the GK Mobile App looks sleek is an understatement.  For the user, it offers simple intuitive management of your local golf courses, all at your fingertips.

Get local feeds of current golf conditions by reviews written by golfers like you and me for golfers.

Get Maintenance and Aeration Alerts.  No other application or website offers a more substantial listing of HONEST golf conditions anywhere.

Know Before You Go golf.  Don’t get stuck playing a lemon.

Current applications I have seen only talk about creating foursomes.  Let’s face it folks golf is a solitary game.  It’s you against the golf course.  Find out where to play with the GK Mobile App — hell bring a friend or three– then bag your phone so you can enjoy your round.

Current apps will drain your battery.  Where is the functionality of an app if it kills your phone during a round of golf?

Instead, Know Before You Go!  Find out the 411 of where to play.  What local golf conditions of golf courses are in your area.  See Pictures of these golf courses.  Find out what other golfers like yourself will have to say about these golf courses.  All in an honest format that you understand and navigate.

Be ready for it golfers the GK Mobile App is coming!

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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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Understanding My Golf Game — Some Thoughts to Ponder

I may not look it but I resemble that photo
I may not look it but I resemble that photo

Ever hear these little phrases of sage advice? It’s never the golf equipment, it’s always the golfer. Never play against a player, play against the course. Focus on the green first then work your way further from the green to make yourself comfortable. Golf is reacting to your previous shot.  Recover.  Get the ball close; knock it in the hole.  Rinse.  Repeat.  All with the idea of doing that in as few strokes as possible.  Can it be that simple? I realize in my later years I can never play perfect golf.  Rather I have to play the hand that’s dealt.  Take my medicine and move on.  No one has ever really taught me golf course management but now I am beginning to think that managing my game, playing to my strengths, is what will take me to the next level in my golf game. My golf game has been stagnant.  And I think I understand why.  The easiest way to describe this is I am worrying too much about my mechanics and not enough on playing the shot I need to make to be successful.  I have noticed recently during a slump that I can still score if I play poorly; just focus on what is in front of me.  Stay in the game, so to speak. By envisioning the shot I need to make and where to place the ball has improved my game tremendously — putting included.  It has improved my scrambling skills greatly.  Once the idea is in my head I endeavor to execute.  It’s been that disconnect between the idea and the execution that has hindered me.  The idea of getting the ball close is fine but the meat of it is “where do I place the ball so I can get it close?”  The focus moves from just some random location next to the hole to where I think I should put the ball and how the ball will roll so I can get the ball close and perhaps save par or make a birdie.  It’s a fine line but definitely something more to think about.

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.

What’s in your bag?

I try to walk when I play golf.  It gives me a chance to set myself up mentally for the next shot.

In order to walk without carrying too heavy a load, I have been forced to economize.  This is what is in my bag.

Titleist 9.5* 909D2
Titleist 13.5*909F2
Titleist 18.5* 909F2
Titleist 21* 910H
Ping PAL 3 Anser Putter 25″ with an oversized grip
Ping Eye2 irons PW – 5i
Sonartec 60* Wedge
Cleveland 56* Wedge

To keep myself entertained I have an assortment of Nick Knacks and my ‘SC Ball Marker.  I use a Sun Mountain Sunday Bag. It’s tiny! But still HEAVY! Finally a sleeve of Costco’s own Callaway golf balls.  It’s a great three piece ball

So what’s in your bag?

FORE – Summer 2014 : Golf Odyssey

At Greenskeeper.org we have a resident Blogger by the name of Kieth (aka the Golf Nomad) with his website www.bogeysacrossamerica.com; his goal — to play golf in every state.  But his goals were not as lofty or as expensive as they are now.  In fact he had a rather modest goal which soon evolved into this one.

Find out how a Golfer “with limited funds,” can surmount such a feat.  Join our “Fodor” of Golf in his odyssey across America!

FORE – Summer 2014 : Golf Odyssey.