The User Login Screen looks slick. So what’s so great about this app versus others?
GK Mobile may sport a new logo but under the hood of this beast of an app beats the combined contribution of over 65,000 members, 40,000+ Reviews, 20,000 + photos of over 1,700 golf courses. It is a self-perpetuating model conceived by its founder JohnnyGK.
No other site I know of offers members, both casual and serious, the most honestand up-to-date information about golf courses they want to play.
Members regularly contribute information about golf courses and their conditions. Greenskeeper has evolved over the past 10 years into a much respected website in the golf industry. Top that off with the book Social Golf, a how-to manual for golf course operators to leverage their own customer base using social media to grow their business. You would think GK Mobile would be a likely progression of this book — and you would be right. GK Mobile may be a necessary piece of the puzzle for any golf course operator trying to contact these golf enthusiasts.
Unlike its competitors, GK Mobile comes out of the gates sprinting to the finish line. It brings with it all the information on its still very successful website to a mobile platform. No need to “build” it’s audience because the audience is already there. No need to build up your database of golf course information because it’s already there. And top it off with golf course maintenance alerts, a euphemism for green aeration, this blogger thinks it’s a winning combination for both the golf consumer and the golf course operator.
You can truly “Know Before You Go” Golf. Literally. Take that Golf Advisor!
You already know who you will be golfing with. With GK Mobile you will know where and when to play at a golf course near you.
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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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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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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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.
I have pictures from before the course was placed under new management and my more recent photos with the new management’s handiwork. I have to say the staff and management team here are doing a stellar job. And seeing is believing.
Seeing is believing. The facelift is dramatic. I would hazard to say it’s night and day the playing conditions then compared to now. You don’t have to travel hours to play choice conditions. Nowadays you just have to seek out golf courses like Los Amigos that actually care about the golf course they are charged. Enjoy!
Los 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 website 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.
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.
Facilities 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.