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Hole-In-One Certificate

Never had one myself, but I know a whole slew of folks who did.

Funny thing is your group gets excited but the starters or the guys behind the counter don’t.  Personally I feel it’s a let down.  Wouldn’t you be more apt to remember a course that treated you right and seriously consider playing there again since you are treated so well?

In fact these are not that uncommon.  Actuaries at Hole In One insurance companies have calculated the chance of an average golfer making a hole in one at approximately 12,500 to 1, and the odds of a tour professional at 2,500 to 1.

May the odds be ever in your favor.  Look no further.

Every course should have this form available to those people who are lucky enough to score a hole in one.  Simply download this FILLABLE PDF file and print it out and give it to the lucky guy or gal who made their hole-in-one at your golf course.  At the very least someone may read this certificate and think lightening will strike twice and God forbid you actually get added business from a little piece of paper.

GK-Hole-In-One-Certificate
GK-Hole-In-One-Certificate by Greenskeeper.org

For the Hole-In-One Certificate sponsored by Greenskeeper.org, download the file:  Click HERE

Golf Specials — Three Easy Steps

Where to find the deal on your next golf outing.

Everyone uses GolfNow.  It’s the big elephant in the room.  It’s national and has tee times for pretty much every golf course in the nation.  It’s a great website but sometimes there is just too much noise.  Too many choices handicap my decision making process.

Fleshing out deals in your local area can be difficult but not impossible.  Just for a point of reference, to me local is a 50-75 mile drive one way — Yes, I am a golf fanatic and will drive that far for a round of golf, sometimes even further.

  1. One of the things I do is first find out golf conditions of some golf courses that interest me on either GolfAdvisor or Greenskeeper.org.  For me I feel the golf course reviews on Greenskeeper are a little more accurate and a lot more informational compared to GolfAdvisor.  To illustrate, few sentences about an individual’s round of golf really doesn’t interest me.  However a few sentences of how the greens rolled, the fairway coverage and rough are exactly what the doctor ordered.  I tend to get later from Greenskeeper.org.
  2. Now if it’s not my birthday, I will check out the Golf Specials page on Greenskeeper.org and compare the prices shown compared to GolfNow and the rack rate.  If the golf conditions are favorable and the price is right I tend to use the Golf Specials page at Greenskeeper.org.
  3. To redeem the coupon on Greenskeeper.org just click through the link and print out the coupon.  Show up to the golf course and redeem it.

It’s that simple.  You can even sort these deals by region to help minimize the noise and focus on where you want to play golf next.

Good Luck.

Rams Hill Golf Course — FANTASTIC!

www.golfing-guru.com I don’t normally rave about golf conditions but I have to say the revamped, Rams Hill, a Tom Fazio design, (previously Montesoro Golf & Social Club) in Borrego Springs, CA  is a treat to play.

Literally resurrected from the dead early last year, the rebranded Rams Hill Golf Club sports an updated clubhouse, restaurant, driving range, some of the best conditions anywhere,  and a great, attentive staff.  Branded as a stay-and-play destination golf venue.  Spend the night and get treated to two days of some spectacular golf.

For those of you unfamiliar with this golf course and it’s previous woes allow me to give you the Reader’s Digest version.  After several previous land developers/owners ransacked the property and sold off assets including the sprinkler timer boxes it came down to one thing — water.  Under the new management and careful, prudent business decisions water is no longer a problem at Rams Hill.  In other words, the golf course can survive and it’s ready for business, they just need you, Joe Golfer, to avail yourself of their unique amenities.  Just two hours south of Los Angeles, a 45 minute drive from San Diego and an hour drive from Palm Springs, you really have to want to come down here, and I think they have the right combination to make that decision worthwhile.

 

 

With Greenskeeper.org I was fortunate to visit the golf course in it’s current form last week.  In a word, wow!  Cutting to the quick, from tee to green Rams Hill is in prime shape.  I have never experienced or had the privilege to play a golf course in such fine condition.  Take a look at the photos.  Literally I could find no fault.  The course is easy on the eyes and quite honestly did not feel like ‘work’ when playing unlike some other courses I have played recently.  Enjoying the course conditions you’re also treated to some of the best desert views imaginable.  Don’t forget to bring your laser range finder.  There are no GPS onboard batmobile style golf carts here, but they do sport some laser ready flags to quickly and precisely get your distance.

For myself tee boxes were flat, lush, and well rotated.  There wasn’t a bare spot anywhere.  Fairways were lush, well groomed and maintained — once again not a bare spot ANYWHERE.  If there was supposed to be grass growing, it was certainly growing and with great coverage.  If there was sand or waste areas, it was all marked and fairly straight forward.  Bunkers were white sandy beaches — not fluffy but definitely playable.  The greens and green complexes are a definite treat.  Everything is what you see is what you get.  The course sits on a hillside so everything heads in that direction.  Subtle breaks sure but trust your line and you will be rewarded.  Greens rolled really quick when I played there. Pace of play a little under 4 1/2 hours playing as a fivesome.  The threesome that played behind us finally caught up to us after hole 15/16.

Sounds like I was falling all over myself regarding the golf conditions?  My only suggestion is to try this course out.  And to sweeten the pot, this course literally put it’s money where it’s mouth is.  If you were one of the few fortunate folks to find out about the FREE Golf Rams Hill offered interested golfers then by all means take advantage.  I found out about the deal on on Greenskeeper.org.

You will not be disappointed.  Don’t take my word for it.  Read the reviews on this course on Greenskeeper.org.  For those of you unable to get the free golf coupon, do not despair.  At the time of this review, the free golf offer has expired but prices are fairly competitive for single as well as stay-and-play packages.

Now would I play here again?  Of course, and in a heartbeat.

More Screen Shots of GK Mobile App for your consideration

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.

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

No other site I know of offers members, both casual and serious, the most honest and 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.

Keep swinging!

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!

If you like my article, be sure to “Like” it, comment here; share it with your friends.  Check out my latest golf course reviews on Greenskeeper.org.  

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.

Check out my post on Greenskeeper.org.  I also have a few photos up on Instagram @Ringworld. Be sure to LIKE them please and follow my golf meanderings.   I will have my Golf Course Review in Photos in an upcoming blog post here on Golfing-guru.com.

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.

Tustin Ranch Country Club — My Golf Course Review in Photos

Well you read my review of Tustin Ranch Country Club now see for yourself what this course has to offer.  Enjoy!

Tustin Ranch Hole 1 View from Tee Box
Tustin Ranch Hole 1 View from Tee Box

Tustin Ranch Hole 16 Tustin Ranch Hole 17

A view from the golf ball's point of view at Hole 17 Tustin Ranch
A view from the golf ball’s point of view at Hole 17 Tustin Ranch
Framed by two tall trees your tee shot can be pretty daunting.  Just trust the swing and execute.
Framed by two tall trees your tee shot can be pretty daunting. Just trust the swing and execute.
Another view of Hole 18 Tustin Ranch from the golf ball's perspective.
Another view of Hole 18 Tustin Ranch from the golf ball’s perspective.

Tustin Ranch Hole 15 view from Tee Box Tustin Ranch Hole 14 view from Tee Box Tustin Ranch Hole 12 view from Tee Box

This is where I start to notice a big difference in styles between the front and back 9s.
This is where I start to notice a big difference in styles between the front and back 9s.
Do your research.  They have caddies but you need to make arrangements prior to your visit.  Something to consider and perhaps take advantage.
Do your research. They have caddies but you need to make arrangements prior to your visit. Something to consider and perhaps take advantage.

Tustin Ranch Hole 9 view from 100 yards

Nice finish to the front 9 was this par 5 with a layup to a green surrounded on two sides by water.
Nice finish to the front 9 was this par 5 with a layup to a green surrounded on two sides by water.

Tustin Ranch Hole 9

Rob trying to save par with a long put on 8
Rob trying to save par with a long put on 8

Tustin Ranch Hole 8 view from Tee Box Tustin Ranch Hole 8

Selfie Fail.
Selfie Fail.
Tustin Ranch Hole 7 view from Tee Box
Tustin Ranch Hole 7 view from Tee Box
A little lubrication for the ole golf swing.  AKA morning liquid breakfast.
A little lubrication for the ole golf swing. AKA morning liquid breakfast.

Tustin Ranch Hole 7 view from 150 yards Tustin Ranch Hole 6 view from Tee Box

Tustin Ranch Hole 5 view from 100 yards.  Hole is a lot shorter than it looks thanks in part to the sharp dogleg left.
Tustin Ranch Hole 5 view from 100 yards. Hole is a lot shorter than it looks thanks in part to the sharp dogleg left.
Tustin Ranch Hole 5 view from Tee Box
Tustin Ranch Hole 5 view from Tee Box

Tustin Ranch Hole 5 marker

Tustin Ranch Hole 1 view from 100 yards
Tustin Ranch Hole 1 view from 100 yards

Tustin Ranch Hole 3 view from Tee Box

Some of that white sand I mentioned in my Golf Course Review
Some of that white sand I mentioned in my Golf Course Review

Tustin Ranch Hole 4

Tustin Ranch Hole 1 View from Tee Box
Tustin Ranch Hole 1 View from Tee Box
This hole is Cart Path Only
This hole is Cart Path Only
You were treated with nicely upholstered seats instead of benches
You were treated with nicely upholstered seats instead of benches
And... USB ports to charge your smart phone or USB device
And… USB ports to charge your smart phone or USB device
Hole 7 Tee Sign.  First time here?  No worries, everything is clearly marked
Hole 7 Tee Sign. First time here? No worries, everything is clearly marked
Rob hamming it up on the #10 Tee Box
Rob hamming it up on the #10 Tee Box
Rob hamming it up on #1 Tee Box
Rob hamming it up on #1 Tee Box
Their GPS system was pretty spot on and easy to use
Their GPS system was pretty spot on and easy to use

The Birthday Voucher they give to the lucky birthday guy/gal

Tustin Ranch Country Club — Golf Behind the Orange Curtain

 

Hole 7 Tee Sign.  First time here?  No worries, everything is clearly marked
Hole 7 Tee Sign. First time here? No worries, everything is clearly marked

Played here last week.  If you haven’t played Tustin Ranch Country Club, I would think now would be the time.  You will be treated with great golf conditions and waited on by an attentive staff.  So if great golf interests you then read further!

To the staff and GM of Tustin Ranch Golf Club — Bravo! You run a pretty tight ship there, attentive and informed staff, good communication, and friendly.

The Birthday Voucher they give to the lucky birthday guy/galPlayed here today in honor of my good friend — RobStretch, it’s his birthday and Tustin Ranch offers one thing that made this place attractive — FREE Birthday Golf.  I have pictures and will post a few of them in another entry. Be sure to check out my golf course review at www.Greenskeeper.org and give me a like or three 😀 Also check out my Instagram @ringworld for additional photos and comments. 

Commercial done. Now for my review. 

It’s RobStretch’s birthday and in honor of it, I checked out the

Rob hamming it up on the #10 Tee Box
Rob hamming it up on the #10 Tee Box

Birthday Golf section on Greenskeeper.org (GK) to find a suitable place to play. Came across Tustin Ranch and read a few of the reviews.  There were two things going for it — FREE Birthday golf and some very positive golf course reviews. Went to the Tustin Ranch website; did some additional digging to find out the requirements for FREE Birthday Golf. There are three:

  1. Register on their website.
  2.  Show them an ID with your birth date listed, or
  3.  Be a member of their club.

Since we could easily qualify for 2 out of the 3. I made the decision to call Tustin, get everything confirmed and then make sure we could all play. It was easy to navigate their automated phone system and connected to a friendly starter who took my name and a CC to reserve the time.   Also everything I asked him regarding the free birthday golf he noted on my reservation so when the day came, all the staff and I mean everyone knew it was Rob’s birthday — that was a nice touch.

 

Rob hamming it up on #1 Tee Box
Rob hamming it up on #1 Tee Box

Day of the round we show up separately but they (the staff) kept tabs on the group so that when all parties arrived and the tee time came up we were notified and spirited to the first tee. Not bad considering I arrived a little late. 

The course was crowded but we did finish in around 4.5-5 hours. I have to say the course is immaculate.  I mean spectacular golf conditions.  Tee Boxes were flat and well rotated. No wear/tear on these tee boxes and if there were you would really have to nit pick. Fairways are lush. I mean when I hit the ball and take a divot it would feel like hitting off a nice pile carpet or at the range. Rough is thick and your ball will settle/sink (in other words disappear from sight). This happened a number of times to myself and Rob. Sand in bunkers is a mix of white sandy beaches (nice and fluffy) and brownish hard packed — both easy to get your club on the ball so not a problem to get out. Greens are tricky, roll true (no bounce) with fast/med speed to a well struck ball. Green speed started to pick up as the temperature amped up over the course of the day. Pace of play was a little slow but it’s a Friday, practically the weekend crowd, and the conditions were so fantastic you just forgot about that aspect. At least for me I caught myself muttering how slow the group ahead of us was but then you saw the group ahead of them and the next group ahead of that group and well you make allowances. It was packed today. And considering it was packed we did finish in around 4.5-5 hours. 

Front 9 is pretty straight forward.  What you see is exactly what you get but the Back 9 it’s a whole different story.  There are a lot of undulations in the fairways contributing to a false sense of distance or lack thereof.  Trust your GPS or your Rangefinder is my advice.  The pins were a little thin so it was very difficult to get my rangefinder to pin point distance outside 150 yards.  Now I have very poor depth perception since I wear glasses.  Some holes because of the undulations around the green complex or along the fairway seems a lot shorter then they actually were.  I caught myself more than once checking and rechecking my distance just to be sure I could make the shot.  Also it was relatively humid that day and the ball would not travel as far as it normally should.

Also the greens are fairly large with multiple levels and swales.  Because of the undulations be sure you’re on the right level.  Otherwise expect either a wicked downhill/uphill/sidehill putt when you reach the green.

Side note if we did manage to play faster I bet you I wouldn’t have felt so tired after the round. There isn’t a lot of shade around any of the tee boxes. 

Their GPS system was spot on and easy to use
Their GPS system was spot on and easy to use

 

This hole is Cart Path Only
This hole is Cart Path Only. And it chimed when a new message was available.

 

You were treated with nicely upholstered seats instead of benches
You were treated with nicely upholstered seats instead of benches

 

And... USB ports to charge your smart phone or USB device
And… USB ports to charge your smart phone or USB device

Now the golf carts are state of the art in my opinion. Seats are comfortable; not benches but good, well-designed seats. The onboard computer and navigation is excellent. Run the cart into a no-go area and it shuts off and you must hit reverse until you get to an area where you are allowed. You even get CART PATH ONLY announcements. Now folks who know me know I champion charging stations for our phones on the cart. Apps today suck the living juice out of your phone lickety split. This baby had not one but TWO USB ports. Just plug in and keep that baby charged. 

Bottom line folks would I play here again? It’s pricey admittedly, but I feel a little excess is a good thing once in a while. You certainly get what you pay for with a little extra for good measure.  With that in mind while it may not be a value it is money well spent.  This would definitely be a course I would play again.

Good Luck!