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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 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.  

It’s coming! The NEW GK App on iTunes!

I am hasty.  I have never been known to sit quietly and wait.  So with that in mind…. allow me to introduce the newest thing since sliced bread and Instagram heck even WordPress — The GK App by Greenskeeper.org.

Coming Soon to iTunes -- The GK App by Greenskeeper.org
Coming Soon to iTunes — The GK App by Greenskeeper.org

I am a golfer and I play a lot of golf and often wonder where I can play — sometimes at a moment’s notice.  Where to play?  That’s always been the million dollar question.  Well this GK App will help you navigate the trenches and decide where to play.  Course conditions, photos, even HONEST golf course reviews of your favorite courses will be available all at the touch of a finger.

Get the lowdown on where to play.  What to expect (i.e. Pace of Play and course conditions.)  How to contact the course.  Find out if they have any specials to save you some of that hard earned cash.  Literally everything you could ever want from an app but never had.

Now other apps tout playing with foursomes and finding groups to play with but personally I find it like blind dates.  I don’t like them.  You get a mixed bag — some good; some bad.  The beauty and the genius here is this app helps you make up your mind WHERE to play.  Your phone won’t die on you halfway through the round like some of these score trackers.  In fact put your phone away while you play so you can concentrate on your round.  Save that phone battery for uploading photos or taking photos during your round and upload them through the GK App.

I personally can’t wait to show you guys…. but for now you will just have to take my word for it.

Olivas Links — Ventura County Golf

Haven’t done this in a while.  In fact I haven’t played anywhere noteworthy in quite a while.

There is something noteworthy about Olivas Links and I thought I would share it.

Shadow -- Insert Golfer Here
Shadow — Insert Golfer Here

Folks from the Valley come here to beat the summer heat.  Ventura County enjoys cooler temperatures, some killer views and of course beaches.  What most folks don’t know about Ventura is the golf as well.  This place has a small town vibe and I suppose these residents prefer to keep it that way.  It’s all part of the charm.

Don’t get me wrong, there are other places like the Inland Empire and Carona that boast some pretty choice tracks but nothing quite compares to the mixture of climate and beaches in my personal opinion.

Just about now the clouds started to burn away and what was left was even more breathtaking.
Just about now the clouds started to burn away and what was left was even more breathtaking.

Played this weekend at Olivas Links with the Greenskeeper.org Casual Golf Outing crowd.  I even drove up a bit early to beat the traffic.  I was not disappointed.  The pictures do not do this place justice.  I swear it almost felt as I was walking onto a golf course in Monterey like the Links at Spanish Bay.  The clouds, the trees, the smell, everything brought back some pretty happy memories.

Overall the greens were hard to figure out.  The undulations if you didn’t know where the pins were placed could turn to be your undoing.  It was mine.  Even with a range finder I found it hard to determine the shape of the green if I wasn’t there standing on it.  Green speed was medium; becoming a little faster as the sun dried out the greens.  Fairways were lush; great coverage.  The rough had your mix of thick, thicker and that heather stuff you see at the British Open.  It was crazy.  Tee boxes were flat and well rotated.

Olivas Links Your Typical Marker for the Hole Practice Area -- Olivas LinksComparing both sets of 9 holes, I would say it’s a contrast.  The back 9 and it’s set up are completely different from the front.  In the front you could say, what you saw is what you got.  On the back, with the elevation changes it was hard to visualize your ball flight.  What looked far was in reality closer than you thought.  My advice, bring a range finder.

You could tell the current Superintendent knows his salt.  The staff here were helpful and attentive.

My humble opinion is I like the course.  It’s well designed, maintained and staffed and I would tell anyone that it’s money well spent to play here.  Add this as one of those courses you have to play and will enjoy.