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I played yesterday with the GK Gurus. I last was here on Thanksgiving Day and, I must say, what a difference a little course knowledge makes. This isn’t to say it makes the course easier-it’s really tough- but it can turn total frustration to a lot of fun (ok, there were still a few moments…).
We started on the back nine which I liked a lot. #10 is very much like #1 but shorter and made a gentler start to the course. This was a good way to head into all the sloping fairways, blind shots to elevated greens and crazy-breaking greens .
Conditions were pretty good. Fairways were browning but had good padding except for a couple holes with sizable bare spots. I was in two greenside bunkers, both of which had ample clean sand. The fairway bunker I found, though, had lots of little stones. The greens were very fast and some a bit bumpy with many ball marks.
The new carts with GPS are arriving there today. I wish we had them yesterday as it took 3 different carts to get through the round due to lack of power and/or brakes. No complaints, though, as all of the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Thanks to Johnny, and everyone else, for putting together another great day.
Played 12-4-16 with the GK guru group on a very pleasant day in about 4 1/2 hours. Tee boxes were in real nice shape mostly level and lush. Fairways were a little greener than I expected, starting to go a little dormant but still good to hit from if a little tight with a few bare spots and a lot of roll. Rough is never to much of a factor here cut very short and in about the same shape as the fairways. Found two greenside bunkers one of which was very thin with a lot of rocks and the other had almost to much sand were your foot would sink in and almost be buried. Greens were in very good shape rolling fast and mostly true except for an occasional poorly repaired pitch mark. Really like the challenge of this course, and costumer service here is always great.
I Had the pleasure of playing on Sunday the 4th with the GK Guru’s. The customer service was outstanding from the moment we arrived. The friendly staff met us in the parking lot to pick up our bags. The practice facility is very good though you can only hit irons on the range. The putting green was in great shape and very much mirrored the greens on course. The fairways are starting to brown for the winter and are a bit hard. The only real issue I have is the rock in the fairway bunkers.
This is a very challenging course. You are rewarded with smart play and penalized for bad shots. Long hitters can clear most of the hazards while us short guy’s need to lay up. I look forward to the challenge of playing here again. If you want to test your shot making this is a great place to play.
Played on Sunday 12/4/16 for the first time with GK Gurus. After recalculating GPS directions via my phone instead of the wrong way my new vehicles GPS took us, we arrived in plenty of time to allow for leisure check in process and warm ups. We were greeted by extremely pleasant staff, and the professionalism of all was consistent throughout the day. Clubhouse/Pro Shop is beautiful! Carts are being replaced by new carts equipped with onboard GPS units; we ended up going through 3 carts, due to various issues with each; but again, they are being replaced so not expected to be an issue soon.
Driving range, putting/chipping area are adjacent to Holes 1 and 10. I didnt see a practice bunker area, and I didn’t ask the Starter. Half the putting area is for chipping and other half for putting? Sorry guys, but Irons only on the driving range which for me isn’t an issue as I can’t hit my driver that far anyway so I was still able to get my warm-ups with all desired clubs. Rstang06 added comments – Would’ve been nice to be able to warm up with driver, even if there was a net to hit into/even 4 iron shots can exceed the far end nets. Considering both holes 1 and 10 have forced carries, your not starting out the gate with driver any way/for most. Course knowledge is a definite benefit for this course to ensure a good scoring game. Also recommend bringing ample amount of golf balls.
We were provided with yardage booklets that did help, in addition with our range finders and yardage GPS watches. My game has been off so this course was not forgiving at all.
Tee boxes were in good shape, filling in nicely from an overseed; mostly level and good size/shape. Par 3 tees showed typically more divot marks as with most courses. Ball washers on the old carts, as well as many, if not all holes. Fairways wind through up and down the hillside. I don’t think there is a non-sloped fairway on the course. Everthing severe left to right or vice versa, to dog legs/hidden approaches, elevated blind multi-tierd greens or tee shots to downhill fairways that could seemingly roll forever. Fairways were in very good shape for this time of year. Tight lies, with several GUR areas, some collection areas showing more wear and tear; but still very playable. Rough was thin so shots could easily run out and off into the scrub on some holes, but other areas thick enough to save you a penalizing stroke. A couple improvements on two holes assists with keeping balls from going OB, resulting in better maintained POP from ball search and rescue delays.
Fairway bunkers were mostly moderate to thin coverage with some rocks; however, upon after round discussions with Course Mgr, he advised they are in the process of reworking fairway bunkers to include lowering of some of the more severe high lipped bunkers and addition of better sand quality. Greenside bunkers (I was in 2), were nice with sufficient sand for ease of exit.
Greens were the best feature. Beautiful dark green bent grass. Some scuff marks from earlier days rounds played and unrepaired/improperly repaired ball marks, but for the most part they rolled fast, and quite true, some just a little bumpy. Medium/Soft which held shots quite well also. Subtle difficult reads provided plenty of challenge to even the best of putters. Greens quite large, many tierd and if you didn’t stay below the hole, you could easily find your putt roll off the green a punishing distance. Go long and you could be rewarded by a quirky round about roll down to the hole. Again, course knowledge is a definite Plus. Don’t write this course off after one brow beating round; it’s one of those unique, Very challenging tracks, that I believe can reward the right shot shapers. Course beat me up pretty severe, but the staff, wonderful GK Guru company, and first class after game treatment and course improvement plan discussions were extremely enjoyable and quite informative and promising. Will certainly give it another go once I find my A-game and digest this last piece of golf course humble pie. Just this novice golfin gals opinions.