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Reviewed by: leef2020, Huntington Beach, CA
Had a chance to play with Sal, the previous reviewer (sbarajasjr) on 27 October, along with kg1791 (Kevin) and dethman (Kelvin) – 3 great guys to play a round of golf with as part of the Golf Guru series.
Sal’s earlier detailed review is spot on. My first time playing the course, I was very impressed with the greetings/service at the bag drop area, then the golf shop. Had a chance to meet the GM, Marketing Manager and new Head Pro. All seemed very nice. The head pro seems like a great guy. Along with the starter, cart girl, and several marshals on the course, and 1/2-way house, we were very well-attended to prior to and during the round of golf. First-class operation. Great looking clubhouse, nice putting green and practice area, too.
Tee boxes were mostly level and easy to get a nice, grassy spot to tee it up. Really liked how the ball sets up in the fairways. A few times, my ball did end up in sandy, repaired divots – a good sign that other golfers are taking the time to repair their divots.
Didn’t really care for the rough, however. It varies throughout the course and was thin in some spots, clumpy around the greens and other areas you could end up in some severely long, thick stuff – good luck with it! But, it was a fun adventure with some shots I’ve not had the pleasure of hitting before.
I really liked the greens. Mostly smooth and true, but tough to read at times. Only real issue were a few greens had a subtle texture/bumps that resulted in some bumpy putts. We noticed this on a handful of greens. Perhaps the blades of a few mowers need sharpening. Otherwise – they were mostly fast/very fast, with some slowing late in the day. Many greens have severe undulations, multi-levels and are definitely a strong feature of the course. I normally have about 31 putts per round. Today, had 38, but still felt I putted not too badly. Greens can be a bit large, so long, fast putts going up/down/around the undulations was a bit of a roller-coaster ride at times. A nice challenge and good fun!
Our cart had a great GPS system with color touch-screen. Best I’ve seen. Gave measurements to hazards, green front/back and to the pin. Also let you tap a point/target on the hole to see how far it is to that point, and then the yardage for the following shot to the pin. Rest room facilities well-placed out on the course – important for an old guy.
We finished a bit before sunset in just under 4 1/2 hours I think. The guys in the pro shop said they round people up and off the course pretty much at/just after sunset – good to know if you’re playing late in the day.
There are a number of elevation changes on a number of holes (some blind shots) and the course overall, which results in a very picturesque setting for the round of golf.
Thanks to JohnnyGK and The Crossings at Carlsbad for a great afternoon!