GK Plays Roundup
Reviewed by: sixpez, Rancho Mirage
Purposely saved this one for last so it would stay on top longer. What a fun day at Yocha Dehe with the first really big Norcal GK Plays event. It was great to meet the folks that BGarcelon was able to wrangle up, along with seeing some familiar SoCal GK’ers who made the trek up. Incredible prize table, thanks largely to a very generous contribution from LinkSoul. Pace was a bit slow with the big group and it was hot out, but we all still had fun!
The course conditions were very nice. Maybe a tad disappointing as they have definitely experienced a hotter-than-normal summer and there is some heat damage. A few big sections of fairways are roped off and played as GUR as they work to repair the damage. I appreciated that they were upfront about this as the starter gives you the info on the first tee. Otherwise, there were a few small burnt spots scattered throughout that you might not normally see here.
That’s just being a little nitpicky because we have such high expectations from this course. Overall, everything was very lush and green. Most fairways were great and the rough was beautifully kept. The bunkers were amazing with soft, bright white sand. The greens were firm-ish and rolling at medium-fast speeds, just getting a little bumpy as the day went on and footprints showed late in the afternoon. I’d say 90% excellent with 10% of areas that need a little TLC to get back to the usual high Yocha standards.
The service is excellent here. Truly top-notch, especially considering there are so many moving parts from the bag drop to the pro shop to the staging area to the practice area and first tee. The team was hustling and helping keep us organized as much as they could. Food service excellent afterward, and we had a nice little private room for the prizes. Great overall experience at one of Northern California’s best public courses!
It’s such a beautiful setting and a fantastic layout that gets better and better as the round goes on, culminating in a spectacular back nine. The only other time I played here was in the winter and it was before they had done any turf reduction. Then, it was lush and green from wall to wall with all the hillsides being green, as well. Saturday was a different look with more contrast between the green fairways and the golden hills. I wish they would do something nicer with the turf-reduced areas, though. Not as pretty with a bunch of big bare dirt patches in between holes.
Yocha Dehe Golf Club
Reviewed by: Krajan01, Walnut Creek, CA
Was absolutely thrilled to play in my first full field GK plays outing at my favorite golf course in Northern California: Yocha Dehe. I’ve had the pleasure of playing this awesome tract four or five times and every time I’m there I’m reminded how special it really is. The vistas, the geography, the course conditions and hospitality are absolutely outstanding. And this visit did not disappoint. The fairways are absolutely immaculate. And the up-and-down geography makes for incredibly beautiful and incredibly challenging golf at the exact same time. As always the fairways we’re pristine. The rough is thick and punishing if you get in it. The traps sparkling fluffy perfect sand.
If I had only one slight complaint, the greens while they rolled true we’re a little splotchy. I have to believe that all of that crazy wet weather has made them a little difficult to manage. But this was just a very small little blemish on otherwise a beautiful gem.
Finally the hospitality in the clubhouse continues to be a first rate. Awesome food great cocktails in a beautiful atmosphere.
It was great to play a GK plays event at Yocha. Was a lot of fun playing with my fellow GK gurus and I can’t wait for the next event!
Yocha Dehe Golf Club
Reviewed by: BGarcelon, Walnut Creek
Had an absolute blast playing in my first GKPlays event on Saturday, 7/22.
Enjoyed meeting other GK’ers from Norcal on SoCal. JOhnny was a great host and brought out an impressive amount of swag. Nobody went home empty handed!
I have played Yocha Dehe over 10 times the past few years. In my opinion, it’s the best course in Northern California. The service, and staff, the facility are second to none and at a very fair price.
The course offers a challenge to any golfer that plays it. The tees and fairways were in great shape with a few exceptions. I was disappointed in the greens. I have never seen them like that. My guess if I’m allowed one is that they hosted a large tournament the day before and that mixed with the heat did not allow them to heal in time.
Other than that, It was a great day at a great course with some great people!
Yocha Dehe Golf Club
Reviewed by: JohnnyGK, Westlake Village
What a week that was for me, 5 GK Guru rounds and a GK Plays, loved it. My final review is of our GK Plays Yocha Dehe Golf Club outing. Thank you everyone that came! Please remember to post a review too.
I know many of you, myself included, had very high expectations of playing Yocha Dehe Golf Club in its typical immaculate conditions, it’s disappointing it was not due to the heat wave that ravaged the area for weeks of 100+ temps prior and during our outing. That said, IMO, the golf course was still in great shape and the back nine played beautifully. As a first-time player, Yocha Dehe Golf Club layout met my expectations as well as outstanding service and facilities. They did a fantastic job working with me as group organizer and the added touch of surprising us with souvenir hats was very nice. After golf, they provided our outing a private room, with servers and excellent food showed off how much they cared. I’m so impressed with how much effort they put into trying to make us happy, I’m going to be looking into coming back up here, in the Spring next time, next year for a GK Plays, I hope many of you will return next year to join me. I posted some beautiful photos of my round. I’m in the process putting together the GK Plays outing recap on our GK Events page, social media and forums. Ringworld will be making a GK Blog post to recap it as well. Was a great day of golf!