Fountain Valley, CA
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Reviewed by: Itslikeimsayin, Aliso Viejo
Played my GK Cup 10 first-round match here on Wednesday with thingstodo. (See GK Cup 10 thread for match details.) We had a 3:00 twilight time, $23 walking rate. Both courses seemed busy but we got started right on time. Friendly guys in the shop who seemed on top of things. Excellent weather: Mid/upper 70s with at least some breeze most of the day. Paired with two guys both named Ken, which made things easy. POP was good. Front nine moved quicker than the back, but overall we finished in 4:30.
The course is in very nice condition! Greens were fast, mostly smooth (our foursome got a couple bumpy putts late in the afternoon) and accepted full shots pretty well. They were about medium firmness. Tricky to read, where some putts barely broke at all and others raced down ridges and slopes. Fairways were very lush and green, perhaps a little tiny bit shaggy, but the extra length made the ball sit up really nice. Maybe 5% of fairways have some browning and that includes a few larger, low-lying spots that were inferior to the rest, but overall very pleasantly surprised by how nice these fairways were. Rough was also very lush, probably about 3 inches deep and pretty dense, which kept the ball sitting up on top. Despite the really nice conditions, there wasn’t much visual definition between the fairway and rough…very consistent greenness everywhere, but it’d be even more striking if there were cleaner lines or more distinction between the two (that’s being VERY nitpicky…clearly it didn’t affect play at all). Tee boxes were the low point. Good grass coverage but a little inconsistent in the type of grass, and also many were lumpy. Still not bad, but a step down from the rest of the course. Bunkers were mostly good.
This was my first visit to Mile Square in many years and my first time ever playing the Players Course. I really enjoyed it much more than I expected! Conditions definitely impacted that, but the layout is good, too. Lots of lakes, lots of bunkers, good width, decent variety of holes. The “openness” reminded me a little bit of Olivas Links and Goose Creek in spots, although it’s not as good as either of those courses. Also, as I alluded to earlier, some tricky movement to the green surfaces that would require repeat play to learn well. For $23 twilight weekday rate in Orange County, it’s a very good option! I definitely will keep it in mind when I want to play closer to home than I typically do.
I created a Flickr photo album of 37 photos that can be viewed by copying & pasting this URL: https://flic.kr/s/aHskYYnAyZ