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Reviewed by: Itslikeimsayin, Aliso Viejo
I had the 5:32 a.m. TeeOff.com “Deal” time here on Monday. Checked in around 5:15 and was given a cart key and told I could go whenever I wanted. It was still completely dark, so I hit some putts on the practice putting green, which had to be one of the purest, most perfect greens I’ve ever putted on. Then a single hustled over to the tee around 5:20, so I let him go and I played by myself behind him. He was really quick and I saw him finishing 17 as I was coming off 12. My POP was a leisurely 2:55. Cloudy, misty weather the whole round with very little wind to speak of.
Conditions are excellent! The greens were nearly flawless, although I did find a few fresh-looking unfixed ball marks on some greens, so I assume the speedster ahead of me wasn’t fixing his ball marks. Otherwise they were smooth, medium-fast and accepted full shots well. Personally I feel firmer greens would suit this course better, but it’s hard to complain at all about these (9/10). Fairways were also nearly perfect. Outstanding coverage and the ball sat up great. The rough had good coverage but was a little patchy, so I rated it a notch lower than the fairways. The tee boxes had fantastic grass but some were a bit spongy and lumpy, maybe due to playing so early and wet? Still very good, though. I wasn’t in a bunker but they looked great.
I just love this course more each time I play it. I had so much fun being out there yesterday, just me and the course. Right now there are little yellow flowers blooming around the edges of the course (see my Instagram post) that have it looking awesome. There’s also the orange-hued native areas that contrast so beautifully with the green fairways and rough. If you’d told me a few years ago that a flat, links-style course would become one of my favorite courses anywhere, I’d have told you you’re crazy, but something about this place just casts a spell on me. Can’t wait to get back again!