#GolfCourseReview @SantaAnitaGolf #Golf #Arcadia #California
Reviewed by: t8fish, Altadena
Got over to Santa Anita today, Sunday, a little before 11:00 and was sent out immediately as a single for $40 walking. Preceding group was about two holes ahead.
There have been more reviews for S.A. lately and consistent with those, I found the conditions are still good. Generally well covered and level tee boxes. The fairways were lush overall with the occasional brown area —usually still a good hitting surface. Where there were actual hard-pan areas, (not many and usually on the edge of the fairway or bordering rough,) they were usually painted as Ground Under Repair (GUR), so the crew was paying attention.
The rough was more often than not lush, offering varying degrees of recovery potential. There were good pitching and chipping opportunities presented by the area around the greens. Bunkers were firm-ish, generally clean, and nicely playable. The greens were pretty clean with a minimum of unfixed ball marks, and running at a medium speed. They never get too quick here, but usually they are usually a bit faster than today. Not a complaint, just an observation, but nothing to detract from the round.
After breezing along, I caught up with the pack around the eighth hole. After that, there were a few minor holdups, but it generally moved steadily and the final running time was a little over four hours. Good course, good conditions, and a good all-around playing experience.
When I reviewed S.A. last month, for the first time in over a year, my one complaint was the lack of yardage markers and the visibility of the monuments. I have no idea if that was noticed or if it is just coincidence, but they have added vertical, colored yardage sticks at the 100 yd and 150 yd points in the fairway centers, with blue 200 yd stakes in a couple of instances such as the par-5 third hole. For anyone over there who might actually see this, it’s a simple but greatly appreciated improvement. Thanks.