#GolfCourseReview @SierraLakesGolf #Golf #Fontana #California
Reviewed by: dconnally, Mission Viejo, CA
An outing here with my monthly club is coming up next week, and recent reviews on GK have been good, so I got out to Sierra Lakes with my brother at 9am on a sunny warm Saturday, 7/1/17. I had received an email blast from the course, and when I booked on their website the rate came up even lower than the email – $57; a great rate for Saturday morning prime time. I’ve always had a good experience here and enjoy the layout and conditions of the course – today was no exception, as conditions were very good and we had very little wind most of the day. We got off only a few minutes late, paired with a couple of younger guys who work locally and were very amiable, and we had an enjoyable round. It didn’t seem like we were poking along and we waited only occasionally on the group in front of us, but overall the round took 5 hours, longer than I realized.
Greens are somewhat firm, look great and roll great, and with no obvious thin or bare spots. We overshot the hole a couple times early on after the practice putting green fooled us into thinking about a slower speed – on-course greens started medium+ and got quicker as they dried out, and downhill roll-outs could be pretty substantial. Generally, greens accepted shots well, although I noted differences in firmness between greens and even on the same green. We saw an average number of old and new ball-marks. Greens and rough were a little damp to start the morning, resulting in after-mowing dried grass debris on most greens, although it generally didn’t affect putts.
Rough was 1-2 inches deep and very playable, although early on the wet rough really grabbed your ball and made it sit down. Fairway lies were generally good, with the grass close-cropped, although we occasionally had the ball sit down pretty good in the fairway. Lots of unfilled divots in all the popular areas. I wasn’t in the sand but playing partners looked like they had good conditions to work with. Tees were level and not badly damaged on the par-3s.
Even on Saturday morning the course was not that crowded and many spots were available on the small range mats. Excellent breakfast burrito in the grill. We started out with a short ration of sand in the divot refill bottles and ran out quickly – we didn’t see any refills and the roving marshal wasn’t carrying any on his cart, so I wound up stealing a little bit on the 13th tee for our own divots. That same marshal drove into our group as we teed off on hole 18 – clueless. Bushes have been allowed to grow too high in front of some blue tee boxes and unfairly restrict hitting lines (holes 12, 15, and others).