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Reviewed by: roarksown1, Playa del Rey
Just back from the Guru outing at Goose Creek and let’s just say the Goose is flying! The incredible deal we got to play this great course was pretty awesome, and had some very enjoyable company with Wendy, Steve and David (abbacat, sr129 and dconnally). The weather turned a tiny bit on us later in the round with some cold breezes and winds, but nothing too bad overall.
Goose Creek is in pretty great shape right now. The fairways were in fantastic condition and never had a bad lie all day. I wouldn’t venture to call it exactly lush, but excellent coverage and ideal shot surface. The rough was also at a nice length to still hit from if you found it, but demanded concentration. There are definitely some areas to get in trouble at Goose Creek, but if you hit good shots, you’re well rewarded.
The greens were running very fast and, save for a very few, were in fine condition. Very few ball marks to speak of so that means the clientele are doing a good job of looking out for the course. As far as the green complexes go, well, they’re penalizing with the greens as fast as they are (maybe an 11?). The collection areas were getting plenty of attention today as any balls coming in even remotely hot were going for a ride. Very, very tough pin placements today.
Tee boxes (our group played from the whites) were in great shape – level and lush. And the bunkers seemed to be okay – I only ended up hitting out of the fairway variety so their lack of deep sand was appreciated. I heard no complaints from the others about the quality greenside.
As I’m sure many others will mention, the layout at the Goose is really fun. The final three holes are quite a challenge, most notably the beast at 18. Par is a great score there if you can get it.
We saw the cart girl come around once or twice so that was fine, and the POP would have been much better if it weren’t for that awfully slow foursome in front of us … oh wait, was that Johnny and the rest of the group? No, POP was just fine. You want to take your time here to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the sheer fun of all the holes. It’s a good day out.
So yes, highly recommend a visit to Goose Creek right now if you can make it out. Even at the full rate, it’s well worth it – which is a lot more than you can say for other comparably priced courses in the SoCal area. Goose Creek delivers in so many ways. I look forward to bringing some of my out of town friends who often say there are no good public courses around LA. Play here once and that won’t be said again.
Reviewed by: rgm2525, chatsworth
Reviewed by: dconnally, Mission Viejo, CA
Played in the GK Guru outing at 10:55am on 11/20/16 in the “shorts” group, trying to keep up with long-hitting “pants” group ahead of us despite the fact that they we were playing the White tees and they were playing the Blue tees and some of those Blue markers were back in the next zip code! Great November weather started warm and breezy, then getting cloudy and cooler on the back nine. Thanks to GKers abbacat, roarksown1, and sr129 for a very enjoyable round.
The course was in very good condition, and the course setup for the IE Match Play out ahead of us had the greens firm and fast (and getting faster as the afternoon breeze continued), with some very tough pin positions.
An approach or chip that was a little too firm or on the wrong side of the flag most often ran out into swales or collection areas completely off the green – I bet we had a dozen of those between us in the course of the round. And I think the guy who cut the pins today had a tendency to leave the rim of the hole slightly elevated, as we also had numerous lip-outs and putts taking strange turns right around the cups. Some of the greens still showed some of the after-effects of aeration (evidence of punched holes), as well as mower tracks and a tendency to hold spike-marks, but these generally did not affect line or roll.
Fairways had good coverage with no bare spots, but turf was not lush, and the ball tended to sit tight in the fairways. Rough along the fairway margins and greens was the thin-bladed stuff that, at about 1-2 inches deep, gives a consistent playability. Farther off the beaten path you get long or gnarly or goodbye. Both fairways and rough had many unfilled divots and slashes. Tees were all level and firm, although par-3 tees and some short par-4 tees had a lot of unrepaired divot damage. I was only in a couple fairway traps, which were groomed and fairly firm with good coverage.
We finished in about 4.5 hours. I didn’t get a chance to use the lush driving range, and the large chipping green was closed, but the large putting green accurately reflects the on-course green contours, slope, and pace. We had some of the usual charms of the Mira Loma setting – we paused our putting on #12 green to listen to a teenager burn rubber for several minutes before racing off to the east to (likely) wrap his car around a tree. While taking my clubs back out to the car, I glanced at the vacant lot across from the course entrance, soon to receive new condos, to see a herd of goats wander into the adjacent subdivision. And there were, as usual, the flies.
Thanks to Johnny for setting this up. I always enjoy playing the Goose with other GKers. Recommended.