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Reviewed by: JohnnyGK, Westlake Village
Played a GK Review Guru morning round today with GKers sbarajasjr, dethman and Broomy. It was worth the 3 hour drive for me from Westlake Village as we had a super time. I just love this golf course. I think this was my 4th time playing it. It’s so challenging and interesting. The conditions and service are extremely good. The facility clubhouse and practice areas outstanding.
As far as the conditions, I’ve only given one other course a 10 rating for greens this entire year, and that was Rams Hill Golf Club during our GK Plays outing in January. Maderas greens rolled very smooth, held shots and were very fast. They are very undulating and difficult to read. Everyone in our group had many 3 putts and bewildered faces. But we all thoroughly enjoyed them. I think there are many golfers that might complain they are too fast but I for one love fast greens. These greens are exactly what I imagine tour players experiencing.
As far as fairways, rough, tee boxes and bunkers…I had just experienced bright green ultra lush rye grass during our GK Plays Las Vegas weekend so when I first looked upon Maderas the turf was a visual letdown, but once playing it, I thoroughly enjoyed the tight cut bermuda turf. No thin or bare spots in the fairways and plenty of tight packed grass to hit a well struck iron. Great roll off the tee and always a consistent lie. The rough was cut low throughout the course with some thin spots here and there but in general full coverage. The tee boxes cut tight, level and a few with some reseeding maintenance. The bunkers were in beautiful condition containing high quality sand and well cared for.
After our round GKers Broomy and dethman joined me for lunch. The burger was delicious dethman and I had and judging by the licked clean plate Broomy enjoyed his cob salad.
The starter Jeff was very friendly and a pure gentleman. The on course service from Terra was courteous, very friendly and she swung by our group 3 or 4 times. I highly recommend Maderas Golf Club.
Reviewed by: Broomy, Oceanside
I played today with Sal, Kelvin, and Johnny in a GK Guru event. I’ve played here perhaps five times before, but embarrasingly discovered that I have only one review of Maderas over the years. Shame on me.
This might be my favorite course in San Diego County, but there are still a few I haven’t played yet. There are houses around–BIG houses–but they are set back so far that you hardly notice them, and they come nowhere close to coming into play. It is dead quiet out there. No traffic, no city noise. Very peaceful and serene.
Conditions are always good, and this visit was no exception. This late in the year courses begin to show their wear, but Maderas is in better shape than those I have played lately: Monarch Beach, Arrowood, and Golf Club of California, all of which are generally in better shape than most (the latter two are considerably less expensive than Maderas so you’d expect less pristine conditions). The only places I noticed any wear are where the carts enter and leave the fairway, and where carts are parked near the green.
This course is very hilly, so don’t even think about walking. They have golf boards which I would like to try someday which would give you a little more exercise while still being manageable. The layout is tough. We played from the Blues, with a slope rating is 136. The golfer who just grabs his driver and heads to the tee will be in for a rude awakening on some holes. On several holes you’ll score better if you play a little more conservative off the tee. Sixteen in particular is tough. A narrow fairway that slopes toward a creek is a killer. I hit hybrid, which I’ve done before, but this time I managed to hit the fairway (it may be the only time I’ve hit this fairway). Sure, I had 200 to the green from there, but I was hitting my 2nd shot instead of my 3rd.
I didn’t have any trouble finding a level lie with good grass on the tee boxes. The bunkers were really in nice condition. Deep, fluffy sand that you don’t bottom out on dirt and skull a shot, although I was in one that the grounds crew must have missed and didn’t rake from the day before. The greens were impeccable. We teed off at 8:15 so they were a little damp, but as they dried out they got quicker but still rolled true. I did not see more than a few unrepaired ball marks, so kudos to the grounds crew and the other golfers.
This course is deserving of its high end reputation, and that is reflected in the rack rate. There are deals to be had from time to time which make it more affordable. If I had friends from out of town and wanted to show them a good time I would definitely consider taking them to Maderas. It’s a little too expensive to play on a regular basis, but for a treat it’s really nice to play