Reviewed by: t8fish, Altadena
Friday, 1.26, got out around 10:15 this morning for my free birthday round, paired up with a threesome of young Coast Guards and my dog, all of which were good company. We got around in about 4.25 hrs.
I don’t get out to RR very often, but the Lakes course is on my list of favorite all around courses. Value, conditions, layout, facilities, accessibility, dog friendly and as good a birthday deal as you will find.
I wasn’t disappointed today and the all-around conditions were very good.
Tees boxes were level, clean and well covered. The winter fairways were like hitting off a soft indoor/outdoor carpet — somewhat tight but with a cushiony base to it that made for a nice hitting surface that had a good deal of roll-out. Winter coloring not withstanding, I don’t recall any bare or thin patches as in hard-pan type thin. The rough was generally consistent on the playable side. I was in some bunkers and they were clean and groomed with a nice medium density sand. Relatively tight around the greens, you frequently had the option to chip or putt from beyond the apron. The greens themselves were rated 11.5 and that’s about how they felt —challenging and quick, clean, demanding your attention but not unfair.
Beautiful weather, temperature was perfect with a 1.5 to 2 club breeze at times. I can’t think of a negative in the conditions and I’d play it again at the drop of a hat.