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Valley Center, CA
Reviewed by: Tubedude, Lake Forest, Ca
Yet another of the GK Guru meet reviews here! Played on 5/18/17 and I have to say this is a really interesting course. The front starts out somewhat inviting, and then the teeth begin to show a bit. By the time you get to the back 9 you are almost on a different course with very tight holes and some evil greens. Those who played with me will remember the 3 iron at 215 (pin) home where it hit the narrow (and severely contoured) green and jumped sideways and forward! After that it was a comedy of errors turning a delicate eagle pitch from maybe 15 yards into a bogey. Insert a sad trombone here
In general, the course is in really amazing condition. It has been 7+ months since I last played, so I might be biased against pre-winter rain conditions in SoCal, but the fairways were in great condition. I don’t think I saw much damage anywhere from old divots, however there were a few reminders the course was flooded this past winter. The greens were receptive to most shots (excluding the above 3 iron) and the ability to utilize spin to keep the ball under control was evident. If there was one negative to the course, it would be the bunker conditions. Hard pan looks to be the standard, and one bunker looked as though it was overtaken by roots from an unknown source. Note this bunker was not one that anymore than 1% should ever end up in, but it did catch my eye looking down at it from a green side location (it was back down a hill).
This is a really great course and someplace I will have to make the 70 mile drive to play again this year.
Valley Center, CA
Reviewed by: zgolfinman, Oceanside
Played in the GK outing on a beautiful day. I haven’t played here in 3-4 years so I was looking forward to today’s outing.
Friendly staff in the clubhouse. Nothing very fancy at the deli but the sandwiches were very tasty!
Very nice grass driving range with good quality balls.
Fairways: didn’t get a bad lie all day. Back nine was more narrow than the front, quite challenging!
Greens: holding, smooth and medium to fast speed. A little slower than the practice green.
Rough: some bare areas but playable.
Traps: looks like they haven’t been raked in a week or so. Very disappointing compared to the rest of the course.
POP: just over 4 hours.
Very challenging layout, worth the drive from Oceanside, actually it wasn’t bad, only 25 minutes.
Looking forward to another visit very soon!