Camp Pendleton, CA
Reviewed by: JohnnyGK, Westlake Village
Teed it up on Friday morning 8/18 with GK Gurus at Marine Memorial Golf Course. This was my first experience playing a golf course located on a military base … what have I been waiting for, this was a great golf experience and getting on the base to play it was simple.
I was very impressed with the conditions of Marine Memorial and their recent bunker renovation. They restored the bunkers to the original designer Billy Bell plans. The bunkers are in outstanding condition and pleasure to play from. They bring a ton of extra character to a layout that already has a lot character with its mature trees, many doglegs, demanding par 3s and if you play it from the blue tees, a stern challenge.
The golf course is predominately lush kikuyu grass so don’t expect much roll off the tee, but do expect beautiful lies in the fairways with the ball sitting up yet very difficult lies in the rough and around the greens with the kikuyu playing all kinds of tricks on you. The greens are in excellent condition, poa turf, smooth, holding shots and moderately fast. The only blemish this course has, its not much in my opinion, are the tee boxes not being that level. But its my understanding that is Marine Memorial’s next improvement project, to laser level all the tee boxes.
To be honest with you, I read many very positive reviews leading up to this round and was still a little skeptical about what to expect with the conditions/layout due to how low priced the course is, the course easily exceeded my expectations in every way. Playing conditions, layout and service. If I lived in San Diego or South Orange County, Marine Memorial would be close to the top of my rotation.
After the round, had a delicious club sandwich and fries from their Mulligans grill on the patio. Under $10 yet excellent quality and even though they were busy, I got my food pretty fast. I am immediately a fan of this course, I will hopefully play it again soon, highly recommended, check out the photos I posted!
Camp Pendleton, CA
Reviewed by: lotrgolfer48, Buena Park
Paired with Nickesquire and dconnally as part of the GK guru outing on the morning of 8/18. Echoing statements by the other gurus, an extremely pleasant surprise hidden in the hills of Camp Pendleton. Everything was far above average with the greens and bunkers being the highlight of the show. All(or most) of the traps have been recently renovated and filled with new sand. Greens rolled extremely well at med-fast speed on flat putts with not a lot of divot damage. Fairways had great kikuyu coverage as did much of the rough. The areas around the newly renovated bunkers was nearly all bermuda so that made things a little interesting at times. Tee boxes were good even with a few being on the tilted side. Fun course to play and a definite must to have in the rotation if you live in south OC/ north SD.
Camp Pendleton, CA
Reviewed by: sparky14, San Clemente
I also played with the Gurus on 8/18. This was my 2nd time at Marine Memorial, first time was January. Since then, the course has undergone a full bunker restoration, and the result is outstanding. The GM said the new sand still needs time to settle, but I found them to be soft and fluffy, but quite playable.
Otherwise, the rest of the course has some of the best grass coverage I’ve seen anywhere in quite a while. Greens were smooth and consistent. Fairways were quite plush.
This is not a difficult course, but one that is a lot of fun to play. Enough of a challenge for anyone, but not a lot of trouble other than a rough that will make balls disappear.
The location is quite a treat, very isolated with nothing anywhere near the course. In all, this one is high on my list of golf bargains.