GK Guru Roundup
San Diego, CA
Being my first time here I didn’t really know what to expect other than “Flattish and next to a river.” Flattish might not do it quite enough justice as the Robinsons, Ted were able to incorporate a bit of undulation on an overall very flat property. The river comes into play on several holes in addition to several water features sprinkled in. All in all it’s a more inspired design than I’m used to from a Robinson course (a good thing).
Conditioning-wise, the greens are definitely the star and would even be more so if people learned to fix ball marks. I spent lots of time gardening on the greens, let’s leave it at that. Teeing grounds were solid, usually level, and maybe a hair long on those more dominated by kikuyu. Fairways were typically okay despite the patches of different grasses everywhere. Several wet spots did show up from time to time and they are working on re-sodding portions of Mission #3. Rough was pretty decent, especially the kikuyu areas. POP was a solid 4 hr 10 min and the service all around was very good.
San Diego, CA
Reviewed by: shizzyfinn, San Diego
Enjoyed a Thursday morning round with fellow GK Gurus grantar2 and sbarajas, teeing off at 7:30 a.m. Pace of play was fine… some brief waiting on our first nine holes (the Presidio course) and then no waiting at all on the second nine (Mission). Finished in 4:15.
Riverwalk’s nice driving range and practice green made for an easy and enjoyable pre-round warm-up. Staff was efficient and friendly. John the starter was warm and welcoming as always.
Didn’t realize until after driving off to the first tee that GPS was not working on my cart. Turned out to be my only complaint.
As usual, the greens were the course’s brightest highlight: speedy and very true. Later that day I played another course and left almost every putt short because Riverwalk’s greens were so much faster (at least that’s what I told myself).
Tee boxes were in good shape. A few patches of ground-under-repair on some fairways, but not egregious. Beverage cart came around once.
One new feature involved the shrubs/trees in the San Diego River, which have gotten tall in some places (maybe due to all that rain a few months back?). Their height has created some new blind shots over the River on three holes, adding some difficulty. They looked like they could get even taller, and JohnnyGK mentioned the river foliage is off-limits to Riverwalk’s grounds crew, so this could be the new normal.