San Diego, CA
Nice time out with the Guru group at Riverwalk, playing along with Matt, Johnny and Mike. It was my first time on the course and I was happy that we were playing the Presidio/Mission nines from the blue tees.
Overall, the course looks pretty green and pleasant aesthetically. There is a picturesque river splitting the property and many corners of the course that almost look and feel a bit Hawaii-esque on a hot, humid morning. No big elevation gains to speak of, but there is a good amount of mounding around the course that will often leave you with unwanted side lies.
As for the course conditions, the greens (as I was often reminded throughout the day) are the course’s trademark feature. I had a good read on them throughout most of my round, but later in the day they seemed to speed up or maybe that was just me. But really nice shape, holding shots well and rolling very true at maybe an 11 on the stimp? Maybe a bit less.
Fairways had some GUR and standing water areas early in the day, but nothing that didn’t look like it was going to be neglected for any length of time. You can tell they care about this course and despite these trouble areas here and there from the recent heatwave, you’re mostly going to find your ball with a favorable lie. The rough is varied throughout the course but for the most part you’ll have to make good contact to get it out of there – tough time with hybrids today out of the rough.
Was only in two bunkers all day but it was okay. I didn’t get the impression from looking at other bunkers that they were especially fluffy, but they seemed good, while the fairway bunkers were firm and ready to be hit from. Tee boxes were generally in good shape – no complaints.
Had some good food, drinks and company after the round in the clubhouse, and the GM I believe was nice enough to come and hang out with us for a while to get our impressions of the course – needless to say the feedback was quite positive.
I definitely enjoyed the layout and variety of holes at Riverwalk, and there are some difficult carries to manage so don’t go thinking because the course is relatively flat it has no teeth, because it most certainly does. Looking forward to coming back again and not falling apart the last four holes. Thanks again to Johnny for getting these great events together.