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Reviewed by: Itslikeimsayin, Aliso Viejo
I played out here in yesterday’s GK Review Guru outing with walnutgolf, zgolfinman and jmo1pro2. Great to meet you guys! We started at 11:00 and POP was good, around 4:10. Weather was cloudy and chilly at first, but then the sun emerged around the third hole and it was gorgeous the rest of the day.
Conditions are quite good overall. The course looks really great. The greens are definitely the highlight. They are very healthy with strong turf. Ball marks were difficult to make. They were smooth and medium-fast all day. They are more firm than soft, with full shots taking a couple little bounces before stopping. Fairways were good for the most part, nice coverage but a little inconsistent from one hole to the next. Even at their worst, they were just a little thin/dry. I never had no grass underneath my ball in the fairway. Rough also varied from very lush and pure to a little more spotty in places. Tee boxes were a step down in conditions but nothing bad, just not as well conditioned as the rest of the grass out there. Bunkers are the lone problem area; they all seemed pretty crusty and/or lacking sufficient soft sand.
I really love this course and the whole feel out there in that little valley. In fact, I was enjoying it so much, I ended up playing 36 holes. Eighteen just wasn’t enough. Can’t ask for a much better day!
Reviewed by: jmo1pro2, Vista
If you have never played this Arthur Hills deep rolling terrain gem before, I strongly suggest that you preview/print GK Playing Tips on this website. It will be extremely valuable on club selection and guidance to ball placement from the tees. We played from the Blue Tees, measuring 6,312 yds, with a 133 Slope, Par 71. Pace of play was 4:12.
The course is located about 7 miles west from Temecula Old Towne. Easy access from I-15 (Exit 59). Beautiful rolling terrain with some holes bordering grapes being grown for a local winery. Only 2 water holes but deep ravines and constant elevation changes. The course features firm hard to hold fairways, rough edged bunkers that are difficult to escape, and firm, fast greens that slope away for tricky putts.
A few quirky holes on the Back 9 (#14, #16, #18) will test your shot placements and club selections. On these holes, look for posted yardage signs to target areas.
You won’t always hit driver or even 3W on some Par 4’s. On Holes #1 & #16, long irons and hybrids were used for our tee shots.
The Bent/Poa mixed greens were putting moderately fast, stimping around 8.6. Certainly faster when above the hole. Most greens were multi-tiered and undulating. Ball placement is critical to low scoring success. The greens were firm, with very few ball marks.
Tip: If you laser a 150 yds shot to the flag, allow for about 5-8 ft of roll except on short &/or downhill approaches.
Fairways, tee and roughs are Bermuda/Poa annua mix. Turf coverage was good to very good. There are 5 multiple tees placements per hole. Tees were generally leveled, the exception being the Blue tee on the Par 3, 17th.
All of the Par 4’s and Par 5’s fairways were striped (mowed) for stunning visual effects. I loved the attention to this detail. The course was drying out quickly from the constant wind. Some turf wilting noticed on holes with slopes and exposed sun areas.
Fwys & Roughs were closely mowed turf allowing the ball to sit up nicely on most holes. Some unfilled divots seen in high traffic landing areas.
The sand traps offer good target frames. However, the brown sand was very compacted and not visually pleasing nor consistent. The course could certainly benefit from edging and removing Bermuda grass runners creeping into the bunkers. A few more rakes would speed up play.
The course has the making of being a very nice track. I was impressed with the staff professionalism extended from the Pro Shop, Starter and Cart Beverage Girl (who came by about every hour).
The aged Yamaha golf cart fleet could use an upgrade. Our cart came with a ripped driver seat and no windshield on this cool & windy AM.
No cart’s GPS, though yardages are found on sprinkler heads. The day’s pin placements sheets were displayed inside the carts. Two sand bottles per cart. No cooler or club/ball washer attachments. We used the 2 water coolers on each 9 to wet our towels for cleaning. A dedicated water bucket for dipping towels on Tees #1 & #10 would be a nice touch.
Now that I have played the course, I want to play it again. GK has a great coupon rate for 2. Please take advantage of it! Note: I had no cell coverage from the parking lot to the 10th tee. Difficult to call the spouse upon my arrival and ending of round.
Reviewed by: zgolfinman, Oceanside
Just love the peaceful setting of CrossCreek.
Nice grass driving range.
Greens: smooth firm greens, medium to fast speed.
Fairways: good condition, ball sets up nicely.
Rough: inconsistent, 1-3″ high, some bare spots and animal burrows but the rough should punish your wayward shots.
Traps: only in one and it was quite firm.
Love the layout of the course especially the front nine. We messed up some of the holes on the back side because of the lack of local knowledge.
Good customer service. Definitely a MUST play !