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Valley Center, CA
Reviewed by: gary00, san clemente
Played 5/18 for a GK Review Guru Visit on a warm, ideal Southern California spring day. Pace of Play (POP) was a leisurely 4:20 with only a little waiting on 10 and 11 and the occasional search for wayward shots. Nice grass driving range and a large practice green the speed of which was somewhat faster than on the course.
Fairways overall have good cover. It was closely mowed with good cushion. Yes, there are some thin spots and random random bare areas which did not come into play but did detract from the aesthetics. Rough is cut down to about an inch and is very thick close to the fairway perimeter and around the greens. Rough here tends to slow the ball but easy to hit through. Beyond the primary rough is real trouble with some large rocks, dirt/sandy areas or wild thick grasses and weeds. We did spend some time in these less hospitable areas in search of wayward shots while collecting plenty of nasty Foxtails and stickers) Only snake we saw was a Gopher beside the 4th green.
Tees are level with good cover overall. Bunkers provide mixed conditions some are groomed and raked, some were wet and hard-packed, and some had newer, groomed sand, but heavy. Pick your shots folks and execute.
Greens overall were pretty smooth but I felt that the speed was somewhat inconsistent as a few of the greens were predominantly Poa Annua. Speed was between medium and medium fast. There was not a lot of undulation or tiers but the breaks were subtle enough to make my life on the green a puzzlement. Personally I came close but lipped-out a few times.
Staff members are very friendly and golfer-oriented.
Though the location is rather remote it is well worth the drive. It’s very scenic with the lakes full with greenery and clear blue skies. For the price of admission you get a quality golf course to boot. Rates appear to be very fair for the experience provided. Time for a destination road trip!! I think the rating came out a little low would pick more like 7.1/7.2. Recommended.
Valley Center, CA
Reviewed by: larryq2001, Brea
Played as part of the GK Guru outing on Thursday 5/18. Was blessed with great weather on this day and had a great time playing with zgolfinman, gary00, jmo1pro2. Never even knew this course was here and was really thrilled about playing.
Customer service was great. Was greeted with a warm welcome from the gentleman in the club house (wish I got his name). The starter was also great giving us an overview of the course. And yes, same goes for the young ladies in the restaurant. All class acts. No one in front of us which was nice and POP was about 4:10. We spent some time looking for balls (mainly mine) but we were never held up.
Played the blues at about 6,300 yards and although not real long, it still was challenging. Front 9 was different from the back. The front was fairly traditional with some dog legs, some straight-away holes with generous fairways. Back 9 was more mature, scenic with tree lined, tighter fairways and elevation. In the fairway though you were given a real nice lie. The rough was not real thick and was not a factor. I was only in one bunker but it was very damp and compacted.
Greens were rolling nicely. There were smooth and held the line. As the day progressed however, the Poa Annua was slowing up a bit. Some of the greens had undulations which made it tricky.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It took me about an hour and a half to get here today from Orange County but was worth the trip. Wish it were closer. Very nice layout and would love to play it again soon. Huge, grass driving range which was nice. Make it a point to play here if you get the chance.