Reviewed by: sbarajasjr, San Diego
Played here today (5/26) with fellow GK member jpeairs85 and a friendly twosome on the Canyon/Vineyards combo. Was bummed we couldn’t play Ranch today, but had an enjoyable round finishing in just a shade under 4 hours, so no complaints there. There was a huge tournament out there in the morning that was not done when we tees off at 2pm but they seemed to play determined and quickly. On to the review…
Tee boxes: Okay to good condition. A few of the par 3 boxes were pretty chewed up, but I would say that is to be expected. All others had good turf to stand on (level) and there are a few tee options on the course.
Fairways: Great condition. The recent May gray that creates morning mist and drizzle has greened up the fairways and left them with good lies throughout. Roll seemed fair today (even on holes where the slope was unfair) and visually they were appealing.
Rough: As Jim mentioned in his last review, there’s not much rough to contend with, rather the ESA and lateral hazards that frame every hole are far greater in quantity and difficulty. The rough that does exist was not overly penal.
Bunkers: Varied but overall okay. I was in only two bunkers today but they were on the low end of the “okay” scale; more dirt than sand and rather coarse. I did see a few on the fluffier side, just not enough of them.
Greens: The highlight of the round. Very good condition; the roll was very smooth and the speed varied all day from slower than thought to lightning fast, depending on the wicked slopes and pin placements. A real test today!
ETC: Staff was very friendly, from starter to cart girl, they made a real effort to make you feel welcomed.
Some Personal Thoughts
I love the layout here and the course played tough, especially with wind at times. Range could use some love and GPS on the carts would be benificial. Pace was excellent today and the price was right for a weekend. Recommend!