Golf Course Review Paso Robles Golf Club Paso Robles California
Reviewed by: Alex326, Monterey, Ca
I joined Mike and Francisco at Paso Robles Golf Club today for their GK Match. Due to rain before (and during ) the round it was walking only which is fine as this course is easy to walk. Only a couple of minor transfers that are stretched out but nothing horrible.
As Mike mentioned the course had a ton of water on it. This is not a course that drains quickly so often times a well struck ball in the fairway would hit a large puddle and just stop. I will say that the fairways had good coverage and were fairly lush. Aside from the water (no fault of the course) the fairways were a joy to hit from. I don’t recall any issues with the tee boxes. Level with decent coverage. Greens were obviously soft from the rain and easily held well struck shots. The greens that didn’t have standing water (and there were only a couple of those right after the 1.5 hour downpour) rolled true at a medium which wasn’t bad considering all the water on the course. Most bunkers had standing water in them, so I can’t comment on the sand.
There were only 2 other golfers out on the course (6 holes ahead of us) so POP wasn’t an issue. Except for the 1.5 hour rain delay which we used to get lunch at the newly renovated restaurant.
The layout is fun with a number of water hazards that come into play on 7-8 holes to keep the mainly flat course from being a snooze fest. #16 is a blast as there is a forced carry over water to cut the dogleg but also water left so the “safe” route is no bargain either.
Overall the course wasn’t too bad given the weather. Heck, I had 8 pars so how bad could it be?! My only suggestion is that Hole 10 be changed to a Par 5. It’s 470 yards with water in front of the green plus plays into the wind. Move the tee’s back 15-30 yards and make it a Par 5. That would also change the course to a Par 71 overall.
Customer service is fantastic as the “kid” who was the one man show over at The Links of Paso is now working here at PRGC. He is super friendly, professional and on top of things.
Paso Robles Golf Course is definitely a recommended track if in the area or traveling through and want to stop and get some swings in.
Golf Course Review Hunter Ranch Golf Course Paso Robles California
Reviewed by: Alex326, Monterey, Ca
Played mid morning on the threat of rain but weather held out and it was actually warm out for most of the round. Wind came up the last few holes to cool things off. Course was almost completely empty. There were only a 2-3 other groups out. Greens were in fantastic shape. Early greens were a bit damp from recent rain but they dried out about 5 holes in and started rolling at a medium-fast pace. As I mentioned before, greens at Hunter have modest slope with predictable breaks. A good test of skills but nothing to overwhelm a seasoned golfer.
Tee boxes were level and lush. Fairways were average. A few thin/wet areas along with some dormant grass throughout but decent lies for the most part. Sand traps have nice sand in them (or at least the one trap I was in did).
Hunter Ranch is always a fun track. It offers numerous elevation changes throughout with forced carries over water and gullies mixed in for add enjoyment. Weekend prices are a little pricey but that’s the nature of the beast.
Rode the Blues (6751/72.7/138) in less than 3 hours as a single. The weather was around 60, completely cloudy and misting when I left Hunter Ranch around 1030a. Just pulled into Rancho Mirage, 102 and clear — go figure.
HR is a hilly, challenging layout in very nice condition. The fairways are framed by hundreds of 100+ year old oak trees. It is unusual to get a level lies anywhere on a course set among rolling hills. The fairways are generous in width but the course can be really penal if you stray barely off many fairways.
The tees were mostly lush and were well maintained for divots. Some could use leveling would be the only negative.
The fairways are a mixture of grasses and are mostly lush, nice to play from.
The rough was mostly lush close to the fairway, thinner the farther you got from the fairway. Stray off in the oaks and you are playing on hardpan.
The sand traps were well maintained with nice, soft, white sand.
The large, undulating greens are firm but still usually held irons well. They putted smooth and medium fast.
The customer service was good as usual here. No drink cart or Marshall usually, nice restaurant beside the well stocked, beautiful clubhouse. Definitely recommended.
Played the Blues (6751/72.7/138) in 3 Hours and 40 Minutes as a single early morning. Started off in the 50’s and was in the mid 60’s by the end of the round under partly cloudy skies.
The tees were semi lush and some could use leveling, but most were well maintained for divots.
The rough is not high, but it’s challenging. Uneven lies between clumps of grass was a common theme the entire round when I missed the fairway. Miss the rough and reach the oak trees and you are on hardpan.
Most fairways are generous in size. They have large patches of dormant grass sprinkled with lush green areas. They play better than they look, not great but decent.
The sand was very well maintained. Soft, fluffy, nice to play from.
The large, undulating greens were the best part of the course. Medium fast and firm, but they held irons very well.
This would be a challenging course to walk with all the hills. Tough course to play, hilly with sloping fairways framed by oak trees. Few level lies anywhere on this course. The customer service was good, quick, efficient check-in. No dink cart, no one cleaning up your clubs after the round. Very challenging layout in decent playing condition. Recommended.
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Paso Robles, CA Reviewed by: ddesantis4442, San Jose
I played with three friends at this wonderful golf club on a sunny Saturday between two wicked California storms the day before the super bowl during our annual holiday weekend trip. The setting is rolling hills among vineyards, creeks and other pleasant natural habitats. The course, as expected, was a bit soggy and was cart-path-only. I walked and found it was very walkable from the blue tees. Pace of play was four hours, with no push or wait.
I’ve played here twice in the past and found this winter round to be just as fun and challenging as the warm weather rounds played here. There are no repetitive holes or tee shots on this course, and as a person with limited time for the game, I find this very important in the assessment of all golf courses. The fairways, tee boxes and sand traps are all in good to very good condition. Standing water in only a few traps, and lift clean and cheat was necessary on only a couple of instances. The greens were a 10. Maybe due to the reduced amount of play because of the ridiculous rain we have been getting in CA, but still, minimal ball marks, true roll, great speed. A little local knowledge will go a long way here.
The clubhouse and bar & grill experience was top notch, parking easy, practice areas large and accessible. If you are in the Central CA 101 corridor this is a must play. Only negative – the directional signage on the 17th tee box. I couldn’t figure it out, hit a Drumpf-crazy tee ball well left of the proper routing of the hole and threw up on my shoes to kind of wreck my card. Aim more right….