Recent CA Golf Course Reviews


ColinSucksAtGolf
Hillsboro, OR
2 Reviews
Gold Hills Country Club of Redding, CA
  
Couldn't have picked a more beautiful day to play this great course in Redding, California. Each hole is loaded with character. Was in solid shape even after torrential rain that's unusual for the area. I could tell this course was in a recovery state, but even then it's still a good challenge. Price was a little steep considering the season. Pro shop had a great selection of equipment and refreshments. Driving range and practice green also in good shape.

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Date Played: February 26, 2017 | Cost: $69


ciesel
Pasadena, CA
1 Reviews
  
Pro Shop: Everyone here is really friendly and eager to help. Julius aka Doc is really great. I've yet to run across any one with a bad attitude after coming here for 3 years. They know how to manage the course and will let you start off the back when it's busy up front. Local Alhambra residents can get a resident card for an annual fee and receive discounts. They have a good selection of golf accessories/apparel and a small selection of golf clubs/shoes. I've never had a problem walking on here at any time of day.

Driving Range: They have a 3 tier driving range. Every other practice mat is new. The older mats are roughed up but are still usable. If you ever bought used golf balls. I would say that the balls on the range are 40% AAAAA, 40% AAAA, and 20%AA. I usually use the older marred balls to warm up and the newer balls when I'm compressing the ball well. It's open to midnight during the summer and 11pm during the off season. The driving range draws a younger crowd late night after 930pm. It can be kind of noisy. They split the range at each tier about 1/3 on the far side for smokers and bottom level is smoke free. The far side net is about 225 yards out.

Snack shop: It's a regular snack shop. There's nothing really that pops about it. The food is good. Service is good. In the afternoon, the snack shop bar is cash only.

Course: Man, I don't know if the course superintendent is new, but for the past year or so, he's freaking making it awesome. They are really staying on point roping off ground under repair areas. Fairways, tee boxes, and greens are really nice right now. I think this course is really under rated. It's one of my favorite courses. It's not terribly long. There's not a lot of forced carries. But I usually have a good amount fun here working on my game. Greens roll a bit on the slow side.

Practice areas: They have 2 putting areas and 2 chipping areas, 1 with a bunker.

Golf carts are standard, no GPS.

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Date Played: August 28, 2016 | Cost: $50.00


wayne.allyn
70 Reviews
  
If you want to play in the dirt, this one's for you. They closed the course due to drought and the cost of water. No plans to bring it back. The owner said the RV park is still open, but my research on the web tells me that it has gone downhill, considerably. Stay at your own risk. $35 was the latest fee noted.

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Date Played: August 17, 2016 | Cost: $0.00


wayne.allyn
70 Reviews
First, if you look up Nakoma Golf Resort on the internet, it will tell you it's in Clio, but the road to the resort is the Portola McLears Rd. (A-15). The resort is a few miles up that road. They have an elegant lodge for guests with a putting green behind the lodge. Most rooms have a little patio that looks out to hole #8. A beautiful par 3. Billed as a hidden gem in the Lost Sierra, Nakoma Resort is a terrific destination resort. The club house, built from a Frank Lloyd Wright original design is spectacular and beautiful. The fireplace in the dining room will astound you. We were greeted like we were the most important people on the planet by Tracy and Wes. They have everything you need in the pro shop. The course was originally designed to be extremely difficult where even a good shot was not left unpunished. Over the years they have softened the greens, leveled a few sloping fairways, and toned down a few dog legs. Still, even with that, it can be a demanding course where even a scratch golfer can meet his match. They call it the Dragon Course. Indeed. The dragon slayed me. BUT! There is not one thing that would make me not want to come back. Every hole is unique, beautiful, and a thinking golfer can make the round more enjoyable by strategic planning and well placed shots. The fairways sport tight lies, and can be generous. There are numerous cape and bay style bunkers strategically placed throughout the course to make life interesting. Almost every green is guarded by at least one bunker. The greens are super quick, undulating, and as tricky as they come. If you want a true challenge, this course is for you. If you go there with your family, forget about your score, enjoy the spectacular views on each hole and of the surrounding forest and mountains. My favorite hole is #10, only one of the many elevated tee boxes. From the tee box it overlooks a spectacular water feature that guards half the fairway and the green. I highly recommend both the resort and the course.

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Date Played: July 11, 2016 | Cost: $80.00


wayne.allyn
70 Reviews
  
This is a beautiful, well maintained course. We went there late w/o a tee time and Carla and Leo in the pro shop were very accommodating. Secured the twilight rates. Prime times are $129. There are 18 separate and distinct holes with a picture opportunity every time you turn around. Part of the course is open and the rest meanders through a forest of pines. There are houses, both permanent and seasonal rentals throughout the complex, but none really inhibit, nor detract from the experience. The fairways are generous and the greens are large. Undulations and doglegs pepper the course and the greens run fast and true. The main thing that stood out to me was how green everything was. The course itself can be a challenge for discriminating golfers from the back tees, and a comfortable challenge from the whites for those who prefer yardages within their range of expertise. Money wise, the fees are a little steep, but worth it for the experience.

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Date Played: July 11, 2016 | Cost: $69


wayne.allyn
70 Reviews
Ridge Golf Course of Auburn, CA
  
This course supplies you with an abundance of oak studded hills, elevated tee boxes, myriad sand traps (48 to be exact), and fantastic water features. Located 2 minutes drive from the town of Auburn in the Sacramento foothills you'll be surprised at the rustic and "out of town" feeling the course provides. Robert Trent Jones Jr. provided another fantastic golf venue. Typical of his design, the course provides the best defense it can which requires a strategic offense on the part of the player. The undulating fairways and greens add to the thoughtful planning golfer's need to employ to well placed shots and wise choices of clubs. The course has been labeled "difficult" by some, but really, it's a just a good test of a golfer's mettle. I like courses that provide a challenge, and have played many RTJ courses. I would suggest playing the course twice. Once to get the lay of the land, and once to really make a go of it. Every hole is distinct and has its own personality. This course has lots of character and it is well maintained. The staff is friendly and accommodating. The pro shop is well stocked. The restaurant has excellent food. This course is well worth the price of admission.

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Date Played: July 9, 2016 | Cost: $50


wayne.allyn
70 Reviews
Ponderosa Golf Course of Truckee, CA
  
This is a wonderful little nine hole course. Beautiful views. Plenty of par 4's, one par 5. First couple holes are alpine woods tree lined. The rest of the course is more links style. It has one very uphill par three that can add strokes to your score if you are not careful. The whole course is VERY well maintained, green, and the ball stands up well in the fairway. Greens are business envelope size, smooth and true. It's a great course to get in a quick nine with your family or on your own while you are vacationing in the Tahoe area. The staff is friendly and the pro shop is stocked with all you need, including a snack bar with sandwiches, and soft drinks.

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Date Played: July 7, 2016 | Cost: $32


wayne.allyn
70 Reviews
Winchester Country Club of Meadow Vista, CA
  
I played this course at the suggestion of a member of the club. Wow! The service is top-notch. The facilities are superb. The locker room is just like the ones you see the pro's use on Tour.
The course is a RTJones' design. Lot's of traps. Lots of terrain changes. The fairways are crisp. The ball stands up well which gives us who hit the big ball first a fighting chance. The rough is adequate enough to steal your ball on an errant shot. It's best to play with a member to get the skinny on where to hit for best results. Super rolls on drives. The greens are fast and true. Each hole is unique with views of the Sierras and the Sacramento valley and old growth oaks and pines that are peppered with manzanita. There are some homes on the course, but not so close that they make you afraid to hit a slice. I really liked #14, a down-hill par four, followed by the signature hole #15 that requires an accurate shot across the lake.

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Date Played: July 6, 2016 | Cost: $225.00


wayne.allyn
70 Reviews
Allen's Golf Course of Redding, CA
  
If you want a place to hit a few balls around, cheaply, it would be a good place to go. There are dry areas. There are a couple of cute holes.

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Date Played: June 8, 2016 | Cost: $20


wayne.allyn
70 Reviews
River Tasalmi Golf Course of Redding, CA
  
Cute little 9 hole course. Narrow fairways, target golf, smallish greens. Good one if you are passing through or want to get in a quick nine.

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Date Played: June 1, 2016 | Cost: $12