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  1. Slim pickings on courses lately that aren't an arm and a leg so I took up my buddies offer to play Coyote Lakes. Pleasantly surprised. By far the best condition I've ever seen it and the overseed came in great. Greens were a bit slow but sped up as the weather heated up. Bunkers are still trash though. Tee boxes look like they should be due for a relevel here soon. Got around in under 4 hours which is a blessing this time of year for that course.
  2. Lookout Mountain yesterday. Great shape overall and only a couple of holes were cart path only. Greens were soft, rolled true and were quite quick. Sand was in excellent shape as well.
  3. Played a few rounds this past week. Corte Bella, pretty good post over seed. Played kind of soft and greens rolled true. Bunkers look like they need a refresh. All of the staff is super friendly. Palm Valley - West & North. I believe I was on the first day post over seed last Thursday. CPO and pace was good under 4 hours. Greens were shaggy and was hard to keep a putt on line. Sterling Grove this past Friday. Course was surprisingly pretty firm. Balls took a big first bounce in the fairways and rolled out quite a bit. Sandy greens. Greens did roll true. They were faster than Palm Valley but slower than normal SG greens. Greens seem like they're softening up a bit but I still had a few approaches bounce over the green.
  4. Thanks all. Definitely wasn't going to buy it since I already have one. Hoping others see this and don't buy it thinking they got some rare putter.
  5. Saw this scrolling through eBay. I feel it's a fake but can any experts confirm? Red flags for me are the face grooves. The color looks to be black instead of the normal 'slate'. The Ping logo on the back cavity is too small compared to other Vault Anser 2's. Ping on the sole and hosel are too thick. Headcover isn't a normal Ping cover. And the cellophane wrap looks cheap. The seller claims it could be a Japan only model but I didn't think Japan had different face grooves. This could be a real deal but just wanted to see what everyone else though. TIA. https://www.ebay.com/itm/284386179923
  6. We Ko Pa Cholla today. First time out there. I sure picked a good day to play the course. Poured rain for most of the round. Greens came back nicely from their recent aeration. Course was obviously soft because of the rain and it was CPO. So it made for a looooong round. Definitely going to try and get out there again when it's not raining.
  7. Grandview in Sun City West today. Personally I feel this was the best shape I've seen/played it. Probably all of the rain this past week has helped. Greens were a tad shaggy but nothing crazy. They're growing super fast so I'm sure they can't cut them every day. Grandview is slowly becoming my favorite of the SCW courses. Staff is always friendly and welcoming even though I'm not a regular retiree player.
  8. Agreed! I thought the tall grass brought character to the course that isn't normally seen in AZ.
  9. Tall grass was all gone except for a couple of holes on the back had it still.
  10. Sterling Grove yesterday. Great conditions all around. The green on 6 was having some dead/ dirt spots but nothing too bad. Everything else was pretty good for the time of the year. Greens will be aerated starting today and tomorrow.
  11. The Grint has a couple coming up https://thegrinttour.com/Phoenix/calendar Competitive with optional skins games.
  12. Corte Bella yesterday. Fairways were fast and firm. Some tee boxes are crowning. Green rolled true and sped up later in the round. Bunkers were hit or miss, mostly miss. I ended up playing with a member and he said the bunkers are just about due for a refresh and covid didn't help the bunker conditions either. Overall a nice course, I'd definitely play it again.
  13. That's a bummer about GCU. They seem to always have trouble in the summer. I played Rancho Manana on Saturday in the Grint Tour tournament. I echo the words of AzSuperHack. This is the first time I ever played it. I played really well so I guess it didn't bother me too much though. The greens are really small, probably the smallest I've ever played on. The thing I didn't like is the course didn't tell the tournament about the tee boxes until the day of. The course could have informed them way ahead of time since the tournament has been scheduled since the early parts of Feb, maybe even January. You can't tell me that tee box restoration was a last minute thing to pop up.
  14. I've never heard of CGA Tour but for what it's worth I play tournaments with The Grint Tour. The guys I've been paired up with and have played around have been pretty cool and fun to be around. The tour membership with the Grint gives you discounted tournament and early bird tournament fees. I believe there is 5 flights, winner in each flight and an overall winner. I know I didn't really answer your question about CGA tour but just throwing another option out there for you.
  15. Sterling Grove yesterday. Summer conditions are here! Group ahead of us told the cart return guys that the course wasn't worth the $$. Maybe they overpaid, who knows. I thought my price was par for the course. Greens were quick but not wild. Fairways had quite the roll after a first big bounce. Some did have some wet spots and thin spots as well. The tall thick fescue type grass has all dried out and is brown. I think it adds a nice contrast to the course. You'll still lose your ball in the deep stuff but you'll have a better idea of where it went in if you want to hunt for it. Hole 15 had water all along the right side now. I'm assuming to keep the tall grass wet so it doesn't catch on fire. 5 or 6 years from now when the trees really start growing. The course is going to be really nice. I wouldn't be surprised though if the course never goes fully private. I see it going fully private for the fall, winter and early Spring and then opening it up for summer play like most courses do in the area.
  16. I've got limited experience for Tucson courses but cannot go wrong with Sewailo.
  17. Yes, I was in the Grint tourney. I was in the Eagle flight. Some of the holes gave pretty nice views to the Estrella mountains. But you're right. Power lines everywhere and the railroad tracks seemed pretty close on #3 and #16.
  18. Coldwater and Vistancia this past weekend. First time playing Coldwater. It's average, maybe slightly above average condition I'd say. There are a few holes that if you catch some of the speed pockets in the fairway, your ball is going to run forever. Green speed was great and rolled true. Vistancia, looking more into summer shape. Dried out areas. Ball will run forever in the fairway. Bunkers were hit or miss. I would know, I was in 9 of them. Greens were pretty quick. Guy in the proshop warned us about them. He made it sound like your ball would roll 30 feet past the hole if you missed it. Wasn't that bad at all but they were quick. Course ate my shorts since it was unusually windy and even had little rain off and on. I felt the AZ resident rate was a bit high but I know that is probably just me because I am ungodly cheap.
  19. First time playing Grandview in Sun City West on Saturday. Overall impressed with the course. Seemed fairly long for a Sun City course, which was a nice surprise. Greens were firm, rolled true. Sand was excellent. POP was just under 3.5. Also was shocked to see that most folks were playing the correct tees
  20. GCU on Friday. Course is in great shape. The best that I've probably seen it since the remodel. Greens are absolutely perfect. Took a chance a booked a late round expecting to beat the rain. Arrived at the course and found out it was CPO. Teed off around 220 and finished in exactly 4 hours. Rain beat me up from 12 to 16. Definitely need to add that course back to my rotation. 500 Club today. Definitely surprised at the conditions. Overseed has stayed around very well. It's nice being able to chip around the green from nice grass instead of hard pan or dormant bermuda. Sand was hit or miss. A couple of the tee boxes are starting to crown though. I had the worst luck though. I hit 4 or 5 good shots and ended up in divots.
  21. Coyote Lakes on Friday. They seem to have gone away with the covid rules. Group ahead of us was removing the flag on almost every green. No more foam in the cups. Rakes are back in the bunkers so the sand quality has improved a bit but still hit or miss. Greens were furry but rolled quite true. Hole 12 putted against the grain and it sounded like I was ripping velcro apart. Fairways and tees were quite shaggy. Very hard to distinguish a fairway or rough. With the way the fairways weren't mowed basically everything that had grass was in the "fairway".
  22. Sterling Grove yesterday. Echo's the same as previous reviews of it. I love the greens but I'm sure not everyone is a fan of them. Flat, straight putts are boring! Playing big breaks, double breakers are real fun for me. Sand was excellent, hopefully that will last even though they don't have rakes out there. They didn't seem to have any tricked up pin placements yesterday. I'm not a fan of that thick tall grass though. Hit a nice drive and one hop and it's gone. No way you'll find it. Hole 5 would have been nice to know that that tall thick grass cut across the fairway. I guess that's what their "double fairway" means on the GPS readout. The GPS on the cart seemed to be accurate on distances except on 15. I felt the GPS was off by 20 yards compared to my range finder. I listened to the cart GPS and left my shot woefully short. I'm still baffled about my approach into 18 though. My buddy and I saw it land in the bunker but then couldn't find it. Wasn't in the water, wasn't in the sand and wasn't around the green.
  23. Personally I do most of my golfing in the summer months because the prices are usually much more in line with what I want to pay. I believe end of May, early June is when the courses start their summer maintenance with punching and sanding the greens. I never mind playing in those conditions but I know some people don't like to. August is definitely the hottest month in the Phoenix area. However, as I've gotten older. I'll only play if the temp is lower than 105. I used to be able to be out in 110, 115 all day golfing before but not anymore. I've also noticed AM starting times in the summer months are really humid due to the courses watering overnight. Just make sure you have good sun screen, water and a Gatorade or something similar. Drink lots of water the days before, during and after. I know everyone is different but if you drink beer while it's hot out on the course, you're done for, at least for me.
  24. Thanks for the write up about Sterling Grove @AzSuperHack76. I'm playing there this weekend and I'm definitely looking forward to it.
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