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  1. If you have access to Stanford through a university affiliation that's a great course and they just finished with some awesome renovations. Will you have time to travel for both rounds? If so, I'd play Pasatiempo in the Santa Cruz mountains - as others have said about an hour south of Palo Alto - as my first choice. Tough to find a better course in the area that will give you a little bit of everything and have all the storied history inherent in Mackenzie courses. It's a special place. Half Moon Bay that time of year should be pretty nice too and of the two tracks out there, Ocean is easily my favorite for the scenery if nothing else. The finishing stretch of holes is laid out on some impressive ocean-front property. The Old Course at HMB certainly has its merits, but if you haven't played Ocean before that ought to be what you do first in my opinion. They do have a pretty fantastic replay rate you can use to do both in one day though if you're up for all 36 out there. Second choice tracks if you have more limited travel time would include Harding Park and Presidio in SF, and then Baylands G.C. in Palo Alto. Both the SF are beautiful in the typical northern California golf kind of way: brush grass lined bunkers, cypress trees, etc. and then typical for San Francisco - the fog. That last element can make the round either a lot of fun if you're with a good group, or incredibly frustrating if you you're out on your own. Either one though is worth the experience. Baylands is a recently re-opened course and while it might not come up on many other's list for must play in the area, I think its the most convenient quality course to where you're staying and one of just a few that offers a realistic links golf experience in the entirety of the Bay Area. If you find you have time for a quick third round there are a few I would stay away from because even though they're convenient, there will be nothing quick about playing there: Poplar Creek and Crystal Springs. It's got to be a contender for most 5 hour rounds in the bay each year, but Poplar Creek can get bogged-down with traffic just because its so convenient on the peninsula. Its a decent course, made better with quality company, but damn if I haven't wondered what I was doing out there some days when teeing-off on 14 at the 4 hour mark. Crystal Springs is actually a pretty course and you get some interesting wildlife out there too, but unless you're one of the first groups out in can become a long day. Weather at that time of year may not be the most conducive to golf either as that course doesn't drain particularly well and stays damp in general during the winter. Where I would look instead for a full round is the Golf Course at Moffet Field. It's not the most inspiring layout, but the course is almost always in great condition and because it's lesser known pace-of-play is rarely an issue. In terms of value, that'd be a tough one to beat. If you get a hankering for a late-night-nine, there's a little nine-hole par 3 course just up the freeway from Palo Alto called Mariner's Point in Foster City. They keep the lights on late and assuming you don't get stuck behind a family whose learning the game, the round goes by pretty quick. They keep the greens in good shape and running fast, for how much traffic they get the tee boxes are acceptable and the bar is decent. Bring a windbreaker if you opt for that though. Second thought, the jacket is a good idea for anywhere on the peninsula during the course of the day.
  2. What brand is the 3.5 iron you are using? I like the idea which is why I'm asking It’s an Edel CB head. I have the C-tapers in my other irons and going to the KBS Hybrid shaft in that “four” juiced it just enough to fit properly in the gap at the top-end of my bag. Next iron is a 5 which is what I’d pull for a 195 yard shot and you saw how the hybrid I play gaps above.
  3. I use the following set-up: Driver 10.5* playing at 44.25" 4 Wood 16* playing at 42" - just short of 240 carry, bit longer off the tee, slightly shorter from fairway. Extra loft lets me hit it better than most 3 woods I've hit. 2 Hybrid 18* playing at 40" - right around 220 carry and with the Oban white hybrid I have in it I use it as much as a "driving-iron-esque" club from the tee as I do from the fairway. From the tee, it can occasionally run up to where I hit the 4 wood with a lower-flighted draw that hits the ground like a pissed-off squirrel; or hit a high, banana cut with much more predictable roll-out. 3.5 Iron playing at 39" - Technically a 24* four iron, but shafted up with a KBS Proto Hybrid 95x shaft. Extra height and carry helps with holding more greens, confidently use it as a 210 carry sort of club. As others have said, it will depend on what you want each club to do, but playing with length a bit on each club can help with properly gapping each.
  4. Course 1 of 3 on a buddy's 30th birthday trip to Palm Springs: PGA West Stadium Course
  5. Metro is actually a pretty good comparison track. The range is mats only as far as I know at Baylands, which would be the only downside compared to Metro or Mariner's. What side of the bay do you live on?
  6. I've been out there a couple times since the renovation and like the changes they've made to the course. It plays like much more of a links style track now since they've removed a lot of the trees and vegetation that were previously present. They have some shared greens, massive tiered greens and blind par 3's hidden behind dunes that make for a good change of pace from most of the other offerings in the area. Bunkers are almost too fluffy since they're still so new and haven't settled yet, but the riveting they incorporate on some of them looks fantastic. Morning times tend to be more calm, but even if its still dewy don't expect the greens to be receptive - they really do play like a firm links course where you'll be expected to run the ball up. Conditions have been great from tee to green each time I've been out, but if your round stretches into the afternoon or you have a later tee time to start expect a lot of wind. The routing does a good job of mixing the holes you have that play into vs. down wind, but it can easily be a three club switch. The new practice facility they've incorporated I think could be the biggest draw and value-add for Baylands: big sloping putting green, tiered chipping green with a couple flags, renovated driving range that most should be able to hit their drivers on unless they're one of the uncharacteristically long and the wind is doing crazy stuff and then they'll be opening a dedicated short-game practice area around the start of the year (according to the course head-pro) once they raise the nets on the right side of the driving range. Shots I would spend my time practicing before going out to play: 1) bump n' runs around the greens, 2) a shot of the tee I can flight low - stuff will run out there even into the wind so long as you keep it on the fairway 3) punch shots with mid-irons Hopefully you get a nice day out there when the weather cooperates, but greens should be in fantastic shape since they took care of punching maybe a month ago.
  7. That’s interesting. I might have the give that a shot in my 4 iron That's exactly what I did. It's sort of a 3.5 iron now - slightly strong 4 iron head (23*) playing on a 3 iron length KBS Proto 95x. It sits well between my 5 iron and 2 hybrid - which I have shafted with the Oban I mentioned above.
  8. Agree with Albatross85 above, KBS Hybrid Proto - while a fantastic shaft - is not low/low. I use it in my longest standard iron as its higher launching than my C-Tapers. Would second the Hzrdus Black and Tensei White hybrids and also throw in the Oban Kiyoshi White which comes in a 95g option.
  9. The move to milled on E-4 & E-5 was due to lack of real-estate on the face while keeping the putter torque balanced. You also have the option of getting the E-1, 2 & 3 with the milled face through custom fitting.
  10. I'm someone who's accustomed to the versatility of a 4 wedge set-up and would be more hesitant to change-up what I'm confident with from 130 yards and in. The top-end of my bag goes from driver at 9* to four wood at 16* and then an 18* hybrid between the fairway and my strongest lofted iron at 23* My hybrid is a Callaway Apex and plays the closest to the feel of an iron I've found from a hybrid - not like a hot-faced-mini-fairway that so many others seem to be - and fits my gapping well. I have it shafted with an Oban Kiyoshi White 95/05 and from the tee it offers me the versatility of a driving iron, but the help of a hybrid and the ability to smash on it when needed out of light rough far easier than a true driving iron. Can flight it low or high as needed from deck or tee.
  11. When you guys say The DF is there for now only due to me being more confident in the non-left miss. If I had an XD 70TX, it might've been my huckleberry. When you guys describe the confidence in a non-left miss, where does that feeling come from in a shaft? I'm fighting a case of the odd snap-hooks that no doubt is a face/path swing issue, but would want to boost confidence with equipment as much as possible in addition to lessons.
  12. Throw in another vote for Seamus. Their stuff is fantastic and they've got options for just about every style/taste it seems.
  13. Doesn't sound like they'll be doing lefty wedges anymore. Custom orders were rare and it made the price point for forging blanks steep. No word if lefty will be offered on newer iterations at a later date.
  14. Thanks, sorry for just now seeing this. I did the finish myself, and its an easy touch-up every dozen rounds or so so keep them looking fresh. Let me see about getting some comparison pics of the SL next to the Variable length. Where would you be transitioning the set you think - as in SL to what iron?
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