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#1 GolfJunkie302

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 04:21 AM

I know I made a few posts a while back about this trip being in April, but due to complications, we had to bump it up to June. But the dates are now set for the 11th through the 17th. The amazing thing about this trip is every round is going to cost me just $5. Big shoutout to the Youth on Course program. This is the thread where I am going to post pics, course reviews, etc. Here is the scheduled itinerary:

Day 1
Drive from Seattle to Medford, OR. We'll stop and play at Centennial Golf Club which looks pretty good. If anyone has played here, tell me about it!

Day 2
Drive from Medford to Monterey. This day we'll play Bayonet at Bayonet and Blackhorse.

Day 3
In the morning, we'll play PG, which I'm excited about. In the afternoon, we'll hop on Quail Lodge and Golf Club.

Day 4
Not sure what the plan is for the morning. Maybe get some beach time in or another round at another course. In the afternoon, we'll play Poppy Hills. This should be really fun, especially considering it is going to host this year's US Girl's Junior AM.

Day 5
Another open morning. Afternoon round is at Spanish Bay.

Days 6 & 7
Mostly devoted to sightseeing and driving home. Would love to sneak in a round at Half Moon Bay or Harding but not sure how feasible that is.

So that's it. If anyone has thoughts/comments/tips, feel free to share. Also, if anyone can hook me up at Cypress, shoot me a PM! Anyway, should be a fun trip. I'm getting excited!

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 06:17 AM

You must fit in pasatiempo and del monte. Pasatiempo is a MUST PLAY.


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 06:20 AM

You must fit in pasatiempo and del monte. Pasatiempo is a MUST PLAY. Not trying to beat a dead horse; Pacific Grove is ok, poor mans pebble, etc, but pasatiempo is Mackenzie’s masterpiece (according to the master himself)


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 10:36 AM

I know I made a few posts a while back about this trip being in April, but due to complications, we had to bump it up to June. But the dates are now set for the 11th through the 17th. The amazing thing about this trip is every round is going to cost me just $5. Big shoutout to the Youth on Course program. This is the thread where I am going to post pics, course reviews, etc. Here is the scheduled itinerary:

Day 1
Drive from Seattle to Medford, OR. We'll stop and play at Centennial Golf Club which looks pretty good. If anyone has played here, tell me about it!

Day 2
Drive from Medford to Monterey. This day we'll play Bayonet at Bayonet and Blackhorse.

Day 3
In the morning, we'll play PG, which I'm excited about. In the afternoon, we'll hop on Quail Lodge and Golf Club.

Day 4
Not sure what the plan is for the morning. Maybe get some beach time in or another round at another course. In the afternoon, we'll play Poppy Hills. This should be really fun, especially considering it is going to host this year's US Girl's Junior AM.

Day 5
Another open morning. Afternoon round is at Spanish Bay.

Days 6 & 7
Mostly devoted to sightseeing and driving home. Would love to sneak in a round at Half Moon Bay or Harding but not sure how feasible that is.

So that's it. If anyone has thoughts/comments/tips, feel free to share. Also, if anyone can hook me up at Cypress, shoot me a PM! Anyway, should be a fun trip. I'm getting excited!

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Sounds awesome!  Hope the weather is beautiful and the golf is too.... safe travels.


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 02:54 PM

You must fit in pasatiempo and del monte. Pasatiempo is a MUST PLAY.


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Pasatiempo is a little out of our price range, but I'll take a look at Del Monte for one of our open mornings!

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 03:34 PM

Poppy Hills is in great shape right now! Agree on Pasatiempo being too expensive - it is not worth the $260. I live here in San Jose, and strongly recommend Cinnabar. Top 100 public course, and the antithesis of PG from a ecology/geography standpoint.


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 08:05 PM

Poppy Hills is in great shape right now! Agree on Pasatiempo being too expensive - it is not worth the $260. I live here in San Jose, and strongly recommend Cinnabar. Top 100 public course, and the antithesis of PG from a ecology/geography standpoint.


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Man, it’s a shame they raised the price that much. When I lived in MRY back in 2009 it was around $130. Maybe golfnow or twilight will have a better rate.

Half moon bay is awesome as well. Seems like all the rates jumped since the market crash of 2008 so it’s probably ridiculous too.

Del monte is a hidden gem. Best greens on the peninsula. The normal rate was pricey as well though. Probably have a decent twilight. I was a Dukes club member and it was relatively inexpensive. Can probably reach out to some of my old crew to score some dukes club guest passes. Send me a PM if interested. All the local caddies and golfers hand out at the bulldog British pub on lighthouse. Great bar for a pint and golf talk. Make sure to stay at Spanish for the bagpipes at sunset walking down 18. Always a good time.


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 08:12 PM

Check golf now for Pasatiempo they always have deal for $170. Still pricey but much cheaper and it is worth it. 


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Posted 31 May 2018 - 08:40 PM

Man, it’s a shame they raised the price that much. When I lived in MRY back in 2009 it was around $130. Maybe golfnow or twilight will have a better rate.

Half moon bay is awesome as well. Seems like all the rates jumped since the market crash of 2008 so it’s probably ridiculous too.

Del monte is a hidden gem. Best greens on the peninsula. The normal rate was pricey as well though. Probably have a decent twilight. I was a Dukes club member and it was relatively inexpensive. Can probably reach out to some of my old crew to score some dukes club guest passes. Send me a PM if interested. All the local caddies and golfers hand out at the bulldog British pub on lighthouse. Great bar for a pint and golf talk. Make sure to stay at Spanish for the bagpipes at sunset walking down 18. Always a good time.


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Wow, I guess I'm going to have to hit up Del Monte then! It is also a $5 course, so I should be in business. Thanks for the tips!

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 02:58 PM

Time for an update...

1. Centennial is having a big tournament the day we were going to play so we decided to play Eagle Point instead. It is a Robert Trent Jones II design so it should be a good layout. It's kinda funny, we're playing three of his courses on this trip!

2. I finally decided on which putter to bring. (This is usually a guessing game and I often guess wrong). As louck would have it, the SC California Monterey is the one working for me right now! Attached File  20180606_154953.jpeg   128.42KB   20 downloadsAttached File  20180606_154918.jpeg   103.42KB   22 downloads

3. Quick poll: I played with a guy about five years ago up at my home course in Seattle. He told me to call him Big Lou. He is an opera singer from Carmel. About 70. Anyway, we had a great time. Should I try to hook up with him for a round at his home course?

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 01:46 AM

Okay, the plan is to leave early tomorrow morning. Everything is packed and the clubs are clean. I'm not sure how many photos I am going to post during the trip, as most are going to be on my SLR. I'll definitely do a picture-heavy write-up when we return.

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:44 PM

I’d hit Sharp Park in Daly City on your way home. Under $50 to play an Alister Mackenzie design.


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Posted 11 June 2018 - 03:50 AM

Just finished the first round. Good course. Can't wait to get to CA tomorrow!

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 04:57 AM

We had a great round today at Bayonet! I was surprised that it was foggy at 4:00 in the afternoon, so a little chilly, but still a fun time. I'll post pics once I upload them at home...

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 05:22 AM

We had a great round today at Bayonet! I was surprised that it was foggy at 4:00 in the afternoon, so a little chilly, but still a fun time. I'll post pics once I upload them at home...

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Love that course. Played at least 4 holes everyday for 27 months. Did they finally develop the houses etc? When the rough is up it’s one of the most difficult around.


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