With the big storm on Friday, I decided not to book anything for Saturday morning. I figured I’d get up, see what the weather was looking like and then make my decision. When I got up and looked outside, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It was another good day for golf!
I ended up heading out to Menifee Lakes Country Club and I played the Lakes course in the afternoon. The weather wasn’t nearly as nice out there with dark clouds in the sky and slightly chillier temperatures.
I had played the Palms course several years ago and it didn’t leave much of an impression on me, so I was not in a rush to come back. Their rates always seemed a bit high for what the courses seem to offer. However, yesterday I got a “hot deal” on GolfNow for $31 at 12:56pm and I figured it was worth the shot. This course didn’t “wow” me either, but it’s a solid layout with some challenging holes. Lots of water comes into play (especially after the big storm yesterday that significantly “expanded” several water hazards) and a decent variety of hole layouts. So it was well worth the price of admission.
The courses weren’t too crowded yesterday. I played with another single. We teed off on first hole behind a really slow foursome of novice players, but they let us play through on the second tee. Another group let us play through on the 5th tee. After that we got stuck behind a few foursomes and the pace slowed down a little bit. Overall it was still a very nice pace and we finished in about 3.5 hours. Can’t beat that on a Saturday!
The course was in solid shape. The greens were rolling fast and mostly smooth, but softened with all the rain and pretty receptive on approach shots. The bunkers were hit and miss, as some retained more rain water than others. The fairways were OK. A little patchy here and there, but not bad overall. No complaints about the course conditions or price, so it was a great day to play.
My only mild complaint was that they were playing cart path only because of the rains. However, the fairways weren’t chewed up or soggy at all, so I don’t think the carts would have done any damage. Ironically, several of the cart paths between holes were extremely flooded (probably about a foot deep in some areas), so we got a little Splash Mountain action in our carts to add some excitement.
Some pictures from Menifee Lakes (Lakes Course) (4/14/12):