Took a half-day off from work yesterday. I’ve been looking for an excuse to come out and play the Navy Course all year as it’s one of few public courses I hadn’t yet played in Orange County. It’s located right next to the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. They have two courses here at this facility in Seal Beach (or is it Cypress?): the Destroyer and the Cruiser. Destroyer is a full 18-hole regulation course and the Cruiser is more of an executive layout with only 9 holes.
I came for the Destroyer.
The layout of this course was much more interesting than I had expected. It’s a fun course with plenty of challenge. It’s a much longer course than the last course I played at Costa Mesa, so I couldn’t have picked a more drastic change of pace. There are some big doglegs and well-placed groups of trees that really make you work and position yourself with your tee shots. There were times I was in the middle of a fairway with what seemed like a good drive, only to find out I had no real angle at the green because of the trees. The course is very flat and a good course to walk. Water comes into play on many holes, which should be expected from a “Navy” course! There are very big greens with plenty of undulation. The greens were much larger and more dynamic than I had expected.
I walked on as a single and got out pretty quickly. Teed off right about noon. Played with another twosome and we had a nice relaxed pace. We weren’t pushing the groups ahead too much and the group behind wasn’t pushing at all, so it was an enjoyable round on a nice day. The pace was right at 4:30, which is great.
The course was in nice shape overall. The greens were firm and fast, but still receptive enough on approaches. There were a lot of unrepaired and poorly repaired ball marks, though. The tee boxes level and lush for the most part. The fairways were a bit patchy with a number of different grasses growing in some areas, but overall very green as you’ll see in the pictures. Mostly pretty good, but plenty of thin areas, too. The rough was not too deep, but the grass was thick enough to make you work. I was in a couple of bunkers and those were decent.
Overall, Destroyer is an enjoyable course. It didn’t blow me away, but it is solid on any level. It’s also easy to get on and can be a decent value compared to most OC courses. I’ll definitely come back here again someday and I’m sure I’ll hit up the Cruiser course eventually.
Some pictures from The Navy Golf Course (Destroyer) (7/20/12):
The last few holes here are right next to the big airstrip…
On the 17th hole, we had a helicopter doing some training exercises, so he kept circling overhead to give us a little show while on the course.