La Costa is rich in history, having been the site of the Mercedes Championship for many years with golfing great like Jack and Tiger winning the tourney. The course recently underwent major renovations including turf removal and a redesign of four of the holes.
The conditioning of the course was excellent. Greens rolled true, fairways in great shape and the rough was penal but playable. The routing of the course also makes sense with the terrain. For the most part you playing up and back on a valley floor that is hemmed in by houses and hillsides (a little too hemmed in by houses for my taste). There are many water features on the course, several holes play across a stream and there are beautiful lakes framing the back nine holes.
It was a very pleasant day of golf on a good golf course but I just can't call it great. The streams and lakes are beautiful but there is a sameness forced by the topography that starts to creep into the holes and the mostly flat terrain doesn't help matters. The 11th hole is boffo and the back side really is something but you end up wishing the front side and the topography were different or more engaging.
Really enjoyed the course and while parts of it are great, the resulting sum of its parts are good not great.
Date: November 29, 2016