All in all a real disappointment for me. Obviously Cypress Point is a must play if you can get on but I would rate Spanish Bay and Spyglass above this course. Yes there are three or so good holes along the coast line but the rest are mediocre. On these holes I found the designs predictable and unimaginative, and the “wild” areas to look scruffy and artificial. The marshals are unusually aggressive and unfriendly, and are obviously there to squeeze maximal revenue from the punters (the caddies call them cash flow managers). Even the starter was unusually pompous telling us that “Arnold Palmer has requested no mulligans on the first”. As every green has bunkers completely surrounding it, and most are on the small side, the greens were often covered in sand. The practice green was immaculate though. To top it all, there was no spike bar to enjoy a drink with a view of the 18th. The bar overlooking the course was spikeless and full. Overall way too expensive, and over-rated.
Date: May 29, 2007