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Good write-up Clambake. I played the same 3 courses in May and had similar impressions. Pebble has awesome views, fair layout, very good condition, and all of that tradition. It's my favorite course out of all the ones that I've ever played. Tough as nails when they let the rough grow, speed up the greens, and when the wind is blowing. Spyglass is a fun blend of dunes and then forest, with fairways that are immaculate. Known as being the toughest course on the...
If you want to get drive distances you just walk to the ball and point the laser back to the tee box. I bounce mine off things around the tee box like the yardage boards, garbage cans, benches etc.
In most cases you can't get front/middle/back with any laser, but you can always get the exact distance to the flag if you can see it. I find it fairly easy to get a distance to bunkers, lakes, hills, trees etc. with my laser. The main advantage of the laser over GPS is the accuracy. You're a 1.6 handicap so you can use the accuracy to fine tune your club selection and swing speed. Higher handicap (18+) golfers aren't usually accurate or consistent enough to need that...
Pebble has been running a promotional rate of $375 with cart for the past several months. It used to be for NCGA members, recently they've opened it up to anyone in California. The same deal gives you half off at Spyglass and Spanish Bay. Great courses, just remember to bring your "A" game.
I bought my Nikon 800 laser finder for the accuracy. Even the guys I play with who use GPS are interested in my number to the pin, because there is no guesswork. With a GPS you know F-C-B but you still have to estimate where the pin is. Add in the known margin of error of the satellite and original mapping of the course and you've got a fairly significant potential variation. When my laser finder says it's 63 yards I know it's 63 yards. And I use mine alot inside 100...
I use a Nikon 800, same as the Callaway version except the outside color is black. It works great, easy to use, small, quick and accurate. I bought it on eBay for $214 shipped, new in box. The only negative is that some people who have tried it say they shake too much to get a reading. For me it's not an issue. I tested it against a Bushnell 1500 and found that the Nikon was easier for me to use. I recommend that you try them out at a golf shop or ask to try it if...
San Clemente Muni is a fun course for around $40. http://greenskeeper.org/southern_cal...e_Golf_Course/ Mile Square in Fountain Valley has 2 18-hole courses that are pretty good for $40-$50. http://greenskeeper.org/southern_cal...e_Golf_Course/ Coyote Hills in Fullerton offers some dramatic elevation changes and nice views for around $90. Their greens are in great condition right now, I played there...
My access to Cypress was through a schoolmate who's father was a member. I also used to forecaddie some pro tournaments because the reward was to play Cypress the next Monday. And back in the early 70's we used to sneak on Cypress and Pebble... but we were kids and they didn't have course marshalls back then :)
I'm glad to hear you had a good time. Sorry that you weren't able to get out to holes 6-7-8-9-10 because they are really spectacular, but the holes that you saw (probably 18-17-3-4) are nice too. The back nine at Pacific Grove is where I learned to play golf, so it's a very special place for me. It used to be the front nine and I must have played it a couple of hundred times, I always chose that nine if I didn't have time to play 18 holes. Fun place, hopefully they are...
The new Nikons have something similar called "First object priority" that you can switch on or off. It grabs the pin instead of the trees behind it. Mine is very easy to use.
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