I tried to comment on this last night but I must have forgot to hit send, here goes again ... Bella Colina is right down the street from my office. My wife has an ex co-worker who's a member out there and I had a chance to go out there (only once so far) with him. They are very kid friendly and we brought our (almost) 3 year olds with us (my avatar is from that day) and had a blast.
We "played" the Carnoustie nine. I found the "perched" greens really tough - especially as a first timer - and it was fun teeing off with a hybrid on a 600 yard par 5 to keep from running through the fairway.
I see that you used driver on the last hole. For future reference and as a testament to the elevation changes, my friend tried a little trick; After we both hit good tee shots with 3W, he pulled out a range ball and a 7 iron and that ball ended up in almost the exact same spot as his actual tee shot. It was very 18th at Kapalua-esque.
I wanna get out there and actually play 18 (without the kids) but just haven't had a chance.
Bella Collina is a really nice club. I'm considering joining too - but the biggest hangup I have is that it is a solid 30 to 35 minute drive from door to door from my place in Newport. Most of it driving down the 405/5 - so it wouldn't be that bad as I could cruise. But the ~ 60 mile round trip commute could add up. Also, the range was a little goofy - but outside of that - they have a very solid practice area which I would use. I also liked the fact that they have 27 holes, so you could mix and match what you play to rid the monotony of playing the same 18 hole club day after day.
Interesting point about 18 (9th on Carnoustie). I hit a bad tee shot on 18... Blocked it out to the right and it held up in the rough just right of the cart path (bad luck - because I really thought with that severe of slope - it would roll down off that embankment). Ended up having a terrible lie where my feet were well below the ball. Still working on my Driver with the swing changes I've made.
Just curious - after your 7i rolled out - what kind of yardage did you have in on your approach? Like 170 to 150?? Were you able to see the green due to the large dogleg left? That would be my only concern - is not being able to see the green due to the trees blocking your approach shot.
Overall, had a great time playing Bella - and hope to get out there more often with my buddy.