Rated 3 out of 5 by Jason4041657 The course is in bad shape
The course is in bad shape, many times when playing from the fairway I was hitting off of dirt or mud not grass. The greens had were recently aerated so can't say how they would have been. Overall very disappointed in the course conditions. Tried to eat at the grill but waited 20 minutes just to get drinks and 35 before they came to take our order. Left and did not order food.
July 28, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Lou6638724 Summer is a little too hard on the bermuda at this course
I have stayed away from Forty Niner the last four years because of the terrible conditions at the course when IRI (Mis)Management was in charge. I had heard that the course was making a comeback so I decided to give it a shot. The greens had just been aerated so I expected a rough day on the putting surfaces. What I found disappointing is how sparse the grass was along the fairways. The staff were exceptionally nice and apologetic about the conditions, assuring me that when fall/winter hits and the winter rye grass comes in, the course will once again be lush and green. The problem is that's also true about every other course in town so there's really no reason to golf here anymore. That's really a shame because it once was a very fun course to play.
July 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Victoriap the course has a wonderful view
we always have a great time when we play this
July 19, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by u000007608159 Dried out
Courses should post conditions so consumers know whether they want to book when conditions are poor.
July 13, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by jayrnca not up to expectations
was recommended as a very nice course. it was not.
July 5, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by rpmotz Take A chance up to you
You know since the new owner each transition season from winter rye to natural grass they just stop watering to scalp it. I wasn't impressed by condition, actually did not like it. TO DRY hey water it.
June 27, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by TerrySwings3 Probably won't go back
Older course has lots of charm, but also lots of brown places. I loved the tree-lined fairways and the houses that surround the course are quite beautiful.
June 18, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by tommyphils Too Many White Stakes
This may be the most conflicted review in history, but here goes. I have lived adjacent to Forty Niners for nearly 40 years. It was private when I was a kid, and after it opened to the public, it was a go-to course for me. At one time, I played three or four afternoons a week after work. However, under the previous regime, things deteriorated to the point where I refused to play there anymore. This was the first time I have played here in at least three years. The new owner has sunk a lot of resources and effort into improving Forty Niners, and I was impressed with the renovated clubhouse, restaurant, fitness center, cart shack, patio, parking lot, carts, etc. On the course, however, the fairways are still distressed-- especially #5, #14 & #17. I understand the summer heat has arrived, and the maintenance crew is working to remedy this, but the process of undoing what was done to the course previously might take a long time. Most of the greens are okay-- some are so-so. Although they were recently punched, they rolled fairly true, but were a little slow. A great deal of work appears to be in progress clearing dead foliage and trees from the periphery, along with some new irrigation and drainage, which I applaud. Over the years, due to the course's proximity to a substantial local waterway, any large rainstorm has wreaked havoc on many portions of the course, and in some cases, flooded the surrounding homes. My biggest criticism of Forty Niners, however, and which has not changed since the sale, is the location and quantity of white stakes. There are few hazards because essentially the entire course outside of the fairway is OB. It wasn't always like this, but the white stakes progressively moved inward from the homes to the point where the course is nearly unplayable to those who cannot hit EVERY shot perfectly. I would never play an outing here. The exasperation of hitting a decent, but slightly offline shot that comes to rest just outside the stakes is almost too much to handle. There have always been quite a few "militant" residents at Forty Niners-- those who insist on living on a golf course, but hate golfers. However, it wasn't entirely the homeowners fault in this case. Apparently, a dispute with the previous regime about who was responsible for maintaining spaces at or near property lines, forced homeowners hands. Now that the old is out, the new regime needs to do whatever it takes to make this course fair again. Agree to cut the grass, and move the stakes back to the walls, or adjust the design so rolling balls are repelled from the private property and remain inbounds. Red stake areas where homes are unaffected by wayward shots such as the left side on #6 & #7, and the right side on #13-15. This is the issue that kept me away from this course in the past above all others. It may take more time, but I believe the club is moving in the right direction, and therefore, I will give Forty Niners another chance. I hope to give it a more wholehearted recommendation at a later date.
June 17, 2015