Forty Niner Golf & Country Club
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
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
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
Nice relaxing course
Course is relatively short, with generous enough fairways to land in. Desert areas are trimmed and well maintained so your not tip-toeing around cactus to find an errant shot. Course was being aerated at the time so some sparse grass areas, but watering going on to further improve conditions. Staff was friendly and efficient. Overall a very pleasant round of golf.
June 3, 2015
Great Winter Grass
Forty Niner is a classic old school golf course. It has previously fallen into disrepair, but this past season, the conditions have been excellent. My only concern is that when the winter rye grass dies off, there will be scant bermuda grass growing to replace it, as was the case last summer. For now however, it is a gem, and a great golf experience.
It does not feature bent grass anywhere on the course, despite the website's description. It is bermuda overseeded with winter rye.
May 26, 2015
Greens recently aerated, but puttable
May 23, 2015
Course in good shape for the Desert
I have played here many times over the years and it is very much improved the last 2 years with the new ownership. The Greens were recently aeriated so they still had some plug holes on some of them. Otherwise the course is in great shape and they seem to be keeping things up as they were doing watering on most holes to keep things green.
May 21, 2015
Best condition in years
Forty Niner Golf & Country Club is nearby and I have played this course for years. Aeriating (SP?) aside, this was the best I have seen the course condition in years. Price was great ($30 with cart and 25% restaurant coupon).
May 17, 2015