Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club
The greens are sandy, would have been nice to be warned
May 20, 2015
The new renovations are unimpressive
First about me: I play 5 days a week, I'm a 3.3 handicap, and I've played EVERY public course and military course in San Diego County, and in 13 other countries.
About Carmel Mountain: The renovations are incomplete with piles of concrete and debris visible on multiple holes. The "desert landscaping" is simply acres of low cost pebble rocks and bark with very sparsely planted immature/cheaper drought tolerant plants which all look like weeds. The density of the plants is increased only near the clubhouse for the website photos. Speaking of weeds, there are weeds everywhere throughout the course.
The started was missing so I started myself. No driving range as before, but an interesting little net system to stretch out.
The greens were beautiful, but way too slow and furry, and they were all being manually watered during my round. The fairways were alright with occasional dead spots and weeds.
The scorecard shows some distance changes but it's basically the exact same course with some minor changes like the missing monster bunker on the 15th.
The bathrooms missed out on any renovations and look and smell like the public beach bathrooms in Pacific Beach on a hot summer weekend.
The clubhouse has white peeling paint visible on the exterior as you enter the clubhouse, the carpets are stained, and the wood and furniture have noticeable water damage and stains.
Golfnow "Hot Deal" customers are treated as second class citizens and are forced to either share a cart or join up with random players who usually play from the forward tees and have a handicap close to 30. I was charged a $15 rider fee for bringing my wife to see the renovations - only Carmel Highland and San Luis Rey would charge this fee and ....well you know what happened.
Bottom line: I would never pay $39 to play Carmel Mountain Ranch on a Hot deal and I would certainly not pay the weekend rate of $64.
May 13, 2015
Carmel Mountain Ranch
CMR is brownscaping and the project is nearing completion. The redesign has completely changed the look and feel of the golf course in a positive way. What was a quirky, funky course has now turned into a jigsaw puzzle. All the fairways now have reachable and well defined landing areas if you play the correct club from the correct tee box. There are many holes that provide several club choices, where in the past, you were forced into one club off the tee. New tee boxes have made club selection key to playing well. Some bunkers could use a little fresh sand. A creative practice range has been constructed so now you can warm up with a few full swings. When this course matures it will be a must play. Well done!!
May 12, 2015
the course over all was fun to play. Very Hilly. Seems like I lost a lot of balls when I hit good shots. Greens were in decent condition, but the a-holes playing before don't like to repair divots. Seems like there were 10 unrepaired divots in every green. The price was very good, I would go back.
May 6, 2015
Remodel is not being maintained
Unfortunately the 4 million dollar remodel is not being maintained. The greens are nice but golfers are not fixing divots. I imagine the course will be in pretty poor condition in another 6 months. The drought will no doubt be a part of the problem but the lack of maintenance will be the main problem. For instance the sink in the bathroom at the 15th tee box has been broken in half for months.
May 3, 2015
Prepare your mind
Carmel Mountain Ranch CC is absolutely stunning and challenges the mind and demands exact shot placement. I played the blues which was 6263 yards of all you could handle. The design of the course is beautiful with rolling hills, lush green fairways, streams and huge boulders. Not to forget to mention being surround by a breathtaking mountain range.
For all the long hitters make sure to bring enough balls. I pulled driver almost on every hole just to watch the spectacular tee shots. Although I wouldn't suggest driver on most holes, your 225-255 club will work well to navigate the doglegs and challenging fairways.
May 3, 2015
Probably was a good course when it opened but now maintenance wasn't that greats greens were very slow
May 1, 2015
Fair course. Spraying the ball left or right will get you into trouble.
April 30, 2015