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Maderas Golf Club
17750 Old Coach Road, Poway, CA, USA  92064
Tee Times: 858-451-8100 Fax: 858-613-3897
Email: http://www.maderasgolf.com/contact.html

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Date: 2008-Sep-24 Review by Robert F
    The greens were almost perfect. The fringes were well defined and gave way to a well trimmed 2nd cut. There were plenty of well kept bunkers that protected the greens. All the bunkers around the greens had good sand as well as being trimmed. Most greens are average in size but a few of them have some good slopes. Here are some quotes from their course guide: stay below hole, challenging green, large, undulating, difficult, front to back with 3 sections, use the slope, fast downhill, multi contoured, make sure you get to the correct tier.
    Fairways were excellent. Sprinkler heads were marked as well as the traditional fairway marked distances. The paved cart paths were marked. There are plenty of fairway bunkers and all were in good shape. There are a number of ravines, lakes, and environmental sensitive areas if you stray from the course.
    They have 6 different tees. They are labeled Black, Maderas, Blue, White, Lady Maderas and Red. All tees were flat with excellent grass and soft. They had very attractive markers for the tee area and official distances plates were on each tee. The landscaping was attractive as they used natural plants and grasses, but they still looked groomed.
    This course was designed by Johnny Miller and Muir Graves and they did an outstanding job. They used the valley with the creeks and lakes to built an attractive and challenging course. There are plenty of elevation changes and lots of danger awaits. We found each hole to be different and attractive. I believe I used all my clubs at least once. The par threes require a different club for each one. The distances from the blues were: 164, 190, 240 and 165. The last hole has an elevation drop of 30 metres. Number eight is a great hole for a risk reward situation. It is a par five, dog leg right around a lake. Do you cut the corner or play it safe Number 14 is their signature hole. It is a par 5 to an elevated green. There is a ravine in front of the green making it almost impossible to go for the hole in two. The back nine has a different look then the front, as it is a little more rugged look. We also found ourselves saying things like that was a great hole, or I liked that one. At the conclusion of the round we knew we played a well designed course and a great time doing it.
    Value for dollar is always a hard category to judge. The green fees run from $170 to $210 depending on the day you play. I am sure that when you compare this course to other courses of the same caliber these green fees represents a good value. The experience you have at Maderas can not be compared to the experience you have on a course that has fees under $50. Maderas has been the number one course in the San Diego area four times running. You have to compare this to say La Coasta, or the Four Seasons and both of these have higher green fees.
    As you can tell from the design it is a difficult course. I believe the more difficult the course the more fun you will have as well appreciating the setting much more. What looks better then lakes, well maintained bunkers that are placed in all the correct places, ravines and creeks that run beside or across the fairways. The slopes say it all. They range from 147 to 135 and the distance goes from the back at 7113 and the whites are 6352 yards. The elevation changes have you hitting to elevated greens and looking down on fairways and greens from the tees. You have to drive over at least two ravines where the one on the 18th requires a carry of around 200 yards.
    The course is located in valley with hills on all sides. We found ourselves looking at the large hills on a number of occasions. There is also some very large and expensive homes that sit back from the fairways on the front nine. The lakes, creeks, ravines, bunkers, and elevation changes add to the beauty of the course.
    We found everyone to be excellent. The pro shop, bag boys, wait staff, starter, beverage cart and grounds crew were all very nice to talk to. I also appreciate it when the ground crew stop their work and shut off their mowers when we are close to them.
    This clubhouse is designed in a Tuscan style and looks great. As you drive up the attractive entrance to the course you see this wonderful clubhouse. It is nicely landscaped and has a great patio overlooking the 9th hole and the lake that splits the 8th and 9th. They have a very attractive dinning room, which unfortunately was closed after our round. We had to settle for a sandwich from the half way service area. They have a very good locker room which is included with your green fee. Just ask the pro shop for a lock and towel. This is great when you leave office for a late afternoon game. The pro shop is well stocked.
    This is going to be a long list as the club offers just about everything you would require from a top notch golf club. It starts with the bag boys taking your bags to the electric cart which has your name and tee time on the front. In the electric cart you will find towels, tees, and excellent score card, a yardage book and a souvenir bag tag and divot tool. The cart has a window, green map located over the clubs, and two coolers. Their practice area is the best I have seen. They have 3 teeing areas, all on grass and a special 3 hole short course practice area. They have practice are for bunkers and chipping. We saw two putting greens and a small one hole one, located at the first hole for that last minute practice before teeing off. There was at least 4 water coolers located just on the practice area. The beverage cart had plenty of ice so you could fill your coolers during the round. All the cart paths were paved and continuous. At the end of your round they have a cold lemon aide stand and wet towels. It was very nice having cold lemon aide while your clubs were cleaned.
    We had a great day on a great course. The skies were blue and the temperature was around 90 degrees. Even though it was hot there was not much in the way of humidity but we did consume a lot of water as we made our way around the course. Everything from start to finish was outstanding. Make sure you play this course when you visit the North San Diego Country area.
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