Elk' is a great course but something has to be done about the greens. In the afternoon the greens are so bumpy from footprints it's like putting on a blanket over sand. Recently there were footsteps 1/2" deep all over the green - No, I'm not exaggerating. It was like playing behind Herman Munster. I don't see this at any other golf course. I believe the greens are too wet in the morning making them too soft. Why should someone who plays in the afternoon not get the same flat green with a fresh cup that players had in the morning?
Solution #1: water in the late evening so they're not so soft in the morning;
Solution #2: move the pin positions in the afternoon so all the morning footprints are out of play.
Just played in a tournament here yesterday. The course is in good shape. I saw a couple dead spots, but nothing that really got in the way. I wasn't a huge fan of the lake that cut into the fairway over a hill (where you could not see it; I think it was the 12th?), and it wastes time for people to drive up to take a look and then come back to the ball to hit, so just be aware of it.
Saw the cartgirl and marshal both at least a couple of times. If it weren't so far away, I could see playing the course again. I heard several people rave about the cheeseburgers, but I didn't get to try it since I was recording the final round of the Masters and there was a big screen on in the diner.
It was surprisingly busy for a Wednesday afternoon round of golf and our round took nearly 5 hours. With that I had another great experience at Elkins Ranch. The employees were friendly as usually and the course is in excellent condition.
It would have been nice to have cart service even though it's the winter season. Having an adult beverage would have helped pass the time between the waits between the holes. I saw 1 marshal that day but the rate of play was still dragging. Fortunately a good burger at the turn always helps no matter what kind of score you're posting.
Elkins Ranch ~ great affordable golf, tasty burgers, tucked away in the groves of Fillmore.
My first time on October 5th 2012. Great conditions. Will definitively come back.
Played Elkins last Sat. morning. No crowds. The course is in outstanding shape. Greens rolled very true!