Great links style course!!! Arnold for a very nice job of adding some diversity to this course heavy community. It's a joy to get out and enjoy this beautiful course
Tartan Fields G.C. is a wonderful track. This is an Arnold Palmer design so there are plenty of shots that accept a gentle draw or even hook into the greens. Arnie always liked that shot (whereas the Golden Bear enjoyed a high fade). Anyway..... The experience for guest play is terrific. The clubhouse, done in a Shaker-style presentation, has ample room for dining, outdoor seating for adult beverages and snacks, a great pro-shop and very nice practice facility. Personally, it's all about the golf course and Tartan Fields doesn't disappoint. The course is very playable from the members's tees and the combo tees. The back tees would be challenging but "The King" gave wide fairways and large greens so it's forgiving, too. Specifically, holes No. 3, 16 and 17 might have too much "trickeration" built in as far as narrow greens and swales surrounding the "play it safe" areas. But what golf course doesn't? I like some of the challenging aspects. The speed of both the faiirways and greens is great. One setback: Poa annua. A member has told me that for the first time the club is letting the greens get overrun with "meadow grass" or poa annua. This makes a golf green looks splotchy but putting isn't much affected. Pebble Beach has poa annua greens and Oakmont has its putting green consist of poa annua. So it can't be all bad. If you're a golfer who can get his or her ball in the air from a fairway lie (major requirement at TFGC) then you'll love this golf course. Heck, you'll love it if you can't. PS: The adult beverage pours post-golf are very nice!
Huge fan...great golf, great staff, and the overall experience was up there with the best I've had. Of course, there are always more "luxurious" private courses with more of that "king" treatment, but I don't need all that. Just a great course in a great town. Will definitely be coming back and potentially joining.