Spence255 wrote:I have been a fan of your reviews on the DGCR site.
Spence255 wrote:I notice that you rated the course in Orangevale with a similar rating to New Hogan. I really want to get out and play that course but am a little apprehensive since all of the reviews mention how crowded it is on weekends.
Not everyone likes OV as much as I do, but it is fun, and you'll see just about every kind of shot/line covered in all 18 holes, which is about all you can ask, really. Some of the holes are exquisite (15 is my favorite), with long gradual tight downhill tunnels, slow left-turning tunnels, mixed open-wooded holes, lots of right-turning fairways, etc.. There is not much elevation there, but since the course is so old, the fairways on many holes are well-worn corridors through the trees, like going through arches that were made for that purpose. Great trade-offs of risk/reward, etc.. There are lots of fossil tee pads around the course when you explore, so you can also tell that they've changed up the configuration of the course many times until finally arriving at the present optimal configuration.
The crowdedness is unfortunate, but I've also found that the reputation for crowds at OV is scaring away enough people that the crowds have lessened lately. Other than that, you can plan to take your time in a round. Patience is a virtue, as they say. Just plan to hang out and enjoy the vibe. Bring some nice suds to enjoy while waiting. You'll meet lots of people, have fun discussions at the bowl holes, etc.. Better yet, get there early, play a fun round to learn the holes, and then play a more serious round after that. The course responds fairly well to rain and dries up fast, but not many people know this, so you might find the course less busy just after a good rain (like the present downpours, if you can predict when they'll end!).
If it is too crowded, you can skip up to Rocklin, which is also fun, and a nice park. Rumor has it that they are going to put in another 18-hole course at Rocklin very soon, making it 36 total!
Anyways, if you decide to come up this way, drop me a PM if you want, and if I'm around I'll join ya for a round or two.