Back Bay Golf Course, The - Public Review

Back Bay GCBack Bay Golf Course, The - Public in Newport Beach

1107 Jamboree Rd
Newport Beach, California 92660
Orange County

August 25th, 2013 12:05


First Name Joe
Last Name Evans
Handicap 0

Course Review and Comments

The course itself is a great BEGINNER course or a just-for-fun. This was just what the wife and I were seeking as I haven't hit the links in 13 years and she is just learning. We've been hitting the range and have had lessons for months and wanted to finally "get our feet wet" by playing a short game. We couldn't imagine a much nicer location than Newport Beach to do so. NOTE: The best views are from the last few holes.

Parts of the course are fairly well kept but the GREENS are HORRIBLE. There are WEEDS RUNNING RAMPANT throughout and "neglect" would be an understatement. It is in complete disrepair and regardless of this course being a "fun course" or a "beginner course" it is inexcusable. How you can have a golf course in Newport Beach and present greens like these is beyond me. Literally when you putt you have to account for 100-300 crab grass plants per green as well as the various grades of the green. I had a great tee shot but my "birdie" flew away from me as my ball bounced off of a weed and went "stage right" where it deflected off of another weed.

Granted we weren't playing this course competitively but we did want to use a few different clubs and chip and putt our way through and make adjustments throughout the game. Other signs of disrepair include mats which are hammered and "bent out of shape" (somewhat like me as I write this), rubber tees which are torn and completely unusable and large trash cans overflowing with cans and bottles. Unless there was a local universities frats here earlier I can only imagine how long that's been sitting there packed full. We buried wood tees inside the rubber tees so we could get some lift on the ball. Seriously speaking the state of disrepair was nearly comparable to the miniature golf course at Boomer's in Irvine.

Another con is that given how small of a course it is there are a couple of holes where if some youngster dumbass pulled out a driver or a low iron they could crush a ball right into you as you putted on your green. That being said, it is likely only a minor safety hazard given the type of attendee we saw on the course.

A final con is that your only options for parking are VALET or five (5) spots near hole one of the course. There is other parking but it is reserved for the tennis club. Otherwise, you will need to walk in your cleats across blacktop (not ideal) from a remote lot down the hill from the lobby. This is just another example of what a low priority they've given this course in the scheme of things. By appearance it seems it is simply now a novelty feature which they figure will attract a few more guests but Hyatt really doesn't want to devote much money to it.

Regardless, I will say that we did have a lot of fun even though play on the greens was borderline pointless. If we're back again I am seriously contemplating bringing a spray bottle of Round-up Weed Killer spray.


Date course was played Sunday 18th of August 2013
Price paid for golf 18
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