Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Golfing El Cariso- Review
There has been a lot of talk in golf recently about how to get more people into the sport, especially the youngs. Is it the cost, the speed of the game, the difficulty of the game? It could be all of those reasons plus a bag of chips. So what to do about it?
Some designers are making 12 hole courses and there is a whole movement to play 9 holes. Personally I think executive courses have gotten short shrift, the offer par 3's and par 4's and the occasional par 5 and while the pace of play can be slow its a fun outing.
El Cariso here in SoCal is an underrated executive course nestled in the foothills and has what a really good executive course has, lots and lots of variety. Par 4s with treacherous water features. Par 3s with strategic bunker placement.
The real star of El Cariso though is a severely downhill blind tee shot par 3
This is the ultimate hit and pray shot (I parred it, one of the highlights of the day!).
The hole also takes the course down into a fun valley with some interesting holes until climbing back up to the main course. This variety is what makes El Cariso special.
The course is in fine shape and while I wish the everyday price was a bit cheaper, their twilight rates are pretty cheap and the bar makes for a fun social hang. As much as I would love to play the 7,500 Whistling Straights in Wisconsin, fun can also be had for 1/9th of the price at the 4,493 El Cariso!
For more information on El Cariso, check it out here: http://parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpr/ThingsToDo/Golf/El_Cariso_Golf_Course