The course we play sets on a foothills of San Gabriel mountains. It's a Billy Bell, Jr. who built most or many of the courses out here in California in the 50s. I don't always tee it from the back which is 6,962. The whites at 6,629 is more than enough for me (normally). The greens are tiny compared to the modern courses and it has a predominant break, but even though we know it, the optical illusion takes over and gets us-- still.
The roughs around the greens are being cut down now. The course is going back to its original intent/design. Even some of the roughs along the fairways are also being cut down. There are nothing to hold a hot ball off the mounds of the greens, and there are also not much rough to keep a running ball into bunkers and lakes or junks. . . (yikes!). The USOQ just had a lot of fun with it today (my favorite golfer won it!). Everyone now at the club is talking about how much fun the Sr. USOQ and the US Am Q are going to have in a month and the following, respectively.
Wind is like clockwork up there. But we've lost lots of trees and the links that it is are revealing itself more and more.
The clubhouse is still the original building from the early 1950s. . . still can't wear a hat inside though.
The other course I play often is down in the lower desert. It is carved around homes in a retirement community with two loops of 9s. A par 71, with yards of 6,773 from the back. Large greens that has 3 and some even 4 sections and close to a very undulated greens with some lakes but lots of enormous sized bunkers. Schidt/Curley, the designers calls them whale tails as they appear to mimic an image from a distance. Other than that, the course is loads of fun!
It has an adjacent course of 18 holes, with all par 3s. It's beautifully done and very appealing to many. Lots of water, not much trees, but plenty of shrubberies that looks good, but not good for golf balls. It plays pretty tough, and fun. Lots of lakes in play. The two back tees are really not made for retirees.