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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Golf Course Review: Oceanside Municipal Golf Course in Oceanside, CA- 4/19/08

Date Played: Saturday, April 19, 2008
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Number of players: 4
Driving range: Yes, but was under construction. Go to Arrowwood Golf Course up the street if you want to warm up before hand.
Putting green: Yes, two locations
Cost: $32 for full 18 holes
Course: 6,056 yard, Par 72
Time to play course: 4.5 hours

The Oceanside Golf Course is a public course with a great location and rates. Rates are lower for city residents, but we paid around $32 for a Saturday morning game. Located in Oceanside near Camp Pendleton, this course as great views of hills and animals such as ducks, rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks. There are several water hazards and ravines that challenge good shot calling.

The course displays two faces depending on rain. When it's sunny, the course is mild with a great view of the wilderness on the back nine. The 12th hole is a shot up a hill, so stay pumped walking up. When you get to the 13th hole, you get a nice high par 3 straight downwards to the pin. Careful on the way down, if it's slippery you'll go down like a bob sled on the slick cart path with your cleats.

If you play the course after a rain, then the course becomes a challenge with portions of the course flooding making relatively simple shots very complicated. So be prepared to lose balls in newly formed lakes that you weren't used to if you only play in normal So. Cal weather.

Overall: Great price for a North County San Diego golf course. The Oceanside Golf Course has several dog legs make this a challenging course begging you to power a shot through trees if you have the guts. Great scenic locations once you get away from the front of the course. Speed of play not too shabby, no back-ups past 1-2 groups.

: 3.5 out of 5

Book Review: Captain Gravity and the power of the Vril- 4/19/08

Comments: A "Rocketeer"-type adventure with good artwork. The story is so-so and doesn't bring anything new to the table.

Score: 2.5 out of 5

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Book Review: The Meg Book Trilogy- 4/15/08

Comments: I've read all the novel's from Steve Alten regarding his MEG book series which focuses on a pre-historic mega-shark surfacing in modern day times. The first book was fun though kind of hard to believe in some parts.

The second was kind of out there with super spies + giant prehistoric shark causing a whole bunch of calamity along with some additional swimming dinosaurs.

The third was in the middle with some concepts reaching back to the first novel.
So far I'm also reading tons of career & marketing books. Some interesting, some just re-hashing the same old tunes.

MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror
Score: 3 out of 5

The Trench
Score: 2.5 out of 5

MEG: Primal Waters
Score: 2.75 out of 5

Monday, April 7, 2008

Golf Course Review: Newport Beach Golf Course in Newport Beach, CA- 4/7/08

Date Played: April 7, 2008
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Number of players:

Driving range:
Yes, $4 small and $7 large bucket

Putting green: Yes
$17 for full 18 holes

3,180 yard, Par 59
Time to play course: 3 hours

Has 6 Par 4s, but majority are on the back 9 which is more popular. Not too busy on a Saturday when stopped by, but post 1 p.m. on a Monday had some 1-2 group backups.

Played 18th holes at the Newport Beach Golf Course which is a public municipal course for about $17, less than a buck a hole. With a bucket at the range to warm up my hit was about $21 for a 3 hour round. Reviews sow this as a quick executive course so I thought it would be mostly par 3s, but there are actually 6 par 4s that are long and straight. THe back 9 is the preferred if you're looking to play only 9 holes since it has four par 4s as well as a little lake surrounding two holes. Front 9 is mostly short Par 3s but are fine for new players of those looking to work short game into play.

Grass was fair overall, some brown areas but nothing overtly dead or bare. You end up crossing the street four times meandering between the three sections that comprise the course. There are several tight holes where you have to watch out hitting into the streets at the tees.

Downsides are that you tee off from mats and some weird backups of groups encountered when I thought it would be clear on a Monday afternoon. Driving range is plentiful though kind of tight and really lacking in high rubber tees. I actually had to use my own rubber tees of the mats during the game which I ended up forgetting on one of them. Still for the price I prefer this executive course
compared to the other one in Lake Forest.

Overall: Good for the price if you're looking for a low-challenging course to work short game on. Located next to John Wayne Airport so good for those working nearby offices looking for a quick game after work since it's lighted.

3 out of 5

Monster of the Week Updates- 4/07/08

Hey there folks, the few that pop by anyways. It's time for me to create an actual logo for this site. The typeface font I have on was done at work a couple years ago as a jest and has never been updated since.

Just gotta think of something nice I can draw simply and quaint.


Here it is, let me know what you think!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Golf Review: Golf Sales and Deals of the Week- 4/5/08

Great golf deals this week!

At you can get the following deals:
TaylorMade R7 SuperQuad- $270
Cleaveland HiBore XL- $140
TaylorMade Burner- $210
Mizuno MX-500- $130
Adams Golf- Insight BUL 5000 & BTY Driver- $100

While at Tuesday Morning stores today spotted these two deals.

Callaway Women's Collection Cart Bag. Retails for $150 at GolfSmith and at Tuesday Morning only $50! Two color styles of Tan or Red. They also had the Odyssey stand bag for $50, retails for $140 as well.

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