Lu Lu Country Club
|White (W)||73||6032 yards||75.5||130|
|Silver (W)||73||5527 yards||73.3||125|
|Red (W)||73||5456 yards||72.9||124|
|Black M: 70.7/131||476||361||430||112||448||181||475||419||357||3259||525||347||181||438||405||150||333||515||406||3300||6559|
|White M: 69.6/128 W: 75.3/127||461||331||410||95||439||165||404||403||300||3008||486||333||162||424||329||128||299||497||366||3024||6032|
|Silver M: 67.4/124||445||322||341||85||385||163||411||400||281||2833||431||321||152||421||311||113||292||439||323||2803||5636|
|Red M: 67.3/124 W: 72.7/122||435||312||331||75||375||153||401||390||271||2743||421||311||142||411||301||103||282||429||313||2713||5456|
Played on a 90° day with no car girl and no halfway house. Course was in OK condition, but nothing special. I realize the clubhouse is under construction, but golfers really need refreshments while playing.
If first impressions are lasting then the starter the afternoon would scare me away, but I like the golf course. First we were going as a two some, then told to wait, then told to go, then told to let two walking members go ahead of us (mostly foursomes on the course), then told to go. We teed off then told to wait for a single and after he topped his tee shot they told the single to wait and put us with a twosome who was waiting and the single was told he could follow us. Once we got started play moved OK. Greens were good mostly but half seemed to not be totally healed from month old aeration. They call it a private club but it's a very loose interpretation allowing public play to individuals seven times a year but not sure how they track it. Overall course in good shape but some of the posted yardage is questionable. We frequently had short waits as the two walking members in front of us were going nowhere and eventually turned into a threesome of walkers with a player who came out of nowhere the last several holes. Can't wait till clubhouse opens and can play from the real first hole although it's Ok finishing an a good par five 10th hole. Hope that starter had a short career there. Club house guy looked out the door and he seemed confused by what was going on, or maybe he was directing it?
Play it before it goes fully private
Donald Ross was prolific, designing more than 400 golf courses in his storied career. And it’s natural to wonder whether his courses might start to blend a bit in one’s recollection.
LuLu, which sits toward the beginning of his career (1912), stands out strongly, thanks in part to a site with some interesting character (upon some golf had been built before Ross arrived), including a memorable wedge par 3 (#4) in an old quarry. Other quirky features include several “dolomite” or “chocolate drop” mounds behind greens and along fairways, as well as a few blind shots. At this point the club is semi-private, so if you find yourself in the area, spend the $78 (or less, depending on time of day and week) and play it.
Really enjoyed the course. Conditions were great. Greens fast. Rough challenges but fair. The course is in transition and a new clubhouse is under construction so you start on #11 but they seem to be doing their best while going through the update.
A must play
Beautiful course. Excellent conditions. Awesome staff! Will be back again and again.
Wouldn’t honor our tee time
Members were paired with us and they wouldn’t honor our tee time we were supposed to get off at 920 and didn’t get off until 940. And we were promised to be a 4 hour round with good pace but ended up being a 440 round ad a twosome stuck behind the two slowest 4somes. Owner promised to have them keep pace but did nothing
Great, but a bit confusing ?
Course is fantastic, but do to some construction, we started on the 11th hole and had a hard time finding the next hole to play a lot. But all in all it was a great day of golf on a really special course - will be back soon !
On vacation from AZ, best greens I have played in awhile. The rough was rough, but fair. Nice layout and people. Teed off at 3:40pm and got them all in. The only downside is they ran out of water on course, and no late beverage cart. That would not be allowed in AZ.
Refused to allow golf carts after nights rain
Paid $50 advance for $200 4some via golfnow the day before. It rained 1.5 inches the night before(confirmed by grounds keeper). Arrive at course 10am and told no golf carts allowed. We manned up and agreed to walk with pull carts after golf pro only agrees to knock off golfnow $10 fee. Course was fine for cart path rules. Walked a long 18 and all our feet were dry. Every golf staff member had a cart crossing and riding around while we lugged bags at 10% discount in 80 degree weather. I’ve played on courses 5x more saturated with cart path rules. LuLu golf doesn’t care for nonmember play.
Love the course but
I love Lulu great course, very tough. We tees off at 8:10 and a 4some went off before us. It was just me and a friend. The group in front, in which I’m not the best golfer in the world, was hitting the ball 125 yds in front of them off the box and would not let us play through. Like I said I love Lulu but I believe they were members and they treat members like gold over there, public not so much. Easily, the least enjoyable round of golf I’ve had in some time. Don’t know if I’d be back!
Light at the end of the tunnel
This Donald Ross gem will only improve as the new clubhouse facilities finish completion (spring 2019?). Yes, there is an awkward course layout having to begin at 11 and end at 10. Yes, you need to be on site at least one hour before tee time if you want to hit the range (it’s completely across the property). Yes, there are limited resources available for food, beverage, and pro shop merchandise.
But for $60 (cart included), you get a course that is only improving as the weather warms up. The greens were aerated recently and need to grow in, but they will run quickly in another week. Play it now before it once again becomes a private club soon enough. The staff is friendly, and the course design will challenge all skill levels (no need to bring driver out on many of the holes - hint - hint).
Great course, if you have horse blinders
The course itself plays very nicely. The design is great from a golfing standpoint.
Due to the club-house fire a few years ago, groups start on the 11th tee. I love to walk, but I would not walk this course again. 15/18 holes are uphill. No two holes feel the same and you get some unique types of holes, both expected and unexpected.
The Amenities are awful. No water on the course. Absolutely no where to go to the bathroom either. I don't mind watering a tree if there is a secluded spot, but there aren't any of those.
The worst part is that for about 85-90% of the round, you feel like you're playing golf on a highway. The new clubhouse is at the top of a hill in the middle of the course, and all the holes are along roads.
I will try this course again when the trees are fuller and the clubhouse is done.
Tricky Donald Ross Design
Disclosure: LuLu's clubhouse was destroyed in a fire last year so the club built a temporary clubouse/restaurant/bar with some trailers. They were dealt a tough hand but they're managing well. The routing of the course was also affected (play starts on #11).
LuLu lives up to the profile of a Donald Ross course: Thick rough, very fast greens. Word of advice: play below the hole as much as possible. Pretty vanilla layout with a few unique holes that make the course interesting. Public play here is limited, but you can usually get on later in the afternoon for under $50. There are tons of people joining as members so I wouldn't be surprised if they start to limit public play some. It's not as nice as its neighboring country clubs (Manufacturers', North Hills, Cricket Club) but it's a solid course. The range is on the other side of the property so arrive early if you want to practice.
Attitude from the staff
Staff was very rude. Apparently they were doing us a favor by letting us play there. If you go there ...dont bring your own water bottles or snacks. They made us put them back in our cars.
There are many other courses that are just as nice... without the attitude.
Donald Ross Course Worth Playing
Good place to play for the history of the design if nothing else. Small greens and some blind shots with bunkers in play. Played with a member who knew the course, but recommend driving up on some holes to see the layout first.
Course was in good shape altho some of the tee boxes needed a bit of work. Greens were challenging. Well worth a play.