Sifford has gotten more crowded and I think that has put more stress on course conditions. I’ve seen the course in better shape. Greens quick but bumpy. The Bermuda here seems to be more fickle because of those bumps. Just not as smooth as some of the other nice Bermuda greens in the area. For some reason, a few of the back tee boxes were closed, which made the course play unusually short. In particular, this was the case on holes 2 and 6. There were areas under repair but I didn’t notice any major changes since my last round here. They’ve almost finished the repair of the bridge between #1 and #9.
One other thing I didn’t care for was how closely mown the “rough” was around the greens. With many of the greens crowned or elevated, approaches and chips that either didn’t quite make the putting surface or ran through would not stop rolling until they settled well off the green and down the hills. I noticed this especially on #4 where I was chipping from the right side and my ball rolled through the green down the left side and across the cart path. And then similarly on #8 where my playing partner was pitching from below the left side of the green and his ball hit the green but rolled off the front, missing the bunker and rolling all the way down the hill and across the cart path! It’s kinda weird to me how the conditions and vibe here at Sifford can feel beginner/amateur/easy, yet shots around the greens can play so difficult, requiring the precise accuracy and touch of a pro.
I like Sifford and it’s generally priced for what you get, but conditions are just okay right now.