grodney wrote:Loved this DGCR review from July 2011:
Cons: [The Course]- The biggest thing that disappointed me was the
lack of basic maintenance. The fairways were grown up to the point
where we were having to send spotters on every hole. John talked about
mowing an awful lot the days we were there, but he only started to mow
(other courses) the night we left. A lot of the paths were muddy or
marshy, and I understand sometimes it rains a lot, but this course has
been around long enough to where there should be bridges or even just
some wood planks over the usual soggy spots.
[The Complex]- Can be summed up in two words- trashy and incomplete.
The land is beautiful but is littered with junk and trash and numerous
unfinished projects. And then add on top the most important thing of
trying to maintain 5 courses while building 2 more, but nature is
easily overtaking things. John is fighting a losing battle with an
unpaid staff of 2 that can't complete the things that are already here
while simultaneously trying to build more stuff. Things appeared to be
breaking faster than they could be fixed. The campground was trashy
and smelled of raw sewage in several spots. The Honka House has a lot
of potential but the pics of the outside don't tell the whole story-
inside it is missing basics like drywall, outlet covers, lights, etc.
and seems to be used as much for storage of junk as it is for housing
When we stayed there for a week last September, ALL the courses were in pristine condition, all mowed with no mud anywhere. I have to agree John has a lot of projects going on and most are half finished and I can see why. They (John an 1 guy) were building a cabin next to hole 2 on Blueberry while we were there but would work on it for a couple hours then disappear....can't get much done that way IMO. The Honka House does look great from the outside but is ragged on the inside, the main door didn't have a knob or latch and we had to pull a couch in front of it at night when the wind was blowing hard. But what do you expect for $15.00 bucks a night, the Taj Mahal? It is what it is.