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Rode the Blues (5827/67.3/120) in slightly over 4H twilight using Forelinx. Matched up with nice Canadians Kelly, Myrna and Alvin. About 75, clear and calm, very comfortable golf weather.

Over seeded tees were lush and well maintained with few unfixed divots.

Over seeded fairways were lush and nice to play from.

Over seeded rough was lush and thick. Tough to find balls unless you were on top of them. Nice to chip from, the ball often sat up.

Sand traps were decently maintained but a little thin.

Small over seeded greens putted smooth, medium fast and were firm. They usually roll really well here.

Typical old school desert layout laid out in a rectangle. No Drink cart today. No GPS on the basic carts. Reasonably priced grill onsite. Complimentary range balls on an all grass range that tops out at about 220 yards. Fun course, the staff is always very friendly here. This course would be easy to walk, very flat and most tees are close to the last green. Recommended.
10 Likes.
Rode the Purple tees (6676/72.1/136) in 4H, 15M twilight with GK Gurus Ron, Pedro and Gary, easily beating darkness. Always enjoy playing with those old, familiar faces! The weather was clear, fairly calm and around 65.

Playing conditions were excellent across the board. Having played both Rams Hill and Indian Wells Celebrity in the previous 24 hours, both of which were excellent as usual, I can say that this course was the best conditioned of the three.

Over seeded tees were lush and level with few divots.

Over seeded fairways were lush and very nice to play from.

The over seeded rough is VERY lush and thick. Definitely a penalty to miss the fairway here.

The waste bunkers were firm and not as well maintained as the greenside traps. The greenside traps had good quality sand and were very nicely maintained.

The greens putted medium fast bordering on fast if downhill. Numerous pins were tournament quality, set close to slopes where near misses could result in 15+' coming back. Mostly smooth and they held irons well.

Customer Service always excellent here from when you drop your clubs off out front to when you pick them up after the round. Drink cart around multiple times, and I had what may have been the best hot dog I have ever consumed from their snack shop. Piled high with about a dozen different add ons! Nice GPS on carts. Plenty of ice/water stations on the course. The all grass driving range is included and is excellent with a nice practice chipping area. Highly recommended, one of my favorite courses in the Palm Springs area.
12 Likes.
Rode the Yellow tees (6349/70.7/128) with GK Guru's Dave, Brian & George early morning. Fun group to play with! The weather was calm and sunny. Cold when we started a little after 7 but had warmed up to perfect conditions by the time we finished a little before noon.

Beautiful, tougher than average layout. Constantly up/down hills and the large green complexes are challenging. Fourteen par 4's with only two par 5's and two par 3's = par 72. Normally, that hole mix would be a detriment, but the par 4's here all have a different feel/look, good mixture of longer and risk/reward holes to keep things fun and interesting. This course would be a beast to walk as numerous holes are a long way from the last green.

The over seeded tees were lush with few divots. No challenges getting level lies.

The over seeded fairways were very lush and provided excellent lies.

The over seeded rough was very lush and not overly penal.

The sand traps were nicely maintained with good quality sand.

The over seeded greens were good, but not great. They looked quicker than they were. They putted medium slow early morning and were up to medium speed by the end of the round. Not as smooth as previous visits here. Even though firm, they held well struck irons well.

The customer service was exceptional as always here. Complementary range balls on an all grass range is always a plus. Cart person around numerous times. Excellent GPS on the carts. Very nice course in overall excellent condition. Highly recommended.
10 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6369/70.9/131) with Dave, Greg and Brian in the GK Plays in 4H, 55M. Overcast and very windy in the 50's made for challenging golf weather. Thanks to John and everyone responsible for a well run event.

Tom Fazio design, really like the course layout, Many holes have visually intimidating sight lines with 97 well placed traps and a decent amount of water. I understand the high slope rating. They have added combo tees, so plenty of tee options for players of all skill levels. The course is fair, not overly tight and an excellent test of golf.

The tees were lush and very well maintained. Large, level with few divots, near immaculate.

The fairways were lush with few divots. A couple of discolored areas but still excellent overall.

The rough was also very lush. Thick and long enough to make longer clubs a chancy play. Get outside the maintained rough and the native rough is a likely lost ball.

The sand traps were nicely maintained with thick, good quality sand. Almost too thick @ times. However, for a public course in a windy area with close to 100 total on this course, hard to see any course allowing daily fee players to do better.

The greens were firm, smooth, medium fast and rolled well. Lots of ball marks fellow players! Definitely not as pristine as prior visits, but still very good overall.

The customer service has always been excellent here. Little things like the cookie after the round and complementary water are noticed and appreciated. The pro shop staff, Starter, Marshall and Drink cart were all excellent to deal with. Full service restaurant that was doing a brisk business, friendly service. Good GPS on the carts. The setup of the all grass driving range with the complementary Pro-V range balls is top notch. Numerous grass greens set up as targets in 25-30 yard increments so you could hit almost any club and feel like you were hitting into a green.

Concerning playing conditions. On all my previous visits everything was in the 9/10 out of 10 range across the board. Today, they were more in the 8/9 out of 10 range. Excellent, but not as prisitne as previous rounds played here. Still definitely recommended.
11 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6642/70.8/112) as a single on a GN "Hot Deal" in breezy, overcast conditions around 55. With a $10 off certificate, I played for less than $5.

Numerous dog legs and some of the largest greens I have ever played on keeps the layout interesting. Solid par 72 layout with five par 3 and 5's. You start out with two straight par 5's and later have two straight par 3's on the front. Three par 5's and three par 3's with only one par 4 through 7 holes, very unusual.

Playing conditions were terrible however.

Tees were all over the place, usually poor to play from. Several on the front were mowed higher than rough on many courses. Several on the back were basically hardpan. The others were anywhere from bad to okay. Mostly level with few divots, but many were hard to get a tee in the ground they are so firm.

Fairways are a mixture of grasses, winter thin, very firm and mostly straw colored.

Rough also a winter thin mixture of grasses and usually had okay coverage. The secondary rough has been removed and is quite punitive because it plays like a plowed field, clumps of unlevel dirt.

Most of the sand traps were long ago removed and are now grass bunkers. They are large with steep faces and are challenging to play out of even with grass because it is so clumpy. The few actual sand traps remaining are in poor condition.

Greens were absolutely the WORST I have ever experienced on a regulation course in almost 5 decades of golfing. They were sanding them as I played, which I am honestly not sure if that helped or hurt the way they putted. The front 9 greens were maintained higher than fringe that you would definitely chip over rather than putt through. Many had large hardpan bare spots and putted slow beyond belief, there were a 0/10. Back nine greens were identical except they were maintained at a height you would expect greens to be. They were at least up to medium slow but just as bumpy. They were a 2/10, so my overall green rating was a 1/10. First time I have EVER rated greens a 1/10.

Quick and efficient check-in, Steven in the pro shop was great. I played 2 balls and only saw a couple of other golfers out there. Pro Shop is a trailer, no Starter, Marshall or Drink cart. The gas powered carts do not have GPS. The course was marked every 50 yards old school. In this condition, I am amazed they are still open for business. This course just made a relatively small list of courses that I will not be coming back to.
11 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6601/73.3/140) with Matt, Wendy and John. Very fun and relaxed group to play with! CPO due to over seeding made for a slow POP. Weather was beautiful, calm, clear and warm.

Best William F. Bell layout I have played, better than Sandpiper IMO. Traditional, old school, both sides are par 36 with two par 3's and two par 5's. It contains everything I like and look for in a golf course. Interesting holes with variety that feature elevation changes. Enough tightness and hazards to constantly keep you on your toes w/o being overly penal. Plenty of well positioned bunkers and tree lined fairways and finally, the star of the course... excellent greens.

The tees were lush and well maintained.

The Bermuda fairways were quasi lush and generally nice to play from. Only complaints, and this is nit picking, is that collection areas had some soggy spots and they were full of old divots.

The over seeded rough was the weak link. All over the place, could be thick kukuyu, nice Bermuda, newly seeded Rye that could range from ultra lush to thin and some hardpan areas. It was penal because you were likely to have a poor lie and every poor lie was likely to be radically different than the last poor lie.

The large Sand traps were excellent. Thick good quality sand and immaculately maintained.

Loved the large greens. I saw the lines well and made more than my share of 6-12' putts. Firm and quick. The false fronts could be treacherous on numerous holes. Our group saw numerous chips and putts that were at one time within 10' of the hole end up 20 to 30 yards back down the fairway. It was the greens along with the tightness of a longer than average course that account for the high rating/slope.

Excellent customer service from everyone encountered. Nice range and excellent short game practice area. Basic carts did not have GPS but did have ports for electronics. No drink cart but adequate water stations on the course. Nice touch was stations on each nine with some snacks. Highly recommended if you have the opportunity to play.
12 Likes.
Rode the Blues (5827/67.3/120) in slightly over 4H twilight using Forelinx. Played with 3 nice seniors. Around 75, clear and calm, very comfortable golf weather.

The over seeded tees were lush and maintained long with few unfixed divots.

The over seeded fairways were lush and nice to play from.

The over seeded rough was lush and thick. Tough to find balls unless you were on top of them. Nice to chip from, the ball usually sat up.

The sand traps were well maintained but the ones I was in could have used more sand.

The small greens putted medium slow speed and were firm. They should be good in a few weeks, still mowed high after over seeding.

This course would be easy to walk, very flat and most tees are close to the last green. Typical old school desert layout laid out in a rectangle. No Drink cart today. No GPS on the basic carts. Reasonably priced grill onsite. Complimentary range balls on an all grass range that tops out at about 220 yards.

Fun course, the staff is always very friendly and I have a better chance of my final score starting with a first digit of 7 here than almost any course I play. Recommended.
8 Likes.
Rode the Golds (6602/72.0/132) for 36 holes with USCDodger32, Mrkich and two of their buddies that traded off for 18 each. AM Round 4H,15M, PM round 4H,35M. Chilly when we started but quickly warmed up and was a great day for golf in the 70's, sunny and calm. We used 4some vouchers obtained through GKPlays.

Really liked the layout, links style with no water. All 18 holes are "tribute" holes to famous British Open holes. Similar, in the ball park but not meant to be exact replicas. The layout is tight in spots with deep native grass that is an almost sure lost ball around most holes.

Tees were furry. Okay for divots and reasonably level, they were maintained at a level comparable with the first cut of rough on many courses.

Fairways were dormant Bermuda sprayed green. They played well, almost always had a decent lie in the fairways with a good cushion underneath.

Rough was dormant Bermuda not overly high but fairly thick. Much more hit and miss, could be a nice lie sitting up or a just advance a shot iron shot.

The sand was very good. Nicely maintained, every trap I was in both the quality and quantity of sand was well above average bordering on excellent. I think we all experienced at least one "pot" bunker where we had to play sideways to safely get out of.

AM, greens were medium slow and reasonably smooth. PM, greens were medium fast and getting bumpy. Firm, you made dents, not really ball marks. Numerous pin placements were good luck stopping anything close to the pin from the wrong direction, especially in the afternoon.

Cart gal out and about numerous times. Extremely friendly and informative pro shop staff, starter and Marshall. Awesome club house modeled after a Medieval Castle. Nice restaurant, we grabbed lunch on the run between 18's, very good! Very good course that I would upgrade to a must play in the Vegas area if you are a fan of links golf in general and British Open venues in particular. Very fun course to play, definitely recommended.
5 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6739/73.1/140) twilight in slightly less than 4.5H... for 15 holes? Finally found a way to shoot in the 70's from the Blues @ Stadium, have it get too dark to play after 15 holes. CPO and a slow group in front on a packed course made for a snails POP. Matched up with Dwayne, Mike and A.J., very nice group to play with. The weather was sunny, calm and around 95.

The over seeded tees were mostly flat and lush.

The over seeded fairways were lush and excellent to play from.

The Bermuda primary rough was mostly dormant. Still thick even though mowed down low. It was usually nice to play out of.

The plentiful sand traps were very well maintained with good quality sand.

The over seeded greens putted medium slow speed and were firm and somewhat bumpy coming out of over seeding. Definitely weeks behind the Nicklaus greens.

This was one of the toughest courses in the U.S. when it opened in the 1980's. More than usual amounts of water plus huge, deep sand traps are tough obstacles. Throw in the typical Pete Dye moguls and you have a layout that can beat up even PGA Tour players. #6 was playing 240 to a back pin with at least a 200 yard carry over water today from the blues. Just for giggles, one of my playing partners scoped the Blacks. 267 over water is a LONG par 3. However, always enjoy this layout,

Excellent customer service as usual here. Cart gal around 4-5 times. Numerous water stations on the course. Good GPS on the carts. Nice all grass range that was very busy. Definitely recommended.
10 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6522/72.2/134) in slightly over 4H, 45M early morning using Forelinx. Played up with Jim, Mark and Tom, on a winter golf vacation from Ohio. CPO. Being matched up with nice guys and good golfers made the slow round POP much more bearable. The weather was sunny, calm and around 95.

The over seeded tees were lush and very nice to play from.

The over seeded fairways were lush and excellent to play from.

The Bermuda primary rough is mostly dormant, mowed low but still thick. The rough closer to the fairway is over seeded and very lush.

The plentiful sand traps were as immaculately maintained as I have ever experienced anywhere. Even all the waste bunkers were freshly raked and seemed to have better sand than 75% of the courses I have played.

The over seeded greens putted medium speed & were firm and somewhat bumpy.

The layout features mounds along the side of fairways, large/deep bunkers, several split fairways and some expansive sand waste bunkers. Nicklaus Tournament is one of the toughest chipping courses I have ever played because of the firm raised greens that are surrounded by steep banks on 2 or more sides on almost every hole. It came out of over seeding in better shape than Stadium.

The cart gal was out making the rounds numerous times. Excellent customer service from everyone. Plenty of water stations on the course. Good GPS on the carts. Nice all grass range that was busy today. Definitely recommended.
7 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6578/72.4/134) using Forelinx mid morning. The POP was painful, almost 5H with CPO. Matched up with 3 nice super seniors playing the Silver tees. Two were pretty good, the other finally quit after 10 holes with at least a dozen balls in water hazards to that point. The weather was sunny, breezy and close to 90.

The over seeded tees were lush, only the par 3's needed divot repair.

The over seeded fairways were lush and nice to play from.

Numerous areas of native rough are unplayable, knee deep where it is an almost sure lost ball. The primary rough is dormant Bermuda, good coverage but still hit and miss. The over seeded first cut of rough around the fairways and greens is lush and usually nice to play from.

The sand traps were nicely raked and decently maintained with good quality sand.

The over seeded greens putted medium fast. They are reasonably smooth, firm and have almost no ball marks.

Practice facilities here are good, unfortunately the grass range was closed for over seeding today. The customer service was top notch from everyone encountered. Drink cart out making the rounds and complementary water is provided with your cart that has nice GPS. Very friendly Marshall out patrolling who was proactive in upgrading one of my playing partners to disability status so he could drive onto the fairways. Recommended.
11 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6578/72.4/134), CPO using Forelinx twilight. POP slightly over 4H, matched up with 3 nice snowbirds. The weather was sunny, clear, fairly calm and around 80.

The over seeded tees were lush, only the par 3's had a decent amount of divot damage. I found it strange for a high end course coming out of over seeding to not have divot mix bottles available anywhere on the course or the carts? Good way to have the tees/fairways not look good quickly?

The over seeded fairways were lush and nice to play from.

The over seeded first cut of rough around the fairways and greens was lush and nice to play from. The primary rough is longer dormant Bermuda, good coverage but is more hit and miss. Numerous areas of native rough are unplayable, knee deep where it is an almost sure lost ball.

The abundant sand traps were nicely raked and decently maintained. I sampled my share, they consistently had an adequate amount of good quality sand.

Almost every green complex is raised, some severely raised. The over seeded greens putted fairly smooth and medium fast, firm with almost no ball marks.

The customer service was top notch from everyone encountered. Drink cart out making the rounds and complementary water is provided with your cart that has nice GPS. Very friendly Marshall out patrolling. Practice facilities here are good, the grass range is included in your fee.

Pete Dye design with mounds, waste bunkers, grass bunkers and visually intimidating sight lines on most holes. Many holes with forced carries and even though the lay of the land is basically flat, you almost never have a level lie after your tee shot because of all the mounds/moguls. Tougher course than it's given credit for IMO. Recommended.
7 Likes.
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