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Played here Wednesday 5/24/17.

Unfortunately, the previous review is still applicable.

While fairways were in very good shape, the greens were is poor condition. Many bare or damaged areas on vast majority (14 o 15) of the greens. In spots where there was good coverage, still slow an bumpy. Very disappointing.

Bunkers I played out of (3) greenside and (1) fairway had good amount of sand and were very playable. Heard a couple of complaints from playing partners about lack of sand or wet, oatmeal like, sand.

As mentioned above no complaints with fairway conditions. Excellent Bermuda coverage, slightly dry in a couple spots.

Layout is challenging. Strategic bunkers which gobble up slight misses on approaches to greens. Found a lot of pins on edges behind bunkers on this day. No homes on the course (a positive).

Great customer service inside and out. Very nice restaurant and bar. Good food.

Attendant cleaning clubs behind 18 green assured us, without being prompted about the greens, that they would be better next time. That said, I think they need a couple of months to improve.
6 Likes.
Played here on a spectacular sunny Saturday morning, 5/13/17.

Wish I could say my play was spectacular as well, but that's ok. I noticed a couple of recent below average ratings for BG and wanted to see for myself. This is what I consider my home course.

My experience was very good today. Conditions overall were very good to excellent.

Blue Tee boxes had some evidence of fairly recent punch, but does not affect shots in any way. All level, with some divot damage, but again, no problem finding good teeing ground.

Fairways continue to fill in nicely. Where the kikuyu has filled in completely, very well maintained. Cut short, but with nice cushion. Areas under repair or in poor condition were minimal, and all were marked as GUR appropriately.

Bunkers I visited were a good shape, Good amount of sand all around, which has at times been an issue here. Today, no issues.

Greens were excellent. Medium firm and medium speed. Not as fast as I'm accustomed to here, but rolling well. A few were slightly bumpy in spots, but overall very good / excellent.

Always great customer service inside and out.

Driving range grass has come back and filled in well, as always great views, especially on Back 9. Very fun and challenging, but fair course.

Highly recommend.
14 Likes.
Played Monday May 8th. First time here. Overall impressions were excellent.
Very nice clubhouse, Pro Shop, Lockers and restaurant.

Practice area was very well maintained. Titleist practice balls were a nice perk. Good chipping area and large practice putting green. No issues at all.

Starter on first tee was very pleasant. Tees, ball markers, divot tools and full yardage book available at tee box. Another nice perk...

Tee boxes were excellent, level and lush. (played White tees on this day at about 6200 yards).

Fairways showed very minor remains of vericut, but did not affect play from fairways. Otherwise lush and just the right amount of firmness and cushion under the ball. A few spots on edges of fairways were soggy, perhaps from rain the night before.

Greens were medium fast and quite firm. Did not fix many ball marks, and greens were a little on dry side. Showing several very shallow brown ball marks, but didn't affect roll very much. (I don't completely understand the desert golf course maintenance and overseeing strategy, but I would imagine greens are usually greener and more receptive in prime winter season, and I probably caught the back end of prime conditions)

Visited a couple of bunkers and both had plenty of sand and good fill.

Layout was borderline spectacular, in my opinion. Nicely manicured throughout, clean water streams and water features. Ponds and small lakes as well, which come into play 12-13 holes. Important (more so than usual) to play away from water, because most holes with water in play, seemed to slope and pitch towards the water.
Nice landscaping...reminded me a little bit of Desert Willow Firecliff, but just a little cleaner around the edges. Great variety of holes which kept my interest throughout. Par 3 12th, over water, with water fall protecting one side and pond the other was a showstopper. Great photo op.

Also, loved the fact there are no homes on this course...Just you and the layout in front of you. Very nice change up from a lot of other course in the area.

Highly recommend, may be my favorite in the Palm Springs / Palm Desert area.


Service excellent inside and out.
15 Likes.
Played here Sunday 3/26.
Overall, excellent conditions and great service, inside and out.

First time here, so moved up a tee box to help with navigation. No GPS, but a good two side color layout card available with starter.

From my experience with Scottsdale / Phx golf, fairly typical layout. Very few holes are adjacent to others and waste areas are more in play than difficult rough conditions.

Fairways were excellent, beautiful emerald green coverage throughout. A good amount of mounding, which can create a few uneven lies, but mostly on the edges of fairways.

Greens were just a touch on firm side, but rolled beautifully. Very few unrepaired ball marks, although I did start early in the day (730am). Pin placements on this day (my only negative) were very difficult. 15 of 18 were on the very edge or corners of the green which made for very difficult shot making. Any slight miss was exacerbated.

Bunkers were very good, full of medium light brown sand. No issues with playability. Some are very deep so avoiding the is key.

While several holes looked similar, there are a couple very fun and interesting. I found back nine much more interesting than front. 13 (drivable par 4) and 17 (island green) a were memorable. Position from the tee important on both sides.

Phil's Grill (as in Mickelson) was a great place to enjoy the 19th hole routine. Spacious clubhouse, lockers, and practice area.

On-line tee times allow for 'last minute' discounts and will provide a significant savings if you can wait until just 2-3 days before booking.

Highly recommend.
17 Likes.
Played here on Friday March 3rd. 830am tee time.
Rehabbing from a left shoulder surgery in late November, so thought this would be a good way to start my way back in, slowly and comfortably.

The course is only 4400 yards, par 59, with 13 par 3's (ranging from 70-180 yards). Several 3's on the front 9 are in the 90-100 range so you'll get a good amount of practice with wedges. 3 of the 5 pars 4's are drivable, but still requires a precise shot of 260-275, as fairly well protected green entrances.

Overall, nice conditions. The tee boxes can be chewed up a bit, as so many shots from similar spots, but always found good turf to hit from. Some tee boxes were a little firm and thin, but makes for good practice if hitting off the grass.

Greens were surprisingly medium firm, but held good shots. Rolled quite well, smooth for the most part, but you may find a few unrepaired ball marks. Medium fast and a decent amount of tilt on many of the greens. presents good challenge.

Fairways on the par 4's were fine. Good coverage throughout.

Sand bunkers were excellent. good amount of medium soft sand, very playable.

Nice, cozy bar and restaurant (The Treehouse), with comfortable furniture inside and out. Fire pits and pretty good food, cold beer, and very friendly service.

Probably not a place the low handicap players will find that enjoyable, but very casual and fun track.

Recommend.
17 Likes.
Played here Monday 11/14/16. First time on the course and overall was impressed and enjoyed the trip around.

Prompt service at bag drop and in ProShop. All grass practice range in good shape, but grass was a little on the long, lush side. Coming thru maintenance, I'm sure it was just a byproduct of easing into mowing as grass matures. Was good practice for hitting out of the rough on the course. Nice chipping area adjacent.

Friendly and helpful starter at first tee. Paired up with one local who knew the course well, which helped with navigation. No cart path restrictions. GPS on board carts.

Tee boxes were in good shape. All flat, but chewed up on a couple of holes. Not an issue although to find good teeing ground.

Fairways were in good shape as well, not particularly lush, but very playable. I could imagine fairways will be in great shape in another few weeks, when surface fills in and is a little more dense with coverage.

Greens were medium slow and a little bumpy, but again very playable. A little adjustment required as you work your way around. Rolled true, but clearly not quite in peak season condition. Still very little to complain about once you get used to speed.

Bunkers I visited were robust. Very full, and could have used a little care, but again just part of the transition to the winter season.

Decent variety of par 4 & 5's. Solid group of par 3's and highlight of the round was 9 and 18. Two beautiful, tough holes to finish each side. Scenic course, lot of interesting birds in the water features throughout to keep you distracted, just enough, to make for a very enjoyable round.

Highly recommend.
11 Likes.
Played Monument on 10/15/16, just 8 days after re-open from fall maintenance. Course was cart path only, I had to leave quickly after completing the round, and that's the end of the negatives. And one of those, the course could not control. (Started at 730am, I had to get out of my hotel room in Scottsdale by noon so had to rush back)

Everything else, from check in to end of the round was superb. Given I played only 8 days after re-open, I wasn't sure what exactly to expect, but had this course on the top my got to play list, so ventured out.

I was told by some of the locals the conditions would be much better in a month or two. I'm not sure how much better they could be. Conditions were nearly flawless, so now can't wait to go back to see how much better they can get.

Tee boxes were clean and level. Granted minimal play here since re-open, but clear the course takes care of every inch of the property.

Fairways were the highlight for me. I could see where the surface might be a little denser and firm in spots, but still were amazing. Emerald green and lush.

Greens were excellent. Medium fast, true, and fair. Nothing too elaborate in terms of undulation or size, just very well designed, receptive, and playable. Held shots well.

Only played from one greenside bunker, which was very good. Right amount of sand, dense but not too heavy.

The rock formations, desert flora outcroppings were spectacular and framed each hole beautifully. All of the nature around (birds, cactus, vegetation and even a couple of Javelina) made for a very interesting trip around the course. Homes nearby are not intrusive, tucked back from the playing area and unnoticeable while going around.

Service inside an out was great. Ambulance (aka Beverage Cart) came around 4 times, and always routinely provided additional ice even if you didn't purchase anything. Just a small touch that's noticed, because you normally don't get it. As always, my experience with Troon courses is top shelf. Pay a little more, but get the best conditions and service.

Highly recommend. (If you cant manage or don't want to be restricted to cart path, I believe they will be back on the fairways in a few weeks)
Enjoy
12 Likes.
Played here on Sunday 9/26. Given greens were punched on 9/12-9/13, greens are in very good condition. A few looked almost 100% back and others were 75-80. Very playable now. While a little slower and bumpy in spots, nothing to complain about. I like having the aeration out of the way early here. Good to play now, and in 2 weeks, assuming similar maintenance, they will be back to 100% normal and fast.

Fairways continue to improve and areas where kikuyu has filled in are great. Cut to a nice tight, but still lush height, beautiful to play off. GUR areas are appropriately marked and provides for fair relief.

I found (3) greenside bunkers and found them to be hard under a rather thin layer of well groomed sand. Only area that needs a little improvement. I bounced a couple of sand wedges off the firm bottom, expecting to have more cushion / sand underneath.

No issues with tee boxes. The few which were re-done are open again and in great condition.

Service is always friendly and professional, inside and out. Maybe the best 19th hole patio around, overlooking the tricky water guarded 18th.

Enjoy now, highly recommend.
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Played here 8/25/16, first time, with SCGA Member outing.

Very good impressions with course and condition. Old school layout, long but fair, tree lined, and very narrow in spots, with large mature trees dictating position off tee, and guarding some greens. Fairly flat, downhill 1 and 10, and plays more left to right (6 holes), than right to left (3). (Unusual opening hole, downhill, right to left 267 yards, which for first timers is just an iron or hybrid down the left side, but would have been more fun to go for it with 3 wood or Driver). Course got much tougher immediately after first hole.

Conditioning very good, given drought conditions. Greens were green, and rolling nicely, were receptive, but quite deceptive. Not a lot of obvious contouring, but all had some tilt, and some much less obvious than others.

Fairways were also very good condition, nicely manicured with good lush coverage and cushion, but also good roll out. Very few bare spots, but I managed to miss my share of fairways, so disappointed not to get the premium second shots more often.

Rough was kind of a coin flip. Quite lush and deep in spots, but bare and sparse in others. I got both during my round. Lush rough was penal, but fair. If you missed in a clumpy area, you could get very poor lies, and incur some difficulty getting near green.

Sand bunkers were good. Only found one, but it was excellent. Bunkers are mostly high faced / firm around edges and flat, well maintained in bottom, so shots usually rolled down to flat area. Very playable.

Very much enjoyed this course, and will consider going back for next SCGA outing in November. Reasonably priced ($70), with access to proshop and snack shop.

Recommend if you get the opportunity.
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Played here Monday 7/25, 630am.

I'll defer to the previous and most recent reviews, as they are very accurate.

A couple of notes from my visit on 7/25. As mentioned in other recent reviews, driving range is closed for leveling and re-sod. My understanding from Pro Shop is the grass range will be closed for several weeks (up to 6) so important to understand that before you arrive for next round. Range will be mats only during this time.

IMO, This should not be a significant consideration if heading out to play. There are (2) chipping greens and (1) Putting green available. One behind 18 and one each at #1 tee.

Also, only (2) of the (4) tee boxes were available on #10 (par 3), Black and Gold. Only Gold and Red were available on par 3, 16th. Tee boxes there are also being leveled and re-sodded, but would assume the work would be done sooner than driving range.

Otherwise, very good to excellent conditions throughout.
Enjoy!
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Played here, first time, 7/22/16. 630am

Overall, very enjoyable course. Very generous for the most part and fits the resort style course bill. Very well manicured and lush throughout, even in dog days of summer (90 degrees at 0630 and about 110 when we finished, at 1015. Very brisk POP) While I believe almost every hole has home on both sides of fairway, they are not noticeable (all one story) and set back far enough where they really shouldn't come into play.

Tee boxes were excellent, level and lush, and many to choose from.

Fairways while a little dry in spots, still were well conditioned and rewarded every on target tee shot with a near perfect lie.

Greens were a little crunchy, baked, and quite firm. Minimal ball marks even on very high approach shots. Greens however, were still rolling very well, medium speed. Most greens are flat, do recall a couple which were tiered. As much as I tried to find break in putts, if you didn't see much, be assured the putt is going to be very straight. Took a while to learn this...

Avoided all bunkers, so cannot comment on sand conditions, but visually looked fine.
Very straightforward layout, mostly flat with some mounding and nice water features on a couple of the par 3's. Played forward (Silver tees, at 6100 yards). Probably a better challenge from gold (6600) but who needs to play 6600 when its 110 degrees.

Enjoyed it, good customer service, minimal 19th hole facilities and pro shop, but very good grass practice tees with lots of targets. Good chipping and putting areas.
8 Likes.
Played here Noon on Sunday 7/17.

First time here and have mixed review on conditions and overall impressions.

Very slow, on this day so I played as single and had a chance to get a good look around. While overall, I enjoyed the golf holes which made up the course, I was a little disappointed / confused by the layout. I was unaware most holes were surrounded by homes, although they don't really come in play, as homes mostly sit far enough away or above the course. Not a big deal...but routing was interesting. Many small side trips through the neighborhood streets, crossing several time from hole to hole. Otherwise, I enjopyed the variety of holes throughout.

Conditions were good to average for the most part, and below average in other spots.

Greens were very soft (so soft I could repair ball marks with my fingers) but still rolled medium speed and quite true. The green on the signature 8th (beautiful island green par 3) was a disaster however. Looked like an airplane landed there recently. Damage and repairs throughout, but I can't recall any other significant issues on greens. Some very interesting green complexes (#4, with 4 levels, and #14, with huge drop from back portion to front, come to mind) where approach positioning is key.

Fairways are thin yet rather soft and not as firm as they appeared, so course is getting some water on them. Good coverage, no major issues that I noticed. Very playable.

Bunkers I played from were very good with right amount of sand. Pretty strategic locations for bunkering and a couple of waste areas in front of greens on 6 and 12. Well designed.

Fun risk / reward finishing hole over water. Very reachable par 5 when drive is calculated correctly. Be aware of yardage to the creek (dry on this day) and take a rip at the green over the water.

Service was very good inside and out. Only mats on the range today, did not spend too much time there, did notice a number (3 or 4) practice greens, all in excellent condition.

Enjoyed my time here, will most likely return at some point. Just felt conditions were down a bit, but still recommend.
14 Likes.
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