Played here for my first time Sunday, 11/25 at 10:00 am with a great “Deal” time from TeeOff.com. $42 minus 25% promo code, so $31.50 with cart on a w... » More
Played here for my first time Sunday, 11/25 at 10:00 am with a great “Deal” time from TeeOff.com. $42 minus 25% promo code, so $31.50 with cart on a weekend… hard to beat! I arrived almost an hour early and check-in went smoothly. Things were running pretty much right on time. Having heard nightmare stories of six-hour rounds, I feared what I’d encounter midday on a holiday weekend, but POP was good at just over 4:30.
Conditions are mixed but overall pretty decent. Greens were probably the high point, rolling smooth in very nice condition, although only about medium-slow to medium speed. They were quite soft and accepted full shots extremely well. Fairways were spotty but there was always grass under the ball. Sometimes it was thin and sometimes a little more lush. Rough was spottier and there was little visual definition separating the fairways and rough. I wasn’t in a bunker but they actually looked really good. Blue tee boxes were maybe the low point, with some clumpy and/or very thin areas where it was sometimes a challenge to find a smooth patch of grass to tee it up.
I’d attended a Senior PGA Tour event here in the ‘90s and tried to walk on one other time but got denied (tournament or something; can’t recall specifically), so this was my first time playing the course. I really liked it, especially the back nine. The front nine routing seemed a little convoluted to me, but maybe that was just because it was my first go-round. Overall I felt the back was more memorable and also more removed from the surrounding urban landscape. I especially liked the par-3 12th and par-4 14th. Both the 11th and 14th had nice elevated greens. The 18th is pretty claustrophobic, but I loved seeing the Palmer plaque on the tee. The dual-green 17th was interesting, too. Unfortunately I hurt my back on the 6th hole and couldn’t enjoy my round nearly as much as I would have liked. (If it hadn’t been such a beautiful day and/or a course I’d never played before, I probably would’ve quit early.) I definitely want to get back out there once I’m healed up.» Close