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Los Angeles County; Riverside County; Palm Springs Area; Orange County; San Diego County; Ventura County; Santa Barbara County; San Francisco/North Bay Area; Las Vegas Area; Phoenix Area
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Driver: Taylor Made M-2
3 wood: Taylor Made M-1
Callaway Apex iron 4-gw Nippon 950 shafts
Titleist Vokey SM4 56 Deg. and 60 Deg.
Last Updated: April 21, 2016
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Sixpez and I played our GK Cup 10 first round match this morning at 7:15. I got $10 off as a la Quinta resident (paid $30) while they reconfigure the... » More
Sixpez and I played our GK Cup 10 first round match this morning at 7:15. I got $10 off as a la Quinta resident (paid $30) while they reconfigure the back 9 at Silverrock, Pace of play was outstanding at 3:45, and we never really waited (not even Keith!!) to hit any shot. We played the blue tees (6396 yards 126 slope)
This course is set in a housing community (similar to Woodhaven, and Monterrey Country Club), and the design is set up so that all kinds of golfers can play. Wide fairways (I still seemed to miss more than my share), water comes into play on quite a few holes, but only one short par 3 that you have to carry over it.
Customer service was for the most part superb. They bring a cart to your car to pick up your clubs, they accompany you and help you put your clubs and other golf gear back in your car. The pro shop attendant was friendly as was the starter. The parts I am going to pick on were we did not see the cart girl until we played the first 9, and then as you go past the starter for the first tee she was parked waiting for the groups to finish 9 to serve. We also saw her on 16. My guess is with the wacky routing (it seemed we were crossing a street after almost every hole), that she wouldn't be able to service the whole course by driving thru the front 9. There were water jugs placed on several holes, but they do not provide any cups for you to use. Memo to self next time, bring my own water bottle.
For a course that is not considered a top tier course for the area, the conditions were excellent especially for this time of year, and when the courses in the area are transitioning to summer grasses. The tee boxes were level, plenty of grass, and few unrepaired divots. The fairways had great coverage, never had a bad lie. The rough was cut down to just above fairway length, but you could tell it was rough, as it took just enough spin off your approach that it was difficult to hold greens, especially if you were out of position on the hole. The one green side bunker I was in was thin, and had a weird sand mixture, it felt like i was hitting out of a mixture of coastal and desert sand, it made a crunching sound when I walked in it.
The greens were the best I have played on in the last couple of weeks (and that includes the Stadium course. They were firm, (hardly a ballm ark to be found or to be repaired) and shots coming in from the rough or not struck well rolled quite a bit. I also liked the green complexes. Most putts outside of 3 feet had a wrinkle to them, that grabs your attention. Above the hole, the putts were quick. The roll was true. in our group I don't think there was one complaint that a putt was missed because of the green. They do advertise how great there greens are, and even in transition, i must say the greens were as good if not better than most courses I play in prime season.
As keith said, this is a solid layout with a handful of really good holes and a number of forgettable ones. Actually I liked the holes, but the routing can make you dizzy. I also do not like crossing Westward Ho street while cars are making turns off of Jefferson, that is a disaster waiting to happen. I never played this course before, but for the price and the conditions it is definitely a sold option.
They claim they have the best pro shop in the valley, which is quite a stretch to say the least. It is nice, but definitely pales in comparison to PGA west and Indian Wells golf shops for sure.
We got a free drink card as part of the green fee (free if you buy some food), at what could of been mistaken for a Hard Rock Cafe, with signed guitars, statues of Elvis etc. . A duet was playing (I remember the guy who played at LaRue wine bar in Old Town La Quinta. They had talent, but they were too loud then and too loud now, especially for 11AM on a Sunday. The patrons (who smartly took tables at the opposite end of the stage, all enjoyed and applauded in appreciation, but does not make a conducive atmosphere to talk after your round.
For the price, and the conditions I would definitely recommend this course and will be back» Close
Thanks Johnny for putting on a great event on 5/7. I really have not much to add about the conditions, I will leave that to those that are more knowl... » More
Thanks Johnny for putting on a great event on 5/7. I really have not much to add about the conditions, I will leave that to those that are more knowledgeable in course architecture and agronomy. I want to thank Nicksquire, sixpez and rat-patrol for a wonderful afternoon. I also want to comment on the GK cup match between sixpez and rat-patrol. The camaraderie and sportsmanship between the two was a pleasure to see. It appeared like they were just out there for the outing and the fun, and the competition was secondary.
The other comments I have to make was when the marshall came by and said we needed to speed up. Uh, where were we supposed to go? Unless he wanted us to start hitting into the group ahead of us. What did he expect when he had something like 48 players starting at the same time on 6 holes, and we were the last group.
I noted that the dropzone on 8, that if you weren't very careful you were on a downhill lie. Not very fair for that approach angle to an island green.
Epic fail on the staff at Ernie's. I was never impressed with the place anyway. and try and avoid eating there when I do play a PGA west course. They always seem inattentive (even when there is not a tournament), and I really think they don't care cause it's the only place in PGA west to eat and have a drink (they are building a second clubhouse, maybe that will wake them up.)
I also noted that the dropzone on 8, that if you weren't very careful you were on a downhill lie.
Course conditions were Troon like quality, glad to see Troon has put GPS back in the carts. Above all had an awesome day, always great to play golf with fellow GK'ers.» Close
I am not going to review Silverrock, because
1) I am biased
2) I am biased
3) There has been no change to my previous reviews excep... » More
I am not going to review Silverrock, because
1) I am biased
2) I am biased
3) There has been no change to my previous reviews except the back 9 is closed until November1 for renovations.
I do want to say what an enjoyable time I has with fellow GK'ers lamitchw,nicksquire, and caligolfer1031. Made for a great start to a great day at the GK event.» Close
Played the Dunes course Sunday 4/23 as a twosome with a buddy, 8:30 AM tee time. We played the silver/whites in warm (mid 90's) sunny light winds. We... » More
Played the Dunes course Sunday 4/23 as a twosome with a buddy, 8:30 AM tee time. We played the silver/whites in warm (mid 90's) sunny light winds. We played in 3:50 (could of been less with a threesome in front of us who was nice to ask if we wanted to play through, but it was great weather so we decided to take our time.
The Dunes is a Pete dye course that doesn't get much respect, as parts of the course plays through a wash before finishing with the final 4 holes close to the Santa Rosa Mountain. This is a typical Pete Dye course though, small raised greens, with drop offs and mounding around. Accuracy is key here, and les than driver is the play off of many holes. They have "softened" the course somewhat in taking out quite a bit of elephant grass, that used to eat your ball just off some fairways, but now is primary rough.
The course is in nice shape. The tees were lush, and level. The fairways were fairly lush. The rough is lush, and is fair but penalizing as the ball tends to sit down in it.
At one time the 17th hole was rated the hardest par 4 in Southern California. If it still isn't it still ranks right up there.
The small greens definitely are undulated, but the speed is a tad slower than say Silverrock, and although some seem a little thin, they roll true. are almost completely recovered from their spring aeration. Shots from the fairway hold, but approaches from the rough have a tendency to roll off the greens., but they held full shots well and putted fairly smooth and medium fast. The traps were decently maintained, and the ones I was in (expecially greenside), had plenty of sand.
The customer service was excellent from both the Pro Shop & the Starter. Drink cart gal was very pleasant and around numerous times. Free range balls included with your round, and a great practice area, with grass tees, bunker and chipping practice area. There is a putting green near the first hole, in addition the carts, have a GPS.. Of all the La Quinta/PGA west courses, the Dunes is considered a step child (especially to the stadium). I think that is due more to the layout of the course through a wash and some housing close to some of the fairways. The course is just as challenging as any of the other more advertised courses in the Palm Springs area, and do recommend you consider it when in the La Quinta/ Coachella Valley area.» Close
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