1. uscdodger32 Posted: 11/15/19 10:52a Member Since: Jun 24, 2006 From: Los Angeles
A great day for 36 @ Royal Links with Nickesquire and MrKich. Beautiful weather after a short 15 minute frost delay. This is a really fun "replica" layout that was simultaneously tough but scoreable.... Continue »
A great day for 36 @ Royal Links with Nickesquire and MrKich. Beautiful weather after a short 15 minute frost delay. This is a really fun "replica" layout that was simultaneously tough but scoreable. If you are in good position and avoid the 100+ bunkers, you could really do well. Find yourself in a fairway pot bunker, and you'll struggle to make bogey.
Greens were in good shape. They ran smoother in the morning round but faster as the afternoon wore on. A few pin positions were pretty dodgy (1 & 18 come to mind immediately), but overall it was set up pretty fairly. With the links layout, green complexes were often times fairly large with numerous bunkers.
Fairways were in good condition and provided consistently good lies throughout the day. Definitely firm and fast, but very very playable. You really had to think about where you wanted the ball to end up with all the extra roll and the fairway bunkers looming.
Rough and native grass was definitely penal. The dormant yellow grass was visually stunning and your ball could very easily sit down and make subsequent shots difficult. Further off the fairways the native grass was long and penal.
Tees were generally in pretty good shape. Some divot damage, but I can't remember any uneven boxes.
Bunkers were in good links shape, perhaps playing a little thinner than I would have expected. However, there was not any bunkers that I could remember that were lacking for sand. Miraculously, I didn't find a bunker until the 18th hole during our first round. That was not the case during the second 18...
POP for both rounds was around 4:15. Customer Service was great from the starters and on-course staff who kept us moving on the first 18 and then let us out quickly for the second round, ensuring that we were able to finish 36 with limited daylight.
This is a really fun course. Perhaps not my first choice when in Vegas (Paiute) but not too far below. Looking forward to coming back!
2. Nickesquire Posted: 11/11/19 4:52p Member Since: Aug 11, 2007 From: Rancho Mirage, CA
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 u... Continue »
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.
Talking with a pro friend I asked to meet at Piute last week..., too bad he didn't make it there, instead, it was a good thing he made it to this course, by chance. He told us this course is really something. He's a pretty good player, so I understand what he means when he said this course will as...