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My second round of my annual Palm Springs Father's Day trip was to Eagle Falls. This is another course that I have never played in the PS area so I wanted to give it a try. It is always highly ranked on the Top25 so I figured it would not disappoint - and it did not.

I had read previous reviews that some golfers were a little scared when they arrived that Eagle Falls. The club house is a double wide trailer with an attached cart barn. It looks like something you would see at your local muni........but then.......

You are instructed to cross a large bridge and head out to the golf course. Once you get across that bridge, you see what the course really has to offer. There is a massive practice putting green and a very nice all grass diving range. You have views of the first and 10th holes which look immaculate. I was a little nervous when we first arrived but realized what everyone else was talking about when I got across that bridge.

A coworker of mine drove out from the Winchester area to play with me. We ended up being the first group at at 6:30am. We finished just before 8:30am so we were done in less that 2 hours! He was just as impressed with the layout and conditions of the course as I was.

Layout - The layout of the course is great. You do not feel like you are playing the same hole over and over even though this is a pretty flat course. Some of the holes are parallel but you do not get that feeling due to the native areas and the trees that border the holes. Both of us had nothing negative to say about the layout of the course. We really enjoyed it. Be aware of the snakes in the summer time though. We saw two groundskeepers picking up King snakes and moving them off the golf course! Careful where you step!

Fairways / Rough / Greens - I would put the condition of all three up against any course around. I had just come off a spectacular round at The Mountain course. I felt that the Mountain Course would really set the bar high and I felt that this course met or exceeded those expectations. The greens at Eagle Falls were 10 times better than the greens at The Mountain course. The fairways and rough were every bit as good as the higher priced Mountain course.

Bunkers - I was not actually in a bunker so I cannot comment on their condition.

In conclusion, I was spoiled on this trip. I got to play two great courses and both courses did not disappoint. I don't really want to say this out loud but I feel that Eagle Falls is a steal at $59 on a Saturday morning. I do not think you will find a better deal in the desert. Going back to my normal IE rotation of courses is going to be rough after the weekend that I had in Palm Springs. Give Eagle Falls a shot. It is also at the Fantasy Springs hotel so, if you do not have a good day at the course, you can try your luck at the casino.

Thank you Eagle Falls for a great Saturday morning. We will be back!
I just got back from our annual Father's Day to Palm Springs. Because there are so many great courses in the Palm Springs area, I try to play a different course each time we make our way out there. I have wanted to play the Mountain Course for years but I could never find a tee time that worked for me and my family (I wanted to get out early so that I could get back to the resort to spend time with the kids at the pool). This year I was able to find a 6:30am tee time that was perfect.

I arrived at the course at about 5:50 and was the only car in the parking lot. The Pro Shop does not open until 6:00am so I had to wait around a few minutes. I checked in and was sent off to the all grass driving range which was in perfect condition. The only issue with the driving range is that it is short and it is "irons only". I checked in with the starter and I was the second person out as a single (a single went out in front of me). I finished in less that two hours.

Layout - This course is awesome. I had high expectations due to previous reviews and pictures of the course. It did not disappoint. Even the views from the driving range are exceptional. If you look to one side, you see what looks like a links style course. If you look to the other side, you see a course pressed right up against the mountains. I tried to take some pictures but it really does not do justice to how beautiful this course really is. I was in awe for the first time in quite some time at a golf course. The front nine is pretty flat and winds through the "valley". Once you get to the back nine, the fun truly begins. The back nine winds though a community of beautiful houses (for 3-4 holes) and then you end up in the mountains portion of the course. The scenery and the views are truly amazing. I didn't realize you could get this sort of experience out of a Palm Springs golf course. Holes 14-17 are 100% different than any holes I have played in the area.

Fairways / Rough - In my opinion, the fairways and rough were "tour ready". There was not a blade of grass out of place. I would put the conditions up against any course I have ever played. The only bad lie you were going to get out here was if you hit it into the waste areas, which in my opinion, is on you :). The bright green grass up against the bare hillsides was definitely a sight. It met my expectations for sure.

Bunkers - I was only in one bunker. It was wet and and soggy but I was one of the first groups out and it is Palm Springs in June so I cannot complain. It was 90 degrees at 6:30! It was for sure playable and nothing to complain about.

Greens - By far the down fall of the golf course. I hate to be negative about such a great golf course but the greens were pretty awful. There were a lot of bare spots and areas where you were literally putting through dirt. For me, it was not too big of a deal. I am playing a beautiful golf course in the middle of Palm Springs in June with temps at 105 - I am sure it has to be tough to keep every aspect of the course in immaculate conditions. I do feel it is something that has to be pointed out if I am going to give a fair review.

This was 100% one of my favorite courses I have ever played in the Palm Springs area. If you are in the area, give it a try. I assure you that you will not be disappointed. The pictures of the course to not so the real beauty. I was actually showing some of the pictures I took to some of my friends and looking at them, it did not look that spectacular. I assure you that it is. Thank you for the other Greenskeeper members that recommended this course and rated it among the best in the Palm Springs Top25. I use that tab often to select the courses to play. If you are in the PS area, check it out . I assure you that you will not be disappointed.
I just got back from Glen Ivy Golf Club. I was on the first tee a little bit before 2pm and I am back home writing this review at 6pm so that tells you something about the pace of play today! I have not been to this place in 10 years or more. I am not too sure why I have avoided this place. Most of the time I am worried about the drive on the 15 fwy though Corona, but today I decided to risk it and head down.

I have read that the new ownership has been putting in a lot of work to this facility and it was noticeable as soon as you pulled in. They have just repaved the parking lot. The range has a new cover and has a parking lot right in front of it where you can literally pull your car right up to your stall. Everything looked clean and well maintained. I did not use the range so I cannot comment on its condition. It did look like it was all mats though.

Everyone I spoke to today was very friendly. The starter met me at the bag drop and took my clubs and put them on a cart for me. The guy in the Pro Shop that checked me in was very friendly and even gave the the twilight rate even though I was a bit early. The guy running the cart barn at the end of the round was very friendly as well. Customer service was top notch today. Thank you to everyone that helped me out today. Appreciated. (Sorry I didn't get everyone's name).

The course is in great condition. I had not complaints. The greens, fairways, bunkers, rough, tee boxes - all were in awesome shape. I was pleasantly surprised. The rough was a little spotty in some places but nothing that could not be played out of. Well done maintenance crew.

The layout of the course is very enjoyable. There are a lot of elevation here. There are very few holes that are 100% flat, especially on the back 9. The tee shot on 18 is always a treat. There are houses on a number of holes. The landing areas are pretty generous but it can be a little intimidating on holes like #10 and #13 where you have house down both sides of the fairway from tee to green. If the houses do not bother your game, you will 100% enjoy the layout of the course.

It will not be another 10+ years before I go back to Glen Ivy. Awesome course condition, awesome layout, awesome customer service.....what more could I ask for? If you haven't been to Glen Ivy, go check it out. Good times and thank you again to everyone I encountered today. Well done.
Made it out to Oak Valley today to get a late morning round of golf in on Labor Day. I had a tee time at 11:20 as a single and went out just ahead of the California Baptist University Women's golf Team.

I had the course pretty much to myself. I really didn't have anyone in front of me and I obviously had the golf team behind me, so I had time to get some practice in with my new irons (which was my goal). I hit multiple balls on most holes.

The course is in pretty good shape for the end of summer:

Greens - Very good shape. They rolled very true at medium speed to fast speed. These greens can be very difficult to read. Most of the greens have multiple level or shelves that can make putting very difficult. When they are rolling at tournament speed, these greens are brutal (in my opinion).

Bunkers: I was in a couple of bunkers today. One was a fairway bunker and one was a green side bunker. Both had very good coverage and were easy to play out of. No complaints.

Fairways and Rough: Both were in decent shape for late summer. The fairways were actually really good and much better than I expected them to be. On the shots that I had from the fairway, I did not have a bad lie all day. The rough was a bit thin in some areas and looked like it had suffered a little bit from the summer heat. As I always say, hit the ball in fairway and you wont have to deal with the issues with the rough :).

Tee Boxes: This was probably the weak spot of the course. The tee boxes on the par 3's were absolutely horrible. It was tough just to find a clump of grass to hit off of. These boxes were also really uneven. The par 4 tee boxes also needed some work from what I remember. The tee boxes on the (4) par 5's were actually in the best shape. If they do something with the tee boxes on the par 3's, I think this course could be up there with the best in IE.

Overall a fun day at Oak Valley. I am not sure why this place does not get more play than it does. It may be the location or the difficulty of the course The layout is fun but can be quite challenging. There are houses on this course but most or really out of play unless you hit a wild shot. I would highly recommend this course. It is about a 45 minute drive for me but it is well worth it. Go check it out if you are in the area. You will not be disappointed.
Went out and played Canyon Lake Country Club yesterday for the first time. I got an invite from my bother-in-law who lives in the Canyon Lake community. This course was fully private but recently became open to the public. The club house is outside of the guard shacks of the community so you do not have to worry about checking in with them to get to the course.

I expected this course to be a flat, tree lined course, winding through the Canyon Lake community. I didn't really expect it to be in great shape since they had to go public. To me, this meant they were not getting much play so the course conditions could be a little rough due to a lack of funds. I was completely wrong.

The course is very hilly. Besides a couple of par 3's, there is not a flat hole on this course. I had asked about walking this course (I enjoy walking) and there is no way I would walk this place. There are also a lot of dog leg holes. I was lucky to have my brother-in-law with me because I had no idea where we were going on some holes.

The course conditions were very good - far better than I was expecting. The fairways, tee boxes, and greens were all in excellent shape. I was in 3 bunkers and all 3 were perfect. They were some of the best bunkers I have ever played. Big thumbs up to the maintenance department here. Well done. Also, the course does have a grass driving range. It is relatively small but it does the job.

The downside to this course is that it is extremely narrow on some holes. Most holes are lined on both sides with houses and the other holes are lined on both sides with trees. If homes make you nervous, this may not be the course for you. If you hit the ball relatively straight, you will enjoy the layout.

I will say that is was obvious that we were not from the Canyon Lake community. Everyone that was playing had their own golf cart. We were the only ones that had a rented cart! We really stuck out.

If narrow courses do not scare you, go give this course a try. Each hole is unique and I never got the feeling like "didn't we just play this hole?" I would definitely recommend this course to anyone and I will be back.
Went out today and played Arrowhead CC. I was looking for a place that looked pretty wide open for a Sunday morning where I could play by myself and get some practice in. Looked on GolfNow and it looked like the course was pretty open. Once I arrived, I was able to go out as a single and had a fairly large gap to the groups in front of me. It was perfect.

This is an old school golf course. The fairways are pretty narrow and tree lined throughout the course. Most of the holes are parallel to each other with the tee boxes and greens VERY close to one another. If you are offline a bit of your approach shots, you could be doing a lot of yelling during your round. If you like old school golf courses, this is definitely the place for you. The course was a fully private golf course up until a few years ago.

The course was in pretty good shape for the amount of heat that we have been having. The fairways were in good shape - very payable. The rough had a few bare spot but nothing extreme. The tee boxes were probably the roughest part of the course. Some were pretty uneven and patchy but nothing you couldn't work around. The tee boxes are almost 100 years old so, when you think about it like that, they are in very good shape :)

The greens here can be tricky, especially if you have not played here before. Most are sloped pretty severely from back to front. A lot of them had large humps and bumps in them that can make putts difficult. All of the greens rolled well and had pretty minimal ball mark damage.

All in all, a good day of golf. I would recommend this course to anyone that likes those tree lined type golf courses. It is not really my favorite style of golf course but I still had a lot of fun playing. Nothing to complain about!
It is a couple days late but I made the drive up to Sierra Lakes on Thursday, 8/8. Been a while since I have made my way out there. It wont be that long next time!

The layout at Sierra Lakes is excellent. It is actually one of my favorites in the IE. The course does wind through a housing tract but most of the fairways are quite generous and the surrounding houses don't really come into play unless you hit a really errant shot.

As the previous reviewer mentioned, it does look like the course is dealing with some issues between the edge of the fairways and the rough. There were quite a few bare spots in these transition areas - really on all holes or just about every hole. Not sure what has happened. That being said, it is obvious that the course is doing what they can to get these areas back to the usual Sierra Lakes standards so Kudos to them.

Besides these few areas, the course was in great shape. The greens were great. They were fairly firm and fast but they did hold shots well.

I was in two green side bunkers and both had about an 1" of great sand in them but were a little firm under that initial layer. They were very playable - not complaints. I am sure the bunkers are not easy to maintain here with all of the wind the course gets.

Besides the bare spots that I mentioned above, the fairways and tee boxes were in great shape. My group agreed that we could "bump" our ball in these areas and and it worked out just fine for everyone. Don't let this small negative discourage you from giving Sierra Lakes a go.

I will definitely be back soon. I should not have waited so long to come back! Also, you can sign up for their emails and get some discounted rates.
Played The General this afternoon as a 3some. Showed up around 2pm and had the course to ourselves. We didn't have group in front of us or behind us the entire round. Great afternoon.

Tee Boxes: The tees are the pretty decent shape. We played the blue tees and all had good coverage. The par 3s did have a bit of divot damage, but that is to be expected. Some of the tee boxes are a bit on the un-level side, but it was easy to move around the tee box and a nice spot to hit from.

Fairways: Fairways were in pretty good shape as well. There were some areas that showed some signs of stress from the recent heat, but overall, a nice surface to play from. We did have to "bump" the ball a time or two but overall, can't complain at all.

Rough/Bunkers: Rough was a bit on the "rough" side. There were quite a few areas that were bare and had gopher holes but, hit it in the fairway and you wont have to deal with it :). The bunkers were pretty good for the most part. There was sand in the few bunkers our group was in today and you could a good pass at all of them. No complaints.

Greens: Excellent. This is definitely the bright spot of the course. It looks like they put a lot of effort into the greens and it show. They were medium speed and rolled very true. Very minor pitch mark damage. Well done here.

For us, the best part of the day was getting to watch the military planes that fly out of near by March Air Reserve Base. Quite a show to see the aircraft that hovers around there. It is also cool to hear 21 gun salutes going on at the National Cemetery. Although it is sad that a solider has passed on, it is a reminder of the freedoms that we enjoy in this country and the sacrifices that it takes. It really does add to the experience at The General.

Overall - Good day on the course! Can't complain!
Played the Goose this afternoon. I will keep it short and simple:

Tee Boxes - Great
Fairways - Awesome
Greens - Awesome
Pace of Play - Once we passed a 4-some that was in front of us playing pretty slow, it was great.

This place was in outstanding condition as usual. Kudos to the grounds crew here. They deserve a big shout out for the condition of the course. They do a great job around here and I dont think they get the credit they deserve. Awesome job guys.

If you have not made it out to play the Goose, do yourself a favor and take a trip out. The practice facility is top notch and the course is always in great shape. It is an easy course to walk, if that is what you prefer. I feel pretty spoiled that this is my home course. Hats off to the staff and maintenance crew. Well done everyone!
Played Mojave Resort on a recent trip to the Avi Casino for a wedding. I went out as a single (the wife rode along) in the late afternoon and finished in less than 3 hours.

This course checked all the boxes for me.

Layout - Fun layout in my opinion. The course is pretty straight forward but you do not feel like you are playing the same hole over and over again. I really enjoyed the finishing holes - 16-17-18. All three are great holes and look like they could be challenging, especially is the wind picks up. Each has water waiting for any errant shot. Great holes. A lot of the greens have run off areas so if you are slightly off on your approach, it could go down the slope and end up 10 yards from the green.

Condition - I thought the condition was great. The fairways and areas around the green are very closely mowed so you have to be very precise with the short game. Tee boxes were in good same. Fairways were excellent - not a bad lie all day. Fairways are pretty generous even though a few holes on the back 9 do run through a housing community.

If you are ever staying at the Avi or are in the area, I highly recommend this course. It is very close to the Avi Casino (almost walking distance). I was going to go up and play Laughlin Ranch instead of the Mojave Resort Course, but do to time constraints, I was not able to. I was not disappointed and I was actually pleasantly surpised. Go check it out - you will enjoy it. I would definitely play it again if I was in the area.
Played The Goose this afternoon. Today was the last day of CPO so I wanted to get out there because I knew it was going to be as good as it gets. I was not disappointed. This place is in awesome shape. The condition of the course is up there with any course I have EVER played. I have played here 4-5 times over the last 3 weeks and it has been interesting to see the overseeding process and the transformation from week to week.

There isn't really much I can say about the course. Tee boxes - Excellent, Fairways - PGA Tour quality, Greens - Perfect. What more can we ask for? Hats off to the grounds crew! Well done! I was thoroughly impressed.
Made the trip up to Big Bear Saturday to check out Bear Mountain. I really did not know what to expect with this course, especially with it being a 9 hole course. They obviously have some pretty different weather up there compared to down here in the valley so I figured keeping a golf course up in those conditions would be difficult.

I was pleasantly surprised with the course conditions. The fairways well really really good. The were very few bare spots and some areas were almost like carpet. The rough was a bit "rough" with a lot of gopher holes and bare spots but we are supposed to keep it in the fairway so we can't complain too much. The greens were awesome and rocket fast. It took a couple holes to get used to them but they rolled great.

A few things about this course. First, it is extremely narrow. There are houses/condos and run through the middle of the course. Just to give you an idea, there is a sign on #8 that says, "You are 135yds from the middle of the green and 150yds from a $200 broken window." Awesome thought right before you hit your tee shot :). The greens and the next tee box are also extremely close together. You really have to pay attention at this place or you will be sitting in the clubhouse with an ice pack. Second, if you want to hit balls before your round, you have to drive (in your car not the golf cart) to the driving range. Just something to keep in mind. Finally, the ball does fly roughly 10% longer. You have to take this into account on shots into greens or you will be apologizing to the group on the next tee all day long.

Go check this place out if you are in the area. The surroundings alone are worth it. If you hit it relatively straight, you will have an awesome time. If you are spraying it around, well................
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