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Played in the 3 day member guest over the weekend. It had been a while since I played here last and the conditions have improved a bit in the last year. Fairways had great coverage and were mostly green with a very small handful of brown spots but provided a good cushion to hit from. Rough was cut rather short and was a mixed bag of grasses in locations but wasn't overly penal. Sand traps were just ok but could use a little more sand for the greenside traps. Greens were the highlight running at a 12 speed and just soft enough to receive most well hit shots but didn't allow for a ton of spin or check. The greens here are the toughest part of the course and you really need to be below the hole in order to score. The only bad part of the course was the tee boxes, for the tournament they had everyone play the golds but they didnt move the boxes after each day. The par threes were torn up. Also 2 or three of the par 4's had unlevel boxes but not too bad where it really affected your tee shot its just something they need to change next time. Golf carts are basic with a usb plug and a cooler but no GPS as most members walk the course during regular rounds.

The tournament staff handled the 120 golfers very efficiently and I must say the Executive Chef for the club made some tasty meals especially the brisket sandwiches at the turn on day 2. Fun event to play in and the post round festivities were a cherry on top. I would recommend playing here given the opportunity.
11 Likes.
Played Redbud on 7/2 with my brother. 9am tee time with temps in the 90's and a nice breeze. Course clubhouse is under construction so everything is being run out of mobile unit until they finish the renovations. Nice size driving range and practice facilities. Starter was very friendly getting us out right on time.

The Redbud course was just redone in the last year and they charge a little more for the course. I can see why they do by just looking at the conditions. Fairways were in great shape with full coverage and no bare spots to be found. They were however over watered in a few locations and did not provide a lot of roll out. Rough was cut short but the type of grass was not a real thick type and ball usually sat down. Just outside 10 feet of fairway there was a lot of fescue grass where you would never find your ball and there were multiple snakes seen this day. Greens were firm and rolled medium speed but seemed to be slower than usual going up hill. We could not get any spin/check this day but there is plenty of room to allow for roll out.

The course layout is mostly out in the open and links style but 4 holes do go into the trees to provide some heat relief. These holes also provided a little better scenic value in my opinion. The Scissortail course has more trees on it and I will be playing that course next time I visit my brother. Carts have a nice GPS and the cart lady was around a few times. The brisket breakfast tacos were by far the best thing I have ate at a golf course in a long time. For the price this is a fun course however I think there are better options to play if coming from dallas.
15 Likes.
My Mom just moved into this community and I decided to take advantage of the resident rate. They have a deal for $50 you get 18 holes and 2 sleeves of prov1 or Chrome Softs. Essentially paying $25 for the round if you take the cost of golf balls out. They now have 27 holes but only run 18 per day and rotate the 9's every day. Course was in fantastic shape over all especially for the 100° heat the last 2 weeks. Tee's level and 4 options to choose from. Fairways are wide and in great shape. They did have a few areas of GUR but none of them can in to play for us. Rough was cut short but the ball still sat down in the grass. Sand was fine although a bit wet from the midday watering. Greens were soft enough to stop most shots but didn't make large divots. They ran at medium speed and to me seemed easy to read.

Although we didn't finish the round due to a severe thunderstorm I am glad I made it out to play as the course was a lot of fun to play. I would recommend if in the Denton Area.
9 Likes.
Found a deal time for $83 the morning of which was much better than the $118 price it was the day before. I had played here once before and remember that is was a fun layout similar to Rio Secco so I was happy to find a deal. Check in was decent but what you need to know is the range is far away and they have a shuttle to take you back and fourth. When going to get your cart they have always had problems not having enough carts. We didn't get in our carts until 3 minuets before the tee time and they were very strict about only having two carts per group. We had a player than needed to leave early and they had a cart with only one working bag strap and they still would let us take a third cart.

For some reason they had us start on the par 3 7th (near clubhouse) which is followed by a short par 5. They said it makes POP faster but the fact there was 3 groups on each tee and the fact we waited on every shot the entire day for a 5.5hr Pace starting on 7 did nothing. No Marshall to be found and nobody in the shop seemed to care their goal was to pack as many players as they can on the course and the succeeded. Teeing off at 1:20 I didn't think we were gonna have to worry about the sunset but I was wrong.

Aside form the poor management the course itself was in fantastic shape overall. The fairways were lush and provided a real nice cushion for your ball. Rough was super lush and very penal, I almost missed the ball with my 4 iron as the rough just grabs your club and you are at mercy for the rough. Around the greens the ball seemed more likely to sit up but it was still 4-5 inches. The greens were in good shape, a little firm but rolled smooth and at a medium-quick pace. A lot of play and inconsiderate golfer had some divot issues but still nothing too serious.

Overall the conditions and layout make this course a must play but with the 5+ hour rounds its hard to consider this place at the top of the list unless you get a coveted morning tee time. Also to note that even though summer is here they have kept the prices high this year and per Rob1563 it looks like they wont be dropping them at all for the arroyo card holders. Expect 80-120 fees throughout the summer. Hopefully you can snag a deal time like I did as its a fun course.
9 Likes.
Found a teeoff.com deal for $52 for Friday which was much better than all other deals for Las Vegas on this particular day. Tee Time was 12:45 and I went out as a solo passing a few groups here and there finishing in a little under 3 hr 45min. It was very windy this day but luckily the fairways here are quite large so no real issue keeping the ball in play.

Conditions were better than expected as all the grass has come out of dormancy and the greens 99% recovered from punching. Tee boxes were level and had coverage the only issues were on the par 3's where they could use a tee placement change. Fairways lush and cut tight allowing a lot of roll out add this to the shorter than normal rough and you have to be careful of running into the desert scape. Sand traps were in ok shape some of the traps on the course (there are a lot of them) Need a overall as the lining is coming up on the edges. Greens were running medium fast and held most shots. Getting spin however was a little on the tougher side. 2-3 of the greens still showed some signs of the aeration that was 3 weeks ago but they rolled true.

This is a fantastic Jack Nicklaus course and you should definitely add it to your trips to vegas.
7 Likes.
Snuck out to the mats at Newport on Friday. Had a 12pm tee time to play nine holes and it was packed as usual. rate was $20 for 9 holes $30 for 18 which is fair IMO. They have pull carts and electric carts for a fee but its an easy walk. As noted the course is off mats but the do have tee boxes on the 4 par 4's as well. These tee boxes were ok but need a mow. The mats are in decent shape with a few that need to be replaced. The fairways are just dirt and random grass types. Rough is mostly the same. I wasn't in the sand but only trap on the front nine had brand new sand in it. I was told the back nine traps were mostly dirt. The greens were surprisingly good compared to the rest of the course. They were a little soft but putt well and medium speed. There were some unrepaired ball marks here and there but nothing out of the ordinary for OC golf.

This is a good place to bring your non golfing friends as there is not to learn hitting off mats. If you are jonezing for a round of golf and cant play david l baker (other short course with real tee boxes) This place will do.
12 Likes.
Join up with Gk'er at the even yesterday. It was a warm and sometimes windy day on the course but with all of the trees and vegetation its easy to escape the beating sun. Arrival was ok there was nobody at the bag drop but I already knew where they stage the carts so no issue for me. The only employee on I interacted with all day was the cart girl who we saw once. The restaurant was already closed when we finished at 6:45 but the patio was a nice place to watch the sunset.

Course conditions were very good as is usual for desert willow. I will never turn down a round out here because I know the conditions wont let me down. Today was no exception, Fairways were lush and offered a lot of roll out so it made for a great day for my driver. Rough was just as lush with the exception of hole 3 where the rough behind the green looked to have died off no real issue for play as its a steeper hill. Sand traps were in good shape for the two that I was in and the waste bunkers were pretty soft as well. Ten there was the greens...... The were some of the firmest greens I have played in a long time. I could not for the life of me control the bounce and rollout on these greens. I would say at least 80% of my approaches would roll off the back of the green if they were not coming in high. It was a bit frustrating but they still rolled fast and smooth. I did notice a few of the greens have old cup locations having a hard time healing. They may need to do some renovations on these greens next Overseed season as it will be hard for these greens to survive the summer heat.

I enjoy playing mountain view but would prefer the Fire Cliff course any day. Besides the small issues with the greens this is still a must play when out in the desert.
9 Likes.
Booked the first tee time of the day Easter Sunday. Two players paid through their website for $85 when you book a twosome. $99 if you book a single. Check in was simple and the starter was very friendly. No driving range but they did have nets and a putting green to warm up. We loaded on our basic carts (no gps) and off we went to the tee box.

The layout is a typical Jack Nicklaus design with water and dog leg rights on quite a few holes. Green complexes are tough to read as they're large and undulated. Conditions were top notch all around this day. The Tee boxes were level and had plenty of grass. A few of the par 3's needed the markers moved but nothing too bad. Fairways were cut on the shorter side but offered great cushion for your approaches. Rough was not penal at all except around bunkers and the creeks where it was 5+ inches deep. Sand was fine for the two traps I was in I did notice a lot of sand blowing out of the traps this day as the wind was up. I imagine its a pain in the butt to keep these stocked. Greens were by far the highlight of the round. Just soft enough to leave a divot but still rolled on the faster side.

Being first out we zipped around in less than 3 hours but still had a blast playing this course. Some people dont like the airport noise but its a small airport compared to LAX,SNA,ONT so 1 plane every 15 mins or so. I highly recommend getting out here before the summer heat sets in.
17 Likes.
Played in a Charity Event for AZ department of Corrections yesterday. This was my first time playing Raven Club and I was pleasantly surprised on the quality of the course. We had a 7:30 Shotgun Start and check in was a bit chaotic finding the carts and just the set up blocking the main entrance. Carts are basic with no GPS which is strange for a course that charges as much as it does during the winter. Driving range is large with a nice chipping and putting green.

Course conditions are very similar to the last reviews. Fairwyas lush and cut just the right length to provide roll and cushion for your next shot. Rough was a touch shorter that usual and offered generally favorable lies. Greens were firm rolled smooth and quick making up hill putts much more preferable. We were in 2 bunkers and the greenside bunker was ok but the fairways bunkers had standing water.

The course layout was decent with no two similar holes but it just didnt have a wow factor to the course. I would play here again dont get me wrong but there are better options for your money.
12 Likes.
Got the chance to play here on 3/9 with my Boss during the member guest tournament. I was very excited to finally get to play here after driving by it so many times over the years. Arrived about 1 hour before the shotgun start they had a table set up right inside the gates to take your bags and load them to the lined up carts. The staff was very friendly from the cart barn guys to the staff in the clubhouse. Driving range is a little awkward with tennis courts in the landing area just left of the range and not a large enough net to protect those tennis weirdos also they didn't have a lot of stations open for a 120 person shotgun. They had a nice bunker area for chipping and a decent sized putting green. The carts were stocked well with water and a interactive GPS + Bluetooth Speakers.

The course was in good shape for this time of the year all of the grass was green and there was very few bare spots anywhere. Tee boxes were a 8/10 with full coverage and 5 boxes to choose from all of them had a nice wood border around them to separate the rough. Fairways were cut short but didn't provide a ton of roll out. Rough had good coverage and not very thick but it was my favorite grass Kikuyu! however it was well maintained and actually nice to play from. For the sand traps there is a general complaint from the 3 members I played with that they are inconsistent and for the 2 traps i was in I agree. The Fairway trap I played from had the perfect amount of sand but the greenside trap I was in was very firm but half of the bunker looks like they had turned the sand and I happened to land in the non turned area. On to the greens these were some of the most difficult pin locations I have seen in a while normally that's not a bad thing but with the greens running at a 12 on the stimp and no flat puts anywhere to be found it made for a difficult day on the greens. I had my fair share of down hill puts that were nearly impossibly to stop near the hole and while that shouldn't be a big deal there was a small issue with the Poa grass trying to bloom and it was not consistent. A slow trickling putt would bounce back and fourth on a few of the greens when it hit these patches. The members were not to excited bye this but it was only affected by slow trickling putts.

I really enjoyed the layout here at MVCC there are a handful of dog leg lefts and a handful or dog leg rights! towering trees block you from cutting corners too much. The par threes are entertaining ranging from 150-200 yards with three of them being downhill. I highly recommend playing here if you get the chance as the layout is flat out entertaining.
12 Likes.
Played on the 20th with the GK crew. Situated in Bullhead AZ/ Laughlin NV its not an area I visit very often. Luckily its on about a 1.5 hour drive from Vegas or 4 hours from OC/LA.

The course is designed up and down the hills above the mighty Colorado river and offers amazing views of the river and mountain backdrops. This course can eat you alive if the winds are up and your game is off. Although they offer generous fairways and not a ton of forced carries the elevation change make it very intimidating. You might want to bring a rock club with you as the rough is maybe 10 yards wide on the edges of the fairways and then you have the desert.

The conditions for the day were amazing. Dark emerald green fairways with dormant rough that was still very thick and penal. Tee's that were flat and little divot damage, and greens that you could really spin the ball on. The greens were the highlights for me they were fast but manageable. While trying to fix a divot I noticed there are two types of grass one for the winter and one for the summer and the roots were very healthy. You had to give it a little extra muscle to fix a divot.

We saw the cart girl probably 6 times throughout the round and she was very nice. Every staff member treated us like royalty from the moment we arrived to the afternoon meal at the restaurant which is separately owned. I highly recommend eating there as the food was top notch. I had the Italian Sandwich and it was very tasty. I cant wait to play here again.
17 Likes.
Made it back out to Pechanga yesterday. We had a 7am tee time but there was a 1 hour frost delay. Pro Shop was no help as they just kept saying we dont know when you will go out. after eating breakfast and waiting by the carts the radio call cam through. We were the first group out so no POP issues but we set a 4:20 pace but the the group behind was at least 3 holes behind. Course is in good winter shape but the course once again the only overseeded the rough and 20 yards of fairway near the greens. It makes for interesting visuals with the dormant fairways but at least the balls wont run off into the native areas.

As for the specific conditions,

Tee boxes were flat lush and many to choose from - 9/10

Fairways, dormant unless near the green with tight lies but good coverage. I did see a small handful of Bermuda Grass starting to wake up due to the heat of last week. 6/10

Rough, was lush and penalizing if you were too far off the fairways. 9/10

Sand, I was in two traps and they were a little heavy and wet but played fine 7/10

Greens, By far the highlight of the course, they were very fast and rolled true. They would hold most approach shots but if you didn't control your speed it was going to be a back day. 9/10

Overall this course has a lot of character and is a blast to play. They did however raise the rates on 1/1. Rack is now 180 (was 160) and the club card rate went from 90 to 100. For 180 I would not play here due to the dormant fairways but once the fairways come back in 2 months it will be in great shape.

Pro Tip- If you want a weekend tee time you need to go online at midnight 7 days before to secure a spot.
12 Likes.
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