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Played on Friday, 7/31 with John_T. 1st time at the home track in over a month.

Course is playing great for the dead of summer, the best I've seen it this time of year. Fairways were lush with no dead areas, but a few really soggy spots from watering. The bunker I was in was not the greatest, a thin layer of sand (about 2 inches) then hard packed. Rough was about 1-2 inches, it seemed like it gradually lengthen the farther you were away from the fairway. The greens were incredible. Maybe a tad slower than normal, but rolling smooth, more medium than fast. Only issues were it seemed like we were chasing the maintenance guys instead of them working opposite and the tee markers on 16 were 1 small step from the back, which has an another elevated tee box just behind. Just a bad spot.

Carts are showing the signs of heavy use, with some broken windshields and other issues. With the single rider policy, this isn't surprising as they have 2 courses plus the lighted par 3, I'm sure some of the carts are getting used 3 times a day.

Overall, great time. Prices are more in the shoulder season than usual summer rates right now.
Started the GK VEGAS weekend with a round at Cascata, which is like having your dessert first. The rest of the meal was outstanding, but this was so savory.

Even with the current "social distancing" requirements, Cascata still offers the complete Vegas VIP package. If you don't want to use the valet, you can park after you drop off your bag. The locker room is currently closed, but not noticeable since it's the only golf course locker room I've ever used. Restaurant is open and the food is still outstanding. We grabbed a window seat to look at the range and was able to see some bighorn sheep in the afternoon.

Course has matched every time I've played here. There is some work going on in the fairways with some sod replacement/aeration, but I only hit out of 1 of those spots all day. Bunkers were excellent, firm in the fairway and soft and fluffy like instant potatoes next to the green. Greens were running FAST, I couldn't imagine how much faster they get but the caddy is they were running slower.

With Cascata, you get a great course designed by Rees Jones, challenging, fun, and penal if you hit it off line into the desert. Incredible service start to finish. Drink cart was around like every 3-4 holes. Consistently Top 2 in the state and top 60 in US public courses.

For me, the caddy experience is what sets it apart from everywhere else. Dan, our caddy, could probably read the greens blindfolded. If I miss the putt, it was definitely a me issue as our group drained a few long putts and scared the hole a few more times (some exchanges: putt to the right edge of the old hole; hit this brown spot here; and your aim point is that brown piece of grass). Just incredible. Summer rates are phenomenal for what you get with it. Highly recommended.
Played the GK Plays event on Saturday, 7/26. Gorgeous weather with early tee times was perfect.

Course was in typical Reflection Bay condition, which never disappoints. Lush fairways. Rough was about 1-2 inches, just enough to cause issues. Greens were smooth and running about "9.5-10" according to my source. Perfect speed for me. I was in only one bunker and it's the one marked GUR so it was perfect for me. Did not look like anyone else in our group had bunker issues. Overall great conditions.

Service was spectacular. Carts with GPS and a cooler filled with water, which can be topped off at the turn. While no drink cart on the course, the bar was open before and at the turn. After the round, we went to the banquet area for food and drinks. I went with the Philly Cheesesteak, which was delicious with homemade chips.

I will admit I'm a huge Reflection Bay fanboy but it never disappoints whenever I play. It's the 1st course I recommend in Vegas (without a Cascata/Shadow Creek budget). Must play in Vegas.
Played the GK Plays event on Sunday 7/27. Another fun GK event a great little get-together. I appreciate the staff allowing us to go out as a 5some so we could play in 2 groups.

Conditions were what I would expect for Laughlin in July. Fairways were pretty good with no dead areas. Rough was just outrageously high. You really had to see where you went in to have a chance to find it and just chop it out, no way of really advancing it. Bunkers had about 4-6 inches of loose fluff before hitting some hard packed. Greens are a bit slow this time of the year, need some length to keep them alive and after a weekend of fast greens was a tough adjustment. They are rebuilding a tee box on each hole, so they combined the markers. Its one of the those things that are a bit of inconvenience but will be greatly appreciated when teeing off level ground instead of mounds.

Overall, I liked the course. Pretty straight forward with everything in front of you. The holes don't repeat and there's a variety of short and long. I loved the drivable 16th, just let it rip. The signature 17th par 3 is definitely tricky when the wind is coming into you. With the current GK coupon, easily well worth playing while in the area.
Played on Friday 6/10 with Matt and John for an impromptu GK Guru round.

Service has not been affected by the Covid conditions. I don't think Valet is open, but bag drop is with attendants ready with carts. There's an outside snack shack and a separate bar with outside shaded seating. Grab drinks prior to heading out then you swing back at the turn.

Conditions were excellent. Fairways were lush and carpet like, with no thin/brown areas to be found. Rough is way up and the ball will sit down, just have to chop it out of a few areas. Bunkers were pretty good, easy to hit out of the green side and a bit firm in the fairways. Greens were in great shape. A bit firm, but smooth, some had some sand topping which didn't affect speed.

Course has new carts which has the most comfortable seats I've sat in on a course. Also added a new GPS screen, with yardage to that day's hole position, and separate bluetooth speakers (don't connect to the GPS, you connect directly to the speakers).

Overall a fun course to play. 5 par 3s, a couple of drivable par 4s, and some long par 4s thrown in. Only course on the Strip with some cool views and aim points (just aim for the pyramid).
Played on Friday, 7/10, with Matt and John. 8am tee time for $90, well worth it.

This course never disappoints, from views to conditions. Tee to green, excellent shape. Lush fairways. Rough is up and thick. Greens were running smooth and medium fast, a bit firm. The bunkers on the back 9 are filled with fluffy white sand, while some on the front have a heavier brown sand, so they're not consistent (which is probably the only complaint).

Easy check in, single carts with a couple water bottles waiting. They can't put out a drink cart, but you can grab stuff from the bar at the start and turn, and there's a drive-thru on before 6/after 14. They also had staff driving around with a huge cooler of bottle water for players.

My favorite course. Definitely a must play at least once. There's a couple of hikes up to tee boxes (well worth the view). There's sounds of squealing tires through the course as carts sit on the brakes on the winding cart paths.
Played on Friday, 6/26, with a 6:40 tee time with John_t, his dad, and a high school buddy of ours. Paid $42 with the OB card.

Latest C19 change: masks are required at all times indoors.

The course is in great shape and has held up well to the summer heat of the last couple of weeks. Fairways have been lush and carpet like. The rough is up and they added a nice "1st cut" on most holes. Even without rakes, the sand has been good, unless you land in a foot print from earlier in the day, but they get maintenance every morning. A few of the greens have a light dusting of sand but they are fairly smooth and a nice medium/fast pace.

Only issue is the wet fairways early in morning, with some soggy areas.

With single rider carts, pace has been well below 4 hours since 5/1. The bar/grill opens with the course, the snack bars open at 8 along with the drink cart.
Played on Sunday, 6/14, with John_T and a 2ish tee time. Paid $47 resident rate and paired with a single. Finished in 3:30 after catching a 2some around 14 and waiting on the box for 2 twosomes in front of us the last 3 holes.

Conditions are ok and very playable. Tight fairways with lots of roll. Rough was non-existent with the possibly of shots running into desert/rock areas surrounding the fairways. Greens rolled smooth and FAST, except lots of maintenance to clear your line of small pebbles from the bunkers. Bunkers were hard packed and lots of small pebbles.

I think the price is a bit high for what you get but they block tee times to allow for single carts. We were the first in the 2pm block and the group was 20-30 minutes ahead of us. I find the course fun and with all the roll from the dry conditions I had some fun shots into the green.

Aliante is still my go-to for a quick afternoon FUN round.
Played 6/12 with an early morning tee time. I just reviewed this course a couple weeks ago, but the conditions are even better, despite the heat wave last week.

Greens are fast but have a light layer of sand added recently. Fairways are lush, but were wet with little run out. The rough has to be some of the gnarliest stuff I've seen. Chopping it out was the best option as the club would just stop in it.

Only hiccup: booked a 6:35 tee time online with email confirmation, arrived and wasn't on the sheet at 6:35. I looked and found us at 6:25, so no big deal. Sent to the 1st tee (a bit of a drive) at 6:10 and found us grouped with a 2some who's friends were a 3some in front of us (with a single added). Offered to join the single and let them play as a 5 after the starter left, which they reluctantly took. We caught the group ahead at the 5th hole, with the 5some right behind us. Marshal asked us what was the deal, since there was a 20 minute gap in times and he didn't have any issues with us rearranging the groups. Finished in 3:45.

Fun course with a variety of holes, and great views.
Played on Monday, 5/25, with a 8ish tee time. Joined John_t and a couple of his co-workers. Easy pace, finishing right at 4 hours, tracking a 2some we caught on 12.

Course was in great pre-summer conditions. Rough was thick and just nasty. Fairways were lush with some roll out. Greens were smooth but for some unrepaired ball marks, and pretty close to "fast." Bunkers here have always been the sore spot, and they still are, especially with no rakes, hard packed, with some liners showing.

The new carts are awesome. A nice GPS system and blue tooth speakers in the upper corners, pointing back at the driver/passenger. Perfect set up for solo riders as the sound doesn't really escape the cart.

C19 restrictions: no rakes, but single carts are optional (pair up or ride solo), and divot mix on the carts. Grill is open, but there's only 4 tables pushed to the corners, and a couple patio tables are available. No seats at the bar. Drink cart on the course, just no water buckets.
Played on Saturday 5/9 with a high school golf coach buddy and his friends for $65. We waited on a few holes early with a 2some in front of us, and was waved through a slow 4some around 12 to finish around 3:30.

C19 adjustments: max 4 in the pro shop (same group); can pay online or at the course; separate carts unless same household; no restaurant but they set up an outside BBQ (at the turn for Lakes, but no way for Desert, either before or after the round); no sand on carts but they had coolers with 2 bottles of water; 1 side of the range was open; no flags on practice green; short game area open;
cups are reversed.

1st time on Desert and I'm liking it. It has a Coyote Springs Lite vibe to it (different designers). Conditions are good, but not great. Tee boxes have some knobs, especially on the par 3s. Fairways were fast and firm, with no hardpan or thin areas. Rough was about 1 inch, a little thicker/longer around the greens. Sand, a bit hard and heavy, which doesn't fit the design; there's some small deep bunkers that are impossible with the current setup. The greens. How I want to love the greens, but they were on the medium speed side with some bumps. Practice green was faster.

Staff was great. Easy check in. Friendly starter. Only saw the drink cart once, as she was working both courses, luckily it was around 9. Cart barn guys/girls at the end of the round to drive your cart back from the parking lot if you wish.

This course has such great bones/potential. It's a Fazio design for $65 when the other Fazios courses in Vegas start at $500. It was the only course open for a couple of weeks, but now there's plenty of tee times available. I loved the course, trying not to say it's better than Lakes (recency bias) but they're pretty equal. Wish it was about $20 less right now considering the 1 hour drive for me.
Played AP Palm on Friday, 5/8. I made a 2:15 tee time and paid using the app, $49 OB Card rate. As a pre-paid, just had to stop in the pro shop and grab the receipt, then grab a cart and head out. Started about 10 minutes late (no starter sending anyone) but finished in 3:15 as a single, following a tons of 4somes, so no where to go anyways. I sat back and played on my phone and camera.

Minimal staff interaction. Walk up window for the restaurant, on course snack bars and drink carts until 4. Nevada restaurants are allowed to open starting 5/9 with 50% occupancy, so may be some changes.

Course is in outstanding shape. Lush everywhere. Rough was up, about 2 inches and penal. Bunkers are raked every morning, so they were kinda crusty in spots. Only nitpicking complaints: greens are slower than normal, lessens some of the breaks I was expecting.

Some C19 changes at AP: single person carts (unless same household); walking is allowed; range is open but limited spaces; no flags on putting greens; Palm had pool noodles in the cups (Mountain had reversed cups, I don't know if they changed all over to the noodle); No Twilight Rates (a year ago, this round was $20-25).

Palm is my go-to for a fun round on a shorter course (5800 yds from the blues). 1 day I will eagle the par 5 11th, 3 inches short today.
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