Golf Course Review El Rio Golf Club Mohave Valley Arizona
Reviewed by: carl17, Anaheim
Played Tuesday about noon 67F with 20-30 mph winds. There was a friendly starter, Jarrod, and sent me right out.
First at Avi Resort where we are staying but they were fully booked and 3x rates. Llooked at Los Lagos stacked up as well. There was no problem here at El Rio which is another nice area course.
Lush emerald green fairways outlined by dormant rough which was cut tight to thin hard-pan in places. Good lies and roll-out on fairways. Trouble if offline.
Winds made for some awesome drives and on one long par 5 into stiff breeze was chipping fourth shot with my 3 wood from 130 yards! Was fun trying to judge how wide to aim for compensating side winds with no parallel holes just looking out over desert, thick scrub or water. Only lost one ball by hitting green with too much draw that wind took and quickly rolled off into lake. Tee boxes mostly level good coverage with divot mix being used on each par 3.
Firm medium to fast greens held lofted shots while low runners kept a rolling. No pitch marks just a light smudge at most. Wind aided breaks and speeds even holding quick downhills short when into wind. In one trap felt hard and was but sank putt from opposite collar so no harm with long blade out. Fun round hitting two balls at times and finishing in 3 hours only catching a foresome on 17 with another single staying at least one hole back.
Always like playing here when staying in the area.