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Reviewed by: Nickesquire, Simi Valley, CA
Played the Golds (6643/71.5/126) in 5H, 5M using Underpar with mendel. The weather was 70ish, clear and WINDY… 20-30 mph wind most of the afternoon.
The Player is a fairly tight layout. Loads of OB come into play quickly on any errant shot along with some water to keep you honest.
Tee Boxes were semi-lush and well maintained. Only a few of the par 3’s need divot attention.
The Bermuda fairways were semi-lush and well maintained. Few unfixed divots.
The rough was semi-lush, occasionally thin. Even though not high, it was still penal because it is thick.
The sand traps were mostly decent with dark brown sand/dirt. A few bunkers were flooded, I suspect from over-watering in certain areas and needed attention.
The greens were fairly smooth for Bermuda and putted medium speed. Greens were firm but held well struck approach shots. There was not a lot of break here on these greens.
The customer service was excellent in the pro shop and restaurant. The starter was questionable. On a day the course was packed, he insisted on having the group in front of us play as a 2some and then us play as a 2some, sandwiched in between multiple 4somes. It made a 5+ hour round seem even longer, the 4some playing behind us was almost always on the tee by the time we were teeing off. It should be noted that after a 5+ hour round, that we played another 9 in less than 1.5 hours with no one in front of us.
Plenty of water stations on the course and the Drink cart was out making the rounds. The Player course has good facilities. A conventional, old school Palm Springs layout, the exterior of the course is surrounded by homes &/or streets on all sides. Really solid course. Not great by Palm Springs standards, but much better than average. Definitely recommended, even though on this visit, the Dye course was in better condition.