La Quinta, CA
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Will be closed for overseeding the Dunes Course 9/25 – 10/19, reopening 10/20 and likely cart path only until 11/17.
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Reviewed by: mendel, Santa Monica
Played the Dunes Course Sat. 10/28 at 1:12pm fresh from over-seeding with a couple from Edmonton, complaining how hot the balmy 95 degree weather was. The Dunes course is considered the weakest of the 5 public PGA West/La Quinta resort courses, and is the least played probably because holes 4-9 play through a wash and homes, and is not as scenic as the others. The positive is that you usually can find a good deal (Cost was $59 from Teeoff.com) This is a classic Pete Dye course, if you love his designs, you will love the course, if you don’t, you will walk away hating it.
Make no mistake this course is as tough if not tougher than the others. #17 is as tough as a par 4 you will find anywhere.
Service was top notch from bag drop to check in,to the starter. Saw the cart girl 3 times. Sight negative is that once you start your round you do not pass the clubhouse until you are done. The course was in great shape, tee boxes level, not a bad lie in the fairway. Rough was moderate length, and sticky, flyer lies were the norm if your ball ended up off the fairway.
This is what makes this course so difficult, as although the yardage of 6100 yards from the whites (slope 128), the greens for the most part are the size of your thumbnail. You could be 15 feet from the hole and be in the long rough. Anything but a short iron approach from the fairway will run through the green. The greens itself are on the soft/spongy side (again probably if they were fast no shot would hold). Mostly the greens play slower than other desert courses, but they roll true.
Although you have within a 10 mile radius at least 15 great courses to choose from, the Dunes is a great test of your golf game, and although not on the must have to play list, if you are looking for a solid test of golf, I would definitely recommend.