Palm Desert, CA
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Reviewed by: sixpez, Rancho Mirage, CA
I had a GroupGolfer voucher about to expire soon, so I used it this morning. 6:00 tee time and was paired with two other singles. Could have been a quicker round, but they were more deliberate (one guy especially) and we finished in about 3.5 hours. Never saw anyone behind us and we had to play around maintenance much of the round.
The course is in pretty nice shape from tee to green. The tee boxes were good. The fairways had pretty lush coverage. The bermuda turf is soft, fluffy and kind of grabby, so you had to commit to each swing knowing the club would dig in and take a huge divot. We hit a number of fat shots and a few flyers, so it was trickier than it looked. Rough had pretty good, lush coverage throughout. I wasn’t in any bunker, but they looked decently maintained from what I could see. The greens were disappointing because they are still healing from the recent aeration. They were very inconsistent in speed, ranging from medium-slow to dreadfully slow, and they were a bit bumpy at times. Should be nicer in another couple weeks I hope. The greens here are difficult enough that guessing the speeds really added more challenge.
This is a great course. It doesn’t quite get the attention as some of the other top courses in the desert, but it deserves mention. Summer is not the best time to play it, but worth visiting for the right price and considering it’s really close to home for me now. Otherwise, one to definitely seek out when in season and in peak condition.