Palm Desert, CA
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This course would be easy to walk, very flat and most tees are close to the last green. Other than #17, a risk reward par 5 that runs around a lake, the layout will not wow you. Many holes would remind you of holes on dozens of other vintage Palm Springs courses. However, the playing conditions are above average to excellent and there are some fun holes here.
Woodhaven is an older, traditional desert layout surrounded on all 4 sides by city streets in a rectangular shape. The front and the back branch off in opposite directions so that on the front side, the theme is that OB left is the street, while on the back, OB right is the street. Houses or condo’s line the other side of almost every hole, so OB down both sides is almost a given here. Many holes are fairly tight, you need to nudge the ball around this course and avoid penalty strokes. If you can do that, the course is relatively short and scoreable.
The tees were still a little thin from over seeding in spots. Relatively flat with most divots already maintained.
The fairways were over seeded and played very nice. Mowed close with few fairway divots not already filled in.
The rough was lush but overly tall. Good POP rough.
The traps were well maintained with fluffy sand. Nice to play from.
The greens were very smooth and putted medium fast speed. Firm, even well struck irons shots usually released, so that needed to be taken into account on club selection. These greens are also on the small side, so approach shots barely offline can easily miss the greens.
The customer service was excellent from everyone. Drink cart out making the rounds.
This course is an excellent option for seniors and golfers that do not desire forced carries and penal rough. Not a destination course, but I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone desiring a quick round on an easier course in very good condition.