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Reviewed by: Itslikeimsayin, Aliso Viejo
Course conditions are excellent/near immaculate. Greens were outstanding, smooth, fast and mostly firm. Difficult to get full shots to stop on many greens. Fairways and rough were perfectly lush, although the rough didn’t look as visually stunning as it could had it been overseeded everywhere. Tee boxes were absolutely ideal, a perfect 10 in my book. Bunkers were a little inconsistent: first one I was in was a little thin and crusty, but the rest were all good.
This was my first time here after hearing lots of great things about this course over the years. It very much feels like a course built to host a PGA Tour event. It’s definitely a “big” course where everything seems oversized. In that regard, it reminded me somewhat of the Plantation Course at Kapalua or Southern Highlands in Las Vegas. (Although no elevation changes like those courses, and a more contrived construction/feel.) I was slightly underwhelmed over the first six holes, but the design takes a turn for the better at the 7th and just keeps rolling to the finish. Tons of water hazards on many holes, many of which are beautifully landscaped and bordered by rocks, etc. I played the 6,711-yard blue tees, with the black stretching another 600 yards to 7,300, so it’ll give you all the challenge you want.
I took a ton of photos and uploaded 66 of them to a Flickr photo album here: https://goo.gl/oYvvcy
Reviewed by: sixpez, Irvine
This course was also in tremendous shape. The tee boxes and fairways were cut tighter and had a little firmer base than Indian Wells, which some people will likely prefer. Definitely a little more roll-out on drives. The rough was cut low and the ball was almost teed up for you, so no punishment at all unless you found the occasional patch of chunky bermuda (and there are a number of places you’ll see it used strategically). There are some outer “native” areas throughout this course that were shaved down throughout and a little browner/patchy looking. It detracts a little visually from the beautiful aesthetic presentation of this course, but really doesn’t impact play much at all. The greens here were very firm and I had trouble keeping any approach shots on them. They were excellent to putt on, though, rolling a little quicker than Indian Wells and super pure because ball marks were few and far between because of the firmness. The bunkers were the only weak spot, playing rather thin and firm.
This is such a great course that has a unique feel compared to most other Coachella Valley courses because of the pine trees throughout. Especially with the snow-capped San Gorgonio in the background, it feels like you are in Central Oregon or the Sierras at times. Really good, interesting and challenging Palmer layout with a ton of water in play and some tough green complexes. Excellent facilities and friendly staff, plus huge coolers full of drinking water every third hole. Just a top-notch experience on all levels.
Reviewed by: JohnnyGK, Westlake Village
Super time on a warm yet perfect day with little wind. I am a huge fan of this course. It beats the heck out of me every time and I don’t care. Every hole is a stern beautiful challenge to play. The conditions are always excellent as is the service and grand facilities. This was the first time I’ve played Classic Club in March. The greens were terrific, smooth, fast and smooth. The fairways, tees and first cut of rough lush and well groomed. The bunkers were pretty firm yet well cared for. I noticed they did not overseed the bunker edges, but given how warm it’s been this winter and abundance of rain the region got, the bermunda grass was hardly dormant. The secondary rough on the outside parameters of holes was also not overseeded yet was still mostly green and playable. Overall fantastic playing conditions.
When you play Classic Club, it’s a BOLD statement in every way. Everything is BIG out there, greens, fairways, bunkers and of course the lakes! – It’s an intimidating course yet very fair. It’s no wonder it was a PGA Tour stop for years for the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. But perhaps the biggest noticeable aspect of the facility is the clubhouse. Whoa, looks like a hotel resort. So big from highway 10 you can never miss it when you look over. Inside its gorgeous and outside you get a little awe struck.
I love Classic Club and will never overlook an opportunity to play it. Highly recommended.