Golf Course Review PGA WEST Stadium Course La Quinta California
Reviewed by: UNCLEDDBOY23, Peoria, Arizona
Overview: Finally played the Stadium Course at PGA West on Sat 1/26/19. It’s hard to believe that PGA West has been open since 1985 and that the first course opened for play the following year. I think we all remember the hole in one that Lee Trevino had during the Skins Game back in 1987. I just remember sitting at home in Buffalo, New York and thinking “this is a golf course and community that looks absolutely amazing.” There was the sharp contrast of the green over-seeded rye grass versus the dormant Bermuda grass and the Santa Rosa Mountains providing a scenic back drop. The sun was shining in La Quinta and I was wondering if I would ever to have a chance to play a course like this. For all intent and purposes this was the beginning of desert golf in the Southwest part of the United States.
PGA West has now grown to 6 courses … with three of them being private and the other three being daily fee resort, but the Stadium Course was the one we all wanted to play because it was the course that we saw so many times on television and all we heard was how difficult it was.
The Stadium Course shares a clubhouse with the Nicklaus Tournament Course and has a large pro shop and a nice place to eat (Ernie’s). Service was good at the bag drop and in the pro shop, but outside services at the end of the round was not good. A member of my group left a chap stick and his suntan lotion in the golf cart, and he went back for it 5 minutes after we had our bags removed. The player assistant said he did not remember seeing anything and that he would not remember if anything was left in the cart because they had cleaned 166 carts today … disappointing to hear this type of customer service.
The Course Review:
The Stadium Course was in great shape. The Desert Classic had just being completed on the previous Sunday, so it was still in PGA Tour shape. The greens were firm and quick, the fairways were lush and the sand in the bunkers was very good. I now understand fully about the Indio effect and how you need to bring that into the equation while reading putts. I can now say that the Stadium Course is a position golf course. You need to miss in the right place. It was a stern test of golf and I especially enjoyed 16, 17 and 18. I think 16 is an underrated hole and is very difficult because if you miss it down the left side you are in very challenging bunkers.
Final Thoughts: Pete Dye created a very good course that has held up over time and is a course that should be played if you visit the Coachella Valley.
Golf Course Review PGA West Stadium Course La Quinta California
Reviewed by: 24hourgolf, Monterey Park
Played today in great weather. Warmest I have played in weeks. Played in a great POP of 4 hours.
All I can say from my last time here, is WOW. I have played courses the week after a PGA Tournament before. This was the best conditioned of any one that I had played before. So clean. So manicured (looked like they used scissors).
Never had a bad tee box. Never had a bad lie.
Never got this much roll in a fairway.
Never had so many 3 and 4 footers that I was nervous over (yes, the greens were that good and that fast).
This was one of the most enjoyable rounds of golf I have ever played (and I have played many). Customer service was terrific at all levels. Food and beverage after were just great. When in P S a must play, IMO.
Golf Course Review PGA WEST Greg Norman Course La Quinta, CA
Reviewed by: Nickesquire, Rancho Mirage, CA
Rode the Blues (6671/72.8/133) with Dave in 3H, 45M using Forelinx. The weather was clear, fairly calm and around 85.
The difficulty factor is deceptive and I like the visuals that the layout presents. Almost every hole has a forced carry over desert-scape, but the fairways are very generous in size. Unique layout that plays like a quasi links style course encouraging bump/runs or putting from well off the green.
The tee boxes are lush, level and very nicely maintained.
The fairways were lush & well maintained. Few unfixed divots.
Not much rough as the fairways go immediately to desert-scape on this course. The only grass maintained higher than the fairways is a strip around the sand traps.
The sand traps are plentiful and decently maintained with good quality sand. Numerous holes have 6-8 fairway bunkers that are more severe that the average golfer is used to navigating through. Green side bunkers are deep and large.
The large, firm greens putted medium slow.
The customer service is always good here. Nice grass range with complimentary balls, nice sand/chipping and practice putting areas that closely resembled the on course conditions. Good GPS on carts. Complementary bottled water in the ice chest, and the cart gal was out making the rounds. Recommended.
Golf Course Review PGA WEST Stadium Course La Quinta, CA
ALERT: Aeration & Overseeding
Greens were aerated 7/23 – 8/2. Course will be closed for overseeding 10/8 – 10/31, reopening 11/1 and cart path only until 11/29.
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Reviewed by: zeppelin51423, manhattan beach
Played Stadium on Saturday & conditions were excellent. During the summer, I always rate courses in desert relative to other desert courses, not to how they are in the winter or peak season. The conditions from tee to green were great. The greens were firm and rolled true. The grain in the Bermuda largely impacts the smoothness and speed. Down grain putts rolled excellent and fairly fast. The fairways were perfect. The only complaint would be the rock hard bunkers. I’d probably avoid many of the desert courses over the next month or so as they close for over-seeding. I’ll be back in November!
All in all, the stadium course is a solid test of golf and I largely enjoy teeing it up there.
Golf Course Review PGA WEST Greg Norman Coruse in La Quinta, CA
Reviewed by: Nickesquire, Rancho Mirage, CA
Rode the Blues (6671/72.8/133) in slightly over 3H using Forelinx. The weather was clear, breezy and around 100.
Under rated, unique layout. If you are around a green, it is mowed as fairway and plays like a links style course encouraging bump/runs or putting from well off the green. You need to manage the course and AVOID the bunkers here more so than on most courses. Numerous holes have 6-8 fairway bunkers that are more severe that the average golfer is used to navigating through. Green side bunkers are deep and large. The difficulty factor is deceptive and I like the visuals that the holes present. Almost every hole has a forced carry over desert scape, but the fairways are very generous in size.
The tee boxes are huge, level and very nicely maintained.
The fairways were lush & well maintained. Few unfixed divots, but they are currently mowed high, so not alot of roll.
Really no rough to speak of because the fairways go straight from fairway to desert scape. The only grass maintained higher than the fairways is a strip around the sand traps.
The sand traps are plentiful and decently maintained with good quality sand.
The firm greens had good coverage but were woefully slow.
The customer service throughout the staff was exceptional. Nice grass range with complimentary balls, nice sand/chipping and practice putting areas that closely resembled the on course conditions. Good GPS on carts. Complementary bottled water in the ice chest, and the cart gal was out making the rounds. Definitely recommended.
Played my favorite track in the desert for maybe the 5-6th time in the last 12 months Sunday, 4/15. We were the 5th group out and played in 3.5 hours (2some) and the course was in fantastic conditioning.
The dormant rough is starting to green up a bit so the contrast from the fairways to rough was nothing like back in December-February, but I want to say the course was in about as good of shape as I’ve ever seen it. The fairways were excellent and great to hit from. Tee boxes were great. Sand was a mixed bag but most green side bunkers were solid. The greens were superb. Firm & med/fast. You had to be careful when above the hole as they were rolling out fairly quick. I though the greens were in perfect condition considering you could see that summer Bermuda starting to creep in.
All in all, I expected maybe a slight drop off from when I played on the heels of the career builders event but not in any way was there a drop off in conditions.
Congratulations to PGA WEST – Greg Norman Course in La Quinta, California 2016 Winner Worth the Green Fee for the Palm Springs Region.
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Nickesquire Posted: 09/18/16 1:04a Member Since: Aug 11, 2007 From: Simi Valley, CA
Played the Blues (6671/72.8/133) in 3 hours, 20 minutes. Pace of Play (POP) was great because it was around 100 and clear with little breeze. I like this course more with each visit. Do not score well here, but still one of my favorites.
This course is in excellent shape bordering on immaculate. The layout is certainty different visually from other courses with huge, wide fairways surrounded by crushed granite. Almost every hole has a forced carry over desert-scape, but the fairways are generous in size. The Bermuda tee boxes are large and very well maintained. Even the par 3’s rarely needed divot attention. The Bermuda fairways were lush & well maintained. Few unfixed divots. The only grass that qualifies as traditional rough here are the strips around the sand traps, because if you are around a green, it is mowed as fairway. Outside the fairway is the crushed granite and the desert-scape. There are a tremendous amount of sand traps on this course. I counted 14 on 1 hole alone. Very well maintained with high quality sand. The green side bunkers are deep and large and the fairway traps often have larger lips than most people are used to playing from. The Bermuda greens putted medium fast and were smooth. Firm and tough to hold a shot where it landed.
The customer service from all encountered was great. Drink cart came by probably a 1/2 dozen times. Nice grass range with complimentary balls, nice sand/chipping and practice putting areas that closely resembled the on course conditions. Nice restaurant onsite with outdoor patio dining. Definitely recommended.
sammy3 Posted: 12/08/16 12:03p Member Since: Jun 10, 2012 From: Corona
1 of 3 courses played and this one turned out to be my favorite. Although it was cart path only, it only took us a little over 4 hours to play as you could get close to your ball by driving through the desert area.
Course is just a beautiful green and the bunkers had nice fluffy sand. Greens were a little on the slow side but they all rolled the same.
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