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WINNER Journey at Pechanga #BestPlayingConditions 2018 – Inland Empire

Journey at Pechanga Best Playing Conditions 2018 - Inland Empire

Congratulations to Journey at Pechanga for Winner of 2018 Best Playing Conditions for the Inland Empire.

Congratulations to all the great golf courses out there that won Best Playing Conditions for their Region.  Haven’t thought of playing there?  Consider this a wake up call and give their golf course a try.

Journey at Pechanga 2018 Winner Best Playing Conditions for Inland Empire

Greenskeeper.Org presents the winner for 2018 Best Playing Conditions in the Inland Empire to Journey at Pechanga.

We’ve waited all year for the results, and the results are in. proudly presents it’s Best Playing Conditions Awards for 2018.

Not to be confused with our other award “Worth the Green Fee,” “Best Playing Conditions” is awarded to golf courses open to the public listed on that stand out above the rest with our site users.  These golf courses distinguish themselves by providing consistent, exceptional playing conditions.

The job of the superintendent is the life blood of the golf course industry and most important contributing factor to enjoying a golf experience.  A golf course is a living, breathing organism whose health is constantly in flux.  It takes enormous dedication, resources and expertise by a superintendent and their staff to provide excellent turf conditions.’s registered trademark and creed, “Know Before You Go”®, centers on communicating these current playing conditions. The rating system used on is in part created by superintendents. views it’s Best Playing Conditions Awards as it’s highest honors.

Want to treat yourself to some choice conditions?  Want and experience you can remember?  Consider playing at one of these great golf courses in your area.

Click HERE for our previous article:  “Best Playing Conditions for 2017.”

Journey at Pechanga

Posted: 12/17/18 1:02p
Member Since: Feb 11, 2012
From: Costa Mesa
D.O.P- 12/16/18
TEE TIME- 8:10

Golf Playing Conditions 8.32 GREAT
Golf Playing Conditions 8.32 GREAT

Decided to head out to Pechanga for a little golf and gambling. We bought the Underpar deal which includes 2 people for $200 and a bounce back certificate. I kinda knew in the back of my head that there would be a frost delay due to the very cold overnight temperatures. Right when we walked in at 7:30 there was a sign stating that there was indeed a frost delay. The clubhouse staff let us know that we had about an hour or so before they could open the range. We decided to eat at the restaurant and the breakfast was spectacular. About thirty minutes after arriving the staff came around and let everyone know that they were going to start teeing off in 10 minuets. The only issue we had was instead of a shotgun they just teed off in order so we still ended up teeing off 1 hour after our tee time.

The Review

Course is in fantastic shape right with the exception of some Ground Under Repair (GUR) on 2,7,16,18 which are Cart Path Only (CPO) they looked to have suffered some storm damage and they had laid new Sod down already. Other than those minor issues all fairways were near perfect with consistent roll and fluffy lies. The Rough was very nasty which makes for 3 rounds in a row where balls were easily lost in the 3-5 inch rough, I will have nightmares about this for weeks. Greens were running about a 12 on the scale and were mostly firm. The par three’s seemed to be little softer than others which was a good thing. Tee’s need to be moved but they all were well spaced and provided a level hitting surface. I did notice that each hole had 2-3 Super Lush tee boxes that maybe they are using for a tournament. These boxes were twice as nice as what they were using so it was a little confusing. I was not in any sand but per my playing partners it was fantastic.

Overall this place is a lot of fun and usually has fantastic conditions. Staff is super friendly even with the craziness of a frost delay and 5hr Pace of Play (POP.) I will gladly come back anytime. Even if you pay rack rate I think its still worth it.

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Hole 6 Copper Tees GK Plays Journey at Pechanga
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GK Plays Journey at Pechanga
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