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Played Friday, 5/19, with 12:30/12:40 tee times following our round on Stadium. Our bags were transferred over from Stadium and we drove our car across the street and were waiting for us.

Condition wise, Champions was a huge step down from Stadium. Tee boxes were level. Fairways were thinning and had some brown areas. Rough was about 1 inch, not difficult to hit out. Bunkers were a bit dried out, definitely not fluffy like Stadium. Greens were good. A little slower than Stadium, but smooth.

It definitely felt like the little brother, complete with hand me down carts (older, no GPS, no USB), and less love from "the parents." However, I loved the feeling around the clubhouse. They had a very nice patio area with a grill (Stadium is a sit down place and a half way house), lower prices, and incredible food (the burger I had was outstanding!).

My only complaint about the staff: We were booked as a 3some and 2some and a 2 was paired up. We checked with the starter beforehand and knew no one was behind us until a shotgun about a hour later. We let the added 2some played through on their own (they were happy about it), then joined up as a 5some at the 6th hole. We actually caught the 2some on 10, but no one behind us. 3 marshals drove past and didn't say anything. On the 16th green, a marshal stopped and berated us for playing as a 5. Yeah, and we finished in 4 hours, 10 minutes, no one behind us.
12 Likes.
Played Monday 22nd, 11:30 pm tee time, $13.00 rate with cart on Golf Now. Played as a threesome, behind a foursome. We let a single play through on the second hole.

Pro-shop was very pleasant and let us out early. Round took a little under 4 hours. Course was busy, but pace of play was very good, with only one really loud group for a minor distraction.

Tee boxes were level, but a couple were spongy and damp. They were playing a couple up quite a bit to give the rest of the box time to heal.

Fairways were in very good condition but a little dry.

Rough mostly around the greens was lush and about 2" + in depth. There isn't much rough along the fairways the trees do the job of making you pay for bad shots.

Bunkers were full, fluffy and thankfully I only visited one.

Greens were in very good condition, most groups seem to be repairing the ball marks, but the phantom sunflower seed spatter had been playing ahead of us and cost me a rare birdie when I didn't notice the empty shell in my line.

Pace of play was good, groups around us were friendly, the rate was incredible, the weather was warm but we had a wind to cool us and make the course challenging.

This is a really fun little course, and you can use just about every club in your bag.
10 Likes.
Played Friday morning 5/26/2017 7 am tee time as a single. Had a twosome in front, two some in back, we were trailing a senior 5 some. Really had to wait very little.

Played on my players club rate of 5 dollars using the gift card my daughter gave me for my birthday. Should keep me playing through June.

Pro shop was friendly and efficient. Walked on at 7am. Tee boxes didn't appear to have been changed from Thursday and were badly chewed up.

Fairways which you really shouldn't have to hit from except on 5 and 9, were in good shape, with good coverage

Very little rough, one inch if that. Bunkers were well groomed but wet and crusty.

Greens were in very nice shape, with a few unrepaired pitch marks, and one green had sunflower seeds on it. (by the way sunflower seeds on the course, especially the greens is really becoming a hot button for me).

Round took about an hour, was fun. Hard to complain given the price and location a 1/4 mile from my house.
9 Likes.
Played Friday, 5/19. This was the trophy course for our trip and it did not disappoint. We paid $225 for a 36 combo deal they run with the Champions course. Basically, we paid for Stadium and Champions was thrown in for free. I've been a fan of the Phoenix tour stop and have wanted to play this for sometime (minus all the times I've played on Rory McIlroy). We played as a 3some and a 2some paired with another 2. Finished in 4:15 with a 6:40 tee time.

Customer service was top notch. I had to call to make the tee times and the lady was great working with me to get the times I wanted for the 5 of us, Stadium in the morning, Champions in the afternoon. Bag drop guys were friendly and informative. Check in was easy. Starter was a great guy who BS'd with us while we waited and took our group pic, along with some helpful course tips. Large included driving range and small putting green near the first tee. Carts had GPS and dual USB plugs.

Course was typical of a TPC. Lush fairways. Rough was almost 2 inches, thick, and penal. Sand was the type you see the pros hit out off, amazingly soft and fluffy, I almost wanted to hit into it. Greens were fantastic. I read previous reviews that mentioned slow speeds, mostly due to growing them out for the summer heat. For us, they were medium-fast and rolled smooth, even with some signs of some light sanding.

Overall, I loved it! Front 9 is pretty nondescript, but the course changes on the back. 6 of 9 holes have water. The "signature" 16th was disappointing, with no stadium, it was a very bland 135 yard hole that just didn't feel like the crazy hole it should be. My favorite was 15, a 2 shot par 5 for the pros, which amazed me. The water in front of the small island green looks bigger on TV, but is like 15-20 yards, even hitting over in 3 was nerve wracking. 17 was a blast at 250 yards from the white tees, with a chance to drive the green (I yanked it left but short of the water). 18 is a tough finishing hole with water left of the tee. The long hitter bunkers at the end of the water were not in play for me. I would play here again for a price around $100, but the price was worth it to scratch it off the list.
10 Likes.
There are many things good and bad about this course. Good: greens are nice, a fun layout where mistakes can really cost you, you must be straight off the tee/have solid iron play hitting to these small greens/and have touch and imagination around the greens. A teenager that can stay out of trouble and score here has already a solid game. Therefore even though Knollwood is not long its a great course to develop your game. Bad: The starter today was lousy, poor customer service and chaos early this morning, There are too many bare spots in the rough and around the green i.e. lots of awkward lies pace of play in afternoon has got to be horrible.....I think I'd rather play Balboa
7 Likes.
Played the Blues (6432/70.4/125) twilight in 4H. Matched up with with Nick, Rick and Robert, really fun group to play with! The weather was in the high 60's, breezy and overcast.

The tees were fairly lush with few unfixed divots. It was nice to see topdressing on a couple of tees they are trying to refurbish.

The Kikuyu fairways were fairly lush, well maintained & had good coverage.

The Kikuyu rough was semi lush and mowed down fairly close near the fairways. The farther away from the fairways it gets thinner and there is more hardpan. They have also added wood chips in some turf reduction areas.

The sand traps were nicely maintained with a decent amount of medium to large grain brown sand.

The greens putted medium fast and were smooth/consistent from green to green. They were very receptive to holding approach shots.

Fun layout with plenty of rollings hills and mature trees to keep things interesting. SH is a challenging course to walk, constantly up/down rolling hills on the front 9, the back 9 is flatter. The customer service was good, quick, efficient check in. No Drink cart today. Nice snack shop on the turn with excellent burgers. Medium difficulty course in above average condition @ good prices. Recommended.
8 Likes.
Played 5-21-2017 with my golf group with 20 showing up to play this goat farm. Tee boxes were ok just had to hunt for a spot to put in your peg. Fairways were thin with some decent lies to be had if you held the slope and didnt run into the rough, the rough is the thick grass that a ball gets lost in so hitting from some spots was challenging. Bunkers were ok but not raked very well and I found a few that I was still able to recover from with a well placed shot. Green were running medium fast and of course challenging with the slope of the greens (the land of 3 putts) Customer service was fine. Didnt interact with any except the snack bar to get a cool drink afterwards. Nice day, not a good score but I worked on hitting a fade and won one CTP.
8 Likes.
Found a deal on Groupgolfer for $39 so it was worth the drive. Friendly staff and very helpful. Practice area is large with plenty or putting greens and chipping areas to work on your game. The course was in fantastic shape and the weather was perfect. Fairways are just like carpet and the ball sets up perfect. There are a couple of par 4's that are reachable for the long straight hitter. A few hole don't require a driver, but a well placed tee shot with a hybrid or a long iron to set yourself up for a good approach to the green. Bunkers are well maintained and plenty of sand to hit out of. The greens are smooth and roll medium to fast with plenty of undulations and multi tiers. Greens are well bunkered and are very large. Not rare to find yourself with a putt of 80' or longer. I recommend this course to anyone who is looking for a fun and fair layout.
11 Likes.
Played on Thursday, 5/18 with tee times at 12:04/12:12 due to being 5 of us. Paid $38 booking online. It's a bit of a drive from Phoenix, about 50 minutes to the southwest, but worth it.

Customer service was great. Bag drop guys loaded the carts, quick check in, friendly staff, and a phenomenal drink cart which was around 5 times. Starter let us out early and as a 5some, since the there wasn't anyone behind us except a 3some (they played through on 8) in the next 4 tee times.

Tee boxes were level and relatively divot free. Fairways were wide and carpet like lush. Rough was cut just a bit longer to give definition. I did not like the bunkers. Sand was heavy in deep bunkers, just made it difficult for me to get out. Greens were firm and smooth, some roll after shots into them. Speed was close to fast.

Loved the course! I had not heard of it and wasn't on my trip radar until a few weeks ago, and I booked it mainly because of the price. Absolute gem. Catching it after the prices went down but still not hot helped a lot. I recommend it at the price I got, a steal.
11 Likes.
Played on Wednesday, 5/17, as we drove from Vegas to Phoenix for a weekend of golf. Excellent course to start off the trip. I was excited for it after reading and talking to Sixpez about his trip here.

Course has a private club feel to it. You pull up to a guard gate to enter the community the course runs through. The club house, pro shop, and event areas have a western motif to them and just feels laid back. There's chairs, couches, a fire pit all around so you can watch play as you relax before or after the round. There's some yacht rock type music pumped through speakers near the practice green. Practice facility is great. Large driving range which is included. Large putting green with lots of undulation (if you want to practice a putt that drops like 5 feet, here's your chance). Practice green was consistent with the course.

Course was in great shape. A mild spring has kept the course in fantastic condition. Lush green fairways with no thin/brown areas. Rough was about 1 inch or so and easy to hit out. Bunkers were a bit crispy, with some pebbles. Greens were super firm, but smooth and fast. You had to just hit to the front and let it roll up. Tee boxes were pretty good, some damage on the par 3s.

Great course and worth the drive. It's in a housing community, but they're not really noticeable. A nice variety of holes. The uphill 9th is incredible, along with a couple of elevated tees. We paid $80 for a 11:40 tee time, basically had the course to ourselves, played in just under 4:30. Great customer service.
10 Likes.
Played here Friday 5/26/17.

One of the top rated par 3 courses in America, and every time I visit, it's hard for me to imagine there are other par 3 courses any better. The fact there are spectacular views of the Pacific ocean and Catalina island from every spot on the course, makes it that much more enjoyable, but conditions are also excellent.

The course is also a good test. Great bunkering all around, undulating greens of all shapes and sizes, and can be set up to be quite difficult when pins are on edges. Holes varied in length from 100 - 170 yards on this day. If breeze is coming off the ocean, can add to club selection by full club.

All tee boxes were near perfect. We were first out at 730, so benefited from that, but with large teeing areas, very easy to move tees around to ensure good, lush coverage. Each tee box includes a laser range finder, in the event you don't carry one. Very nice feature. Benches on each green to allow you to sit back and enjoy the view. No issues from my perspective if you have to wait. On this day we did not, and went around (3) times.

Greens were smooth, a little on firm side, but I'll use the common comment seen here often: "Firm greens but held well struck shots". Very smooth, a few ball mark issues, but clear the course makes attempts to smooth out unrepaired marks. Roll nicely and are fast. Some deceiving tilt in the greens and they don't always roll directly towards ocean, but there was some pull towards the water.

Bunkers were full and deep, with soft sand. I had a couple of fried eggs that were surprisingly easy to pop out, but bunkers do penalize bad shots.

Nice rolling contours from tee to green, and some short be kind of steep transition areas, which give you a decent aerobic workout, especially if you walk it (3) times.

Very professional and friendly service all around. Even had a chance to talk to the bird control gut who travels around the grounds in a cart with a German short hair pointer, and a Southwest Harris Hawk, which he has trained to keep the gulls and coots away. Very interesting to say the least...

No carts allowed, only walking with pull carts which are available to rent. A little on the pricey side for a par 3 course. We paid $54, then $25 for replays, but in my opinion, worth the money.

Enjoy, highly recommend.
10 Likes.
Met JohnnyGK for a round yesterday, 5/25. First time playing here since the renovation, and hadn't played the old Desert Rose layout since the days of playing 2-3 times a year, so I did not remember a lot of the old course. We played as 2, with a single skipping through, had the whole course to ourselves on a Thursday teeing off at noon, and finished in a just under 3 1/2 hours. Fantastic Vegas golf day, temps in the 90s, but a good wind.

Practice area was nice. Driving range has one of those long, semi-soft astroturf type mats to hit from. Easy on the irons, but difficult to put a tee in, unless you like to tee it really high. Cool feature: a large "777" sign for the 150 yard flag, which we took aim at a couple of times, unsuccessfully. A two tier putting green with about 8 holes, which was the same speed and condition of the course greens. They also have a chipping/bunker area.

Onto the course. Back in the day, it was nicknamed "The Ditch" for the Las Vegas Wash which runs along the right side of all but 3 holes and factors in almost every shot. Due to still spring like conditions, the ditch was as green as the fairways and made choosing a line of the tee in the wind difficult. We just couldn't figure out where the edge of the ditch started. Fairways were a bit thin in places, due to the drought resistant, salt resistant grass they use tee to green. The grass grows better in warmer weather, so summer should be great. Rough is cut to fairway height. Bunkers were pretty good. I was in 2 green side, neither were too fluffy or too firm, they were just right and easy to get out (I used a putter for one for fun). The greens were the best part of the course. They were incredible. They felt soft under my feet, but I only found 1 ball mark all day. Glass like smooth, medium fast and tricky undulation.

Overall, I absolutely enjoyed the course. With the firm, fast fairways, wind, and no trees, it played like a links course. The ditch is to the right and there's houses all along the left, but they are set far enough back from the fairways. There's red dirt between the cart path and houses, so prepared to hit some low runners out if you end up in it. It's a fun course to try some shots you wouldn't normally try to hit. With it's current rates under $30, it's a steal.
7 Likes.
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