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Rode the Greens (6537/71.4/139) in 5H mid day. Paired with Rob, Brian and Marge. It was in the high 90's, overcast and calm.

Tom Fazio design. Many holes have severe elevation changes. Common them is that you climb long distances in carts, then play down hill, then repeat the process. No holes were severely uphill. The layout is tight in spots with desert scape surrounding nearly every hole on both sides. If you are not straight this course will become penal real quickly.

The Bermuda tees were excellent with only a few divots here and there. Level/lush.

The Bermuda fairways had been vericutt and were maintained long, almost like light rough. Only part of the course not excellent or exceptional.

The Bermuda rough was mostly lush and maintained at a level that the ball often sat up. Usually good to play from.

The sand traps were the best I have played out of in a long time. Fine, coarse sand that was excellent to play from and they were beautifully maintained.

The Bermuda greens were smooth and medium fast. Best Bermuda greens I have putted on since I played the sister Canyon course here last year.

Only negatives are that the basic carts do not have GPS and that this complex is REALLY spread out. You park close to a mile from where the practice facilities and first tees are. This course would be almost unwalkable because of this plus on many tees you ride hundreds of yards from the last green to again play downhill. The customer service was exceptional from everyone. Cart gal out making the rounds. Plenty of water stations on the course. Nice, all grass driving range which includes range balls. Excellent layout, one of the top dozen courses I have ever played, very enjoyable to play. Highly recommended.
8 Likes.
Rode the Golds (6464/69.6/138) on the Hill/Ridge combo mid day using Troon Rewards in slightly over 4.5H. Paired with Erin and Graham, hilarious guys to play with! The weather was overcast, fairly calm and around 100, we were sprinkled on numerous times during the round.

Nicklaus Signature Course. Desert target golf on steroids. Nearly every hole had a long carry over no mans land. There was NO bailout area on any hole, you missed the fairway more than a few yards left or right and you were in desertscape that was usually unplayable even if you could find your ball. Huge mounds around the greens. It was not unusual to barely miss a green and end up with a 25 yard chip where you could not see the top of the flag.

The Bermuda tees were nicely maintained with few divots. No challenges finding a level stance.

The Bermuda fairways were well maintained and nice to play from.

The Bermuda rough was not deep and usually nice to play from. On this course, with all the trouble barely outside the rough line, low rough is a detriment. Longer rough would catch balls that bounced into the cacti.

The sand traps were very well maintained. Generous amount of thick, good quality sand. Almost too deep/thick, which produced a couple of fried egg lies.

The 138 slope from the next to back set of tees is partially due to the tightness of the layout, but also because of the green complexes. Huge undulations and tiers to navigate on the greens. The large, raised Bermuda greens putted very nicely. Firm, smooth, medium speed, with few ball marks.

The customer service was exceptional. Nice, all grass driving range which includes range balls. Only negative is that the basic carts do not have GPS, which is a big black mark on a high end, Troon run facility IMO. Cart gal out making the rounds, friendly starter was trying to keep things on track on a busy Saturday. Many tees are a long ways from the last green, this would not be an easy course to walk. This is a very penal layout, recommended with that knowledge going in.
9 Likes.
Rode the Copper tees (6753/71.6/134) on the Wild Burro/Tortolita combo in 3 hours with Alvin early morning using Forelinx. Around 90, fairly calm and sunny.

Nicklaus Signature course that was used for the World Match Play a few years back. The course has alot of undulation that produced more uneven lies than you would expect based on what you see from the tee. The layout is around 3000' elevation, so it plays shorter than the yardage indicates. The mostly raised green complexes are typical Nicklaus, except on steroids.

The Bermuda tees were mostly lush and well maintained.

The Bermuda fairways were nice, very good bordering on excellent.

The Bermuda rough was penal, just long enough that the ball usually sat down. A few bare areas here and there, but mostly lush.

The sand traps were large, plentiful, deep and very well maintained. Many of these traps need to flat out be avoided by most amateurs because of the size of the lips.

The bent greens putted medium fast speed and were smooth. They would have been excellent "but for" the amount of unfixed ball marks by uncourteous players.

The customer service was excellent from all encountered. Cart attendant cleans your clubs and provided plenty of water on a hot day. Nice putting/chipping greens and all grass driving range in included with your fee.

One of the toughest courses I have ever played from the next to back set of tees. Unforgiving unless you are precise from tee to green. Greens are huge with many contours, and missing the greens by a little produces really challenging chips. Recommended, but not for the faint of heart.
8 Likes.
Played the Blues (6313/70.6/129) in 2.5H mid day as a single using Forelinx. I saw exactly 2 other groups playing total, almost like having your own private course. The weather was clear, fairly calm and around 105.

The Bermuda tees were lush and well maintained. Only a couple of par 3's needed divot repair.

Both the Bermuda fairways and rough were lush, mowed down close with a few brown heat spots. Nicely maintained and good to play from.

The sand traps were in excellent condition with a generous amount of fine grain sand. These traps are tough to play from with large lips and potential long carries.

The Bermuda greens are still subpar, recovering after a recent aerification. Decent amount of contour/slope on these large greens. They putted medium speed and were somewhat bumpy. They were firm but held shots well.

The customer service was excellent, especially from Nathan the clubhouse attendant. No drink cart out or Marhall today. SilverRock is easier after the redesign that shortened the back, but still a fun & pretty layout. Definitely recommended.
8 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6782/71.6/122) as a single in 3H, 15M twilight. The weather was clear, windy and in the low 100's.

The Bermuda tees, fairways and rough all have good coverage. Semi lush with a few brown/thin areas due to the heat. All are mowed down close.

The traps had decent sand, but contain too many rocks and unraked areas.

The Bermuda greens were firm and putted medium speed with few ball marks. A few are beginning to get crusty with the heat.

The customer service was good, quick efficient check-in. All grass driving range. Plenty of water stations on the course. No drink cart or Marshall, I only saw a few other groups playing this afternoon. GPS on the basic carts to the front/middle/back of the green and tips to hazards. Cimarron is reasonably wide open, flat with few forced carries and not overly tough for the average golfer. I enjoy this course as a change of pace, a solid mid level alternative for the Palm Springs area that is usually in decent shape. Recommended.
8 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (3020/53.4/78) as a single in 2H midday in sunny, breezy conditions in the low 100's.

The tees were semi lush with some brown spots due to the heat. Decently maintained with not as many divots as you would expect with 17 par 3's.

The Bermuda fairways do not come into play much, but they were semi lush with some brown spots.

The Bermuda rough was semi lush, mowed down with good coverage and some brown spots.

The sand traps were below average. Hard packed and not regularly raked. Many waste areas if you get wide of the rough can come into play.

The Bermuda greens were firm and putted medium speed with few ball marks. Chipping is over and around mounds, so you have to be creative &/or precise.

John Fought design, Links style executive layout with an excellent mixture of holes. Very fun short course with 17 par 3's and one short par 4. The par 3's feature a couple holes over 200 from the Blacks, with the shortest at 118 with a good mixture of lengths in between. I used almost every iron in my bag on tee shots. Nice place to work on your irons.

GPS on the basic carts is to the front/middle/back of the green only. All grass driving range. The customer service was good, quick efficient check-in with the pro shop. No drink cart. Few sand traps and #18 is the only hole with a water hazard. Recommended.
6 Likes.
Rode the Golds (6643/71.5/126) with Darren mid day in 3H. The weather was close to 110, hazy and fairly calm.

The Bermuda tees were well maintained for divots, level and lush. Nice!

The Bermuda fairways were well maintained with few unfixed divots. Lush and nice to play from.

The Bermuda rough had been mowed since my last visit here, which created a whole new set of challenges. Still 2-3' deep with an inch of grass clippings on top, anything barely off the fairway was likely a time out to look for your ball. The staff said the climate conditions had the Bermuda literally growing as fast as they could mow it. The ball sat down and was challenging to hit even short irons a decent distance on line once you found it.

The sand traps were nicely raked with dark brown sand/dirt. However, they are still mediocre, inconsistent depths. The only part of the course not well above average, they need to be avoided.

The Bermuda greens were firm but still held irons okay. They putted mostly smooth and were medium speed.

Really good all grass practice facility with complementary balls are included with your fee. The customer service was excellent in the pro shop and with the starter/cart staff. Plenty of water stations on the course. No Drink cart today. No GPS on the carts is a definite minus for a Troon managed layout. Player is a solid course, it's challenging but doesn't beat you up with ridiculously penal carries or lost ball areas. Recommended.
7 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6761/72.3/131) with 140ver in 3H, 20M twilight. The weather was clear, fairly calm and in the low 100's when we were finishing around 7pm.

Fun Ted Robinson design, up/down rolling hills with some raised green complexes featuring numerous tiered greens. Nice water features with a generous amount of water to avoid. Also a decent amount of sand to avoid. You cannot spray the ball around too much, but Palm is not an overtly tight course. I think the Palm is the superior of the two Marriott Desert Springs courses, better than the Valley.

The Bermuda tees were lush, maintained long with few divots.

The Bermuda fairways were mostly lush, nice to play from.

The Bermuda rough was mostly lush close to the fairways. Get away from the fairways and you could encounter hardpan to knee deep lost ball rough.

You need to avoid these sand traps around the greens. They are thin and firm, good luck on holding a shot on firm, medium fast greens out of these things. The fairway traps firmness was an asset to play from.

The Bermuda greens are still bumpy from a recent vericutt. They putted medium fast and are firm, few ball marks.

The customer service was excellent from all encountered. No drink cart out today, ample water stations every few holes on the course. Carts have GPS. Fun course layout, Recommended.
7 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6669/71.9/128) with 140ver in 3.5H mid day. The weather was clear, calm and in the low 100's when we were finishing around 3pm.

The Bermuda tees were lush and well maintained.

The Bermuda fairways are lush and have a nice cushion, they are very nice to play from.

The Bermuda rough is lush and just deep enough to make the ball sit down.

The sand traps were decently maintained with good quality sand.

The large Bermuda greens putted nice, medium speed and firm.

Par 35-37=72 layout with five par 5's and five par 3's. The front is stacked with par 3's, 4 of your first 8 holes are par 3's. The back 9 averages almost 420 per hole from the Blacks, it plays long.

Not a course to walk, many holes are a long ways from the last tee. No GPS on the basic carts. Generous landing areas and the difficulty factor would make it a good choice for players of all skill levels. Some forced carries and water comes into play on many holes. The customer service was good but limited. No drink cart today. Definitely recommended.
7 Likes.
Rode the Club tees (3006/54.1/84) in 2.5H with 140ver. 95, calm and clear when we were finishing about 10:30.

This Schmidt/Curley design is an excellent par 3 course. Plenty of desert scape, huge sand traps & water hazards to keep things interesting. You also have to navigate the huge, undulating greens.

Picture an above average desert course, except instead of playing four or five par 3's, you are playing 18 of them to visualize this place. The par 3's range from 122 to 223 from the back tees and all are representative of what you may find on a regulation golf course. I used almost every iron in my bag on my tee shots today, ranging from 2I to UW. The 18 holes here average 167 yards per par 3, this is NOT a pitch and putt course.

The Bermuda tees were very near immaculate, few divots.

The Bermuda fairways and rough both were 80% lush with patches of hardpan.

The large bunkers look excellent aesthetically with beautiful, deep and plentiful silicone sand. Nicely manicured around the edges and freshly raked

The Bermuda greens and aprons are very nicely maintained. The greens are firm and putted medium speed, very typical of Bermuda green conditions for August.

No GPS on the basic carts. Surprisingly few water stations on the course. Nice course, the customer service has been excellent every time I have played here. Definitely recommended.
8 Likes.
Rode the Golds (6643/71.5/126) with 140ver. The weather was around 105, clear and calm. We played 45 holes on an UP play all day voucher, averaging about 1H, 40M per 9 on a layout that is in really solid, late summer shape considering the heat.

The Bermuda tees were level, lush and well maintained for divots.

The Bermuda fairways were lush and well maintained with few unfixed divots. Nice to play from.

The Bermuda rough was lush and deep, usually 3-4". The ball sat down and was often difficult to find unless you knew exactly where to look. At least a 1/2 stroke penalty to play out of, it was challenging to hit short irons a decent distance on line.

The sand traps were mediocre overall. Most were well raked with dark brown sand/dirt.

The Bermuda greens were mostly smooth and putted medium speed. They are firm but still held irons okay.

Player is a solid course, nothing tricked up, it's tough but not overly demanding. Tight course in spots with numerous lakes to navigate over/around. Lost balls/OB can come into play quickly on crooked shots. Really good all grass practice facilities that are included with your fee. The customer service was excellent in the pro shop and with the starter/cart staff. Plenty of water stations on the course. No Drink cart today. No GPS on the carts is a -. I enjoy this Troon managed layout. Recommended.
10 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6720/72.1/127) with Bill mid day in around 3H using Forelinx. The weather was around 100, sunny with a little breeze.

The Bermuda tees were nicely maintained.

The Bermuda fairways were lush and very nice to play from.

The Bermuda rough is lush/thick. Tough to play longer clubs from. Good length, high enough to be penal, not so high as to slow POP with lost ball challenges every time you enter it.

The sand traps were excellent. Fine quality sand and very nicely maintained.

The Bermuda greens putted medium speed and were smooth/consistent/firm. No tiers or huge mounds to navigate, but I rarely had a straight putt.

Enjoy this conventional 36-36=72, four par 5 and four par 3 layout. The front is almost 300 yards shorter with a couple of risk/reward par 4's. Tight in places, but still mostly generous landing areas. It would still be a good choice for players of all skill levels. Definitely not a course to walk, many holes are a long ways from the last tee. Recommended.
6 Likes.
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