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Played with Nickesquire, rgm2525 and zgolfinman last week at La Quinta Resort Dunes Course as part of a GK Guru round. Super time. Always fun to tee it up with those guys.

This is a great course that is overshadowed by its big brother the Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort. And rightfully so IMO. The Mountain Course layout, especially back nine is magnificent. However, as a stand alone course, the Dunes Course is in just as good as condition and a blast to play. I thought it was actually more difficult than the Mountain Course. The stretch of holes 2-5 in the wash are well maintained but lack the character of the rest of the course, still fun holes to play though. The rest of the course is an in your face Pete Dye golf experience loaded with cool visuals, intimating shots, lots of forced carries over water and a terrific finishing stretch of golf holes. If you have not played the Dunes Course, I highly recommend it, plus the green fee is less than the Mountain Course.

As far as the conditions, smooth, moderately fast, firm greens. Lush fairways groomed well. Dormant bermuda rough that like the Mountain Course (see my review) will have the rough sprayed this month to make the cool dormant to lush fairway contrast more prominent (like you’ll see this week with the Career Builder PGA golf tournament at PGA WEST courses). Bunkers in great shape as were the tee boxes. My guess is it’s only going to get in better condition as spring approaches and arrives.

Regarding the clubhouse, the Dunes Course has the same large beautiful clubhouse with restaurant and proshop as the Mountain Course. It’s a sight to see and I recommend sitting down for a bite. We really enjoyed our lunch there in-between rounds.

Service was top-notch. Guy’s in the proshop, Dunes starter very informative/helpful, on course service seen many times and friendly, after the round cart guys very polite.

This was my first time playing the Dunes Course, glad I did, should have a long time ago, it was a rare cloudy and at times rainy day in La Quinta but got some good photos anyway, just posted them, take a look!
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I played La Quinta Resort Mountain Course years ago and enjoyed the layout. This time, playing with GK Gurus Ron and Nick, I feel in love with it. I’d say it is a top 20 all-time course for me. Playing conditions were much better this time around with excellent irrigation coverage, lush grass, well maintained bunkers and smooth, moderately fast, firm greens. I liked the dormant bermuda turf rough contrast to with the greens and overseeded rye grass fairways. I understand that this month they will be spraying the dormant bermuda rough to make it even more dormant (lighter color) and create a greater contrast. We caught a rare cloudy and even raining day in La Quinta Monday so my photos did not turn out as nice as I would have wanted (got some gem pics although – how can you not with that scenery), I’ll set up another GK Guru round to get out there in February to do some more reviews & photos – darn ;)

Enjoyed lunch at the turn with Dave, Ron and Nick, delicious food, excellent service. It’s an exceptional clubhouse. Was late getting to the course, made it just in time for my tee time, so had no time to warm up to give my take on the practice facilities, but the service in the proshop and starters made me feel very comfortable.

Of all the PGA WEST and La Quinta Resort Courses I’ve played, I am a huge fan of this course and the Nicklaus Tournament Course. I very much enjoy the Stadium, Norman and Dunes but Jack and Mountain would be my perfect 36. – Highly Recommended.
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Thinking back to last Sunday and all the fun I had playing and running our Rams Hill Golf Club GK Plays outing, really appreciate everyone that made it, Linksoul golf apparel and Golfmoose.com for sponsoring it, many of the donated gifts for prizes by those playing and Rams Hill Golf Club for providing exceptional service and playing conditions. It was our 4th outing at the course and sure to be another in the future.

Previous and I'm sure future reviews will focus on the personal golf experience, mine is from an outing organizer perspective. Let’s start with the golf course itself, it appeals to all skill levels, is generous off the tee, the pace of play as always been around 4 ½ hours for our outings, the course is in fantastic shape, the desert views while playing are amazing and the first tee, as well as the 18th green are perfectly positioned to start and conclude your event. Next, before your players tee off, the practice facilities are great with a beautiful driving range stocked with ProV1 balls, two short game practice areas (there is even a practice chipping area near the first tee to the right) and a fun practice putting green near the first tee. Next, the customer service from when you are first talking and working with the tournament director, food & beverage, to the day of your event, to following up after, very courteous and professional. As for the clubhouse, nice proshop and there is beautiful restaurant and patio to enjoy a meal/drink before and after golf. Lastly, the Borrego Spring area is a long drive to get to for just about everyone but IMO that helps adds charm and “away from it all” feeling. Some of the views out there of the desert are at least 50 miles. The area has other fun courses for your players to easily make a golf week or weekend out of it plus affordable lodging. I have always been very happy and never disappointed with our golf experience there.
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Finally got the photos posted from last week GK Guru visit with rob1563 and Mrkich. Super good time with perfect weather at a beautiful golf course. Thanks guys! – I loved this course before the renovation and now I love it more. They did all the right improvements to the course and facility. New turf on the greens, some rebuilt greens, new sand in all the bunkers, subtle redesigns to some green complexes, new driving range, additional practice putting green near first tee, new practice bunker and other improvements. Add to all that the course is in near immaculate condition. Greens still new so on the slow side but running very true and holding shots much better than you would expect new greens. Fairways are immaculate. Tee boxes immaculate. Bunkers immaculate. Rough they let go dormant, yet fun to play from, to create a beautiful contrast with the fairways – see photos. When I think about a Vegas golf experience, I think about Rio Secco Golf Club. Maybe because on the half the holes you are looking at the Vegas strip. It was a clear day last week and the views were gorgeous. Fast Pace of Play. Plus the place is so high class. Tip-Top service. Big incredible clubhouse. Friendly service. Can’t wait to tee it up there again. – btw also read the reviews of rob1563 and Mrkich, those guys really nailed it with more details.
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Had a super time running our GK Plays at Omni La Costa Saturday. Thank you everyone that came! So good to see so many of you. Great to meet many new faces.

I thought we were treated to great playing conditions, exceptional service and the weather was outstanding. I was particularly pleased by how easy it was to run a golf outing at Omni La Costa Resort. Everything was taken care of. Carts staged perfect, on course contests handled without me lifting a finger, nice touch to have the on course food and beverage by our carts before heading out, staff quick to respond to all my needs, little confusing at first after our round but they sure delivered on service and excellent food once we got settled in at the VUE restaurant.

As for the playing conditions, I thought they were GREAT. I think given how dry of a fall and winter it’s been the superintendent is doing a very good job. I thought the fairways were in excellent condition with lush lies all day, ball sat up beautifully and drives got ample roll. No they were not emerald green like some might think they should be for a high end resort, and the reason is they are paspalum grass, not rye grass like out in the desert and paspalum other than in the summer and early fall does not have a bright pretty green color to it but is sure plays beautifully. As with the greens, the first two greens are the worst on the golf course and even at that those two greens were not in “bad” shape. I thought overall the greens were in very good shape. They held my shots, although I do play a soft golf ball, compress my irons approach shots well and play a lot of lob wedge pitch shots around the green. The greens rolled mostly smooth and were fast. They are tricky to read and I really enjoyed the challenge. The rough was lush and thankfully cut down about 2 inches in height. I was in it a lot on Saturday as I was in the bunkers too. Speaking of the bunkers, I thought they were in great shape. Firm but not too firm. Well groomed and cared for. The tee boxes were in great shape as well. We played the blue tees. The tee boxes were lush, groomed and level.

As for the layout, it’s very true to being a mature resort style course. It’s not meant to be very challenging like its sister course on property, The Champions Course. It does force you play good golf although, which I did not Saturday, to score well. It especially demands you putt well and if you do miss the greens, have your short game on. There are many large trees to contend with off the tee. Also there are some fun risk/reward par 5’s. Like I said in my previous review, I like the Champions Course better. It’s more my type of shot value layout and intimidating. The Legends Course is more parkland and mature country club feel. Still I like both layouts and would not hesitate to play them.

I work hard to make GK Plays outings a great deal. $75 was a very special price that Greenskeeper.org alone, not Omni La Costa Resort, wanted to charge players. It is normally much more to play this course and I completely understand and expect Omni La Costa to charge more than $75 for a round of golf. It’s worth more than $75 to play for sure. It’s a world class resort destination on an exceptional property in Carlsbad California.
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Little late posting this review but better late than not. Super time with fellow GK Gurus previewing Omni La Costa Legends Course on Wednesday 11/29 before our GK Plays this coming Saturday 12/9. Snapped a bunch of pics I just posted. As for the course, I was very pleased, thought it was in great shape. Good lush lies in the paspalum fairways all day, the majority of the greens running mostly smooth and fast, rough in good shape, not that long, bunkers with firm yet playable sand, tee boxes in great shape having been overseeded. I thought the Legends Course was in better shape than when we played the Champions Course back in early September. I do like the layout of the Champions Course better, more challenging and interesting, but I do like the Legends Course layout a lot. Different from the Champions Course in many regards such as less deep faced as well as less bunkers overall. More challenging greens in my mind than the Champions Course. More open off the tee but with more mature trees coming into play. Less hilly of a course than Champions Course. As mention in previous reviews, there is some remnants of new sod repairs on a few greens of the Legends Course but they are not large sections and minimally come into play.

Fast pace of play and exceptional service all day long. Great overall experience.

Again, check out the photos I posted!
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Joined fellow GK Gurus Tuesday at The Crossings at Carlsbad. We caught a beautiful day albeit more windy than when I’ve played the course in the past.

It’s a challenging layout that features some wild greens. With exception to hole #13, which is Par 5 blind tee shot I never can figure out, I love this layout. I normally play it from the blue tees, Tuesday was the first time playing it from the white tees, and enjoyed that experience as well. Accuracy off the tee yet rewarding for long drives, challenging approach shots to well bunkered greens, distance control heavily required for approach shots so to be on the proper tiers of the putting surfaces and smart golf course management to avoid hazards. The layout has some scenic views, especially on the back nine.

I thought the course was in great condition Tuesday. Granted they were in the process of overseeding the tee boxes but what I liked is they kept them open. So they were cut tight, brown, but level and firm. Was not an issue at all. Fairways, bermunda, lush, groomed, great lies and roll out. Greens, 5 weeks recovered from aeration, rolling very well, moderate speed, some a little softer than others. Rough in good shape, cut low. Bunkers in good shape, quality sand, well kept.

I had to leave soon after the round but normally I like to stick around to enjoy their food. Tuesday that had an $8 burger combo deal. Dang. The course has a gorgeous clubhouse with ocean views and excellent service. I will be back to play another GK Guru round hopefully next month. Thanks everyone that made it.
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Given how much I enjoyed my first visit to Marine Memorial Golf Course in August, and how easy it is to get on the base to play it, I made it a point to return the following month. This time with 6 other GK Gurus and what a super time it was. Last time out, I was suffering from significant elbow pain and could only use a 2 iron off the tee, this time I was bombing my driver. Even at bombing my driver which carries about 250 to 270, Marine Memorial Golf Course still plays long and certainly longer than its yardage due to very little roll in the kikuyu fairways. Next time I will treat myself to the white tees and see if I fair better.

It’s a challenging, mature, original Billy Bell design with a recent renovation to the bunkers to fully restore them to the original Bell designs. Having now played it twice, I enjoyed it even more. Conditions were great again with excellent smooth moderately fast greens that held shots. Fairways/Rough mostly lush kikuyu grass. Bunkers immaculate white marble sand and meticulously kept (reminded me of high end country clubs). Tee boxes, lush but need to be leveled (which is the very next improvement renovation the golf course is going to make).

As mentioned in the previous reviews, the setting is secluded with no homes or buildings and the pace of play fantastic. The peak green fees for Civilians for walking is only $28 weekday and $35 weekend. The service is professional and respectful. At no time did I ever feel uncomfortable, in both visits to the course, as a civilian rather than military golfer.

My single disappointment was that I did not realize Mulligans Grill is only open for Breakfast and Lunch. The food was excellent and very affordable last time so next time I’ll make sure to eat before my round there. If you are an early morning golfer give yourself time after your round to eat there.

Highly Recommended.
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Played Indian Wells Golf Resort Celebrity Course as part of our GK Cup 10 Final with kassper7, lotrgolfer48 and nodoubles22. Tremendous match between lotrgolfer48 and nodoubles22. This course and facility provided the perfect stage.

I thought the Celebrity Course was in great summer shape … as expected. The service at the facility top notch … as expected. I say as expected because between all the rounds and outings I’ve hosted here, it’s always been excellent. In more detail, the tees, fairways and rough all were lush berumada grass groomed well. Granted this was the summer, which mean no signature flower beds and wall to wall rye grass, but still, great lies all day. The bunkers were in great shape as usual and play a major role in the difficulty and strategy. They are predominately deep faced, well positioned on every fairway and green. The greens, typical summer slow, not as smooth and fast as playing during season on rye grass greens but in very good condition none-the-less.

After our round, we had some good food and drinks celebrating the GK Cup 10 in the Vue restaurant upstairs. The have a tasty bar menu with burgers, nachos, good beer, etc. If you played golf you get some significant discounts on the menu. Nice comfortable place with a fun atmosphere.

As much as I thoroughly enjoyed playing here in the summer, you owe it to yourself to also come out here and play it when in the spring when its wall-to-wall bright green grass, flower beds galore and all the water features turned on. During early - late spring, Indian Wells Golf Resort is my definition of playing in a desert oasis.
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Catching up on this review, was bad timing with GK down a few days last week as far as timing on posting this review but better than not at all.

This was my first time running an outing at Omni La Costa Resort, and it looks like I’ll be running another on Saturday, December 9th but playing the Legends Course instead. If I get the same exceptional service and experience as this last one on September 2nd on the Champions Course, I’ll be real happy.

Of all the outings I’ve run, Omni La Costa Resort made it most easy for me in terms of having everything set up in advance. During outing I saw the staff regularly checking in on my group as well as the on-course service. I liked how they purposely had the on-course service parked at the first tee before our shotgun start to provide additional service in addition to restaurant. It was a jammed pack Labor Day resort weekend that also included terrible traffic that proved to make a few of our group late. Omni La Costa was kind enough to delay our shotgun start to accommodate.

As for the course, it was my second time playing the Champions layout and I liked it even more. This time I played the white tees instead of the combo tees. It’s a very challenging layout still that I thought was in great shape despite the greens having so many ball marks. I know they are moving quick to purchase some specialized ball mark fixing machines and will be doing much more on course reminders so I don’t see this as an ongoing issue. The bermunda fairways were beautiful lush and provided good run-out. The rough was lush, penalizing but not brutal. The bunkers were brutal, as I found out my first visit, you do not want to go in them as they are steep faced. They were firm but playable. The tee boxes in good shape being lush and level. POP was 4 1/2 hour, excellent for an outing on a Saturday.

After the round, we had our post golf prizes celebration in the Diversions Sports lounge, I understand next time we’ll likely be in their Bistro 65 patio dining. I was happy to actually be in the dark cool sports lounge given how unseasonably hot the weather was that day.

I still have not posted the GK Plays recap with photos due to the delay with the site being down a few days last week but I will this week. Want to THANK everyone that came out and lets have some fun again in December out there!
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Teed it up on Friday morning 8/18 with GK Gurus at Marine Memorial Golf Course. This was my first experience playing a golf course located on a military base … what have I been waiting for, this was a great golf experience and getting on the base to play it was simple.

I was very impressed with the conditions of Marine Memorial and their recent bunker renovation. They restored the bunkers to the original designer Billy Bell plans. The bunkers are in outstanding condition and pleasure to play from. They bring a ton of extra character to a layout that already has a lot character with its mature trees, many doglegs, demanding par 3s and if you play it from the blue tees, a stern challenge.

The golf course is predominately lush kikuyu grass so don't expect much roll off the tee, but do expect beautiful lies in the fairways with the ball sitting up yet very difficult lies in the rough and around the greens with the kikuyu playing all kinds of tricks on you. The greens are in excellent condition, poa turf, smooth, holding shots and moderately fast. The only blemish this course has, its not much in my opinion, are the tee boxes not being that level. But its my understanding that is Marine Memorial's next improvement project, to laser level all the tee boxes.

To be honest with you, I read many very positive reviews leading up to this round and was still a little skeptical about what to expect with the conditions/layout due to how low priced the course is, the course easily exceeded my expectations in every way. Playing conditions, layout and service. If I lived in San Diego or South Orange County, Marine Memorial would be close to the top of my rotation.

After the round, had a delicious club sandwich and fries from their Mulligans grill on the patio. Under $10 yet excellent quality and even though they were busy, I got my food pretty fast. I am immediately a fan of this course, I will hopefully play it again soon, highly recommended, check out the photos I posted!
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Out with GK Gurus on Friday 8/18 and being it was my first time playing Omni La Costa Resort, this round also served as a preview for our coming GK Plays on September 2nd.

This is a very impressive resort with some excellent golf. We played the Champions Course, which unlike it’s sister course that has paspalum fairways and overseeded rye grass tee boxes, rough, green surrounds in the winter/spring, the Champions Course is entirely bermunda grass with exception the poa greens. That said, it’s the course you want to play for better playing conditions in the Summer.

I was very pleased with the conditions. Greens ran mostly smooth, firm and moderately fast. Fairways lush, no thin spots and good coverage. Rough, lush and it seemed the further you got off-line from the fairways with tee shots, the thicker it got. Bunkers, diabolical faces and very challenging in the fairways and greenside. The sand was firm but playable. Tee boxes in good shape, lush and level.

We played the Combo tees 6481 yards and I found that a perfect yardage. You have to be smart off the tee and avoid the fairway bunkers at all costs. There are many doglegs and slight elevation changes. There’s water hazards and mature trees to deal with. You’ve got to be having a good ball striking day to have any chance to score well. The greens were challenging but not overly difficult (with exception to the 17th green) so once on the dance floor you’ll have many opportunities to make putts. It’s getting to the dance floor which is the big problem. I took a bunch of photos and posted them.

As other GK Gurus mentioned, we were moving through the course pretty fast until the 7th hole. It was a beautiful Friday afternoon and the resort seemed jumping so I think that had something to do with it. I very much doubt slow play is the norm at this course. It was a slow go to finish the round but in the end it took us 4hrs 30min to play so I was happy. As for customer service, outside of not seeing a marshal out on the course, what I experienced was excellent. Friendly proshop, bag service, starter, on-course refreshments and snack bar between 9 and 10. This course will be ready to host our GK Plays outing in a couple weeks and I’m very excited about it! Highly recommended.
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