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Rode the Blacks (6761/72.3/131) as a single in 2.5H twilight. Partly cloudy, fairly calm and in the low 100's.

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 lot ball rough.

The sand traps were playable, but thinner and firmer than would be my preference.

The Bermuda greens had been vericutt and were lightly sanded. They putted better than the Valley greens that were just vericutt. Medium speed, firm with hardly any ball marks because of the firmness, they rolled okay.

This is a fun Ted Robinson layout. 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. The customer service was excellent from all encountered. Cart gal out making numerous rounds, ample water stations every few holes on the course. Carts have GPS. Good course layout, above average course for the greater Palm Springs area.
11 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6627/71.9/130) as a single mid afternoon in 2H. Conditions were overcast, fairly calm and in the low 100's.

The Bermuda tees were lush and maintained long. Level with hardly any unfixed divots.

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

The rough is hit and miss. The Bermuda close to the fairways is long enough for the ball to sit down. Away from the fairways you could get hardpan to calf deep.

The sand traps were poor. Both green side bunkers I was in were very thin, and numerous fairway traps were raked but looked like they had not been trimming around the edges in months.

The Bermuda greens had just been vericutt, and it definitely affected putts. They were bumpy, medium-slow and firm. Hardly any ball marks because of the firmness.

Ted Robinson design that is not overtly tight overall, but there are places you need to be precise around and over water. Constantly up/down rolling hills with many raised green complexes and numerous tiered greens plus a generous amount of water & sand to avoid. The customer service was excellent from all encountered. Ample water stations every few holes on the course. Carts have GPS. Better than average course for the greater Palm Springs area.
9 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6669/71.9/128) as a single in 3H mid day. Basically had the course to myself under partly cloudy skies and 108 degree temps.

Considering how many straight days the temp has been 100+ locally, this course is in phenomenal shape! 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. 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, but moving up a tee(s) could negate that for shorter hitters.

The Bermuda tees were lush and well maintained.

The lush Bermuda fairways were some of the best fairways I have played from in awhile. Nice cushion, the ball sat up like it was on a tee.

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. More undulations on these greens than the sister Santa Rosa course.

The customer service was good but limited. No drink cart today. Not a course to walk, many holes are a long ways from the last tee. No GPS on the basic carts. Definitely recommended.
9 Likes.
Rode the Silvers (6833/71.9/130), playing 36 holes as a single in 5H. The weather was breezy, clear and hot, 116 when I finished @ 5:30 pm.

I had planned my trip by on I-10 to allow the time to play both Verrado courses. However, I passed on Victory after finding out that they punched their greens about 10 days ago. Founders was punched about 3 weeks ago and was basically healed, so I replayed there instead.

I like desert golf and John Fought designs, so it's not a shock that I really liked this course. Tom Lehman was the co-designer, first experience on one of his courses.

Some tight holes, but nothing too bad. Nice elevation changes throughout. Many holes have upscale desert homes around them, but they are far enough away that they blend in and are not noticeable. Some big traps to avoid and desert scape no mans land surrounds almost every hole.

This course featured 17 3/4 holes of good to excellent golf. Hole 13's green being the exception. Short, 291 yard par 4 from the Silvers, severely uphill.

For those of you familiar with Rustic Canyon, this green was a combination of the worst features of the greens on holes 12 & 15 @ RC. The pin was on top of a severe mound that would remind you of #12 @ Rustic Canyon, except larger. The big difference is that on #12 @ Rustic, you just roll down to a flat area if you miss the table top. This green had a front like #15 @ Rustic, where you could run a putt or chip a few feet by a pin close to the slope and end up 30 yards down the hill in the fairway. Trust me, I'm speaking from experience after playing my 4th shot from pretty close to where I played my 2nd shot!

The Bermuda tees were mostly lush and well maintained. Same for the fairways.

First time in awhile I have played in Bermuda rough that was allowed to grow up. The ball usually sat down, and anything but whacking it out and trying to advance it perhaps 125 yards was usually out of the question. I dropped out from a sprinkler and the ball sat down so much in about 4" tall rough I was lucky to gorilla a SW back into the fairway.

The Bermuda greens were firm and medium speed. I had a hard time with the speeds even the 2nd time through.

The customer service was excellent from everyone. Cart gal out making the rounds. All grass range with complementary balls, nice practice area. Excellent GPS on carts. Many tees are a long ways from the last green, so even if it was not scorching, it would be a challenge to walk. Water stations every few holes. Definitely recommended.
11 Likes.
Rode the Purple tees (6507/71.2/128) in 3H, 15M twilight. The weather was sunny, fairly calm and 109. Conditions across the board were not as solid as when I played here a month ago, but still decent.

The Bermuda tees were lush and very nice to play from. Level with few divots.

The Bermuda fairways are mostly lush. There are some thin spots where the winter rye has died off and the Bermuda is still taking back over. Same for the Bermuda rough, which is mowed low.

The sand traps were decently maintained with thick sand.

The Bermuda greens putted medium speed and were firm. However, they were much bumpier than I remember from previous visits here.

Excellent customer service on every visit here. Nice GPS on carts. No drink cart person this afternoon. Nice all grass driving range with a good chipping area & practice green. Definitely recommended.
10 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6121/67.7/115) for $23 with Bill in 3H mid day. The weather was partly cloudy and in the mid 90's.

There are no other golf courses within about 25 miles in any direction of Hawk's Landing, so I am sure it is mostly locals who play here. The course is much greener today than the pictures posted on GK from 2015.

The layout is a 12 hole course where you play one of the 6's twice to get in 18. I played the front twice, which = Par 71. If you play the shorter back twice it would = par 70. Fairly wide open with a good mixture of holes.

The tees were mostly lush, level with minimal unfixed divots.

The fairways were okay, about 50/50 lush/thin with a few browned out areas.

The rough was mostly thin but had decent coverage. The rough around the greens was mowed low, making for lots of low options on chipping.

The sand traps were nicely maintained with thick, deep, soft sand.

Not alot of undulation on the large, raised bent green complexes. No large tiers or huge breaks. The greens were smooth and medium speed, they putted well.

The customer service was excellent from everyone encountered. No Marshall or drink cart, this is a no frills course. Basic carts, no GPS. Range had mats, decent putting green. Fun course, recommended if you are in the area.
7 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6121/67.7/115) as a single in slightly over 2H mid day using a Groupon deal. The weather was completely overcast, muggy and in the 80's.

12 hole course. Interesting concept to have two 6 hole divisions, and you play one side again for 18 holes. Par 71 if you play the front twice, par 70 if you play the back twice. The layout is fairly wide open with a good mixture of holes. I did not have super high expectations coming in, but both the layout and the playing conditions were decent.

The tees were decent. Good coverage, fairly level and not that many unfixed divots.

The fairways were mostly good, with occasional browned out areas. 50/50 lush/thin.

The rough was more thin than lush but had good coverage. The rough around the greens are mowed low, making for easy chipping.

The sand traps were very good. Thick, deep, soft sand. Almost too deep, I had a couple of fried egg lies.

The bent greens were nice. Smooth, medium speed, they putted well. Not alot of undulation on the large green complexes.

The customer service was excellent in both the pro shop and the restaurant. Had a hot dog/soda, good and reasonably priced. Basic carts, no GPS. Range had mats, decent putting green. Fun course, if I have time, I am stopping on my way back down the hill tomorrow. Recommended.
10 Likes.
Walked the Whites (6148/69.3/120) as part of a SLO Co. Golf tournament. Played with my neighbor Mike and 2 other nice seniors. 4.5H POP under breezy, partly cloudy skies in the 60's. $26 to walk mid morning.

Older, parkland style course with some interesting holes that has few homes anywhere around the course. Few true water hazards but a decent amount of lateral and OB that can catch really errand shots. The courses main defenses are the sloping greens and the hundreds of 40+' tall trees that line all the fairways.

The tees were mediocre. Decent coverage, but most needed leveling.

The fairways had decent coverage, much more thin than lush.

The rough was thin and not tall. However, it was penal because of how uneven it was. Could be hard pan, weeds or lush within a 10' circle, and many more times than not, you had a poor lie.

The sand traps were decently maintained but needed more sand. Too thin around the greens.

The Poa annua greens were fairly quick, especially above the hole. I actually liked the greens even though I had a terrible putting day.

Quick efficient check-in. Marshall out patrolling trying to enforce POP. No drink cart, but they had an open restaurant at the clubhouse. Very basic carts, no roof or GPS. Course has basic 100/150/200 yard stones and stones on the tee boxes for yardages. All grass driving range. Nice layout that is a little rough around the edges, but still a fun course to play. Recommended.
12 Likes.
Rode the Greens (6320/71.1/131) in 4H with 140ver for $36 Sunday afternoon. The weather was clear, sunny, breezy and in the mid 70's.

Carlton Oaks is 60 years old, and was redesigned by Perry Dye about 30 years ago. You can see the normal Dye family design characteristics, railroad tyes, waste bunkers, raised greens with runoffs etc. Tough, challenging layout.

The tees were mediocre. Mostly thin, many were chewed up and some needed leveling.

The fairways had decent coverage but were mostly thin with tight lies.

The rough had some lush areas but was also mostly thin. Not very high with decent coverage.

The sand traps were poor. Waste bunkers basically have been let go and the green side traps were thin.

The greens were decent. Fairly smooth, medium speed and they held irons well.

The customer service was good. No drink cart, no GPS on the basic carts. You can see the bones are there for a well above average course. However, the conditions are less than average. No recommendation.
11 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6591/72.5/135) in 4H, 15M, matched up with 3 nice guys twilight. The weather was overcast, breezy and in the 70's.

A rare Palmer design near the coast. This layout contains many of the things I like about courses. Some forced carries but nothing outrageous. Challenging w/o being ridiculous. Constantly up/down rolling hills, HUGE green complexes, numerous well placed, beautiful plants/water features and many strategically placed large bunkers. The entire course is still in excellent playing condition after recently hosting the LPGA Kia Classic.

The tees were mostly lush with few unfixed divots.

The fairways were mostly lush and well maintained.

The rough was lush and just tall enough that the ball usually say down.

The sand traps were excellent. Nicely maintained with good quality sand.

The huge Poa greens were smooth and putted medium speed. They were firm, even nice high shots released.

The customer service was top notch all around, they obviously place a priority on providing customer service here. Nice GPS and complementary bottled water provided on the carts. Ample water stations on the course. Definitely recommended.
15 Likes.
Rode the Blues (6235/70.6/126) with 3 really nice super seniors. The POP was dreadful, 5H to play Friday morning? The weather was in the 70's, breezy and partly cloudy.

Interesting layout, up/down rolling hills. I would have liked to have played the course before the "turf reduction". IMO, courses with crowned fairways make poor candidates for "turf reduction" projects. The original design of CMR had balls on the outer portion on each side of most fairways funneling toward the rough. When much of the rough is removed, it creates conditions where balls often roll 40-60 yards farther than the course was designed for. Especially true on a course that is so hilly. This creates POP challenges, which further irritates the same players a course in trouble is trying to entice to play there.

The tees were okay, most had decent coverage but are getting thin from a lack of watering.

Same for the fairways and rough. Fairways were more consistent and playable than the rough that is still present.

The sand traps were mediocre to poor. Fine dirt and many were thin.

From tee to green, the course was average to below average. However, the greens were excellent. The putted fast and held shots well. Some of the best greens I have putted on this golf season.

No driving range, they provide nets beside the starter. Friendly Starter. Sorry to hear that this course is scheduled for closure. You can see the bones are there for an above average, hilly, challenging course.
9 Likes.
Rode the Blacks (6666/72.9/135) with Gary for 9 holes and played 9 as a single in 3H, 45M. The weather was sunny, clear, breezy and around 110.

The Bermuda tees were a mixed bag. Most were lush and nice to play from. However, a few were in mediocre to poor condition. Only some par 3's had a decent amount of divot damage.

The Bermuda fairways were lush and nice to play from.

The Bermuda rough around the greens was very lush. The Bermuda primary rough was mostly lush, good coverage and usually mowed down, you could easily find your ball. The native rough is an almost sure lost ball.

The sand traps were very well maintained. Other than large waste bunkers, most of the sand traps here are relatively small but there are a lot of them.

The Bermuda greens putted medium fast and they are firm. Almost no ball marks due to the firmness.

Hole 5 had a large temporary lake that had one trap and much of the fairway underwater, probably from a broken water line? The customer service was exceptional from everyone encountered. Cart gal around numerous times and the Marshall was out patrolling. Nice GPS on the carts that come with complementary bottled water. All grass range included with your fee, Definitely Recommended.
8 Likes.
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