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Played yesterday on a golf now rate of $99. Due to a frost delay, we teed-off 30 minutes late but that was no problem. We were off at 9:30am. TPC did send out a frost delay email and the hardy players showed-up, the others cancelled. Vegas is interesting because the temperature was 37 degrees when we teed off, but with the sun shining brightly it felt warm. As long as you're not in the shade. So, the obvious. It's TPC and the service is perfect. The conditions are immaculate and the challenge meter is high. I really liked the course. It also reminds me of TPC Stonebrae. Every hole is a good one, but few are memorable. That's not a bad thing. Just a collection of good holes. It's also the desert so you're playing over lots of barrancas and knowing your game is essential. I'm not sure I would go there again, but the guys I played with go a lot. They were also military veterans and said the PGA=course management treat them real well. I'm all in favor of that! And was glad to hear it. Sorry I can't offer anything insightful about the course today. It plays as advertised and the conditions are what you expect. I can see why it's highly rated in the Vegas area. And thank you for supporting our veterans!!
9 Likes.
Played here on Saturday, 12/28, on a $20 Teeoff.com rate. That's a good deal for this course. And it turned out to be a beautiful 65 degrees with 8 golfers on the tee sheet inside, plus 2 coyotes outside (that I could see). It's eerie how we've learned to co-exist with coyotes in CA. One of the coyotes literally trotted past my cart and behind me as I putted out. I only saw him as I walked off the green, which is still a little disconcerting. But that's part of the beauty of this course. In Death Valley life carries on seemingly in the midst of nothing. About the course....it's a really cool layout. The pervasive use of bermuda grass (I think) makes this course spongy and playable in all weather. Though the fairways had some marginal issues with dry spots, it played very well throughout. The greens were cut tight and rolled well. Add in a light breeze, and it was a good all around. The pace of play was mine to decide and I got through in 3 hours with lots of picture taking. The quietness here is the unspoken treat. When you stop and listen....there's nothing. You need that once in a while. Overall, well worth the effort to get here and play this challenging, well-designed course, with good service.
12 Likes.
I guess this is a country club. It does have nicely maintained tennis courts and a sparkling pool adjacent to the pro shop. That's where the amenities end. The pro shop didn't have any pencils. So that was a first. After retrieving an extra from my car, I went straight to the 1st tee as a single. The two very nice guys on the 1st tee announced they might be playing a little slow today, as I noticed they were sharing one golf bag between them. I could see how this day was going to go. The course, at $12 seemed steep. Hard to believe. But it's very tired. And it shows. Somehow, I think there's interest and pride in the club, just no money. Ultimately, I fear this course will become a closure casualty some day. But the tennis courts and pool did look good, so maybe there's hope. My ratings say everything. Tee boxes, fairways and rough are all in poor to very poor condition. The greens were fine and that's a plus. Overall, a part of me really wants to like this course for what it might have been earlier. But it's lights are dimming.
9 Likes.
Ok, it was a rainy day and there were only 4 players on the course. This is a very short neighborhood 9-hole course that plays 1,027 yards from the back tees. So, maybe the shortest executive course I've played. I liked it, but mainly because I shot a 29 on this oar 27....in the rain. Golf is a cruel game. Why doesn't that ever happen on a full size course! Overall, the pro shop is basically a tuffshed with a window. And a very nice "starter" practicing his classical music in the pro shop. The course has some homes on it, but are largely not in play. There are enough trees to make it a pleasant walk, and on a rainy day with no one out, a really sweet setting. I don't think I will go back. But it's a nice hidden gem for the neighbors. Walking only is a nice change too.
8 Likes.
It's been a couple of weeks since my last trip to RSM. And nothing different. Still enjoyable, with great greens and expert service. But they really need to do something about the tee boxes. Shocking. And surprising for this course. There must be some issue going on I'm not aware of, but getting harder and harder to find a level tee anywhere on most holes.
8 Likes.
RSM went through some tough years during the drought and it's good to see the course coming back. It's been greener this year but still looks and plays ok. THey're always maintained the greens well and today was no exception. As noted, the course is a bit on the brown side now, which is not unusual this time of year, but it doesn't affect play much. There are some hardpan areas in a few fairways where you get a nice kick and run. So, some maintenance is still due. The main issue is the tee boxes. They're in the worst shape I can remember. Many are hard, players not fixing divots, and some not even level. I've never seen that state of condition before. To my recollection they were always near perfect. Based on conditions today, I wouldn't go full-rate on this course. About the best you can do is $59 on Mon - Thurs, which is a great deal. Weenkend afternoons are $75 riding with range balls and that's about the break point. I wouldn't go at a higher rate. It pains me to say anything negative about this course because I love it. The design is awesome, the challenge is good, and the entire operation is first-rate. I'm confident it will get back to its former condition soon.
10 Likes.
What a great little course! It doesn't pretend to be something it's not. There's not a lot of flash, or even memorable holes, but I found it to be a great 9-hole warm-up before playing Rancho San Marcos in the afternoon. In facts, it's ideal as a starter for La Purisima. It's close, requires accurate short iron shots, and is very relaxing. The rack rate of $14 walking makes it only marginally higher than a bucket of balls at other places. So, for me, that's a good pre-game investment. The pro-shop lady, sorry I don't recall your name, is very friendly. The same was true for everyone on the course. There are beginners, but so few people in total it's easy to play through or around them. My final thought, umm....$14 for 9-holes or a bucket of balls for $10.
8 Likes.
Played here on a charity event last monday. The course is challenging, as a TPC course should be, yet manageable from the correct tee-box. We played the white tees. The course isn't long at that tee box but does require precision shots everywhere. The driver isn't necessary on a lot of holes. The greens are in excellent shape and probably rolling a 10! The greens themselves, though rolling true, have a few too many undulations for me. But that's ok. They're still the highlight of the course. The fairways and rough were in decent shape and tee boxes level. Personally, though, I find the routing and holes to be forgettable. Target golf at the highest level. Nothing more. It was good to see they've finally built a really nice clubhouse. Great setting for a wedding if you're looking.
7 Likes.
I also played the GK event and had a great time. It was really good to see Johnny again, and meet a couple of new players up here. Being in NoCal, I hope we'll see more events here. Maybe Wente?! As others have said, the pace of play was 5.5 hrs. That's tough. It makes it very hard to get a rhythm going, though one of my playing partners shot 81. So, he wasn't too bothered. I really like the re-designed layout; lots of angles and different ways to play holes. Personally, I'd like to see more opportunities for bump and run though, similar to what you can do at Blackhorse in Seaside. But, overall fun course. The greens are terrific, running true and in excellent condition. It's the highlight of the course, I believe. Downside, the tee boxes were like cement on certain holes. I actually injured my hand on #15 when I chunked my tee shot and bounced the club off the tee box. Bad shot, but penal result. My hand was swollen for a day. In the end, I'll stick to weekday late afternoons rounds here. I played once earlier and paid $40 to walk and finished in 2hrs 45m. Still, Johnny, great event, great SWAG, and great to see you!
9 Likes.
The greens are spectacular and running very quick right now. Both my dad and I had lots of practice on the greens.....and three putts to show for it. Tough day. The fairways are very firm, have looked better, but rollout and play very true. The rough is a bit scruffy, and this place has lots of it with few opportunities for recovery. This was my third time ever playing maderas and I loved it. The conditions were not as good as I remember before, but everything else was spot on. Service is the best I've experienced anywhere, pace of play great at 4 hours, and bar and grill superb. I really can't ask for a better experience. We got a very good deal on tee off at $81, so good all around.
13 Likes.
Played here on 12/29. The course is typical Pete Dye with long sand trap waste areas running alongside fairways, and lots of elevated greens. Miss the green short.....roll down a ravine with a long uphill recovery,and lucky to see top of flag from 30yds out. So, you see where I was, starting with hole 1. The Bermuda grass is brown all around making this course look much less attractive than many others. But it plays fairly. The routing is interesting with many holes playing alongside the mountain where your target shots need to follow the contours. A couple so-so holes that route through homes to get back to the mountain. I'm never much of a Pete Dye fan and this falls in that category. I played fine in the end, but the course, despite being highly rated is really not among the best in the valley. The facility is just ok, driving range just ok, everything just ok. I probably won't be back but did enjoy it for what it was. I can only imagine that conditions do get better. No real complaints except the visual appeal lacks right now compared to others.
10 Likes.
Great deal on underpar for $89 with all day replay. The desert courses are already in high season pricing, so this is really a great deal. The course is wonderful, with spectacular routing and design. I enjoyed the front 9 better, as the back got progressively more difficult with a challenging but great 18th hole finish. Conditions are palm Desert perfect right now. Fairways, greens, and rough all good. Only drawback was pace of play. Lots of vacationers and couples. I played with a group, very nice, with two beginners. The more experienced player in their group tried to keep it going and had them pick up on several holes. But we still finished a hole behind and clocked in at 5hrs 10 minutes. That killed the chance for completing a replay round. But at $89 for the loop.....awesome. Highly recommend.
11 Likes.
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