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Played 5/3/18 afternoon tee time of 2:00 pm. Having never played here thought it would be a good way to close out my 72 holes in two days. Ooops big mistake. The course rests along side of the northern foothills at the North end of Golf Center Parkway. Arriving we found wind to be blowing at 20 and gusting to 30. I had no idea what I was in for. They don't except cash here in the clubhouse because of so robberies they have had, 5 in the last year. It is a little bit of trouble if you not aware of this prior to check in, and the website fails to mention a word about it also. Practice areas and about average, nothing that would make you take noet other than its quite the haul to get there from the clubhouse. Fairways are firm and green although thin, and lead to many shots running farther than planned. Rough really not existent on this course as everything is shaved very tight, causing many problems and really difficult recovery shots. The sand here is average at best, some bunkers providing good lies and others providing little sand and limiting recovery options. Greens hard and very fast, making even good shots look horribly bad. Chipping on to the greens here is difficult at best. I found early in the round that putting from some 20 yards worked just as well. Don't be afraid to use your utility words here and bump put from distance. There is no fringe here, its greens and then see you later ball. Putting is difficult, with breaks you can and can't see plenty of problems below and above the hole. False fronts are the norm and provide devious reminders of just how hard it is to get the ball close to the pin here. Not my favorite or even something I would consider playing again unless I was practicing for just this type of course.
9 Likes.
Played Firecliff on 5/2/18 with a 8:10 tee time, starting off my 72 holes in two days outing. Always one of my favorites and for me always in the top 3 of Palm Springs golf. Day started off quite cold and rainy with winds blowing about 25 mph making any good score unlikely. Rain stopped about a third of the way through our round but heavy winds persisted. Customer here rivals any of the big time public courses you can think of. They certainly care about the players and cater to your every need. Simply put this is one of the Nicest and most well maintained course you will ever come across.
Practice facilities are some of the best if not the best for any course I've played in the valley. The highlight is the practice green, which can be misleading to actual course conditions, not here however it was a perfect match to conditions experienced on the course.
Tee boxes , level perfectly groomed and little to no damage its a 10 here. Fairways green lush and with little to none divot damage left unrepaired, providing fair roll. another 10. Rough is penal, how penal will depend on how bad your shot was, on this day it was devastating as wind blew balls everywhere and anywhere!! Another 10. The bunkers here are dubious and frightening, deep with great sand and acceptable recovery rates if your skilled ion all recovery shots, miss it however and bogey or double bogey comes into play. Slap another 10 down for the sand. Now the greens, fast, faster and fastest. Breaks from every angle, undulations, and some of the hardest collection areas I have ever seen. No damage noted on any green complex to be seen. This course has everything you would want, fair challenge, terrific views, and if your not thinking or trying to bite off to much penalties lurking everywhere. Play it if you haven't already
8 Likes.
Played Shadow Ridge on 5/3/18 as part of my 72 holes in two days golf outing. Its hard to rate any of the desert course that are good so I'll do my best and not compare it to the other course reviews that will follow.

Customer service was outstanding, from the moment you drive up your feeling a star. Clubhouse is well stocked and check in is easy. Practice facilities are well kept, green and in very good shape. Everything you can ask for, great practice bunker area, chipping, and terrific practice green.
Course is lush very green, fairways well maintained with few unrepaired divots, and providing a descent and fair and descent amount of roll. Rough is somewhat penal depending on how fair you stray, and how or where the ball comes to rest. Most of the time I had a good shot at getting club face to the ball, however I did experience plenty of grass between the clubface and ball on several occasions as well. Bunkers were great terrific sand quality and plenty of coverage, allowing for any and all recovery shots. Greens were quick, almost to the point of fast, with plenty of break, undulations, and several difficult collection areas. Tee boxes showed little ware and very few unrepaired divot damage. Terrific course and always a most for my round of 72 holes.
7 Likes.
Played Strawberry Farms today 3/26/18. Course is in good condition with greening fairways and descent rough. Greens were in good condition and rolled about a 10. Typical problems though showed on all greens, Failure to repair or poorly repaired ball marks. Bunkers were somewhat wet and sticky and have the usual concerns that always present here, minimal sand and poor coverage. Without wind this course in normally manageable for me playing from blues, however today was a tad windy on course and I struggled for that distance. My other problem here is pace of play or lack there of 5+ hour round today. Several zig zag groups ahead of us all in foursomes (3). Still think the price here is a bit over what the rack should be.
8 Likes.
Day two of my weekend golf trip, found us playing The Oasis Golf Club Canyons Course. First let me say this if your not a fan of big houses probably occupied by people with to much money this is not the course for you. I happen to like looking at some of the ways to much is spent. Playing the course at just over 6400 yards was a refresher from the day before. Customer service is good and could have been excellent if not for the punk handing out cart numbers. What a total ass, with no people skills at all.
Everything here is green, fairways are lush and at times I found them to be almost moist. Not much roll so a low driving shot was the call for this day. Temps were warmer than the the previous day at just under 60 degrees. Greens are fair and rolled true but slower than I care for, maybe a 10 or a tad under. Little to no visible damage from unreparied ball marks or poorly repaired. Sand quality was good with only a few needing attention, most likely from the prevailing afternoon wind. Tee boxes were level with a few needing attention from divot damage, none were noted to be Unlevel. Its a nice play here and challenging for your average golfer, I think longer hitters would have a field day with the course, but non the less a good play, would recommend if you like houses lining the fairways views are still good and really some of the homes are spectacular.
8 Likes.
Played the course this past weekend 12/15/17 as part of my 3 day 3 course tour of near Nevada with my soon to be new son in law. This course is relatively flat considering the surrounding area and at just over 6600 yards from the blues thought it would be a good test. The course is fair and provides good landing zones off the tee, however I found the distance to be a little difficult. The course is in fantastic shape with fair roll. It may be a bit hard so for me taking a reasonable divot was a bit testy. Rough is not bad your bigger problem here is the desert that attracted many of my shots on this day. Greens are in great shape, receptive to well struck shots and rolling about 11. Bunkers were in good shape, slightly hard in the morning hours but better in the early afternoon. Tees are good, some divot damage where you would expect it and level in most cases. Customer service was excellent and friendly, pace of play just under 4.5 hours. First time playing here and would certainly return for another round.
7 Likes.
Played hidden valley today. Lite NE wind about 10 mph with plenty of sunshine. As usual the greens are fantastic here, slower today than the posted 11.0 more like a 9.5 or 10.0. Little to no visible damage from unrepaired ball marks or poorly repaired. Rolling smooth with no in line deviation. Held shots well, and allowed decent reverse spin. Fairways are lush and very green, however today they were incredibly wet throughout, to the point of slushy underfoot. Some noted GUR well staked and roped off. Very little roll out today due to the wet conditions.
Bunkers normally I find them here at this course quite good. Today they were HORRIFIC. Hard with little sand. Standing water in almost everyone. If you were able to find one without water the sand was more like thick soup. So bad today our foursome decided to take a free drop outside the the bunker.
Tees, recently reseeded with some old grass but mostly top soil covering new seedlings. Funny thing is the course had not moved up the tees, or used the secondary tee boxes. Tees also seemed very unlevel today possibly I would guess from the grating and repacking procedure they used.
The new clubhouse is coming along quite well. Quick service for a drink but woefully slow for food. Called in an order on the tee box at nine and still waited 15 minutes to receive it. The new pro shop over by the driving range is just common, nothing special and word has it they are considering moving it back to the clubhouse. The driving range remains one of the poorest around. mats all lean down hill hitting into an uphill range. Putting green is beautiful well manicured and maintained, along with the practice bunker area. Staff is mostly top notch except for the minor disagreement with the carts today. Arrived approx 45 min early only to have the attendant tell me Ihad to wait 20 minutes to get a cart because of players in front of me. Thats all good with me but one foursome tee off ahead of us and they had 17 carts lined up. Speaking of the carts brand new, GPS,ball and club washers, cooler and phone connections. Still remains a favorite of mine and would certainly recommend playing.
13 Likes.
Played Black Gold today with a mid morning tee time of 10:30. Pace of play just about 4:15 minutes in a foursome. Course is in great condition. Fairways are green with not much roll due to the wet conditions. It became a minor problem at times on a few holes most notably on the longer par fours and all the par fives. Nothing like hitting a bomb and then watching it plug or stop dead on impact. Rough is fair but I never really cared for the Kikuyu type rough but I understand the use of it. My problem is always been sliding the club under and leaving it short on many different shots.

Greens were fantastic, rolling med to fast with very few if any ball marks left unattended. Learned very quickly to never start a putt inside the hole here, even a few 3 footers went sideways. The bunkers all have good amounts of sand with the green side bunkers being very good to great. A challenging but fair round and will definitely be back again.
11 Likes.
Played Angles National today. Very light day early so the starter got us out almost 45 minutes early which was great because it was a 36 hole day being capped off at Brentwood C.C.
Angles was in the best shape that I have ever seen. Fairways were green and and provided great lies. It has been recently aerated but no logs in the fairways and it posed no problems. Rough was generally 2-3 inches and played at a fair clip. The trick here is keeping it in the fairways. Bunkers, in the fairways they were good maybe 2-3 inches of sand. Green side bunkers were a fair but challenging test. Good sand coverage 3-4 inches and several present steep and high faces. Greens were well maintained and showed little wear or unattended repair issues ball marks. They did however roll slower than I like maybe medium to slow.
The course is a bit of a drive from the O.C. but I would certainly recommend playing here and I will be back.
9 Likes.
Played out at Coyote Hills today. Teeing it up at 8:30 trying to beat the heat today and for the rest of the week. Have always stayed away from this course based on feedback the it was a target golf and quite tight. Wow found those reports to be wrong for the most part. I only found 3 holes to be what I consider tight. Most of the course gives you plenty of landing area options for the type of drive you are looking to play.
Some nice elevation changes though out the course. Plenty of good views somewhat clouded today by the smoke plum from the Big Bear fire. Course is in good condition, some dry spots and GUR but for the most part lush. Rough can be somewhat penal in nature here, going from thick dense lies to shaggy jumpers.
Found a few bunkers by accident and a few others by choice, dropping the ball in for comparison results. Sand was almost perfect for my liking. Fluffy with good coverage providing a consistent play ability for all shots. Greens were soft and held shots well, yet released shots at a uniform rate if played correctly. I did note that several of the greens had ball marks left not repaired. For me it seemed to be a higher number than one would expect at this type of price range.
Pace of play was great coming in at just over 4 hrs. Staff is helpful and courteous, good food a great hot dog and good food shack at the turn.
12 Likes.
Played in a GK GURU here on Monday. Course is in excellent condition. Arrived to a temp of 36 degrees, but no frost delay. Greens were in excellent condition. Running medium to fast and held well struck shots well. I did notice a few ball marks that were left unattended or repaired poorly. Some minor Koot damage on a few greens as well but it was marked and line of site was granted.
Fairways were lush and without any problems that i noticed. Rough is lush and approx 2-4 inches. Do not stray any further than that as the native grass takes over and its a lost ball almost certainly.
I enjoy playing from the sand so I kept a close eye on the bunkers. Most had very good sand although wet and making blast shot nearly impossible.
The property sits on a beautiful rolling terrain with a few forced carries. Nothing that cannot be manage however as they other distances that most would find playable. On this day I played the combo tees that run out to just over 6300 yards. It was well worth the time 3.5 hours for me to get there from Brea but i will surely return for another go at this one.
9 Likes.
Out in AZ for my annual News Years weekend golf trip. Buddies from the area recommended that we play the newly redesigned course.
It was taken into work by Tom Lehman course designs. The setting is serene,with terrific views of nearby mountains, and several deer and possibly I guess a few wild deer.

The course is still raw and in developement, but the outcome of the hopeful design is shown through photos on various holes. Fairways on most holes are in great condition, a few may need more attention. The long term plan here is to go private, and considering the high aspirations of the course I can see that happening. There isn't a boring hole on the course. Many provide great angles to approach the green, with strategically placed washes that force concentration in every shot. Shorter hitters can comfortably get around the course, and longer hitters can keep the driver in the bag if they choose this approach. Th greens are in great shape, with challengs pres noted by shelving, and undulations that make every putt interesting. Bunkering is fabulous both in the fairways and especially near the green, several requiring high soft shots to exit.
Practice area is well removed from the playing area so range balls in or near the fairways does not exist. I say practice area because it is one of the nicest I've seen. Staff is extremely friendly and top notch. The club house is still under construction so your currently looking basically at a small apartment in size. Furture designs show a Marvolous 30,000 square foot gem.
It's well worth the drive and price, at 80.00 dollars on this day. North and East of Scottsdale, but an easy drive.
11 Likes.
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