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Played here 8/26/19.

As much as I've always enjoyed this layout (truly a links style), the condition is what has kept me away. From excellent conditions when I first played here (2012) to what it is today. Difficult to articulate accurately, but it's not good.
That notwithstanding, its not all bad.

I really appreciate the customer service at check in and explanation about what they are trying to do with the course. Lot of re-sodding, renovations, water and work being put into and on the course. I was told honestly, that the course is still about a year away from being completely refreshed. I truly hope they continue and finish the work, I believe this course will be very popular.

On the day I played, the par 5, # 10 was completely closed. Again, staff was honest up front when I checked in.

Tee Boxes were generally in good shape. Grass a bit long on a couple but nothing to complain about.

Fairways are poor in spots (bare dirt, and thin in spots) and spotty with coverage. Overall, the most disappointing aspect on the day I played, but this is where it appears they are putting in most work.

Greens were bright spot, although very soft. Still, rolled nicely and were very playable.

Bunkers were below average to poor, nix between dark sand / dirt and some hard pan. Need more work.

This all said, players should realize, as designed, the course is not supposed to be a lush green experience. When in good shape, it stills plays fast.

As mentioned at the top, I really hope this renovation gets done and if so, I'll play much more often. The course features a burn which snakes around several holes on the front nine. You must be aware of yardage to the burn or to carry. Makes the shot selection very important and strategic.

Are around the course continues to grow. Residential (but no house anywhere on the course and in play), parks, and development. Minor League stadium right next door, and of course people jumping out of airplanes overhead. Always makes for a fun day.

Very nice grill and patio to enjoy after the round.

Keep it going Links team. I think the hard work in restoring this course will pay off.
11 Likes.
Played here, first time, on 8/13/19.

Overall, I thought just average conditions. Aside from some great vistas along the coastline, felt at times like we were playing any other city course in OC / LA.

Tee boxes were average to good, no real serious issues. Maintained and mostly very level.

Fairways: First, the width of fairway cut grass was very narrow, and conditions were a coin flip. Good in spots, very thin or clumpy in others. Rough was not overly penal, but was still difficult to play from, and with very narrow fairways, I played most of the round from the rough. When I did find fairway, was usually a thin lie. A little disappointing.

Greens were VERY hard, firm and mostly fast. Our group, did not fix many ball marks, as they were tough to find with the firmness, and good shots seemed to run off green consistently. Also a little disappointing.

Found a couple of greenside bunkers and all were very full of sand, in some cases almost too deep. Needed a perfect strike to fly ball far enough.

Layout is interesting enough, 14-16 were amazing, otherwise unspectacular and flat. Very enjoyable, but not the experience I expected.

$45 booking fee added to $110 green fee for non resident. POP was 4:25, (10:50 start) but seemed slower. Guess our group just played a little faster then groups in front, as we waited on several holes.

Service on course (beverage cart and at the turn) was excellent, however, kind of short and not super friendly at check in.

Poor driving range (mats, narrow, and below average targets), decent chipping green adjacent, and (2) putting greens near #1 North.

Lot of low flying jets from nearby Miramar base, which was cool for a while, but not when trying to pull the trigger on a shot.

I'd play again, but would need a deal of some kind on green fees.
9 Likes.
Played here 7/31/2019. First time here since April 2009. Recalled that I enjoyed the layout and wasn't disappointed this time around, 10 years later.

Overall, very good conditions. A little soggy in spots but appreciate the effort to get water on the course, as needed. Given, however, a little wet in spots, and dryer / firmer in others, was a little inconsistent, but nothing to be too critical about.

Tee boxes: Very good. a little chopped up on par 3's, but level.

Fairways: Excellent, with the caveat mentioned above.

Greens: Soft, almost too soft, but rolled nicely on putts. Subtle breaks which weren't always evident. Good challenge.

Bunkers: Good and below average. I only found one, but it was mostly hard, wet, brownish clay. Others looked very good, with lots of nice white sand, so appears they may be in process of improving all.

Very fun layout. More open, longer on front. More elevation changes and turns / doglegs on back. You'll use several different clubs from tee on back 9. 10 thru 18 I used: 3 Wood, Driver, 7 iron, 3 Hybrid, Driver, 3 Wood, 4 Hybrid, 9 iron, and 3 Wood, from blue tees.

Take advantage of the excellent GK special: $38 for golf, range balls, cart and lunch (not including drink)

Highly recommend. Enjoy
10 Likes.
Played here 5/2/19. Everything in very good condition, except greens, which were punched and sanded Tuesday / Wednesday (4/30 & 5/1).

Otherwise previous review is spot on.

Very generous, unspectacular, but very enjoyable course. Will play again.

Enjoy.
6 Likes.
Played here Tuesday July 17, 808am.

Review of 6/24 by ecjaye99 is still appropriate.

Driving range closed on Tuesdays, so only chipping and putting available to warm up. Putting green was very slow but was consistent with what we found on the course.

Asked starter before we teed off if beverage cart was on course, and he said no, so we loaded up with what we needed, from snack bar, prior to heading out.

Tee boxes were a bit long in most cases, in need of a cut, but otherwise lush.

Fairways were excellent except for some grass clippings, and the par 5 11th which was being chopped up / aerated while we were on the tee box. Large holes and grass / dirt plugs along the entire fairway. All other fairways were very nice and produced very good lies. A few spots marked GUR.

As mentioned above, greens were agonizing slow. All were recently vericut, in some cases, in two directions which made a checkerboard of cuts and slowed putts even more. Very soft as well. Even after playing them all day, very difficult to get speed right. Given a the slow roll, not very true rolls at all. A few greens also had piles of grass clippings behind or adjacent.

Bunkers were mixed bag, a few very firm and others just right.

I enjoyed the layout, I thought there were a lot of interesting holes. Well bunkered, a few blind tee shots, but fair overall. A shame conditions were not up to spec, and if they improve the greens, would recommend. Could be that I just happened to hit the course on a particularly off day in terms of amount of maintenance going on.
11 Likes.
Played here, first time, on Thursday 6/21/18.

The historical significance of this course, as an original Alister McKenzie design, is one attraction, especially since, aside from the growth of trees and addition of homes around the course, is virtually the same as when opened in 1929. I've had this course on my bucket list for quite some time and was not dissapointed. Spectacular, challenging and a great sense of history throughout the round.

I had perfect conditions: 65-70 degrees, clear skies and just a mild breeze, so couldn't have been anyy better in that regard.

Conditions were excellent throughout.

Tee boxes level and well maintained.

Fairways lush, a little firm and always yielded perfect lie.

Greens were fast and firm, and treacherous. Very large in most cases, with a lot of undulations, and even more sublte breaks. Kept wishing I had (either) a local with a lot of course knowledge or a caddy to get me around the greens. (Always important to try to get to the proper side or level of each green, as slight misses created 3 putts, or worse)

Bunkers (fairway and greenside) are numerous. I was fortunate to avoid most, but the (2) I played from, 1-fairway and 1-greenside, were excellent. Bunkers are scorecard wreckers as well, as some are very steep / deep faced and playing partners had more than a few which they did not escape on first try.

Rough was thick, sticky and penal. Varied in length from just a couple if inches to 4-5". Usually expect to add a stroke when missing.

Some crazy pin placements on this day, which although added a few strokes to the score, were fun to experiment with. In some cases more than one route was available to get to the hole.

Great service inside and at start. No service on the course, but a drive thru bar / refreshement stand coming off of # 9.

Absolutely loved this place, the layout, the conditions and aside from a quirky driving range, which required a shuttle drive, nothing to complain about. (Driving range ran opposite direction and parallel to first tee). Large putting and chipping area adjacent to 1st tee.

Highly recommend.
14 Likes.
Played here, first time, on Saturday 4/28/18.

Overall impressions: a very good option in the Coachella Valley, very large resort property and a fun, challenging and picturesque layout in very good condition. Reasonable priced at this time of year ($79 830am Saturday).

No issues with tee boxes. Flat, level, and clean.
Fairways were excellent, great coverage on throughout the rolling moguls (emphasis on moguls). While you usually end up in a fairly flat lie, the fairways are anything but flat. Generous but you can lose sight of your ball as it rolls up, down and over the moguls and depressions throughout. Somewhat sneaky water hazard placements on 6 and 16...beware as our group lost (2) big drives to water hazards which are not visible from tee.

Bunkers were all in good shape. Most that I noticed were quite deep and mission was to get out and move on in most cases. Good sand fill in all that I saw.

Greens were also excellent, but with most courses I played in Palm Desert area, I have trouble reading. I usually look for some kind break only to end up with a straight roll out. When I played straight, seemed to get a subtle break. Course or condition not to blame, user error. Very smooth, but I think they played a bit slower than they appeared. No complaints.

6-8 very picturesque holes, with water features and blooming flowers. (2) par 3's (3 & 17) are all carry over water, challenging and fun throughout. Sensible layout not unnecessarily tricky, which winds around the JW Marriott Resort grounds. A few holes with homes along the fairway but unobtrusive. Some traffic noise from nearby surface streets. Bag drop up top, pick up phone for pickup, and 2-3 minutes to get bags down to loading area. Very nice grass range, with good sized putting green. I did not see a chipping area, but may have just missed it. Saw Bev Cart, aka Ambulance, several times during the round. Bananas and apples offered at first tee and on course. Very enjoyable day. Highly recommend.
8 Likes.
First time playing here on Saturday 800am 4/21.

Easy 90 minute drive from OC when on the road at 530am on a Saturday.

Very nice, large grass practice area. Good size practice green for putting and chipping near first tee. Pro Shop and Starter pleasant and efficient.

I would almost categorize this as a link-style layout. Quite flat and straight forward, nothing hidden or mysterious about any of the holes, with exception of first, which has a 50-60 foot wide wash (dry) that is not visible from 1st tee, about 240-250 from blue tees. Be aware.

Tee boxes were generally in good shape, there was one par 3 tee box on back 9 which was crowned and not level, but otherwise nothing noteworthy.

Fairways were excellent, a little on firm side but very good coverage throughout. Good rollout if drives were hit with medium high-to low flight. Rough was minimal, maybe 3-4" is spots, but not penal.

Greens were quite firm and smooth. Excellent coverage. Only one green I recall with a few rough spots. I did not repair many ball marks despite hitting a good number of greens with high approach shots. Better to play a few yards short of typical carry distance, to allow for roll out. Greens were true but found myself looking for some break on many holes, only to see a very straight roll.

Bunkers were inconsistent. I found one fairway bunker which was perfect, one greenside which was good, but other players in my group found some with more small rocks and pebbles than good sand.

No beverage cart on the course on this day.

Good sandwich in the restaurant at conclusion of round, and very cordial service throughout.

Not the most interesting or spectacular layout. Most tee shots were to forgiving fairways. Worth a look when in the area. Cimarron also offers an 18 hole par 3 (with 1 short par 4), adjacent to the full sized 18. Played a handful of holes there after my first 18, but ran out of gas when temps reached 95 degrees. Good course to sharpen short game.

Recommend both. Have fun and have a good chance to shoot a low score.
7 Likes.
Played here Saturday April 14. First time here and was well worth it with use of an Under Par voucher ($69).

Very nice practice area, grass driving range, good sized chipping area and sand bunker practice area. Large putting green adjacent to 1st tee box. Starter calls / announces who's up on tee and kept everyone right on time. I teed it up at 908a.

Played with (3) others who had played before so got a good amount of intel from then and along with the onboard GPS, no problem at all. Without it, however, navigation of the tee could be tricky. Some blinds shots and some tee shots which don't show you the landing area from tee, but as mentioned in other reviews, fairways are mostly very generous, just doesn't always appear that way from tee box.

Conditions overall were good to very good.

Tee boxes and fairways very good. Thought fairways in particular were excellent. Great coverage, just enough bounce and roll, and lush.

Greens were a mixed bag. Quite firm, most were very good but a handful were spotty and thin. Not as lush as I had hoped. Others who had played there before indicated greens were usually a bit better.

Sand bunkers, not to be mistaken for waste areas, were very good, and plentiful. Designed with the intention to keep you very aware and to plan your shot precisely. A few area that look like sand bunkers were waste areas and had significantly different quality of surface to play from.

Layout was interesting. Given my first time here, I didn't know any thing different about the back 9, but group I played with indicated there were significant changes. #11 in particular. A 175ish yard par 3 over water with narrow sloped green was new. (Play to right edge as slope take it down to green). A little awkward from tee box. They indicate routing was different since re-open after canal work was completed. For anyone that had played prior to closing, the re-opened back 9 will look different. Kind of unusual finishing hole. 300 yard par 4, which could be drivable, and may be the right strategy, given the shape of green. Easiest to play as short a shot as possible on approach.

Great customer service in pro shop, starter, on course and at bag drop.

Very picturesque venue up against the rocky backdrop. Recommend.
8 Likes.
Played here for first time on a Thursday morning, 11/16/17.

As with all new courses, I usually play a set of tees up, from where I would normally play. Played Gold at 6204, 69.2 / 125, which turned out to be plenty of challenge for me.

Weather was near perfect, mid 70's and course did not disappoint. Just out of typical October maintenance, carts are now allowed back on fairways.

Overall, exceptional conditions, knowing they will be even better in another few weeks.

Tee boxes level, and clean.

Fairways were just a hair on thin side in spots, but mostly very good, and very green. (The entire course was a stunning bright, green throughout). I can imagine fairways will soften up a bit as they fill in a bit more, and will provide a nicer cushion as winter approaches.

Greens (as judged by a couple of locals who play here often) were slightly slow, but still rolled nicely. A few old ball marks here and there, but again very little to complain about. Lots of undulation in these large greens, with sideboards, false fronts and collection areas to catch stray approach shots.

Bunkers greenside were excellent. Lots of bunkers throughout provides visually demanding tee shots in many case, with options. Decent GPS on board, but I relied on the yardage book I purchased to help with sight lines a to decide which angle I'd like to approach green.

Bunkers in fairway were a bit confusing. A mix of dirt, sand and spotty grass / weed overgrowth. Unsure if they usually in this shape or if there is near future clean up due. Either way, ok top play from if you got in them. Most bunkers are steep faced, but most have flat bottom to play from.

Very interesting Faldo design and layout, which I enjoyed immensely. Very different from most desert / waste area / cactus lined courses I've played in PS or AZ. Back nine plays along the Marriott time share buildings so not as secluded and quiet as the front nine.

Great service inside and out. Huge practice are with grass driving range, grass wedge area, and chipping greens. I could have spent much more time than I had in the practice area.

Enjoyed the first 18 so much, I jumped back out for a replay and got thru 14 holes the second trip, before sunset.

Pretty hefty price tag, but I'm glad I made the trip and played this course. Might be my favorite in the PS area along with Classic Club and Desert Willow.

Recommend.
12 Likes.
Played here, first time, on Sunday November 5th, 1100am, at a So Cal Senior rate of $79.

Perfect weather conditions ( sunny 70, slight breeze ) except for the constant thunder from private jets taking off from Palomar Airport. I'm guessing the jet traffic was higher than normal, with The Breeders Cup Championships in town (Del Mar). Racing wrapped up Saturday, so just a hunch a lot of the billionaire owners were heading home around noon on Sunday. Entertaining, for a little while, to see jets come roaring off the runway right above the 6th tee box, but after 30-40 jets, very few minutes, it made for a very distracting front 9. Nothing to do with the golf course, but I'm certain it was the noisiest couple of hours on any golf course I've ever played.

On to conditions:

Overall, excellent, from fairway to green, but a few tees (as mentioned in previous review) had all colors on the same spot, which made for a few chewed up tees, and the same distance
in some cases, regardless of the tees you decided to play.

Fairways were very good, well covered on most holes, firm and lush.

Greens were the challenge on this course, with some crazy tiers and undulations. My group (3 of 4 were first timers here) found speed and tilt very difficult to judge, but condition was excellent. Fast, mostly smooth and good roll, but still held nicely.

The layout is interesting to say the least. Front 9 a little more traditional, but overall, just a crazy mix of designs. Semi blind tee shots on 2, 3 and 5, sharp dogleg on 7, elevation changes on most, very short par 4 8th, and par 3 9th. Back 9 , while spectacular at times with extreme elevation changes, mixes in a couple of nice traditional flat straight, well bunkered holes (12-13). But routing to get to 12 was crazy. Over a bridge, behind the 12 green then drive the length of the fairway to the tee box, and play back down to the green. If you don't mind a wild ride and mix of holes, you'll love this place.

Service was very good, but I had to scramble to make tee time and then made a quick exit after round, so did not see what the rest of the facility (range, bar / restaurant, Pro Shop was like. A very nice clubhouse, for sure. No cart service on the course on this day (disappointing) so only chance for aiming fluid was at the turn. Use the touch screen GPS on board for shot placement, and hope to have a Crossings veteran in the cart if playing first time, to help with sight lines.

Give it a try, a wide variety of challenges from 1-18.
12 Likes.
Played here Sunday 10/29/17, 10:00am tee time, kind of a cool breezy day, at $130. (At the end of the day, my opinion is that course is a bit overpriced, but if deal can be found, would be palatable).

Conditions overall were very good.

Good grass driving range with large chipping area adjacent, which was representative of what was on course.

Friendly check-in and staff.

Nice touch having a large cooler filled with ice on first tee, but when I discovered on board cooler was empty, just kind of felt like I was being asked to pick up a piece of the staff's work, albeit a very small piece.

Anyway, on to conditions:

Tee Boxes were good, a few a had large punches throughout, but did not affect play. Level and well covered.

Fairways are mostly dormant Bermuda, so very tight, thin, fast and firm. If you can pick the ball with irons, you'll be fine. As a bit of a digger, these were tough fairways for me.

Bunkers has plenty of sand, but as I have noticed on other courses in the area, fairway bunkers have too much sand. I found a couple and was impossible to advance very far with heavy brown sand. Greenside were very good.

Bentgrass Greens were very well covered, and again, quite firm and fast. My entire group has difficulty reading, less break on most putts that what appeared. Holding shots quite well.
Consistent, medium fast. Some tiered greens, most were quite large.

Layout is fairly straightforward and mostly flat, with only slight elevation changes. A handful of tee shots require study of the on-board GPS as water, not visible from tee came into play. Seemed with routing, you'd be into wind and then had wind at back, every other hole. Prevailing wind made the those into, very tough, but shortened a couple of par 5's

No beverage cart on course, but otherwise, good service.
10 Likes.
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