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Played 9/20 at 0830, senior rate of $42. Course recently had seasonal maintenance but recent reviews seemed to be favorable. 5 years ago this was one of my favorite tracks, then all of a sudden it seemed like the crews went on vacation and forgot to come back. There was nothing good to say about the course. I thought they were about to bring in the bull dozers and turn this place into a parking lot.

Then all of a sudden, seasonal maintenance alerts and a couple of favorable reviews! Now for those of you who may have given up on EG, like I did, I think a visit return round might be worth taking. Tee boxes were very good, not great. Fairways were the most notable difference. Good cover, a few brown spot and some “under repair” but to me that’s a good thing. At least they are working on improvements. A 75% improvement from 2 years ago. Rough was cut back and not real penalizing, hit and miss on the conditions. The greens were punched recently so understandably they were still a little bouncy. I’d say about 90% recovered.

POP was at 4.5 hours, they had a full card in the morning and when we were packing up and getting ready to leave a tournament was coming in. The Army was present, that was cool seeing the guys there in uniform and a humvee parked out in front!!

In conclusion if you haven’t been out here for awhile I think a visit is worth taking. The efforts of bringing the course back from the dead are showing. Keep up the good work EG.
Played Thursday 6/28, first out at 0630. Been awhile since I've played here but after missing the GK Play and reading all the positive reviews I decided it was time for a visit. Used a Groupon promotion, 2 player special for $79. Good deal. Customer service was outstanding during check in. Only negative was the driving range is closed for upgrades and only a small putting greens is available for a warm up. Played as a twosum with my brother and was paired up with another brother twosum. POP was right at 4 hrs. Men's Club had a shotgun gun start at 0730 starting at holes 11-18. They were never an issue. Marshall and cart girl made their rounds and even a visit from the pro shop just checking to make sure we had no issue and enjoying our round.

The course was in very good condition from tee box to greens, rough and bunkers very well maintained. Only a few thin lies and brown patches. Nothing that impacted negative conditions. I still like the back nine better. The par 3s are a formidable challenge and don't forget the picturesque #18. If you haven't been there in awhile, maybe it's worth a visit. I think you'll enjoy it.
6 June 2018
0730 tee time

First time of what I hope will be many more times playing at this very enjoyable venue. When making a good detailed review I feel the entire experience should be rated. First to mention, this is not my neighborhood track. It’s about a 60 mile drive but I have an good friend who lives in the community, like right on the 5th fairway, so I like to take turns and making the trip here and makes the round more enjoyable. We played as a weekday 2sum since he’s retired and I’m wishing I was, and the guys in our regular group are still grinding it out in the mines.

I arrived at about 0645 got checked in. Check in guy was very friendly and knew my buddy by name. $43 regular rate with complimentary use of the practice facility. All grass driving range with markers clearly defining the yardage. Large cups and ice machine available to load up with water. This is the Palm Springs area, it’s gonna get warmer as the day get longer. It was about 78* when we teed off and got up to 90* when we finished, POP was about 3:45. After a 20 minute warmup we were heading out to the first tee.

Right away you feel the comfort of the course. I’m not going to say the course was overly difficult. The tee boxes were very well maintained as was the entire course. Fairway a little wet from the morning soaking, rough for the most part was not overly penalizing, the back 9 did seem a little thicker. The greens were mostly flat with gental breaks, medium soft and with good roll. Pin placements allowed enough room to make good approach shots. The bunkers are large with good fill. The front was a little heavy but the back was fluffier and more accommodating. My one lost ball found one of the numerous water hazards. I think the statigic placement of the bunkers and water hazard is what made the course more enjoyable to play. The fairways are generous and my first thought was to just grip and rip but after a second look I made better choices with my club selection. I also liked the the overall design. Short, medium and long at all the pars.

We finished our round in time to see the breakfast menu in the 19th hole, but I still opted for a couple of pulled pork sliders with a side of fresh fruit. There was indoor and patio seating available. We opted for an indoor table by the window with a great view of holes 9 and 18. The selections were plentiful and reasonably priced.

In conclusion, I had a very enjoyable round at a new track and hope to return, weather permitting, real soon. Thanks to my buddy Duane for the invite and extending hospitality.
Played on 4/28 at 850am. Called the course late to make a next day tee time. Senior rate for $39 on a weekend, I must say that’s a good deal. The course is not as well maintained as most of the other courses in the area, it it’s a challenging layout with greens that will provide a good test of speed and reads. The tee boxes are in dire need of attention. Basically level but really chewed up. Fairways are thin with good coverage over approximately 75% mixed in with scattered brown spots. The rough is well overgrown, dense and clumpy with a mixture of several types of grass. Approach shot to the greens, most have moderate elevation changes and will need a club down. The greens were probably the only highlight of the course. Good roll, a little on the slow side and soft enough to hold most approaches. Pin placement was difficult. Many breaks, no gimmies here. Even 3 footers required a diligent effort. The cart gal caught up with us at #17, so refreshment were not readily available. It was an ok alternative from playing courses in my usual rotation but I don’t think I’ll be making any plans soon to return.
After reading a positive review I decided it was time to pay a long anticipated return to Oak Valley. Played on 8/24 at 840 am, getting a really nice discounted rate of $40. The course was nearly empty. There was a twosome that went out about 15 minutes before us so there was no delays at all playing right at 4 hrs. It was a very enjoyable round. Weather was good, a little wind came up while on the back nine but it posed no negatives to play. Nickesquire was spot on with his descriptions of the course. Not much of anything I can add but just wanted to throw out another comment to say how good the course is playing now. Hope you all get a chance to get a round in.
Played on 4/21 @ 0702 in an attempt to beat the heat. No worries. In the mid 80s during play, and it was near perfect. Not much more you can say about the course except, “Perfect”. From the moment you arrive you know you’re not in Kansas anymore Toto.

Upon arrival we were met by an associate from the cart barn to take our bags and set up our cart. Standard style carts, didn’t notice the presence of a USB charging port, luckily it wasent needed. No GPS, but not really a problem since everybody has a smart phone these days. Cart was stocked with ice and also 2 clear plastic cups for use at the water stations on the course.

Checked in using out $79 UnderPar greens ticket. What a deal. Online rates were set $139 a player. We got a two player special for $79. Love those discounts, especially when a course like this affords the casual player to come out and enjoy an occasional round on a highly rated facility.

Didn’t have enough time to warm up on the range, (my bad, I overslept) but free range balls were provided. We head out to number 1 and we knew this was going to be a good day. Tee box, level and lush green turf, almost spongy as you step on to spike your tee. Generous fairways lined by trees and the Rancho Mirage community it winds through. Beautiful homes that only add the scenery. The fairways looked like carpeting. Strategic bunkers and water hazards abound on the course, again just adding to the beauty of the course. The greens were mostly level and not very challenging, but very receptive you your approach shots. Good roll, I couldn’t state an accurate rating but they were consistent. The bunkers were filled with damp heavy sand but very playable. I found a few along the way. I’m sure as the day wears on the sand because dry and fluffy.

Finished the round right at 4 hrs, never having to wait at a tee box or on the fairway. The marshalls do a good job keeping the flow moving. The cart gal was seen about 3 times during the round, she was quick and efficient so as not to disrupt the flow. Good job!!

One other important bit of info. The facility has two courses. The Pete Dye is part of the main resort. The resort shows aa address on Dihna Shore Bl, however the Gary Player course is located “off property” a few blocks away. Closer to the intersection at Los Alamos and Ramon Rd. It saves a few minutes and in case you oversleep this might save you from being late at check in.
Leaving another review after seeing that Gary00 had left one also. The course was very busy today. The LPGA Symentra Tour was in attendance for their practice rounds, tuning up for competition this week end. They made for some nice scenery!! Ok enough of that.

I had a 1pm tee time at an outstanding rate of $27. Couldn't really pass that up. The course was in pretty good shape. 3.25 stars. The greens were firm and quick, as usual. Good coverage on the fairways, but the occasional shot from the rough was challenging. Advancing the ball was difficult. Luckily my driver was helping me look good today. The only negative I could comment on would be the tee boxes on the par 3s. Playing from the whites they were rather beat up, level but definitely in need of some attention.

I like the renovation moving the bar in the area where the pro shop was and check in was moved into another section but much smaller. In conclusion it was an enjoyable round and I'm sure I'll be back in the next few weeks.

PS. Johnny and I had a few comments about the green being punched. The Legends show no sign of this so I'm guessing it was the Champions side getting done in prep for the Lady Pros making their visit there. So Johnny, I'm guessing the Legends will get theirs done next month.
I was out at Oak Quarry yesterday. The greens have recovered about 90% and the rest of the course is in excellent condition. (Except the bunkers, but that’s old news). The lakes on 15-18 have gotten a facelift. Very scenic, which only adds to the beauty of the course. With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer The Rock is the place to play.
If you’re looking for a great course at a very affordable rate in the Palm Springs area, may I suggest Escena Golf Club. A total pleasure of a course. Everything 5 Star. The valet ready to help you carry in your bag, the fellow at the pro shop, the putting greens, not much of a driving range but they do have a pad with a net to get loose. The tee boxes, the fairways, the layout (Nicklaus design) the bunkers, the greens. Everything top shelf. Not much rough to speak, what’s there was clipped down and not too penalizing, in fact the few lies I had on the fairway rough, my ball seemed to sit up in it and a had no problem getting good contact on the ball. Th cart girl came around a few times to provide refreshments. At the break was a gee dong stand. Hot dogs and burgers, sodas, chips and water. A quick stop and right back out. No marshalls to be found but that wasent a problem. We had a 0830 tee time and we were off in 3 hours and 50 minutes. Oh yeah, the carts. Late models with a double USB port for charging. Always a good feature since the carts don’t have GPS.

In conclusion, a great round at a great venue. Will I be back? Oh yeah!!
Been holding off on posting an update until there was something to report or comment on

Played the home track twice this week. On Sunday the over growth from the seeding was running wild. The tee boxes and rough were way over grown with healthy green turf. Fast forward to Wednesday. The crews have been out making the first clippings on the overgrowth and the course is starting to take shape. Tee boxes have been framed and the rough is thick, but not real penalizing. It’s very dense but soft. The crews were everywhere yesterday. Mowing, watering and working on the green side bunkers. By this week end the course should be in absolute beautiful condition. I tried making a tee time but Friday, Saturday and Sunday are already pretty full.

It’s time to play The Rock!!
Played on Friday 10/27 at 10:20, a 3Sum playing from the whites.

Used a Under Par coupon for $45 that got us 18 holes, cart, warmup bucket and a free beverage, water or a soft drink. Good deal and the course was in very good condition. Tee boxes not overly beat up, the fairway had good coverage. The courses in the I.E. have been playing pretty good this season. With usual dormant turf leaving many brown area with Under Rpairs all over the place, but not this year. I guess last years rainfall really helped the golfing community. The rough was thick and long but the fairways were freshly cut and playing real well. The greens are soft and receptive. Good roll, divot marks being addressed, great job.

The course seems to be going through some upgrades. The check in has been relocated downstairs close to the cart barn. Looks very temporary but still stocked with the necessary equipment you'll need for your round. Ustomer service is cordial, the guy at the cart barn can be a little short, but the starter is a friendly chap.

POP was right at four hours with no real issues on any hole. Overall I'd give the course a B-. Good course and layout that is better than most in the area.
Played Friday 10/20 @ 0944. $44 POP 4.5 hrs

Hidden Valley has been going through some expansion to their pro shop and banquet rooms, thank you for not ignoring the golf course. I found the course to be in very very good condition. Practice facility, good, putting green, I guess you could say good start. Tee boxes, very good. Fairways, very good, many areas GUR. Which in it self is a good thing. At least the issues are being addressed. Greens, very good although I found holes 1-4 rather on the slow side at 5 they got quicker. Very few unrepaired divots. Thank you fellow players. The rough cut very short and not very penalizing. The starter, a real good guy. I always enjoy a good few words with the starter. Now for the bad. Bunkers! Why don't many courses actually put sand in them?? Dirt, hard packed. Not good.

There are many courses in the I.E. from which to choose. Hidden Valley is providing a good value on an enjoyable track at a very good rate.

4 Stars!!
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