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Played on Sunday, 11/25, with Kevin, Matt and Alex. Teed off at 8, done at 12, great and fun times.

1st time playing here. Course is in great shape. Tee boxes mostly level. Fairways lush with no dirt areas. Rough is starting to go dormant. Bunkers were a little mixed, some a little fluffy, some a little thin. Greens were in great shape. Firm, medium-fast, but look faster than they are.

Overall, it's a great course. Some risk/reward holes. Solid par 3s. Note: it's breezier here than in the LV Valley area, and it swirls through the canyons. Worth a trip if in town.
Played on Saturday, 11/24, with John, Matt, and Kevin. Course was in mostly excellent conditions. Fairways were lush, with full coverage. Rough was decent. Bunkers were a bit weird, new fluffy white beach like sand on the back 9, older heavier tan coarse sand on the front. Greens were great, firm, pretty fast (I can't imagine them faster), some of the front 9 holes showed signs of recent aeration, but nothing to affect putts. Tee boxes were the downside, some of the par 3s were almost all dirt, but it was more a visual downside and not a playability downside.

Side note: They started us on the back 9, with no one in front or behind, and told us to take at least 2:20 or we'll be waiting on 1. We took our time, throwing in some putting challenges, most from the back to the front of greens. So weird to see one person take a big curvy line and another go straight at it, and both end up 2 feet away. I also liked starting on the back, minus the fact you have to start on 10, which is a brutal start. #1 is my favorite opening hole in golf. The closing holes on the front (5-8) are so much better than the back, outside of 17.

My favorite course ever. So much fun and crazy visuals from almost every tee box. Worth a trip.
Played on Thursday, 11/8, with JohnnyGK, Sixpez, and Kevbig and had a great time on a very breezy and unusually chilly Vegas day. Excellent service from bag drop to finish, friendly staff, drink cart around at least 5 times, and the type of service you expect from a Vegas resort.

Course is in great condition. Lush fairways, non-penal cut down, dormant rough along the fairway. Longer, thicker rough around the greens. Bunkers seem a little heavier from prior visits. Greens were firm and scary fast.

3rd time I've played Rio Secco in the last 6 months and every time I love it more. Easily tops my list of courses in the Vegas Valley and definitely a must play when visiting.
Played Saturday, 11/10, with a tee time just before 11 with John_T and his dad. Paid $45 with OB card and a 15% discount. Teed off a few minutes late on a busy day, felt like it took forever especially waiting on every tee (2 groups deep every hole of the back), but still finished in 4:10. Weird.

Course is in great winter condition. Some tee boxes need to be leveled but all playable. Fairways have fully grown in and lush. Rough (also re-seeded) was about 1-3 inches, depending on the hole. Bunkers are getting new sand and all were pretty fluffy. Greens were firm and as fast as I have seen them.

Another beautiful Vegas day on my home course. Course is very playable and worth a look.
Played on Saturday, 10/27, 10:30 tee time, with John_T and his dad. Paid $44 city resident rate. Course was busy with an early tournament and a full tee sheet on a beautiful fall Vegas day. I knew we were in for a slow round when the starter yelled for the group 2 ahead to go and the guy looked at him and kept hitting practice balls. Ended up with a 4:40 round.

Course has improved slightly from 3 weeks ago. Full cart access. Tee boxes have been cut. Fairways were outstanding, with full coverage. Rough is starting to turn that dormant Bermuda tan. Bunkers were good. All greens are now open (2 and 3 were temps 3 weeks ago) and have firmed up. They were running more on the fast side and in great condition.

Service was great. Cart guys/starter were on point with getting everyone out. Drink cart around at least 4 times. Marshal was out and helped relay my disappointment to the group behind us after 1 hit into me on #10, with no "FORE", and refused to come up to the next 2 tee boxes as I waited for them.

Elite Golf has done great since taking over. While not a "destination course," should definitely be in the rotation for locals.
I'll round out the Bali Hai recap from yesterday. Also my 1st time playing and had no idea what to expect, having heard positives and negatives about the course.

Course was in pretty good shape. Some tee boxes on the silver (6100 yards) were crowned, but the farther back ones (6600 and 7000) looked pretty level. Fairways were in good to great, but a handful were verticut and a few were very soggy. Rough is starting to go dormant, and ran from thin and short to deep and nasty. Bunkers were light and fluffy, but they were still pretty wet which made a few a weird clay consistency. Greens were great. Smooth, medium fast, with very little amount of ball marks. I found them very tricky to read as some appeared to break but didn't, and others broke like it was falling off a cliff when they looked pretty flat. There's some repetitive holes, but the par 3s (5 of them) are all different lengths.

Service was spectacular. There's 2 drink carts, 1 for each 9, so it was by at least 3 times each side. The outdoor Tiki style grill is a great alternative for the higher end and formal Cili Restaurant inside. The food was amazing. The breakfast burrito ($9) was the something out of one of those eating challenges, like a 9 pound baby. The signature Bali Hai burger was incredible. Drink prices were lower than expected: $3 soda, $4 gatorade, $5/$6 beers.

Absolutely loved it. Very fun course with short par 5s and par 4s thrown in with great par 3s. Will definitely be back with some decent resident rate offers. Thanks to JohnnyGK for the invite and Kevin and Ed for the great time.
Played on Friday, 10/5, with John_T around 9:15. Paid $38 city resident rate. Paired up with some retired locals, one being a guy who was casino manager at 2 different places I worked because Vegas is a small town. Pace was a bit slow, finishing in 4:45, even with the group ahead dropping out after 9.

Course came out of reseeding in great shape. Full access with a 90 degree rule. Tee boxes a bit shaggy but mostly level. The bermuda rough is starting to go dormant, with some areas really thick and others a little more manageable. Fairways are spectacular. Full coverage and lush. I had heard the greens were really bad before they closed for maintenance. It shows they put a lot of work into them. Greens were smooth and medium speed, however, #2 and #3 are playing temp greens and #15 has GUR marked off at the far back. The bunkers have also improved since the last time I played and are more consistent with most LV courses.

Customer service was good. Drink cart around about 5 times. The grill after the round was small but great food and service.

I really enjoy playing Aliante. While it does play through a boring residential area, the course is fun and no 2 holes are the same (outside of 7 and 12). The houses don't really come into play but anything rolling into the brush on either side of the fairway or the arroyo crossing a few fairways is lost. Good course to have a great time on.
Played Monday, 9/17, about 10:30, as a nice recovery round with John_T.

Just a week or so out of tee to green (including rough) reseeding, course is cart path only, so be prepared to wait and walk. Mountain is in reseeding now so Palm is the only course going for another week or so.

Conditions were very good. Rye has took very well with a few areas where the seedlings are still coming through. At least 80% lush grass, a bit long for now, but very playable. Greens slightly longer than fairway. Greens were running a bit slower than usual and a few had some spots of very thin areas.

Outside of the all the walking (of course I hit to the opposite side of the cart path EVERY TIME), I had a great time. Paired up with some guys visiting from Chicago, paid $35 with OB card. Worth it.
Played on Friday, 9/14, around noon or so, as part of a 3 group Bachelor Party. I really do have a crush on this course. I will always play it when offered (extra: a few years ago, Siena/Arroyo held a contest during UNLV basketball games and I would only enter when Arroyo was the prize). It has never disappointed me. Fun layout with a mix of risk/reward holes. I think it's fair enough for a high handicap (me) and can still challenge better golfers. Again, staff was great. Carts were ready and set with the rentals some of the guys used. Inside grill had us all fed and ready to go before our tee time. Only exception, the STARTER. Is this job only reserved for grumpy guys? We were all set in our carts when he started with the let's go, let's go, then was visibly angry when we asked for a group pic.

Conditions are incredible. Tee boxes level, but some damage on the par 3s and shorter par 4s. Fairways were really good, lush, plenty of coverage with a few brown/thin areas. Rough was minimum, about a ball or so high, just enough to cause some issues. Greens were good, very smooth, but a little on the slow side of medium speed. Can't say anything about the bunkers, we played a scramble and didn't need to hit out of one (unlike some other groups).

I was able to speak with the GM before we teed. They are delaying their reseeding until October (Phoenix/Palm Springs style) and may come out without Cart Path Only. Seemed like a good guy and I wished I could speak to him more and without the Bachelor Party affects.

I always recommend this course when asked for ideas. I love the variety and it's absolutely a blast to play. The par 3s are all different length, with some elevation changes or guarded greens. Short and long par 4s, wide and tight fairways. The par 5s offer at least 2 chances for medium hitters to go for it. Always a good time.
Played on Friday, 9/14, early morning as part of a 3 group Bachelor Party outing. Staff was incredible, outside of the starter, who said if we didn't get to the tee we would not be playing at all. Tee'd off on time, finished exactly at 4 hours. Someone was a bit cranky. Outside of that guy, everyone else was fantastic. I left my range finder stuck on the cart and they delivered it to their sister course, Arroyo at Red Rock, prior to us teeing off. Great F&B staff the whole weekend, outside cart guys were helpful.

Conditions were not so great:
Tee boxes: Fine, level, some divot damage but very playable
Greens: Best part of the course. Fantastic shape. Smooth, medium pace.
Bunkers: Decent, some heavy sand which may have been caused by the morning watering
Fairways and Rough: 50% coverage at best, hard pan, thin, muddy. Just horrible.

I later found out Siena uses Rye grass year round, and Rye is very susceptible to fungus (it sounded believable so I bought in). With that, they have chopped and tore up lots of grass and began new seeding.

Just can't recommend this course and can't give a timeline when it's in playing shape.
Played on Friday, 9/7, with John_T. We were looking for a round while most courses are closed for re-seeding and found plenty open times at Sunrise.

Conditions were excellent tee to green. Relatively flat and damage free tee boxes. Rough was varied from about 1 inch to over 3 in some areas. Bunkers had some of the best sand in the valley and easy to hit out. Fairways were lush, with some wet, soggy areas. The greens! Oh my gawd, the greens. Simply phenomenal. Absolutely no sign of aerating 2 weeks ago. Smooth as glass, very little amount of ball marks, and running medium speed but sped up as the day warmed. Just incredible conditions for the end of summer in Vegas.

Only complaint: they started us on 10, behind a Men's group scramble when the front 9 looked empty. We caught them in a few holes and slowed to a 2:15ish time. Men's group only played 9 and we played the front in a casual 1:30.

Here's the incredible part: we paid $29 local rate, which included $10 credit in the Winterwood Grille. I only wish it wasn't such a difficult drive for me from the far Northwest. Sunrise is being added to the rotation.
Played Thursday, 8/16 with Famed02, paid $55 late summer rate. Due to my own delay, our 7:40 tee time was pushed to 8:40. We played in 4 hours exactly, playing through a slow 4some on 9 after stalking them most of the front.

For late summer and with reseeding just weeks away, the course was in great shape. I loved how it played being dry with some brown areas, but nothing thin or hardpan. Rough varied, from 1 to a potential lost ball 4 inches in some areas. Bunkers seemed a little heavier than past experiences. The greens were absolutely phenomenal the best I've seen them. About a year of the renovations, they have grown in nicely and no longer super firm. They held shots and were smooth as glass and fast (posted at 9.5 stimp).

Definitely worth it before the maintenance downtime and a steal of a price. Absolutely loved it. NOTE: my ratings came out 7.9, but should be closer to 9.
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