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Played today, 7/18 as well as last Saturday, 7/13. Today was an almost noon tee time I found on the app about 30 minutes earlier, $30 with the OB card. On check in, I was told a couple of 2somes had gone out about 30 minutes earlier, but a bunch of 4somes ahead of them. I played the front in about 1:20, taking a break to eat at 6 when I caught the 1st 2some. By 10, the 2 2s joined up since it was stacked in front of them, I invited a couple to join me but they declined. Finished in about 3:40 with a very slow back 9.

Conditions are really good right now. AP just hosted their annual Pro/Scratch, which is their highlight tourney. Course has retained their tourney feel. They added a 1st cut, which looks good and nice to hit from. Some dried out spots in the fairway but playable. Greens are in great shape, medium speed which I'm not use to, but they are smooth. The bunkers today were the only change from the weekend, dry and crusty versus loose and easy to hit from.

$30 is a steal right now. Course is in great shape.
Played on Friday, 7/5. Late decision to just walk on around 2, $25 with the OB Card, teed off at 2:30 and was in my car in less than 3 hours. Played through a 4 on 10 (basically forced) after trying to lay back and not tee off until they were off the green on the 1st 9. Made the turn in just about 1:30, than played the last 9 in just over a hour.

Course is in great condition for the summer time. Fairways were lush and running. They are growing the rough up and added a graduated "first cut" too. Bunkers looked crusty, but were easy to hit from, just need some rake lessons for the earlier groups. Greens were awesome. They are fully healed for aeration about a month ago. Smooth, "medium fast," but not firm, holding shots nicely.

Palm is my go-to course when I want to have fun, try to get risky, and still shoot a low score. Par 70, not even 6000 from the blues, but so much fun.
Played on the 4th of July, 7ish tee time, with famed02 and a couple of his buddies. Paid $49 (plus $2 fee) on GolfNow. Easy check in. Decent carts (USB, but no GPS). I was running late so not able to use the practice areas. Still the silliness with the carts staged until it's your time, than the starter turns your cart on. I'm sure there's a good reason but it results in a line of carts filled with people just sitting there, waiting to go, like a shotgun start but without the shotgun.

After my last and only experience had us walking off at over 5 hours with 2 stacked up holes to go, I was hesitant to play on a holiday. Luckily, I think the early time helped and we finished in 4:15 with some accordion like waiting/no waiting on some holes. We had some drinks and food in the restaurant after, good service, decent prices.

On to the course! The course was in great shape. Absolutely no complaints, tee to green, outside of a few crowned tee boxes and unfixed ball marks (seriously, there was a lot for such an early time). Fairways were lush and ultra-green. Rough was up, at least 2 inches, thick and juicy. I chopped it out almost every time, no way of hitting a full shot. Greens were smooth (outside of those pesky marks, did no one carry a tool?), and medium fast. Some had some top dressing on them. Sand was decent, a bit heavy but easy to hit.

I really like this course. Ted Robinson Sr design, so you get 3 par 3s over water, and an 18th hole with a fountain. Even though it's in a residential course, no real house issues and only the road parallel to 1. It's not flat, with awkward stances in the fairway and definitely in the rough. Not a must play in Vegas, but if you can get a good price, it's worth. (Odd note: GolfNow was cheaper than the course website for residents, probably the 1st time I've seen it)
Great GK plays with John, Matt, and David on 6/30. I have played here 4 times and conditions have not wavered no matter the season.

Conditions were awesome for the beginning of summer. For me, the greens were the highlight. I thought they were smooth and the speed was consistent throughout. The only bumps I saw were from old unrepaired ball marks. Fairways were lush with no bare areas. Rough was decent. The sand was heavy but easy to hit out.

I love this course and is easily a top pick in the Vegas area. Course is so fun to play and even though it's a Nicklaus Signature course, it's one of his tamer ones. Wide fairways and green complexes that don't overly penalize you. Definitely a must play in Vegas.
Played on Friday, 6/28, with John, David, and Matt for an awesome GK Guru round. Teed off at 6:40 and finished right at 4 hours, while waiting on a number of shots on the back.

Customer service was what you would expect from a Vegas resort course. Bag drop with free valet (if you want to use it). Bags were set up on higher end carts with GPS to the day's hole position. Nice Tiki style outdoor grill area, complete with couches, along with a huge breakfast burrito. Prices were consistent with most area courses.

Course was in great condition. There was a maintenance alert for aeration about 10 days ago, but outside of the 1st hole (top dressing and looked like a small hole punch), there were no signs of it. Greens were in awesome shape, smooth, and a nice almost fast pace. Only difficulty was the breaks, my guess is the natural pull is towards the airport. Tee boxes were in good condition. Rough had some spots of aeration, and varied from "not too bad" to heavy and thick. Fairways were pretty lush, only thin/brown areas were around the edges of the elevation run-offs. The only downside was the course was still very wet early in the morning. This affected the bunkers, with wet and clumpy sand.

Such a fun course to play, with a variety of short and long holes. The 5 par 3s, 3 over water, are all good holes. The current $69 resident rate, including a $15 credit for lunch in Cili, is an incredible price for this course. Yes, there's a steady line of airplanes taking off, but the course did a good job of blocking out the street and highway views. There's some awesome Strip views down the fairways.

**NOTE**: rating came out to a 7.6, but should be a 8.0. I was a little hard on the bunkers.
Played a GK Guru round on Thursday, 6/20 with John_T. Teed off at 12:10, finished at 3 on a warm and very windy day.

Course was in excellent shape, especially considering how warm it's been the last few weeks. Tee boxes were level, minus the few that had the markers on the front of the box. Fairways were incredible, lush, with beautiful mow lines. They are growing the rough up, at least compared to when I played in February. Bunkers were decent, with light sand that was easy to escape. Greens lived up to their billing as the best in the Valley. Smooth, absolutely no ball marks to repair, but running at a slower than usual speed.

Customer service was great. I had a hot dog and home made chips prior to the round.

Overall, the course was playing a bit slower than normal, with minimum roll on the fairways and slower greens. They have some excellent summer deals that are hard to pass on, especially in the afternoon if you can handle the heat.
Played Friday, 6/14, with John_T. Paid $35 with the OB card. Teed off at 7, was loading the clubs into the trunk before 11, paired with 2 other locals.

Course is in great shape heading into summer. Lush conditions tee to green, but grass is longer than normal, so no roll in the fairways and some nasty rough. Greens are phenomenal after aerating a month ago. Smooth but slower than normal, slowest I've seen them. The bunker replacement have held up, sand was wet but still go early in the morning, started to get a little crusty on top as it heated up.

Mountain is where I gauge my game, if I score well, I know I played well, there's no hiding it a bad part of the game.
Played in the GK Plays event on 6/9 and had a great time. Course is probably the best Links style course I've played, especially for being in the middle of California. I loved the option to keep it on the ground on approaches if the path was clear. Fairways ran firm and fast, but were nice to hit from and did not have any bare spots. Unfortunately if you ran off the fairway you ended in the nastiest fescue I've ever seen on a course, and if you didn't see where the ball went in, you had less than a 50/50 chance of finding. The greens surprised me. While not the best looking, they were pretty true and medium-fast. As everyone has mention, the bunkers were not in great shape and a product of the environment. They're totally exposed to the elements and remind me of desert course bunkers in the dead of summer.

Course was fun to play, with a few short par 4s and some very long ones, and a nice variety of short/long par 3s. I did see a snake behind the 15th green, which if I saw earlier would of cut my lost ball search time to zero. Lots of undulation from tee to green.

Outside services was minimum and the drink cart made her last round while we were on 3, but you can swing past the bar after 9. Hydration was important and there's plenty of water coolers around the course. The restaurant, 3 Finger Jack, had incredible food. I had a sandwich before the round and a great sausage ravioli dinner afterwards.
Played on Saturday, 6/8, as part of Matt's birthday bash. I'll start by saying this now my favorite course. Even if you don't do the whole GR experience and stay in the cabins, the course is phenomenal. Throw in the solitude of the cabin experience, along with fishing the ponds and enjoying the rec center area, and it's incredible.

Course was in great shape. Fairways were lush, green, and carpet like. Rough was up enough to cause problems. Greens were superb. While supposedly running at 11 (not early in the morning), they were very receptive, smooth, and a medium pace. A little bit of course knowledge is needed as there is a few doglegs where you can really cut if you know (or run out of fairway if you didn't know). If you go deep into the shadows in the morning, you do come across some ice conditions. Driving range is huge, but into the rising sun so you may need a spotter. Course has a great variety of holes, and no hole is repeated.

Staff was super friendly, from the pro shop, to the bar, to the cart guys. Carts are some higher end gas models, but no GPS. Course has plenty of yardage markers, including a sprinkler in the trees on the right, 71 yards from the 9th green (yeah I found it). No drink cart but you pass the bar/grill between 9 and 10. Plenty of deer running through the property and they get pretty close. Just an awesome course and worth the trip.
Played on Friday, 6/7, for the start of Matt's birthday bash. Everything is what you would expect for a course charging $230 a round. Tee boxes were better than most courses' fairways. Most fairways were lush and carpet like (except for a handful that had been aeration). Rough was up around 2 inches and not very penal. Greens were smooth and medium-fast.

The employees were great. Awesome bartender, fantastic starter, and the staff at the halfway house was great. Carts are high end with GPS to the hole and multiple USB plugs. There's a phone and full menu on the 9th tee to call in orders to the halfway house on the 10th tee box (pro tip: breakfast burrito is not on the menu but they'll make a very tasty one). Cool trick: the 9th straddles the statelines, so you tee in California and putt out in Nevada.

It's a cool, fun course to play. Not a big fan of trees in the fairways (approach into 11, tee shot on 16), and there's a few around the greens that make you alter your shot. Definitely a splurge course, and not an every trip to Tahoe course.

**It rated out to 7.8, should be closer to 8.3
Played Friday, 5/31 with John_T. Paid $35 with OB Card. Booked the 1st available tee time, 5:45am, and was let off early. We saw a few groups way ahead of us, had a 2some stalking us from 14 on in, and finished just a shade over 3 hours.

Course was in great shape. Lush fairways. Rough has been grown out about 2 inches (thank you for the growth on #9, preventing my ball from rolling in the water). Bunkers were in the best shape I've seen, mostly loose sand even in the early morning. Greens were soft but pretty fast, and ultra smooth. They are aerating the greens on Monday. The only downside was the tee boxes. So many were not level or had lots of divots. On 9th tee box, the right stone was well above the left stone.

Palm is such a fun course. Only 5900 yards from the blues and a par 70, it's par 5s are reachable in 2 with great tee shots and a great group of par 3s (#17 is brutal, 175ish uphill over a canyon). It's a great ego boost if you play well and you walk off disappointed if you don't score.
Played Sunday, 5/19, final day of the trip, with an early afternoon tee time. Arrived about 10 minutes prior to tee time (Orlando traffic is crazy, everything is 30-45 minutes away, no matter the direction or time of day). Course pushed back our time to allow us to play as a 5, which we appreciated, except we ended up pushing a 3some in front, who was waiting on the 4some who took our time. Finished in about 4:15 and was told expected pace is 4:30.

Found the course in great condition, and typical of what we found for the entire trip. Tee boxes were level, but were a bit thin with the Bermuda coming out. Rough was almost non-existent, as it had been punched and cut to fairway height. You only knew you were in it by how it looked, rough Bermuda compared to a different fairway grass. Bunkers were white sand, thin top layer with a clay like base. Fantastic greens, incredible undulations and elevated with shaved run off areas.

Another great resort course. An Arnold Palmer Design Company redesign of the original (unknown when). Wide fairways and crazy greens. There is water on almost every hole. Service is top notch, don't ask for directions without expecting to be escorted (not pointed), even if it's right down the hall. High end golf carts with to-the-pin GPS. Drink cart and snack shack available with ok prices.
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