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Played on Friday, 1/12, with a 10:30 tee time. $65 as a guest of a PACC card holder, which is excellent for Paiute, but the max for me for weekend golf.

We used the bag drop and the bags were set up on the cart after the easy check in. Snack shop at the carts and the one after the 9th was open. For the 1st time ever, the drink cart pulled up to us around the 4th and was OUT OF BEER. Didn't see it the rest of the front but twice on the back. Skipped the bar this time, but definitely worth a stop, great prices and fantastic view.

Parking lot was packed and they were only using 1 of the 2 ranges (Wolf today), which made it seem busy. On the course, never saw anyone in front and we had a 2some stalking us, but every time we would wait for them, they would slow play and not come up. We finished in a shade under 4 hours as a 4some.

Course was in terrific shape. Vegas had rain for 2 days mid-week, and the course took it well. Flat tee boxes, some divots on the Par 3s. Fairways were 100% green and lush. Rough was just 1-2 inches. Bunkers were nice on top, fluffy and loose for the first few inches, still damp below. Greens were firm, minimum amount of ball marks, and rolled smooth at an almost fast pace.
Snuck out for 2 twilight rounds on 12/14 (Thursday) and 12/15 (Friday), paying $27 both days. I was a little worried about chasing daylight with tee times just after Noon on both days, but finished in 4 hours on Thursday, and about 4:20 on a stacked Friday, joining the group ahead us on the 18th tee so we could putt out in the dark.

Conditions are officially winter-like. Tees are a little beat up. Fairways are thinning with brown areas popping up. Rough is manageable, but long and thick in some areas. Bunkers are hard-packed and heavy. Greens are fast, but a bit bumpy in the afternoon and plenty of unfixed ball marks.

I've seen AP better, but it's still very playable. I could not beat the price for twilight.
Played on Wednesday, 12/13, with JohnnyGK and Mrkich (Matt). You could not beat the company and the great Vegas weather. Tee'd off at 9ish and temps in the 60s, no clouds, no wind.

Course re-opened in October after some renovation/restoration work. The first noticeable change (and it's a huge change) was the new driving range. Gone is the long stripe of mat and replaced with a large all grass area so big they could move the hitting area around for weeks before repeating them. They also added a putting green between the range and the #1 tee (old #10).

The major maintenance work went to the greens and bunkers. I decided to try out many of the bunkers (not by choice) and found them to be the best in Vegas. Soft, subtle sand that made it easy to splash out. I've never been confident hitting from sand but after a few bunkers, I was happy I landed in them instead of the rough. They also added/removed a few bunkers, most noticeably on the new #3 (old 12). They took out the back bunkers, added a front left one, and built a backstop behind the green. Most of the other bunkers have been reshaped. All 18 greens have been re-grassed, and 5 were recontoured.

The last change was the flipping of the 9s. Last year, we played the new routing as we teed of #10 and I was not a fan. However, it grew on me as we played through the round on Wednesday. While I loved the old #18, finishing into a great Strip view, you now finish with 3 great holes, the Million Dollar Par 3 over water, a tough risk/reward Par 5, and 18 now takes you into the clubhouse.

Conditions were fantastic and they appeared to have taken advantage of the mild weather. Fairways were mostly spotless, with a few thin/brown areas. Rough is dormant bermuda, so you get a definitive outline between fairway and rough. The new bunkers were incredible. The new greens were firm, but slower than they appear, probably due to how new they are. Overall, a great experience, start to finish.

A must play for a Vegas trip.
Played on Black Friday, 11/24, with a 9ish tee time, paid $35 thanks to a 25% off offer John_T had. Busy pro shop and range (and 80* Vegas weather) made me think I was in for a long round, but made it around in just under 4 1/2 hours.

1st time on Palm since the re-seeding in September. Course is doing well. Tee boxes need some work, quite a few uneven stances, particularly on the Par 3s. Fairways are in great shape, total coverage with no thin or brown areas. Rough was short, about 1-2 inches, just enough to slow the ball down and define the fairways. Bunkers were not great. Pebbles/stones in the 2 I was in, both were pretty thin, typical Vegas bunkers. Greens were outstanding. A little on the firm side, but fast and smooth.

Both courses have done well out of the reseeding, and the greens have been in the best shape that I can remember.
Back out at Aliante on Friday, 11-17, with a 8:30 tee time and paid $45 resident rate. The wind must of scared everyone away as the course was empty. Starter said to go when we were ready, so John_T and my neighbor headed off after some stretching. Picked up a single on the 1st and coasted around in just under 4 hours. There was a single stalking most of the front 9, he was playing 2 balls and never wanted to pull up to play through.

Conditions were the same as a few weeks ago. Tee boxes need a little work, and the tee marker placement was a bit off (pointing almost towards houses on a couple). Fairways were in great shape, green and carpet like. Rough is dormant and the bunkers need new sand. Greens were awesome. Firm, smooth, a nice medium-fast.

Aliante has an excellent all grass driving range with plenty of room to move around the tee area. Also a large putting green with a multiple tiers and plenty of breaks. Small short game area with a bunker. I always see people practicing around the area whenever I play.

$45 is a steal right now. Definitely worth the price to get in a round.
Played today with John_T with a 10ish tee time. Thanks to abbacat for offering her free 2some certificate, and thanks to Troon and Johnny for offering it at an event.

Such an incredible change in conditions from summer to after reseeding in fall. Tee boxes were in pretty good shape, some divots on the tees. Fairways were spectacular. The new grass has grown in nicely, I could not find any thin dirt areas at all. Rough is bermuda that is starting to go dormant, so some laid down areas, some tufts of standing grass. Bunkers were the worst, which has always been a weakness here. I was in one with some heavy sand, but another which was thin and hard packed. On to the greens. This summer (and last summer too), Aliante lost about half of their greens. They were basically hard packed sand greens with no grass. HOWEVER, the grass has returned and the greens were in phenomenal shape. Almost all smooth, medium speed, with no signs of their horrible summer condition. I was told they will cut them a bit shorter next week to speed them up.

Customer service was outstanding. Easy check in wit the certificate and they threw in a small basket of warm up balls. Starter told us to check with him after warming up and he would get us out early. Drink cart around a few times each 9 and grill was open with great prices. Felt like we had the course to ourselves (except for a maintenance guy or two and the drink cart) as we putted around in under 4 hours.

Aliante holds a special spot in my heart since it's where I played when I started this game. It is a residential course but houses are out of play as long as you're not too wide right/left. At $45 for residents ($70 for visitors), Aliante is a steal right now.
Back out on AP's Mountain course on Friday, 10/20, with an 8am tee time. Course has been out of re-seeding for about month and off Cart Path Only. Paid $45 with the OB Sports Card.

The new grass has come in great, except for a few spots scattered across the 18 holes. Nothing major, some some thin or muddy areas, no bigger than 10x10 on a few holes. Rough was about 1-2 inches, just enough to give you a bit of a fit to hit out. It appears they did some bunker work too, as the sand was a nice consistency, better than the pebble hard packed from a few months ago. Greens were in great shape, medium fast, but some unrepaired ball marks.

Customer service was awesome. They had a large tournament set to go off on Palm at 8 and all the staff was hustling to make sure everyone was taken care of. Outside staff was great setting us up and getting us out. Pro shop was quick with the checkins and the bar/grill area was busy but no problems getting some pre-round refreshments. They had another group set-up to go out as we were finishing. Extremely busy day with no problems for the non-tourney players.

Starter got us out a bit early as a 2 but we joined up with the 2 behind us on 4 since we were all waiting. Finished right at 4 hours with the group ahead pulling away from us on the back.

Another great day of golf in Vegas.
Played on Friday, 10/6, at 7:45a with John_T, a buddy from work and his brother. I booked it through their website and was shown $40, but paid $36 at check in. The course feels and looks very "old school," and fits in with the quaint feel of Boulder City. It has a full size grass driving range and decent size putting green.

Course had just completed some "spot re-seeding" a few weeks earlier. Tee boxes appeared to be Bermuda starting to go dormant, short and dry, but flat and relatively divot free. Fairways were in good shape, with some bare areas at the start of the fairway, but the normal landing areas were well covered. Rough varied in length and could swallow up a ball in some places. Bunkers were in great shape with almost fluffy brown sand. Greens were awesome. Soft with a medium to fast pace. They can't have them too fast since they're is some severe slopes on some greens.

I loved the course. The first 5 holes are back and forth and tree lined. They feel narrow off the tee but are wider than they appear. Starting at 6, you skirt through residential areas that are mostly out of play with plenty of big trees to protect them. There's a handful of water hazards. Course is straight forward and flat. You can get in trouble if you're not straight off the tee. The challenge is around and on the greens. Most greens slope severely back to front, at least one with a 6 foot drop. They are also protected with bunkers that have a high face towards the green.

No drink cart, but you pass the main snack bar at 5 and pretty close to at 10th tee. There is also a snack shack at 13th and 15th tees. My only complaint is carts do not come equipped with a cooler, but they give you one if you purchase $10 in beverages.

I will go back. While it's not a destination course if you're visiting, it's a nice change from desert courses if you're local.
Played on Friday, 9/22, with a 9:30ish tee time. I paid $65, which is the rate as a guest of a PACC card holder.

Just OK service considering it's Paiute. Dropped the bags at the drop and they were set up on the cart how we asked. Pro shop guy did not say a word outside of telling me the price. Starters were good. They were running behind (there were 2 groups on the tee when we pulled to the starter) and apologized. Drink cart was around twice per 9, and snack shack after 9 was open, even though I took the last hot dog, which wasn't really hot. Pace was 4 1/2 hours. Bartender afterwards was pretty good and the patio provided a great view.

Course was typical Paiute though. Sun has been out of maintenance for a few weeks. Course was spectacular. Nice tee boxes. Fairways were in great shape, 100% coverage and lush. Rough was about 1-2 inches, just enough to cause a problem. The bunkers were awesome. Nice, fluffy sand, probably the best I've seen here. Greens were running on the fast side and smooth as glass. A little firm and not many ball marks.

I love to get out here as often possible but I'm going to have to go as a guest, $65 is the top of the budget for weekend golf.
Played today with an 8am tee time, made at the last minute on Thursday afternoon. We paid $29 residents rate. Staff is what you expect from a Troon course. I was met in the parking lot and my bag was taken out to the driving range where John_T was already with the cart. Rich the starter (great guy!) asked if we wanted to get out a few groups early with another 2some, since we would be a 2some stuck behind some 4s if we went out on time. Gladly jumped at it and finished in 4:10 with no one in front, and a 2some stalking that did not want to pass through.

Course was in almost great to bad shape. Tee boxes were fine, level, some divot damage. Fairways were great. Starting to dry out for re-seeding, but still lush with plenty of run. The rough was brutally thick and deep, up to about 4 inches in some area. It was great that if you ran off the fairway, you would not run through the rough and into the waste areas, however, there was a 50/50 chance you found your ball. I found 2 from previous groups just feet from the fairway.

Now to the bad. Similar to last summer, Aliante has lost 6-8 greens, which were heavily sanded. Starting with #1, which was brutally damaged, they gradually became better and by 6, they were pretty good. The back 9 also had about 3 sanded greens. The greens that were still in good shape, ran fast and in really good shape, but those others were really bad. Bunkers were hard and heavily packed, almost like hardpan.

Just like last year, I hope the greens grow back during re-seeding and I hope they figure out how to keep them in the summer. If all the greens were as good as the ones still alive and kicking, it would of been a great experience. Hold off a visit until Fall.

**Rating came out to 6.2, probably due to great fairway/rough numbers, overall should be closer to 5-5.5.
Played Saturday, 8/12, with a 7ish tee time. I made the tee time late on Wednesday using their website for $40 and a clear warning the course was in "summer turf transition." I took that to mean the annual dying out of the bermuda to prep it for the winter rye seed. Usually that means dry straw like grass. What we found was huge areas of hard pan dirt (actually mud, but the course can't be blamed for a monsoon that blew through last night). I think I hit off the hard pan at least 7 of the 14 par 4 and 5s. Two holes had all the tee boxes grouped all the way up (11 and 9) as they laid sod down on the other boxes. A handful of greens had their collars in various shapes of repair, from hardpan to new sod. All the tee boxes were shaggy with some divot damage. The bunkers were all hard packed mud (again, due to a summer monsoon that dumped a lot of water in a short amount of time). I was surprised none of the bunkers were filled with water.

On to the positive: The greens were in great shape. Relatively smooth and running at a medium speed. John_T and I opted for the golf boards, which were $10 instead of the usual $25. Customer service was good, from check in to the cart guys to the starter. Only saw the drink cart once on a very hot, muggy morning, and that was on our 10th, after we stopped at the restaurant for drinks. Carts/boards do come loaded with 2 bottles of water. Carts appeared to be new, with dual USB ports, and a GPS system that shows the position of the group in front of you. Slice 19, their bar/grill, was a great stop afterwards, with good food and local breweries on tap.

Overall, I liked the layout of the Ted Robinson Jr design. The 18th really stood out, with a chance to catch a big downhill off the tee, leaving a short pitch over water to green with a waterfall on one side. I know many like this course, but the conditions disappointed me today (even though they did warn me). I will give it another try, but will be waiting until at least November to allow the grass to grow in.
Played on 8/9 with the other Gurus. It was my 2nd time here, and just like the first, a phenomenal experience. From the time you ring the buzzer at the gate to getting back in your valeted car with your bags already loaded, it was incredible.

The course was in great shape. On the 1st green, I was a little worried with some burned out edges, but the rest of the greens were in good shape. They were medium speed (listed as 10 on the starter podium) but they are prepping them for the Cascata Amateur this weekend. Tee to green, the grass was in good shape for the amount of constant heat we've had this summer. Just a few thin areas sprinkled across the 18 holes. The rough was a thick bermuda, where if you took a drop from the desert, the ball sunk all the way down, almost better to hit out the desert. The bunkers were the downfall. Firm, hard packed, and rocky, the only blight on a perfect picture.

Our caddie Mike hustled between the four of us all day. If someone walked up to the green with some extra clubs and dropped them to putt, they were in his hands before the handle hit the ground. His yardages were spot on and gave excellent reads on the green. Just a friendly great guy.

Loved it the 1st time, loved it this time. I hope there's another.
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