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Borrego Springs Resort – a solid 9, it was great (and it’s winter time). The course is beautiful.

I am giving some leeway to it being muddy in places, there were two days of rain proceeding my day of golf here. Everyone was very nice and very helpful here at BSR – Rick at the front was particularly nice – he let me go out early and take some pictures which I plan on sharing here with GK. ??

The course was great, from tee to greens but I will say that the very small flaws were in fact fairly minor. But the tee boxes were perfect – unlike a lot of courses where you have to make concession because so many people may divot the tees, but it’s not like that here. I think that there are not a lot of people playing here, I know that the day that I played it seemed as thought I basically had the course to myself. The POP was 2hrs for me, but I got out at 9:22AM and I spoke to some locals and they said that the POP is usually 3.5hrs to 4hrs. Since there are not many people that play here, there were not an exorbitant amount of divots out of any of the tee boxes.

The fairways were fantastic, and varied, they had old school slow, soft sloping fairly easy fairways, some being very wide to others being normal and some skinny at points. Just keep it on the fairway and I am sure that you will probably be able to make GIR “easily.” Most of the fairway seems to be easy to strike like a green cloud, but, unfortunately like I said, there was rain the last two days, so there were times where, even though it looked green the divot was muddy – not wet, it drained well, just muddy.

With plenty of grass and room after the first cut of fairway there was plenty of green, but since it is in the middle of nowhere (in the desert area they have hazards and out of bounds which were just dirt. But, the grounds were so well maintained, surrounding the course with beautiful trees, cacti and the likes. While on scenery, the mountainous backdrop was incredibly beautiful. I really like this course.

The bunkers were probably the best playable bunkers I’ve played. I practiced in the practice bunker which was great for a couple of reasons; 1) they had it as in not all places offer bunkers to practice in, 2) it was well maintained, 3) it resembled the course bunkers, 3a) the same kind of sand 3b) the same kind of grade, 3c) the same slope, 3d) the same size or more correctly shape of the bunkers on the course. They were beach sand and at least four solid inches of nice sand so every bunker shot was consistent – you could count on it. I play from the white tees and I am NOT a big hitter, I usually carry 210 to 240 and I seemed to be able to carry all of the first bunkers, which really made it fun for me to play. The greenside bunkers were not overly dramatic, I’d say that there was a bit more greenside face to the bunkers which did make them more dramatic that the fairway bunkers, but still fairly shallow. This also made it easier, more friendly and fun to play. With a very few pieces of grass, not weeds and not patches of grass in the bunkers, but just – very few places there was some grass in some of the bunkers. Anyway you went about it, the grass in the bunkers should not have hampered your play. Bunkers were 9 out of 10.

The practice facilities were great. The chipping area was closed, but the practice green rolled beautifully just like the course and the sand area played just like the course as well.
I really liked this course, I would recommend it if you have the time to go there. Thank you BSR.
This was excellent. The management was great. The customer service was great. The carts were great. The facilities were great, both golf and otherwise. The maintenance and maintenance people were great. Aaaaannnnnndd the golf was great. I am so happy with this experience.

I stayed at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa, the reason that I mention this, is because the golf course and the resort are different entities, but they are joined as a physical location. There are two courses there, the Firecliff course and the Mountain View course. The reason that I mention that, is because the Firecliff course is closed due to maintenance. People say that the Firecliff is nicer because it does not play through the resort/buildings (Mountain View course), so I had to play the Mountain course and I loved it.

There was some miscommunication on my tee time, and the Pro-shop (Matt helped me) was very understanding and helpful. But I did have to talk with the manager - Joe and he was excellent, he really went above and beyond, he acceded which really REALLY helped me out. I am so happy with what Joe did for me, that I made plan to there again in two weeks even though it's almost a three hour drive and a lot of money for me. But I am very happy and grateful for his generosity.

Well, that's about it, because the course was GREAT from tees to greens from left to right, the entire course was immaculate.
I'd give it a 7/10. The course was in a really good state, the tee boxes were nice, the fairway was the best I have ever seen it at Los Serranos (North) and the greens were good for being punched recently. There were a few small wobbles here and there, but I was really happy for the most part with the greens. For some reason, Los Serranos seems to always take immense pride in their bunkers, they are always immaculate and perfect. Also, as per usual at Los Serranos, the POP was slow, unless you're the first two groups to head out in the morning, then you're going to wait, I started at 11AM and even as a single it took over 4hrs to play a round. I'm happy with the course.
I paid $45 @ 11:10AM on Sunday - and while this course is a bit far for me, it was worth it. The fairways were great, they were pretty consistent and I hit the fairway for most all par 4 & 5's, and whenever I did it was like landing on a little patch of a green grassy cloud. I could concentrate on striking the ball and not worrying about tweaking my wrists or hitting hard dirt. I really enjoyed the layout of the course, it was more flat with slight elevations throughout on both the fairways and the greens. There are some really beautiful holes with large trees either on either side of the fairways or surrounding the back of the greens, there was a nice variety for being in the middle of basically nowhere (desert-like, southern California scrub).

The practice facilities were OK. I would like to say that they were nice and adequate, but they were only adequate, but the sand in the bunkers were terrible - the bunkers were both incredibly hard and wet. They were hard even though it looks like they were raked at the beginning of the day, but there was stagnant water at the bottom of both of the bunkers. Otherwise the bunkers and pitching area was small but adequate. The driving range was very nice and adequate, it was all grass, smooth with lots of room. There are two putting greens, one smaller with sever elevation change and a large green that was part show piece and it was circular in nature.

The tees (I play white tees) were good, they were a bit chewed up and while they looked a bit shabby, they were really nice and flat, with the exception of two tees they were all level and comfortable to tee off from. They were well laid out and appropriately placed from red to black.

Fairways, as I mentioned were in GREAT SHAPE, I am extremely happy with them, it made playing my irons a lot of fun. Some places had a mix of grass, but I had minimal problems. Problems were normal, inconsiderate people not replacing divots and I landed right in front of a patch of crab grass on one hole - other than that, I couldn't give enough praise for the fairways.

Greens, the greens were near awful. The first and second cuts were great except a couple of them were a bit shaggy. The greens sullied how much I enjoyed this course. The greens were a total mixed bag; on some greens they rolled straight when there was clearly a rise or fall, and in other spots the near opposite. One of the golfers I played with had a 1 1/2foot putt and he missed, which is fine, except for he had to putt it soft so the putt nearly made it into the hole but then it did a 90degree turn and ran away from the cup, it was bizarre. Here is my main point of contention that made the experience not as great as the rest of the course - the greens rolled fastish (stimp at the office said that it was at 9.5 - I'd give it a 10 to 11) it was pretty fast - BUT(!) if you had to putt softly, then the ball would bobble and bounce all over so you really had no idea what was going to happen within the last foot of the hole. That dancing away from the hole happened on every green.

The bunkers were mostly really hard and had grass or mushrooms growing on the sides. There are some really big bunkers, so it was nice to play with a local to give me the proper approach, so I was able to miss any bunkers. It seemed to be that most of the bunkers were raked, but just not maintained beyond them being raked, there was standing water in some, growth, and hard raked sand in many of the bunkers.

Oh, the clubhouse is being worked on, so while we walked through it, we had to take the long way around down to pay for the tee times. The staff was nice and friendly, but I cannot say that it seemed as though customer service was all that important, as the cartgirl was very nice as were others that worked there, I have nothing negative to say about the staff.

I would give this course a 6 or 7, but the rate generator gave it a 4.7, as I said, I have to ding it for the poor greens, but the fairway play was GREAT and a lot of fun.

Aside from the greens, I really enjoyed this course and the champion of this course was first and far most the fairways, next was the price.
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