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Played my favorite track in the desert for maybe the 5-6th time in the last 12 months Sunday, 4/15. We were the 5th group out and played in 3.5 hours (2some) and the course was in fantastic conditioning. The dormat rough is starting to green up a bit so the contrast from the fairways to rough was nothing like back in Dec-Feb but I want to say the course was in about as good of shape as I've ever seen it. The fairways were excellent and great to hit from. Tee boxes were great. Sand was a mixed bag but most green side bunkers were solid. The greens were superb. Firm & med/fast. You had to be careful when above the hole as they were rolling out fairly quick. I though the greens were in perfect condition considering you could see that summer bermuda starting to creep in. All in all, I expected maybe a slight drop off from when I played on the heels of the career builders event but not in any way was there a drop off in conditions. Can't wait to get back!
Rams Hill: 1/27/2017

I've been reading GK reviews for RH for the last few years. I've been dying to get down there but haven't found the time. Well, the girlfriend was out of town this weekend so I decided to solo trip down to Borrego and see what all the hype was about.

The customer service was top notch, the starter was great and the guy in the clubhouse was friendly and accommodating. Being a single I figured I would be paired up on a Saturday with another group. Well apparently I was wrong and this course doesn't fill their tee sheet like the Palm Springs courses. I played solo in 3.5 hours, getting stuck occasionally behind a 4 ball here and there.

Conditions: Excellent from tee to green. Greens were posted in clubhouse at 11.6 on the stimp which to me is excellent speed for rolling some putts in! Smooth, pure, medium firmness, and quick (9/10). The fairways were pure as can be, I would say a solid 8/10. Easy to take nice divots and the ball still rolled out on well struck drives. Tees were lush and perfect (9/10) but I wish they would have cut them a little tighter. Sand was excellent and I found myself a lot of sand so I can attest to them!

All in all, I will be back this season. Just blown away at the whole facility/property. Prov1 Range balls, endless views, lush striped fairways and pure putting surfaces. Oh yeah, and its also a fantastic Fazio design! Forgiving off the tee but hazards lurk and the greens are very undulating and difficult to navigate. I ended up squeezing in a second round and given the lateness in the day he only charged me 20$ and i was able to loop through all 18 in 1 hour and 45 minutes!! Record for me perhaps. Get out there and enjoy Rams Hill, its a true hidden gem and worth the drive.
Played the Norman course on Thursday, 12/28, at 7:21 AM. As the nick/stadium are prepping for the Career Builders challenge they tend to keep the greens a bit slower to protect the surfaces so I decided to check out the Norman course hoping for quicker greens. As expected the course & greens were in excellent shape. Greens ran a true and quick pace and putted nicely all day, leading to my best putting round in recent memory. The fairways are 8/10 and were also playing nicely, although, maybe a bit soft. There is no rough on this course and in the morning cold and with the wet fairways it played very long. The course has many memorable holes and I really enjoyed our round. I will be back in January/February!
We played PGA West Stadium as our 3rd and final round of our trip. We had previously played 36 on Nicklaus the day before and we expected stadium to be in very similar shape. While the course was in very good shape (approaching excellent) it was not as far along as the nick. I guess this is expected as the stadium came out of overseedimg about 10-12 days after the Nicklaus. They had not yet “sprayed” the dormant rough on stadium which meant there were no dramatic visuals of the dark green fairways against the light gold rough (see pictures from Nicklaus review on how awesome it looked). The greens were not quite as true and the fairways just a bit hair more wet/furry. Again, I’m being extremely picky and comparing it to the current condition of the Nicklaus course. My guess is in about 2 weeks the 2 courses will be in identical condition as the career builders challenge is coming up in January. The course it’s self is extremely hard. We played from the pro tees, playing about 7,450. My buddy and I are both low single digit and we decided to give it a whirl...We got our butts kicked! I do really enjoy the track and will definitely return.
Played 18 holes at the Nick Sunday & Monday (12/17 & 12/18). From a pure golf standpoint this is my favorite course in Palm Springs. Although, visually the homes can detract from the experience. The course was in spectacular shape. From tee to green everything was perfectly manicured. The dormant rough was a light "gold" color and created very dramatic visuals from the tee boxes. Kudos to the maintenance crew at PGA West. The greens were pure, rolling a medium speed, nothing too crazy and I know I would have liked them quicker. This course is the perfect combo of challenging and "easy". In my opinion, there are several scoring holes (2, 4, 11, 12) and many demanding holes (8, 9, 16, ,18). All in all, i highly recommend checking this place out in the next couple months to get some of the great conditioning as they prep for the Career Builders Challenge!
Played on 10/13/17, which was a perfect day for golf. Low winds, 80 degrees, and no clouds. Doesn't get any better for Paiute. I've played all 3 tracks now and I truly enjoy each one, however, my only knock is that the holes tend to blend in together. Especially on the Sun, but trust me the views and conditioning are top notch and this is still a must play when in Vegas.

Course conditions were near perfection. All the courses appear to be coming out of maintenance beautifully. The Sun fairways were 10/10 pristine and as good as I've played on in a while (see pictures). The rough was rather long and very lush/thick. Bunkers were nicely groomed and soft and the greens were pretty true. I would say the greens were medium speed and rolled nicely (although i think they are about 2 weeks out from firming up and being perfect for rest of November).

I really enjoyed our round out here as always. The customer service is very professional and for around 150$ this is a good price considering others closer to strip are well in excess of $200. We will most certainly be back.
Played TPC Las Vegas on Friday 8/18/17. I wasn't sure what to expect given that they are closing for overseeding here shortly but I was pleasantly surprised with the current conditions, especially the greens. This was my second time coming back (both in summer time in different years) and I've been impressed with how they keep the speeds of the greens near a 10 on stimp even the 100+ heat. The course itself is a pretty tricky course. There is definietly room to error off the tee (although not a ton) but if you do miss the landing areas you are in big trouble as the desert area is virtually unplayable (larger jagged rocks). The conditions varied from good to great with fairways showing occasional burnt areas but I would say even as high as 80% coverage for lush grass. As I mentioned above, greens were the highlight of the day rolling a medium pace with true rolls. There are some fun par 3's and a couple nice 5's. I wouldn't say its my favorite course ever but I've always walked away really enjoying this place due to the conditions and excellent customer service. I'm coming back to Vegas (for better or for worse) in October and I think I'll be back to see how great this course can be after overseeding.
Played the Championship course at Incline Village on Saturday 7/22. We snagged the first twilight time at 2pm and paid the $140 rate to ride. Middle of summer in Lake Tahoe you can expect inflated golf rates, however, what really bummed me out was the lack of amenities at Incline. the driving range was garbage, hitting off mats w/ 250 yard max (no drivers or woods allowed and remember we are at 7,000 of elevation so everything plays 9%-10% less than yardage on ground). What I really thought was weird was that range balls weren't included and thats even at the 180$ rack rate? Pretty criminal, in my opinion.

All things aside, the course was spectacular. Very interesting layout with a great mix of holes. The combination of holes and bunker placement made for a very challenging and fun day on the links. The conditions were pretty solid. The fairways were in great condition but a few GUR areas and some thin spots but i would say 85-90% coverage throughout. The highlight was by far the greens. Firm and lightning fast maybe rolling just under a 12 on the stimp.

I would return here but not before playing Coyote Moon or Schaffer's Mill which I felt had a better golf experience from start to finish.
The more I play here, the more I realize that this isn't just a nicely conditioned, fairly priced public golf course. Rustic canyon truly is the gem of the greater LA County area. A masterfully designed golf course that allows you to be creative off the tee, from the fairway, and certainly around the greens. The par 3's are terrific, large punch bowls (holes 6 & 8), that allow for multiple ways to get the ball close. Then hole 15, a three tiered green, requires spin control or you're likely to end up on the wrong tier. A great mix of wide open tee shots (1, 2, 9, 12, 13), and then a fair share challenging par 4's (7, 11, 14, 16, 18). The greens are almost always the highlight of the course, rolling firm and fast. We played Thursday & Friday July 13/14, and the course conditions were standard rustic. Not much to add to what others have said below. I strongly recommend getting out here, its a fantastic lay out and awards good shot making but the back 9 will hold you accountable.
Words that come to mind when I think about my round at Tetherow Golf Club: Interesting, fun, hard as hell, links, creative....

Bend has so many golf options (Sunriver, Pronghorn, Brasada Ranch, Tetherow, Aspen Lakes, Widgi Creek, etc.) and the interesting part of all of them is how drastically different they are. I think that is what makes Bend such a great golf destination. Tetherow, however, I would classify on it's own island. Its a rugged links design (David McClay Kidd) that visually resembles a hybrid of Chamber's Bay and Pine Valley. Lots of sand waste areas, fescue grass, and endless amounts of rolling fairways.

Conditions were excellent. Not your typical pure golf experience. The course was designed to play firm, fast, and dry. I believe it is similar to Chamber's Bay in that it is Fescue grass from tee to green. Grass coverage was excellent, with no bare spots on the entire course. Greens rolled true and about a 10.5 on the stimp which out here plays blazing fast with the undulations. Tee boxes, Sand, and rough (if there even was rough) were all in great shape as you would expect from a course of this caliber and greens fee (175$).

My overall experience was excellent. I would return truly because a course of this difficulty cannot be played only 1x before making a final judgement. I would want 5-7 rounds here to really get to know the holes, green complexes, and tee shots before I made an assessment to if the layout was gimicky or not. I had 3 birdies and still shot an 80 which is several strokes higher than my average round. I recommend this course as a must play simply for the experience and if you can enjoy yourself and forget about your score I think you will have a great time. Also, ask for Colton, he was a fine caddie and knew the greens very well.
I just finished up a quick golf trip to central Oregon. I played sunriver Meadows, widgi creek, Tetherow and Pronghorn. I'll leave a review for all of the courses but Pronghorn takes the prize as #1.

14 months later I returned to play Pronghorn again and this time the course was even better. From the drive in to the final putt this place is absolutely pure. It truly does not get any better than this. The course itself presents plenty of challenge off the tee. There's a solid mixture of large landing areas as well as demanding tee shots. The bunkering throughout the course really comes into play. The par 5's are difficult which in my opinion makes this place hard to go low at. There are some long par 3's at 220+ and a couple around 150-180. Overall, the layout keeps you on your toes. The back 9 has some spectacular tee shots with views of snow capped mt bachelor.

Conditions? Perfect. Fairways, greens, rough, tee boxes all 10/10. The greens were rolling an 11.1 and held shots/spun great. No pitch marks, just perfect putting surfaces. Fairways were pristine, decent roll out and soft enough to take a nice size divot. The only knock would be the bunkers which were pretty wet early on in the round. This is being rather picky but as the course dried up the bunkers did as well and they softened up a bit. Our caddy wasn't all that helpful to be honest. Our caddie at Tetherow was much better (even though both Pronghorn and tetherow use the same caddies).

All in all this is a top 5 course I've ever played. Something about the experience and layout really vault it way up my list. I'll be back!
Played a sunset 9 holes on the front side Friday, June 23th. Being end of June I wasn't sure what to expect conditioning wise in the desert as the courses are transitioning into their summer Bermuda, however, the celebrity course was in tremendous early summer condition. Fairways were the highlight, still lush and playing great. Greens were nice. Rolled medium speed and fairly true. Definitely felt confident standing over my putts that they would roll on the intended line. I was in a couple bunkers and they were great. All in all, no matter what time of the year this course is a treat to play. From the tips both here and the players course are 7,200+ and quite challenging. Can't wait to come back later this summer after greens heal from upcoming punching.
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