Played last Tuesday 8/25, goin off in the morning. As perhaps the most "non-deserty" golf course in the SE Valley, Ocotillo holds a softspot for me: n... » More
Played last Tuesday 8/25, goin off in the morning. As perhaps the most "non-deserty" golf course in the SE Valley, Ocotillo holds a softspot for me: no cacti, no desert scrub, no acres of dirt, just grass, waterfalls and water. Lots of water. Something like 3/4 of all holes have water either to the left, to the right, or meandering across the various fairways. A good rule of thumb when playing here is "If you can't see the landing area, then assume there's water down there. "
I played the Gold & Blue tracks, as the White track was closed for maintenance. Tee boxes and fairways in their usual good shape, as were the bunkers I was in. The greens, however, were less than ideal. I cannot recall ever playing on greens this slow, and on a course like Ocotillo, it should never happen. When I played my final hole, the 9th on Blue, I had about a 45 ft putt for birdie. Having experienced the previous 17 holes, I actually brought my putter back well past my ankles and made solid contact. Under normal conditions, that putt should have rolled about 20 ft off the green; instead, it ended up about 18" from the cup and left an easy tap in par. I also noticed the grounds crews loaded up their Gators with rolls of sod, which are being put in around many of the greens, particularly on the Gold 9.
Still a good track, with great amenities and excellent customer service, but those greens right now will mess up your game.