1. S_Smith Posted: 12/30/19 11:14a Member Since: Jul 18, 2005 From: Danville, CA
Played here on Saturday, 12/28, on a $20 Teeoff.com rate. That's a good deal for this course. And it turned out to be a beautiful 65 degrees with 8 golfers on the tee sheet inside, plus 2 coyotes outs... Continue »
Played here on Saturday, 12/28, on a $20 Teeoff.com rate. That's a good deal for this course. And it turned out to be a beautiful 65 degrees with 8 golfers on the tee sheet inside, plus 2 coyotes outside (that I could see). It's eerie how we've learned to co-exist with coyotes in CA. One of the coyotes literally trotted past my cart and behind me as I putted out. I only saw him as I walked off the green, which is still a little disconcerting. But that's part of the beauty of this course. In Death Valley life carries on seemingly in the midst of nothing. About the course....it's a really cool layout. The pervasive use of bermuda grass (I think) makes this course spongy and playable in all weather. Though the fairways had some marginal issues with dry spots, it played very well throughout. The greens were cut tight and rolled well. Add in a light breeze, and it was a good all around. The pace of play was mine to decide and I got through in 3 hours with lots of picture taking. The quietness here is the unspoken treat. When you stop and listen....there's nothing. You need that once in a while. Overall, well worth the effort to get here and play this challenging, well-designed course, with good service.
Planned to be nearby so purchased a Golf Guide certificate for Wednesday. Death Valley was quite busy with visitors but the golf course was not. Hit a few old balls on 6 lane grass range and putted on... Continue »
Planned to be nearby so purchased a Golf Guide certificate for Wednesday. Death Valley was quite busy with visitors but the golf course was not. Hit a few old balls on 6 lane grass range and putted on undulating practice green then headed out at 11:00 with temperature at 88. Surprisingly green and well maintained the fairways are with only a few yellowish spots here and there. Ball sat up nicely unless offline then settled down into 1 1/2" rough. Rough became thin and dry out at edges and overwatering there left some muddy puddles. Rough thick and tricky around mostly elevated greens. Not in any bunkers but the few noticed had ample fine grey sand and were neatly trimmed. Greens similar to practice one for medium slow speeds with downhills quicker looked uneven but putted smoothly. They were firm but held shots. Three had large dry sections but still putted the same. Will probably improve as the temperatures are beginning to cool from the summer highs. Remarkable conditions when considering the elements and time of year. Plenty of cold water jugs every few holes and a soda machine stationed randomly between some trees along cart path. Large tamarisk trees provided lots of much needed shade, palms tightened fairways and several lakes were in play. Finished at 1:45 in mid 90s after enjoying course and long scenic views.