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Overview: Sun City West Golf has 7 courses ... 4 of them are regulation golf courses and the other 3 are executive golf courses. Sun City West is in the north west part of the Phoenix metro area.

Clubhouse and Snack Bar: A "no frill" clubhouse area, but it was nice and the prices are great. A beer and a candy bar ... $3.25. The cookies were really good too ... $1.00. JohnnyGK was able to get us a lunch deal for $10 ... nice value.

Course: Deer Valley was in really nice shape. The fairways had nice grass coverage and the rough was dormant bermuda that was cut really tight. The greens were in excellent shape and ran very true. They were not the fastest greens, but they were could be sneaky fast at times. The sand was consistent through out the course and it was easy to play out of.

Final Thoughts: Not a "bucket list" course in the Phoenix area, but a great place to come out and play a solid golf course during the high golf season in the Valley of the Sun ... especially with Spring Training going on. The price was great considering that most courses are charging upwards of $100 or more during this time of the year. Enjoyed playing with Johnny GK, Isoceles and joeboe39. John ... thank you as always, for setting up a great GK Plays!
Overview: bmcnicoll and I stayed one more day ... so as to play Eagle Falls after the 36 hole GK Guru day at the Celebrity Course and Firecliff. Brian suggested that we either play Escena Golf Club or Eagle Falls. Considering that I have not played either course I did not care, but it just worked out better for me to play at Eagle Falls.
Eagle Falls is a Clive Clark designed 18 hole course (Mr. Clark also designed the Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort) that was built in 2007 and is located right next to the I-10 freeway and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. It is pretty well hidden behind the casino, but all the GK reviews said that I would really enjoy the course.

Clubhouse and Snack Bar: It did not concern me at all when I pulled into the parking lot and saw the clubhouse and snack bar. After reading all the GK reviews, I expected something very basic and it did not surprise me at all. I grew up riding my bike to our public course in Buffalo and the clubhouse there was very simple too. Pay your money, get something to drink and eat and be on you way.
All the player assistants were very friendly and the ladies in the snack bar were very nice.

Course: Brian drove the golf cart across the bridge and it was like we were transformed into another world ...the lush conditions of the par 5 18th hole and the water fall just to the left of the green. We go around the corner and then you see the driving range with a view of the beautiful mountains to the north. The driving range was in great shape and I was shaking my head because everything looked perfect. We had a 9:24 am tee time and I thought for sure that it would be busy. The starter then told us that there were only 52 names on the tee sheet today ... could not believe it.
We proceeded to the 1st tee and what a nice way to start off the day ... a par 4 with a little bit of a dogleg to the right with perfect conditions. The fairways and rough looked just as good as the Celebrity Course and Firecliff. It was a great course ... wall to wall overseed with super conditions. Rough was thick and the greens ran at a good medium speed and were very smooth. My favorite holes were all the par 5's and the short par 4 11th ... Brian knocked it on the green and two putted for a birdie, while I missed the 7 footer for birdie. I can't comment about the sand because I was not in a bunker all day, but it looked pretty good.

Final Thoughts: Pace of play was not an issue as we got around the course in 2 hours and 40 minutes. We did not play the 10th hole because it looked the foursome in front of us were not going to let us play through ... so we just passed them. Plus, #10 looked like just an ordinary par 4. I was totally impressed with the course and its conditions. It is definitely a hidden treasure in the Coachella Valley and the rates are great ... even in the high season. It is a definite must play when you visit the Palm Springs area. Brian ... thanks for suggesting that we play Eagle Falls and I enjoyed the 2 days that we played together.
Overall: Desert Willow Golf Resort is 36 hole resort that has the Firecliff and Montain View Courses and is owned and operated by the City of Palm Desert. The resort opened in 1997 with the Firecliff course ... which was named for the supper club owned by early Palm Desert residents, Leonard Firestone and Clifford Henderson. The resort opened with great fanfare when the residents were treated to a grand opening tournament with President Gerald Ford. The Mountain View course opened in October of 1998 and was designed to be a little more user friendly from the tees and and included more water features than Firecliff.
The City of Palm Desert hired the design team of Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and then Coachella Valley resident and PGA Touring Professional, John Cook and in conjunction with local landscape architect, Eric Johnson they were able to develop a resort that was environmentally sensitive, unique and picturesque.

Clubhouse: Very nice clubhouse that was quite large and had a beautiful outdoor patio that overlooked the 9th and 18th greens. All of the player assistants were very friendly and the pro shop was well stocked with a great variety of merchandise. I purchased a long sleeve 1/4 zip pullover and a ball marker. The prices were fair and the gentleman in the pro shop gave me a discount on the ball marker. He took his time folding my purchase and put it in the bag very neatly (yes, the retail manager in me would notice that). The outside player assistants were also very friendly.

Course: A beautiful course with wall to wall overseed. The fairways were just about perfect. The rye grass rough was also very thick and was cut to a height of about 1 inch. The greens were excellent ... very smooth, a good coverage of grass on them and ran very true and could be fast if you were putting downhill. The pin placements were quite interesting and were in some challenging spots ... especially on the first few holes. I think that the hole locations got a little bit easier later in the round. The 2 holes that really stand out for me are #9 and #18 ... they were very interesting holes and I enjoyed the back drop of the clubhouse right behind both greens. I was only in 1 bunker all day, but the sand looked really good and was very consistent.

Final Thoughts: Played with Brian, Rob and Johnny GK on a picture perfect afternoon in the Coachella Valley. We had a lot of fun and truly enjoyed the afternoon at Desert Willow ... thank you gentlemen! Also, enjoyed seeing Johnny GK hole out for an eagle on the par 4 5th hole with an 8 iron from about 140 yards. #eaglechains. John did not see the ball go in the hole, but I sure did ... congratulations John! It is always fun to drive out to Palm Springs and play golf with the GK Review Gurus. John ... thank you for 36 holes of golf on perfect day.
Overall: The Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort is a stunning combination of beauty and strategy. Most of the holes are oriented east/west on the front nine and north/south on the back nine ... this allows the golfer to take full advantage of the scenic views of the San Jacinto, Santa Rosa and San Bernardino mountain ranges. Finally, Eisenhower Mountain stands tall to the south of the resort. Clive Clark (the course architect) was able to craft a course that takes advantage of these views and added scenic water features and areas of wildflowers.
The Celebrity Course is one of two courses at the Indian Wells Golf Resort ... with the Players Course being the other half of the 36 holes at the resort. The resort overseeded the Celebrity Course wall to wall, while the Players Course was primarily overseeded to represent a desert course. It is a nice contrast for the resort guest.
Was very fortunate to play with Brian, Nick and George on a beautiful morning in the Coachella Valley. Temperature was about 55 degrees and not a cloud in the sky for our 7:20 am tee time. The 4 of us had a lot of fun playing together and we enjoyed each others company.

Clubhouse: This is the 5th time that I have played at Indian Wells Golf Resort and it is still one of my favorite clubhouses. Great idea by taking the coffee bar away and doing a food truck outside ... it allows for a much quicker turn around for the back nine. The pro shop is huge, well stocked and is merchandised very well. All of the players assistants (inside and outside) were very friendly.

Course: As always, the Celebrity Course was in great shape. The fairways were in very nice shape and the rough was about an inch deep and was very dense. The greens looked very fast and were in great shape, but they were definitely not as fast as they normally are. My only negative comment was the amount of pitch marks on the greens on the front nine ... the back nine greens were in much better shape with regard to that. Very sad to see that the golfers in general can't repair their ball marks. I was not in a bunker, but the sand looked very good.

Final Thoughts: I want to thank John for a tremendous morning at the Celebrity Course. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all of your efforts in working with these different courses so that we have the opportunity to play courses that so many people read about in all of the golf publications. You make it a reality for all of us in the GK community. Thank you again John!!
Overview: Finally played the Stadium Course at PGA West on Sat 1/26/19. It's hard to believe that PGA West has been open since 1985 and that the first course opened for play the following year. I think we all remember the hole in one that Lee Trevino had during the Skins Game back in 1987. I just remember sitting at home in Buffalo, New York and thinking "this is a golf course and community that looks absolutely amazing." There was the sharp contrast of the green overseeded rye grass versus the dormant bermuda grass and the Santa Rosa Mountains providing a scenic back drop. The sun was shining in La Quinta and I was wondering if I would ever to have a chance to play a course like this. For all intent and purposes this was the beginning of desert golf in the Southwest part of the United States.
PGA West has now grown to 6 courses ... with three of them being private and the other three being daily fee resort, but the Stadium Course was the one we all wanted to play because it was the course that we saw so many times on television and all we heard was how difficult it was.

Clubhouse: The Stadium Course shares a clubhouse with the Nicklaus Tournament Course and has a large pro shop and a nice place to eat (Ernie's). Service was good at the bag drop and in the pro shop, but outside services at the end of the round was not good. A member of my group left a chap stick and his suntan lotion in the golf cart, and he went back for it 5 minutes after we had our bags removed. The player assistant said he did not remember seeing anything and that he would not remember if anything was left in the cart because they had cleaned 166 carts today ... disappointing to hear this type of customer service.

Course: The Stadium Course was in great shape. The Desert Classic had just being completed on the previous Sunday, so it was still in PGA Tour shape. The greens were firm and quick, the fairways were lush and the sand in the bunkers was very good. I now understand fully about the Indio effect and how you need to bring that into the equation while reading putts. I can now say that the Stadium Course is a position golf course. You need to miss in the right place. It was a stern test of golf and I especially enjoyed 16, 17 and 18. I think 16 is an underrated hole and is very difficult because if you miss it down the left side you are in very challenging bunkers.

Final Thoughts: Pete Dye created a very good course that has held up over time and is a course that should be played if you visit the Coachella Valley.
Overview: Quintero Golf Club, a Rees Jones design that opened up in 2000 as a private course, in the northwest Phoenix, AZ suburb of Peoria, is a classic desert course that has tremendous views due to the topography of the course and being surrounded by the Hieroglyphic Mountains. It is a course that has a great set of par 3's ... the par 3 6th and 9th holes come to mind, and a great set of par 5's ... especially the par 5 8th hole. The course became public in roughly 2005 due to the downturn in the Arizona economy. Quintero is basically an isolated golf course with nothing other then 5 or 6 homes on the back nine, and some stay and play housing on the front nine. Other than that there is no development of any kind within 10 miles of the course.
We were very fortunate to have JohnnyGK set up two groups for us at 2:30 pm, and we basically had the course to ourselves. This is so very rare because of the constant play that this course gets. It was nice to have sixpez make the drive from the Coachella Valley and to meet azscratchorbust. It was also great meeting some of the other AZ GK'ers ... Jack, Rick and John. I think we all had enjoyed the course and each others company.

Clubhouse: Pretty straight forward pro shop and a small but clean snack bar. People were very nice and greeted us promptly. The player assistant took my bag and welcomed me to the course and gave me a little bit of history about the course ... nice touch.

Course: As stated earlier, the course has a lot elevation changes and has a great flow to all of the holes. Only a couple of holes run parallel to each other, but other then that the only people that you see are the ones in your group. The course was in great summer shape ... the bermuda fairways were lush and the lies were perfect. The rough was consistent and not very punishing. The sand in all the bunkers was of a good quality and the tee boxes were in good shape. The greens were top-dressed a couple of days ago, but the light coating of sand actually made the bent grass greens run a little bit smoother. Overall, probably the best conditioned "summer" course that I have played in the last 2-3 years.
As always during the Arizona "monsoon" season, we had to worry about afternoon thunderstorms, and we were very fortunate to avoid a couple of the them.

Final Thoughts: It was great to have JohnnyGK make the drive out to AZ and set up a great day for all the GK'ers ... Thanks John!! Quintero is a great facility and I would definitely put it on your "must play" list on your next trip to the Valley of the Sun.
Overview: Indian Wells Golf Resort is a 36 hole golf resort that consists of the Celebrity Course and the Players Course, and the Celebrity Course held the 2006, 2007 and 2008 LG Skins Game. The Celebrity Course was designed by Clive Clark and has dramatic views of the San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, San Bernardino Mountain Ranges and Eisenhower Mountain stands just south of the resort.

Clubhouse: A beautiful clubhouse awaits as you enter the golf resort, and was greeted promptly by a player's assistant when we entered the bag drop area. We parked the car and went into the pro shop and paid for our round. Was taken care of quickly and efficiently and was told that we would be hitting from the "lower" driving range. I have played both courses before and have never heard of the lower driving range. I had a puzzled look on my face and she smiled and said we would be using the lower range so that the sun would not be in our eyes as we hit practice balls ... nice touch.

Course: Considering that we played the course in late May, I was amazed at the condition of the course. The course was still wall to wall green grass with very few brown spots. Fairway lies were basically perfect and the rough was lush and only about 1 inch thick. The greens looked great, were smooth and ran at a medium speed, and you could see that bermuda was starting to overtake the rye grass. I thought the golf course was in tremendous shape, and believe that most courses in Phoenix, AZ would love to have these conditions from December - March, let alone at the end of May. The Celebrity Course is a par 72, but only has 2 par 5's and 2 par 3's, which is kind of strange; however, these 4 holes are some of my favorite holes. I think that the back nine is one of my favorite stretches of golf and love the finishing holes of 16, 17 and 18.

Final Thoughts: Indian Wells Golf Resort is one of my favorite places to play, and I have been very fortunate to also play there in peak season (thanks John). It is a set of courses that I will definitely play again when I visit the Coachella Valley. Finally, I can see why the GK'ers voted it as the 2017 winner of the "Best Playing Conditions" in the Palm Springs Region. Do not pass on these courses if you have the opportunity to play one or both of them.
Overview: Marriott's Shadow Ridge Resort was Nick Faldo's 1st U.S. design, and he said that he drew his inspiration for this design from the sand belt courses of Australia ... in particular Kingston Heath and Royal Melbourne. The fairways are quite large with deep bunkers and large undulating greens. This course reminds me of his Wildfire Course in Phoenix, AZ as well as the Gary Panks design ... Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix, AZ.

Clubhouse: Greeted promptly at the bag drop and went right into the clubhouse and was taken care of quickly and efficiently by the pro shop staff. Nice to see that range balls and sales tax are already included in the price. Always charged tax in AZ and it seems that more and more courses are starting to charge a separate fee for practice balls.

Practice Area: Large, beautiful practice area that had very nice grass coverage. There was also a large practice putting green and a very nice small short game area.

Course: A beautiful course design with a great variety of holes. The 1st hole is pretty much right in front of you and gives you a chance at a good start to your round. The tee shot on the 2nd hole is right in front of you too, and then the par 5 dog legs to the left and you see all the water down the right side and that is when you know the course has some teeth. The bunkers are quite deep and for the most part have good sand in them. The greens are quite undulating, very smooth and ran at a nice speed. The greens had tightly mowed areas where the ball could ... in many cases run off into a chipping area. The fairways were in very good shape and had good grass coverage. I enjoyed many of the holes, but my favorites were the par 4 9th hole and the par 4 10th hole. #18 is an excellent finishing hole with a creek that runs on the the left side of the fairway for the tee shot and then snakes in front and then to the right of the elevated green. This hole can be very challenging with the prevailing wind out of the north west that was blowing 15-20 mph the day that we played it.

Final Thoughts: Wanted to thank sixpez for his recommendation on playing this course. With the amount of time that I have played golf in the Palm Springs area over the last few years, this was the first time that I have heard of the course and was excited to try something new. We enjoyed playing here and this course will be added to our must play list when we visit the Coachella Valley in the future.
Overview: The Mountain Course at La Quinta Resort & Club was built in 1980 at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains by the legendary golf architect ... Pete Dye. The course is known for its small undulating greens, pot bunkers, large waste areas and beautiful mountain views. The course's signature hole ... the par 3 16th hole sits high above the green and allows golfers a spectacular view. The course is known for the "mountain" holes of #13 - #17, but also for the very under rated stretch of holes #4 - #6.

Clubhouse: Greeted promptly at the bag drop by an outside player's assistant and directed to the pro shop. Went inside the pro shop and was greeted by the staff and told about the sale going on. Went down to the carts and was told where the range and putting greens were. Everyone welcomed us to the course and were all very friendly.

Course: As all courses are this time of year in the Coachella Valley ... there is the transition between the winter rye grass and the summer bermuda. This was very evident on the greens due to the contrast in color, but the greens ran very true and smooth. As noted by others, the tee boxes on the par 3's were a little beat up, but the rest of of them were fine. Fairways were in good shape and the rough was starting to fill in with the bermuda grass. Hitting out of the rough is going to be very difficult in about 2 weeks because the ball will go right to the bottom of the grass. As mentioned earlier, I really enjoy the back nine (especially #13 - #17) because they are very scenic holes and really make the course. I also enjoy hole #2 and #4 - #6 on the front nine. Suggestion, please be aware that is was only in the mid 90's this past Sunday, but it felt much warmer because of the close proximity of the mountains. Make sure that you use plenty of sunscreen and drink as much water as possible.

Final Thoughts: John, as always, it was much appreciated that you were able to set up another enjoyable GK Plays. I enjoyed playing with you, Kevin and Mike. The shotgun start was fun, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that we got around the course in about 4 hours and 15 minutes ... it was a great pace of play. Enjoyed talking to a lot of people after the round, and really like all the prizes that you give away. Look forward to attending another #gkplays in the future!
Overview: The La Quinta Resort and Club has two courses (the Mountain Course and the Dunes Course) and both are designed by Pete Dye. John set up #gkreviewguru tee times on both courses and I played the Mountain Course in the morning on Mon 1/8/18 with Brian, Ron and George. The four of us had a great time, and I would definitely would be interested in playing in the same foursome again in the future. Thanks guys ... each of you made it a great day for me!
John, enough can't be said about your ability to foster relationships with these resorts and golf courses. We appreciate your efforts in getting us to play some of the best courses in Arizona, California and Nevada ... thank you.

Clubhouse: We were the first group off at 7:03 am and the clubhouse/pro shop was promptly open at 6:00 am. The staff in the pro shop were friendly and told me that there was a sale going on. All full price shirts were 15% off and all full price hats were 20% off. Surprised that they would be having a sale during their high season, but it was nice to get the discount ... I purchased a Puma shirt that was $55 after the discount. Fair enough price.

Practice Facility: Beautiful view of the Santa Rosa Mountains, but I thought it was interesting that you could only use irons on the range. It seems that the range ended at 200 yards from the practice tees. Ok, not a big deal for me, but how about the group that comes from the East Coast and has not hit a driver in about 2 months?

Course: A classic Pete Dye course with big waste areas (which were perfectly raked), elevated greens, lush green fairways with about 5-10 yards of overseeded rough on each side of the fairway. The rough was not that deep, but you had to think about the possibility of a flyer. Lastly, the dormant bermuda that was in sharp contrast to the overseeded fairway and rough. Just the classic look that you see on tv when you watch the Hope or as it is now called the "Career Builder Challenge". The bunkers on the course were small and the sand was a little heavy/wet. Might have been because we were the first group out that morning ... not a big deal. Both Brian and I made a "sandy" on the par 4 8th hole.
The mountain views are spectacular and I really enjoyed the course. Hole #2 is a great par 3 with water down the entire left hand side, Hole #4 is a tough little par 5 with a blind second and/or 3rd shot to a green tucked back next to the mountain. The meat of the course though is on the back nine between hole #13 - #16 ... #13 is a par 3, #14 is an uphill par 4, #15 is a downhill dogleg right par 5 that plays to an elevated green. Finally, the signature par 3 16th is basically hit the green or the bunker left of the green. If you hit neither, you will be in the rocks.

Final Thoughts: Was not able to play the Dunes Course in the afternoon, but had lunch with John, Ron and Nickesquire before they went out and played the Dunes ... food and service were good. John, once again, thank you for setting up a great couple of days.
Overview: What a beautiful way to start off 2018 ... a #gkplays out at Rams Hill Golf Club in Borrego Springs, CA. Partly cloudy skies and a high in the upper 70's (while about 50% of the nation is in a deep freeze.). This is my third time out at Rams Hill and the course has matured nicely over the past two years.

Clubhouse: One of the most beautiful clubhouses due to the design and layout of the outdoor seating, fire pits and outside chairs. I enjoyed breakfast at the bar and ate a ham and cheese omelet, potatoes and rye toast. The waitress was very nice and gave good service. I had two pulled pork sliders on the patio after the round and they were just ok. Steve, thanks for the suggestion on the IPA beer ... it was quite good. It was nice to see that there was a lot of servers on the patio for us after the round.

Practice Facility: Kind of surprised to see that they took away the laser range finders, but that was not a big deal. There was good turf coverage on the range and the practice putting green was fast and smooth.

Course Conditions: Considering how dry the winter has been so far in California, it was nice to see that Rams Hill is still wall to wall lush green grass. There were a couple of brown patches in some of the fairways, but that is to be expected considering that Borrego Springs has not really had any measureable rain this winter. The greens have softened up and are definitely more receptive then in the past. The bunkers looked like they had new sand in them and were definitely softer then what I have been use to in the past. Finally, the 18th hole fairway always seems to be a small opportunity, but the superintendent and the maintenance team have done a nice job getting that fairway to look like the rest of the course. The 18th hole looked even more amazing from the clubhouse this year, and it's nice to say that I made par on this hole this year.

Finally: There are not many courses that I will drive 300 miles (one way) to play, but Rams Hill is definitely one of those courses.
Overview: Happy New Year and I wish all the GK'ers the best in 2018. Was very fortunate to get back out and play Victory on Wed 12/27 due to sixpez sending me his "bounce back" round at Verrado for the month of December. Keith, appreciate that you sent me your coupon to play Victory at such a great rate ... thank you. It's always nice to be able to play golf in the Arizona desert in the month of December for $25. Yes, $25 to play this course!

Course Conditions: One of the concerns that I had about Victory was that they did not overseed the greens (the greens are not bent grass). I asked the starter about this when I played here in October and he said that they would get more of a "tan" color the further they went into the high season of December - February. I asked him if the greens would still roll true and be quick ... he said that they would. I then commented that our winter visitors can complain a fair amount if the greens do not have a lush green look if they do not have a rye grass overseed. He said that the strain of grass on the greens will make them much more playable throughout the entire year. As I played the round, I noticed that the greens definitely had more of a tan "hue" on them, and in a couple of spots if looked liked they had spray painted them with a little bit of green paint. Yes, they did have a nice pace and did roll true, but I am still concerned that our winter visitors will complain about the greens when the rates jump to $119 in the month of January.
The fairway and tee box overseed turned out good, but not great. There were definitely some thin spots on the fairways and the tee boxes definitely needed to be cut. The rough was cut very short and was not overseeded, and this was (as it normally is this time of the year in the desert) a nice contrast to the green fairways. I think that the bunkers are some of the best in Arizona. Nice sand with a good base underneath them. I think the boulders around the bunkers are a nice touch and are something that I have only seen here.
I enjoy the routing of Victory because it has two very distinct nines. The front nine plays very close to the mountain and the views at holes #8 and #9 are some of my favorite in Phoenix, and the back nine is going to be running through a housing development. While this is normal for a course to have houses on both sides of the fairways, the views on the last 4 holes really make a nice ending to the round. Finally, hole #18 is a dramatic par 5 that forces you to carry water on your tee shot and then play to a green that sits in a small box canyon.

Finally: With the construction of the pro shop and a small but very nice patio that overlooks the 18th green (this building is called the "Summit House"). Victory has created a beautiful spot to enjoy a drink and/or food. The view of a sunset and/or sunrise will bring you back to play this course many times.
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