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Went out here on a warm weekend. Definitely bake under the sun. Nice breeze though. I'm not as high on the course as some of the other recent reviews. Greens were great. Not too tough but large links style greens. Most tee boxes were level, with only 1 or 2 searching for a slightly better place to tee off from. Sand is great. The threesome I played with mentioned that the course was sold a couple years ago and they've picked up the maintenance including the sand. Sand is definitely lush. I was in many traps and they were very good to play from, even if I played in them too much for my liking. The fairways and rough were pretty close to the same. Mixed grass with many brown patches like you would expect from a so cal muni.

If they are make plans for future upgrades, cart paths need to be flattened, many dirt paths that are half a wheel deep, which people drive around causing more damage to the grass than necessary and then people feel like they can drive anywhere.

Felt like the shots on the course were repetitive, drive wedge wedge wedge wedge putt. Unless I got lucky, the drive wedge putt. Only took out the long irons on 2-3 holes. Definitely a nice play in the area, but would choose Olivas first.
7 Likes.
Played here for the first time. Pretty good for an affordable course in LA county. Pace of play felt slow. As a foursome we were constantly waiting for a twosome in front of us. Not the longest course so if you can drive 250+ you end up waiting on a few holes for the group ahead to clear the green. Greens were the highlight out here. Smooth and in great shape. Not playing that fast. Like a lot of the muni's around here. Tough because they don't have many flat shelfs. Tee boxes were generally flat and could always find a good place to hit from. fairways OK. rough is lacking. Sand was underwhelming. First trap was deadpan. next was pretty good, touched the rest and most were deepen. They looked as if they had been serviced too. My friends play Wilson and Roosevelt a lot and said the course is in much better shape than those two. Definitely worth it if close by. Wouldn't come from a distance to play.
9 Likes.
Played here with the GK crew. Let's start with the negative. Course put a long drive contest on a par 4 into the wind. Wasn't ready for that.

On to the positives. What a gem. I didn't know what to expect going in, leaving this will be one of my top courses when I can drive more than 15 minutes to play. It seems like it will always have a cool ocean breeze. Hopefully I can get some tee times.

Greens were great. Fairways were great. Some patchiness in the rough, rarely too penal. Play was a little slow, we finished in 5 hours, but didn't wait too much. Just long with half or more people walking.

Can't wait to visit again.
11 Likes.
Played here mid day Saturday Memorial day weekend. POP was 4:30 with waiting on only a couple of holes. Being a threshold that played ready golf may have contributed to the waiting. Hope they keep the 10 minute tee times post covid restrictions.

Course is in decent shape. Green most places. Less swamped areas than a few weeks ago on course 2. They don't seem to care what kind of grass grows where as long as the course is generally green. Rough seemed recently mown so I didn't lose any balls in the rough as I've done here a few times.

Could always find a flat place to tee off. Noticed the tee off areas were generally the whole tee box from side to side. Greens were in good shape. Rolling pretty flat even though you could see the punching marks still, they did not affect puts. The greens here are maybe not the most complex but are very tough. They don't really have tiers, just generally slanted back to the fairway. 2 putting is a win on most holes. I wasn't in any sand traps but they looked generally ok. I would expect them to play well if my course 2 existing is any indication. They are on the smaller side.

Course 1 fits my have better than 2. There are some long par 4s and tough 5s. Generally tight fairways so you need to hit straight. Bail out fairway areas on resort courses will wind up in the dirt behind a tree, on the street or the water channel.

I do like the vibe out here. They seem to have lessons for kids all day long on the weekends at least. Lots of learning and those who have graduated from lessons. The only downside is the driving range can get to capacity quick. Lucky for me today, the helpful Honda people were giving 30 minutes of free balls on the range. Felt like there was a women of not two in every foursome. The people playing definitely reflect LA.

Generally a good day on a decent course.
7 Likes.
Played here on a Sunday morning. Mothers day ftw. Was able to book 9am the day before with multiple times available.

The last time I was out here it was close to 6 hours to finish. Talked to the Ambassador and he said those days are gone. With the Covid protocols, 10 minutes between tee times and no more 5 somes I was able to finish in 3:40. Definitely a welcome change.

Tee boxes are green but only 1 of 4 or 5 are flat. Fairways look great. Rough is very penal, can often be hard to find the ball. Sand was good. They replaced 5,6 or 7 years ago and still in great shape. They definitely need to put more upkeep into it though as it looks like it hasn't been touched in a week. With no rakes it can look like the beach in some bunkers. Greens were ok. They looked good but rolled very slow. Most were still showing signs of aerefication a few weeks ago. Definitely need to be rolled and cut.

Course is very tight. Trees lining most Fairways, few bail out areas. If you're not hitting straight it could be a long day. Choose also played long. Drives that were going 270 were going 245 out here. Irrigation doesn't seem the best. Many very damp areas and some puddles. Ball can end up muddy even on the fairway.

Will definitely try to get out more often if the pace of play is always like today. Under $45 walking. $16 for the cart. New carts with GPS. GPS only to the front back and center not to the pin.
10 Likes.
Played out here with the GK Crew at the end of April. Had an amazing time. The course is always in amazing shape and the staff is always amazing. One course that has never let me down.

Arrival is easy with a roundabout to drop your clubs off. Then it's off to the practice range. I always like to get here 90 minutes early. Gives you time to warm up on the range. Natural turf to hit off of. Then move on to the chipping green and finally to the putting green. Makes the day on the course enjoyable when you get to practice before had. Practice greens played just like the course.

On the course, I found the fairway more often than not. It was a good day, the couple of times I was in the rough it was a fair length. Sand was in great shape as always. Greens rolled smooth and fast. Didn't really speed up as the day went on either. Found them very consistent.

This is always one of my favorite public courses in the Desert, and take every opportunity I can to play.
10 Likes.
Played out here around 1 on my second round of the with the GK crew. It was almost a perfect day with wind being the only hindrance. Course is closer to the highway than most so not quite as protected as other courses in the Coachella Valley from wind. Wind is definitely less than the northern side of the highway though. Felt like the wind was adding or taking away a club depending on which direction you were hitting. This course is in really good condition. Flat tee boxes. Fairways almost always a flat lie and the grass is alive and kicking in the winter. Rough is dormant but still easy to hit off of. Greens were running a good speed and have less break than you expect. I managed to stay out of the sand, a great improvement compared to my previous weekend in Vegas.

My only qualms are due to my own anxiety of being around houses and roads. Not much one can do about that, The houses seem to be well placed though, where even the errant of shots miss them, and the rough is slanted to throw balls back towards the fairways. There is a road to the left on 2-3 holes and you really have to hook it to do so, but always in the back of my mind. In general not much to worry about if you have the same home anxiety as I do.

I would always accept an invitation to play this course.
8 Likes.
Rolling up to the course you definitely say this is a place with good bones. The upkeep is a little lacking but the prices make up for that. Looks like they have let some of the water and sand traps go back to their natural state which makes the course more playable. The wind will definitely catch you if you don't look at the forecast. You get beautiful views of the Coachella Valley windmills on a few of the holes if that tells you anything.

I found the tee boxes in good condition. Flat and never really searching for a new place to tee up. The fairways are in good shape and not left dormant in the winter which is great. Looks like most people don't use sand to fill in their fairway divots though. Rough can be tough. What looks like nice flat water run off areas turn out to be filled with clovers and other grass that will swallow the ball, making it hard to find even if 2 feet away. Definitely stay on the fairway or just off. Unlike my past few outing with the GK crew I managed to stay out of the sand. The traps are traditional Dye traps, smaller with big lips. Probably not as high as in the past but definitely a challenge on the fairways. Greens were in good shape. On the slower more muni speed. They were pretty flat and rolled pretty true.

I'm definitely a cost/benefit guy and if the wind isn't blowing I would play out at Desert Dunes anytime I was looking for a good course in good shape but not willing to spend the $100-$200 that the resort courses in the Coachella Valley charge. It's enjoyable and a challenge without being crazy difficult. Plus it's wide open, no homes to hit with an errant shot, only wide open desert land.
8 Likes.
Played out here with the GK crew.

Found out I'm not a big fan of playing golf in the cold. Very thin SoCal skin here.

Really enjoyed the people and the course. Not a huge fan of winter conditions. Course looked beautiful, but I couldn't seem to hit the ball not on the tee or green. Homes along the course but nowhere close enough to induce anxiety about wayward shots. All the staff from carts to starter were women which was a nice change to see.

Can't wait to check out the course when it's not dormant.
10 Likes.
Played out here on the GK Event. Winter conditions were wonderful. Loved everything about the course. About the only thing they don't do is rush a cart to your car if they see you unloading at your car instead of the bag drop.

Each course has it's own driving range, chip area and putting green so it pays to get out before your tee time. They were even ahead of schedule at mid day on a Saturday. POP was good, with minimal waiting every few holes.

Tee boxes were in great condition with a flat place to tee off every time. Loved the fairways. Great grass to hit off every time I ended up there. The fairway bunkers were fair, not that deep but more than an inch to make it penal. Sand traps around the greens were deeper and pleasant to hit out of if you're confident in your sand game. Greens were true to the eye, flat and fast.

One nugget about the pride they have in these courses, as I was on the cart path coming around a curve there were flat rocks in place of grass, that may not grow well there or just gets run over too much to grow well. There was a maintenance worker pulling the rocks out and pulling the grass or weeds out. So the conditions are great because they care about the way it looks and plays.

Loved the layout, definitely a little bit more of a challenge than the resort courses, need to hit it straight off the tee or you will be in the rough, no real bail out areas for slices and hooks. A real joy to play when you're hitting straightish.

Loved playing here and would look to play here every time I go to Vegas for golf.
10 Likes.
Looks like I get to break the seal on this one for today's Guru outing. First of all, paired up with an emergency room Dr. and would publicly like to thank him again for the hours and craziness the public is putting them through currently.

On to the course, there is not much to say other than it is pretty immaculate right now. If I have to complain about anything it's that a few tee boxes weren't perfectly flat where they had the tee box set up today. If the rocks had been set up elsewhere I don't know if I could nit pick anything else except maybe the water hazards look like standard water hazards and not a Caribbean beach. With a beautiful 87 degree day that's probably a good thing so we didn't want to take a dip.

One thing I like about the desert "resort" courses is that they cater to the clientele. If you hit the ball 200-250 you are generally going to find immaculate grass, usually a fairway. If you launch the ball the fairway is going to be tight in 275-325 range. Either way you're playing from amazing grass, no thin spots. Good test for all skill levels and keeps the pace of play to 4-4:15 with no waiting, which we didn't experience any. Love that!!

After you hit those immaculate fairways, you may do as I did and seemingly hit every sand trap on the course. Felt like I was in at least 12 today. Sand was great. Easy to hit out of, soft and well maintained. Looked like I was the only one in them all day, so they are very well maintained. Finally you get to the greens, once again flawless. I didn't see any ball marks myself, even my own unfortunately. The greens rolled true and fast, but not cement floor fast, they were a joy to play. I don't know if my mind plays tricks on me but I always feel like I putt better on fast greens that roll true to the way they look.

I've played out here before, and I do love playing here. This guru outing got me out of an at least 18 month layoff from playing and always brings memories of why I play this game.
13 Likes.
First time out in at least 2 years sadly. My group wanted to play the blue so that was a challenge. The course is better than last time i remember playing. Tee boxes are flat and could easily find spots without divots to tee off from. Grass on the fairways was in great shape. Rough was thick thick where it was but often just dirt blending into the native areas. Sand was OK, a little too many rocks and low maintenance. Greens were in great shape. Very few divots. Didn't break as much as we played them too but reasonably fast. Only about 50% of people wearing a face covering around the club house. Website said carts weren't guaranteed but they had carts in the barn before and after the round. New monitors for the GPS on the carts. Bright and visible with good definition and a very helpful flyover view that really helped with blind spots.
10 Likes.
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