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Went out morning of Tuesday 7/23 as a single. Played the front nine quickly with just another single in front of me than joined him for the back as we ran into the very slow men's league in front of us. Oh well at least he was good company.

The first monsoon storm of the season had rolled through the night before and hit the course pretty hard. Fairways had some very wet spots, there were a few tree limbs down, and lots of smaller tree debris down on the course, such as pine needle on greens. Given the severity of the storm and that it was just the next morning, I wouldn't give them any real bad marks for not having everything cleaned up.

Overall, the course was in decent shape. They were starting to punch fairways this week. had done 18 and 17 and were starting on the 16th as we played it. That's normally a quick recovery issue, once the work is done and cleaned up. Greens had been done about a month ago and were very well healed and excellent. I saw one green with a few dead spots but otherwise they rolled true, if a bit slow (hey, it was wet out).

Bunkers all had decent sand in them (one had plenty enough to allow me to bury, even though it was wet - I might have preferred a crispier bunker, but oh well!). Tee boxes had a lot of divots but the markers were placed appropriately to avoid them as best as possible.

Not the most inspiring course in Phoenix, but you can do worse.
8 Likes.
Played on a hot afternoon 7/20/19. My friend and I were probably the only two people on the course, so POP was no problem. $20 is a great deal for what is normally a wonderful course, even in the heat. Unfortunately, the greens here are in terrible shape. I have been playing Trilogy since it opened and I have never seen any aspect of the course in such poor condition as the greens were on this day, I'm sad to say. All the greens had major areas where the grass was dead or even bare. It was rare to find a smooth putt and so putting was essentially not possible. Very disappointing. Bermuda can rally quickly, especially when the monsoons show up and we start getting moisture again (if indeed the only issue is lack of moisture). But I'd give this course a pass for a while and maybe drive by and take a look at the putting green to get an idea of whether the greens are recovering before playing here again. Hope they can come back because this remains an excellent course and the rest of the course remained in good condition. Fairways were firm and rolling but had good coverage, tees had a good amount of grass, and the bunkers (I was in plenty on the back nine) all had ample sand. But the greens would keep me away until they are better.
7 Likes.
Walked this super fun 12-hole par 3 course late on the afternoon of 9/13/18. What a fun facility this!

Greens are wild and a blast. They feature two holes. One, the easier location (usually more in front) is a big cup, the other hole location is a normal sized hole and is usually tucked. The manufactured dunes and slopes of the greens along with the wind off the ocean create lots of opportunities to shape shots and bounce shots into the hidden 'harder' holes. Meanwhile you can drive yourself crazy wondering why you aren't making 2 on all of the 'easy' hole locations.

The tees are flat but, as you might expect, a bit beat up by divots in places. Good grass coverage, though. Fairways and fringes were good and the greens were pretty good. I didn't find too many unrepaired ball marks, which is a nice sign at this kind of course. Greens were pretty soft, which is to be expected. I was not in any bunkers but they looked to have a good amount of sand in them.

Really a fun place to spend an evening.
7 Likes.
Everyone warns you that the front nine at PG is what you must suffer through before you get to the sublime back nine, but I even kinda liked the front.

I played early in the morning on 9/13/18 and maybe it was the quiet solitude on the front nine that made it possible to appreciate those holes. It was pretty much just me and the deer out there.

Also, it was as good a way as any to warm up before getting to the real attraction, which is holes 11-16, the holes in the dunes, which are spectacular.

The course was in good shape, maybe a bit soft. Greens rolled well, but again were pretty soft, putted about medium speed (this was a day after playing Pasatiempo and Poppy Hills, though so my concept of fast may be relative). The rough was thick and wet early in the morning. The grounds crew was in the midst of aerating some fairways on the front nine, about half had been punched already as I played and the guy was working on the seventh fairway when I got to the tee, so note that the next couple weeks (less an issue in fairways than on greens obviously and I saw no signs that they were planning to do greens).

I was not in any bunkers but they looked OK.

POP was quick, since I was the first off. I saw one group who started on the back nine, but they let me play through right away off the 11th tee. The only waiting I did was for deer and for maintenance guys.

The price here might be a bit steep. Granted, it's a steal compared to Pebble or Spanish (the other courses where you can play next to the ocean). But it's not hard to find an online deal for Poppy Hills which is a way better golf experience for just a bit more money. But it's up on the hill, not on the ocean.
7 Likes.
Played Poppy Hills on a twilight rate the afternoon of 9/12/18, walking with an NCGA member. Absolutely loved this course. I never played it prior to the renovation, though I had seen it and it wouldn't then have been on my radar to play. Now I think it may be better than Spyglass.

The course is in amazing condition. It plays really firm with tons of options around all the greens. Tees are free form and all level. I hit a lot of drivers but the turf was good enough that my companion hit a lot of three woods off the ground. Fairways are firm but well covered. The course essentially has no rough. What passes for rough is native area or, in some places, waste bunkers. This works very well as it makes the course play wide and just feels very natural. Neither of us lost a ball throughout the round despite several shots clattering into the trees and native area.

Greens were quite quick (not quite as quick as Pasa that morning but close!) and I gave them as 9 simply because they were just edging toward that line of being quick and thin, which isn't quite as pleasurable to putt on.

The bunkers were great.

POP was OK, but not great. We teed off at 3:00 and finished at 6:45. My partner said it is typically quicker late in the day but perhaps many people were out enjoying the great weather on the peninsula. Still finished with enough daylight, even if my legs were jello from 36 holes of tough walking.
7 Likes.
I played Pasa the morning of 9/12/18. It was, bar none, the best conditioned golf course I have ever played.

I was joined by a member who said even he had never seen it in such good condition (or the greens quite so slick), which he attributed to the fact that they had a member tournament coming up later in the week.

The greens were firm, smooth, lightning. The guy in the shop had told me, "downhill putts are fast but you have to hit it uphill," but on the practice green I noticed even uphill putts seemed fast. This was true throughout the day. They weren't scalped, not US Open scary. But fast.

The fairways were firm and perfect. The rough was lush and brutal. Finding the rough was a true punishment. Bunkers were perfect, soft sand. Nice, wooden rakes. I found several to test, I must say.

The course is a brute. The longest 6,500 yard course (and those are the tips) you'll ever play. I drove the ball as well as I can and it still beat me up. But I enjoyed every hole and cannot wait to go back. It's the most fun hard course I've ever played.
10 Likes.
Played in the afternoon of 9/11/18, as a single on a slow afternoon. Only saw one other group, a twosome that I caught after about 7 holes and who let me play through around the turn. POP was therefore very good.

Course was generally in good condition. Tee boxes all were level and well covered and fairways were excellent, firm but lush. The rough was thick enough to be punishing but not long.

I didn't love the greens, which had a slightly spongy quality that I've seen at some courses and that I don't love. Quite soft and it sometimes keeps putts from seeming to roll true. Not sure what it is that causes this, perhaps afternoon growth or watering? I'm not an expert, but that would be my biggest complaint.

I was in two bunkers and also found those to be wanting, as both were severely lacking in sand.

On this day they were playing the back nine first, which is a strange way to play the course because the back is by far the more dramatic of the two nines and there's little doubt it was laid out to build toward those dramatic holes. The par 5 15th isn't a great hole but otherwise I mostly enjoyed the back. The front started well and I thought maybe this was a case of the less dramatic holes being even better than the holes on more dramatic land, but after the first four the front nine lost all interest. 5-8 are pretty forgettable and 9 is memorable simply by virtue of being a reachable par 5 with water in play.

It's a tough course overall, but a lovely, serene setting. Coming from Phoenix playing golf without houses surrounding you is a real treat. I would happily return.
7 Likes.
Played the afternoon of 9/10/18. Perhaps because this was a holiday afternoon, this was the slowest round I have experienced at Rustic, around 4:45 POP. Very unfortunate.

The course played well and was greener than I expected and have seen over the past few years, though it did still play firm. Greens were a bit slower than normal, but putts still rolled well. Rough was sparse, but then the course offers very little rough overall. I was in two bunkers and both were in poor condition with little sand. Tees were level and in good condition.

No one should expect Tour-level conditions at Rustic, it's not a manicured course. What I have found consistently over a number of rounds over several years is a very playable surface that looks a bit scruffy, and greens that are really good.
7 Likes.
Played LaP 9/11/18 second off on a foggy morning. The first four holes were virtually blind due to the fog, which really adds to the abundant challenge!

Course was in excellent condition overall. Greens rolled well, though not especially fast. Fairways were well covered, rough was lush and relatively thick, but not especially long. Tees were generally well covered but several lacked areas where they were very level.

As the second group off, POP was not an issue and the fog eventually lifted and gave way to a beautiful day. This is a gorgeous course but a difficult one.
5 Likes.
Played Saguaro and Wild Burro nines on 6/16. Saguaro nine (front 9 for the tournament) had a few areas that looked rough (brown or bare) but for the most part the course was in very good shape. All greens ran true. Wild Burro nine was much greener, also had perfect greens. Holes on the Tortolita nine looked to have many dead/bare spots, and it seems based on tee time availability that nine may be closed for much of the summer. Not sure if they are doing work back there or what.

Three excellent nines here, all very difficult. Course is wide enough for the most part but lots of holes have forced carries over washes, the bunkers are deep, and the greens are something else. I love it, but it's not the ideal "resort golfer" course.

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