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Booked a round through the new Echelon app. The process is surprisingly easy and the service charge was minimal. As they add more hosts, the app could become a primary resource for access to private clubs.

Teed off at 7AM as a 4some. POP 3:45. Course was lush and green. Typical of what you would expect from a private club. Greens were running smooth and fast, but receptive to approaches. Bunkers were perfect; lush with a firm layer underneath. Tee boxes were flat and green.

This course is definitely a fun entertaining layout. The front nine starts out in the valley below the clubhouse before crossing the street and ending in the foothills. The last stretch of holes is called Donner Pass by members because it tends to "eat you alive."

The course is forgiving save for a few holes with tight lines. There are alot of dogleg left holes. As a fade hitter, I was surprised how much I enjoy the layout. You will have a bunch of short par-4's coupled with some brutally long par 5's. The signature hole is the 10th which plays from an elevated tee over a pond with waterfalls. It definitely becomes more interesting as the round progresses.

While this might not be considered a premier CC or maybe even a "hidden gem." The course definitely has character and chutzpah. A classic Billy Bell design that has more than enough bite to challenge any golfer. The service at the club is top notch and, most importantly, the members are friendly and inviting.
Teed off here for round 4 of the day at 325PM. Perfect POP around 1:30 allowing me to finishing my prior day's round at Sunrise.

After a little wait/confusion locating a golf cart, I jumped out ahead of the afternoon members match playing through 2 singles on a totally deserted course. The front 9 was full of members when I left.

The course itself is a fun setup with some challenging terrain/desert features providing a perfect Vegas desert golf experience. The course was transitioning out of dormancy and had a lush brown/green turf cover to hit from. Native areas past the secondary cut grabbed balls and kept them from bouncing out into the great unknown.

The greens were receptive and rolled smooth and true. Tee boxes had lush coverage and the overall contrast between turf and desert was well defined.

The course is a good value compared to the other nearby courses and probably get a larger amount of play because of this. Peak rates are slightly higher than ideal for the course, but summer rates will be a great deal.
Teed of at 1108AM on 5/2 for round 3 of the day paired with another 2some of locals. Decently busy, but still good desert POP just over 3.5hrs.

Course is in awesome condition! Fairways are lush and green, rough is thick but cut down so you won't lose balls. Greens are immaculate and rolling lightning fast.

This ended up clearly being the capstone course to my trip. The course is very challenging. Fairways playing firm and fast but perfect to hit from. Balls in the rough were perfectly teed up allowing multiple driver blasts on any balls that missed fairways.

I got an awesome online deal of $45 (normally $99) making this, by far, the best course and best value of the trip. Highly recommend this course for anyone looking for a A-/B+ level course in Vegas.
Teed off here for round 2 around 745AM. The starter had me start on the back nine to avoid the women group and after a little zigzagging finished with a 2:15 POP.

Overall this is a short course located in a senior community with receptive hole templates and green complexes. The most challenging hole is probably the Par 5 14th which doglegs left around some trees and are probably the only course features you will need to play around on the entire course.

The greens roll smooth and true. The fairways and rough have lush turf coverage with some minor dormant spots that still played lush. The tee boxes had good coverage with minimal bare spots. Overall, the expected conditions one would come to expect for a Palm Springs senior community golf course.

The best feature and knock on this course is the length. At under 5,500yds from the tips, the course can be a great confidence builder for some while not being a real regulation course for others. The price is a little higher during peak season, but will be a good twilight deal in the summer.
Played here for the 1st round of the day on 5/2 at 604AM. They originally had me paired with a 3some of members, but the starter was gracious enough to let me out early so I could play at my pace. Played around morning maintenance, hitting yesterday's pin positions by the 8th hole. Perfect POP around 1:20.

After playing a decent muni course to start my trip, I started the beginning of the nicer portion of my trip.

First off, the bunkers here either took pity on me or some other kind of divine intervention because I was in 5 bunkers and each lie was picture perfect. I mean I couldn't have placed each ball in a better spot in a practice bunker. I almost holed my 1st three bunker shots on the front nine, hitting the pin, needing only tap ins for birdie/par. I can say that the bunkers I experienced were immaculate and a great confidence builder.

The course is what you would expected from a residential community course in Vegas. Great turf coverage from the fairways to rough. Rough was cut low so it was easy to see balls and hit from. Overall receptive playing conditions.

Greens were slightly bumpy as they are finishing recovery from April aeration. Still rolled good and rarely run off line due to punches. Just had to putt with confidence.

The tee boxes showed signed of maintenance also, but were easy to tee from and had good coverage on par 3's.

Overall, good course. Value for the course will increase as prices drop for the summer, but still a decent course to play.
Played here over the course of 2 days on 5/1-2 due to thunderstorms.

I started playing with a couple friends visiting from Kentucky on Tuesday at 2PM playing 7 holes before lightning finally hit the course and chased us off. We attempted to play again and got to the 11th hole before another lightning strike in the houses next to the green finally ended our round.

I came back the next evening around 530PM and completed my final seven holes. Final total POP was about 3:10.

Troy in the office was gracious enough to comp my evening round and even scrambled to pull a fresh cart out of the barn for me. AWESOME service considering I offered my raincheck for the round which he returned and welcomed me back if I needed a filler round the next time I was out. He wished me well on my course ventures and sent me on my way.

Now for the course. I kept hearing from other courses that the greens here are very good. I would have to say that they were by far the easiest greens to read and putt during my trip. They were slightly on the hairy side and not cut super short making putts read and roll true. No complaints here and gave me much needed practice getting ready for my other rounds.

The fairways had good turf coverage with some patchy areas in the rough and out towards the wash. I didn't get into the wash so I didn't have to deal with any mush and the rest of the fairways played firm with a decent roll.

Tee boxes had good coverage and were easy to tee off of.

Overall a great value for the Vegas area during peak season. The value probably drops as the heat drops prices at other area courses but still a good quality public option compared to others in the area.
Played to new Goat Hill with Abbacat. Semi-busy on Xmas observed, but a steady pace of 4hrs on a course full of hackers. I really liked the work that Ashworth has done to the course.

I remember playing here before the reclamation project to save the course and it was a dog track. Barely any turf cover on the fairways, horribly bumpy green and an adventuresome cart ride.

Totally new experience this time around. The new green complexes are immaculate and the new turf cover is exponentially better than before. The car paths are still a "fun ride", but that is only an issue if it's really muddy.

This course is actually a pet project of John Ashworth, founder of Ashworth Golf and Linksoul. I really sense the affinity and care that Mr. Ashworth has for the area and the course. It almost feels like an honor to play his backyard course. As the turf grow in, the playing conditions will only improve.

NOTE: This course is also the home office for the North County Jr SCGA. They have another set of "par 3" tees (The Mini-Goat) setup for juniors. The tee boxes are artificial turf set into wood chips so the kids can play regardless of weather. (Actually, it was probably substantially cheaper to build the forward tees this way, but it serves two purposes. The kids are guaranteed dry tee boxes.)
Played today around 10:20am in a twosome. Finished before 1:30pm. The course was deserted.

Fairways are currently yellow and dead due to an irrigation issue over the past 6 weeks. They finally finished their new irrigation ditch two days ago so the fairways should be okay in a month or so.

On a nicer note, the green were green and lush and played slower to compensate for hard bounce and rollouts. The Superintendent was on the 14th hole and thanked us for coming out while apologizing for the course conditions. I guess he was recently hired and initiated the new construction address of patchwork problems that were draining water(costs).

The course should be okay by winter and back to normal. For now, its fast-paced, hard links-style golf round on an empty course.
Played here last month during my B-day trip to SF. This course is another gem. I am amazed that my two favorite courses from my SF trip were 9-hole courses (Aetna Springs being the other one). Built in 1928 by Allister MacKenzie, this course has all the expected aspects of a MacKenzie course.

He even built his own "Little Amen Corner", an homage to Augusta National. The final three holes start with a long par-4 with a fairway that becomes more narrow as it approaches the green. You are advised to aim for the bears behind the green to safely make it on the green. The next hole is a short par 3 to a multi-tiered green that requires pinpoint accuracy or else you are looking at a multi-break putt up/down a tier trying to save par. The final hole is a brutally long par 5 that is rated one of the hardest par 5's on NorCal.

The course was busy that afternoon, but the pace of play was still quick. the man in the Pro Shop was very friendly and offered a yardage book for anyone that was new to the course. I would like a rematch with MacKenzie's green complexes. The course is a little off the beaten trail, but definitely worth the journey. A definite must play!
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