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What's in Kevin's Golf Bag
Callaway RAZR FIT 9.5
Ping G15 3 Wood
Adams Idea Tight Lies hybrid 3
Mizuno JPX 825 4-GW
Cleveland TFi 2135
Balls: Various brands of new, well used, found, premium, discount, and freebies.
Tees: Various new, used, broken, tall, short.
Bottle opener, Advil, beer. Sometimes Scotch.
Last Updated: March 26, 2021
I enjoy playing new courses as much as possible and will golf anywhere. I like the challenge of tough courses, meeting new people, sunsets, holding hands, long walks on the beach...
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I played late yesterday (Valley-Desert nines). Currently, they are offering something new: 2:00 p.m. shotgun, $45 riding, for all times between 2:00 a... » More
I played late yesterday (Valley-Desert nines). Currently, they are offering something new: 2:00 p.m. shotgun, $45 riding, for all times between 2:00 and 4:20ish. I was given the option of going out a little earlier on the Mountain-Desert routing, but it looked like there were quite a few groups on that route. The starter got me out at 2:00 on Valley Hole 2 and it was wide open with no waiting for me until I got to my last hole. POP at just about 2.5 hours. I played multiple shots during the round, keeping score with my first shot (good, bad, and ugly).
Greens: 6/10: While the PPG was noticeable bumpy (poa), the rest of the greens were a little better. It appeared that new holes were not cut today and they all appeared somewhat shaggy. Not a lot of ball marks (kind of firm) and they rolled medium-slow to medium-fast. If I had to guess, maybe 8.5'-9.0'.
Fairways and rough: 5/10: Conditions of the fairways was just okay. There were the occasional areas of wetness and some areas that were dry and bare. Mostly, though, there was decent coverage and I did not always have poor lies. Good roll on most of my shots, although I only hit a couple of fairways. The rough could be better, but the further you get from the center of the fairway the worse conditions get. Your ball might end up on wood chips, dirt, or in the desert scrub, so try to keep it down the middle, okay!
Tees: 4/10: I played the blue tees but all were in need of mowing. The grass was very deep and the ground was a little uneven on many tees. I would say it was not good at all; playable, but not what you would expect on a course with "Country Club" in the name.
Bunkers: 6/10: I was in a couple greenside bunkers on Hole 3, Valley, and they were great to hit from. The sand appeared a little wet, but it was not hard packed and I found it fairly easy to hit the ball. Maybe too easy as I went bunker to bunker there.
All told, I could see myself playing here often in the late afternoon for the $45 M-Th or $55 on Fridays. I wish they would step up the maintenance and expand the landing areas. It's a tough landscape and very challenging for the average golfer with many forced carries and hazards. Club selection, course management, and hitting your targets are key to scoring well here. With the owner wanting to build a resort and related hotel facilities, he's going to want to have a bigger draw than just a mediocre golf course. Sand Canyon is close to being a really great course once again, I just think the maintenance needs to pick up a bit.» Close
Played here Friday, 4/2/21, walking for $40 at 9:30. Paired up with a couple of brothers who rode in separate carts. POP was about 4:10 as we followed... » More
Played here Friday, 4/2/21, walking for $40 at 9:30. Paired up with a couple of brothers who rode in separate carts. POP was about 4:10 as we followed the groups ahead. No real backups at any time, although it seemed we waited at times on the foursome ahead to hit our tee shots.
Course conditions were okay; I haven't played here since February 2019. I don't recall if that's before American Golf took over, but it definitely is not the same caliber of course maintenance now. Lots of winter dormancy and most everything was just a pale green. It's not that conditions are bad, they are just not as good as I remember.
Greens: 6/10: A little slower (I forgot to check if the starter shack had the old chalkboard telling the current speed that the greens were cut to). I would say they rolled nicely and were not overly quick. If I had to guess a speed, probably around an 8 or 9. It made it easier to be more aggressive on putts without having to worry about running way past the hole. Also, notably, the greens and aprons were quite a bit greener than the surrounding grass.
Fairways and rough: 6/10: There were areas where the grass was coming back, and I never really had a bad lie. Lots of good rollout on tee shots, though. There's turf, but it's not yet greening up. As the weather gets warmer, I'm sure it will look very nice. Right now it's just barely greening up. The rough was probably a half inch longer on the cut than the fairways, so it was not penal.
Tees: 6/10: We played the white tees. The teeing ground here is rather large and the markers were placed about 20' apart on most tees so there was ample room to pick a spot to hit from. All were mostly level with no real deep divots.
Bunkers: 6/10: I was in 5 bunkers; three greenside and two fairway. They were all a little wet, except the greenside bunker left of 5 green. All had decent sand which was plentiful and soft. I had no problems hitting out and made one of three sand saves.
It has been a while since playing here and I do look forward to more rounds later this year as the inland heat sets in. I am curious as to what this once top-notch muni looks like under American Golf management during the height of summer.» Close
I played with Kevin (t8fish) and his buddies Pete and Nathan last Friday afternoon. Good walking rate of $32. No putting greens were open and no cash ... » More
I played with Kevin (t8fish) and his buddies Pete and Nathan last Friday afternoon. Good walking rate of $32. No putting greens were open and no cash or AMEX card accepted at check in; IMO this is bs, but that's another story. All in all, a really nice afternoon of golf and we finished about 30 minutes before it got dark. Pace was all on us as we did not wait on any shots.
Greens: 6/10: The greens rolled medium fast with some perceptible bumpiness only occasionally. They were fairly firm and there were very few ball marks to be repaired. I found that you had to be careful with your chips and pitches to keep the ball on the dance floor.
Fairways and rough: 6/10: Good rollout on the short grass and decent lies all around. The grass coverage was good and mowed to a consistent height. Not wet at all and really easy to hit from.
Tees: 6/10: They were level and had ample amounts of turf coverage. We played the white tees and they were in good condition; from my recollection, I saw no issues with the other tees.
Bunkers: 6/10: I was in at least one bunker and it appeared to have decent sand; it was fairly easy to hit from despite it really having a hard pan under and inch and a half of loose sand. No rakes, so finding an area that did not have footprints was just a matter of luck.
Overall, I like this course; I have many good memories here. I haven't played here since August 2018, so it was nice to come back. I can recommend it.» Close
Great course conditions at the Wolf on Saturday. It was a little cold, though, and golfing with a windbreaker is not my forte. When the wind wasn't bl... » More
Great course conditions at the Wolf on Saturday. It was a little cold, though, and golfing with a windbreaker is not my forte. When the wind wasn't blowing, it was quite pleasant and felt somewhat warm. Spectacular views of the snow on the nearby mountains and the clouds gave the sky a wonderful palette of textures.
Enough about the weather; on to the course conditions:
Greens: 9.9/10; I can seriously say that these greens were in top-notch condition. There were a few shallow ball marks here and there that were easily fixed. Smooth and fast, just how I like them. I found it no too terribly hard to hold the greens when I did hit them on approach, and I don't have a lot of spin on my shots.
Fairways: 9.5/10; Great turf coverage all around and a nice roll out on most shots. I hit low drives anyway, so it was a benefit to me when I did hit the fairway. I never had a real tight lie and only chili dipped a good lie once. A couple of popular lay up areas had a number of divots to be filled (most were) but nothing too terrible. In fact, I can say these were the best fairways I have hit from since Pebble Beach.
Rough: 9/10; Great coverage and I did not see any poor or thin areas. We were given a tip to play the ball back in your stance because the rough will grab your club. That was good advice and it helped me a few times when I could execute it properly. The rough was not too deep and my ball sat up nearly every time.
Tees: 9/10; We played the Yellow tees and they were excellent without a lot of divots or unevenness. It was easy to find a level spot to place a tee.
Bunkers: 8/10; No rakes, so there were a few footprints to deal with but overall the bunker sand was great. It was a very light, white color and of medium density. I found it fairly easy to hit from; unfortunately, my bunker play has deteriorated over the years. That's on me. All the turf surrounding the bunkers was mowed and trimmed nicely. No grass or debris in the bunkers; no issues of any kind. If there were rakes and everyone raked their footprints, then I would be giving them a 9.9/10. That's how good they were.
My overall impression is that this is the best desert golf course that I have played ever. Course conditions, customer service, the layout and views are par excellence. I hope to return here this year and play all three courses. The only drawback is I really don't like having to pay a non-resident premium. The website tee times are $99 non-resident and $65 for Clark County residents; ouch! Maybe I will move here, lol.
Thank you Johnny GK and Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort. It was a good day of golf and I really enjoyed the time spent with my fellow GKers.» Close
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