1. JohnnyGK Posted: 09/28/20 8:07a Member Since: Dec 30, 2002 From: Thousand Oaks
Played Classic Club Thursday with GK Gurus. Classic Club recently reopened from COVID-19 precautions on September 1st and before you know it will be closed again for overseeding on October 11th. It’s ... Continue »
Played Classic Club Thursday with GK Gurus. Classic Club recently reopened from COVID-19 precautions on September 1st and before you know it will be closed again for overseeding on October 11th. It’s one of my favorite layouts in the Palm Springs region that I had originally intended to play earlier this month after our Desert Willow outing but couldn’t so had to get out there for special trip.
The golf course was COVID-19 cautious in that there were well defined areas around the clubhouse requiring social distancing with mask required. Mask not required while playing or practicing. They encouraged single cart riding (not required) and what was cool is every cart had their own rake. It was the first time I raked a bunker since March and given how beautiful condition the sand was, it was a pleasure to do so. Best bunkers I’ve played with exception to Pebble Beach and Spyglass this year. Also we played the last day of using the contraptions that have the bar on the pins so you can use your putter to lift it up. I talked with the golf shop after because many of those contraptions did not work being bent out of shape and looked pretty shoddy. They told me they were going to be having pool noodles in the holes moving forward staring the next day! - LOL - the noodles are better for sure.
Had some time to warm up and forgot how fantastic their driving range was. It’s all grass, huge and many green complexes to hit to. On the course, I found the conditions as expected due to the heat and nearing the close of their summer season. Greens bermunda, slow, mostly dry but rolled smooth. My problem is how to read the bermunda grain … which I always struggle with. Fairways, lush, with some dry areas but also damp areas which played a little inconsistent as far as firmness but beautiful lies all day. Rough, similar to the fairways, not quite as lush, not long and easy to escape from. Tee boxes in great shape. Love how big the tee boxes are out there. Bunkers as mentioned, exceptional. Overall the golf course was in very good shape.
Service was fantastic and personal.
As far the layout and experience, everything at Classic Club is grand. Large fairways, large bunkers, large lakes, large greens and long. Massive clubhouse and as mentioned practice facilities. You know you’re teeing it up somewhere special. A PGA Tour caliber golf course for sure that used to host the Bob Hope. Highly Recommend.
2. rgm2525 Posted: 09/26/20 1:16p Member Since: Jan 24, 2005 From: chatsworth
Played 9-24-20 morning with some GK Gurus teeing off around 8:30 and finishing in a little under 4 hours with some minor waiting. Tee boxes were in nice condition, level with nice coverage. Fairways f... Continue »
Played 9-24-20 morning with some GK Gurus teeing off around 8:30 and finishing in a little under 4 hours with some minor waiting. Tee boxes were in nice condition, level with nice coverage. Fairways for the most part were in good shape with some miner thin and bare spots. Rough was in good shape, a little longer than fairways and fairly easy to hit from. Was in one greenside bunker that was in the best shape that I've played in since the start of covid conditions. Greens were in okay condition, rolling slow with some minor bare spots. Overall course in nice shape, and always fun to play.
Played here twice last year and loved it - summer both times so hot/hot/hot, but the course provides plenty of water. Not intimidating off the tees, and water comes into play on the back but is not terrifying - the main challenge for me was reading the greens and trying to factor in the 'Indio break...
This hole like so many others on the course, has a fairly steep slope and no rough to slow shots close to the water. Do yourself a favor and hug the right side to stay out of trouble and have an easier shot into the green. If you avoid the water on this course, you can go low.