1. abbacat Posted: 03/07/21 6:41p Member Since: May 27, 2013 From: Trabuco Canyon
I played here yesterday, 3-6-21. The last time I was in Death Valley was about 50 years ago on a family vacation. I’ve thought many times that I’d like to see it again, but I never had a good excuse ... Continue »
I played here yesterday, 3-6-21. The last time I was in Death Valley was about 50 years ago on a family vacation. I’ve thought many times that I’d like to see it again, but I never had a good excuse to go. Now I do – golf! I also figured weather-wise this would be a good time. It was 80 degrees with just a little breeze.
Here is some history on the course as found on the score card. In 1927 a three-hole course was created by date palm caretaker Murray Miller. In 1931 it was expanded to nine holes. It was the first grass golf course in the California desert region. In 1968 William F. Bell designed the second nine holes. In 1997 Perry Dyer redesigned the course and added a full irrigation system. It is the world’s lowest course at an elevation of 214 below sea level.
The pro shop was well stocked and the staff was very nice. He charged me about 30% less than my booked rate. That was much appreciated and I was so happy they have logo balls. The cart was about as old and basic as any I’ve ever seen but it ran great.
I had a tee time of 11:12 am but was told I could join a twosome at 10:51. They never showed up so I headed out solo in front of the 4 foursomes that were waiting. Unfortunately, for the entire front 9 I was stuck behind a twosome who had no clue about keeping up. I did my best to stay relaxed while waiting on every single hole for each of them to poorly hit 2 or 3 balls. They left after 9 so the back was much more fun. Even with all the waiting I finished in 3.5 hours.
Course conditions were ok. The fairways had good coverage with just the occasional large bare spot. They were still more on the brown side but the new green growth was showing thru. The greens were very firm and super fast. The new grass is blue. I’ve not seen that before. It was really pretty. The bunkers are shallow and have clean, soft sand. The rough was thick and even around the greens and got more sparse and clumpy farther away. There is water on a couple of holes but, at least from the red tees, it didn’t come into play. There was nothing really unique about any of the holes but all were fun to play. The scenery was beautiful with large trees lining the fairways and mountain views in all directions.
There was no beverage cart but there was a vending machine somewhere on the front 9. The snack bar/patio was open and very busy when I finished playing. I didn’t eat there but it smelled really good. Overall it was a fun day. I’ll probably never get out there again, but I’m glad I made the trek. If you’re ever anywhere close, check it out.
2. S_Smith Posted: 12/30/19 11:14a Member Since: Jul 18, 2005 From: Danville, CA
Played here on Saturday, 12/28, on a $20 Teeoff.com rate. That's a good deal for this course. And it turned out to be a beautiful 65 degrees with 8 golfers on the tee sheet inside, plus 2 coyotes outs... Continue »
Played here on Saturday, 12/28, on a $20 Teeoff.com rate. That's a good deal for this course. And it turned out to be a beautiful 65 degrees with 8 golfers on the tee sheet inside, plus 2 coyotes outside (that I could see). It's eerie how we've learned to co-exist with coyotes in CA. One of the coyotes literally trotted past my cart and behind me as I putted out. I only saw him as I walked off the green, which is still a little disconcerting. But that's part of the beauty of this course. In Death Valley life carries on seemingly in the midst of nothing. About the course....it's a really cool layout. The pervasive use of bermuda grass (I think) makes this course spongy and playable in all weather. Though the fairways had some marginal issues with dry spots, it played very well throughout. The greens were cut tight and rolled well. Add in a light breeze, and it was a good all around. The pace of play was mine to decide and I got through in 3 hours with lots of picture taking. The quietness here is the unspoken treat. When you stop and listen....there's nothing. You need that once in a while. Overall, well worth the effort to get here and play this challenging, well-designed course, with good service.