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#31 Warren_g44

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 02:32 PM

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View PostWarrick, on 08 February 2019 - 02:58 PM, said:

I am very excited, and this is just the beginning, folks closed on a winter place that sits right on Monterrey CC in December, so always have a free place.

We are looking at doing a guys trip in November's before they head out for the winter, then visit with the family in February.

Thanks for all the tips on courses, you guys always come through.

Guys trip? Ok...Iím in.

Yup Iím also in. Enjoy the Desert, just got back and love Classic Club and Stadium. Also loved SilverRock although I donít know what negative changes were made. Have fun!


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:14 PM

Whatever you do stay south of the 10. It gets windy on that side....

Mountain course is really nice. Strongly suggest it. I play it every time I go out. Along with Stadium and Nicklaus tournent.

Desert Willow are really nice too. It's a fun 36 hole day of it's doable for you.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 12:06 AM

Was there with my 4 some last May.  First day played Silverrock in the afternoon.  Won't be going back and don't recommend it.  The layout is just okay and the redesign is definitely negative on the back 9.  Second day we played 36 at desert willow.  Fantastic.  Third day we played classic club in the morning, which was outstanding.  We then played Indian wells in the afternoon.  If you like resort courses, you'll like it.  If you don't, you won't.  We didn't care for it.  It was well maintained and the conditions were excellent, but we didn't like the layout.  The holes are kind of on top of each other.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 08:37 AM

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Whatever you do stay south of the 10. It gets windy on that side....

Mountain course is really nice. Strongly suggest it. I play it every time I go out. Along with Stadium and Nicklaus tournent.

Desert Willow are really nice too. It's a fun 36 hole day of it's doable for you.

LOL, most of the courses are south.

Occasionally there can be some serious wind and you wouldnít want to play at all,  but in all my visits never anything that interferes with golf. Some of those folks think 10 mph is too much.  

Classic Club is more exposed, but silly to say whatever you do donít play it.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:44 AM

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View Postmizuno player, on 10 February 2019 - 10:14 PM, said:

Whatever you do stay south of the 10. It gets windy on that side....

Mountain course is really nice. Strongly suggest it. I play it every time I go out. Along with Stadium and Nicklaus tournent.

Desert Willow are really nice too. It's a fun 36 hole day of it's doable for you.

LOL, most of the courses are south.

Occasionally there can be some serious wind and you wouldn't want to play at all,  but in all my visits never anything that interferes with golf. Some of those folks think 10 mph is too much.

Classic Club is more exposed, but silly to say whatever you do don't play it.
I'm with you, wind is just one more thing that makes golf interesting.  Most years we play Classic Club and Eagle Falls, and regularly go to Terra Lago, all of which are on the "wrong" side of I-10, all of which are fun to play, even in a nice strong wind.
I feel bad for those who simply won't play in wind, they should never go to Scotland, or Ireland, or Kohler WI, should probably avoid ALL seaside courses.  Really, they should probably only play simulated golf indoors.  (And please note, I'm largely kidding.  Not completely, but mostly)


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:52 AM

Great day at Stadium Course yesterday. I don’t play golf courses like this, and have never really experienced greens like that, took me a bit, some 3 putts. Ended up shooting 88, with a triple on 16 and 18. I was only 1 over on the back heading to 16, bit lost a few in the water coming in. What a fantastic experience. Day off today, heading to the vineyards in Temecula, Classic Club tomorrow morning. I am digging California
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Posted 11 February 2019 - 11:59 AM

View Postdavep043, on 11 February 2019 - 10:44 AM, said:

I'm with you, wind is just one more thing that makes golf interesting.  Most years we play Classic Club and Eagle Falls, and regularly go to Terra Lago, all of which are on the "wrong" side of I-10, all of which are fun to play, even in a nice strong wind.
I feel bad for those who simply won't play in wind, they should never go to Scotland, or Ireland, or Kohler WI, should probably avoid ALL seaside courses.  Really, they should probably only play simulated golf indoors.  (And please note, I'm largely kidding.  Not completely, but mostly)

I think Classic Club had actually done a great job of routing the course to minimize the impact of the frequent 20+ MPH winds most often seen in the afternoons. The worst wind hole is definitely 17, that downhill par 3 straight against a 3 club headwind...followed by 12, the par 3 with right to left wind that pushes everything out to the lake on the left...

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 01:11 PM

Glad to hear you are having a fun trip! I had my first Palm Desert trip 2 weeks ago and loved every second of it. Although it was my first time playing it, I echo what most others say about Silverrock. I thought it was good- not great- and for the price, I think there are better options. Also echoing others, Desert Willow - Firecliff was awesome. My second favorite course of the trip (behind Stone Eagle). I booked online and paid $129 which I think is a little cheaper than their normal rate.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 04:46 PM

My wife and I retired to Palm Desert and bought a place at Desert Willow.  There are two courses, Firecliff and Mountain View, and they are beautiful.  What's interesting is that moat of the fairways were bulldozed out of the desert so that when you are in the fairway, you can't see any other holes.  It's a great feeling with just you and the green up ahead.

Here's an example of Firecliff #5 woman's tee and #4 green in the background.  See the sloped hill in the background?  Most of the fairways have them so that if you block it out to the right, the ball's above your feet.  Pull it left and the ball's below your feet.  #4 and #5 are a little different as they are separated by a waste area so the two fairways make a combined valley.

Pic 2 is the driving range whiles pics 3 and 4 are #9 and #18.  The courses are city owned and Palm Desert does a great job.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:02 PM

Actually may be some rain here Thursday, so moved to Friday at desert willow Mountain View . Had lunch at callaway vineyards today, classic club tomorrow morning

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:21 PM

6 is a beast - 7 is fun - some good holes out there.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:56 PM

Stadium is a beast!

Temecula has some nice courses .

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 12:10 AM

Desert Willow is great. And i know there seems to be a strong preference for Firecliff over mountain view, but I love both.

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 05:59 AM

Classic Club is an great shape! I just played it this past Thursday.Enjoy it!

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 08:10 AM

Wake up man!  Good, bad or indifferent I'm curious to hear about your experience at Classic Club.


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 08:56 AM

Classic club was amazing, what a golf course. I shot 90 but did not care. Short game is rusty, and these are not easy golf courses. My step dad had not played it before, said it was his favorite so far. This place is ridiculously awesome.
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Posted 13 February 2019 - 09:12 AM

Heading there for spring break. Been several times in the past but now we have family with a house in pga west so I am looking forward to playing all of those courses.

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 12:30 PM

View Postryder2015, on 13 February 2019 - 09:12 AM, said:

Heading there for spring break. Been several times in the past but now we have family with a house in pga west so I am looking forward to playing all of those courses.

What days over Spring Break?

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 12:36 PM

View PostWarrick, on 13 February 2019 - 08:56 AM, said:

Classic club was amazing, what a golf course. I shot 90 but did not care. Short game is rusty, and these are not easy golf courses. My step dad had not played it before, said it was his favorite so far. This place is ridiculously awesome.

Was it windy? I hear it's much tougher when the wind is up. Also that is why the PGA Tour doesn't go there anymore (Phil).

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 12:50 PM

View PostGolfingDad44, on 13 February 2019 - 12:36 PM, said:

View PostWarrick, on 13 February 2019 - 08:56 AM, said:

Classic club was amazing, what a golf course. I shot 90 but did not care. Short game is rusty, and these are not easy golf courses. My step dad had not played it before, said it was his favorite so far. This place is ridiculously awesome.

Was it windy? I hear it's much tougher when the wind is up. Also that is why the PGA Tour doesn't go there anymore (Phil).
A lot of those tour players don't like to be embarrassed by difficult conditions, that's one reason the Stadium Course at TPC West was off the rotation for a few years. Classic Club has plenty of width, so its not excessively demanding even in 2 or 3 club winds. I did play at Terra Lago in a good fresh breeze, and that course has some "single-file" fairways.


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 04:31 PM

View Postdefnotapro, on 13 February 2019 - 12:30 PM, said:

View Postryder2015, on 13 February 2019 - 09:12 AM, said:

Heading there for spring break. Been several times in the past but now we have family with a house in pga west so I am looking forward to playing all of those courses.

What days over Spring Break?

Week of March 25th..

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 06:38 PM

+1 you have to keep Mountain course. The front 9 is nothing special, but the Back 9 has some SPECTACULAR holes you'll never experience anywhere else. Talking about driver into a corner in between giant mountain rocks. Think you can hit it straight? :-) It was an absolute blast

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 08:26 PM

View PostHawkeye77, on 11 February 2019 - 08:37 AM, said:

View Postmizuno player, on 10 February 2019 - 10:14 PM, said:

Whatever you do stay south of the 10. It gets windy on that side....

Mountain course is really nice. Strongly suggest it. I play it every time I go out. Along with Stadium and Nicklaus tournent.

Desert Willow are really nice too. It's a fun 36 hole day of it's doable for you.

LOL, most of the courses are south.

Occasionally there can be some serious wind and you wouldnít want to play at all,  but in all my visits never anything that interferes with golf. Some of those folks think 10 mph is too much.  

Classic Club is more exposed, but silly to say whatever you do donít play it.

Just one time I played north in had a 175 years party 3. Needed driver. Lol.

Not sure I used the words. Whatever you do don't play it.
Lol.

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 09:25 PM

View Postmizuno player, on 14 February 2019 - 08:26 PM, said:

View PostHawkeye77, on 11 February 2019 - 08:37 AM, said:

View Postmizuno player, on 10 February 2019 - 10:14 PM, said:

Whatever you do stay south of the 10. It gets windy on that side....

Mountain course is really nice. Strongly suggest it. I play it every time I go out. Along with Stadium and Nicklaus tournent.

Desert Willow are really nice too. It's a fun 36 hole day of it's doable for you.

LOL, most of the courses are south.

Occasionally there can be some serious wind and you wouldn't want to play at all,  but in all my visits never anything that interferes with golf. Some of those folks think 10 mph is too much.  

Classic Club is more exposed, but silly to say whatever you do don't play it.

Just one time I played north in had a 175 years party 3. Needed driver. Lol.

Not sure I used the words. Whatever you do don't play it.
Lol.

Well, I guess I didn't know how else we were supposed to take, "whatever you do stay south of the 10."  Suggests to me, don't play north of the 10.

But I'm in a winter funk.

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 09:36 PM

Unreal rains out here today, but we look good for tomorrow

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Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:34 PM

View PostWarrick, on 14 February 2019 - 09:36 PM, said:

Unreal rains out here today, but we look good for tomorrow

Good luck! I hope the weather is good for you.

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 08:03 AM

Wild weather in the desert so far this year.

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 04:34 PM

Desert willow mountain course was stunning, most beautiful golf course I have seen or played
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Posted 15 February 2019 - 06:35 PM

View PostWarrick, on 15 February 2019 - 04:34 PM, said:

Desert willow mountain course was stunning, most beautiful golf course I have seen or played

LOL, I thought so, too at the time until . . . . . . . . . . .  we played Firecliff on a later trip.  Actually we would have been great with playing the Mountain Course again and planned on it, but the online and other reports that particular year were that birds were causing damage and making extensive deposits on the Mountain course and it should be avoided, so we played Firecliff.  Each of the times we played there the conditions were terrific and the courses were in pristine condition and fun to play.  And both are beautiful!

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 11:09 AM

Just returned from a week in Palm Springs. The deluge on Thursday was quite an experience -- a few streets running perpendicular to the mountains were a 6-12 inches deep with fast running water. We were going to play LaQuinta Dunes that day, and lost that round, of course.

Our Friday destination was closed because of damage, so we scrambled and found a 1:52 tee time at Escena. Managed to get 17 in there. That was a nice find. Very playable Nicklaus design with the coolest clubhouse architecture.

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