Rated 5 out of 5 by hottommy Told the course is rated #1 toughest in California
This course was a lot of fun to play, some very unique challenges on this course, long and deep bunkers, an almost island green on 17. Some great views. Bob Hope is played there, and supposed to be the final round this year, now I really have to watch.
November 18, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Andrews1998 If is is PGA West
Think golf factory. Push as many people as possible through the course and don't worry about their experience.
My wife and I are decent golfers - I am a 7 and she is a 14. We have been fortunate enough to have played such courses as Pinehurst, Pebble, Old Course and Muirfiled.
We played at PGA West Stadium course because well, it's PGA West!. Welcome consisted of one guy saying what's your tee time and who will be driving?
Line up at pro shop counter to sign in. Staff there were actually quite friendly.
Overseeding required cart paths only - no problem but
No GPS in the cart, no course guide offered good luck getting yardages.
Food at snack bar at the turn consisted of microwaved hot dog or white bread ham sandwich - that's it!
There was some type of 'Ryder Cup" fun event in front of us. No one at pro shop mentioned this. Our round took 5 HOURS! At times there were three groups on a tee. Waiting almost every hole.
At one point I looked across at another tee where two guys had their shirts off naked from the waist up.
One of my reasons for playing the course was to scout out an annual trip I have with 8 other guys. Not a chance we will play here such a disappointment.
November 16, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by nickesquire PGA Stadium
Played with Itslikeimsayin, Sixpez & Toobaked. Our group played the blues (6739/73.1/140). POP was typical for a Sat. afternoon, around 5 hours. The weather was nice, low 80's with little wind.
First time here for me, and overall it was fun even if I played poorly. Typical Pete Dye design, there are numerous mounds and bunkers complete with challenging sight lines on almost every hole. Even though the course is basically flat, you almost never have a level lie after your tee shot because of all the mounds/moguls.
The tees were lush and well maintained, only some par 3's had a decent amount of divot damage.
The fairways were lush, I loved the way the ball sat up. Few places with severe divots.
The rough was mowed down and not overly penal. I could only imagine how ugly this course would be with deep rough, it would be almost unplayable for the average golfer.
The plentiful sand traps were well maintained. There are many HUGE traps on this course, a few with 10' to 15' banks/lips to hit over. Avoiding some of the sand here is a MUCH higher priority than almost any other course I have ever played. Left of #16 green is a place where you may well be looking at a double digit score on that hole if your ball finds that bunker. 2 members of our group hit about 6 total shots before they got out. The average player just doesn't have a sand blast shot that they can hit 30' in the air to land soft on a hard green just over the face of a huge trap face where if you are barely short, the ball rolls right back to where you started.
Negative design elements: There were a couple of times people in our group missed the green by 15 yards and thought they were relatively safe... only to go and find themselves in yet another deep bunker that was hidden from the fairway. It was almost unfair where some of the sand bunkers were located. Again, the normal golfer doesn't have the 20 yard sand shot over a deep, thick grass bunker to land softly onto a firm green where if you are barely long you go into yet another deep sand or grass bunker. TRUE up/downs (not where you were getting credit because you were putting from the fringe) are EARNED on this course!
Positive design element: The fairways are ringed with a different kind of grass than the fairways and the main rough, so you have emerald greens rings about 10 yards wide around each fairway that looks really nice.
The bermuda greens were visually unappealing. However, they putted better than they looked, medium fast, relatively smooth & firm. Almost too firm, not real receptive to holding irons and especially chips. Our group "missed" many greens with irons and chips where we landed well on the green then were putting back on the green from the fringe after it bounced and rolled & rolled.
Overall, I enjoyed the challenging layout and the conditions were excellent. Probably not a course I would ever break 80 from the blues on my best day, but it was still fun even with my not breaking 90 today. The customer service was top notch. We had dinner afterward @ Ernie's, my food was good. I look forward to playing here again sometime.
November 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by u000004589523 A day to remember
Great place to play and you are treated like a member from the time you arrive until you leave. Had a frost delay and staff was very good on updating us on when we would go out. Played in just under 4 hours. A fantastic day!
November 13, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by BetteBetteB WOW!
This course is not for the faint of heart. If golfing in a mogul field is your cup of tea then you might enjoy this. A heave slice or hook can put you in a world of hurt. If how you play is secondary to enjoying the beauty, then you will really enjoy it. One of the best groomed courses I played in the area.
November 12, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by u000007918589 Enjoyed
Twilight start time; didn't finish; too dark to see famous 17th and 18th. Otherwise, challenging but great fun.
November 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jamesleroy1 Danger Danger
Great track. Pete Dye masterfully hides danger for the first time player a yardage book might be money well spent if playing this course for the first time
September 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by RickRavanello39 Course Condition
The condition of the course was still Better than most in the area. It has been a very hot summer so, to be honest, the course was in excellent condition. My "Good" rating above was due to mother nature, not the staff and the job they do.
September 13, 2015