PGA West Stadium Course #17: Welcome to “Alcatraz.” Home to Lee Trevino’s “Hole in One” – one of the most famous shots in golf history – which gave him the “Skins Game” victory over Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Raymond Floyd.
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4.4
471 Reviews (471)
5 Stars
286
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
16
1 Stars
12
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
87.6%
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415 out of 471 reviews
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4.0
44 Reviews (44)
5 Stars
21
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5
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3
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.0
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
79.5%
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35 out of 44 reviews
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4.3
79 Reviews (79)
5 Stars
49
4 Stars
19
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6
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.1
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
87.3%
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69 out of 79 reviews
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Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Par 72
Length 7300 yards
Slope 154
Rating 82.5
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PGA West Stadium Golf Course
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Course Details

Year Built 1987
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Pete Dye (1987) Alice Dye (1986)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "PGA WEST Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes
Practice Hole Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Available Sports

Fitness, Tennis

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Reviews

4.4
471 Reviews (471)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 40
Patio Dining 27
19th Hole Scenic Views 26
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 67
Water Hazards 64
Forced Carries 48
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 58
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 50
A Weekend Splurge 29
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 41
At a Resort 32
Convenient to the City 18

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Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Treat yourself ro TPC

Great course. Greens and fairways were perfect. Bunkers a bit hard. TPC is always a great choice in the desert. 16th and 17th are worthy the price of admissions. Pace was great. Right at four hours with no one pushing you or vice verse. Definitely will play here again

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 12/01/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating. We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing The Stadium Course at PGA West!

Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

fun to play on pro course

Course has a lot of spots not to hit a ball! The tips in the cart machine will warn you though. It is very cool playing on a well maintained course where PGA use to visit.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Diabolical Pete Dye

As the title suggests get ready for Dye challenges. You’d have to play this course couple times to manage the course as it’s anything but straightforward. Hardly a flat spot on the course and same for greens. While course in good condition maybe playing with a caddie or a member would be helpful. as extremely important to learn exactly where to land your ball. Would not play this course again.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 11/23/2020

Hi, kotiza! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back at The Stadium Course at PGA West!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

It’s so so

The course has same theme of design over and over, it is tough to play, but not enough variation from hole to hole.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 11/17/2020

Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing The Stadium Course at PGA West.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Extremely Disappointed

I had a very unsatisfactory experience at PGA West Stadium Course. First, for no readily apparent reason and despite bone-dry desert conditions, the entire course was “cart path only.” This was not disclosed at the time of booking, and was a big problem, as one person in our 3-some was 80 years old and had difficulty with all the walking. If that were not enough, the pace of play was pathetic. We had two foursomes in front of us who looked as though they had never been on a golf course. One guy was barefoot and doing handstands on the green. (Yes, they were drunk) There were zero rangers out and nothing was done to quicken the pace of play. We wound up quitting after 13 holes, at which point we were already 3:40 into our round. At $219 per head this was undoubtedly the single worst value golf experience I’ve ever had. I will not be back.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 11/02/2020

Thank you for visiting us at The Stadium Course at PGA West. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Didn't Disclose Overseeding

Very disappointed they didn't disclose that they were overseeding and it was cart path only when we booked. That obviously makes things play more slowly. Then the rangers drove and said 'we really need you to speed it up' on about the 4th hole. We had waited for the group in front of us on that and about 5 of the next 6 holes; it really felt oblivious and rude.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Play it in the cooler months. But great golf experience!

Hot as can be but worth it to play a beautiful and challenging course!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/06/2020

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round, toneyg707! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 10/06/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating, loraolsen! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing The Stadium Course at PGA West!

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 10/05/2020

Hello and thank you for your 5-star rating! We're delighted you enjoyed your round. Please book another round with us soon, and thanks for choosing The Stadium Course at PGA West!

Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course layout

If you get a good deal, go play this course even in 102 degree heat. Good greens, decent fairways for end of summer. Great course layout, challenging but very playable even from the blue tees. Very enjoyable round. For 3-4 times less the price to play Torrey Pines South as a non-resident, PGA West Stadium course wins hands down any day. Want my revenge on the 17th hole next time (ball trickled into water/rocks near the bridge-LoL). But perhaps will give the Jack Nicklaus Tournament course a go first. Will definitely be back.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 10/05/2020

Thank you for your review, kanha19. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at The Stadium Course at PGA West. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Memorable! but slow

Our first trip to Palm Springs and this was the first of 4 courses we played. Given the history here I was most excited to play this one. It was a hot afternoon - 103 - but not unbearable, so we were just really excited to play golf. The course is amazing, beautiful views and lots of contours. My wife liked all the flowers and the birds in the water! The only downside is that we should have finished the round but due to slow play ahead of us we had play 17 in the dark (but got a birdie!) and skipped 18 (nice par we said). I can't wait until our next trip to the desert and for sure I will return to the Stadium Course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 10/05/2020

Hi! We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. We're sorry if the pace of play was a little long for you. Thank you for playing The Stadium Course at PGA West.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome Challenge!

Great course, in perfect shape. It was challenging, but worth it! Super great experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 10/05/2020

Wow, we are so happy you enjoyed your round! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Stadium

Given the fact they are about to close for overseeing, the course was still in fairly good shape and the layout is always amazing. My only real complaint is the pace of play. There are two signature par threes that tend to slow play due to length and water hazards. Those holes need to be marshaled better as we had four groups stacked up and then it never got better as we were always two groups on the tee box from that point on. Still a good time. Staff was great.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Day,

Didn't play my best today but had a great time anyway , The course was in good shape and the greens ran true, down grain the roll out was a lot,, I will be back and hope I play better then I did today...

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Commented on 09/24/2020

Thank you for the 4 star rating! That's golf, we hope you play better next time too!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Still brutal

Tough as nails Stadium course. Summer desert conditions with grass clippings around a few greens that kills the ball. In prime season this is a different track. Still tough but the greens hold approach shots.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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