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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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.4
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4.8
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4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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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

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Reviews

4.5
419 Reviews (419)

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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5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Superb Track

Just an excellent course. Every hole offers different looks, hazards. Humps and bumps were fair, but you definitely had a few ackward stances. Conditions were very good. Would play it again for sure when we get back to Palm Springs

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Traveling Golfer

The golf course was a great golf course to play the pace of play was very poor I believe because of membership they did not regulate the time it took us 5 1/2 hours to play 18 normally I am a fast player and I would’ve played it within three hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

FedEx Tour level course

Great weather and course was pristine. Keep it straight and avoid those bunkers around the greens, which are 10 feet or more below the green. Play over water and broad waste areas. The 17th hole is awesome, a 150 yard par 3 over water to a small island green. The 18th is made for a long hitter. The grand stands were already up around the 17th and 18th for the upcoming FedEx event which made it fun, and offered a few good photo opportunities. Great staff, proshop, clubhouse and restaurant, all pro tour level.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Bucket list course

The course was a great course to play But the pace of play was very slow. The greens were in terrible condition as were getting ready for the PGA tournament in couple of weeks. Wish we had been told the greens were in that condition as we wouldn’t of spent that kind of money to play.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing

Nice time

The course was a great course to play the layout was excellent they are going to play a PGA tournament in a couple weeks the only thing that I did not like was the pace of play it was a little slow.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Always a treat!

Very nice afternoon round. Pace of play was good. Tough yet playable course and always worth the money. Would definitely come back

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tough, fair

Played for $65 through GolfNow. Pace was excellent, playing in 4 hours. Conditions were very good, the greens were fast and the fairways in great shape. Ask the starter which tees to play to fully enjoy this beauty. I’m a 9 hdcp and played the blue/white combo which was perfect for my game.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Florida Advisor
First Time Playing

Unforgettable experience and test of golf

Played the Stadium course yesterday. First time playing at La Quinta or the Stadium Course.

The Stadium course is notoriously difficult, and rightfully so. I was lucky to draw a husband and wife duo who were a 3 and 9 handicap respectively, that had played there multiple times.

Service - 10
Driving Range - 9
Layout - 8
Conditions - 7
Fun Factor - 9
Challenge - 10
Overall - 8

The course starts off mildly with some tight, narrow holes that require you to hit the fairway or accept a bogey. You must then hit the green or accept a bogey. If you hit the wrong part of the green you must accept a bogey. It's more fun than it sounds.

This is the tone for the entire course. Pete Dye gives you an assignment, you just follow his directions to complete the assignment. You have options on most holes but there's always one shot that requires you do something exactly right or pay a price.

The par 3's and 5's stand out in particular, and there famous closing stretch lives up to the hype.

I can easily recommend any single digit play this course at least once. Higher handicaps should go into it with the right expectations to have a memorable day. Regardless of score, simply playing some of the holes exactly right will be immensely rewarding and provide good memories and stories after the round.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing Golfing Experience .

This was our first time golfing at PGA West Stadium Course.
Pete Dye’s layout is quite challenging and the wonderful topography of elevation changes are enjoyable.
From the bag boys to Proshop and starters were friendly and inviting.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

First Class Experience

A spectacular complex with friendly staff and great amenities. Fortunately played this course on a day with no wind. Very challenging and definitely not for high handicap golfers. Most important is to play the appropriate tee; this is not a course to let your ego get the best of you. Lots of fun and would definitely play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Stadium

Rode the Blues (6739/73.1/140) twilight in slightly less than 4.5H... for 15 holes? Finally found a way to shoot in the 70's from the Blues @ Stadium, have it get too dark to play after 15 holes. CPO and a slow group in front on a packed course made for a snails POP. Matched up with Dwayne, Mike and A.J., very nice group to play with. The weather was sunny, calm and around 95.

The over seeded tees were mostly flat and lush.

The over seeded fairways were lush and excellent to play from.

The Bermuda primary rough was mostly dormant. Still thick even though mowed down low. It was usually nice to play out of.

The plentiful sand traps were very well maintained with good quality sand.

The over seeded greens putted medium slow speed and were firm and somewhat bumpy coming out of over seeding. Definitely weeks behind the Nicklaus greens.

This was one of the toughest courses in the U.S. when it opened in the 1980's. More than usual amounts of water plus huge, deep sand traps are tough obstacles. Throw in the typical Pete Dye moguls and you have a layout that can beat up even PGA Tour players. #6 was playing 240 to a back pin with at least a 200 yard carry over water today from the blues. Just for giggles, one of my playing partners scoped the Blacks. 267 over water is a LONG par 3. However, always enjoy this layout,

Excellent customer service as usual here. Cart gal around 4-5 times. Numerous water stations on the course. Good GPS on the carts. Nice all grass range that was very busy. Definitely recommended.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Enjoyed the round

Course was in good shape, greens were faster than other courses I played during the week. Greens ran true. Everything was in great shape. Was cart path only, so had to do a fair bit of walking.

Will definitely come back

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

My favorite course in the valley

I love this place. Course was just out of overseeing, so fairways and greens were longer than normal, but shot values were still the same. Just a challenging course, with lots of interesting holes. Beware of the water.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Stadium

Rode the Blues (6739/73.1/140) twilight in slightly less than 3H using Forelinx. The weather was overcast, breezy and around 90.

Bad shots can be really penalized on this Pete Dye layout. Miss the fairway or green and your recovery shot will almost assuredly be a side hill lie, often an extreme side hill lie. Even relatively good shots barely offline can quickly result in a double or worse. More than usual water and avoiding the sand here is a higher priority than almost any other course I have played.

The Bermuda tees were mostly flat with adequate coverage. Well maintained, only some par 3's needed divot attention.

The Bermuda fairways were mostly lush with most divots already repaired.

The Bermuda rough was lush and still thick even though mowed down low. Actually, nice to play out of at this level.

The plentiful sand traps were very well maintained with good quality sand. Many of the traps here the average golfer needs to steer clear of to avoid big numbers.

The Bermuda greens putted medium speed and were firm and somewhat bumpy. typical for late summer before over seeding. nice.

The customer service is always excellent here. Drink cart around once then closes early during twilight. Numerous water stations on the course. Good GPS on the carts. Nice all grass range that closed at 1pm today. Very challenging layout featuring moguls and many large bunkers that make for challenging sight lines that is in decent late summer condition. Definitely recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

WORST CONDITIONS EVER

This course should not even be open for play until they can sort out their play-ability issues. The fairways are choppy with multiple bare spots throughout every fairway, greens are not much better. The entire course is basically Ground Under Repair right now. Wait for them to fix before you book. I would not play it for free.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Poor conditions

I knew the course was in rough shape but it was worse than I expected. Very choppy fairways and greens.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Horrible condition

Golf course was in horrible shape. Tees, greens and fairways were all in very bad condition. I felt like I was playing in a cow pasture. Unbelievable for PGA stadium course not even worth 10 dollars. Very disappointed

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
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