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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4.5
419 Reviews (419)
5 Stars
259
4 Stars
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3 Stars
35
2 Stars
11
1 Stars
9
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.4
89.3%
Recommend this course
372 out of 419 reviews
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4.8
37 Reviews (37)
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32
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.6
97.3%
Recommend this course
36 out of 37 reviews
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4.4
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
42
4 Stars
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4
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.0
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.5
86.0%
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49 out of 57 reviews
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About

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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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
First Time Playing

Muni courses are better

This is a destination course and the expectations are high. To say that every cheap, run-down muni course I’ve ever played was a more enjoyable experience would not be an understatement. We booked the tee time three weeks ago. When we checked in, we were given a $10 discount and told the course conditions were a bit “bumpy.” Um, that was the understatement of the century. There was more sand and mud in the fairways than grass and about half of the greens had large sections that were under repair. I had 3-4 birdie putts with a line that went through mud and sand. Listen, sometimes even the best courses have issues with their terrain...I get that. But to not reach out to people ahead of time and warn them of the conditions (thereby giving them a chance to make alternate arrangements)? Absolutely unacceptable for a course of this significance. We also did not see a marshall the entire time, and the water in the on-course coolers was hot (not ideal for 110 degree temps). If you’re planning on trying to play here in summer of 2019, HIGHLY recommend you look at some of the other great courses in the area. This place is a disaster right now.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

Great course. Terrible condition!

Played this course with high expectations. Pete Dye design is brutally hard. Fairways and greens are in terrible condition. Pace of play very slow giving way too much time to see all the trouble on the course. Wait to play when condition is better.

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

KenJ

Every hole changes , no flat lays . Greens are great ! Lots of water ! To enjoy drop down a tee box . Great course play it every year ! Tip Stay out of the sand !!

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

Xmas treat

The stadium layout is a walk in the clouds... the course is in PGA tournament shape already. Tourney starts in two weeks. Tough course. Keep it on the short stuff and you’ll have a great time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tough corse

Had play with my wife, so tough to take route against water and banker which were located so tricky way, but it was so good.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Outstanding Desert Course in Pristine Condition

I have played the Stadium several times and the condition of the course this time was pristine. The course has a great desert layout and takes full advantage of the natural beauty of the mountains. A challenging course for golfer at all levels. Good value for the money

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

Somewhat Sanctuary

Great shape
A little slow @ times
Some of the non green grass a little tough on
the shot shape

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

Simply The Best

This is simply my favorite course in the Desert Cities! It is extremely challenging and punishes poor shots, in fact it punishes shots that are pretty good, but now good enough. However when you hit a great shot, it is golf euphoria! Each hole is a classic, with elevated greens, water hazards, sand traps big enough to swallow a car, and even an island green. An added perk are the gray tee boxes with a distance of 4000 yards, which is great for my wife, who is seventy years old and does not hit the ball very far.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart

Fabulous

Beautiful day, beautiful course. This course never disappoints. Very difficult and challenging. However when you make a good shot you feel a great sense of accomplishment. This is my favorite course in the Palm Springs area!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Crazy good

This is a tough track that punishes you for not hitting the shot you had in visualized in your mind. A great day of golf.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pete dye is an evil genius

Golf is not fair. I’m not going to build a course that is fair. He wasn’t kidding but this is one course you have to play. Excellent conditions and amazing holes have you thinking with mouth agape at every tee. One of the happiest greens keeper is on this course. If you encounter him you will know what I mean. Throw your score card in the back of the card and just enjoy it
One of the friendliest bunch of people I have ever encountered at any course complex

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent Early Morning Round

This was my first time playing the stadium course. I enjoyed every minute of it. It was one of the most challenging courses I have ever played and I believe I played better because every shot demanded my attention.

The staff was friendly and helpful, the range was close to the starter so the transition from practice to playing was smooth.

The fairways were immaculate and as expected I didn’t have many flat lies which is what you would expect from Pete Dye. The greens were extremely slow because the course has only been open for less than a week. I am sure they will speed up every day. It also was cart path only today but that didn’t slow us down much at all.

I can’t wait to play it again in the future.

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

Beautiful course!

5 star customer service! Amazing pro shop! Beautiful but tough challenging golf course! Must play if traveling though the desert.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Stadium Course at PGA West a challenging delight

Got a great deal on Golf Now, played with an engaging couple from the UK. Pace of play was excellent despite cart path only restrictions. Greens are really slow right now because of overseeding. Played the white tees and it still kicked my butt. Good luck keeping it out of the massive bunkers. Pete Dye is a diabolical genius. Would love to give it another shot when greens are at tournament speed!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Golf Challenge

Good course layout. Course was not busy .... seemed like we had the whole course to ourselves. Pace of play with cart path only was very good. Greens were slow, rough was tough. Course was very playable.
Pro shop staff were very friendly.
Enjoyable day.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Little shaggy, but a lot of fun

Made my annual trek to Palm Springs to try and wrestle this behemoth into submission. Today was the first day open after overseeding. The greens were a little shaggy and slow, but it was still a lot of fun. This is one of the more challenging courses in SoCal. Definitely worth the trip and the price if you like a challenge. I am fortunate to have played this course under “normal” conditions. It’s obviously better around tournament time, but don’t be shy about taking advantage of the discounted tee times this time of year.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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