PGA West Norman Course - no. 16
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 16
The Greg Norman Course at PGA West has no shortage of gorgeous holes, including the par-4 16th. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 1
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 1
Head pro Brian Hughes, who holds the course record, tees off on the par-4 first on the Greg Norman Course at PGA West. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - no. 3
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 3
The long par-4 third is the no. 5 handicap hole on the PGA West Norman Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - no. 4
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 4
The 140-yard par-3 fourth is the shortest hole on the Greg Norman Course at PGA West and certainly a scoring opportunity. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - no. 6
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 6
At 481 yards, the par-4 sixth is the no. 1 handicap hole on the PGA West Norman Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - no. 7
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 7
The farther right you hit it on the par-3 seventh on the Greg Norman Course at PGA West, the more the water comes into play. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - no. 8
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 8
There's water all along the right side on the difficult par-5 eighth hole on the Greg Norman Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - no. 9
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 9
The tee shot on the par-4 ninth hole on the PGA West Norman Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - no. 10
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 10
The par-4 10th on the Norman Course at PGA West is a tough dogleg right. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - no. 13
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 13
The par-3 13th on the PGA West Norman Course has plenty of trouble both short and right. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - no. 15
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 15
During peak season, the bunkers on the Norman Course at PGA West have great contrast between the dormant Bermuda and overseed. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - no. 16
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 16
The par-5 16th at PGA West Norman Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - no. 17
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 17
The par-3 17th is certainly a postcard hole on the PGA West Norman Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - no. 18
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PGA West Norman Course - no. 18
The par-4 finishing hole on the PGA West Norman Course. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - clubhouse
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PGA West Norman Course - clubhouse
The deck on clubhouse at the Greg Norman Course at PGA West is a great place to hang out. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
PGA West Norman Course - range
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PGA West Norman Course - range
As you might expect, the Norman Course at PGA West has great practice facilities. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

One of the Shark's finest: Greg Norman Course at PGA West in La Quinta, California

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- The Greg Norman Course is the newest of the six courses at PGA West. It opened in 1999 and has certainly taken its place among the best courses at this famed resort.

Having evolved in the last few years with a cleaner look, the 7,156-yard par 72 course can be difficult, but is certainly playable. While there is no rough to speak of, on most holes there is plenty of fairway, despite the fact that there's just 68 acres of irrigated turf. And if you do happen to miss a fairway, chances are good you'll find your ball; there just might be a desert plant, shrub or tree in your way.

More than 100 white crushed marble bunkers are scattered throughout he course. And though the layout certainly qualifies as a desert course, water comes into play on nine of the 18 holes, each of them different and memorable. The course is also adorned wildflowers and a mix of tall and short native grasses.


Staff course review of La Quinta's Greg Norman Course: Mike Bailey

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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