Having only 2 days on hand I spent hours trying to determine whether to play Troon North Monument or Boulders South. I was staying at The Boulders. On the second day Monument was closed for a tournament and South was closed for members. After reading tons of reviews I decided to play the South Course at The Boulders. What a stunning course! The landscape offers the best desert golf there probably is. The fairways are narrow and require a lot of control. It's so easy to lose balls here.
From the time you arrive at the club you get taken care of so well, just like a private club that anyone can play. The range facilities are nice and I always love hitting off the grass rather than mats.
In terms of the condition it was 95% to the mark, just a bit on the dry side since they were sanding the greens for the season. The design is excellent and visually very tricky. I don't recommend a beginner playing anything other than white or closer. We played blues and it was not easy. I'm in the mid single digits and ended up with a 78. There are pars to be had if you're around the green in regulation and know the green speed. My advice is, please think about each hole before teeing up and whacking the ball. It's not about hitting far, it's about placing. On the 608 yard par 5, I got a par with hitting a 3 wood of the tee to avoid a long carry over the desert. Then a fairway wood and a mid iron in, two puts. My friend who hadn't played in 2 years and is a high handicapper made a 6 on this hole doing the same thing.
Since I didn't play Troon North I can't write a comparison but I will say that if you do chose this, you will not be sorry. On my next trip I will play Monument, God willing!
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