I went to the Palm Springs area expecting to play some great golf and I got it in the Stadium Course. You drive through the luxurious PGA West complex down palm tree lined boulevards until you get to the very end, the Stadium course clubhouse. You pull up to the clubhouse and an attendant takes your bag. They offer to valet park your car, but I just opted to park myself (not a far walk or anything). Then you go to the pro shop to check in and find your bag already strapped to your cart. They provide free range balls to warm up.
I was fortunate enough to have the first tee time at 7 am. My foursome moved at our own pace throughout the course. The course itself is fair, but penal. Dye gives you plenty of room to hit a solid shot off the tee and even forgives errant tee shots in some places with mounds that kick the ball back to the fairway. But watch out, because there are lots of water hazards (straightforward) and lots of bunkers (not always straightforward).
The landscape is desert with the fairways and greens being green and the rough being a bit brown. This is fine as it blends in and out nicely. If you want a lush course with green everywhere, you can find it elsewhere, but the brown was definitely ok for my liking. There are lots of desert wildlife on the course as you can see from the photos above.
I was a single player and used a tee time service (won't mention name specifically, but pretty easy to figure out if you look around) to arrange a bargain basement price by calling the night before. The advatage to this is that you get a cheaper price and can decide on a day by day basis when and where you want to play golf. The disadvantage is that you aren't guaranteed a time and a place until you actually call the night before.
I wanted to buy a shirt at the clubhouse, but everything with the PGA West logo on it was around $100. I bought a clubhead cover instead. The only unfair thing about the Stadium course is their frost policy (I played in April, so it didn't affect me). Basically, if you have an early tee time and are delayed by frost, you have to start on the hole that you would have started on if there was no frost delay. Example: for a 7:00 tee time with a frost delay until 8:00, you might have to start on the fourth hole. The policy states that you may be able to play the holes you missed later if space is available, but this is not guaranteed. I think this is a crappy policy. The only thing you can do to protect yourself is not booking an early tee time when frost is a risk.
Overall, i think the course was great and I would play it again.
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