Primm Valley Golf Club, “Course of the Day”



Pimm Valley Golf Club

Primm Valley is about 45 minutes from Vegas at the California border. Two very good and different 18 hole championship courses here, the Desert and the Lakes, both Tom Fazio designs. The Desert plays to 7,131 yards, 138 slope, and is routed through the desert landscape scrub with a scattering of trees, and water in play on only five holes. It’s the tougher of the two courses, and a typical desert layout, but with some elevation change. Its routing has plenty of large and long waste bunkers, mid-sized to large, well guarded greens. The Lakes is shorter at 6,945 yards, 130 slope from the tips and is Fazio as well, as it’s names says, has a lot of water-11 holes. It’s more of a parkland style of course with some trees lining the fairway, more forgiving off the tee, but still plenty of trouble with water and a good amount of bunkering. 

Two great layouts at the Primm Valley Golf Club, and well worth the drive out from Las Vegas, or if you’re passing through on I-10. 



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Journey at Pechanga, “Course of the Day”

Journey at Pechanga

The Journey at Pechange is on the south side of Temecula before the Corona and Escondido Freeways split, about 60 miles north of San Diego. It’s owned by and part of the Pechanga Resort & Casino, of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The course was designed by Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest who attempted to preserve the ground and environment as much as possible. There’s a bit of a cultural tour on the course with each hole featuring a Luiseno name with with some historical highlights throughout the course.

There’s 6 tee boxes here, the White tees are at 6,273 yards, 132 slope, and a 71.0 course rating, the Blacks are: 72.7/138, 6,735 yards. Extreme elevation changes and great views, the holes are challenging, but not unfair, and it’s maintained in excellent condition on rolling terrain between Pechanga Creek and the mountainside. It’s almost worth it to come for the 488-yard, par-4 6th, it drops 175 feet from tee to fairway, and then at least another 100 feet to the green-great hang time on the driver! The Journey at Pechanga has a fantastic, hip clubhouse and restaurant with views over the course, definitely the course and the facilities built for the upscale players.

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The Golf Course at Glen Mills, “Course of the Day”

The Course at Glen Mills

Glen Mills is in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, southeast of West Chester, just east of Rt. 322. Just a pure golf course here with a combination of open and forested holes, always in great shape, built on the grounds of a boy’s reform school. The Golf Course at Glen Mills was designed by Bobby Weed, plays to 6,646, par 71, 71.7/141, course/slope off the tips, it’s challenging and a scenic layout, especially in the fall, with each hole isolated and unique. A lot of variety to the holes, and it’s on the difficult side with forced carries, tight landing areas, and approach shots. The front side is a fair warm-up for a tougher and tighter backside.


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