Steve Lapper (Panelist since 2009; has performed 84 of the Best 100): I’m a fan of Desolate tract Willow (Firecliff), Escena, and in case you are up for possible ego-bruising, PGA West Stadium. Desolate tract Willow (Firecliff) is a well-maintained and amusing design through Hurdzan and Fry that has numerous herbal attractiveness, technique and barren region authenticity. Escena is a little more quirky and fascinating, constructed right into a valley wash that makes for a extremely stress-free spherical. PGA West Stadium is a Pete Dye brute that swallows up unhealthy pictures, but supplies each a super revel in with a undeniable allure. A phrase to the sensible: Select a tee period shorter than your same old. You’ll have extra amusing.
Thomas Brown (Panelist since 2015; has performed 95 of the Best 100): PGA West Stadium. Pete Dye polarizes us into love or hate, in particular hate if we’re shedding golfing balls. I benefit from the all-or-nothing manner shot at the par-5 16th hollow named San Andreas. Gazing Phil Mickelson play the bunker shot from the monster bunker at the left in The American Categorical PGA Excursion match (underneath) has been entertaining. A 2nd direction to believe, simply west of Palm Desolate tract, is Oak Quarry. Golfing architects Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt created a dramatic structure with Gil Morgan. In the past, the website served as a mine for limestone and marble. The par-3 14th hollow, with a big rock outcropping background, is a impressive problem.
Brian Curley (Panelist since 2011; has performed 65 of the Best 100): The barren region evolved through the years through hugging the slope of the mountains to steer clear of the sturdy winds (there’s a reason why there are tons of wind generators close to Palm Springs). I feel the most efficient golfing choices are on those websites. I just like the Pete Dye Mountain Path (necessarily core golfing alongside the mountain) and PGA West Stadium, most certainly the one “should play” within the public realm given the over-the-top parts and recognition. Only a few lessons had been constructed within the house within the closing 20 years, so you’re going to now not in finding many choices that evoke a brand new/outdated glance of ruggedness. Maximum lessons are actual property pushed the place “beautiful” drives the bus. Many depend on expansive lakes and waterfalls that double as obstacles to housing. I at all times preferred Desolate tract Willow but it surely’s been awhile since I’ve noticed it. My design company labored on Shadow Ridge with Nick Faldo and it has a nice appearing of the rugged transitional theme. There may be some perimeter building however now not a lot in play as it’s most commonly a big swath of golfing revel in. There are a selection of lessons which might be very equivalent and be offering feel-good golfing. I generally tend to stray from the condo-lined choices. As for Oak Quarry, thank you for the nod Tom! Loopy website. I upload that I did the paintings with affiliate Grant Haserot sporting a large load. Lee had little involvement rather then the preliminary website seek advice from (we have been splitting lessons through this time), and the nice physician confirmed as much as minimize a ribbon and take a photograph. Simply sayin’.
Kye Goalby (Panelist since 2019; has performed 70 of the Best 100): PGA West for the explanations others have discussed, and Cimarron, the place you don’t must play thru apartment canyons and also you get a close-up view of San Jacinto Mountain. Plus, it’s on the subject of the airport!
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