SilverRock Resort – CA Desert

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Owned by the City of La Quinta in the California Desert, SilverRock Resort developed an impressive upscale public golf course.  The Arnold Palmer Classic Course sits directly up against the beautiful Santa Rose Mountains. A former course in the rotation of the PGA Tour’s Bob Hope Classic the course sports large native bunkers and impressive water features. The $45 greens fee is especially attractive for local residents for a truly first rate golf course that can hold it’s own with many of the other courses in the desert.  The standard public fee for non La Quinta residents is reasonable at $80-120 depending on time of day during the peak season.  The master plan includes a luxury hotel, residencies and village but it’s not yet a Resort since the expansion was derailed by the 2008 financial crisis.

However, the development is finally moving ahead in the summer of 2017 as Montage International and The Robert Green Company have signed a agreement to collaborate.   Three hundred and forty hotel rooms under the Montage and Pendry brands will be built along with sixty six Pendry Residences as well as a Montage Spa, a major recreation center, multiple food and beverage facilities, a mixed-use village, all integrated alongside the Arnold Palmer course. The back nine will be closed in the summer of 2017 as the golf course is integrated into the revised master plan.  It is expected to be an spectacular destination resort with a planned opening in late 2019.

SilverRock Resort Arnold Palmer Classic Course

This is the quintessential Cochella Valley desert course.  Impeccably conditioned holes wind through large sandy areas interspersed with strategically placed desert shrubbery – all with expansive views of the beautiful Santa Rosa Mountains.

The SilverRock Resort Arnold Palmer Classic Course is extremely well maintained, with ample water, large bunkering and undulating greens.   The fairways are generous but it still helps to know your best target lines off the tees.  As long as you keep it in the fairway the lies are perfect.  But there is an abundance of waste areas with loose sand and gravel interspersed with large bushes.  These areas are punishing if you don’t know how to play from them and it’s just as likely you’ll end up in or near a well placed bush.

The greens are large, undulating, firm and fast.  Subtle undulations are common but locking in on the putting lines is not tricky and they roll very true.  Birdies are available for well struck approaches.

The GPS on the carts is one of the best we’ve seen.  The service level is excellent.  The greens fee is the best you’ll find in the Coachella Valley for the top quality of this experience.  The close presence of the Santa Rosa Mountains coupled with the complete absence of homes makes this a course to come back and play again.

Notable

Solid stone engraved tee markers are embedded in sand providing that desert flair.

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