December 22nd, we headed up to Terra Lago just off I-10 about a 1/2 hour east of Palm Springs. Terra Lago was host to the 2000 and 2001 skins games.
Here’s the range – nice to get FREE balls, but we had to hit balls quite far up on the tee area and were actually having to hit every shot from a downhill lie. Now I HATE downhill lies, but it was good for me becuase I rarely practice them. This gave me a chance to play shots I usually chilly dip on the course and gave me more confidence. So when I first saw the range tees, I was upset, but then I realized it was a blessing in disguise.
So here we are at the first hole. BTW…the carts were great with nice GPS support.
Hole #2 was a “fun” par 4, which was narrow and deadly (the number 1 handicap hole for men – supposedly 13 for me, but it felt harder than that). I did a bit of army golf from rough to rough, ending with a 3 putt (NOT a happy camper at this point)
But the views were so beautiful, I couldn’t stay mad for long and recovered on the 3rd hole, a short par 4 – I was on in 2, don’t ask me how I putted.
I’m glad we had a cart, as you can see, this course takes you up into the hills. Here we are looking down at the green on number 3. I found these greens lightening fast, but that’s probably because our greens in Vancouver tend to be quite a bit slower.
The par 5, 6th hole is called The Alley and you can see why – it really narrows as you get to the green. I found this hole tricky because it was hard to get a flat lie (thankfully my practice of downhill lies on the range paid off on this hole).
I loved the 7th hole – very elevated tee to a small green. Parring this hole was a real pleasure, especially when none of the 4 guys ahead of us could get their balls into the hole after 3 putts each. hee hee…..sometimes I am such a “B” 🙂
The 8th hole was really stunning. In fact, the “hill” in the distance reminded me a lot of the Pu’u ‘Ola’i Crater on Wailea Emerald.
Here we are at the 11th hole – another short par 4, with a gorgeous view. Just take a look at the moutain in this shot with the snow on top.
The ‘Go for It” number 14 was a great hole. Of course, any hole where you go for the green over water and par the hole is a great hole 🙂
And of course, more water, which really comes into play on your second shot if you try to hit the green in regulation. I didn’t even try, but every guy in the group ahead tried (and all of them heard a splash).
Here are some views of the 15th and 18th holes from the clubhouse. It was really fun watching all the players come down this stretch while we were having lunch.