Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
La Quinta, CA
Review & Rating of SilverRock Resort in La Quinta, Ca
Arnold Palmer designed a fantastic 18 holes of golf at SilverRock Resort that sprawls over 200 acres at the base of the stunning rugged and steep Santa Rosa Mountains. Massive native waste bunkers, cascading waterfalls into sparkling ponds, huge steep and deep sand bunkers, challenging green complexes, wide-open landing zones, near-perfect conditions, and friendly service make SilverRock one of the best in the Palm Springs area and a must-play.
SilverRock Resort in La Quinta is owned by the City of La Quinta, managed by Landmark Golf Management, and was home to the Bob Hope Classic from 2008 to 2011. Some of the well-deserved accolades and awards SilverRock Resort has received include:
Every hole is a little different from the previous hole and during your round you'll encounter forced carries over waste areas and water, strategically placed huge fairway bunkers, doglegs left and right, risk-reward opportunities, wide-open landing zones, and challenging green complexes. SilverRock Resort is challenging but fair and there are six sets of tee boxes with yardages ranging from 4542 to 7239 yards - don't bite off more than you can handle, in fact you may want to move up a set of tee boxes and play something that is a little shorter than you normally play! Some of the holes are set up against the side of the Santa Rosa Mountains and all of the holes have stunning views of the Mountains.
Both nines are excellent but we liked the back nine a little better - it seemed to be a little more challenging with some very interesting and fun holes plus 3 beautiful par 3s and 3 outstanding par 5s. Some of the holes that we really loved included:
The SilverRock Resort Greens were in near perfect condition, soft, and a little slow at around 8 or so. They seemed easy to read and ran very true. All of the greens are well guarded with big bunkers and waste bunkers. Most of the greens are huge and all have some minor to severe slope and contour.
The fairways at SilverRock were also in near perfect condition. Off the tee, in most cases, the fairways are wide open but miss and you're in a nasty strategically placed bunker or a huge waste area or water on 8 holes. The small rough around the fairways was also in good condition and a tad thick but playable. Some of the fairways are contoured and sloping others are flat offering some extra roll.
The bunkers a SilverRock are huge and multi-fingered and steep and deep. Some are so big they could swallow a small house. And they are everywhere! The good news is that the sand is excellent. Huge waste bunkers with sand and brush and trees typically line both sides of the fairways and cover the back and sides of the greens.
SilverRock Resort is a must-play if you're in the area - it's fun, scenic, and challenging but fair.
Rates: $50.00 to $170.00
Service is excellent, the pro shop is in a temporary location but has all the basics, and the practice area is good
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.