Golf - Resort Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Rancho Mirage, CA
Reveiw and Rating of The Westin Mission Hills Gary Player Golf Course
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa is home to two very good 18 hole golf courses. The Pete Dye 18 is a par 70 6706 yard resort course with all of the signature trade marks of Pete Dye - big raised greens, strategically placed bunkers, forced carries, and challenging putting surfaces. Here is a link to our review of the Westin Mission Hills Pete Dye Course. The The Gary Player Signature Course is longer from all of the tee boxes, a stroke or two harder, and it's home to huge greens, lots of mounding and bunkers, rolling fairways, and some water features.
Troon, one of the best golf management companies in the golf industry, manages the courses and common to both courses are:
Some of what makes the Westin Mission Hills Gary Player course both fun and challenging are:
Some of the holes that we really liked included:
When we played the greens on the Gary Player Course were outstanding - fast, smooth, soft, and true. The greens are smaller on the front and bigger and tougher on the back with tiers, slope, and subtle breaks.
The sand isn't the prettiest but it's soft, fluffy, and thick. The bunkers range from small to some huge monsters. The faces are manageable.
The fairways were also in near perfect condition and range from wide open to a tad tight and the mountains are a beautiful backdrop.
Service is first class, the pro shop is well stocked, and the practice facilities are excellent.
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.