Review and Rating of Westin Mission Hills Pete Dye Course in Rancho Mirage California
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. 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. Here is a link to our review of The Westin Mission Hills Gary Player Course.
Troon, one of the best golf management companies in the golf industry, manages the courses and common to both courses are:
The Westin Mission Hills Pete Dye course is a fun layout that plays through some homes and golf villas, past lots of palm trees swaying in the breeze, and with the mountains as a backdrop. The course is characterized by wide sweeping fairways, raised big greens surrounded by swales, bunkers, and mounds, and holes where you can see the pin and what you're up against. Water on 7 holes and 70 bunkers and mounds and rolling fairways can cause some problems, but the course is very fair to all skill levels.
Some of the holes that we really enjoyed included:
The bunkers are typical Pete Dye - huge to small deep pot bunkers strategically placed along the fairways and guarding all of the greens. The faces can be challenging and to score well you need to do whatever it takes to avoid them. The sand was ok.
Most of the fairways are huge off the tee box and a little tighter on the approach shots. They were in excellent condition when we played. Trees, mounds, desert, and some home line the fairways. The palm trees, water, mountains, and fauna make the course visually very scenic.
The greens range from 29 to 39 yards deep and they are a variety of sizes. Most are raised with lots of contour and they are surrounded by mounds, swales, and bunkers. When we played they were in excellent condition, ran at around a 9 or so, and required some study to read the breaks.
Rates: $85.00 to $160.00
Service is very good, the facilities are excellent, the Westin Resort is perfect for a fun stay and play, the food is good, the practice facilites are excellent, and the pro shop is well stocked.
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.