PGA West, Stadium Golf

55955 Pga Blvd, La Quinta, California, 92253
Type: Semi-Private, open to the public
No. Holes: 18
(760) 564-7100
Architect: Pete Dye (135)
                      
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Detailed description of PGA West, Stadium Golf

PGA West, TPC Stadium Golf, is a Semi-Private, 18 hole golf course located in La Quinta, California. PGA West has six courses. They are the, Arnold Palmer Private Course, Jack Nicklaus Private Course, Tom Weiskopf Private Course, Nicklaus Tournament Course, Greg Norman Course and TPC Stadium Course.

Designed by Pete Dye, ASGCA, the Stadium golf course opened in 1986

At 7,300 yards, TPC Stadium Course has the highest stroke (76.1) and slope (150) ratings of all the courses at PGA West. With five sets of tees, the TPC Stadium lures all skill levels. Golf Traveler named it as the second most challenging course in America. Most everyone ranks it at least in the top five for toughness. It is ranked No. 18 on Golf Magazine's Top 100 You Can Play list

TPC Stadium Course has two of golf's toughest finishing holes. On 317, you must navigate the island green known as Alcatraz. and #18 is a water lined challenge.

The course was nemed "Stadium" because of spectator seating that was carved from natural terrain tahnks to Pete Dye's vision.

This course has been reviewed 9 times
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Needham, MA
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Guest (cart included), played on Saturday, March 2019 at 9:00 PM

Day 2 - 100 days, 100 courses (Friday, March 15, 2019)

You know how you will be watching a movie and you see all the signs that disaster is about to come and yet you are still surprised when it happens? That is the PGA West Stadium Course.

Three days ago a buddy of mine emailed me and said "Oh, I see you're playing PGA West Stadium Course. That is HARD!". Two days ago, my playing partners at JW Marriott Desert Springs asked where I was playing next they said: "Wow, that is one tough course." Yesterday before starting the starter said, "If it's your first time you have to play the white's because it's really challenging." Finally, Dean, my cart mate said: "you'll lose 8 balls."

So where do you go from there?

What can I say about PGA West Stadium, other than that they were all right. The course was incredibly challenging. Lots of water, even more, sand, (played with 3 members that had names for the worst of the bunkers) and not a flat lie anywhere in the fairway (at least where I was).

However, the setting was absolutely beautiful and although it's one of those courses that beats you up, you'll still want to go back to try it again.

My game could be summed up as tremendous swings. I would hit a long drive into the water and then without fail my next shot would be brilliant. I also learned a new term - PBFU. It stands for "Post Birdie F*** Up". I had a great birdie on number 14 and then 15 I carded a horrendous 7.

I finished the round with a 99 (51 on front and 48 on the back) and lost a total of 6 balls (take that Dean, you were wrong).

Tally over two days - 197 strokes and 8 lost balls. (Handicap heading up.)

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 029441
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Colorado Springs, CO

Guest (cart included), played on Tuesday, May 2011 at 8am

Excellent course and a must play if you are are going to be near here. One of many high quality layouts in the La Quinta area. A bit difficult for my handicap, but I would play it again.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 015990
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San Jose, CA

$71 (cart included), played on Friday, July 2011 at 6am

Awesome course. Love the Amen Corner.

Would travel: 120-300 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 015236
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La Quinta, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Sunday, April 2011 at 6am

Great course, be prepared for uneven lies and a lot of fairway bunkers. Think your way around this course

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 013652
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Guest (cart included), played on Tuesday, December 2010 at 8am

Difficult and challenging. You need to be pretty good golfer to enjoy this. Pete Dye plays with your mind also. Mentally draining but you feel great after and cannot wait for the next time.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 012565
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Gilbert, AZ

$101 (cart included), played on Friday, April 2010 at noon

Had to play it once. It's very challenging as my back 9 score indicated. The pace of play was HORRIBLE! We were paired up with a couple Canadians who made the day at least enjoyable. This course probably shouldn't be played by an over 10 handicapper - LOTS of trouble out there. It's expensive for what you get - we played a couple other courses in the area for much less - that I felt were more user friendly and in much better shape.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area
 
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Rank ID # : 010026
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Staten Island, NY

$151 (cart included), played on Friday, October 2009 at 6am

Fabulous! Very challenging.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Best course in the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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None worth mentioning
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Rank ID # : 009241
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Sumas, WA

$46 (cart included), played on Thursday, January 2009 at 8am

The starter was on our case after finishing the front 9 in 2:05 while letting 2 groups play through,and we finished in just over 4 hours.

Do not play early morning among members at the PGA West Courses if you want a relaxing round as they play very fast as they all drive their own individual carts.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 008478
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Sumas, WA

$71 (cart included), played on Thursday, September 2007 at 6am

Poor cart staff.Fun layout.TOOO many houses.Not as tough as they say.I could play here every day.Great replay rate. Excellent practice area.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles
Bottom line: I would play again, Average course for the area, Better courses for less nearby
 
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Rank ID # : 001188
4.1/5
Based on 9 reviews
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