By Kate Treadwell
This past weekend I had the opportunity to play SilverRock Golf Course in La Quinta for the first time. I had heard rave reviews, but had never experienced it myself. I was stoked to say the least, and it did not disappoint.
Currently, SilverRock is in the midst of some huge changes. The city of La Quinta, in partnership with SilverRock Development Company, broke ground this year on a massive, $420 million dollar project that includes the addition of a 140 room, 5-star, luxury hotel and spa and a 200 room lifestyle hotel. Plans also include a 71,000 square foot convention center, resort village with residential units, over 90 lifestyle or branded homes, 160 resort style homes for private ownership, a new state of the art club house, and event lawn.
Unfortunately, with all that’s going on, you are limited to only 9 holes. But believe me, you’ll be happy you get to play the same 9 twice. You’ll most likely need redemption. SilverRock shows no mercy. It is all about placement on this beautifully manicured and demanding track.
From most tee boxes, it appears as though you have a very narrow landing strip of green amidst a vast mountainous desert. Oh wait… that’s exactly what it is! And if that isn’t enough sand for you, believe me, there’s plenty more that’s man made. And, if your ball gets dirty from all the sand and rock, there’s plenty of water to help clean it off.
You may lose a lot of balls, or have more bad lies than usual at SilverRock, but the surroundings, breathtaking views and beautifully designed course will far outweigh the big score. And, you’ll easily shave 3-5 strokes off the back on your second go around.
SilverRock is closed for over seeding through November 6th. Do yourself a favor in advance, book a tee time for November 7th today! Green fees are as low as $25 and it’s worth every penny!