Doesn't feel like the desert
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Pros: Tucked away in a big drainage basin with manicured banks, this is a breath of fresh air in the brown desert landscape. The grass is kept lush by the drainage, and the ground feels like ground does in the Midwest.
The course plays linearly down the basin, and all of the baskets are on the sides of the basin. There are virtually no obstacles in the middle of the basin, so the basket placement maximizes the available challenges. There are plenty of trees along the banks, so on many throws you'll need to shape your throws to give yourself the best shot at a birdie. And the baskets on slopes are a nice touch, providing the risk of a rollaway on a bad putt. Strangely, this course has more elevation than just about any other course in Vegas/Henderson (other than Mt. Charleston, of course).
All the tee pads are concrete, and navigation is not hard. After finishing the last hole, turn toward the middle of the basin and you should see the next tee. There are no tee signs, but they aren't really necessary.
Cons: Once you finish the 9th hole, you either have to walk the length of the course again or play it backwards. I haven't tried the latter option.
Most of the course was empty when I played it, but one hole was occupied by a couple dozen kids there for some party or something. There are basketball courts that could make finishing one or two holes difficult if they are in use.
The holes are on the shorter side, but they're not absurdly short. You can definitely play with a putter and a midrange, but birdies are hardly gimmes.
After rain (I played the day after a very heavy downpour), the grass can be soggy. I'm guessing this isn't usually the case, though.
The holes on the right side of the basin are not far from the fence, so errant throws will end up in someone's yard.
Other Thoughts: I brought my dog here and had a nice walk and a quick round. I wouldn't go out of your way to play here, but I'm glad they put in a course, and it's the only close course for Anthem residents. If you have the place to yourself, the gently rolling hills will make for a pleasant round.
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