Described by Peoria Pines? golf pros as a ?power executive? course, Peoria Pines? 18-hole course presents a scaled-down, 4,412-yard, par 63 layout. The truncated course challenges golfers? iron play with 11 par 3s and five par 4s, while two lengthy par 5s?which measure 510 and 527 yards?give players an excuse to send golf balls flying with their driver or covert water-balloon launchers. The player-friendly course rests alongside a practice facility with a grass-tee driving range and areas for chipping, putting, and bunker shots.
Views of the course abound from The Palm Room, where executive chef Matt D?Arnese crafts a menu of gourmet pasta, chicken, beef, and fish. The restaurant provides a postround respite for golfers to unwind with a drink from the full-service bar or a chance to assess white tablecloths? utility as a putting surface.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 63 layout * Length of 4,412 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 61.1 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 100 from the farthest tees * Three tee options
Golfers aim their shots in between the fences that bookend the target field at Desert Mirage Golf and Learning Center's driving range. But their swings at the range—which emulates course conditions with natural grass hitting areas and earthworms that sneeze in golfers' backswings—are mere rehearsals for the main performance: a round at the Center's 9-hole course. The par-31 course offers five par-threes and four par-fours and features to a memorable finishing hole: a 322-yard par-four with a pond that runs down the left side.
The nine-hole executive course's open fairways and flat terrain present a laid-back layout for golfers to build confidence and practice short-game skills. The course does away with many of the treacherous hazards found at larger courses, such as deep bunkers, long shots over water, or enticing offers for island green timeshares. To aid in the development of consistent golf skills, PGA professional instructors oversee the golf center's facilities, ready to enlighten new golfers on anything from proper etiquette to trick shots, which students can then ingrain into muscle memory at the driving range.