Played Pearl West today. Overall the course was in pretty good shape but could use refinement in a few areas to make it even better.
The greens were probably the best part of the course. Turf was healthy & speed was between medium & medium-fast. There was a significant amount of poa on the greens but it didn't seem to affect putts as our group certainly made their fair share of putts. Greens were receptive only to well struck full shots, pitches & chips rolled out. The greens also have a lot of character, you can end up with some very challenging putts where leaving a shot below the hole would be a worthwhile strategy.
Black tee areas the turf condition was thick & healthy for the most part but were in need of a haircut. There were a few tees on the back nine in the woods where the turf was much thinner but didn't present an issue. Also, a couple of holes from the blacks there were tree limbs overhanging the tee which really need to be trimmed (#6 is one that comes to mind where anything but a worm burner would strike a limb).
Fairways for the most part had good turf coverage. I didn't get any bad lies but thought they were a bit on the long side and could use a trim. Also, the fairways were noticeably softer than courses played earlier in the week on Wed & Thu. There were some mud balls observed by all players in the group despite sunshine & warm weather the past 5 days.
Fringes had good thick turf coverage but were cut too high. Balls coming to rest at the edge of the green it was tough to get the putter head on the ball. In fact the fringe was higher than the rough around it.
Practice range the turf coverage was good but the grass was like 4" long, almost like hitting out of the rough. So that can definitely use a buzzcut. Generous bags of good balls were provided. Bunkers were not groomed in the morning and could use a fresh coat of sand. Rough areas were mixed with mostly dormant turf and bare areas. Outside the irrigation areas the rough was dry and the ball rolled a bunch (usually into trouble, LOL), around the greens the rough was soft & muddy in some areas which was surprising since the last rain happened 6 days ago and drying conditions have been excellent this week.
Customer service was very good. Beverage cart made several appearances. The layout of the west course is very good, I think #16 is a great par five and the best hole on the course.
Overall I like the Pearl but would love it more if there was simple improvement in a few key areas.