Reveiw and Rating of The Westin Mission Hills Gary Player Golf Course
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa is home to two very good 18 hole golf courses. The Pete Dye 18 is a par 70 6706 yard resort course with all of the signature trade marks of Pete Dye – big raised greens, strategically placed bunkers, forced carries, and challenging putting surfaces. Here is a link to our review of the Westin Mission Hills Pete Dye Course. The The Gary Player Signature Course is longer from all of the tee boxes, a stroke or two harder, and it's home to huge greens, lots of mounding and bunkers, rolling fairways, and some water features.
Troon, one of the best golf management companies in the golf industry, manages the courses and common to both courses are:
excellent conditions from the tee boxes to the cup
first class facilities including a well stocked pro shop
The Westin's reputation for service, good amenities, and a good stay and play package
Some of what makes the Westin Mission Hills Gary Player course both fun and challenging are:
68 bunkers and water on 11 holes
medium sized greens with plenty of slope
forced carries and tight tree lined landing zones
long par fours that require precision and accuracy
excellent conditions and first class service
spectacular scenery thanks to rugged mountains forming a backdrop to the greens and fairways, sparkling ponds, colorful fauna, and swaying palm trees
and some great holes
Some of the holes that we really liked included:
#3 is a beautiful 528 yard par 5 with an easy carry off the tee over a pond to a tight fairway lined with mounds, hills, and trees and another lake at 200 out plus a small 26 yard deep green with a right side bunker
#5 is a beautiful 200 yard par 3 with an elevated tee box, cascading creek leading to a pond, and a small 22 yard deep and oblong green with 4 bunkers
snow capped mountains form a backdrop for #11 which is a a 558 yard par 5 with a lake from the tee box to the front of a green tucked off to the right side
#18 is a great risk reward shot off the tee box to try and carry more of the lake with several cascading waterfalls that runs from in front of the tee box to the right side of the green
When we played the greens on the Gary Player Course were outstanding – fast, smooth, soft, and true. The greens are smaller on the front and bigger and tougher on the back with tiers, slope, and subtle breaks.
The sand isn't the prettiest but it's soft, fluffy, and thick. The bunkers range from small to some huge monsters. The faces are manageable.
The fairways were also in near perfect condition and range from wide open to a tad tight and the mountains are a beautiful backdrop.