Played a few courses on a 3 week visit to practice and play a tournament or two recently. Here’s some info on practice facilites and courses if I played them: ASU - Good place to practice if you can get onto the grass range out there. Luckily I had a few lessons with Matt Trimble (highly recommend, worked with Jon Rahm while he was at ASU), and he let me practice all I wanted pre and post-lesson. The practice green there is pretty pure, but on the course you can tell it still gets a lot of play. Good speed and condition, just a lot of ball marks. Can’t say I recommend the course anyway, but I’ll take it over the other Dye design in town. Lone Tree - Played here for an Outlaw Tour event. I might be biased because I played relatively well here, but the greens are in much better shape compared to last year at this time. I was really impressed with course conditions out here. Lots of drivers off the tee and island green par 3 to make things interesting. Range and practice green aren’t the best, but it’s more than enough to hit a few balls and work on putting. Chipping green is too small to get any proper work in unless you’re working on short chips only. Las Colinas - This is a great place to practice short game IMO. Two smaller greens near the clubhouse to putt and chip on, but the best green for chipping is by the driving range. If it’s not busy you can go out about 50 yards to hit pitches and short game shots. Greens are slow here though, seems to be a lot of (too much?) grass on the greens if that makes sense. Range is okay, just make sure your bucket has more Srixon range balls over the generic brand balls they have. Ocotillo - Ocotillo is an interesting place. Very resorty feel, and you can still catch a good deal to play here if you play at the right time. Course is very lush from tee to green, with the greens at a decent speed. Lots of water out here, but there’s ample room off the tees to play safe. There’s some big slopes on the greens, making for some interesting putts if you misplace an approach shot. TPC Champions - One of my favorites to play around the area. Really a fun layout with a good mix of holes. I’m a big fan of the par fives out there, and the par threes are a good mix of distances. The greens usually run a tad slow, but they keep them in good condition. Bunkers are some of the best in the valley. Desert Forest - Played out here with a former college teammate and it exceeded expectations. Everything is absolutely pristine. Some of the toughest greens I’ve played, running at a very quick pace. It helps to have a little local knowledge to read them out here, as there’s apparently a mountain effect that i didn’t pick up on until the 15th hole. Tight course off the tee and very walkable, this place will eat your lunch if you’re not on your game. One of my top 5 courses I’ve played. Highly recommend to everyone if they can get a chance to play out there. I also recommend eating at nearby Big Earl’s Greasy Eats in Cave Creek. Damn good burgers but hard on the diet!