Desert Willow Golf Resort (Firecliff course)


4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Desert Willow Golf Resort (Firecliff course) Est. 1997

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Desert Willow Golf Resort (Firecliff course): Desert Willow's two championship golf courses can stand alongside any of the top-name offerings in the Palm Springs/Desert area. Scenic, challenging and beautifully laid out, this handsome pair have much in common with each other. For many local golfers, the Firecliff may just get the edge over the also excellent Mountain View course. Real estate is scarcely seen from either, while both are framed by fabulous mountain scenery, and desert vistas closer at hand. The Firecliff arguably has some of the most memorable holes, not least the closing holes on each nine and an exquisite collection of par-3's. The long par-4 9th and par-5 18th holes finish in front of the impressive clubhouse on either side of a small lake, while the 8th and 17th, two stunning par-3's, are also played on either side of a small and very picturesque lake. Tall palms stand sentinel behind both greens, with all manner of bunkering to be avoided en route to the large and sloping putting surfaces. Beyond the Firecliff's generally good-width fairways and more clinging first cut of rough, the swathes of desert terrain are attractively adorned with all manner of indigenous flowering shrubs and cactus. The hallmarks of this excellent Hurdzan design are to be found in the fusion of the natural desert terrain with skilfully created holes, copious and very stylish bunkering and occasional, but seriously threatening water hazards.

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Making Contact

Desert Willow Golf Resort
38995 Desert Willow Drive,
Palm Desert, California 92260
USA
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Office   +1 (800) 320 3323 (toll free)
Pro Shop   +1 (760) 346 7060
Fax

 

Email  
Website   www.desertwillow.com
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Golf Pro
 
Darrell Souza (Director of Golf)
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Academy
 
The Palm Desert Golf Academy at Desert Willow Golf Resort
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Desert-style.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
 
Surroundings: Desert environment.
 
Designer: Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and John Cook
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7056 6173 5079
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 73.6 69.3 69
 
At the Same Location:
18-hole par-72 Mountain View course (6913 yards from back-tees).
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How2Get There?

8 miles SE of Palm Springs
From I-10 between Thousand Palms and Indio, take the Cook Street exit and follow Cook Street south. After 2 miles turn right onto Country Club Drive. After o.3 miles, at traffic lights, turn right into Desert Willow Drive.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (mid-Jan thru' April): $185 (all days). Golf cart included. Reduced sunrise and twilight rates. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance (up to 60 days ahead permitted).
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Other Information
Non-metal spikes preferred. Golf carts (fitted with GPS) compulsory.

Practice facilities
Excellent
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Did you know?

The golf facilities at Desert Willow could easily be mistaken for those of a top-quality private club, although they are in fact owned by the City of Palm Desert. The courses are operated as a public golf facility by Kemper Sports. Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, Kemper Sports has a broad portfolio of approximately 75 public-access and private courses under management, spanning the United States, Puerto Rico and Latin America. In the portfolio are such gems as Bandon Dunes, Chambers Bay and Desert Willow.

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Location

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Latitude: (33.766363)
Longitude: (-116.366833)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa AAA 4-Diamonds
74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, California 92260
+1 (760) 341 2211
www.marriott.com

The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort offers a lush exotic oasis amid pristine open desert. The Resort has two 18-hole golf courses, and also offers discounted Stay & Play packages for play on other neighbouring courses, including Desert Willow (on the other side of Country Club Drive). Spa facilities, 4 signature restaurants, a high-energy nightclub, sparkling pools, shopping and much more all feature at the Desert Springs Resort.

Golf at this hotel Desert Springs (Palm and Valley courses)
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Golf within 5 miles Desert Willow; Shadow Ridge; Mission Hills; Desert Falls; Classic Club; Indian Wells Resort; Indian Wells CC.
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Golf within 20 miles Desert Dunes; Cimarron; Tahquitz Creek; SilverRock; PGA West; Heritage Palms; Terra Lago; Eagle Falls; Bighorn; La Quinta Resort; Trilogy at La Quinta; Quarry at La Quinta.
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Courtyard by Marriott - Palm Desert 
74895 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, California 92211
+1 (760) 776 4150
www.marriott.com

This Courtyard by Marriott hotel is located in Palm Desert with views of the magnificent Santa Rosa Mountains. With Desert Willow Golf Resort a half mile away and on-site tennis courts, you don't need to travel far to find excellent outdoor sports facilities. Stay & Play packages with discounted green fees are available at the Desert Willow golf courses.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Desert Willow; Classic Club; Shadow Ridge; Mission Hills; Desert Springs; Desert Falls.
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Golf within 20 miles Desert Dunes; Cimarron; Tahquitz Creek; SilverRock; PGA West; Indian Wells Resort; Indian Wells CC; Heritage Palms; Terra Lago; Eagle Falls; Bighorn; La Quinta Resort; Trilogy at La Quinta; Quarry at La Quinta.
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