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Desert Willow Golf Resort

38995 Desert Willow Drive,

Palm Desert, California 92260

  • Office

    +1 (800) 320 3323 (toll free)
  • Pro shop

    +1 (760) 346 7060
  • Golf pro

    Darrell Souza (Director of Golf)
  • Academy

    The Palm Desert Golf Academy at Desert Willow Golf Resort

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

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
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).

Location

Latitude:

33.766363

Longitude:

-116.366833

How to get 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.

Desert Willow Golf Resort (Firecliff course)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1997

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/Palm 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-3s, 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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Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance (up to 60 days ahead permitted).

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes, peak rate in high season (mid-Jan thru' April): $185 (all days). Golf cart included.

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].

Other information

Non-metal spikes preferred. Golf carts (fitted with GPS) compulsory.

Practice facilities

Excellent

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.

Where2Stay

  • JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & SpaAAA 4-Diamonds

    74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, California 92260

    +1 (760) 341 2211

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    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)

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Desert Willow; Shadow Ridge; Mission Hills; Desert Falls; Classic Club; Indian Wells Resort; Indian Wells CC.

    • 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.

  • Courtyard by Marriott - Palm Desert

    74895 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, California 92211

    +1 (760) 776 4150

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    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

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Desert Willow; Classic Club; Shadow Ridge; Mission Hills; Desert Springs; Desert Falls.

    • 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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