Palms at Marriott's Desert Springs Resort

4.1024000000 4.1 stars from 5 (791)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6761 yards
  • Slope: 124
  • Rating: 72.0

  • 74855 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, California 92260, Riverside County
  • (760) 341-1756, (760) 341-2211
  • (760) 341-1828, (760) 341-1872
  • www.desertspringsresort.com

Year built: 1986
Architect(s): Ted Robinson, Sr.
Type: Resort
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6761 yards 72.0 124
Blue 72 6381 yards 69.0 114
White 72 6143 yards 70.2 118
Red (W) 72 5492 yards 70.8 116

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.1 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 791 Reviews
5 stars:
308
4 stars:
337
3 stars:
87
2 stars:
37
1 stars:
22

recommend this course

673 out of 785 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city near local attractions   Great for a weekend splurge advanced golfers playing multiple courses   Challenges include water hazards bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

Reviews


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"Excellent course, excellent staff equals excellent golf experience!"


markab's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/06/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Disregard any negative review for this course! Played the Valley course and it was in fantastic condition. From tee to green absolutely terrific, from the lush fairways to the true rolling greens to the amazing views of the mountains. The staff was very nice and helpfull. Do not listen to the bad reviews about having to carry your clubs up steps or not to helpfull staff. Just drop your clubs at the club drop and the staff takes care of the rest taking them down to the course level and returning them to drop area following your round. Will be making this course a regular stop on my visits to the desert in the future. Had an amazing day of golf!!


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"great oasis in the desert"


u000002561168's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

beautiful, challenging course with great views of surrounding area.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very Nice golf course but Greens were very Poor!"


u000002762466's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very Nice golf course but Greens were very Poor!
They were extremely long and very slow which was a shame as the rest of the course was in great condition.
My biggest criticism is the parking. It took me over 45 mins to find a parking space and missed my original tee time. They really need to sort parking out for golfers.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"There's better options"


u000005120629's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Miserable starter, damaged greens, asked if there were problems. Staff refused to answer. 5:15 to play and on and on. Just go somewhere else and you'll be happier


18 Hole Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Overall Condition: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Immaculate"


terryhofoss's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My"go to" course when I play in Palm Springs. One of the prettiest courses around. Greens and pace of play could be a bit quicker but still very enjoyable


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


Merle7620308's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course to play with clients or friends on a weekend getaway!!! Great value for the money !!


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Never Again"


ddglf's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2015
Previously played Played with a group Played 9 holes

Reviewed on

The only reason I could even give the Palm course 1 star, is that the flowers are gorgeous. Started out with less than friendly staff in pro shop and the staff providing rental clubs. The starter seemed more cordial, until we attempted to reason with him after 9 holes. We were on a pace to play 18 holes at 5.5 to 6 hours. It was miserably slow. He argued that we were not on that pace (despite the math) and that there was no one holding us up on the back 9. We declined his offer to jump to the Valley course, as we had enough of this place. Upon returning the rental clubs my companion used and commenting that they really didn't work out that well, the staff trash talked my personal clubs. We did go into the proshop upon leaving and finally found a staff member with great customer service skills. He did comp us another round, but seriously....would we go back? Very unlikely! As a side note, the greens were in incredibly poor condition and smelled bad (fertilizer?).


Player Tip: Find another course

18 Hole Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Overall Condition: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Many better places in the valley"


kevinkahn's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

While it is a pretty course in decent condition the service and staff seem noticeably below the level that I find at competing courses. Bag drop was unattended and even the provided phone there went unanswered. Even after my partner arranged club rentals and we paid and got out to the pick up area my clubs were still sitting up at bag drop. No water was provided (not even cups) so everything had to be bought and as I recall it was $3 for a bottle of water. Luckily I had a water bottle in my bag and filled it. It seems that playing in the hot desert water of some sort should be readily available. Course itself has a lot of water on it - some a bit too hard for a resort style course I think. Surface conditions on the greens was at best ok with lots of bare/brown spots. It isn't a bad place to play but I would choose any of a large number of competing courses in the area over it.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"very well maintained course"


u824348158's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, very challenging. Some very pretty holes. Greens a little bare in spots


Player Tip: Bag drop off area is not near the carts, had no idea being my first time where to go. Just followed some other golfers.

18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Marriott"


u000004160389's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Over crowded due to scheduling, 5+ hour rounds, greens in bad condition, staff unconcerned.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Picturesque but challenging"


audax's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Every hole was a post card photo. Lots of water and very deep sand traps with good sand. The only draw back was the greens were unpredictable as there was some overseeding and sanding underway. Some greens were a bit rough. This a resort course and the rough was not too difficult. We had a great day.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Pleasant Round of Golf"


u000006408500's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Twice a year
Handicap: 25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing the Valley course. Wide fairways and some challenging lies. Water features challenged your ability.


Player Tip: Greens can be fast, spend time on the practice green, putting.

18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"poor greens"


u1757567541's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens had a fungus, and also were slow. Otherwise the course was in excellent shape and fun to play.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Water challenge"


aerbus's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a wonderful surprise to play the Valley course. Fairways are generous and plenty of water. Fellow players raved about the course. Couple of greens were a little below par. Shooting 85 first time was a happy experience.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great course. Sub par greens."


u000006636192's avatar
Age: 35-44
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed the course. Well maintained. Great value from golfnow. The only problem was that the greens were a mess. Some bare spots and they definitely did not roll true. We were 4 singles all paired together and we all felt the same way.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course poorly operated"


Gweatherill's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Both the Palm and the Valley courses are superb. However the operators ruin the experience by cramming too many people on the courses resulting in frustration and rounds close to 5 1/2 hours. It's not unusual on public courses to have 2 or even three foursomes waiting on a par 3 but here it's every hole, including par 5's.

The problem can easily be solved by the operators moving from 8 to 10 minutes between tee times. However, they seem to be only interested in luring as many people in as possible with relatively low fees and, once they have your money, don't care what guests have to put up with.

It really is too bad.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Condition of the greens"


kendyson1's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Handicap: 15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Your Greens were very bad. Puts were very bumpy and Didn't roll very nice. there was a lot of bad green area.. This is not acceptable for the price.The rest 0f the course was good. the greens left a bad taste for us


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Fair"


prdanziger's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Handicap: 15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens are very inconsistent and in poor shape. They need serious work to improve the conditions


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Not as friendly as three years ago. Ol"


JimC5036208's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From signing in and getting the golf cart, we were not given instruction as to how to get to the course we were to play. Although the fee included driving range we were told to go to a different range for the course we were to play, we couldn't finf it. We spent our waiting time putting. The greens needing improving. We came back because of a great time 3 years ago when we bought several expensive shirts and had a terrific lunch. On this day, we left the course to the Marriott folks.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Overall Condition: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Lots of Water"


ABBA613's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once every three months
Handicap: 20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2015
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the course. Some holes had blind access to greens which was frustrating. Course is beautiful with great views.


Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course