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4.5
325 Reviews (325)
5 Stars
214
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
7
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
90.4%
Recommend this course
298 out of 325 reviews
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4.4
17 Reviews (17)
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.6
82.4%
Recommend this course
14 out of 17 reviews
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4.4
41 Reviews (41)
5 Stars
25
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
87.8%
Recommend this course
36 out of 41 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7056 yards
Slope 141
Rating 74.1
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Firecliff
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Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan (1997) John Cook Dana Fry (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in California (2019 #28) (2017 #7)
  • Golf Advisor: Golfers' Choice (2017 #39)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2017 #23)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Off-course amenities in the U.S. (2016 #4)

Reviews

4.5
325 Reviews (325)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Patio Dining 8
19th Hole Scenic Views 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 15
Water Hazards 11
Undulating Greens 8
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 12
A Weekend Splurge 10
Advanced Golfers 10
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 10
Worth the Drive 10
Convenient to the City 9

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Reviews 3
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Fantastic Course

This is one of the best courses in the desert. You will use every club in your bag. Thoroughally enjoyable.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Best Public Course in the Desert- but the Greens?

I have played this course for 10+ Years. Well kept and beautiful. If you come to Palm Desert this is a must play. But what happened to the greens? They are hurting, maybe from COVID non care. I rate all my courses by how well the greens hold and roll. Greens are not well right now. I am certain they will get better. But don't ruin the beauty by letting the greens go.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Ehhhh So So

Well, this was my first time playing this course. I heard a lot of really good things about it, so that made me really want to play it. Unfortunately, for me, it didn't live up to the hype. Just so so in my book. Greens have a disease on them and it made it very unfair. My ball would start hopping half way to the hole and whatever way the ball was breaking, the hop would cause about a ball width jump that direction. Kind of bummed. I don't think I'll be back to play here again.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 45
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Pace of play and condition of greens

Neither was up to the quality you would expect at a high end golf course. The Firecliff greens were parched and bumpy -- worse that any other greens I've played in the area this summer. Pace of play was very slow, which is common on weekends. It would have been over four hours for a 1pm tee off and 110 temperature.

Course condition was good, and it's a friendly experience. However, I live nearby and only play a couple of rounds a year due to these recurring issues. Caveat emptor.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 06/30/2020

I think the greens weren't great due to the fact that they did a 3/8 inch aerification from 6/22-6/25.

Played On
Reviews 170
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Greens a little rough

The Firecliff course is probably the premier public course in the PS area, and normally I would rate a 5. However, the greens were in rough shape on this day. Looks like they were aerated a few weeks back and over fertilized. Anyway, there were burned out and thin areas on many of the greens. The greens on the Mountain View course were in much better shape. I would give the Firecliff a few more weeks to heal up before playing again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 50
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice Course, Good Looking Club House, Friendly Staff

First time playing Firecliff. Generous fairways from tee. Rough is mowed down. Pace of play was good. Took 3hr 40 minutes for 11:40 tee time on Wednesday. Water with crushed ice stations. Only mishap was GPS did not work until i drove back to the Starter to reset it. Starter stated it was set on Marshall mode. Note to self, make certain GPS is working before teeing off. Restaurant was serving food, dine in, tables were say 10-feet plus apart. There is a fantastic view overlooking holes 9 and 18. Very reasonable option to eat with wife. Also had 6-pack domestic beer for $12 bucks!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Spectacular

Spectacular golf course, an oasis surrounded by desert & mountains. Superb condition!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Fabulous in every way.

We had a group of 14 players with back to back tee times. Even though we were booked to play on the Firecliff course, they were very confused and tried to put us on the Mountain course. The ancient starter didn’t know how to handle the issue, but they resolved it in the pro shop.

The course itself has quick rye grass greens and a really fun design. Several long par 4s from the Purple tees, but nothing unfair. The conditions were great! I loved the greens. So true and smooth. I’ll be sure to come back next time I’m in Palm Springs.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor management

This course loves to charge a premium fee, but doesn’t provide the amenities that should go along with that fee. No rangers ever were seen, thus the pace of play was terrible. We had three foursomes to a hole from the 8th hole on!! A beverage cart was only seen once. Then we called to ask about getting someone out on the back nine. Terrible service in all aspects. There are lots of courses in Palm Desert area-avoid this one and its hefty price.

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
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Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Well worth the experience

Course is a very good challenging layout. The multiple tees allow for a good time for all levels of golfer. Course is in outstanding condition. My only complaint was that the range was closed for regular maintenance yet nothing was mentioned in the online booking system. So we arrived an hour early to warm up and couldn’t swing a club.

Still had a good time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome

The course certainly lives up to its top tier rating! Firecliff was an excellent choice!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

played with two members who provided excellent advice on course management. The course was in great shape
and the greens were excellent. This course is playable by all levels, just need to pick the correct tees

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Wide open fairways

Beautiful course. Wide open fairways, and there’s no real rough trees or water to discourage tee shots.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Worth It

The course is very green in really good condition beautiful layout very lush would highly recommend playing it if you get the chance.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Most beautiful public desert course in Palm Desert

I always enjoy playing at Desert Willow. Today was no exception. Perfect conditions and very fast large undulating greens make this beauty a challenge to go low. The desert beauty cannot be compared with any other public venue locally.
Nice facilities except they closed practice range early on Mondays at12:30

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great conditions

Played the course for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. Conditions were immaculate, staff was friendly and helpful. We had a 720 teatime and played in three hours and 20 minutes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Great course

Great par 3s and some stategic par5s great fun course. Green were at 10 stimp

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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