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4.6
282 Reviews (282)
5 Stars
189
4 Stars
67
3 Stars
16
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
4
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.6
94.9%
Recommend this course
260 out of 282 reviews
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4.8
35 Reviews (35)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.8
StaffFriendliness
4.9
97.1%
Recommend this course
34 out of 35 reviews
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4.6
63 Reviews (63)
5 Stars
46
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.3
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.8
95.2%
Recommend this course
60 out of 63 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7056 yards
Slope 138
Rating 73.6
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Firecliff
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7056 yards 73.6 138
Blue 72 6676 yards 71.7 133
White 72 6173 yards 69.3 124
White (W) 72 6173 yards 75.9 140
Yellow 72 5642 yards 67.2 117
Yellow (W) 72 5642 yards 72.8 134
Red (W) 72 5079 yards 69.7 128
Scorecard for Firecliff
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 74.1/141 535 410 194 446 429 331 569 155 455 3524 435 452 427 550 176 332 420 204 536 3532 7056
Purple M: 72.1/136 516 394 168 424 400 310 548 138 437 3335 421 427 395 523 163 302 405 192 513 3341 6676
Purple/Lavender M: 71.0/132 516 364 168 387 380 310 520 138 408 3191 393 396 371 523 163 302 405 170 513 3236 6427
Lavender M: 69.3/124 W: 75.7/140 489 364 139 387 380 279 520 119 408 3085 393 396 371 502 141 279 368 170 468 3088 6173
Tan M: 67.5/120 W: 72.5/133 447 338 127 352 341 264 510 107 373 2859 357 362 338 454 119 258 332 152 411 2783 5642
Green M: 65.0/112 W: 69.4/127 417 312 107 313 304 233 465 82 323 2556 323 329 311 425 97 227 297 129 385 2523 5079
Handicap 11 9 15 1 5 13 7 17 3 2 6 8 12 16 18 10 4 14
Par 5 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 3 11 15 9 7 13 1 17 5 10 8 12 2 16 14 4 18 6

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

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Reviews

4.6
282 Reviews (282)

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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5.0
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First Time Playing

Beautiful course!

Friendly staff, great course. We played at 350pm no one in front or behind us. Definitely recommend!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Holiday Golf

Really good condition for the time of year. Greens rolled well

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great course, nice views

Weather was nice and the course was in great shape. Can’t wait to play it again.

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

Amazing

What a gorgeous wonderful course. We’ll be back! Not one bad thing to say!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great course to play well on!

I really liked this course as the holes all had character but didn’t penalise you unfairly. The Canadian lad I played with and I both had great front nines. Unfortunately, we caught up with other players on the back nine which slowed us down quite a bit. Never mind, a good game of golf on a very nice course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

One of the desert’s gems

I have played this course several times throughout the year. It is always breathtaking in its beauty. The course is definitely resort-course style, very playable for all abilities, interesting, varied, and by its design is very secluded with many fairways seemingly tucked away on their own. In the heat of the summer, there are ample drinking water outlets. But the real bonus is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff, from valet to pro shop to bar and restaurant, the great clubhouse facilities, and luxurious locker rooms including showers.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Desert willow firecliff

Excellent condition and on par with Indian Canyons. Greens were a little slow. As the location is further away from the mountains it can get rather windy. But overall would play again. Not much difference from sister course Mountainview

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

Beautiful Course

After playing a bad track nearby, this was heaven. Visually pretty. Great condition. Fabulous bar and restaurant overlooking 9th and 18th greens.

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

Favorite So Far

Simply said, beautiful course. My husband and I booked this through Golf Now, got paired up with another twosome at the course and had a great round. The staff was great, the course layout made it fair for any level of play and a couple water hazards were well placed to jump up and bite you off the tee if you didn’t know they were there and I didn’t, lol. Seriously, we’re both single digit handicaps and this course, even for the price, would be a must play for us if we came back to the valley. It’s expensive but it’s well worth the price to play this valley gem. I couldn’t get enough pics.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

We loved the Mountain course. We were booked at Firecliff but we had an issue booking with GolfNow. We booked a tee time at Firecliff through GolfNow, showed up but they said our tee time was half an hour later. We would never have booked that time because we wouldn’t have been able to finish the round. Luckily, Desert Willow offered us a time on the Mountain course. GolfNow does not offer assistance with this issue on their website so had to write this review here. The Desert Willow golf experience was awesome...the GolfNow experience not so much.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Group of 16

Desert Willow has been on our Desert Tour list since 2005 and is a must play..Course conditions are always excellent. Staff and services are top notch

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice holes

Very nice course, and lots of actual desert willow. Very nicely landscaped and greens were around 9 - 10 on the stemp.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pace of play

Pace of play was extremely poor. No Marshall was seen and we waited up to 15-20 minutes on the last 7 holes

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Picturesque

Front 9 played at a great pace. Back 9 backed up all the way. One hole had theee groups waiting. No marshall on the course.

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

One of the best!

Fantastic course, very women friendly and great scenery. Generous driving lanes, greens in great condition and the course is alway in impeccable shape. Restaurant/bar closes early so late afternoon finishes require a trip to a different venue if you want to commiserate after a round. Very nice pro shop with great selection of the latest fashion for men and women

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Firecliff

Rode the Purple tees (6676/72.1/136) in 4H, 20 on dawn patrol using Forelinx. Paired with Joey, Lou and Mike, all visiting Canadians. The weather was clear, fairly calm and around 75.

Playing conditions were excellent bording on immaculate across the board.

The tees were very nice. Lush and level with few divots.

The fairways are lush, firm and really nice to play from.

The rough is lush and mowed down. Good POP rough, not overly penal. Really nice to chip from.

The waste bunkers were firm and not as well maintained as the greenside traps. The greenside traps had good quality sand and were very nicely maintained.

The greens putted medium fast bordering on fast. Smooth and firm, I had 4-6' coming back AD.

Customer Service always excellent here from when you drop your clubs off out front to when you pick them up out front. Drink cart out making the rounds several times. Good GPS on carts. Plenty of ice/water stations on the course. The all grass driving range is included and above average. Nice practice chipping area. Highly recommended, one of my favorite courses in the Palm Springs area, .

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