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4.5
317 Reviews (317)
5 Stars
210
4 Stars
74
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
93.5%
Recommend this course
292 out of 317 reviews
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4.7
14 Reviews (14)
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.9
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.6
92.9%
Recommend this course
13 out of 14 reviews
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4.3
39 Reviews (39)
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
9
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
92.3%
Recommend this course
36 out of 39 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

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
317 Reviews (317)

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

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
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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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
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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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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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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 1
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 6
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
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Previously Played
Cold weather
Walked

Always a pleasure at Firecliff

Having played the two Desert Willow courses many times over the years, I highly recommend them. Challenging, fair layouts with wide fairways but precision needed to reach and hold the greens. Thoughtful tee box options allow mixed skill levels to play together.

Conditioning is always good despite many player rounds. Choose your tee time wisely to avoid slow play and it is a pity you can't walk these courses.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 735
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

DW Firecliff

Rode the Purple tees (6676/72.1/136) in 4H, 15M twilight with GK Gurus Ron, Pedro and Gary, easily beating darkness. Always enjoy playing with those old, familiar faces! The weather was clear, fairly calm and around 65.

Playing conditions were excellent across the board. Having played both Rams Hill and Indian Wells Celebrity in the past 24 hours, both of which were excellent as usual, I can say that this course was the best conditioned of the three.

Over seeded tees were lush and level with few divots.

Over seeded fairways were lush and very nice to play from.

The over seeded rough is VERY lush and thick. Definitely a penalty to miss the fairway here.

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 if downhill. Numerous pins were tournament quality, set close to slopes where near misses could result in 15-20' coming back. Mostly smooth and they held irons well.

Customer Service always excellent here from when you drop your clubs off out front to when you pick them up after the round. Drink cart around multiple times, and I had what may have been the best hot dog I have ever consumed from their snack shop. Piled high with about a dozen different add ons! Nice GPS on carts. Plenty of ice/water stations on the course. The all grass driving range is included and is excellent with a nice practice chipping area. Highly recommended, one of my favorite courses in the Palm Springs area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great dY on a great golf course

I am a 11 handicap golfer and was able to shoot a 77. The greens were terrific allowing for 6 one puts. The sand traps were plentiful but in great condition.
Best game of golf for me in 2019
I will be back
David MCCleery from Vancouver B.C.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great golf

A wonderful place to play! Everything is first rate. Great golf course for all skill levels and an extremely froendly staff. Would definitely rank this as one of the top 3 places to play in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

A favourite every year

Had a great day on the course. We had a frost delay for about 1 hr 30 minutes. The staff handled it really well. We were told we would not be charged if we chose not to play. We chose to stay and finished in 3 and a half hours.
Course was in great shape, greens, fairways , t boxes and rough. We really enjoy this course , will play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent experience.

Beautiful course. Good condition but greens a little slow as recently punched and seeded.
They have a great breakfast and the area overlooks the 9 th hole so very picturesque.
Not cheap unless you are a resident of palm desert.
John

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Best course in the world

Played on courses across North America and Europe, and in my opinion best course in the world

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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