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4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
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4.4
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Pace
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4.8
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4.5
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4.4
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Layout
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Pace
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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
334 Reviews (334)

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 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good Round of Golf

Desert willow firecliff is always a good round of golf. The course has a great layout and it’s in decent shape. Today was the last day before over seeding so it wasn’t it’s usually green self Greens were a little rough. Staff is always top notch.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Last days at Firecliff for 2019/2020 season turf

It is the last few days of play on the old turf. The Mountain View course is ready and the switch will be soon. The greens are really fast right now at Firecliff. Play is fine in the field. Bunkers are in ok shape. I saw 2 huge coyotes roaming around the 11th hole I think it was. I was really grateful to find sauerkraut for my hot dog at the turn. Thanks for a nice round of golf!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Solid Golf Course

Considering that it is shoulder season, it has been a very hot summer than still continues, and that this course has not yet been overseeded, I would have to say that the course is in very good shape. I imagine that it will be that much better in the winter months to come. The layout is somewhat generous but fun to play, just less so when it is 108 degrees.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course was stressed

We play this course every time we come to Palm Springs. It's one of our favorite layouts. However with all the heat this year, the course was severely stressed. Greens were decent, but slow. Cart personnel and marshal's were top notch. Some of the best in the area. Cubhouse staff is never very friendly. Not sure why, but this always seems to be the case. Overall, a good experience and we'll continue to play here again.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 34
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course to play

This is a great course (they have two) to play, I highly recommend playing either course (Firecliff or Mountain).

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 796
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Firecliff

Rode the Purple tees (6676/72.1/136) in 3H mid day on a GN Hot Deal. Clear, fairly calm and 112.

Bermuda tees were semi lush and level with few divots.

Bermuda fairways were semi lush and usually good to play from.

Bermuda rough was lush. The ball sat up, not much of a penalty and good to chip out of.

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

Bermuda greens putted medium speed and were firm in middle of the summer condition.

Customer Service always excellent here from when you drop your clubs off out front to when you pick them up after the round. No on course services with COVID-19, but they had ice/water stations every few holes. Nice GPS on upgraded carts that have ports for electronics. The all grass driving range is included and is excellent with a nice practice chipping area. Recommended, one of the best public courses in the Palm Springs area.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
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
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
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 5
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 49
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 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 178
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 51
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
Muk
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
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