Mountain Vista Golf Club - Santa Rosa Course

4.5233529412 4.5 stars from 5 (194)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6720 yards
  • Slope: 127
  • Rating: 72.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6720 yards 72.2 127
Gold 72 6162 yards 69.7 119
Gold (W) 72 6162 yards 75.2 128
Blue 72 5693 yards 67.6 114
Blue (W) 72 5693 yards 72.6 123
Red 72 5305 yards 65.8 111
Red (W) 72 5305 yards 70.4 118

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 194 Reviews
5 stars:
107
4 stars:
73
3 stars:
7
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

183 out of 194 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city at a resort worth the drive   Great for locals seniors advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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"What a gem"


Robert2448552's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was unbelievable what a value it was in fantastic shape the staff in the pro shop had us laughing from the start of our round we liked it so much that we went out for another 18 if you are reading this you better just book it and golf it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Amazing course for the price"


u000004252542's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a great bang for your buck course. The greens were in great condition, as well as the course as a whole. You’d be hard pressed to find as good of a course as this for the price.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice change from the extreme Desert courses."


u967836443's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Nice course, I would rate it as a well maintained Muni course. Not overly challenging, but we played in 3.5 hours. The greens were very quick and rolled true. It was a great place to find a swing after a couple of days trying to steer it tighter courses.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Great value"


mflyger1127's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent course for the price. It’s wide open and a nice change from the popular desert courses.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course!"


u9636602's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the best courses i have been to. I golf at least one or two times a week and go to courses all over and this probably takes the number one spot. The grass was very well kept and the scenery was beautiful. My experience was amazing! I would definitely recommend this to anyone coming into Palm Desert and looking for a great course to play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


u000004481320's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Blows away Indian Springs, harder than Mission Hills Pete Dye. Play it from the Blacks, fun and challenging for a 12 handicap. Shot an 84!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Timbits's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course. Great conditions. Greens werent perfect - but almost! Windy at the beginnings ng but calmed down a bit. Guys at the clubhouse wete very froendly


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Timbits's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000004123874's avatar
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



stevedo59's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Santa Rosa"


nickesquire's avatar
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Rode the Blacks (6720/72.1/127) with Susan and Ann in 3H, 45M using Underpar. The weather was in the mid 80's, sunny with a little breeze early morning.

Designed by Billy Casper, four par 5, four par 3 layout, 36-36=72. The front is almost 300 yards shorter with a couple of risk/reward par 4's. The back definitely plays longer with a couple of long par 4's.

The tees were lush and very well maintained.

The fairways were lush and excellent to play from.

All the rough is over seeded and lush/thick. Tough to play longer clubs from. Good length, high enough to be penal, not so high as to slow POP with lost ball challenges every time you enter it.

The sand traps were excellent. Fine quality sand and very nicely maintained.

The Bermuda greens are firm but still putted nice, medium speed. No tiers or huge mounds to navigate, but we rarely had a straight putt.

Enjoyed this course. Mostly generous landing areas, not overtly tight. I thought the difficulty factor was slightly higher than it's sister San Gorgonio course but it would still be a good choice for players of all skill levels. Customer Service excellent, guy beside 18 green cleaning your clubs before you even putt out. Definitely not a course to walk, many holes are a long ways from the last tee. Recommended.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome"


Brenner's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape, no one in front or back of us and the price was too good to tell.


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Busy Monday"


u000007716302's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Teed off as a two one about 1015 and had a 4 hour round. Stacked up on a couple par threes but too be expected being the course on a huge retirement community. I played the tips and my wife played the forward tees and we both loved it. Not extremely difficult and the greens are reasonable. I would play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Whamo51's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Santa Rosa"


nickesquire's avatar
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Played the Blacks (6720/72.1/127) with GDR23 mid day using Underpar. The weather was in the mid 90's, sunny with a little breeze.

Conventional Par 36-36, four par 5 and four par 3 par 72 layout. The front is almost 300 yards shorter with a couple of risk/reward par 4's. The back seemed longer than the scorecard indicated.

From tee to green, the Santa Rosa layout was maintained a notch above the San Gorgonio course we played in the morning. However, because of a slight vericutt, the San Gorgonio greens were better.

The tees were near immaculate and very well maintained.

The fairways were lush, beautifully striped and were excellent to play from.

All the rough is over seeded and lush/thick. Tough to play longer clubs from. Good length, high enough to be penal, not so high as to slow POP with lost ball challenges every time you enter it.

The sand traps were excellent. Great fine sand quality and very nicely maintained.

The greens had a small vericutt, but still putted nice, medium speed and firm. Seemed like the greens varied in size more on this course. No tiers or huge mounds to navigate, but we rarely had a straight putt.

Enjoyed this course. Tighter than San Gorgonio, but still mostly generous landing areas. I thought the difficulty factor was slightly higher than San Gorgonio, but it would still be a good choice for players of all skill levels. Definitely not a course to walk, many holes are a long ways from the last tee. Recommended.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pristine Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
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Reviewed on

Outstanding golf course in an area of so much competition. Great to see such high standards maintained when others appear to be offering less and less service. Rate of play was good on a very busy day. Well done to owners and staff.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Santa Rosa Gem"


Garry8936727's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very well maintained course within the Sun City Palm Desert Community, too bad the second course couldn't match it! Enjoyed the day and the golf until the winds came up but with the course layout the winds were not so bad ...Jury's still out on the restaurant of Papa Dan's... Had a great lunch a week ago but the dinner we had after the round was not that good! Plenty of staff wandering around the empty restaurant seemed to forget we were there at times!

At least go for the golf!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"desert jewel"


kenstrati's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in the Sun City complex. The course is in great shape greens a bit slow, course is great fo women and men


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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