Desert Dunes Golf Club is host of the Desert Dunes Classic on the Canadian Tour.
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3.4
1297 Reviews (1297)
5 Stars
270
4 Stars
594
3 Stars
267
2 Stars
93
1 Stars
73
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.7
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.0
69.2%
Recommend this course
1006 out of 1297 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.5
84 Reviews (84)
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
37
3 Stars
24
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.6
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.1
69.0%
Recommend this course
58 out of 84 reviews
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3.3
132 Reviews (132)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
52
3 Stars
42
2 Stars
15
1 Stars
10
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.6
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.1
67.4%
Recommend this course
89 out of 132 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 72
Length 6876 yards
Slope 136
Rating 74.2
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Desert Dunes Golf Club - Robert Trent Jones Jr
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Course Details

Year Built 1989
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1989) Donald Knott (1989) Gary Linn (1989)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Reviews

3.4
1297 Reviews (1297)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 60
19th Hole Scenic Views 42
Patio Dining 27
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 144
Undulating Greens 131
Thick Rough 68
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 129
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 95
Locals 85
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 101
Worth the Drive 90
Near the Airport 71

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Played On
Reviews 2
1.0
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First Time Playing

Worst Course

No grass bad green conditions not maintained some bunkers hard as rock. Not worth any money to play this

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 02/17/2020

Thank you for reviewing the course. Let us first start by apologizing for the poor experience you had during your visit. The current condition is by no means the standard we strive to achieve, and we are working towards getting things up to par. Thank you for playing Desert Dunes Golf Course. We hope to see you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Excellent layout but needs some tlc

Absolutely love this golf course layout. It only suffers from two things. First is a bit more tic on the fairways which are not cut often enough or fertilized. The second is a bit more sand in the bunkers which is too thin in spots and means you will blade the ball rather then getting underneath it. But the layout is brilliant, challenging and on windy days you don't need to travel to Scotland. Also as a Canadian I make a point of playing it every time I'm in Palm Springs. Know that tic costs money which is no doubt the reason it's not rated 5 star.
Greg from Courtenay , BC.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 02/17/2020

Thank you for your review, u000005788247. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Desert Dunes Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fun in the sun

One of my favorite courses in the valley. Awesome layout. Fairways and tees are in great shape. Greens are fast and roll true. I was in two sand traps and both were very hard packed with tiny rocks. Otherwise course was in great shape. Weather was perfect.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 02/17/2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us Bealz01. Your feedback is valuable, and we look forward to delivering you excellent service again soon. Desert Dunes Golf Course thanks you!

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good value

I played crappy, but one of the best days of golfing since arriving last week, thanks to the wonderful couple from Washington state. We got lucky and had a day where the breeze was just enough to keep it comfortable. Greens and fairways are in good condition. Traps are a bit hard but playable. Overall it’s good value for the money. Come and and play and decide for yourself.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/11/2020

Uronthetee, thank you for your kind words! We are sad that it wasn't your day on the course, but we are happy that you enjoyed the course and experience. Thanks for choosing Desert Dunes Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Disappointed as we usually love this course

Usually love the course, however, the greens must have a disease as they were very patchy and bumpy.
The bunkers were just terrible...some had so many little stones you couldn't remove them all...some had water puddles or were wet and the others were so hard packed, they were almost impossible to get out of with a sand wedge.
Pro shop staff, starter and cart staff were extremely friendly.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 02/17/2020

Hi 12345golfer! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back!

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Sad Shape

This course needed some tender loving care. Obviously hadn't received any in a while. The clubhouse was old and furniture was torn. The entry signs were in need of paint...that was our first clue.
It was a cow pasture on the course.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 02/17/2020

Hi, Jean007. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Desert Dunes Golf Course. We hope you'll give us another try in the future.

Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good golf course

Good golf course, but the bunkers were wet with hard sand. Would have been good if the bunkers had some sand.
The course had a lot of deep tufts of grass which made it hard to find the ball in some areas.
We have always loved the layout of this course.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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Commented on 02/17/2020

Hello 12345golfer. Thank you for taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass along your feedback to the staff so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting us!

Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

VERY WINDY

Course plays very difficult in windy condition 2-3 club difference to start Some Greens could use some TLC
MORE SAND in some sand traps
SEVERAL courses in Palm Springs Area need sand / TLC in sand traps Not sure why shortage of sand

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 02/17/2020

Hi Lloydeddie. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Desert Dunes Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great day

Living in Wisconsin makes days like this very special. It’s been since October since I have swung a club. This is a great place to knock rust off. It’s not an easy course, but not insanely difficult.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/11/2020

TednLynngolf, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Desert Dunes Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nicely designed course

First time playing this course and chose it based on R Trent Jones reputation. Good layout but the course needs a lot of work. Fairways and tee boxes very distressed and greens just ok. Fortunately I played it on twilight time so it was good value for the money paid and we managed to get in almost 18 holes as there was no one in front of us.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 02/17/2020

Hello davplatt. Thank you for taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass along your feedback to the staff so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting us!

Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Really nice with little wind

We really enjoyed our round. A little slow as we had to wait almost every shot on the front 9. This improved on the back. The course condition was generally above average except the bunkers were lacking sand so you almost had to chip out of them. But I would play it again in a heart beat if the wind was quiet.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
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Commented on 02/17/2020

Hi Rick1068533! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back!

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 02/17/2020

Hi bracchetto. We would love to hear more about your positive experience at our course. Please contact us at (760) 251-5370 to share with us your favorite part of your experience with us. Thanks for golfing at Desert Dunes Golf Course!

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value

One of the great designers and good layout
If the owners could put $1-1.5 into this course it would be on of the best in the valley and an easy $150-200 to play
Treat yourself

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/31/2020

u314159777021, thank you for your kind words! We hope to see you again at the course very soon for another 5-star experience. Thanks for choosing Desert Dunes Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

But those bunkers...

I really love this course-it requires good course management and shot selection, and it will play way harder if you get off the beaten path. My only complaint is that the bunkers are like cement. The wind carries off the sand leaving barren traps.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 01/31/2020

Hi u000007801268. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Desert Dunes Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Moderate level course

The Desert Dunes course is a nice one that allows moderate players some forgiveness. The pace was not governed well today and it took us 5 hrs for the 18 holes

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Commented on 01/28/2020

Thank you for your review, u123933018. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Desert Dunes Golf Course. We apologize for the slow round, we will also take note and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 01/28/2020

Hi patdelano. Thank you so much for the great review. We are glad you had an incredible time, and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Desert Dunes Golf Course.

Played On
Reviews 35
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Great layout that needs more sand in bunkers.

Very well designed course that as been neglected for awhile. Weeds here and there in rough. Very tight lies on thin fairways. Many well placed bunkers. However, no sand in the many bunkers l found myself in today. Ironic, in that the course is built in an area of natural sand dunes. Bunkers were hard pan, several had standing water and muddy lies. Sand wedge just bounces behind ball without digging in. So....if you are going to play here....stay out of the bunkers. Greens and tees were good.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/28/2020

Hello LangCascade. Thank you for taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass along your feedback to the staff so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting us!

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Enjoyable round

Paired up with another 2 some. Good challenging course. Good variety. Greens were different than what we play on at home in Oregon, seemed sandy vs grassy. Descent pace of play with a 1:00 tee time.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 01/28/2020

Thank you for your review, Sonia1747048. We will pass along your positive experience to our team at Desert Dunes Golf Course. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Has poor maintenance

Fairways are pretty sparse , bunkers require a lot of work, green conditions are great, overall rating 6 out of 10

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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Commented on 01/30/2020

Hello AL1428414. Thank you for taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass along your feedback to the staff so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting us!

Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Summer condition

This fairways are normal for the summer time my carpet is better to play of from and the green s are sanded ask for five dollars more and water the fairways = nice place

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 01/17/2020

Hi, Sweess! Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. Please know the current conditions are by no means the standard we strive to achieve. We will continue to work towards a 5-star experience and we hope to see you back!

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