Desert Willow Golf Resort - Firecliff Course - 8th
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Firecliff Course - 8th
The 155-yard eighth hole is the shortest par 3 on the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Firecliff Course - 6th
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Firecliff Course - 6th
The 331-yard sixth hole is the shortest par 4 on the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Firecliff Course - Desert Willow Golf Resort - 18th
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Firecliff Course - Desert Willow Golf Resort - 18th
This view of the 18th green of the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort comes from near the clubhouse. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort - 12th
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Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort - 12th
A large waste bunker protects the left side of the 12th green of the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort - hole 14
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Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort - hole 14
There's plenty of problems on the par-3 14th hole of the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort - hole 15
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Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort - hole 15
A golfer tees off on the par-4 15th hole of the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort - clubhouse setting
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Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort - clubhouse setting
The setting is sublime around the ninth and 18th greens and the clubhouse of the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf in Palm Desert, California. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Desert Willow Golf Resort - Firecliff Course - hole 7
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Firecliff Course - hole 7
The par-5 seventh hole on the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort measures 569 yards and features a green nestled among a series of hazards. Courtesy of Desert Willow Golf Resort
Desert Willow Golf Resort - Firecliff Course - hole 10
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Firecliff Course - hole 10
The par-4 10th hole on the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort measures 435 yards to a putting surface protected by sand on two sides. Courtesy of Desert Willow Golf Resort

Don't get burned by the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- The Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort proves the old adage true: If you play with Firecliff, you'll get burned.

The 7,056-yard Firecliff lays claim as one of the best tests of golf in the Coachella Valley. It plays longer and significantly tougher than its sister Mountain View Course. Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry -- with an assist from pro golfer John Cook -- essentially supersized all the dramatic elements that make scorecard combustion harder to contain. Firecliff features more carries and visual intimidation off the tee, more sand and larger waste areas, harsher green sites and longer par 4s than Mountain View.

Six of Firecliff's 10 par-4 holes stretch well past 400 yards from the blue tees. Water impacts the two finishing holes on each of the nines. The par 3s at no. 8 and no. 17 sit side by side, sharing the same pond.

KemperSports runs this city municipal course like a country club with an emphasis on service and conditioning.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

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