Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View Course - hole 2
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View Course - hole 2
A tricky green toughens up the second hole of the Mountain View Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View GC - 3rd
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View GC - 3rd
Players must drive through a chute on the third hole at the Mountain View Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View Course - hole 4
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View Course - hole 4
The desert and bunkers pinch the fourth fairway on the Mountain View Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, Calif. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View Course - hole 5
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View Course - hole 5
At 227 yards, the fifth hole is the longest par 3 on the Mountain View Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View Course - hole 8
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View Course - hole 8
There's scenery galore on the eighth hole of the Mountain View Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, Calif. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View Course - hole 11
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View Course - hole 11
The tee shots on the par-3 11th hole on the Mountain View Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort can end in a watery grave. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View Course - hole 18
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View Course - hole 18
The Mountain View Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort ends with a 538-yard par 5. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View GC - 17th
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View GC - 17th
This desert hazard forces most golfers to layup off the tee of the 17th hole on the Mountain View Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California. Jason Scott Deegan/GolfAdvisor
Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View G.C. - 11th
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Mountain View G.C. - 11th
The 200-yard, par-3 11th hole on the Mountain View Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort features a large lake between the tee and green. Courtesy of Desert Willow Golf Resort

Enjoy the day on the Mountain View Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, California

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- To Tom and Beverly Benjamin of Indiana, the Mountain View Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort rules the Coachella Valley.

"I live to play this course," Beverly said. "It's well maintained. It's lady friendly. It's just beautiful. I think it is the nicest in the desert."

The 6,913-yard Mountain View, which opened in 1998 and underwent a million-dollar renovation in 2009, provides plenty of playability with strategic moments thrown in. The scenery of the surrounding Santa Rosa Mountains adds a panoramic backdrop.

Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry -- with an assist from pro golfer John Cook -- splashed water upon some of its best holes. Long hitters can tempt fate by going for the par-5 sixth hole in two. It's just 476 yards from the tips with water in front. A hidden creek cuts the ninth fairway, another par 5. Depending upon the tee, the 200-yard 11th hole can be all carry over a pond as well.

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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