45750 San Luis Rey Avenue, Palm Desert, California 92260, US
(760) 346-6123
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About Shadow Mountain Resort & Club

Guests will love the warm welcome to the Shadow Mountain Resort & Club, the first resort in Palm Desert back in 1946. Elite facilities with 16 tennis courts and six pickleball courts attract racquet fanatics. With four pools, five whirlpools, a golf course, two restaurants and fitness studio, there's much to do. Plus, guests can walk to town. 

Facts

Price Range$$, $$$
Property Class★★★
Year Opened1946
Number of Units100-300

Amenities

RestaurantsCasual
Room TypesSuite
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at Shadow Mountain Resort & Club

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Reviews

4.0
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Palm Springs in July

I booked a tee time for a Sunday morning at 6:50 and by the time we finished four hours later, the temperature was over 110. The course was in gorgeous condition. For $85 this was a great value.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Par for the course

This course was in excellent condition, fairways were awesome, greens seemed a tad slow, but loved it anyways.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great, shape, pace and challenge

Great day, hot but plenty of water on course and full of challenges!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
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
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
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great Course

This was a beautiful and challenging course. Staff was professional and the staff was following and really impressed us on their Covid-19 preparedness. The fairways were in great shape. Some of the greens were rough but I’m not complaining I highly recommend playing Desert Willow.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
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
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 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
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
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun Course, Well Maintained

Course was beautiful, well maintained and perfect difficulty level

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful conditions but bar and facility closed

Great conditions and beautiful course. The bar and other facilities were closed. About a 4.25 hour round and staff was awesome!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good Value in the Desert

Good value, amenities limited due to Corona, Course was in decent shape for early summer.. Layout is OK, I prefer some of the other daily fee courses in the valley.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

What a nice find!

I’ve been spoiled by relatives belonging to La Quinta. Mountain course, Dunes course, but mostly the private Citrus course. A member recommended Desert Willow. Had no idea what to expect. It was awesome. I teed off at 2:55 in early June and paid $51.00. Perfect!!

Highly recommend!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best conditions

Best course condition of any public course we have played in the desert

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
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
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course.

I thought it was a little to wide open but very nice. The sand was a little iffy.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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