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4.6
399 Reviews (399)
5 Stars
280
4 Stars
83
3 Stars
23
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
6
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
94.1%
Recommend this course
370 out of 399 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.9
65 Reviews (65)
5 Stars
62
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
5.0
Value
4.7
Layout
5.0
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.8
StaffFriendliness
5.0
96.9%
Recommend this course
63 out of 65 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.8
83 Reviews (83)
5 Stars
70
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.7
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.9
95.2%
Recommend this course
79 out of 83 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Par 72
Length 7056 yards
Slope 141
Rating 74.1
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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Firecliff
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Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Dr. Michael Hurdzan (1997) John Cook Dana Fry (1997)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in California (2020 #25) (2019 #28) (2017 #7)
  • Golf Advisor: Golfers' Choice (2017 #39)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Most Improved U.S. Golf Courses (2017 #23)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Off-course amenities in the U.S. (2016 #4)

Reviews

4.6
399 Reviews (399)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 10
Patio Dining 8
19th Hole Scenic Views 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 15
Water Hazards 11
Undulating Greens 8
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 12
A Weekend Splurge 10
Advanced Golfers 10
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 10
Worth the Drive 10
Convenient to the City 9

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Reviews 12
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Perfect condition!

As good condition as possible, everything was perfect, even the heat was reasonable at 95°.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Excellent Course

The Fire Cliff course is scenic and in great shape. Challenging but not tricked out

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Lost in Palm Desert

Beautiful golf course, we would give the course five stars, I would highly recommend not using the directions from the Golfnow app make you call ahead and get the address!!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Barry & Wendy

Gorgeous course!!! Beautiful views, awesome and very challenging layout, one of the most enjoyable rounds of golf i have ever played.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun

Beautiful course. Lots of bunkers. Would. Definitely play it again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Features top ten

The only problem was a few tournament groupings playing as they owned the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Immaculate

This golf course is a municipal owned by the city of Palm Desert. It is absolutely incredible. You'll be treated like a member of an exclusive private club from the time you drive up to the bag drop, until you return the cart, and after if you go to the bar or restaurant. So many good things to say about Desert Willow Firecliff, not enough time to write it all out. If you can handle the heat, their rates drop SIGNIFICANTLY in the summer/off season. But it's worth every penny of the in season rates. #1 public course in the entire valley, in my opinion.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 855
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

DW Firecliff

Rode the Purple tees (6676/72.1/136) in 4.5 twilight @ the GK Plays. Thanks to John, all sponsors and DW for a well run event! Played with kviser, Solinari619 and his dad Joe. Clear, breezy and in the high 80's.

Tees lush and level with few divots.

Fairways mostly lush, usually good to play from.

Rough lush. The ball sat up, not much of a penalty and usually good to chip out of.

Greenside traps had good quality sand and were very maintained. Waste bunkers were firm and not as well maintained as the greenside traps.

Large greens putted medium fast speed and were firm. You had to play for rollout.

Customer Service always excellent here from when you drop your clubs off out front to when you pick them up after the round. Cart gal around several times and there are ice/water stations every few holes. Nice GPS on upgraded carts that have ports for electronics. The all grass driving range is included and is excellent with a nice practice chipping area. Excellent and very fun layout to play. Recommended, one of the best public courses in the Palm Springs area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times 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
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Beautiful Layout

Course is a very interesting layout with challenging fair holes

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Firecliff

Always enjoy playing Firecliff course at Desert Willow. Nice practice facility and restaurant. High on the list of golf courses when I come to the Desert.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times 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
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fantastic course in great shape

With all the choices for golf in the Palm Springs area it was great to get this recommendation from a friend that lives there.. We loved this course.. it was in fantastic shape and has a great layout... we encountered just one small issue.. the map that goes with the golfnow app gives directions to the office and not the golf course..
Luckily we were close enough it didn’t keep us from making our tee time...This is a great course with beautiful scenery and a challenging layout and we also had a great lunch in the clubhouse afterwards.. I will definitely play here again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

One of the better courses in Palm Desert

Well manicured challenging course. Pace of play could have been a bit better especially with early tee time. Definitely would recommend playing this course. Great for all levels. Staff was very friendly and were great in any questions that we had about the facility.

LVentura

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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