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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.5
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.7
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4.8
63 Reviews (63)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
4.7
Value
4.8
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.8
100.0%
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4.8
112 Reviews (112)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.8
Value
4.7
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.9
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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

4.7
443 Reviews (443)

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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Pace of play

First several holes had a great pace, after 6th hole it was backed up. 2-3 groups on tee box

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 18
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Conditions Excellent
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Rough was very high and piles of grass clippings making it very difficult to get out of. Greens were OK- had a lot of rough spots and dead spots- hard to get a good read on the speed.

Conditions Average
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Friendliness Good
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Conditions Excellent
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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Pace Excellent
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
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4.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Firecliff

Rode the Purple tees (6676/72.1/136) in 4H twilight on a GN "Hot Deal". Played with Joe, Don and Craig, nice guys to play with. Hazy, breezy and around 105.

Tees mostly lush and level with few divots.

Fairways lush and good to play from.

Rough very lush. The ball sat up, not overly penal except it cost you roll and usually good to chip out of.

Greenside traps had good quality sand and were decently maintained. Just too thin. Waste bunkers were firm and not as well maintained as the greenside traps.

Large greens very disappointing. Late summer bumpy Bermuda, they putted medium 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. No Drink Cart today. 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, IMO the best public course in the Palm Springs area. Just not in as good of shape as it usually is.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 4
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5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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5.0
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First Time Playing

Best Muni I’ve ever played!

I was shocked to find out this is a municipal course. The course was in great shape considering the weather. There were high winds last night and the grounds keepers were hard at work restoring the course. Overall I had a great time ! I would certainly play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Pace of play

We were paired up with a husband and wife who sprayed the ball a bit. After 5 holes we both received a message on our cart that we were behind pace of play. On tee box number 6 a staff member brought us wet towels because of the heat. The real reason was to tell us to speed up because we were behind pace. From that point on the couple we were paired up with started to play best ball. The group behind us was a threesome, so they were going to catch us. I know all about pace of play, but it was unfair to send a staff member to tell us to speed up. Won’t be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather

Great Day

Another great day at Desert Willow, course was in great shape, , its a must play course when I come out to the desert. love this place, staff are great also....

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
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5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great condition especially for summer

Had a great day playing Fire course…greens rolled true but a tad slower than they looked. Fairways and rough were butter. Great course I’ll be back again for sure.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good Experience

Good experience for my wife and me today. Would like to see more drinking water on the course. Staff was wonderful. Course (Firecliff) was in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
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 Good
Amenities Excellent
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