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4.5
357 Reviews (357)
5 Stars
238
4 Stars
83
3 Stars
23
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
6
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
92.9%
Recommend this course
329 out of 357 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.7
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
22
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.8
Value
4.6
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.9
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.9
96.4%
Recommend this course
27 out of 28 reviews
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Average Rating
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4.6
43 Reviews (43)
5 Stars
30
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.9
93.0%
Recommend this course
40 out of 43 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

4.5
357 Reviews (357)

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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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

One of the Best..

One of the best courses I have played as far as course conditions. Fairways and tee boxes were absolutely pristine and the greens rolled true.
Didnt have much options at the turn for food wise but the bar inside is very nice with great views out to the course.
Playing the tips makes this course difficult as some of the tees are way back on some holes and make the Par 3's a real challenge.
The scented ice cold towels on the course are also a great touch.
Ben (from Mississippi) in the pro shop was also a great help and very friendly.
Firecliff gets my vote for best course in Palm Desert area! Definitely will be back!

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

One of the best

This is one of the best courses I have ever played, public or private. So impressed with the layout and the extraordinary setting. This place should be private and thankfully it’s one that all of the public can enjoy for a reasonable price in Palm Desert. Loved it.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Really gorgeous course

Was having a really good round but then the course started just looking prettier and prettier and I got distracted by the beauty of it all. All I can say is it is most definitely a must play if you are in the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
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 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful Course

Course is in great shape, staff was very friendly, challenging but fun hole design and very good pace of play. Highly recommend playing Desert Willow

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Check the forecast.

Everything was great, course, staff, etc. But VERY windy. Check the forecast!

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 Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Favorite Desert course

Firecliff is always a great play. Beautiful desert course, tough test, great condition, first class facilities. I will always come back as one of our favorite places to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

1 best course

Simply put, best course so far I’ve played and I’ve played em all. Spend the money, and enjoy the round

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Song Title : Your simply the best!

as the song says, its simply the best. The range, the course, the parking lot, the valet, the pro shop. the food the beverage cart runners. This might be the best course I have played. and I have played JW I have played westin mission hills, I have played Classic CLub, and trump national in the last month. This one gets them all. We played Firecliff and it played very long from the lavendars ( I would play the light blue tees next time) but a perfectly manicured course in all aspects and is pure and true.

Book a tee time, boast to your friends and go enjoy the round!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing for a muni course

This course was in amazing shape for January. And it’s Palm Desert’s muni course, which played like a $150 course. No one around us because we teed off at 1:40 and we did t get 17 &18 in. No matter. Was wonderful. I would come back here any day of the week.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Course

Desert Willow is a fantastic course. I am a fairly new golfer and my handicap is 25. I played a little worse than normal, and played with2 other people who know the course well and they were patient and kind. The staff is unbelievably friendly, helpful, kind and safety is a priority with them. Can’t wait to play there again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 31
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Excellent second course

Not as difficult as fire cliff but still a track worth playing. Excellent condition, great pace of play. Do it if you get the chance.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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