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4.7
541 Reviews (541)
5 Stars
390
4 Stars
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3 Stars
26
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
7
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.9
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.6
96.4%
Recommend this course
509 out of 541 reviews
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4.7
82 Reviews (82)
5 Stars
65
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.7
96.3%
Recommend this course
79 out of 82 reviews
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4.7
125 Reviews (125)
5 Stars
98
4 Stars
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3 Stars
3
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.9
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.7
97.6%
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122 out of 125 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

Reviews

4.7
541 Reviews (541)

What Golfers Are Saying

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

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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
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Firecliff on Fire

Enjoyed the Firecliff course although with the hot weather (110F) the greens were a bit rough. Some enjoyable holes. Especially liked No. 3, No. 9 No 17 & No. 18 with water in play on several. Wildlife fans some some lizards, rabbits and even a Hawk on the 1st fairway. Fairways were in decent shape and good warm up facilities. Great value.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
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
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 10
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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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 Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Windy weather
Used cart

Course Was Closed

I fail to understand why I was charged for a round that never happened. No notice from Golf Now, or Desert Willow that they had closed for the day because of High Winds. Has to cross the street and play the Marriot instead.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Favorite course in the desert

Completed our 4th round at the is course over the past 3 years. After playing dozens of rounds in the desert while on vacation there, this course might be our favorite one. It is spectacularly beautiful, very well maintained and a joy to play. Not too hard, but definitely a challenge even for experienced players.

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
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens need water

Great course but front nine greens are a little burned out by desert sun

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Mixed

Golf staff was great. Concierge and dining staff were filled with attitude bordering on rudeness.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
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 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Firecliff Course

Our foursome of golfing friends played the Desert Willow Firecliff Course on 5/19. We were treated to a warm but not hot morning tee time, with a nice enough breeze to keep things even more comfortable. At the first tee box the starter warned us of the many bunkers that guard the fairways and greens. The Firecliff Course is not difficult track if you play the club that finds the fairway off of the tee.
Our pace of play was really good, never waiting or being pushed by other golfers. The greens were in good shape and the ball rolled true to the breaks.
Overall, I would recommend the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow to all mid to low handicap golfers. It might be a little challenging and not as fun for the higher handicappers.
If there were any negatives about this course I would say that the cost of adult beverages from the cart girl were a little steep.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

One of the best in the Valley

Always great to play Desert Willow either FIrecliff or Mountain..

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

Haven’t played in five years or so but looked forward to playing again. Love the layout. Fair and challenging. Each hole is unique, no fairways that are down and back.
Booked through golf now, hot deals, huge price break if you can plan ahead.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 5
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
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Best public course in PS area!

Fabulous resort course . Staff were very friendly and helpful. This will be a course we play every time we’re in Palm Springs. Will recommend to friends without hesitation.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
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
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
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 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

25 mph winds, 30-35 mph gusts

Great layout, but the views were obstructed by the dust in the air from the severe winds blowing. Dust would plume from the greens when the balls land, that's how much dust was being kicked up by the wind. Tee boxes and fairways were a little dry, but greens were excellent. Definitely the preferable course over Desert Springs, which is across the street at the JW Marriott.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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