Desert Dunes Golf Club is host of the Desert Dunes Classic on the Canadian Tour.
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3.3
2334 Reviews (2334)
5 Stars
428
4 Stars
977
3 Stars
529
2 Stars
226
1 Stars
174
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.5
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.0
63.9%
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1696 out of 2334 reviews
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3.5
131 Reviews (131)
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
54
3 Stars
36
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
8
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.7
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.1
71.0%
Recommend this course
93 out of 131 reviews
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3.3
218 Reviews (218)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
79
3 Stars
61
2 Stars
32
1 Stars
17
Conditions
3.1
Value
3.5
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.1
StaffFriendliness
4.1
66.1%
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144 out of 218 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Links
Par 72
Length 6876 yards
Slope 136
Rating 74.2
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Desert Dunes Golf Club - Robert Trent Jones Jr
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Course Details

Year Built 1989
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1989) Donald Knott (1989) Gary Linn (1989)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

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

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill

Reviews

3.3
2334 Reviews (2334)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 61
19th Hole Scenic Views 42
Patio Dining 27
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 146
Undulating Greens 133
Water Hazards 70
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 130
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 97
Locals 87
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 103
Worth the Drive 91
Near the Airport 71

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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Greens

I have played this course over the past 10 years and I must say that the greens are in the worst shape that I have ever seen. Other than that I love the layout of it. Would play it again at a reduced price

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Awful

This is a terrible golf course and Golf Now should be embarrassed for having it on your site as one of your offerings. It was in terrible condition, fairways not properly cut, greens were filled with weeds and unwanted poa annua grasses, and bunkers were as hard as asphalt. Clubhouse is in disrepair and falling apart, no real food service offering to be found, and the driving range looked like you were hitting into a bombed-out war zone.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Painfully SLOW play

3.5 hours to play the front 9 holes!! On the 14 th hole some one came around on a cart Anna asked if everyone was happy and how was the pace of play? There was no Marshall to keep groups moving. Friends played 2 hours later and had the same issue. We played the 15 th hole and quit, had dinner plan with friends.
Very disappointing, going to cancel an upcoming round and try to get something better.

Great layout of course, after the first 3 holes conditions are better.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Interesting, challenging layout

Greens are well protected by deep bunkers, offering small targets and some serious undulations — most notably the18-9 double green complex. We were fortunate to play in light winds but it can blow and would be even more challenging to hit and hold the firm greens.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Disappointing

Great layout but:

- greens bumpy and being infected by some type of strange grass
- bunkers lack sand
- fairways shaggy
- VERY slow pace of play and no marshals to keep people moving
- 20 minute delay in tee time due to Jo carts available
- range in poor condition and not included in green fee
- tee boxes unkept
- 8 minute tee times overcrowds the course,

In short, very disappointing. I will not return. Even if green fee is discounted

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Shortage of carts and very slow pace of play. Greens were substandard. I have always loved the RTJ layout.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

jomigo

Terrible conditions, particularly front nine. Everything dry. Greens have variety of grasses. Teeing grounds not level nor cut/groomed. Brush and foluade next to holes not maintained. Awful smells!!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good Desert Style Course

Enjoyed the round.
Had to wait for carts til 10 minute b4 tee time.
Carried clubs back from range.
Overall course layout good, with some challenges.
Condition of course excellent with exception of greens, but they played true.
Pace was 5 hours.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice layout, condition needs work

Enjoyed our round, but the course needs a little TLC

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Below average conditions

Bumpy greens, no sand in traps, spotty fairways. Make sure you are paying below $50 for value here.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Neat layout

First time here. I really enjoyed the course. I found it odd that they didn’t have enough golf carts for us to get ours until right at our tee time. We had to carry our clubs back and forth to the driving range, but the exercise to do that was nice lol!! Fun layout. Staff was friendly and accommodating. The wind roared in the afternoon, but I’d definitely play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pleasantly surprised

Not near as bad as reviews. !! Great holes. Green's turf, funny looking but rolls ok.Play early , gets pretty windy in the afternoon. Still the best course for the money in the valley

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Horrible conditions

Very disappointed with the condition of the course.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 176
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Played this course as part of a marathon 9-rounds in 5 days trip I took to the Coachella Valley.

What in “hidden gem” is this place! Yeah, the conditions are a bit iffy and the wind can/does play a major role… but the greens and layout were the absolute best I played on this trip! In full disclosure, I’m an RTJ Jr fan, and this course does not disappoint.

CONDITIONS: Though they don’t visually look like it (it’s the type of grass), the greens are perfect. They rolled fast and true and it was a pleasure trying to read the breaks and figure out what RTJ Jr was asking of me. The bunkers, well those are garbage. All hard with whispy sand. That was unfortunate. The fairways and rough vary. This course could use a bit of conditioning love, but overall (other than the bunkers) it is very playable.

VALUE: The deal time online was acceptable. Given the bunkers, I’m not sure full fare is fair.

LAYOUT: Excellent. This course sits alone in the desert with no housing around at all. You get full 360 degree vistas that are just amazing. Given the water that comes into play, holes #8 and #16 were the most memorable for me.

FRIENDLINESS: Great guys. It was considerably windy out the morning I played, but they encouraged me to get out anyway. I’m glad they did. The starter and course marshal were both friendly as well.

PACE: Was maybe the first off the tee on a Sunday morning as a single. Never saw anyone in front or behind me. Perfect morning.

DIFFICULTY: RTJ Jr laid out a wonderful track where if you are in the “area of charm” the course is straightforward. And although the course is generous enough to limit lost balls, if you are not in the “area of charm” you will have a difficult next shot to execute. Also, every green complex is designed to challenge you… A LOT!

Ok, we need to talk about the wind. The day before I played Desert Dunes I was warned that “it is always really windy there” which is why that person told me they never bothered playing Desert Dunes. When I arrived (630am) the weather app said the winds were 10-15mph, but they felt more like 25+mph. The starter and another golfer that I saw at the turn also commented on how the wind is a factor at this course. Despite the wind, you should go play this course anyway. It’s an excellent layout with great greens. Just stay out of the bunkers… out of sight, out of mind.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Unsatisfied

Very poor greens , probably the worst condition I’ve ever played . Lots of blind shots

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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