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Desert Willow Golf Resort - Firecliff Course

Map38995 Desert Willow Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
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Desert Willow Golf Resort is the crown jewel of golfing opportunities in Palm Desert — perhaps the entire desert southwest. In addition to exceptional golf, guests are offered a private club experience with a magnificent clubhouse, personalized service, and spectacular views.

Creations of nationally recognized designers Michael Hurdzan, Ph.D.; Dana Frye; and PGA Touring Professional John Cook, the Firecliff and Mountain View courses offer a challenging yet enjoyable experience for golfers of all levels.

Desert Willow was recognized by the prestigious Smithsonian magazine with the honor of a cover photograph and lauded for its environmentally sensitive design. The integration of design with native plant landscaping, the finest turf, the use of recycled water, and original artworks is the distinctive difference giving cause for such acclaimed attention. This unique combination also attracted the attention of National Geographic Magazine. Recent awards include Golf Digest “Best Places to Play — 4½ Stars”; LA Times “Southern California Top Ten Places to Play; and Palm Springs Life “Best Public Course”.

Desert Willow has emerged as the favorite place to play for many. This Tournament Tested layout is one of only three courses in California and one of the best 50 in the United States to receive this distinction in terms of conditioning. Firecliff, measuring 7,056 yards, is a true test of skill where golfers must negotiate their way around natural desert areas, over 100 bunkers, and numerous water features. It has attracted tournaments such as the Frank Sinatra Countrywide Celebrity Invitational, and Sectional PGA Championships events.

Desert Willow’s Mountain View Course will be getting a facelift before the beginning of the 2009/2010 Fall and Winter Season. Mountain View's renovation will include complete reconstruction of the greens, bunker complexes, and renovation of the lakes to bring the contours back to their original design size. Upon completion Desert Willow Golf Resort expects Mountain View will have great playing conditions and improved playability for golfers of all skill levels.

GPS-equipped golf carts provide accurate yardage information, helping maintain the pace of play.

The clubhouse features a golf shop, locker room facilities, and picturesque dining areas. Desert Willow is a favorite place for private tournaments, meetings, banquets, and special events of all types — especially weddings.

One of the newest and most progressive golf instruction facilities in the area, THE PALM DESERT GOLF ACADEMY offers comprehensive programs for golfers of all skill levels. Focusing on technique and course management, instructors analyze students’ ability and design lessons to enhance technical and psychological aspects of their game. Video and computer analysis, on-course evaluations, and innovative training aids are utilized to achieve results.

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Available to the public. Tee times 60 days in advance with credit card. Junior golf rates available.

Golf Editor Description

The first Michael Hurdzan design in the desert offers generous landing areas, a multitude of bunkers and very large waste areas. A true desert course. Large undulating tif-dwarf greens.

Additional Information:

Number of Holes on Property: 36
Summer Rates: $75.00 to $99.00
Winter Rates: $150.00 +
Member Fees: $0
Annual Dues: $0
Course Architect: Michael Hurdzan & John Cook; Est. 1997
Course Type: Regulation
Remarks: A top of the line course. Impressive clubhouse with great mountain views. No buildings in or near the courses. Pro-link GPS
Playing Characteristics: DLL-1 DLR-0 SB-81 W-8
Men's Par: 72
Men's Yardage: 5,642-7,056
Men's Slope: 117-138
Number of Men's Tees: 4
Women's Par: 72
Women's Yardage: 5,079-6,173
Women's Slope: 117-134
Number of Women's Tees: 3
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