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Desert Willow Golf Resort

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Address: 38995 Desert Willow Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260-1674
Phone Number: (760) 346-0015

Varied elevations and unique water features have been carefully...

Varied elevations and unique water features have been carefully incorporated into the indigenous desert landscape at this prestigious Coachella Valley course.

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First course we played on a 7 day trip from the UK, as per with most courses service from staff excellent. Found the greens a bit slow

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The course was not in great shape. We played the Mountain course at 8:30AM on a Tuesday morning. We told the starter we had played Indian Wells the day before and he said "their greens are better but our course is just as good." Um...not even close. Indian Wells was beautiful and in great shape. Desert Willow was not in... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an early Tee Time at 6:55 AM on a beautiful Sunday morning. This is a well-designed golf course and there is a lot of well-maintained areas, however, since it's also a Muni, they have set up a foot golf course on top of the normal course. There are multiple flags on all holes with multiple teeing areas. This... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First course we played on a 7 day trip from the UK, as per with most courses service from staff excellent. Found the greens a bit slow

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Olney, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We played on a relatively cool (low 90s) Tuesday afternoon. The course was not busy and we played as a twosome. We finished in 3-1/2 hours. The conditions were excellent, and the views or the surrounding mountains are outstanding. Conditions and views were better than at the Marriott Shadow Ridge (also a very nice course).

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

What a great course and amazing staff. Shoutout to Brett and Jackson in the pro shop who where friendly and welcoming each and everyday!!! all staff we dealt with were just fantastic!!The course itself play's very friendly and challenging on each hole. I was very surprised to find out its a city course. Very nice it's right next door to... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Played both courses the Mountain and Firecliff - both excellent. Great condition brilliant views and a fair test. The clubhouse food is very good.

Thank derek c
Palm Springs, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Golf course is really amazing. Really worth to visit it. However, the staff is providing medium service, marshall is non existent, we were playing behind 4 men who played extremely slow. We asked if they could let us pass but there was straight answer "No". Players are allowed to have parties, scream and drink whisky on the golf course. Nobody... More 

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Jodi S, Guest Relations Manager at Desert Willow Golf Resort, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear about your experience with slow play and poor golf etiquette. We’d appreciate you contacting our Head Professional, Ryan Szydlowski, so that he can address your concerns. He can best be reached at rszydlowski@desertwillow.com. We appreciate your time and apologize that your round at Desert Willow wasn’t exceptional. More 

Basye, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2016

Make no mistake The Firecliff course is a stern test of golf. It is desert golf but the corridors are wide enough not to punish off line shots too severely. It is in excellent shape and keeps your interest throughout the course. The greens complexes are interesting and the terrain varied. It is not one of the better known courses... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016

This course is spectacular; well maintained, hugely scenic, excellent condition, and fast greens. The scenery alone is amazing, but put this with a world class golf course, and this was the highlight of our golf in the Palm Springs area. We managed to get a reasonable price using an online early season coupon, and it was well worth the money.... More 

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Langley, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016

Played the Mountain course at Desert Willows April 11 while on a weeks vacation Have played there numerous times in previous years but this time noticed some slippage un the conditions namely the bunkers. Disappointing, clumps of grass actually growing in them and a lack of sand. Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come?

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