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“Greens were just terrible (service however excellent)”

Desert Willow Golf Resort
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Owner description: Varied elevations and unique water features have been carefully incorporated into the indigenous desert landscape at this prestigious Coachella Valley course.
Los Angeles, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Greens were just terrible (service however excellent)”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Fellow Golfers!

I don't normally write reviews, but while on holiday in the Desert have found people's reviews so helpful on deciding where to play golf, it's only fair to write one to try and help everyone else decide where to play with the abundance of courses

I played the Mountain Course (Firecliff closed for re-seeding) Thursday 11th of October, for a discounted rate on golf now, however it was still over $100. The property is beautiful, and the staff service and facilities was excellent- as good as Silverrock, The Classic and the Marriott Courses.

HOWEVER! The greens were disgusting- that is an understatement. To pay over $100 for a tee time, where most championship courses are still offering October discounted rates (especially after midday) and have greens in appalling conditions is just not right. Except for about 2 greens, it was like someone had taken long spikes and hacked up every green. You couldn't putt they were so slow- you literally had to hit the ball through every break to get it to the hole. The fact is, i'm being objective here, cause i actually scored one of the best rounds of golf and i putted fantastically- but is not always about the score, it just wasn't fun, and it caused the others in my group so much frustration and disappointment.

What is exceptional is that the tee boxes and fairways and bunkers were probably the best condition out of any of the Desert courses i've played (i've played about 10 in the last month)- the course was quite immaculate for October- but the quality of the greens was SO bad that i would encourage anyone willing to pay over $100 to play golf to definitely consider another option- because there are so many good ones around.

Hope that helps people, and was as objective as possible.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank relaxedgolfer
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Pure Desert Golf - Don't Miss”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

This is a don't miss course in the Desert. It is a true desert style course. Narrow corridors & once the ball is off the turf, good luck finding it. The courses are manicured and well taken care of. Conditions were perfect when we played. Green were fast, but not too fast & they held. Great food in clubhouse too.

Visited March 2012
1 Thank I3putt2
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A 20 min drive from La Quinta Resort”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

A real find this, and had been recommended to us by a local and we were not disappointed. Played it in the afternoon and got a few breezes, as they are hard to come by with temps over 100dgrs. Recommend this course to play before leaving La Quinta

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Anzactravellers
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Best landscaping in the area”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

The two courses at Desert Willow are not only a great test of golf, but also provide the best landscaping of any public course in the Palm Springs area. The meticulously maintained courses have a wonderful mix of flowering desert plants and trees. Even if your game is off a bit for the day, you can still enjoy the beauty of the course.
Service is top notch as well. Would put it just behind Indian Wells Resort for service.
Firecliff has tighter fairways and smaller greens than the more forgiving Mountainview course.
This is our favorite resort in Palm Springs and we have played most of the public courses in the area.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank rkaune
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Waterloo, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great track for the average golfer, not beginners”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Treatment from bag drop to picking clubs up was excellent. Treated well by all the staff. The course was in great shape but it is hot (nothing to do with the golf club). These courses are excellent considering they are city owned course but there should be enjoyed by average to better golfers. They are perhaps less enjoyable for a beginning golfer. Other courses in the area are more appropriate.

Visited September 2012
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