I have a new favorite course in Palm Desert.
Desert Willow Golf Resort's Firecliff Course has to be considered one of the Coachella Valley's most demanding venues. This course is a special course that offers a challenge, a great lay-out, amazing vegetation, a beautifully manicured setting with a world class clubhouse. It's not as playable as the Mountain View Course and forces carries from almost every tee box.
From start to finish, this course keeps you on your toes. Firecliff plays over 7,000 yards from the tips with many bunkers and water surrounding the greens. In fact, there are over 100 bunker complexes on this course. The carries mentioned earlier don't often come into play, usually only around 200 yards, but they do create a visually stunning view of the desert landscape juxtaposed against the bright green manicured greens and fairways.
Standing on the tee box of #18 is now one of my favorite views of any golf course I've played. Standing over your ball, the tee box is lined with flowering cacti, palms and oleander bushes with only a view of the mountains and a stream that cuts across the fairway about 280 yards ahead. Not until you leave the tee box and make your way toward your ball for an approach do you see the imposing clubhouse sitting behind a green, a green that is approached by hitting your ball 140 yards over water.
|Par 3 at Desert Willow Firecliff Course|
|Hole #18 Tee Box at Desert Willow Firecliff Course|