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Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Driving Range at Dawn
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Driving Range at Dawn
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Dawn Patrol GK Review Gurus ready for what's in store
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Dawn Patrol GK Review Gurus ready for what’s in store
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 1 Approach
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 1 Approach

Desert Willow Resort (Firecliff)

Palm Desert, CA
Reviewed by:  robule, Indio
Played in the GK Guru program on the 12th. It was an incredible morning in the desert. I hadn’t played the course in about 10 years and it’s a cool track.

The course was in nice shape with the exception of some of the white tee boxes. Tee boxes were really chewed up on a few holes and not real level in certain areas. Had to re-tee a couple times when taking a stance due to a depression.

Fairways were very nice and lush, the few I was in… 🙂 Good lies and fair. Rough was long enough to be penal and think about what shot/club selection.

Green were smooth, a little slow and really took break as the ball slowed. Collars and fringe were well maintained. Some really tricky breaks to be found. People need to fix ball marks, but, that seems to be an epidemic.

Bunkers were very good with soft sand. High shots occasionally got plugged.

Staff was great and the day was enjoyable.

Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 5
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 5
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 6
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 6
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 9
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 9

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Desert Willow Resort (Firecliff)

Palm Desert, CA
Reviewed by:  JohnnyGK, Westlake Village
Played Monday as part of a GK Review Guru round. Beautiful morning at Desert Willow Golf Resort. The Firecliff Course is one of my favorite desert courses and I was eager to see the changes to the bunkers. I did not notice at first much difference other than some new white sand but as the round went on I was picking up subtle changes with perhaps the biggest change on hole 16 greenside. Go back and look at a photo from 2012 compared to the one I just posted and you’ll see. Overall feelings about softening the course bunkers up, very welcomed. It’s still a challenging course and just a beautiful. The changes can only produce a faster pace of play which benefits everyone.

As far as the other conditions, excellent as expected for December. I knew going into the round the greens could be on slow side. Typically all golf courses that overseed come December experience this. However the fairways were lush as was the rough. We played the blue tees, which makes Desert Willow Firecliff a pretty long course since in my experience its seem like most landing areas in the fairways are sloped up-hill. I never get much roll out there. The tee boxes on the blue tees did look much better than the white. Level, lush and with little divot damage.

After the round we had to hustle over to our next GK Review Guru round and did not have time to grab a bite to eat on the patio. I missed that. The view is spectacular and the food is delicious. Next time for sure will stick around.

Customer service Monday was outstanding at every level.

Next I’d like to get out on the Mountain View Course, it sure looked nice driving in. Maybe in January!

Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 9 Fairway
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 9 Fairway
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 10
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 10
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 13
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 13

Desert Willow Resort (Firecliff)

Palm Desert, CA
Reviewed by:  dethman, irvine
played here early this week with other gurus in a fun, quick round. customer service was excellent, with my bag taken and placed into the cart and taken to the starter. check in was very friendly, starter directed me to the range, which was spacious and well kept with many targets. large putting green with many targets.

i always enjoy this course, it is visually appealing with many bunkers littering the fairways reminding you to keep your drives in the middle, but still not overly challenging. the fairways were lush and full and the bunkers were full of new fluffy, and heavy sand which you had to really accelerate through to get out of. i made the mistake of saying ‘i haven’t been in a bunker all day’ on 16 and promptly hit 4 bunker shots on the last two holes. teeboxes were in rougher shape, we played from the whites and a few, like 12 if i recall, were in fairly poor shape with brown grass all around, a stark contrast to the rest of the course. tees were level though and there was always a good place to hit from. greens were soft and much slower than in my previous experience here, i had a very difficult time getting the ball to the hole. i much prefer faster greens. pop was 3:45.

the course is coming in nicely, it is in very good condition now and in a few weeks it should be in tip top shape. always a pleasure to play here and thoroughly enjoyed my round.

Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 13 Green-side
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 13 Green-side
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 14
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 14
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 16
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 16

Desert Willow Resort (Firecliff)

Palm Desert, CA
Reviewed by:  sparky14, San Clemente
Played DW Firecliff and IW Players with the GK Review Gurus on 12/12. My first outing with the GK group, and what a great day! Desert Willow has always been one of my favorites in PS. And this time out did not change that opinion. Course is in excellent shape, well maintained. Staff was very nice and helpful.

Nothing but positives about the course. Challenging but fair. Beautiful, the DW courses have put a little something extra into the landscaping, adding extra beauty to the desert layout.

Thinking back, I don’t know that I have ever played in PS in December/January during the time when the “winter grass” is at full strength. Seeing this much green on the courses is so nice, but it took some getting used to not having lightening fast greens. I do think their hole cutter is about 1/4″ smaller than regulation. That can be the only explanation to all the lip-outs in our group.

Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 17
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 17
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 18
Desert Willow Golf Resort (FIRECLIFF) Palm Desert California. Hole 18