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Winners Best Playing Conditions for 2021 from

Best Playing Conditions 2022 GreensKeeper.orgPost Covid-19, It’s finally back! presents it’s Best Golf Playing Conditions Awards for 2021.

Not to be confused with “Worth the Green Fee,” “Best Playing Conditions” is awarded to golf courses open to the public listed on that stand out above the rest with our site users at providing consistently the best greens, fairways, rough, tee boxes and bunkers around.

The job of the superintendent is the life blood of the golf course industry and most important contributing factor to enjoying a golf experience.  It takes enormous dedication, resources and expertise by a superintendent and their staff to provide excellent turf conditions.  A golf course is a living, breathing organism whose health is constantly in flux.’s trademark and creed, “Know Before You Go”®, centers on communicating these current playing conditions. The rating system used on is in part created by superintendents.

How Awards Winners Are Determined

Golf Course reviews and ratings submitted by our 76,000+ community are tabulated over 12 months. Winners are determined for each area.

We divide awards into 10 Regions or Sections —  San Diego County, Orange County, Los Angeles County, Inland Empire, Santa Barbara County, Palm Springs Region, and Ventura County with Regional Winners for Southern Nevada, Southern California, Central California, and Northern California.

We provide the list below in no particular order.  This is done on purpose.  Any golf course that provides outstanding conditions in their region should not overshadow other golf courses simply because of their location.  For most avid golfers, the playing experience is what matters.  Knowing where to play in your area is important.

Greenskeeper.Org Awarded For the Good of the Game Award 2017 by the CGCOA
Greenskeeper.Org Awarded For the Good of the Game Award 2017 by the CGCOA

Editor’s Note:  Johnny GK and Greenskeeper.Org has been recognized by the California Golf Course Owners Association as Good for the Game of Golf in 2017.  It proves that both golfers and golf course operators understand the benefit of working with Greenskeeper.Org.  We are the RESOURCE where avid golfers come to make their decision where to play their next round.  “Know Before You Go”® with Greenskeeper.Org.  You’ll be glad you did.


And Now our Winners for Best Playing Conditions for 2019 (in no particular order). . .

Click on images below to visit their Golf Course Home Page on Greenskeeper.Org.

Maderas Golf Club Best Playing Conditions in San Diego County 2021 Ojai Valley Inn Golf Course Winner Best Plaing Conditions Ventura County 2021
Santa Barbara Golf Club Winner Santa Barbara County 2021 Pelican Hill Golf Club Winner Best Playing Conditions 2021
Soboba Springs Golf Course Winner Inland Empire Best Playing Conditions 2021 Trump National Golf Club Winner Best Playing Conditions Los Angeles County 2021
Quail Lodge & Golf Club Winner Best Playing Conditions Central California 2021 Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort Winner Best Playing Conditions Southern Nevada 2021
Half Moon Bay Golf Links Winner Best Playing Conditions Northern California 2021 Desert Willow Golf Resort Winner Best Playing Conditions Southern California 2021
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Recent Golf Course Review Desert Willow Resort FIRECLIFF Palm Desert California

Desert Willow Resort (Firecliff)

Palm Desert, CA

Reviewed by: Nickesquire, Rancho Mirage, CA

ALERT: Aeration
Will be aerating the greens Firecliff Course with medium size solid tines 6/16 – 6/21, reopening 6/22 and then again 7/16 – 7/19, reopening 7/20.
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Rode the Purple tees (6676/72.1/136) in 3.5H twilight. The weather was clear, fairly calm and around 105.

The Review

Golf Playing Conditions 8.59 GREAT
Golf Playing Conditions 8.59 GREAT

Picturesque emerald green layout with a generous amount of white sand, nativescape and water to keep players on their toes. From tee to green, the course was in excellent condition. The greens are transitioning back to Bermuda and were more spotty than the rest of the course.

The tees were excellent, level, lush with few divots.

The fairways are lush, firm and really nice to play from.

The rough is lush and mowed down. Good for POP, not penal and nice to chip from.

The greenside traps had good quality white sand and were well maintained. The waste bunkers are firm and much more hit/miss.

The Bermuda greens were just okay. Firm, fairly smooth and medium speed. They are about to be aerated and they look like they need it.

Additional Observations

Customer Service exceptional from when you drop your clubs off out front to when you pick them up out front. Cart gal out making the rounds. All grass driving range is included and above average. Good GPS on carts. Plenty of ice/water stations on the course. One of my favorite Palm Springs area public layouts, highly recommended.

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