Firecliff at Desert Willow Golf Resort

4.6035117647 4.6 stars from 5 (286)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7056 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 73.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7056 yards 73.6 138
Blue 72 6676 yards 71.7 133
White 72 6173 yards 69.3 124
White (W) 72 6173 yards 75.9 140
Yellow 72 5642 yards 67.2 117
Yellow (W) 72 5642 yards 72.8 134
Red (W) 72 5079 yards 69.7 128

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 286 Reviews
5 stars:
190
4 stars:
68
3 stars:
18
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

264 out of 281 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"Firecliff"


nickesquire's avatar
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2019
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Rode the Purple tees (6676/72.1/136) in 3H, 20M mid day on a GN Hot Deal. Paired with Peter, fun guy to play with. The weather was clear, fairly calm and around 115.

Playing conditions were a real mixed bag. I suspect milder than usual May/June temps followed by a scorching July has not been optimal for the Bermuda to come back fully everywhere? The coverage is sketchy.

Bermuda tees were dissapointing. Areas were lush, other areas were hardpan. Level with few divots.

Same for the Bermuda fairways. 85% lush, with 15% areas where the winter rye has burned off and the Bermuda has not taken over.

The Bermuda rough was a higher version of the fairways with many hardpan areas. Good POP rough, not overly penal.

The waste bunkers were firm and not as well maintained as the greenside traps. The greenside traps had good quality sand and were very nicely maintained.

The Bermuda greens putted medium slow bordering on slow. More like putting on the collar or through the fringe. Bumpy and mostly firm, but they held iron well.

Customer Service always excellent here from when you drop your clubs off out front to when you pick them up out front. No rrink cart today. Good GPS on carts. Plenty of ice/water stations on the course. The all grass driving range is included and is excellent. Nice practice chipping area. Normally highly recommended, one of my favorite courses in the Palm Springs area. However, the current conditions are very substandard for this course and only warrant a substantially discounted green fee.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Courses in maintenance, not a good time to play"


hacksalot03's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
California Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2019
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

The Mountain View course is supposed to be shut down for maintenance beginning today and the Firecliff was done a couple weeks ago and the greens were still kinda rough. I would give the Firecliff a couple more weeks to heal and the Mountain View would not play till the end of July. Otherwise, this is one of the top public tracks in the PS area.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



broke902007's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course aerated 6 days ago, it needed another 6 days before it is ready to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course!"


u015691563's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Friendly staff, great course. We played at 350pm no one in front or behind us. Definitely recommend!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Holiday Golf"


u252487979's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really good condition for the time of year. Greens rolled well


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



uDGRI1930DG's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2019
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course, nice views"


u698978221's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Weather was nice and the course was in great shape. Can’t wait to play it again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



"Amazing"


Debikitts's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a gorgeous wonderful course. We’ll be back! Not one bad thing to say!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course





5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Chazz4's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course to play well on!"


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Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I really liked this course as the holes all had character but didn’t penalise you unfairly. The Canadian lad I played with and I both had great front nines. Unfortunately, we caught up with other players on the back nine which slowed us down quite a bit. Never mind, a good game of golf on a very nice course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"One of the desert’s gems"


Richard4870335's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

I have played this course several times throughout the year. It is always breathtaking in its beauty. The course is definitely resort-course style, very playable for all abilities, interesting, varied, and by its design is very secluded with many fairways seemingly tucked away on their own. In the heat of the summer, there are ample drinking water outlets. But the real bonus is the friendliness and professionalism of the staff, from valet to pro shop to bar and restaurant, the great clubhouse facilities, and luxurious locker rooms including showers.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



"Desert willow firecliff"


snoopH's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent condition and on par with Indian Canyons. Greens were a little slow. As the location is further away from the mountains it can get rather windy. But overall would play again. Not much difference from sister course Mountainview


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Course"


kschofield's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

After playing a bad track nearby, this was heaven. Visually pretty. Great condition. Fabulous bar and restaurant overlooking 9th and 18th greens.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Favorite So Far"


RetiredGolfnut's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Simply said, beautiful course. My husband and I booked this through Golf Now, got paired up with another twosome at the course and had a great round. The staff was great, the course layout made it fair for any level of play and a couple water hazards were well placed to jump up and bite you off the tee if you didn’t know they were there and I didn’t, lol. Seriously, we’re both single digit handicaps and this course, even for the price, would be a must play for us if we came back to the valley. It’s expensive but it’s well worth the price to play this valley gem. I couldn’t get enough pics.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We loved the Mountain course. We were booked at Firecliff but we had an issue booking with GolfNow. We booked a tee time at Firecliff through GolfNow, showed up but they said our tee time was half an hour later. We would never have booked that time because we wouldn’t have been able to finish the round. Luckily, Desert Willow offered us a time on the Mountain course. GolfNow does not offer assistance with this issue on their website so had to write this review here. The Desert Willow golf experience was awesome...the GolfNow experience not so much.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Group of 16"


BossHoss's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Desert Willow has been on our Desert Tour list since 2005 and is a must play..Course conditions are always excellent. Staff and services are top notch


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice holes"


scottellman's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course, and lots of actual desert willow. Very nicely landscaped and greens were around 9 - 10 on the stemp.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pace of play"


esbarton's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace of play was extremely poor. No Marshall was seen and we waited up to 15-20 minutes on the last 7 holes


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair


I recommend this course



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