Firecliff at Desert Willow Golf Resort

4.6415823529 4.6 stars from 5 (278)
  • 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: 4.1 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 278 Reviews
5 stars:
187
4 stars:
65
3 stars:
16
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

256 out of 273 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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"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!"


scroggy1's avatar
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


"Picturesque"


Jean5703078's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2019
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Reviewed on

Front 9 played at a great pace. Back 9 backed up all the way. One hole had theee groups waiting. No marshall on the course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



None's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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 best!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2019
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Reviewed on

Fantastic course, very women friendly and great scenery. Generous driving lanes, greens in great condition and the course is alway in impeccable shape. Restaurant/bar closes early so late afternoon finishes require a trip to a different venue if you want to commiserate after a round. Very nice pro shop with great selection of the latest fashion for men and women


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Firecliff"


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

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

Reviewed on

Rode the Purple tees (6676/72.1/136) in 4H, 20 on dawn patrol using Forelinx. Paired with Joey, Lou and Mike, all visiting Canadians. The weather was clear, fairly calm and around 75.

Playing conditions were excellent bording on immaculate across the board.

The tees were very nice. Lush and level with few divots.

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

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

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 greens putted medium fast bordering on fast. Smooth and firm, I had 4-6' coming back AD.

Customer Service always excellent here from when you drop your clubs off out front to when you pick them up out front. Drink cart out making the rounds several times. Good GPS on carts. Plenty of ice/water stations on the course. The all grass driving range is included and above average. Nice practice chipping area. Highly recommended, one of my favorite courses in the Palm Springs area, .


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of the best courses in the desert"


shcnow's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2019
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

Just a fantastic course and staff. Very friendly and professional. Great conditions and greens. Stimping 9-11. Beautiful views and interesting layout. They're doing it right. Other courses could learn a thing a two including the privates. Highly recommend. Don't ask questions.....Just play it.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Perfect Afternoon"


mgportes's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2019
First time playing Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I had heard good things about Desert Willow and on this particular golf trip we put both courses into the rotation. Needless to say it lived up to the hype. The Greens were immaculate. The course layout is great with different things catching your eye on each hole.

We'll definitely be going back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great track"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a challenging course, but fair - if you play the right tees.


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


"Challenging and Rewarding"


dslehal's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2019
Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Superb conditions and beautiful layout. challenging course. miss the fairway and your in some thick grass which can be difficult to advance the ball along way. mainly because you will most likely have a uphill/downhill/side hill lie.

Apparently this course is regularly booked up, so expect to be waiting a little more than usual, we played on a Wednesday.

Practice facility and clubhouse are top notch.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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