Shadow Mountain Golf Club

3.8816823529 3.9 stars from 5 (672)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 5375 yards
  • Slope: 116
  • Rating: 66.1
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 5375 yards 66.1 116
Blue (W) 71 5375 yards 71.1 125
Gold 70 5223 yards 65.4 114
Gold (W) 71 5223 yards 70.3 123
White (W) 71 5062 yards 69.4 121
White 70 5062 yards 64.7 112

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 672 Reviews
5 stars:
147
4 stars:
341
3 stars:
108
2 stars:
46
1 stars:
30

recommend this course

556 out of 670 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions at a resort   Great for seniors walkers locals   Challenges include narrow fairways bunkers water hazards   Great for drinks patio dining  

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"Fun but challenging historic course"


u000005521293's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2019
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Reviewed on

Shadow Mountain is great. Built by Gene Sarazan you feel the history when on the property. A very walkable course but with a cart you could finish in 3 hours or less. It may be a short course but it is certainly challenging. The greens have undulation and roll well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/23/2019

Thank you for visiting us at Shadow Mountain GC, We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon!


"Great little course"


Mike6356876's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2019
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Reviewed on

It’s a short course but historic & really nice. It was in great condition & the view is amazing.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/21/2019

Hello. Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon at Shadow Mountain!


"Really good place to play!"


wmiller2111's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

You think of the Month of May as hot in Palm Springs, well maybe a bit, but some great golf was had at this course. Pace of play good, course NOT crowded, staff friendly. Of course, this time of year the pro shop was a bit thin, but...still a good value and a great challenge for a narrow shorter course!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/16/2019

Thank you for visiting us at Shadow Mountain Golf Club! We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.


"Nice little short course"


u000005752734's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We only played front nine but very good condition and very friendly staff, would play again next time in town


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/16/2019

Hello! Thank you for your 5-star rating. We hope to see you again next time you're in town!


"good value for the money"


u000005459316's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pleasant course environment with moderate difficulty. Very helpful staff. Course well maintained although the greens are somewhat dry and fast moving. Definitely a good value for the money


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/14/2019

Hi. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Shadow Mountain Golf Club!


"Wonderful as always"


pbreikss's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We are in our 70's, and the course is a perfect challenge. There are hazards, narrow fairways, challenging greens. I'm delighted if I can score under 50 on nine holes. Course is excellent shape, and the pace of play was very comfortable. We'll play again this season.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/16/2019

Hello. Thank you for your review! We will pass along your positive experience to our team. We look forward to seeing you again soon at Shadow Mountain Golf Club!


"Another great round at SMGC"


pbreikss's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We know the course, but it still requires serious attention. The fairways and greens are in excellent condition, and now that we are in shoulder season, the pace of play is excellent.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/13/2019

Hello. Thank you for your 5-star rating of us here at Shadow Mountain Golf Club! Please book another round with us soon.


"Loved The Experience- Only 3 Hours to Play"


u000003294913's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I can only imagine that Frank, Bing, Bob (Hope), Jackie (Gleason), Jimmy (Demaret), Gene (Sarazan), etc. were standing/playing in the same places that I was yesterday, only they were here in the 50's, 60's and so on. This is a great course that is surprisingly challenging, due, in part, to its tightness. Greens are very good and bunkers are in good shape. Fairways and tee zones are excellent. Course very conveniently located near the heart of Palm Desert. I only wish that the tees were placed at or near the measurement monuments, not 5 20 yards ahead of where they are meant to be. This practice skews the USGA handicapping process because it makes the course much shorter than the designated yardage. This is a bad policy that too many courses practice and it should be challenged and corrected at SM and universally.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/09/2019

Hello. Thank you for your 5-star rating! We will pass along your feedback to our team! Please book another round with us soon.



ronmaus11's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very short course with offsetting challenge in small greens, bunker-protected. Sand in traps was unusual nd very heavy due to mix used. Pace of play was far too slow for the length of the course. Left after hole 15 with three groups at a very short par .


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/06/2019

Hi. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting us. We hope to see you again in the future.



u000005492458's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2019
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/06/2019

Hello. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to see that your overall experience was anything short of 5 stars, but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.


"Cozy Club Atmosphere/Excellent Value"


u000003294913's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Very conveniently located and 3-3.25 hour pace. Tees, bunkers and greens in very good shape. Staff is very professional. Tight but fair layout. Landing/cart area at the clubhouse could use some shade. Clubhouse has a nice bar and the patio area which is pleasant but with no view. Why not somehow elevate it to create a view? Discovered that the clubhouse actually has a billiard table which is slightly less than regulation in size but in new condition. Quality pool sticks provided. No charge to play. Good spot for post-golf drinks and honing your pool game.

Overall, this is a hidden and convenient gem of relatively medium length par 70 course, one which is very challenging.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/02/2019

Hi! Thank you for your review. We will pass along your positive experience to our team to let them know their work isn't going unnoticed! We look forward to seeing you again soon here at Shadow Mountain Golf Club!


"Value"


u000004119104's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2019
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Reviewed on

Finished the round in under 3 hours. Not a resort course but great for the casual golfer. Great staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/25/2019

Hi. Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We are glad you had a great time and we hope to see you again soon! Thanks for choosing Shadow Mountain Golf Club.


"Shadow Mountain"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Short course but very narrow. So all in all it’s a good level of difficulty.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/25/2019

Hi Jimmy. We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Shadow Mountain Golf Club!


"Meh"


u874623905's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2019
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Reviewed on

Not impressed with this course for the money. Fairways in marginal shape. Greens so so. Layout a bit repetitive. Staff non existent or not friendly. No real pro shop. Would not recommend.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/22/2019

Hello, Thank you so much for leaving us with your feedback. We value our customer experience, so your review is important to us. We will make note and we hope to see you back!


"Management Has Dedication, Imagination and Perseverance. Fun Course!"


u000003294913's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Management under the GM, Jenn, has done an exceptional job during the last 6-12 months. Restrooms immaculate, pro shop organized, very professional staff, Lucene/Jenn/Head Pro all wonderful, and the course is in exceptional shape and very conveniently located just a few blocks south of El Paseo. What more could one wish for from this nostalgic Gene Sarazen designed course, Circa 1960's? This course is definitely challenging and will test all aspects of your game.

NO, I AM NOT A STOCKHOLDER OR EMPLOYEE AT THIS CLUB (HA) BUT I DO APPRECIATE THE FINE WORK BEING DONE AT SHADOW MOUNTAIN BY A DEDICATED GROUP OF MANAGEMENT AND WORKING STAFF MEMBERS.

dle


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/22/2019

Hello. Thank you for taking the time to give us a 5-star rating! Our main goal is to continually provide excellence for our golfers, in all aspects of the club. We'd love to see you again very soon!



u000006193225's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2019
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/15/2019

Hello, Thank you for your 5-star rating! Please book another round with us soon.


"A hidden gem"


u000005754423's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Classic golf course! Not a long course but tight with small greens and bunkers to challenge even the best players. Rough is thick enough to penalize and greens roll true with some subtle breaks.

Due to shorter length, pace of play is excellent at 31/2 hours. The mid-century modern homes are also fun to see as you experience the course. Definitely worth playing!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/10/2019

Hello. We appreciate your 4-star rating and review. We hope you join us for another round soon.


"Great Location, Well Managed and Gene Sarazan Design"


u000003294913's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This 1950's era course is very well located, fun, challenging and in good condition. The management here is VERY friendly and they (Jen) are operating the course and overall facilities very very well. The greens and fairways are in great condition.

Donald E


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/09/2019

Hello, and thank you for taking the time tor review us here at Shadow Mountain Golf Club, and for the five stars! We are glad to see that you had a great experience with us on the day of your round, and that you were pleased with the friendliness of our staff and the conditions of the course. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


"Fun!"


u018095448's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a fun shorter track. Narrow with small greens.

Course is in good shape!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/09/2019

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to review us here at Shadow Mountain Golf Club, and for the four stars. We are glad that you had an enjoyable experience with us on the day of your round, and that you were pleased with the conditions of the course. We hope to see you again in the future!


"Tight but fair"


u6957159's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Short course, even from the tips. Driver only used on four holes, next time it will be three. Positioning of tee shot is critical. I used an iron off the tee on many of the par fours. Many holes are doglegs, necessitating accuracy off the tee. Greens are small, some are two-tiered, many have a pretty good slope. Being below the hole makes putting much easier. Sand in the bunkers is not very fluffy; not too deep.

Played in three hours.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Commented on 04/09/2019

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to review us here at Shadow Mountain Golf Club, and for the four stars. We are glad to see that you had an enjoyable experience with us on the day of your round. We are happy that you felt the course was challenging, yet fun to play, and that you were pleased with the pace of play. We hope to see you again in the future!



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