Monday, August 21, 2017
Golfing Desert Willow- Mountain Review
Desert Willow is a fascinating course in Palm Springs. 36 holes of reasonably priced golf with nary a house to be seen. This is a true desert course offering a serene golfing experience with a ton of roadrunners to keep you company.
DW had been high on my list for awhile and I finally got a chance to play it recently and it lived up to my impossibly high expectations. Extremely wide off the tee with a fair rough and interesting green complexes, DW is one of the best tracks in Palms Springs.
It all starts off the tee on the Mountain Course which has an insane amount of width in the fairways but beautiful framing around the tee boxes to make you think a little bit.
A lot of the par 4s are over 400 yards and so oddly are the par 5s, with only on topping out over 500 yards. However, the course makes you work for every yard with numerous streams and obstacles which make you think about approach shots even on par 5s.
What I found most fascinating was the variety of the par 3s and not a water feature to be had (a blessing given the over reliance on this particular feature here in SoCal).
Where there is water on the course it frames the holes nicely and doesn't seem out of place even though you are golfing in the desert.
Now if I were nitpicking on DW, I would say that the back nine is more interesting than the front as the front starts off with several similar par 4s in a row. The back nine allows for more creative shotmaking and while slightly more constricted by the DW resort offers some great holes reminiscent of Marriott's Shadow Ridge.
Overall though with the place of pay sub 4 hours and a pleasing layout unencumbered by houses, this is definitely one Palm Springs course to put on your itinerary.
For more information about Desert Willow, check out the link! http://www.desertwillow.com/