Desert Willow Golf Resort: Driving rangeFirecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort

Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort
38-995 Desert Willow Dr
Palm Desert, California 92260
Riverside County

Phone(s): (760) 346-7060, (760) 346-0015
Fax: (760) 346-7444

A lot of courses say they're all about nature. Desert Willow Firecliff Resort in Cathedral City actually lives it. Natural desert plants are the star of the show here. So much so that the course was featured on the front cover of Smithsonian magazine.

Bobcats, coyotes and desert rabbits have free run of the place, adding another dimension to any round. When you see a bobcat out in the distance of the desert brush, you're not chasing after that golf ball. No matter how much cash you plunked down for the latest in long-distance technology.

Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry designed Desert Willow and it offers a good example of how you become a rising name in the golf architect game. The sand sculpting demands attention from the first hole.

The course looks intimidating to play. With a 138 slope rating, it plays that way too.

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A view of the driving range at Firecliff Course from Desert Willow Golf ResortA view of the clubhouse at Firecliff Course from Desert Willow Golf ResortA view of the 17th green at Firecliff Course from Desert Willow Golf Resort

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Dana Fry, Dr. Michael Hurdzan, John Cook
  • Public/Private: Resort
  • Year opened: 1997
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bermuda grass
  • Greens: Bermuda grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - included in green fees

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

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

Length, slope and rating for each tee

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

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