Review: Desert Willow - Firecliff Course
Firecliff gets the balance between ample grass and landing areas so it doesn’t feel like target golf, but yet using desert roughs and waste areas to create the right feel for this type of course. Even on the first hole, you’ll note a forced carry of some desert waste area. It wasn’t a great distance, but just gave the right feel to the hole. As you work your way through the front 9, the finishing 4 holes are the real gems of this side. Starting with hole 6 you get short, almost drivable par 4. But it has plenty of risk/reward with water near the green. 7 is a solid par 5 that birdie can be had. The 8th is a most picturesque par 3. Water borders the whole left side of the hole. And finishing up the front 9 coming back to the clubhouse with a long, tough par 4.
In my mind, this is what more courses should look like in the Palm Springs area. It is naturally desert land, let it show. The Desert Willow Firecliff course is the perfect blend of playability and aesthetics. The mix of desert and grass is perfect. You don’t feel like you have to hit little target fairways and greens, yet if you go way off line you are in the desert. It is a desert course done right. The playing conditions were probably the best I played in the Palm Spring area. Firm and fast, green and true was how I would describe this course. It is a must play in the greater Palm Spring area.
For more information: www.desertwillow.com
+Desert golf done right