Desert Willow is one of the many Garden of Eden’s in the Palm Desert community but I must say it exceeded our expectation in it’s elaborate presentation of desert flora. We are talking an array of plant species straight from a Dr. Seuss tale. Right from the drive up to the final green setting every detail of landscape architecture has been given due process.
The walk up to the golf shop sets the tone…
Champion Tour player John Cook collaborated on this Hurzdan design……
The Little Lady and Long Ball before the action in the prep area
Fairly unusual in the desert but a frost delay created an aimless collection of golfers relentlessly checking their email
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The first tee pager went off summoning us this oasis to begin the trek
Look down the first fairway off the tee-they provide a sight alignment assistance device
Step on the tee at the second and there is a mountain range growing in the background
A desert flora interludes….first of many…..
Purple Pricklies and Ham…..
Don’t get two close to the Jumpin’ Cholla or you can get stuck!
Desert accent behind the difficult fourth’s green
First of two visits to the Blue Lagoon at the Par 3 8th
The lagoon behind is just missing Gilligan, Ginger, and The Professor
Routing of 9 and 18 is clubhouse centric….quite an impressive stature
One of many scenic tee views..from the 12th tee you could swear you are looking
at a green setting on Maui
The look up the Par 5 13th brings to mind thoughts of Pine Valley
How about the amphitheater setting on the 14th….thumbs up or down on your tee shot on this Par 3
Return to the Blue Lagoon for another go
One more look for the crew of SS Minnow
Looking down the formidable 18th….
Moshe separating the seas
The biblical decree delivered
Arrival at the promised land
Long Ball, The Little Lady, and The Mish regroup……
For more course detail click to see the Desert Willow-Firecliff Course Review