Desert Willow Golf Resort

Change for the Better

Makeover at Desert Willow Golf Resort Firecliff Course retains challenges, but could speed up play.

JUDD SPICER Golf, Watch & Listen - Sports & Outdoors

Desert Willow Golf Resort
Workers add new liners to a sand trap at Desert Willow Golf Resort's Firecliff Course, part of a summer makeover in time for the upcoming season.

One of the desert’s most popular and equally potent courses has enjoyed a makeover in recent months, which should make the beatific grounds a little more manageable for the mid-to-high range handicapper.

A bunker renovation project at the Firecliff Course at Desert Willow Golf Resort will debut after the course re-opens from overseed in October.

Generally regarded as the more tenacious sister to Desert Willow’s Mountain View Course, the retouch won’t affect the Firecliff’s signature forced carry feature from tee boxes. Overseen by original co-designer Dr. Michael Hurdzan, the work will decrease the Firecliff’s overall bunker count from more than 90 to the lower 80s, and concurrently reduce the size of remaining sand traps.

Additionally, the project will add new liners, drainage, and sand to bunkering.

Still sure to be counted among the region’s most palpable plays, the makeover is aimed at improving overall playability which should assist with pace-of-play.

VIDEO: Find out what players may expect when playing the Desert Willow Golf Resort Firecliff Course this fall.


Desert Willow Golf Resort
38-995 Desert Willow Drive
Palm Desert

Change for the Better was last modified: September 13th, 2016 by JUDD SPICER