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Heading out to Palm Springs for Memorial Day Weekend. Looking at getting a round in Friday morning. Any suggestions?

 

Leaning towards one of these, but of course open to looking at anything out there...

- La Quinta Mountain Course

- Desert Willow Firecliff 

- Escena (Not as crazy about this one?)

 

Any info helps... thanks in advance!

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Both Desert Willow courses are good but Firecliff is the better of the pair.  PGA West Stadium is fun for the sheer craziness of some of the holes but it can be brutal if you pick the wrong set

I Second classic club. Fun course for sure. Also silver rock is pretty fun. It’s sort of the kind of course you think of when you close your eyes and think of Palm Springs. Right up against a mountain

My group and I just got back a few weeks ago.  Played La Quinta and Firecliff, and played Escena last time I was down there.

 

Firecliff to me is by far the best course - variety, layout, challenge, conditions, etc

La Quinta the conditioning was not that great

Escena is a 1 and done for me

 

I've had the most fun at Firecliff, the PGA West Courses where the Stadium Course is, and Silverock.

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  • Both Desert Willow courses are good but Firecliff is the better of the pair. 
  • PGA West Stadium is fun for the sheer craziness of some of the holes but it can be brutal if you pick the wrong set of tees. A number of the holes, including 17 and 18, are strongly reminiscent of Dye's Sawgrass.
  • PGA West's  Norman course is a relaxing, neat course with a couple of tricky holes. Greg Norman said it is supposed to evoke the Australian sandbelt courses.
  • Indian Wells Players or Celebrity are fun. The Players, as the name suggests, is more difficult than the Celebrity. 
  • Silver Rock is a Palmer design, which was partially re designed to accommodate development, so it's kind of weird routing on the back 9 but it's still a good course. The mountains provide a dramatic backdrop. 
  • Indian Canyon is often overlooked but it has two courses. These are flat, old fashioned, desert courses which are "easy" but fun to play.  Amy Alcott, LPGA, re designed the easier of the two courses. 
  • Shadow Ridge is a Faldo design that is different than a lot of the desert courses. It has more of a parkland feel.  A mixture of easy and tough holes.
  • The Classic Club is a tough track which is even tougher when it's windy.
  • There's also a number of resort courses and retirement community courses which allow outside play. Most of those courses are kind of boring but all of them are generally in pretty good condition.  

 

 

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On 4/5/2021 at 11:23 AM, KcRad22 said:

Heading out to Palm Springs for Memorial Day Weekend. Looking at getting a round in Friday morning. Any suggestions?

 

Leaning towards one of these, but of course open to looking at anything out there...

- La Quinta Mountain Course

- Desert Willow Firecliff 

- Escena (Not as crazy about this one?)

 

Any info helps... thanks in advance!

 

 

Of the 3 you noted, D/W Firecliff should be your first choice.

 

If your interested in seeing a bunch of pic's of Firecliff go to page 2 of the attached link.

 

You'll also find pic's & reviews of a number of other excellent courses to choose from.

 

Trust this helps ....

 

Cheers

 

David

 

Link ..... about 15 posts down ... Firecliff Pic's

 

https://forums.golfwrx.com/topic/1678418-palm-springs-teaser-continued-for-2021-golf-vacations-starts-on-page-13/page/2/

 

 

 

 

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