I just got back from our annual Father's Day to Palm Springs. Because there are so many great courses in the Palm Springs area, I try to play a different course each time we make our way out there. I have wanted to play the Mountain Course for years but I could never find a tee time that worked for me and my family (I wanted to get out early so that I could get back to the resort to spend time with the kids at the pool). This year I was able to find a 6:30am tee time that was perfect.
I arrived at the course at about 5:50 and was the only car in the parking lot. The Pro Shop does not open until 6:00am so I had to wait around a few minutes. I checked in and was sent off to the all grass driving range which was in perfect condition. The only issue with the driving range is that it is short and it is "irons only". I checked in with the starter and I was the second person out as a single (a single went out in front of me). I finished in less that two hours.
Layout - This course is awesome. I had high expectations due to previous reviews and pictures of the course. It did not disappoint. Even the views from the driving range are exceptional. If you look to one side, you see what looks like a links style course. If you look to the other side, you see a course pressed right up against the mountains. I tried to take some pictures but it really does not do justice to how beautiful this course really is. I was in awe for the first time in quite some time at a golf course. The front nine is pretty flat and winds through the "valley". Once you get to the back nine, the fun truly begins. The back nine winds though a community of beautiful houses (for 3-4 holes) and then you end up in the mountains portion of the course. The scenery and the views are truly amazing. I didn't realize you could get this sort of experience out of a Palm Springs golf course. Holes 14-17 are 100% different than any holes I have played in the area.
Fairways / Rough - In my opinion, the fairways and rough were "tour ready". There was not a blade of grass out of place. I would put the conditions up against any course I have ever played. The only bad lie you were going to get out here was if you hit it into the waste areas, which in my opinion, is on you :). The bright green grass up against the bare hillsides was definitely a sight. It met my expectations for sure.
Bunkers - I was only in one bunker. It was wet and and soggy but I was one of the first groups out and it is Palm Springs in June so I cannot complain. It was 90 degrees at 6:30! It was for sure playable and nothing to complain about.
Greens - By far the down fall of the golf course. I hate to be negative about such a great golf course but the greens were pretty awful. There were a lot of bare spots and areas where you were literally putting through dirt. For me, it was not too big of a deal. I am playing a beautiful golf course in the middle of Palm Springs in June with temps at 105 - I am sure it has to be tough to keep every aspect of the course in immaculate conditions. I do feel it is something that has to be pointed out if I am going to give a fair review.
This was 100% one of my favorite courses I have ever played in the Palm Springs area. If you are in the area, give it a try. I assure you that you will not be disappointed. The pictures of the course to not so the real beauty. I was actually showing some of the pictures I took to some of my friends and looking at them, it did not look that spectacular. I assure you that it is. Thank you for the other Greenskeeper members that recommended this course and rated it among the best in the Palm Springs Top25. I use that tab often to select the courses to play. If you are in the PS area, check it out . I assure you that you will not be disappointed.» Close