I had the pleasure of playing this course again on Sunday. I’ve already posted a couple of different reviews in the past year or so that will contain more details, so I’ll keep this one relatively simple and post some updated pictures for everyone to enjoy. That said, the sky was a little gray all day, so not all the photos turned out that great.
A friend and I had a 12:55 tee time and the course was running on time. With two courses to manage and plenty of people out there waiting to play, they do a nice job of keeping things organized. They give you a little pager and then kind of send you off to the practice area (driving range, pitching green, putting green) which is away from the starter booth. This helps keep people from milling around while waiting for their tee times.
Once you get buzzed, then you check in with the starter and you’re on your way. Each course then has another starter to greet you at the 1st tee box. As we were getting set to tee off, the group ahead of us was already finishing up on the green. That same pattern continued behind us, so it is ideal spacing.
We didn’t catch the groups ahead of us until the 16th tee and the group behind us never pushed once, so it was a nice relaxed pace. We were paired with another twosome and finished in just over four hours, which is great on a busy Sunday afternoon.
The course was in excellent shape all around, which is what I’ve come to expect from Desert Willow over the years. The tee boxes were good. The fairways and rough were lush, green and well kept. The bunkers were also full of great sand that was ideal for both fairway and greenside traps (a little firm on the top layer, but soft and fluffy underneath).
The greens had nice surfaces, but rolled slower than they looked. They were also a tad on the firm side, which made them hard to hold at times. The greens have some tricky undulation and are somewhat small-ish complexes, so accuracy was at a premium.
This was my third time playing the Mountain View course and it certainly won’t be my last. I really enjoy this course. I still prefer Firecliff as the “marquee” course at Desert Willow, but Mountain View should not be overlooked. It’s a more forgiving layout, which some folks will prefer, but just as beautiful and well-maintained as its big brother.
The staff, as always, was great on this visit and I was pleased with the overall experience. Definitely one of the best public golf facilities in the Coachella Valley, and that’s saying something!
Some pictures from Desert Willow Golf Resort (Mountain View) (3/22/15):