On Friday morning, I had the chance to play this private course in the 55+ community of Palm Desert Greens. A friend of mind knows a resident, who was able to get us on the tee sheet. On Friday, they were having an 8:00 shotgun start. We started out on the 16th hole and it took about four hours to complete the round with at least one group starting on every tee.
Palm Desert Greens is an 18-hole executive layout designed by Ted Robinson, Sr. It plays to pars of 63 and 62 for men and women respectively. The par-4 holes are all short, with only two of them stretching over 300 yards. However, as seems to be common on a lot of these executive courses geared toward senior play (and I’m not really sure why), several of the par-3s play on the longer side. There’s only one that is under 150 yards (the 7th, which is 122 yards) and then there are four of them over 180. The longest is the 3rd, which measures 216 from the men’s tees. I saw a lot of drivers being hit on par-3s as I watched other groups playing these longer holes!
The course overall has a pleasant enough look that is pretty typical here in the desert. It’s certainly nothing that will stand out from the crowd, but it serves its purpose as a small community course. Apparently, the HOA (with golf included) dues are very affordable.
The hole that I liked most was the short par-4 9th, which is just 254 yards for the men. It’s actually a 149-yard par-3 for the ladies with the tees in front of the water hazard. It has a nice look from the tee box as you hit over a flower bed and the water hazard. Then, you have the mountains providing a nice backdrop behind the elevated green on a crystal clear morning. It definitely stood out as the most aesthetically interesting hole at Palm Desert Greens.
The conditions of the course were fantastic as we begin to wind down the snowbird season. The course was very lush, green and well-manicured throughout the tee boxes, fairways and rough. I was in one bunker and it had good sand. The back nine greens had been punched earlier than the front nine, so they were a little slower as they recover. The more recently aerated front nine greens were running faster. Overall, the surfaces were good despite the maintenance.
Though nothing special, Palm Desert Greens Country Club is another one I’ve been wanting to check off my list in the Coachella Valley. Now that I live out here, I am hoping to put a bigger dent in the lengthy private club list. Hopefully, I’ll make more connections and it will be easier to arrange rounds without the long drive.
Some pictures from Palm Desert Greens Country Club (4/14/17):