We understand that Borrego Springs Golf Courses have bee permanently closed – what a shame!
Borrego Springs Resort is home to twenty seven holes and each of the three nines has it's own unique personality and characteristics:
Desert Willow is the most lady and couples friendly nine because it is the easiest and prettiest of the 27 holes
Mesquite is a par 35 and the middle of the road nine with some fun and challenging holes
The Palms is the most demanding of the three because it's longer and requires some shot making to avoid the huge treacherous bunkers
Common to all three courses are good conditions, a good restaurant and bar, snack bar, pro shop, and practice area. Borrego Springs Resort has lodging and some good stay and play packages.
We thought that Desert Willow was the most scenic of the nines with tall palms, trees, desert fauna, and good views of the mountains. It is also the most interesting nine with some fun and somewhat challenging holes. For example:
#2 is a demanding 518 yard par 5 (with six good sized fairway bunkers) that doglegs left to the green – the tee shot must be accurate to hit the narrow fairway and avoid the bunkers and for long hitters you might try to fly the trees to shorten the hole for a birdie or better
#6 is a short par 3 (142 yards) but you will need to carry a pond and stuff it on a gently sloping green guarded by four bunkers – don't let the majestic mountains in the background distract you
#9 will make you want to play this nine again – a short 330 yard dogleg right around a pond to a well guarded green with water, four bunkers, and mounding plus several observers having lunch on the restaurant patio overlooking the green
The fairways were in very good condition and after that it varied from natural area to a rough of patchy grass, sand, and dirt. Most of the fairways are flat and you can typically see what you're up against from the tee box. Miss the fairways and roughs and you're likely lost in the desert.
The greens seemed to be a little smaller on this nine and most have gentle slope and easy to read breaks. They held the ball well, were a tad slow (around 8 to 9), and ran true. All of the greens are well guarded.
The bunkers were in fair condition and there are 40 of them scattered along the fairways and around the greens. Most are relatively flat faced and easy to get out of.
Nice nine and one that you should choose when you pick the 18 holes to play