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.
The first hole on the Mesquite Course at Borrego Springs starts you off with a 437 yard par four with rolling contoured fairway with a wide landing zone off the tee box, 3 fairway bunkers, and two greenside bunkers protecting a sloping fairway – par this one and you'll have a good round.
On this nine, which is a par 35, and the shortest of the three nines with yardages ranging from 2356 to 3237 yards, is characterized by relatively flat fairways, six dog legs, water on three holes, and some huge bunkers. #7 is the best hole of all three nines and it's a good one – a very short but treacherous 296 yard par 4 that dog legs right around a pretty lake which sounds easy but you have a carry over a natural area, a tight fairway, and then an approach shot over the lake or along a narrow fairway guarded by some big bunkers.
Both of the par 3s on this nine are challenging with yardages of 197 and 219 yards and one has a carry over a lake. And #9 is a good finishing hole with a risk reward opportunity to try and fly a huge long bunker along the right side of this dog leg right 380 yard par 4 – miss the big bunker and you still have six more plus water on one side of the green to avoid.
The fairways were in pretty good condition and most are flat with some gentle contour and mounding. The rough is a little rough and patchy but playable – after that you're in the desert and if you can find your ball you'll most likely have a clear shot back to the fairway.
The greens on Borrego Springs Resort's Mesquite nine are average size, in very good shape, with minor slope which is traditionally back to front. The tall swaying palms and mountains form a very scenic backdrop to the green.
You'll need to do what you can to avoid the bunkers which range from huge (big enough to swallow a tractor trailer) to pot sized with lips that vary from shallow to fairly deep. The sand is a tad hard.
Mesquite will provide you the opportunity to turn in the best round and it has a couple of very fun holes that will challenge the best players.
The rating and slope are based on playing Mesquite/Desert Willow.
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