Escena Golf Club is relatively new on the scene for golf in the Palm Springs area and is quickly turning into an outstanding course. The wide fairways are framed by lots of bunkers, clusters of towering Mexican fan palms, pepper trees, small native trees, and lots of natural waste bunkers. Lakes and streams, lush greens and fairways, and the majestic mountains in the background contribute to making this an enjoyable course to spend a morning on. A magnificent new clubhouse opened in 2008 and Escena Golf Club has won a number of accolades including: #15 in Golf Digest's Top Twenty and Golf Week's naming it one of the Top 20 in California.
Nicklaus designed an eye pleasing beauty and a track that will challenge all parts of your game from the tee box to trying to sink it in the cup. In most cases you can see what you're up against and the fairways are generous off the tee box but you'll need to manage the strategically placed bunkers, water hazards, and undulating greens. Make sure you pick the right set of tee boxes if you want to walk into the clubhouse with a good score.
This beautiful course meanders through a master-planned community that is built in classic Spanish design and will require a good short game thanks to some challenging green complexes that are tight and have an assortment of collection areas, good sized bunkers, and swales. And the spectacular mountain backdrops behind the sloping greens can be a tad distractive.
Conditions of the fairways, bunkers, and greens are very good and there is good mix of short and long par fours, manageable par 5s, and some very challenging par 3s. Most of the holes are bordered by desert waste areas that are very well manicured and if you find them, you'll still have an opportunity to get back to the fairway and possibly save par.