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Awards and Accolades

Recognized by Many…Duplicated by None
Desert Willow Golf Resort has the ability to mesmerize you with its natural beauty and great service, but hear it from the critics on what they say about Desert Willow Golf Resort.  Desert Willow was even featured by the Smithsonian Institute Magazine for its environmentally sound design and construction.

awards + accolades

Golfweek Magazine
Firecliff Course ranked 134 by Golfweek’s Best 2022: Top 200 Resort Golf Courses in the U.S.
Golfpass Golfer's Choice
Firecliff Course ranked #2 by GolfPass Golfer's Choice 2022 Best Courses in California
Club Resort Business
Ranked #35 by Club Resort Business Top Ranked Clubhouses 2021
Greenskeeper.org
2021 Winner Southern California, Best Playing Conditions
 

Golfweek Magazine
BEST Resort Course

  • Top 200 - #134 Firecliff Course - 2022
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  • Top 200 - #129 Firecliff Course - 2021
  • Top 200 - #140 Firecliff Course - 2020
  • Top 200 - #130 Firecliff Course - 2019
  • Top 200 - Firecliff Course - 2018
  • Top 200 - 2016
 

Golfweek Magazine
BEST Courses You Can Play

  • #20- Firecliff Course - 2021
  • #20- Firecliff Course - 2020
  • #23 - Firecliff Course - 2019
  • #23 - Firecliff Course - 2018
 

Golfweek Magazine
Golfweek's BEST Municipal Courses

  • #29 - Firecliff Course - 2014
  • #33 - Firecliff Course - 2013
     
 

GolfPass
Golfer's Choice 2022

     
 

Club + Resort Business
Top Ranked Clubhouses

     
 

Distinguished Golf Destination
from BOARDROOM Magazine

     
 

The Desert Sun
Best of Desert

  • Best Public Golf Course - 2020
     
 

Tripadvisor
Travelers' Choice

  • 2020
  • Certificate of Excellence 4.5 Stars | 2015
     
 

GolfAdvisor

     
 

Southland Golf Magazine

  • #1 Best Golf Course - 2015
  • #1 Best Value - 2015
  • #1 Best Scenic View - 2015
  • #1 Best 18th Hole - 2015
  • #1 Best 19th Hole - 2015
  • #1 Best Bar View - 2005
     
 

Golf Range Association of America
Top 50 Public Ranges

  • Top 50 | 2019
 
  • Top 50 | 2018
 
  • Top 50 | 2017
  • Top 50 | 2016
 
  • Top 50 | 2015
     
 

Golf Digest
Best Places to Play

  • 4 1/2 Stars Mountain View - 2000 to 2013
  • 4 Stars Firecliff
  • Top 50 Courses For Women - 2012, 2013
    Mountain View
     
 

GolfWorld Reader's Choice
Top 50 Public Courses

  • Rated # 25 - 2010
     
 

CV Weekly
Best Public Golf Course

  • Best Public Golf Course - 2014
   

Desert Golf Magazine

  • Rated Firecliff #1 in Public Courses in the Coachella Valley | 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Rated Mountain View # 5 in Public Courses in the Coachella Valley | 2011
     
 

DesertSun.com
Best of the Valley

  • Voted 1st Place Best Public Course | 2003-2006, 2008, 2016
  • Voted 2nd Place Public Golf Course | 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Voted 3rd Place Public Golf Courses | 2013
     
   

Desert Golf Guide
Top 100 Holes | 2013 
(Over 100 Private & Public Courses in the Coachella Valley) 

  • #44 | Firecliff  #17
  • #58 | Mountain View #9
  • #68 | Firecliff  #6
  • #76 | Mountain View #10
     
   

Desert Golf Magazine
"Public Facility" by PGA Professionals in the Coachella Valley

  • Firecliff Voted #1 | 2005, 2006
  • Mountain View Voted #5 | 2005, 2006
     
   

Golf For Women Magazine
50 Best Courses for Women

  • #19 | 2002, 2003, 2005
     
   

Fairways and Greens
Best Par 5 in the Valley for Both Private and Public Courses

  • #18 Firecliff | 2005
     
   

Palm Springs Life
Best Public Course

  • 2006
  Smithsonian Magazine
"Golf Gets Back to Nature, Inviting Everyone to Play"

Jay Stuller | April 1, 1997

April of 1997, Desert Willow Golf Resort graced the cover of
Smithsonian Magazine (the only golf course to be so honored). 

"...architect Michael Hurdzan created a public course that's every bit
a part of its desert enviroment by using plants native to the desert valley and limiting the grassy areas to a scant 75 to 80 acres."


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  Golf Digest
"The golf trips we’re dreaming about taking this winter"
Jared Goldstein and Stephen Hennessey | November 6, 2021

"Public golfers should absolutely consider Desert Willow, which has 36 holes, and its Firecliff course ranking among Golf Digest’s best 30 public courses in California."


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  Golf Digest
"How golf is doing more to protect wildlife than ever before"
Emma Francois | December 10, 2021

“There was nothing but mesquite, a few rabbits, few snakes,” he says. “Nothing appreciable because nothing wanted to live there.” Once his firm revegetated the area, it burst alive with hummingbirds, rabbits, coyotes and reptiles, none of which could have survived before. “By adding a golf course,” he says, “we made it extraordinarily rich.” - Dr. Michael Hurdzan -


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  FORE Magazine 
"Desert Delight At Desert Willow"
Ken Van Vechten | 19th Hole - Summer 2021

"Sit a spell with a bite and a drink, whether you played 18, all 36, or have never snap-hooked a driver in your life....This ain’t granddad’s muni."

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