Desert Dunes Golf Course

19300 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, California, 92240
Type: Public
No. Holes: 18
(760) 251-5366
Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr. (87)
                      
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Detailed description of Desert Dunes Golf Course

Desert Dunes Golf Course, is a Public, 18 hole golf course located in Desert Hot Springs, California.

Desert Dunes first opened for play in 1989. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Par for the course is 72. From the back tees the course plays to 6,876 yards. From the forward tees the course measures 5,359 yards. The longest hole on the course is # 9, a par-5 that plays to 546 yards. The shortest hole on the course is # 5, a par-3 that plays to 176 yards from the back tees.

Watch out for # 18, a 443 yard par-4 challenge and the #1 handicap hole on the course. The easiest hole is # 5, a 176 yard par-3.

Desert Dunes is the an example of a links-style course in the desert. Rolling fairways are framed by native desert areas making accuracy off the tee a premium. The generous and undulating greens are surrounded by collection areas and strategically placed bunkers, including one right in the middle of their signature double green on the 9th and 18th holes.

Adding to your experience, a number of holes feature doglegs and elevation changes which will challenge your golf intellect and shot-making ability. With four sets of tees to choose from, golfers of any level can play this outstanding golf course.

 

This course has been reviewed 10 times
Golf Course ranker Photo, Bill Homyak
Chula Vista, CA

$41 (cart included), played on Friday, February 2016 at 7:35 AM

Played this course in the morning of a holiday weekend and it was a bit crowded. We had a twosome join us and unfortunately they were very slow and were playing from a tee box not suited to their game. Consequently we were warned on the 5th hole to speed up and that did help a bit. The layout is good and fairly challenging with the heavy desert vegetation making a good number of holes very tight with no bailout. The greens had been over-seeded and were pretty good overall with just a few bare spots. Bunkers were ok but a bit muddy. I liked the course overall but the long round probably affected my opinion of the course. If I lived nearby, I would play it more often but since I have to travel from San Diego, I would pick other courses. Very nice management, good starter, and nice staff in the restaurant.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 027887
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Beaumont, CA

$16 (cart included), played on Monday, July 2015 at 7:15 AM

We lucked out with a great summer rate, a relatively cool day (98 high) and very light wind. Under those conditions, this is a great course at a great price. Course was in much better condition than I expected for July in Palm Springs. Everything was tidy, fairways very nice, and the greens were smooth. I've played here many times before, so I know it can get very windy; but if the weather cooperates it is an outstanding value.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 027346
Golf Course ranker Photo, Ron Wooten
Fort Worth, TX

$56 (cart included), played on Tuesday, April 2014 at 8am

This area can be very windy and it was during most of the round. The greens were hard, dry and fast. This reminded me of playing in Texas which I can do without traveling to Palm Springs area. The staff was very pleasant. Might play again but not in the wind. Is that possible?

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Average course for the area, Fair priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 021748
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Murrieta, CA

$76 (cart included), played on Wednesday, February 2014 at 8am

The only reason i rated the difficulty as a con is that this course is in an area that is extremly windy. If you can play this course on a day that isn't windy in this area it would be terrific.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 021572
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Clovis, CA

$31 (cart included), played on Wednesday, June 2013 at 6am

Very nice desert course. Good variety of holes. Well conditioned considering the hot, dry, windy weather in the Palm Springs area in June. Some dry areas in the fairways but the greens were fast but receptive. Good pace of play (3:30) on a 8:00 round in the summer. I will play here again next time I'm in the area.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Ranks with the best in this price level, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 020067
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Palm Desert, CA

$21 (cart included), played on Saturday, September 2012 at 8am

Need reflectors on flag sticks for laser range finders.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 018874
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Palm Desert, CA

$56 (cart included), played on Wednesday, November 2010 at 10am

I have played this course three times and it does not get any better. The pace of play is excruciatingly slow. This particular round took five and one half hours. There was only one ranger on the course and until they improve the pace of play, it is not worth paying a dime to play on this tract.

Would travel: 0-10 Miles, Not Vacation Worthy
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Rank ID # : 012342
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La Quinta, CA

$41 (cart included), played on Monday, October 2010 at 10am

Played in the rain and wind and would still go back.

Would travel: 10-20 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Ranks with the best in this price level
 
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Rank ID # : 012165
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Plano, TX

$76 (cart included), played on Friday, November 2008 at 8am

The Desert Dunes course is in an area off Palm Drive and I-10 which has not seen much development, so it feels more remote than it is.

I had played 2 other courses earlier in the week, and Desert Dunes had a distinctly different feel to it. The type of vegetation lining or separating the fairways was a low growing, native desert type shrubbery which was very thick and prickly, and not conducive to entering on foot, or even reaching into to retrieve an errant shot. If your ball goes in there, you may want to forget it, since who knows what varmits are living in there, and I have got the scratches to prove that it is hazardous even without encountering a varmit.

There was plenty of thick green grass from tee to green, but not as lush as I had encountered on the other courses I had played previously in the week (Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort in Palm Springs and Canyon South Golf Course, also in Palm).

The only palm trees are at the course entrance, with none on the course, which I thought was almost mandatory for this area, and there are few flowering shrubs or beds to add that "wow" factor. Still, not bad at all.

I liked the fact that although there are only a few holes with trees on the course, you could rarely see the adjacent fairways because of the layout, mounding and vegetation. The fairways are generous for the most part, conditioning is good, and the course provides a moderate challenge for the average golfer.

As mentioned previously, there is no development around the course, so this is somewhat unique for the Palm Springs area which has many courses that are completely lined with homes. Put this on your list for a nice variation in your Palm Springs golf experience.

Would travel: 20-30 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again
 
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Rank ID # : 005240
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Carlsbad, CA

$31 (cart included), played on Wednesday, September 2008 at 10am

During the late summer greens are mowed everyother day, played on the off day so greens were like velcro. Rough was cut low in preparation for the overseeding. Drinking water needs to be more availible on the course.

Would travel: 30-60 Miles, Vacation Worthy
Bottom line: I would play again, Better than average course for the area, Bargain priced based on quality and competitive area pricing
 
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Rank ID # : 004602
3.6/5
Based on 10 reviews
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