Borrego Springs Resort - The Palms Course Review
Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 36
Borrego Springs, CA
Date Last Played: February 21, 2011
Borrego Springs Resort - The Palms Course Review
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 Palms nine is characterized by over 55 treacherous bunkers of all shapes and sizes and some holes will seem like a minefield of bunkers that you'll need to carefully navigate your way through. You'll encounter them strategically placed along the fairways and plenty of them guarding the bunkers. The bunkers pinch several fairways demanding accuracy off the tee box as well as on most of the approach shots. Take number nine for example, a 459 yard dog leg right that will temp you to try to fly the large bunkers on the right side only to find four more a little farther up the right side - oh, and there are three more big monsters on the left side waiting for your tee shot and then two additional bunkers protecting the green.
The Palms has a open links style look and feel to it and as such you'll have an unobstructed view of the majestic mountain ranges. No homes with barking dogs or hecklers line this nines which makes for a peaceful and quiet round.
The Palms offers a pretty good mixture of fun and challenging holes. #3 is a challenging and scenic 181 yard par 3 water hole with the mountains reflecting off the smooth surface until my ball entered and created the ripples. On the two par 5's you can pull out the big dog and let it rip but make sure you miss the bunkers strategically placed in the landing zone.
The fairways are a little tight and the rough is wide but was a mixture of spotty grass, some weeds, and dirt - after that you're in the natural area which if you can find your ball is playable. The fairways are a mixture of flat and straight to some gentle dogs and some contour and mounding. The fairways were in above average condition and firm which gives the ball some extra roll.
The bent grass greens are ample size, pretty well guarded, and had both slope and some undulation. The fringe as well as the greens were in outstanding condition. The speed was good, they ran true, and held the ball well.
Practice your sand shots before you head out to play the Palms. The sand is thick and heavy but the good news is most of the lips are manageable. I know, I took home plenty of sand and I'm still finding it in my pockets, hair, and car.
The Palms is the most demanding of the nines but we enjoyed our round here and turned in a pretty good score. The good news is that the pro shop will let you pick which of the nines you want to play. But challenge yourself and give this nine a try.
The slope and rating are based on playing The Palms and Desert Willow.
Course Slope & Ratings
- Course Architect:
- Cary Bickler
- Greens Type:
- Bent Grass
- Greens Condition
- Greens Difficulty
- Beware of water on 1 holes and the 56 sand traps.
Texas Outside Rating
- Overall Rating:
- 7.9 out of 10
- Fun to Play:
- Front Nine Rating:
- Back Nine Rating:
FEES & AMENITIES
Rates: $25.00 to $55.00
Service is ok but there was no cart service when we played. The restaurant has some really good food. The pro shop has the basics and the practice facilities are ok.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.