Sands RV & Golf Resort Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 8.2

Desert Hot Springs
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Sands RV & Golf Resort Overview:

If you’re looking for a good spot to park the RV, enjoy some resort type amenities including a nine hole golf course and you don’t want to have to pay those exorbitant luxury Palm Springs RV site prices, then the Sands RV & Golf Resort is a perfect place to stay.  It’s conveniently located a few miles from I-10 freeway, about 8 miles from downtown Palm Springs, and a couple miles from the heart of Desert Hot Springs. 

It’s a gated park and has a security guard at the entrance to the RV sites.  Sands RV & Golf Resort is a mixture of RV sites and park models a large portion of which are filled with some full timers, snowbirds during the winter months, and weekend vacationers.  All of the roads are paved and the sites are laid out in 8 different horseshoes.  You shouldn’t have any trouble maneuvering into your site and a park host will be there to assist you and make sure you don’t take out the hedges or utility box. 

The park is very active with lots of events and all of the guests and park staff we met were friendly and outgoing.  Management, which was new in 2007, does a superb job of keeping the park very clean and well maintained.  The restrooms and showers were spotless. 

Sands RV & Golf Resort is a convenient place to stay if you want to explore the Palm Springs area, head up to hike in Joshua Trees National Park, take a desert tour, or play some of the best golf courses in the United States.

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

Sands RV & Golf Resort has 521 sites for RVs and Park models.  All of the sites are back- or pull-in full hook-up (30 and 50 amp) sites with a cable hookup and concrete pad for an extra car.  Most of the hooks-ups are at the back end of the sites and a few have them closer to the front of the site if you want to pull in rather than back in.   The sites range from level to sloping which will require jacks and possibly blocks to get level.  All of the sites are lined with hedges on two sides which give you some privacy and the site pads are crushed gravel. 

The majority of the sites are 40’ long and 30’ wide – ample room for four slides and a tow vehicle.  Most, if not all of the sites, will have a restricted view to full view of at least one the mountain ranges – we awoke one morning, glanced out the window, and had an unbelievable view of the San Jacintos which were snow capped and awe inspiring! 

The sites are side by side and laid out in 8 horseshoes with sites in the middle and along the edge of the horse.  All of the roads are paved and wide enough for bigger rigs to maneuver.  Throughout the park you’ll find tall stately palms swaying in the breeze and a variety of desert shrubs and landscaping, some of which is very colorful.

The premium sites are 40' to 45' - a little longer than the standard sites.  They also back up to an open area giving you the feeling that the site is more spacious.

If you don't have an RV or your RV isn't large enough to handle all your friends and relatives who want to stay with you, then the Sands has 4 park models for rent.  The park models will sleep 2 and have full kitchen, TV, living area, bathroom and shower, dining table, front or back patio with great views, and they are fully furnished with linens, pots and pans, and everything you need for a fun weekend.

One of the other reasons to stay at Sands RV & Golf Resort is to enjoy all of the outstanding amenities that the Park has to offer.  For example,

  • A large sparkling  swimming pool and two hot tubs surrounded by comfy outdoor furniture and beautiful views of the golf course and mountains
  • Oasis Hall is a large hall for meetings, church services, and special events and it has full kitchen area
  • Oasis Lounge is broken into two sections:  one with 3 comfy couches for relaxing and enjoying the big flat screen TV, two computer work stations with internet access, and a couple game tables; the other section of the Oasis Lounge is for serious gaming with poker tables, three quality pool tables, darts, and a very good shuffleboard – most of the equipment looked relatively new and was in great condition
  • A fitness center to wear off the calories and a steam room in each of the pool side restrooms
  • A smaller meeting room which available for a variety of functions
  • Large park for your dogs to enjoy
  • A picnic area with several picnic tables and a huge BBQ grill
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry room
  • Very clean restrooms and showers
  • A good tennis court, shuffleboard court, and well done horseshoe pit

If you’re a golfer, then you’ll enjoy the nine hole 2127 yard par 32 course.  It’s a great walking course and with a chip shot or three wood from your site or you can rent a cart to zip around the course.  The course has four par threes ranging from 120 to 168 yards and five par fours that are 280 to 363 yards.  The fairways and greens are in good shape and very small.  To learn more about the golf course read our review of Sands RV Resort Golf Course

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A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

We stayed at Sands RV & Golf Resort on a trip from Dallas to San Jose and we picked the park because we had heard some good things about it and we liked the fact that it had a golf course and was convenient to the freeway. 

Our main objective on this stay, which was just a few days, was to play golf.  The Palm Springs area is home to over 125 golf courses, some of which are some of the best in the United States.  After a warm up nine on the Sand’s course it was off to play some of the big boys.  First up was playing both courses at Indian Wells Golf Resort (wow, these courses are very impressive and a must play) and then a fun round on Indian Springs Golf Course.  All that golf pretty much ate up all of our time and we hated to leave this beautiful area. 

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Cool Nearby Activities:

As mentioned earlier, the Palm Springs Area is home to excellent golf courses.  During the winter they are a tad pricey and stay very busy.  In the heat of the summer you can typically play the best courses for around $50.  Look for some coupons.  Here is a link to our review of Palm Springs Golf Courses that we have played. 

On previous trips we have:

  • Enjoyed some hikes in nearby Joshua Trees State Park – a must visit if you like hiking and nature – and a hike in Palm Canyon
  • Taken a fun and informative desert tour
  • Rented bikes and rode around Palm Springs
  • Enjoyed some of the local events from polo to arts festivals
  • Really enjoyed the nightlife and wide variety of excellent restaurants

To get some more details on what we enjoyed, read our Palm Springs Vacation article.  If you like hiking or off roading, then visit Anza-Borrego State Park which is about 90 minutes away.  Read our article on a vacation in Borrego Springs to learn more.  The Palms Springs Visitors Bureau’s website has some good info on what to see and do in the area – it’s impossible to get bored when you visit Palm Springs.   Have fun.

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Texas Outside Favorite Sites: All of the sites are about the same, the premium sites are a little longer and back up to an open area.

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”.  Each park is rated on:

  • Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
  • Park Condition:  the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
  • Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
  • Campsites:  low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
  • Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more