Golf - Resort Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 35
Borrego Springs, CA
We understand that Borrego Springs Golf Courses have bee permanently closed - what a shame!
Borrego Springs Resort is home to twenty seven holes and each of the three nines has it's own unique personality and characteristics:
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 first hole on the Mesquite Course at Borrego Springs starts you off with a 437 yard par four with rolling contoured fairway with a wide landing zone off the tee box, 3 fairway bunkers, and two greenside bunkers protecting a sloping fairway - par this one and you'll have a good round.
On this nine, which is a par 35, and the shortest of the three nines with yardages ranging from 2356 to 3237 yards, is characterized by relatively flat fairways, six dog legs, water on three holes, and some huge bunkers. #7 is the best hole of all three nines and it's a good one - a very short but treacherous 296 yard par 4 that dog legs right around a pretty lake which sounds easy but you have a carry over a natural area, a tight fairway, and then an approach shot over the lake or along a narrow fairway guarded by some big bunkers.
Both of the par 3s on this nine are challenging with yardages of 197 and 219 yards and one has a carry over a lake. And #9 is a good finishing hole with a risk reward opportunity to try and fly a huge long bunker along the right side of this dog leg right 380 yard par 4 - miss the big bunker and you still have six more plus water on one side of the green to avoid.
The fairways were in pretty good condition and most are flat with some gentle contour and mounding. The rough is a little rough and patchy but playable - after that you're in the desert and if you can find your ball you'll most likely have a clear shot back to the fairway.
The greens on Borrego Springs Resort's Mesquite nine are average size, in very good shape, with minor slope which is traditionally back to front. The tall swaying palms and mountains form a very scenic backdrop to the green.
You'll need to do what you can to avoid the bunkers which range from huge (big enough to swallow a tractor trailer) to pot sized with lips that vary from shallow to fairly deep. The sand is a tad hard.
Mesquite will provide you the opportunity to turn in the best round and it has a couple of very fun holes that will challenge the best players.
The rating and slope are based on playing Mesquite/Desert Willow.
Rates: $25.00 to $55.00
Service is ok, but there was no cart service when we played. The pro shop has the basics and the range is adequated. The restaurant and bar area are great. Borrego Springs Resort has some good stay and play packages.
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.