Golf - Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Borrego Springs, CA
Review & Rating of de Anza Desert Country Club in Borrego Springs, CA
Located on the edge of the 600,000-acre Anza Borrego State Park and at the base of the Santa Rosa and San Ysidro mountain ranges, de Anza Desert Country Club has been offering great desert golf for over 50 years. The course was designed by Lawrence Huges and it plays along a trail forged long ago by Spanish Colonist Juan Bautista de Anza and for years de Anza Desert Country Club has been a desert hideaway for Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Lon Chaney Jr., James Dean, the Rat Pack, and Burgess Meridith and it was the favorite course of golf legends such as Sam Snead and Billy Casper. The course is private but allows public play on certain days and times.
de Anza Desert Country Club is a traditional '50s style course with straight forward holes that play through a wide variety of trees (eucalyptus, olive, and more) and 3 varieties of palm trees. In most cases from the tee box, you can see the pin and what you're up against. You'll need to avoid 46 bunkers, most of which guard the greens, and ponds with water fountains on four holes.
The scorecard has four sets of tee boxes with yardages ranging from 5557 to 6778 and a rating of 113 to 127, plus there are three combo tee boxes. Which means the course is fair for players of all skill levels. Pick the right set of tee boxes and you'll have a very enjoyable, relaxing, and fun round.
de Anza Desert Country Club puts a premium on your approach shots and putting skills. The greens are relatively small (30 to 41 yards deep), fairly fast, have a fair amount of back to front slope, and are guarded by two bunkers expect for 3 greens which only have one bunker. The greens were in near perfect condition (a few had some minor damage but that didn't impact putting), are soft, true, and smooth with little to no undulation.
The fairways at de Anza Desert Country Club were also near perfect. All of the fairways are lined by trees and palms and typically have homes on one side. If you spray the ball you'll be able to find it and chip or worm burn it back to the fairway. Or you may end up in a parallel running fairway and still have a recovery shot. There are 13 fairway bunkers but they seemed easy to avoid. Water is on four holes, two of which may require a carry. The mountains frame the course and seem like there are right on top of you - couple that with the palm trees swaying in the breeze, some pretty homes, and the lush conditions all of which make for a very scenic round. Keep an eye out for a ditch that crosses several fairways!
The 46 bunkers are typically small, long, and skinny. The sand is excellent - soft, fluffy, and deep and a joy to hit out of. The lips are small and in some cases, you may get lucky and roll in and back out - but don't count on that!
Some of the holes that we liked included:
Bottom line - excellent conditions, a relaxing round, outstanding facilities, and friendly service.
The practice facilities feature a driving range, short game practice area, chipping area and a large putting green. de Anza Desert Country Club has an impressive 20,000-square-foot mid-century modern clubhouse with three dining rooms, cozy star-gazing patio and fire pits, and a fully stocked golf shop.
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.