Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Palm Springs, CA
Escena Golf Club is relatively new on the scene for golf in the Palm Springs area and is quickly turning into an outstanding course. The wide fairways are framed by lots of bunkers, clusters of towering Mexican fan palms, pepper trees, small native trees, and lots of natural waste bunkers. Lakes and streams, lush greens and fairways, and the majestic mountains in the background contribute to making this an enjoyable course to spend a morning on. A magnificent new clubhouse opened in 2008 and Escena Golf Club has won a number of accolades including: #15 in Golf Digest's Top Twenty and Golf Week's naming it one of the Top 20 in California.
Nicklaus designed an eye pleasing beauty and a track that will challenge all parts of your game from the tee box to trying to sink it in the cup. In most cases you can see what you're up against and the fairways are generous off the tee box but you'll need to manage the strategically placed bunkers, water hazards, and undulating greens. Make sure you pick the right set of tee boxes if you want to walk into the clubhouse with a good score.
This beautiful course meanders through a master-planned community that is built in classic Spanish design and will require a good short game thanks to some challenging green complexes that are tight and have an assortment of collection areas, good sized bunkers, and swales. And the spectacular mountain backdrops behind the sloping greens can be a tad distractive.
Conditions of the fairways, bunkers, and greens are very good and there is good mix of short and long par fours, manageable par 5s, and some very challenging par 3s. Most of the holes are bordered by desert waste areas that are very well manicured and if you find them, you'll still have an opportunity to get back to the fairway and possibly save par.
Service is good, the pro shop is well stocked, practice facilities are adequate, and the clubhouse and grill are great.
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.