Sands RV & Golf Resort Review

Texas Outside Rating: 6.7

Golf - Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 32
Desert Hot Springs

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Sands RV & Golf Resort Review

Sands RV & Golf Resort is home to a par 32 golf course that offers you a quick round of golf with majestic mountain views of two very different mountain ranges – the stately San Jacinto and rugged San Gorgonio Mountain range.  This nine hole course has two sets of tee boxes with yardages of 1832 from the ladies tee box and 2127 from the tips. 

Most of the holes are side by side with fairways that are a little narrow but have an ample playable rough.  On a couple holes if you really spray the ball you’ll literally be out of the park or in another fairway with an opportunity to recover to save par.  From the tee boxes you’ll be able to see the pin straight ahead and other than the two holes where a small pond can come into play, all you need to manage is your game, club selection, and the wind. 

Some of the fairways have some mounding and a little bit of contour.  The fairways were in good shape when we played and the rough is thin and playable.  The fairways are lined by a scattering of trees and towering palms swaying in the breeze

The four par 3’s range from 120 to 168 and the five par fours are 280 to 360 yards.  #7 is a fun 168 yard par 3 that from a slightly elevated tee box you’ll need to carry a small pond and thread the gap between two trees to stuff it on the green or take the safe approach along the left side which  may make par a little more difficult – if the pin is on the far left, you’ll need to fly the tree to get close to the hole.  On most of the holes the mountains form a beautiful backdrop for the green and each hole offers a view of the mountain ranges from a different perspective. 

The cookie cutter greens are round and very small.  Most are slightly elevated and turtle back making it hard to hit and hold.  Some greens have slope and undulation that will toss your ball back into the fringe or a collection area.  If you can’t get the ball to hold with a little backspin, try a bump and run.  The greens at Sands RV & Golf Resort were in very good condition, ran true and smooth, and were a tad slow – maybe an 8 to 9.  Most of the greens had minor slope and a couple had a little bit of undulation.  Reading the breaks is pretty straightforward.

If you’re staying at the Resort, you can grab your bags and it’s a chip shot or a three wood from your RV site to the pro shop. 

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
White 2,137
Red 1,832

Course Information

Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Flat and easy
Beware of water on 2 holes and the 0 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
6.7 out of 10
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Approximate Weekend
$25.00 to $44.00

The pro shop staff is friendly and the pro shop has some of the basics you might need for a round. There is a putting green but no driving range and bring your own food if you think you’ll need it.



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! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

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.