When a golf getaway was intended for real vacations – no tournament type, pure fun, really easy rounds, one golf course in Palm Desert, California fits the part perfectly. The Mountain View Course at the Desert Willow Resort seems to have been made especially for that purpose. Despite the golf course being seated next to a known difficult sibling course, the Firecliff, this will assure its guests of the vacation part in golf vacations.
The Mountain View Course at the Desert Willow is a par-72 course measuring just a little under 7,000 yards from the back tees. Like its sibling course, it was made by the duo of Dr Michael Hurdzan and Dana Frye with the help of PGA veteran John Cook – the same team that made the toe-curling Firecliff. How they made the Mountain View to be as relaxing and as fun as it is, that remains quite a mystery. Here, there are no forced carries, not as many bunkers with just 93, and water on seven holes – and though it is practically surrounded by desert, the desert part is restrained to give way to wider fairways to make for easier shots. Golf trips here are made for everyone – that despite its being rather easy, the extremists of achievers in golf will find reasons to relax and enjoy this spectacle as much.
Anything this enjoyable cannot be unattractive. Of course this golf vacation destination has perfected the combination of fun and beauty – it cannot NOT be beautiful. The Mountain View Course at the Desert Willow is blessed with the most stunning desert mountain scenery with lots of native vegetation paired with an even better landscaping and conditioning. If that does not make for a relaxing golf experience, nothing else will.