DESERT PRINCESS COUNTRY CLUB (760-322-7000)
Palm Springs Golf Course Review
The Desert Princess is a 27-hole PGA championship course designed by David Rainville. This semi-private facility features outstanding mountain vistas and impeccable conditions from tee to green on three distinctive nine-hole layouts. The Vistas is a links style course with rolling fairways; the Lagos is a lush design lined with palms and featuring spectacular shot selections over and around beautiful water hazards, and the Cielo (4 images in photos above and below) is challenging with both length and water hazards.
Stay and play packages are available at the adjacent DoubleTree Golf Resort Palm Springs. This property features wonderful value with 289 guest rooms and suites. The hotel provides a large swimming pool area with hot tub, meeting/banquet facilities, and a choice of dining options from a full service restaurant to a lounge or bar and grill. Also on property is a small spa and workout center. For more info on the DoubleTree Golf Resort Palm Springs visit our page for the property with direct link to their website by clicking here.
As the above photos indicate, the grounds about the resort and along the golf course are lush with an abundance of palms and meticulous landscaping. Playing golf here is incredibly convenient. On our visit, we stayed in a room adjacent to the clubhouse grounds - with a huge practice green for putting and chipping set right outside our door. Majestic views of the surrounding mountains are everywhere! There is a targeted grass range nearby, and another putting green rests in the vicinity of the lavish clubhouse, which features a pro shop plus upscale amenities for members. Below are two images of the Lagos nine.
On course yardages are measured to the center of the green from fairway blocks posted at 100 and 200 yards, with stakes in the middle of all par fours and fives at 150 yards. Sprinkler heads are also measured to the front, middle and center, and color coded flags indicate the day's hole locations. The Lagos plays from tees that measure 3240, 3005, 2776 and 2603 yards; the Cielo measures 3356, 3112, 2889 and 2623 yards, and the Vista is the longest (photos below) with four sets that measure 3452, 3254, 3047 and 2711 yards. Most of the holes play through the resort and residential community, although the Vista nine features wide open links style holes on numbers five through nine.
There are ample fairways on all three nines, along with sloping greens that were in great shape on our late December 2005 visit. This is a layout that can be enjoyed by resort golfers - yet the hole designs with doglegs and abundant water and sand hazards will challenge even the best of players. Number four on the Vista course was one of our favorite holes - a short par four doglegging to the right around a lake with a narrow landing area leading to a well bunkered green complex.
No matter which sets of nines are designated for a round - golfers will find lush playing conditions and a good variety in design that will allow most players to use every club in their bag. Play on this course is open to members and resort guests. If you can get on - we think you will enjoy your visit here very much! For more info, visit our page for the course, with direct link to their website by clicking here.