RANCHO LAS PALMAS COUNTRY CLUB (760-862-4551)
Palm Springs Golf Course Review
Rancho Las Palmas in Ranch Mirage is a semi private championship layout with tee times available to the general public. The golf facility is the centerpiece of a beautiful Resort community, featuring outstanding accommodations and upscale amenities. There are multiple swimming pools (including the longest water slide in the county) and dining establishments, meeting/banquet facilities, A tennis center with 25 courts (8 lit for night play), plus full service spa and workout area. For more info on the wonderful resort - which is highly recommended by the twoguyswhogolf, visit our page for the resort with direct link to their website by clicking here.
The golf facilities include a range and practice green, plus clubhouse with pro shop and locker rooms with showers for both men and women. The Ted Robinson designed 27-hole layout blends 6 lakes, 80 bunkers, and more that 1500 palm trees along a gently rolling terrain - resulting in some spectacular golf holes. The mountain views are a constant in the Palm Springs area, and the combination of palm trees and water hazards along this layout make the environment even more lush.
The photos in this review highlight the West and North nines. The West course plays to yardages measuring 3082, 2853 and 2628 yards. While not overly long, this nine provides sufficient challenges in the form of rolling fairways and significant water hazards. The course begins simply enough with the initial three holes playing in and across the valley-like wash that runs through the property. From there things get interesting as the final 6 holes meander about the resort community. Holes # 5, # 6 and # 7 are gorgeous golf holes, which require strategic planning and great iron play. The par four ninth is also a spectacular water hole, with a lake situated to the right that challenges the abilities of golfers to negotiate this dogleg. The view from behind this green is a good representation of the vistas that make Palm Springs golf so special. There are 19 sand bunkers and 5 holes in which water plays a significant role.
The North nine plays to 3008, 2898 and 2759 yards, with many of the holes featuring significant elevation changes. Elevated tees and raised putting complexes provide the most challenge, with the par five 5th providing one of the most visually spectacular tee shots on the course. The fairways on this nine are more open that those of the West course, and the playing surfaces are much more undulating. There are 25 sand bunkers and just two holes with water in play.
The South nine was closed on our visit - but provides the same wonderful conditioning and interesting hole designs as the other two layouts. This course plays to 3015, 2820 and 2661 yards with 4 water holes and 26 sand bunkers along the layout. The South has large greens that are relatively flat, but sloped from back top front. All three nines have yardage markers on the cart paths and fairways at 100, 150 and 200 yards. Color coded flags indicate front, middle or back pin placements, and hole diagram booklets are standard on all carts.
We highly recommend a round of golf at Ranch Las Palmas! The layouts begin plainly - but really grew on us as we played along. Great conditioning, wonderful service and some very memorable golf holes! For more info on this course, visit our page for Rancho Las Palmas, with direct link to their website by clicking here.
These last two photos are of the South 9 taken in December of 2014.