RANCHO MIRAGE COUNTRY CLUB (closed) (760-324-4711)
Palm Springs golf course review
Rancho Mirage Country Club is a Harold Heers designed championship course and a unique layout in the Palm Springs area. The course winds through a gated residential community with tree lined fairways and gentle elevation changes. There is a great variety in hole design, with several challenging doglegs that require accurate placement off the tee.
The Clubhouse features top notch amenities for members and guests (this course is open for public play) including a small pool with jacuzzi, locker rooms with showers for men and women, pro shop plus restaurant and lounge. There is a practice green on property for putting and chipping and a targeted grass range with stacks of comp balls for green fee paying players.
There are 3 sets of tees that play to distances and slopes measuring 6111 yards/122 slope, 5823 yards/119 slope, and 5386 yards with a slope of 126 for women hitting from the forward sets. 100, 150 and 200 yard poles and blocks on the fairways are posted on all par fours and fives, and pin placement is acknowledged by color coded flags with red for forward, white for middle and blue for back.
There are 59 sand bunkers situated mostly greenside, with a few situated along the landing zones on some of the fairways. Water hazards come into play on 8 holes total – four on each side. The front side is relatively flat while the back features some gentle elevation changes and several bowl-shaped fairways that funnel tee shots back towards the center. The stretch of holes from 14 through 16 is simply gorgeous, with spring fed water hazards and spectacular vistas.
There is often room greenside for recovery, but some of the greens are quite small and require accurate approaches. The putting surfaces run slow and true and are mildly sloping – making this a good course for novices, The hole designs make one think his/her way around the course. There are some holes where a grip it and rip it mentality is appropriate, but careful shot placement in preparation for approaches is the way to score well here.
Partial cart paths mean golfers can frequently drive right to their ball – the course was in excellent shape on our late fall visit. Rates are very reasonable all year round - this is a nice value for the area. For more info, visit our page for the course with direct link to their website by clicking here.